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  1. cwarren95


    Hello everyone! My name is Courtney and I have taken the GRE test once already and didn't do well on the math section (scored 148), mainly because my speed was so slow I left about 6 questions blank on each section! I will be taking the test again in about a week and would love to know any tips on how to speed up my average time.
  2. Hello, I’ve just finished my first year of a BSc Economics degree at Warwick University. I’ve been dead set on a PhD in Economics in the US for a while, and I’m aiming for the top 5. However, I don’t feel like my undergraduate degree is helping me. Although I can take a limited number of modules from the maths department, I don’t feel like I’m getting enough maths to be competitive at the top programs. I have the option to switch to BSc MMORSE (essentially maths, stats and economics), which allows for far more mathematical/statistical/econometric modules to be taken while not sacrificing much economic theory, although it would take me two years longer. I’m struggling to come to a decision on whether to switch. I’ve performed well in my first year (estimated top 0.5-1%), but worry that even if hypothetically every other part of my application was exceptional, it would be undermined by my lack of maths. I realise how hard it is to get into a top 5 program especially with a non-top 10 undergrad, but I’m serious in my ambitions. Do you think the value placed by the top PhD programs on mathematical preparation justifies the obvious financial/social costs of switching? Thank you!
  3. Hi community :) I'm thinking to apply to Economics PhDs Specializing in Macro / Monetary Economics and maybe Environmental Economics to start in the fall of 2022. However, I don't know if my profile is strong enough to get into a good program - let me know what you think ! Interdisciplinary bachelor's degree with a major in economics. 7.5/10 Dutch GPA (the grading conversion is quite weird, it's about a B) and 216/180 ECTS (lots of extra politics courses). MSc Economics, specializing in Macro & Monetary, 8/10 Dutch GPA (~ A-). Grades in general 8 or higher, except for Econometrics (7), Microeconomics(6.5). Good thesis, 8.5. MSc BGSE, not Economics, content-wise mostly applied Econometrics, 8.4/10 GPA (conversion is also weird here, think it's about an B+/A-). I believe my LORs are pretty strong: My thesis advisor (leading monetary operations at a Central Bank), a well-ranked Econometrics professor (several papers with Gali, Gertler), and could get some more probably from my future bosses. GRE: in September Work (in 2021/ spring 2022) : Trainee at the ECB in Forecasting and Policy Modelling, RA for high-ranked Finance professor I'm worried about a) a lack of math and microeconomics classes - I only have one foundational math class in undergrad (7 Dutch grading) and two foundational Microeconomics classes (graded 6.5 and 7.5) - For math, is this something I can make up with the GRE score ? - Should I try to take additional classes somewhere b) not having an Economics undergrad (hence the missing math and micro classes) - Is this something I should ask LOR writers to highlight - Can it be positive or are school risk-averse? Let me know what you think - I guess it's an unusual profile so any feedback will be massively helpful.
  4. hi, could you recommend some great phd economics course or math camp videos? Thanks here is a link for math camp Arizona Math Camp - YouTube
  5. I’ve been active duty military for the better part of 20 years and it’s been more than 15 since I’ve taken math. I started with college algebra for a foundational refresher. I’ve returned to school with the goal of beginning a graduate program in Economics upon reaching military retirement. Not surprisingly, it took some serious studying to get back into a mathematical flow. I fumbled through some topics, but did fine overall. It’s humbling to see the level of math education on this forum. My question is, has anyone here started that low? If so, how easily were you able progress through to advanced calculus, linear algebra, real analysis and beyond? Finally, how many Econ grad students do you see in their 40s, and is age a factor for admissions? Thank you for your insights.
  6. Hi, I am applying to programs in fall '22, with a range of target options (a few in top 10, a few in top 50, a few in top 150). My math background is weak. I work full-time so am trying to come up with an efficient plan that maximizes my chances for admissions. Math that I have: Calc 1 - AP Honors Calc 2 - B Linear Algebra - currently taking at Georgia State (likely A) Business stats - A Stats in public policy grad school - B Econometrics in public policy grad school - A Options that I am considering: 1. Take courses locally (mostly Georgia State University) Fall '21: Multivariable Calculus Spr '22: Stats 1 (in Math Dept), Differential Equations Sum ' 22: Stats 2 (in Math Dept) Fall '22: Linear Algebra with Real Analysis I - 23A (online at Harvard Extension) 2. Take courses online via Harvard Extension Fall '21: Multivariable calculus - 21A Spr '22: Mathematics for computation and data science - 23C Sum ' 22: Linear Algebra with Real Analysis I - 23A Fall '22: Mathematical Statistics 156 AND Differential Equations 21C Would love any advice. And open to other ideas too! Thanks in advance.
  7. I am an undergraduate aiming at top econ master programmes in 2019 and applying for PhD in econ or finance in 2020. I am now struggling between whether to write a thesis or take more math courses next year. My background: - Math/Econ courses completed/Under consideration Cal 1-3, Linear Algebra, ODE, Probability, Econometrics, Grad Econometrics, Stochastic Process, Numerical Analysis, Grad Computational Econ (something like numerical methods with econ application), Intro math analysis, Math Econ (proof-based course with econ application), PDE (All A/A- from a University in East Asia) - In fact, other than the thesis, I have to write a 13-20 pages paper (excluding graphs) next year. I do not count this as a formal thesis as it is only 2 credits, and a professor is guiding ~10 students as the same time. But I should be able to get a letter from this semi-thesis stuff. - Research Experience: Not at all now. Probably will RA for a professor this summer. If I have to write the thesis, then I have to give up one course above, probably PDE. Does anyone here have some advice for me??
  8. Hello everyone. I am an international student from Korea. I majored in econ and math as undergrad and I am doing masters in econ in Korea and I am going to apply next year. I've already taken several math graduate courses( eg) Graduate real analysis, algebraic topology, financial mathematics, etc) and got good enough gpa in math( 4.32/4.5 and 4.0/4.0 in 4.0 scale). Is taking more math just for fun a waste of time? I want to take functional analysis 1,2, convex optimization, harmonic analysis and some probability theory courses. I have my GRE, Toefl scores ready and and I am also doing my research. What are your thoughts?
  9. Hi Everyone, I am an undergrad hoping to apply to Econ and Finance PhD programs this fall. Hoping to get feedback on my profile to help narrow down the range of schools that I plan on applying to. I will also be applying to RA roles this fall in case this admissions cycle doesn't work out. Thanks in advance for the feedback. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from large public school USNEWS T25 Econ and Math Undergrad GPA: 3.80/4.00 overall ( 3.83 in Econ, 3.72 in Math) Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA :N/A GRE: Will take this summer Econ Courses: Principles of Micro (A-), Principles of Macro (A), Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Econometrics 1 (A+), Econometrics 2 (A+), Market Design (A), Advanced Micro (A+), Global Capital Markets (B), Grad Micro Theory 1(Fall) Math Courses: Calc I (AP), Calc-II(AP), Honors Calc-III/Diffeq/LinAlg 1 (B+), Honors Calc-III/Diffeq/LinAlg 2 (A), Discrete Mathematics(A-), Real Analysis 1(A-), Real Analysis 2(A), Probability Theory (A-), Mathematical Statistics(A), Mathematical Finance(A), Abstract Linear Algebra(B), Numerical Analysis(A), PDEs(A), Grad Stochastic Processes(B+), Graph Theory/Combinatorics(Fall), ML/Data Science(Fall) LOR's: 2 very strong LORs from an Econ and Finance professor. Worked as an RA for 2yrs during the school year for the econ professor. Did independent Market Microstrucure reseach with well known finance professor for 1 year. Both have said they will be happy to write very enthusiastic letters. 3rd LOR will likely be from the prof who taught my grad stochastic processes class. Despite getting a B+ I scored a 90% raw and will be taking the ML course with him next fall. Went to his office hours a lot and he knows about my plans. Research Experience: Worked as an RA with Econ professor for 2 years. Currently working on a paper with him. Wrote a lot of python code on my own and did statisitcal analysis in R. Independent research in market microstrucure with well known finance professor. Lots of python and SAS code for the finance research project. Wrote an independent paper for this work. Also worked as an RA for 1 year doing survey design related work. Research Interests: Finance, IO, Market Design, Micro-Economic Theory, Metrics Applying to: T20 US Econ + few Finance programs Concerns : Lack of publication and few Bs in relatively important math courses. I am hoping the letter from my math professor will rectify the latter but I wasn't sure. Other info: Graduating in December 2021. I have 2 summers of work experience as a SWE in a FAANG company.
  10. I am from fourth or even fifth world country (considering the courses in my BA in Econ). I have taken only one math-related course: Linear Algebra with the mix of real analysis and one probability+math-stat course in my Econ BA. So, what can I do to cover up my gaps in terms of math? I've been admitted to Europe Econ master's but there PhD-level (mathematically rigous I think)courses starts from second year, at the time of my US PhD application I would not have taken those serious courses in MA.
  11. Hello All, I recently received offers from three MA Econ programs in the US, which are UT Austin, Tufts, and Vanderbilt. They have offered me 35%, 85%, and 100% tuition scholarship, respectively. My top choice is Vanderbilt as I wouldn't have to pay tuition, just the living costs. However, my aim of doing an MA is moving on to a good PhD program, possibly Top 30 in the US. Following is my undergrad math/stats/econ background: 1) Intermediate Macro / Micro: A- / A 2) Econometrics: A+ 3) Calculus 1-3: A 4) Vector Analysis: A (Predicted) 5) Linear Algebra: B 6) Ordinary Differential Equations: B+ 7) Discrete Structures: A+ 8) Mathematical Statistics: A+ 9) Probability Theory: A+ 10) Advanced Calculus I (Analysis I): A (Predicted) 11) Statistical Inference: A (Predicted) 12) Senior Level Regression Analysis: A 13) Senior Level Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design: A (Predicted) GRE: 162V/ 170Q/ 4.5AWA I face two choices. One is to accept the offer from Vanderbilt and do the master's. However, this would not leave much room to take math courses and improve my math background. The best I can do is perform well in my master's level economics courses and do some research. Second option is to defer my offers and instead of minoring in math, which I am currently doing, major in math by extending my bachelors and graduating in May 2022 instead of 2021. The offer from Vanderbilt is very attractive financially, and I would certainly like to take it. However, I am not sure if my math background is strong enough to eventually land me a spot in a Top 30 PhD program in the US. I would like to know the strength of my profile for PhD admissions. Thank You!
  12. Hi, everyone. It's been such a tough cycle. As someone who is going to apply this fall, I would love to know how you guys think my chances are for T20. Thank you everyone for your comments. Type of Undergrad: Small private undergrad USNEWS T20 (T50 grad econ department tho) Undergrad GPA: 3.78 Type of Grad: NA Grad GPA: NA GRE: 165v+170q+4.5aw Math Courses: Analysis I and II (both As), Econ Stats(A), Intro to Proofs (A), Linear Algebra(A-), Cal I-III (As), Regression Analysis (A), Grad level Real Analysis (plan for next semester) Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro and Macro (both As), Econometrics (A), Labor(A), International Trade(A-), International Finance(A-), Game Theory(A-), Independent Research Course(A), Senior Thesis(A), PhD level Micro and Metrics (plan for next semester) Other Courses: many government/political economy courses Letters of Recommendation: 1 math department chair prof (took analysis courses for 3 semesters), 1 IMF economist I ra for, 1 labor econ prof Research Experience: 2 independent research (1 from independent research course, 1 for senior thesis), RA for IMF International Economist, 2 non-econ social sciences ra Teaching Experience: 1.5 years of language TA Research Interests: Labor Econ/ International Econ/ Political Econ Coming from a school that specializes in political econ, I am worried about the math background, so I feel like I should ask my math prof to write one rec letter. I would also love to hear how you guys think. Besides, do you guys think a 2 year predoc is worth it if aiming for T10? Thank you everyone for your comments!
  13. I'm trying to figure out if I have a shot getting in anywhere, and if so where. Not to tell you my life story, but here's my life story: I started a rank 30-40ish Finance PhD, I chose this school over other similarly ranked schools I got into because they seemed to have some great characteristics, when to my dismay, during the first couple months there it turned out a lot of what they used to get me there wasn't what they claimed, and I hated the location. I just kept going for a couple years, but I became very depressed, and my wife had dealt with some depression before and it returned severely - probably due to my unhappiness. Oh, and we have 3 kids. With both of us on depression medication and going to counseling I kept my GPA barely above mandatory. Finally, when the department seemed almost unilaterally against my research interests (apparently too much "quantitative finance" and not enough "economics"), with the blessing of the department PhD coordinator, I decided I was going to do a PhD in a different discipline (I looked at applied math, operations, informatics, electrical engineering, etc.) in order to do the finance research I wanted. At this point it was too late to apply to programs, so I got into the mathematics master's program at the same university as an application/resume booster (top 40 math department). Because I was no longer planning to do the finance PhD I didn't study for comps, and I didn't pass the empirical corporate section (I did pass the others). I did the courses for the math master's, but between covid, depression, and PhD level math classes kind of being a bigger bite than I could chew, I'm going to squeak out this spring with barely over a 3.0 for the finance, econ, stats, CS, math courses combined. After a lot of thought and discussion with former professors, I've discovered that my interests can fit into "financial economics", and I'd REALLY rather be a finance professor, and honestly I feel like my research really contributes to finance and economics. So... it seems like I should really just get back into a finance PhD and eat whatever they feed me just to get through. But I'm unsure if I have any hope of getting in. I have a 168 gre quant, I think I could get it to 170. I have a working paper with a professor that hopefully will be submitted this summer. I have very developed research interests and a good handle on current research in related areas. I have master's degrees in econ, finance, and (soon) math. But my grad school grades are just terrible, AND I gave up on a program I was already in. Thoughts on being able to get in somewhere?
  14. I was curious whether any current or former PhD students could comment on how common it is for economics PhD students to take graduate math courses. In undergrad I double majored in math in order to boost my profile, but ended up falling in love with it and really want to incorporate mathematics into my research. Is it possible/common for econ PhD students to take graduate math courses that are relevant to their research? This is something I probably would want to ask about when I receive offers, but I don't want to do that if it's a weird question.
  15. Hi. How hard is to score 640-660 in GRE Math Subject? I am an econ undergrad.
  16. Hi everyone. I'l try to keep things as short as possisble. Undergrad: Top 50 USNEWS with a 3.7 in economics. The problem is my transcript looks terrible (semesters with low courseload, only math taken was calculus 2, B in intermediate micro). I was dealing with medical problems throughout undergrad so I didn't really focus on my courses too much. But I aniticpate completing 2 masters programs at LSE. One in applied mathematics which would cover graduate level math courses and the EME. Assuming I were to get top marks and rank highly in both of them, would that be enough (along with RA experience, good recomendations etc) to get into the top 5 or at least make my poor undergrad performance not such a big deal? Thanks in advance!
  17. Hi All! I am currently in my second year at American University in D.C. I'm graduating in 3 years in may 2022, making me a junior in credits. I am an economics major and math minor with a 3.88 GPA I plan to apply for PhD in economics programs as well as some dual-degree or combined econ/public policy PhD programs. Right now I am planning on applying to top 30-60 for my target schools as well as potentially some reach schools in the top 30. I wrote a brief summary of my statistics below: Math Classes: Calc 1 (A), Calc 2 (A-), Statistics (passed because of COVID grade changes), Linear (A), and Calc 3 (A). I also plan on taking Foundations of Math (Math 403) and Real Analysis, both of which I hope to get an A or A-. Economics Classes: Basic Macro and Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A-), Intermediate Micro (A), and 3 econ 3xx electives (A). I also will take both econometrics 1 and 2 as well as 2 more upper level econ electives and mathematical economics. I expect that those classes will also be mainly A or A-. Internship Experience: I have interned at the Treasury Department, worked at the Smithsonian, and interned for a consulting company. Research Experience: I have worked as a RA for a year and have co-authored a historical economics paper (and one more on the way) with my economics professor. The papers will be presented at various conferences in Spring/Summer 2021. I also am working as a RA in the mathematics department on a federally funded project that identifies malware in data documents using comp sci theory. I hope to do some sort of research position next summer as well. I also have significant diversity in my background although I don't know how much that would help. I would appreciate any advice on my chances for grad school or classes to take!
  18. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: BA Double Major Economics and Mathematics, private school ranked 50-100, nothing special. Undergrad GPA: 4.0 Math Courses: calculus 1-3 (A), linear algebra (A), intro stats (A), discrete math (A), real analysis (A), complex analysis (A), applied combinatorics (A), math modeling/analysis (A), intro software development (A), intro data science (A), abstract algebra (A), theory of probability (A), statistical methods (A) Undergrad Econ Courses: intermediate micro/macro (A), int'l currency markets (A), behavioral economics (A), sports economics (A), growth & development (A), econometrics (A) Grad Econ Courses: graduate micro (A), graduate macro (A) Letters of Recommendation: two strong letters from respected econ professors at current program who can speak to research I've done in their classes, one very strong letter from chair of math department Teaching Experience: TA for Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Intro Stats, and Theory of Probability (3 full semesters) Research Experience: $3,500 research grant -- used for data for my Undergraduate Thesis. 2 other excellent econ papers that I've written for class. Worked at the CEA as a intern, assisting economists with their research Research Interests: Development, Health, Energy/Environmental SOP: Very well written. Mentions my specific research interests and professors for each school. Also includes a possible research proposal for my dissertation. Other: Skilled in Python, R, Matlab, LaTex, and Eviews. Provided link to my GitHub account with evidence of work in each. I am applying to 16 PhD programs and 2 masters programs (LSE and Paris). Half of the PhD programs are top 20, the other half are 20-50. What are my chances? I am extremely worried and am considering applying to more safe schools. Thoughts?
  19. First time poster, long time reader here. I am a junior and an international student at a top 15 undergrad program in the US (top 50 econ), and I started to prepare myself to apply to grad programs relatively early, and once I wanted to be competitive at the very top schools, I planned to have taken multiple Grad level courses by the time I apply in my senior year. Well, I had my final exam for Grad Micro I today and I ended up making a series of errors due to lack of sleep and not knowing when to take the hit and move on to the next question (no excuses, I could have prepared earlier/better, my fault) that dropped my course grade from 97% to 92% (A-) So, from what I have read here, an A- in Grad Micro I is not the end of the world (even though I am feeling like it is today), but it does not help me either. First, how affected were my chances at a Top 5 program? Is an A- something I need to make up for, or is it something that will simply not stand out and I need to work on other things? Also, I am still a junior, so I have 1 year until I apply. I was planning to take 5/6 math courses next Spring, and then take Grad Metrics/Macro + Senior thesis during the Fall of my senior year, but now I might consider taking Micro Theory II next Spring to make up for the A-. Any ideas on that? I will leave my standard profile below. Any thoughts/advice you can give me will be appreciated. PROFILE Type of Undergrad: US News Top 15 - Math and Econ Major Undergrad GPA: 3.93 GRE: N/A Math Courses: Calculus (I,II,III), Linear Algebra, ODE, Intro to Math Reasoning (A-), Scientific Computing, Real Analysis, Operations Research, Intro to Probability. All A unless indicated otherwise I was planning to take next semester: Numerical Analysis, Complex Variables, Math Methods in Fin Econ, Topology, Stochastic Modeling, Algebra (can cut one or two if useless) Econ Courses: Intro to Micro/Macro, Intermediate Micro/Macro, Stats for Econ, Metrics, Monetary Theory, PhD Micro Theory I (A-) All A unless indicated otherwise Letters of Recommendation: Still a little bit unclear, but I am currently doing separate research for 2 Full-time Professors both for 1 year. Started talking about a senior thesis with another professor recently. Research Experience: RA for the above professors for 2 semesters and 2 summers. Teaching Experience: Math Grader if it counts
  20. I requested a profile evaluation before but quite a few details have changed and I figured that it would be useful to request one again. My profile has some glaring oddities because I went through a very strange period in my life between 2012-2014 as a youth - I, more or less, dropped out of a school I got into and pressed the reset button. If you think this may matter a lot, let me know. That would be very valuable and useful to me - may be necessary to get a MA then. I'm not worried or concerned about this now. Profile Ethnicity: URM/Latino Type of Undergrad: Economics/Math (statistics option) low-ranked public university - you haven't heard of it. GRE: Quant 163, Verbal 167 (I'm going to retake it, obviously, and I expect to do better - I'm a much stronger math student now than I was when I first took it.) Undergrad GPA (overall): 3.82 Undergrad GPA (institutional): 4.0 Undergrad GPA (math): 4.0 Math/Statistics Courses: Intro to Analysis (A), Stochastic Processes (A), Mathematical Statistics (A), Probability Theory (A), Linear Algebra (A), Statistical Learning (grad course, A), Cal Series (A in all courses), Differential Equations (A), Discrete Math (A), Number Theory (A), Economics: Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Labor Econ (A), Industrial Organization (A), International Economics (A), Money & Banking (A), Math for Economics (A, grad), Advanced Micro (A-, grad, took through program), Econometrics (A) Research Experience: I'll be working as a RA in the Federal Reserve system for two years. I'm not sure who will be writing my LORs from there but I will be working with some economists with PhDs from top-ranked programs. I know Stata/R and some Python. I'd say I'm very proficient in R. Research Interests: Labor, Household Finance, Econometrics, Public Policy Concerns/Questions: 1. I have no idea which schools I should target or which schools I could plausibly target. I last thought about graduate school ~9 months ago or so - I try not to think about such things when I'm "in the trenches", it produces unnecessary stress - and my profile was much weaker 9 months ago! As a result, I'm pretty clueless about my current profile. 2. I'm interested in profile-strengthening tips. I can take classes/courses on the side rather easily and, if I really go out of my way, from good universities. I'm interested in continuing my Math/Stats education (I don't feel satisfied yet and I love Math/Stats) while also gaining more exposure to graduate-level Economics. If you see a weakness or have a recommendation, I'd love to hear it, though I refuse to do something solely to get a LOR or an "in". 3. The big question relates to the MA - do you think it's necessary if I want to get into top 20 programs? I suspect that it is. I have no idea though.
  21. Hi! I am planning on applying for a PhD eventually, but I want to hedge my bets and apply to MA programs too. My math background is strong (4.0 applied math major), but I am missing some classes like Real Analysis, Calc IV, and other advanced, proof-based courses. I would absolutely prefer an MA in economics because stats/pure math does not interest me that much. Right now I plan on applying to Columbia, NYU, and Wisconsin's terminal MA programs. Do you have any other recommendations that could strengthen my PhD application? Thank you!
  22. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: BS Math and Economics at USNews Top-70 Private undergrad and Econ Department Cumulative GPA: 3.87 out of 4.0 GRE: 167 Q/164 V/5.0 AWA Math Courses: Calculus 1-3 (AP, A, A), Linear Algebra (A), Intro to Proofs (B+), Real Analysis (A), Complex Analysis (A), ODE (A-), PDE (B+), Numerical Analysis (A), Math Modeling (A), Math Logic (A), Upper-level Elective (A-), Intro Stats (A) Econ Courses: Intro Micro/Macro (A, A), Intermediate Micro/Macro (mathematical track) (A-, A-), Mathematical Economics (A), Econometrics (A), International Economic Theory (A), Game Theory (A), Econ Development (A-), Financial Economics (A), Upper-level Elective (A), Thesis (A) Letters of Recommendation: 1) Undergraduate Thesis Advisor, top-5 Econ, should be strong 2) Economist I RA'ed for at FRB, top-5 Econ, strongest of the 3, potential co-authorship (in progress) 3) Another Economist I RA'ed for at FRB, top 15-ish(?) non-US Econ PhD, should also be strong Research Experience: UG Thesis, 2 years at FRB Teaching Experience: None Work Experience: Worked for a year doing software development type stuff and now at the FRB Programming skills: R, Matlab, Stata, Python Questions: ​ I'd preferably like to apply widely in the 5-30 range, targeting Cornell/Duke. Does this seem reasonable given my current profile? One area of improvement is my GRE Q score, but from browsing this forum a 167 might be sufficient/not a cause for concern. I didn't study very much, so I think that a 168+ is very reasonable. Additionally, would grad-level Econ courses (specifically Econometrics)/additional math be beneficial?
  23. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: BA Math and Economics, Ivy League (starts with P) Cumulative GPA: 3.51 / 4.00 GRE: 169 Q/166 V/4.0 AWA Math Courses: Calc II-Multivariate (A), Calc III-ODE ©, Calc IV-PDE (A-), Linear Algebra (A), Math of Finance (A), Real Analysis I & II (C/A), Adv ODEs (A) Stats Courses: Probability (A), Regression (A), Time Series (A), Stochastics (A), Math Stat (A-), Bayes (A-), Machine Learning (A-) Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro/Macro (A-/A+), Game Theory (B-), Adv Micro (A), Adv Game Theory (A), Economic Development (A) Letters of Recommendation: - Prof - Fed economist - Current boss (was previously an Asst Prof at a top-5, well-known in finance) [assume generally positive but maybe not superlative - all agreed to write without reservation. I honestly don't have a great sense] Research Experience: 2 years at Federal Reserve 1.5 years of independent work with an Asst Prof at a top-25 (couple of presentations, still WIP stage) Teaching Experience: None Work Experience: Internship at top DC think tank - economic policy 2 years at Federal Reserve 3 years Data Scientist at Silicon Valley tech/finance company, currently senior level (~200K salary). Have a couple of mathy blog posts which can be adapted for writing sample. Programming skills: R, Python, Scala Questions/Context: ​ Wondering how competitive I'll be at top 10. Also looking at business programs. Have low/mediocre GPA with some unfortunate Cs which I think is my biggest weakness. Should I do a Master's? I've saved enough (350K, no debt) that I can afford it easily. Honestly a PhD wasn't really on my radar until end of senior year, would have studied a bit harder had I known earlier
  24. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 20 State University US News(Econ major), Econ major. Cumulative GPA: 2.98/4 Currently doing MA in top 60 University US News. (Applied Econ) First semester in the school and I have three more semesters left before the graduation. I will try hard to get streak A for my masters to compensate my bad undergrad GPA. The program is very heavy in math and Econometrics. GRE: 168Q/152V/3.5AWA. I took it a year ago, but I can retake it if it's necessary. Math Courses: Undergrad: Calculus I (3.5), Calculus II (3.0), Stat I, II (3.0). Research/Teaching: Currently working as RA and GA. Programming skills: Stata, R, Python As you can see I don't have strong mathematical background from my undergrad, so I'm thinking of taking extra math courses during my masters if possible. I'd appreciate if you could recommend any math related courses I should take. And if I graduate with solid A's in my masters, what are the chances of me getting into top 50 Econ Phd? Thank you in advance.
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