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Econ PhD Application - Reality check
EasternLance posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsPROFILE: Important information about my application: - I'm a Canadian citizen (Important since there exists a quota on native Canadian students @ Canadian MA's) - The average GPA for a math major at my school is a 2.8. - Never withdrew from a class in college (Not sure if that's important but some schools may look at that favorably) Type of Undergrad: US, Large (35k) public school, top 75 in business, Top 30 MBA, No graduate Econ program Undergrad GPA: 3.77/4 (Econ 3.9, Math w/Grade deflation 3.5) Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: Haven't taken it yet but testing (160V, 167Q) and at least 4.5 on AWA Math Courses: Calc 1 (B+), Calc 2 (-A), Calc 3 (A), Intro to proof (B-), Linear Algebra (B), Planning to take Real Analysis in the spring Econ Courses (grad-level): N/A Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Principles of Micro (A), Principles of Marco (A+), Intermediate Micro (A+), Intermediate Macro (A), Game Theory (A), Econometric's (A), Health Econ (A-), Environmental Econ (A-), Labor Econ (B+), Public Fiance (A+), International Trade (A), Statistics (A+), History of Economic Thought (A+) Other Courses: Took challenging classes in English and the usual Gen Ed stuff Letters of Recommendation: (1st letter - Prof with 52 years of teaching experiencing and numerous research papers/government work - Stated in his letter that I was his best econ student out of the approx 40,000 students he has ever taught), (2nd letter - Vanderbilt PhD, Program chair, knows me pretty well, should be strong), (3rd letter - USC PhD, taught me intermediate Micro, set the curve in his class so It should be a pretty good letter). Additional potential letter writer: (PhD from Moscow - Soviet Era - Have done research for him, knows he pretty well) Research Experience: 1 semester of lit review, plan to do empirical work (Using Stata) for the same project next semester). Teaching Experience: Econ Tutor, Calc 3 Tutor, Metrics tutor Research Interests: Health Economics, International Economics SOP: Should be good, I'm going to explain that I went to my current school because of family reasons and that both my parents are researchers - So I'm under no illusions of what awaits me post PhD. Concerns: I thought I had a pretty good application until I stumbled across this forum, now I'm wondering if I'm even competitive. My math GPA could be higher, I'm actually considering taking a 5th year so that I can take higher level math classes (Like topology and Differential equations, along with a few masters classes) Other: I'm 21 years old (Senior, graduating next semester), I've wanted to be an economist since I was 16, I just need to know (realistically) where I can expect to land ranking wise In terms of Econ PhD programs and Econ MA programs. I'm willing to wait a few years and better my credentials if that merits a chance at a top 20 program. Applying to: Notre Dame (PhD), Vanderbilt (PhD), Toronto (MA), UBC (MA), Purdue (MA), McGill (MA), University of Illionois at Urbana - Champaign (MA). Additionally: (1) What are my chances of getting into the schools I'm applying for? (2) I would LOVE any realistic school recommendations. (3) I'm planning to take the GRE on Dec 22nd (I think that should work since applications are due Jan 15) (4) Debating to mention my University's math rigor in my SOP, however that just sounds like an excuse (5) If you made it this far reading my application, thank you.
Which path should I follow? (RA vs Current Admissions)
Itsma posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsHello everybody! :shy: As many of you I have to make important decisions in the following days. I’ll present my situation. Let’s see if you can help me a bit :D I’ve done my applications to PhD/Master programs in economics (fall 2016). In the meanwhile, I accepted an offer for a position as RA at the Bank of Spain (Banco de España). So now, that I’m receiving the admissions/rejections, I’m trying to decide which of these 2 paths follow: Accept the best offer I get in this application period. Probably I’m talking about the Master in Economics and Finance at CEMFI or LSE’s EME. Still waiting with hope the outcomes of BU and UCSD though. Keep my position as RA and apply again for Fall 2017 or Fall 2018 (I could probably work in the bank untill January 2018). This could allow me to get a strong letter from my boss (PhD in LSE, head of the división) and I’d have some research related experience in my CV. Moreover, I could improve my GRE. Additionally, in the worst of cases, I’ll have saved enough money to study an european master for a year or two, if I dont get funding anywhere. Two relevant notes: In the long run, I see myself researching in central banks, IMF, WB, OECD… more than in a university. I just got my bachelors, I’m 22, which makes me think there is no rush in starting my PhD this year. Here is a profile evaluation thread I opened with more information about my profile: http://www.www.urch.com/forums/phd-economics/156489-profile-evaluation-uc3m-us.html Honestly, right now I tend to think 2 is the best path for me, but maybe I’m making a mistake if I reject the opportunity to study at LSE, CEMFI, BU or even UCSD!!! What do you think? Thanks for your attention!!! Any piece of advise is highly appreciated PD: I'm an international applicant.
Profile Eval: 2016.
Expedia posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsType of Undergrad: Unknown U.S. University Major: B.A. Economics, Political Science, and Minor in Mathematics GPA: Cumulative 3.91, Econ 3.968, Relevant honors: Graduated Summa cum laude with honors Undergrad Thesis: Comparative analysis of development of China and India (It is a qualitative analysis and tbh of a very inferior quality, still got an A) GRE: Should be able to get >165 on the quant Math Classes: Elementary Calculus I and II, Discrete Mathematics (A-), Mathematical modelling (A-), Linear Algebra (A), Advanced Calculus (A) Econ Classes: Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Econometrics (A), Intro to Corporate Finance (A), American Economic History (A), Macroeconomic Policy (A), Money, Credit and Banking (A), Financial Markets (A), Stats for Business and Economics (A) Recommendations: I should get a VERY VERY strong recommendation from both of my Economics professors (one of them is the chair of Econ department as well as my thesis advisor). I am also planning to get a recommendation from one of my Political Science professor who without doubt will have excellent recommendation for me. Teaching Experience: Worked as a tutor at the college's tutoring center and taught Mathematics. Concerns: Lack of high level Mathematics courses, Graduated from an unknown University, University economics department is pretty heterodox. Thank you guys in advance. I am a pessimist on most of the part. So, I have no idea what to expect or what to aim for while applying to Grad Schools. Any advice would be highly appreciated. Thanks. P.S. I am new to here. So, I copied the format from one of the posts. Sorry for that.
Full-time RA 2016 Profile Evaluation and course advice
sophieless posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsFull-time RA 2016 Profile Evaluation Hey all, After traveling a long journey, I am open to any suggestions. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: B.Eng. in Urban Planning, B.Sc in Mathematics from top2 Chinese university Undergrad GPA: 3.95/3.83 Type of Grad: Master in city planning from MIT Grad GPA: 5.0/5.0 GRE: old score, 700V+800Q+3.5W Math Courses: Calculus I&II (A+) Mathematical Analysis (A+) Probability Theory (A-) Functions of Real Variables (A) Advanced Algebra (A+) Mathematical Statistics (A-) Abstract Algebra (A) Ordinary Differential Equations (A) Operation Research (A-) Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable (A-) Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Principle of Economics (A+); Urban Econ (A); Environmental Econ (A) Other Courses: some finance courses, mathematical finance, real estate finance, investments, etc. A handful of applied courses for urban planning. Letters of Recommendation: Research supervisors at work – well-known in the field (top 5% ideas). Possibly IO professor at GWU who graduated from MIT Research Experience: Various research experience in urban studies & public finance. Currently working as full-time RA at DC think-tank specializing in environmental economics for 1.5 years Teaching Experience: TA for public finance in grad dept at MIT Research Interests: Environmental, IO SOP: Will be strong -- focused and concise with research interest and projects that I have been working on. Will talk about 2~3 papers (upcoming) as 2nd and 3rd author. Concerns: not trained as an economist in school. Before full-type RA, my research experience has largely been qualitative, based on survey and fieldwork, extraneous to what I am aiming to do. Insufficient econ courses. A- in statistics/probability course. Weak GRE writing. Applying to: top 20 econ, top ARE programs, HKS, Standford MS&E Other: I am currently taking Phd Micro II, III, RA II at GWU part-time (and hope I will get As) Ideally, I want to go to a place that is strong in both IO and environmental, because my research interest now is how firms respond to and affect the efficiency of energy and environmental policy. Harvard and MIT would be great ( I have plan to take more courses in summer and next fall (hoping I can get my fall transcript to adcom). What courses will have the biggest marginal utility? Many say field course like PhD IO will not carry much weight but it will be very good for me to consolidate my research ideas. Or Macro I will be a better choice? Do I need to take a graduate-level mathematical statistics or phd econometrics to compensate my weakness in statistics grade? (if so, which one is better?) Though I have taken many undergrad math courses (4 year ago), the knowledge is not active. Is it necessary to take grad measure theory, functional analysis, typology to send stronger signal (or am I just being paranoid)? Also importantly, will my grade at GWU be discounted in some way because it is not a top school? Thanks much -- I look forward to any feedback
Profile Evaluation Fall 2016
env557 posted a topic in PhD in EconomicsPROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 10 Econ PhD / 2 years before at a public uni without Econ PhD Undergrad GPA: 3.87 (current)/ 3.91 (past) double major Econ/Math Type of Grad:N/A Grad GPA:N/A GRE: n/a Math Courses taken before transferring: Cal 1-2 (A), Combinatorics (A), Real Analysis (W) Math Courses at Top 10: Calc 3 (A), Computer Simulation (A), Linear Algebra (A), Real Analysis(A-), ODE (in progress), Intro to Topology (in progress) Econ Courses (grad-level at Top 10): grad MA elective (B+) Econ Courses (undergrad-level) before transferring: Intro Micro/Macro (A/A), Econometrics (A), Adv Econometrics (A), Labor (A) Econ Courses (Top 10 - undergrad) : Intermediate Micro/Macro (A/A), Industrial Organization (A), Behavioral (A), Independent Study w/ faculty (A), Thesis (in progress) Other Courses: Intro C++ (A), some programming course (A), Stats (A) - all transferred, some poli sci classes on labor, Finance (B+), a few accounting classes (all As) Letters of Recommendation: 1. Independent Study full-time faculty, Econ PhD from top 10 US, took a class from him, did well, so he suggested indep study 2. Econ Prof. doing current research with him (PhD from abroad), mentor for a research grant 3. Econ Prof. thesis adviser, PhD from Top 5, should be strong Research Experience: 2 summer RA grants and one ongoing; current thesis in Macrotheory Teaching Experience: Math grader for Calc I (one semester), math tutor 2 years Research Interests: Macroeconomics, Labor SOP: not yet, should be fine. Concerns: not enough math classes, not strong enough LORs, no published papers, no strong grad level classes Applying to: what range should I apply for ? Other: what should I focus on most since I have one year left to apply? Any advice is appreciated!