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Hi all, confused European here after some advice about the mysterious world of US econ PHD applictions. EDIT: have put profile in the format eveyone here uses PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: UK BA (Oxford, PPE weighted about 70% econ) Undergrad GPA: Good first class (so 4.0 I guess) Type of Grad: Oxford Mphil econ with good scholarship Grad GPA: Came close 2nd in my year in first year exams (so I guess like a 4.0, idk) GRE: 169Q/168V/6.0A Math Courses: Mphil has one big compulsory maths course that covers a range of stuff Econ Courses (grad-level): micro, macro, metrics, advanced micro 1&2, advanced metrics 1&2, Theory based empirical analysis Econ Courses (undergrad-level): intro micro, intro macro, micro, macro, metrics, advanced metrics, micro theory Other Courses: Various politics and philosophy courses in undergrad Letters of Recommendation: thesis supervisor (top 5% on rpec), professor I'm RAing for, undegrad econ professor who I know very well Research Experience: worked in a research institute last summer (name on two papers), RAing in my department this summer Teaching Experience: none at all Research Interests: Micro theory, metrics, empirical micro, political economy. SOP: not yet written Concerns: should I retake the GRE to try and get quant up to 170? Other: Applying to: US top 5? Top 10? Top 20? Top 30? Not sure what I should be aiming for... Basically, what I want to know is: do I have a shot at a top 10 programme? And if I don't then should I apply to US top 20 or stay where I am (I have already secured good funding for the Oxford PHD if i want it)? Also should I retake the GRE and see if I can get up to 170 Q? Any comments very much appreciated.
Hi fellow economists! I'm soon graduating from my BSc Economics in London (not Uni of London), and have three offers lined up for my MSc Economics: LSE, UCL and Warwick. My final goal is to enter a US top 10-15 Econ PhD programme. Any suggestions on why any of my offers could be better than the others with regards to maximising my chances of achieving my final goal, life-work balance, and any details that might come up to your minds are well welcome!
Mates, I have next situation: I am graduating from UCL (MRes) this year, but I do not want to continue PhD here, because I understood that some US schools can give me much more in the field I am now interested (behavioral economics). So I am thinking to apply to US schools next year. The problem is that the department was funding me this year and faculty considers me as good student to go to their PhD stage, but I want to say them the truth. The only thing that I am afraid that they will impede me to go to other university, since they were investing in me this year. For example, if someone will call the director of the program, he may say that I am middle - cut student (whereas I know that I am at top2 in my program), and eventually I will fail. Can somebody advise me if it is better to say everything in an open way to faculty or it is better to apply by myself not telling anything? There is one guy from faculty who I already asked reference letter and he is going to give me one (other two letters from my previous research) P.S. I will be very grateful if somebody from Barcelona Economics MRes would give me an advise, because I heard that many students from there (MRES) went to US PhDs. Thank you.
Hi all, Been following the advice shared on this forum for a while and finally decided to step in and ask for some advice myself. I am completing my final year of a BSc Economics in a mid-tier UK university (not such a bad one, students have been continuing on to some LSE courses in the past and the like). I will hopefully graduate at the top of my class and am expecting a first-class degree. My final goal is to apply for a PhD in Economics at a top US institution - say top 10 (top 5 would be my dream, like any economist's I guess). My interest is in applied micro, however given that I really enjoy theoretical proofs and the like, I am open to concentrate on more theoretical/mathematical fields depending on how I will score on (and feel about) those at masters level. How would you guys, given your experience, rank the following options for maximising chances of getting into a top US PhD: MSc Economics (LSE); MSc Economics (UCL), MSc Economics (Warwick), MSc Applicable Mathematics (LSE). I am not a maths genius, but I do enjoy myself a lot in maths and stats modules and thought gearing up on maths in preparation for an econ PhD wouldn't be too bad an idea, given how much weight is put on maths at that level. Again, references from economists are, I guess, much more important than how much maths I did at my MSc, however applied to social sciences... Looking forward to your advice!