Schools Applying To: Columbia SIPA, Cornell CIPA
Undergrad Institution: Top college outside US
Undergraduate Major: Finance
Undergraduate GPA: 3.45
Graduate Institution: Top 40 in U.S.
Graduate Major: Economics
Graduate GPA: 2.7 (I know, it is bad)
Years since Undergrad: 5
Year since Grad: 3
GRE: Will take the test in September, and working hard to secure 160+ in the two sections to offset my graduate GPA
Quantitative Courses: Calculus I (A), Calculus II (A), Linear Algebra-Graduate (B-), Discrete Mathematics (A), Economics (A), Managerial Economics (B-), International Trade (B), Macro Economics Policy (B-), Statistics I (A), Statistics II (A), Econometrics (A)... few others
Languages: English, Persian, Pashto, Arabic
Work Experience: 3 years relevant work experience, total 7 years work experience
1 year as Economist for the President of my Country
2 years in developmental areas/public policy
Also have a good amount of volunteer experience when I was younger
LORs: 2 Previous bosses from the Office of the President
SOPs: Haven't started yet, but I will focus more on how the second master's degree help me achieve my goals in the energy sector.
Concerns: Terrible GPA. Even though I graduated in 2016, I had 2 Ds but repeated them and got B- in graduate school. Have 2 C+ in graduate school. Since I took Linear Algebra after long time I graduate from college, I received D, then B- after I repeated it.
Would appreciate any advice/help on whether I'm competitive for the current range of school currently!