Hi guys.
I hope everyone is well and healthy. I was wondering if it is possible for me to get into a top 40 PhD program in Statistics from US or Canada. My profile can be summarised as follows;
Undergraduate degree: B.A. (Honors) Economics with Minor in Mathematics
Undergrad Institution: University of Delhi (Tier -1 college)
GPA: 4
Relevant coursework (one sem course): Mathematical Economics I and II, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Real Analysis (At the level of Bartle and Sherbert), Calculus I and II, Econometrics (Got 4 in all of them). Also did a course in Applied econometrics.
The Math econ courses covered some basic multivariate calculus, linear algebra and optimisation. Research work: Did one project where I used 2SLS regression to quantify the level of crowding-out of domestic private investment due to Foreign Direct Investment using a partial adjustment model of capital stock.
No other research experience.
GRE: 170 in Quant and 161 in Verbal
Appeared in Three actuarial exams namely, Probability and Mathematical Stats (85%), Financial Mathematics (89%) and Statistical Methods (72%).
Grad Institution: Indian Statistical Institute
Degree: MS in Quantitative Economics
GPA: 74% in first sem. (I am yet to complete the rest of the degree).
Relevant courses: Probability theory (61%), Math methods (86%) , Stats (67%) (Taught at the level of Casella and Berger).
I’ll have taken courses in Analysis I (Rudin), Analysis II, Measure theory, Time series and probably advanced linear algebra and linear models before applying. I will try my level best to secure good grades in these courses.
Also note that I will be applying for an MS statistics (most likely to an institution with thesis component) before applying to a PhD program. I would’ve taken the GRE math subject test before the MS program.
Also, please note that a friend of mine posted a similar profile a few days back. I thought mine is somewhat different. So wanted to get your feedback and advice on what can be done to secure a place in top 40 program in statistics in US or Canada. Will going through the MS stats route improve my chances? If you want to provide your valuable guidance on getting a good MS program, you are more than welcome. I am not very confident of getting into a good MS program and eventually a PhD but wanted to give my best shot.
Thanks a lot!