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Hey all, As of today, most of the applicants for PhD studies have received an answer regarding their admissions. I hope the majority of you are satisfied and excited about next year. I know that "Advices for PhD Economics" is a subject that is all over TheGradCafe however, when browsing the different posts I realized there is not a concise and clear one (perhaps I missed it). Thus, I would like to ask you for your help. I'm a future PhD applicant (for Fall 2022) and will start a MSc in Barcelona in Economics this year (Fall 2021). I know how painful and hard the admission process for PhD is and I'd like to gather as many advices as possible. I know sometimes it might be hard to share things that took us a while to realize or even that we learnt at our cost. Maybe it seems unfair that someone just need to read this blog to find it out. However, now that you are settled in a PhD program it would be great to hear from you and to share your insights. In order to keep this subject as clear as possible, I suggest the following paragraphs presentation: 1° Describe in very few words your profile: PhD program you are enrolled in / GRE Scores / Undergrad Studies / Additional work / age (optional) / anything you feel important Ex: PHD Economics UCLA / V:170,Q:170,AW:6 / BA Cornell University / TA for 2y and RA for 1y / 23 / always wear a hat during interviews 2° Something you wish you had known before Ex: send your application files by September 3° Tips regarding application Ex: Add a personal statement / do not provide with more than 3 Rec Letters / ... 4° A strength and a weakness of your application Ex: My RA work / My GRE scores 5° Tips for statement of purpose and any other remarks (why did you choose this PhD program, ..) Ex: be concise / focus on why you are a good candidate not on why you like economics / ... A massive thank you for those that will share their insights. You know how valuable this is. Thanks !
This is a complicated post. I am anticipating some brutally honest responses which will hopefully be constructive. I'm also anticipating some rude ones. First, I'm an escort. I have a bachelors in English literature from an average sized state school in Washington State. Outside the west coast my school doesn't matter to anybody. After I graduated I was a teaching assistant in Spain for a year and then came home and worked as a technical writer. Then I became a whore. Now I'm still a whore, and damn good at it, but stuck in a masters program in English studies where I did my undergraduate degree. It's a terrible idea. I'm aware. My undergraduate profile is as follows: Associates degree: 2.9 Lol. The second two years of my major: 3.4 I had a fat athletic scholarship which is why I went to this school instead of a bigger one. I'm graduating from my current MA program early because I need to get the fuck out of this city but also because I do not, DO NOT, want to do a PhD in the humanities. I don't think that's the right thing for me to do. One thing I've learned from escorting is that it's hard work that earns success not necessarily brains. There isn't anything exceptional about my clients except that they picked a goal and worked towards it. I have never been good at this. I come from white trash and hardly graduated high school. I am DYING to start over. At age 24 (almost 25) I have a small window of time to do so as I don't have any children (and don't want any for another decade), have a good amount of money saved, no debt, and am able to relocate anywhere in the world (happily so). I want to do a PhD in economics. How the FUCK do I get into a decent program? Are there any postbacs I should be aware of? There are a few in the US and obviously there are good schools that offer them. There are conversion diplomas in the UK (the University of London Birbeck for example). Thoughts? Anybody do this? Am I doomed? I believe it's important to be realistic. But it's also important to listen to the heart and trust the gut. I know I can do this. But what's the best route?
I have Bachelors and Masters Degree in Economics with very limited mathematics (college algebra, calculus for business, two week review of calculus I and linear algebra) but I am applying for a PhD in Economics. I have contemplated taking math courses(Calculus, Multivariate calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations) in the summer as a Non-Degree student but I live in a country where math courses are only offered as part of a degree program. I would like some advice on how I can take the math courses I need to strengthen my PhD applications or what programs I can apply to that can admit me and allow me to take math courses in the summer before the program begins.
Hi, I recently scored verbal: 157, quantitative: 168 and analytical 4.5. I want to apply to phd in economics in some top us programs. A profesor who will write one of my letters of recommendations told me that I should try taking it again to score 170 and possibly something higher in verbal -this one should not be so important in economics from what I know-. Does it sound like a sensible idea to take the GRE again? Would it make much difference if I scored 170? Any opinions would be appreciated