mormegil Posted September 18, 2008 Share Posted September 18, 2008 So, do I stand any chance with my choice of schools (given below) or am I fooling myself? I am an international applicant. One thing responders should remember is that my choice of schools is constrained as I'm applying with an undergrad degree (currently in senior year) which is a British format 3-year long. Most US grad schools don't accept such degrees for admission unless supplemented with a masters degree. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: B.Sc. Economics (Honors), with Maths and Political Science as minors. Very large, old and well known Indian university. Has long history of placing students at decent U.S. universities. Undergrad GPA: Waiting on that. Should be mid-to-high second class, roughly in the 3.0 to 3.4 range after conversion. The GPA is specific to my university. A caveat is that my university is infamous in India for grade deflation (as it is known in the US). GRE: 1440. Quant: 790. verbal: 650. AWA: 4.5 I gave the GRE twice. 1st time got 1160. Quant: 670: verbal: 490. AWA: 4.0. Although I'm told by grad program directors at the places I'm applying to that taking GRE twice doesn't matter especially if the score improves (as it has). I hope it is so. TOEFL iBT: 104. Economics courses: Micro, Macro, Statistics and Econometrics, Development, International Trade, Public Finance, Mathematical Economics, Indian Economic History and Economic Policy Analysis. Math Courses: Everything. Modern Algebra, Linear Algebra, Calculus, Linear programming, 2D and 3D geometry, vector analysis, numerical analysis, Stats. Maths grades should be average. Political Science Courses: Indian constitution and politics, World constitutions (US, UK, China, Switzerland, France), politics and elections, usual undergrad political theories. Research Experience: Published papers in 2 national level conferences and at 2 international conference (in political economy, economic development and governance). Teaching Experience: none. Research Interests: comparative politics, including political economy, elections, development and politics, South Asian politics, development and governance et al. LORs: Will be extremely strong. Two from my college. One professor (from another college) with lots of national and international publications. He knows me very well and I've been with him to conferences. All 3 have PhD in Economics from my country. Is that a disadvantage? Another nationally famous Sociology professor (PhD from Mcmaster) who knows me pretty well and was the track chair in one of the conferences I've been to. SOP: Just started working. Concerns: Endless. To be pithy, 1. (Potential) average marks or GPA. International students especially from my country apply with much better marks. 2. I will be applying with only an undergrad degree. Almost all applicants from my country and I believe most international applicants apply with a graduate degree or they are already enrolled in a graduate program. But I will be in my final year of my undergrad program. I think this will be the biggest handicap to my profile and will heavily affect my chances. 3. Low GRE AWA score. Applying to: PhD: Chicago, Emory, Johns Hopkins, UPenn, Notre Dame, SUNY Buffalo, Washington University in St. Louis, Princeton, Virginia, Texas A&M, Claremont Graduate, Cornell, Northwestern, Rice, Georgetown. Terminal MA (just to be safe): Villanova, Marquette, San Diego State, U. Nebraska - Lincon, U. Nevada - Reno. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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