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Acceptances:
treasuries 2007:
PROFILE Type of Undergrad: No. 1 university in my country in southeast asia Undergrad GPA: B.S. Economics: 3.44 (major 3.62) B.S. Statistics: 2.98 (major 3.45) B.S. Electronics Eng'g: Type of Grad: No. 1 university in my country in southeast asia Grad GPA: M.S. Statistics: 3.40 GRE: Q 800, V 580, AW 4.0 IELTS: 7.5 overall MATH Courses: Undergraduate: Calculus IIII, Linear Algebra, Finite Differences, Theory of Interest, Mathematics of Life Contigencies ECON Courses: Undergraduate: Intermediate Micro & Macro, Mathematical, Quantitative, Monetary, Public, Labor, International, Development Economics STAT Courses: Undergraduate: Probability Theory I/II, Matrix Theory, Parametric/Nonparametric Inference, Bayesian Inference, Regression Analysis, Sampling Designs, Experimental Designs, Categorical Data Analysis, Time Series I, Multivariate Analysis Graduate: Real Analysis, Probability Theory, Parametric Inference, Applied Multivariate Analysis, Linear Models, Sampling Designs, Time Series II, Multivariate Analysis, Econometric Methods, Stochastic Processes, Stochastic Calculus, Survival Analysis (Martingale Approach), Wavelets Letters of Recommendation: All my referees came from Statistics but they are unknown and do not publish in international journals. These are all strong recommendations because I've worked with them in at least one research paper. One referee was my graduate thesis adviser. Research Experience: Proposed a new econometric model in my graduate thesis. Several applied statistics papers with cograduate students and also with graduate faculty members. Research associate at a World Bank funded research project headed by a senior faculty. Done market research consulting with Fujitsu and Motorola. My undergrad thesis in economics won a college and a national award and was presented at a local economic society conference. Teaching Experience: Taught statistics subjects for more than 4 years. Research Interests: Financial Econometrics SOP: There was a severe weakness in my application: bad engineering grades. I told them the truth in three sentences, that I lost interest in the course and no matter how I tried I just didn't do well in it. Then I proceeded to elaborate on how I overcame this and eventually did well in my two undergraduate degrees. I presented a logical justification of jumping from stat to econ to stat as a strong preparation for PhD in econ later. I also highlighted whatever academic achievements I have to drown doubts about my intellectual ability and emotional maturity. Others: Presented paper to an Econometric Society meeting and it was then published in a local statistics journal. This paper consists of a proposed econometric model with derivations, monte carlo simulations and empirical evaluation. RESULTS: Acceptance: Singapore Management U MSc by Research (full $), Toronto MA (?) Waitlist: QEM Erasmus Mundus (got in eventually but declined) Rejections: Purdue, SSE What would you have done differently? I was able to apply to only one U.S. and one Canadian universities because I took the IELTS instead of TOEFL for some reasons. I decided not to apply to some others that accept IELTS because I knew my chances were slim to nil. If I had TOEFL I would have applied to some more in the lower end of some U.S. programs. Yet, based on my current performance I guess I would not have done any better. What lesson did I learn? The quality of my research experience counted a lot more than my academic record. I had strong recommendations but not from wellknown professors so research experience itself did not offset my weak spots. Perhaps real analysis and functional analysis from the Math department would have helped. The admission to SgMU for another MSc will help me in my chances of getting admitted to a PhD program in the U.S. & in Canada. Of course, that is under the assumption that I'll do well there. I'm pretty much inclined to doing economic research so I guess that will be a natural motivation. ...
Accepts: Acceptance: Singapore Management U MSc by Research (full $), Toronto MA (?)
Rejects:
Waitlists: Waitlist: QEM Erasmus Mundus (got in eventually but declined)
 
Rejections:
Mobil 2007:
Profile: GRE: 800Q/520V/3.5A TOEFL: 263/300, 4.5/6.0 GPA: I don't know how to translate: Undergraduate: 8.7/10 Master: 8.13/10 Classes: Math: Undergrad: Calculus III, Static Optimization, Lin Algebra, Int to Probability and Statistics. Grad: Real Analysis, Dynamic Optimization, Probability and Statistics Econ: Lots of undergrad, core grad sequence in Micro, Macro and Econometrics Electives: Money Theory, Development Economics, Advanced Theory Type of Undergrad: International Research Experience: Master's thesis Teaching Experience: TA for two grad Macro LORs: 5 LORs from professors who are based here in my home country. 3 are tenured professors (PhDs from Berkeley, Minnesota and UPenn) and two more junior (PhD from Chicago, PhD from a domestic university). SoP & Interests: It was just about my academic history, research interests (emphasizing the field in which each university is best) and professors I could work with in each of the universities. Other: International, Latin American, 25 yo. Interests: Macroeconomics, Money Theory, Development Economics RESULTS: Acceptances: (with funding): NYU Minnesota Columbia PennState (no funding): Rochester Rejections: Princeton UPenn Northwestern Yale No answer at all: Toronto What would you have done differently? Nothing, I guess...
Accepts: Acceptances:
(with funding):
NYU
Minnesota
Columbia
PennState
(no funding): Rochester
Rejects: Rejections:
Princeton
UPenn
Northwestern
Yale
No answer at all: Toronto
Waitlists:
chappl 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: small university in Switzerland, 215th on econphd.net Undergrad GPA: not easy to compute Type of Grad: same as undergrad Grad GPA: 5.73/6 GRE: 800Q, 610V, 5.5AWA Math Courses: Calc IIII, LinAlgebra, Mathematical econ (undergrad), Mathematical methods in finance (undergrad), Math and Statistics (MAlevel), Stochastic Processes (MAlevel) Econ Courses (MAlevel): Adv. Macro III, Adv. Micro, Game theory, Public econ, Empirical Macro, Experimental econ, Econometrics (general), Time Series econometrics, Microeconometrics, Applied Econometrics, Theory of Finance III Econ Courses (undergradlevel): Macro IIV, Micro IIV, 3 Development econ courses, Labor, Trade, Monetary, Public, 2 metrics courses Other Courses: lots of undergrad management and law courses (compulsory in my school) Letters of Recommendation: 3 professors (1 Princeton PhD, 1 Swiss PhD, 1 German PhD), 1 head of research dept at central bank; all probably very positive Research Experience: 1 year RA at central bank Teaching Experience: none Research Interests: modern macro, international finance SOP: stated my background and research interests Other: I have no BA, only an MA, as a consequence of the transition of my school to the Bologna system. My MA transcript only contains grades for MA courses, translation of undergrad level transcripts all sent as individual sheets of paper. This might have confused some adcoms. RESULTS: Acceptances: Michigan (no $), Wisconsin (no $), Maryland ($), Rochester ($), JHU ($), BU ($), Virginia ($), UBC ($) Waitlists: NYU, ultimately rejected Rejections: Princeton, Yale, Penn, Northwestern, Columbia, Duke, Toronto What would you have done differently? I would have taken advanced math classes, like real analysis, topology, etc. As my school had no math dept, I would have had to take these at another school. I shouldn't have applied to my supposedly safety school (MA & PhD): Toronto; and should have applied to 2 more top 10 schools instead
Accepts: Acceptances: Michigan (no $), Wisconsin (no $), Maryland ($), Rochester ($), JHU ($), BU ($), Virginia ($), UBC ($)
Rejects: rejected
Rejections: Princeton, Yale, Penn, Northwestern, Columbia, Duke, Toronto
Waitlists: Waitlists: NYU, ultimately
 
Waitlists:
whitewinghk 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: A School in HK, statistics major, no analysis Undergrad GPA: 3.66, first class honors Type of Grad: A school in HK, MA (Econ) Grad GPA: Grade A average GRE: Q800, V570, A5.5 Math Courses: no rigorous math courses, but some hard statistics courses, e.g. Statistical Inference A+, Stochastic Inference A+, Nonparametric testing (A+), linear model and forecasting (A), Stochastic calculus (A), Risk theory (A) Econ Courses: Intermediate macro (A+), Micro theory I, II (A+), Macro analysis (A+), Econometircs (A), International trade (B+) Letters of Recommendation: all strong, two from econ and one from statistics Research Experience: 2 year RA experience, working on trade and economic development of Mainland China Research Interests: Development and micro theory SOP: very general indicated my research interest and RA experience at university and United Nations RESULTS: Acceptances: Wisconsin ($), Boston University ($), MSU (no $), PSU (no $), UC Davis (no $) Waitlists: ever waiting, Uni. of Toronto and UBC Rejections: A long list, Minnesota, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Maryland, Brown, OSU, Cornell What would you have done differently? I think I have tried my best or may be I should have applied to some applied econ programs as I have strong interest in development. Yet, I am happy with the results. Advice: Apart from Math, RA exp really helps a lot, it may make up weak math background. There would be lots of RA opp at any university. The job may be very simple like formulting Excel sheets, collecting data or plotting charts, yet it shines in your application. For international students, the process can be quite random especially for some are from unknown schools like me. Try to apply as many as possible, certainly you need to take into account money and how willing your referees are to write so many letters for you. Yet, if you can, try to apply as many as possible and do have a super safe one as a back up. I have seen a lot of Chinese students transfer to another school in one to two years. All the best and good luck
Accepts: Acceptances:
Wisconsin ($), Boston University ($), MSU (no $), PSU (no $), UC Davis (no $)
Rejects: Rejections: A long list, Minnesota, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Maryland, Brown, OSU, Cornell
Waitlists: Waitlists: ever waiting, Uni. of Toronto and UBC


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