I am applying to a PhD in Economics; I am a big in Macro Economics as my background is entirely in macro.
One of the schools I am interested in is more focused in game theory. They have some economists focused in macro & monetary theory but it's just 2-3 members, extremely small compared to the other PhD programs I am applying to.
Should I reword my statement of purpose to areas they have more focus in? I like the school a lot! Do I make myself more or less competitive by being interested in an area a university isn't its best strength?
Two ways of looking at it:
- If I say I am interested in X and most of the faculty is doing Y and the students and program are more focused in subject Y, less of the faculty vote for my admissions and I am rejected.
- I am interested in X and most of the faculty is doing Y, subject X is underrepresented, I become a minority and they vote me in.
Which one do you think is the more likely outcome? Should I reword my SOP to the school's strength?