- What are the prospects of a Math Master student applying to top tier Finance PhD program?
So here's a little bit of my background.
I'm currently in my second year of my Mathematics master degree, applying to Finance PhD programs. The top tier Universities are definitely what I'm aiming for. What are my prospects?
Aspects where I felt like I am disadvantaged compared to other Finance PhD applicants:
I have not taken a lot of Finance/Econ course
I have little research experience compare to other applicants
Admission commitee might question my determination to go into the field of Finance
Aspects where I have outstanding performance/other information:
I have a background of Master in Math, which I assume most applicants don't
I have taken plenty of courses in applied math, including real analysis (I'm currently the grader for the first year graduate real analysis class)
I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA. I am still keeping the GPA in my graduate courses so far.
General GRE scores -Quantitative: 170/170(98% below)
-Verbal: 156/170(71% below)
-Writing: 3.5/6 (38% below)
Math GRE scores: 860/980 (89% below)
I would very much appreciate if someone in the Finance/Econ academia (graduate student/Professors) can give me some advice. Besides my odds of getting accepted,
- What are others things I can do to improve my chances of getting into the top schools?