I am an international undergraduate student currently studying at Ohio University. I will transfer after the end of Spring quarter. I applied to a bunch of universities which are almost Top 50s. My majors are mathematics/statistics and econ.
I am considering to go to a graduate school to get a phd in economics or business field. Here are my questions, by the time I enter my new school, I will have earned 91 quarter credit hours which are almost 60 semester hours. That is to say, I will be a junior at my new school.
However, I do not have any extracurriculum activities at Ohio University during my freshman and sophomore year, nor do I have any research experience during the time.
So I wonder if it is enough time for me to begin to prepare for top phds beginning at my junior year. I want to go to a Top 20 program, is that possible to achieve in 1.5 years of time?
Since I am going to apply for business or econ program, will that be less competitive just because I am an undergrad? I saw a lot of Ph.D candidates and faculty that they had master degrees. So I am just a little worried. I will take graduate courses and do well in GRE & TOEFL. Will a CFA certificate as well as GRE Math Subject be useful when I am applying? Is 1.5 year enough for preparing research experience?
Also, will the reputation of my undergrad school influence my chance to get into top programs? If I want to apply for about 20 schools, will my authors of LORs be willing to send those letters to so many schools?</p>
<p>I really appreciate your patience to read my thread. And Hope you could give me some clues.
Thank you so much for your responses!</p>