<p>I am looking into obtaining an Econ PhD down the road. I am unsure of my next step(s).</p>
<p>white male, public university
Overall GPA: 3.5</p>
<p>Math/Stat Courses: Calc I (B), Calc II (B), Set Theory (B), Diff Eq (B), Linear Alg (A), Stat and Probability (A), Business Statistics (A)
Econ Courses: Micro Principles (A), Macro Principles (A), Micro Theory (A)</p>
<p>My biggest obstacle is clearly a late start- I coasted through school until sophomore year of college, didn't hurt in high school but cost me big freshman year (2.6 gpa 1st semester, 4.0 gpa of filler gen eds second semester). Now that I have settled on a major, I am on the right track, but I feel as though I have a lot of ground to make up. I am slated to take Prob Theory, Abstract Algebra, and Multivariate Calc next semester, and (somehow) on track to graduate on time with Math major/Econ minor. The overall and Math GPA is trending up (MIT's open courseware is a godsend), it would not be unrealistic to finish the last 2 years with a 4.0 in both. </p>
<p>Where do I go from here? I am not opposed to broad, general answers, but, I specifically am concerned about:
-Should I consider a master's in math / econ before PhD?
-other classes I should take? analysis, topology, advanced linear
-research? undergrad econ opportunities are scarce- likely, i will be able to get an opportunity but probably not in a field of particularly strong interest- and faculty does not have great connections,
-can good math recs compensate for lower grades in earlier/mid math classes (particularly if i display a strong upward trend)?</p>
<p>Anything else that can be of help, is much appreciated.