My goal is to get a MA in Stats from a decent university, prefer Canada but America is fine too. I want to work in the public/private sector more than academia.

I have a BA in philosophy and am finishing a BSc in Economics. My average gpa across both degrees is going to be around 3.3, my final 2 years have an upward trend towards 3.8.

However, I'm not sure how strong my math background is. I don't have much math per se, but I do have quantitative Econ courses:

Calc I, II, III

Math 208 [Math for economics] = (Matrix algebra, solution to linear systems, quadratic forms; partial derivatives, constrained and unconstrained optimization)

Econ 245 & 246 [descriptive stats/probability] & [statistical inference]

ECON 350 [Mathematical Economics I] = (application of calculus and linear algebra to econ)

Econ 351 [Mathematical Economics II] = (Difference equations, differential equations, and dynamic optimization with applications to econ.)

Econ 353 [Computer Aided Modeling in Economics] = (numerical methods and their application in economics.)

Econ 365 [Econometrics I] = (Estimation of the regression model; sampling properties of estimators; testing restrictions; restricted least squares.)

Econ 366 [Econometrics II] = (Stochastic regressors; Dummy variables; multicollinearity; instrumental variables estimation; seemingly unrelated regressions. generalized least squares; maximum likelihood; aspects of specification analysis; dynamic models; simultaneous equation models.)

I know courses in linear algebra and real analysis are very important for Stats programs, but I just don't have time to take them. Are they absolutely necessary?

So you see, I have very little actual stats/math courses. But my economics courses have a lot of stats in them.

I'm hoping for a fall 2012 entrance somewhere average, I don't think any top-tier place will be in reach. Any suggestions on where I may have a good shot?

Thanks!

I have a BA in philosophy and am finishing a BSc in Economics. My average gpa across both degrees is going to be around 3.3, my final 2 years have an upward trend towards 3.8.

However, I'm not sure how strong my math background is. I don't have much math per se, but I do have quantitative Econ courses:

Calc I, II, III

Math 208 [Math for economics] = (Matrix algebra, solution to linear systems, quadratic forms; partial derivatives, constrained and unconstrained optimization)

Econ 245 & 246 [descriptive stats/probability] & [statistical inference]

ECON 350 [Mathematical Economics I] = (application of calculus and linear algebra to econ)

Econ 351 [Mathematical Economics II] = (Difference equations, differential equations, and dynamic optimization with applications to econ.)

Econ 353 [Computer Aided Modeling in Economics] = (numerical methods and their application in economics.)

Econ 365 [Econometrics I] = (Estimation of the regression model; sampling properties of estimators; testing restrictions; restricted least squares.)

Econ 366 [Econometrics II] = (Stochastic regressors; Dummy variables; multicollinearity; instrumental variables estimation; seemingly unrelated regressions. generalized least squares; maximum likelihood; aspects of specification analysis; dynamic models; simultaneous equation models.)

I know courses in linear algebra and real analysis are very important for Stats programs, but I just don't have time to take them. Are they absolutely necessary?

So you see, I have very little actual stats/math courses. But my economics courses have a lot of stats in them.

I'm hoping for a fall 2012 entrance somewhere average, I don't think any top-tier place will be in reach. Any suggestions on where I may have a good shot?

Thanks!

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