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PhD in the states

 
#1 PhD in the states
18/10/2007 21:02

anon

Good evening everyone,

I have 3 years of experience at Deloitte Consulting. No masters and a BSc Economics at the LSE. I want to do a PhD in management in the states.

For those who might know a bit about how recruiting over there works: how long should I keep working here to maximise my options to enter a top uni?

Anything else you would recommend before applying?

Thank you

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#2 RE: PhD in the states
19/10/2007 02:12

Denebolina to anon (#1)

PHDs in the US do not necessarily require professional experience. In most universities PHDs and Master's students share the first 2 years of studies.

Some ppl go to a PHD/MS straight from undergrad and some ppl work (usually a couple of yrs, so I'd say that you would be fine with 3 yrs). I went straight to MS in mngt from undergrad without any work experience, and I know that others in my class did as well. So it really depends. However, I can also tell you that usually admin criteria for PHDs are a bit more strict than for MS (or at least that's what it was like at Stanford). That is usually becuase PHD admissions are usually tightly correlated to funding and grants, whereas MS are not.

So in the end, I'd say concentrate on your academic interests, form a good case for a research focus, ace your GREs, leverage your professional experience, submit a clean and well revised essay, try to visit the school that most interests you if you can, and you'll have it made! (...I know...easier said than done!...)

Best of Luck!!

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#3 RE: PhD in the states
19/10/2007 15:55

anon to Denebolina (#2)

Thank you for your answer, Denebolina.

Im planning to aim directly at a PhD without doing a masters.

Could you please elaborate about admin criteria for PhDs being more strict than Ms? Stricter in general, or do they get more picky about some particular part of the CV?

Also, how much does it weight your job experience on an application? (versus, for example, the university grades). How about the GMAT/GRE?

Finally, would you recommend to do the GMAT or the GRE?

Thank you very much for your help.

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