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Help!! What are my chances of getting in to the phd program?

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Help!! What are my chances of getting in to the phd program? [#permalink] New post 29 Feb 2012, 23:07
Hi,

I am seriously contemplating applying to a management phd program. At my age, I need to pick the right path. The admission stats at my dream programs (u of c and northwestern) are discouraging. Unless I can get into a top 20 program, I am hesitant to go. Can you help me gauge my chances?

Goal: phd in management and organizations

Work experience: Former senior manager from big 4 accounting firm
Education: MA in social sciences field 10 plus years ago, program is ranked 11, gpa 3.9, thesis but no publications
BA social sciences, liberal arts college, gpa 3.8
Test scores: tbd, aiming for 710-720
Concerns: I have heard that the phd programs don't value work experience. Is that true? My research experience was more than 10 years ago. How will that read?
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Re: Help!! What are my chances of getting in to the phd program? [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 06:33
Did you get any feedback or have you moved on with your application processes? Any news on it? I have a similar profile and would enjoy to hear how are things working for you. Thank you.
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Re: Help!! What are my chances of getting in to the phd program? [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 20:38
I think work experience is valued but not at the expense of research experience. The ability to tie your work experience into your research interests would probably assist you in your goals.

While a 710-720 GMAT is a strong score, it may be on the low end for T20 schools. It should be enough to get you past initial cutoffs but you will likely compete against applicants with equal to greater scores AND recent research experience. I definitely think it's possible to get into strong programs with your profile, but admissions are a crapshoot and it's often best to apply to a wide range of schools to increase your chances of admission.
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