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is it rare [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 07:37
Is it rare for someone who only holds an undergraduate degree to apply and be accepted to PhD programs? Just want to know the boards opinion or if anyone has done this? Do most mid level PhD programs expect you to have some sort of Masters/MBA degree?
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Re: is it rare [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 10:24
jin102 wrote:
Is it rare for someone who only holds an undergraduate degree to apply and be accepted to PhD programs? Just want to know the boards opinion or if anyone has done this? Do most mid level PhD programs expect you to have some sort of Masters/MBA degree?


one of the phd students in our department had only undergraduate degree (and few years of work experience). so i guess it is possible - depending on other factors. I think that harvard somewhat encourages going to grad school as early as posible. their hbs average phd student (at the start of the program) is reported to be 26 in the past 2 years. so there isn't much room for prior graduate before starting your phd. I guess that some of those "below the average age", came fresh from college, with or without 1-2 years of work experience.
but this is just a guess.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 10:53
I'm in a PhD program, although I have no grad degree. Most schools would state that a grad degree is not required. But a scan of he profiles of accepted applicants at http://www.gradjournal.com show that most have a grad degree (and very high grad GPA).

Even if you are not going to do a Master, I think taking some grad classes would give a good signal and is a good preparation.
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