Just hoping to get some input/advice/opinions on my chances on a Phd program in either finance or accounting at a top school, specifically Harvard or Wharton. I will be graduating in December from Ga Tech with a degree in management. I transfered in from a junior college so I do not know how much that will affect my chances. I also took all of my sciences and math courses at the junior college, but I have taking math through integral calc and linear alg. To offset that somewhat, this semester I am taking two graduate level courses that I should recieve A's in. Also, I can get three letters from my current professors no problem. One of which is head of the acct program at Tech and is very well published and known. I Have mixed feelings about my GMAT score. Glad to score over 700 but disapointed/worried about only a 710. I am not sure if I could do better though. Even if I did improve my score it wouldn't be by much and I am more paranoid about doing worse. I spent 10 years as a chef until I fed up with the hours.
My intrests lie in security valuation so I could do that from either an accounting or finance PhD, but I would prefer the latter. Having said that, I also know that my chances are better in accounting.
One last thing, this semester I received a $1400 grant to do undergrad research. I am working on comparing the affects of using the volitility of the S&P500 vs the individual company when computing the cost for employee stock option compensation. The paper will not be complete until sometime in December (I hope). How can I best use this to my advantage when applying.
overall GPA 3.9