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Ph.D. Admissions Advice [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2005, 08:51
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2005, 21:36
I don't know enough to answer your questions with specificity, though your numbers look on track for top-25ish programs.

If you want more info, you might also inquire at the Business Week site where there is a thread in the B-school forum section entitled "pHD in Strat Taking questions" or something of that nature. It has been going on for years, has about 5,000 posts in it, should be a goldmine of info (if you haven't already been there).
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2005, 10:00
Hi Intertrode

1- how important are recommendation letters, and will non-academic letters sink my application?
Reco letters very important. Remember you are communicating over long distances and adcomms are looking for what makes you an ideal candidate for research. Once the basics are over (GMAT/Transcripts), shortlists are decided upon on reco letters and SOP's. Both need to be attacking, indicating why you are interested in research and why PhD excites you. An academic can certify to your research ability, a non-academic cannot. Hence if 3 letters are needed for a particular university, make sure you have at least two from academic sources. Yes, only one academic reco can lower your app at some schools.


2- realistically, will my limited involvement in research hurt me?

Oh no ! it will only boost your app, showing that the academic environment interests you

3- when I start meeting with/corresponding with professors here and at other schools, how much do I really have to know about the field?

Most applicants know very little about academic research and it is not essential. What is essential is the 'potential' to do research. Your interests, your excitement for future as an academic - if this comes through your mails etc, you are there !!

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