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Phd finance fall 2008 applicant...suggestions/comments [#permalink]
24 Sep 2007, 01:13
all...i am considering applying for the fall 2008 phd program in finance to some univs...
1) undergrad : BE (Elctrical & Electronics Engg)...top 10 school in India
2) postgrad: MBA (finance)...top 5 bschool in the country
3) work ex: 3 years into sectoral research in a Devlopment Finacial institution
4) test scores: GMAT 650 (quants: 44, verbal: 35)...a bit dissapointed so retaking in november
well had planned to apply to these schools
1) University of Toronto - Joseph L. Rotman School of Management
2) University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management -
3) National University of Singapore - Graduate School of Business - PhD
4) University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business - PhD
5) ESSEC Business School - Graduate School of Management - PhD Program
6) UNC - Keagen Flager Buisness school
7) univ of michigan - ross buissness school
the thing i am most concerned is that i havent been doing any reseacrh in finance since my present work dosent involve any academic research...however i feel with my background in engineering and mba i can cope up with the rigours of any program given a chance...but what do i do besides getting a good gmat score to help my chances...do i review my finance stuff and do some more reading on my own to find a specific area of research before applying...am all at sea on this one...
Finance is math intensive. Your engineering background will help. Your MBA background is not that relevant for your research, but it is for your teaching.
Reading finance papers is a good idea to give you some notions of what you might like to do, though I wouldn't necessarily key in too much on a specific research problem. Doing what you like is of course important, but getting a grip on why a problem is important in the context of existing research is what nearly everyone does in their first years in the Ph.D.