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Phd finance fall 2008 applicant...suggestions/comments

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Phd finance fall 2008 applicant...suggestions/comments [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 01:13
all...i am considering applying for the fall 2008 phd program in finance to some univs...

brief profile
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...

other sugegstion would be most welcome

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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 14:09
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.
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