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Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 31 May 2009, 21:20
This is the first time that I'm posting in Ph.D forum. I used to be an active member here in 2004-05 when I took my GMAT. :) Anyway, I am thinking of starting my application procedure for a Ph.D in Finance and was wondering if anyone will be kind enough to evaluate my profile.

Age: 25
Undegrad: Bachelor's in Socio-Legal Sciences (3 years course with Law major). Graduated from a Top 3 Law School in India. I don't know the exact GPA though.
Graduate: MBA in Finance. GPA 4.0/4.00. Graduated in December 2007 from a State University (not in Top 50). Some of the courses taken: Investments, Derivatives, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Organizational Behavior, Financial Management.
Additional Certification: Passed two levels of CFA on first attempt. Plan to take Level 3 next year.
Research: No published work. Haven't presented anything at a seminar. I do have a couple of semester papers that I'd written.
GMAT: I have 620 in GMAT (6.0 in AWA). This was taken in 2004 and I plan to re-take it.
Work exp: 1+ years as a Business Analyst in top agri cultural biotech firm. I was also a Graduate Assistant for 3 semesters during my MBA. Apart from this, I have interned with two law firms in India.

At this point, I'm not sure if it's worth putting in an application. I can confident that I can come up with strong recommendations from my professors. Is it realistic to assume that I do have a shot of getting an admit in Top 25 Ph.D Programs in the US?

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2009, 03:43
ruhi wrote:
This is the first time that I'm posting in Ph.D forum. I used to be an active member here in 2004-05 when I took my GMAT. :) Anyway, I am thinking of starting my application procedure for a Ph.D in Finance and was wondering if anyone will be kind enough to evaluate my profile.

Age: 25
Undegrad: Bachelor's in Socio-Legal Sciences (3 years course with Law major). Graduated from a Top 3 Law School in India. I don't know the exact GPA though.
Graduate: MBA in Finance. GPA 4.0/4.00. Graduated in December 2007 from a State University (not in Top 50). Some of the courses taken: Investments, Derivatives, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Organizational Behavior, Financial Management.
Additional Certification: Passed two levels of CFA on first attempt. Plan to take Level 3 next year.
Research: No published work. Haven't presented anything at a seminar. I do have a couple of semester papers that I'd written.
GMAT: I have 620 in GMAT (6.0 in AWA). This was taken in 2004 and I plan to re-take it.
Work exp: 1+ years as a Business Analyst in top agri cultural biotech firm. I was also a Graduate Assistant for 3 semesters during my MBA. Apart from this, I have interned with two law firms in India.

At this point, I'm not sure if it's worth putting in an application. I can confident that I can come up with strong recommendations from my professors. Is it realistic to assume that I do have a shot of getting an admit in Top 25 Ph.D Programs in the US?

Thanks for your help!

Ruhi


I think your profile looks fine, but the 2004 GMAT score is definitely at odds with your MBA GPA and CFA credentials. I have no data to support it but for a top 25 program in Finance, you probably will need to score at least 720 with a very good quant score.

It doesn't really matter that you haven't had any research done. It may matter, however, that you don't have much of a math/econ-oriented graduate pedigree (Econometrics, Stochastic Calculus, Microeconomics, and so on). I wouldn't say that's a deal breaker (your GMAT score as it stands probably is) but if you could take 1-2 graduate economics or math courses over the next year, that'd boost your profile quite a bit (even if you haven't completed them by the time you turn in your application).
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Re: Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2009, 14:06
I agree that your GMAT score is way too low to be taken as a serious candidate. At the very minimum you will need to score 700 or demonstrate high proficiency in the quant section. I would recommend brushing up on some statistics/calculus courses since many PhD courses are math heavy. You seem to come from an interesting background though, so i wouldn't be surprised if you were competitive at many places once you up that score.
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