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I was wondering if anyone will be kind enough to evaluate my profile. I'm planning to start my application for a PhD in strategy/management.
Profile: 25, Male, Thailand UG: BSc in Finance, top school in Thailand, 3.25 GPA PG: MSc in Innovation Management, University of Manchester, merit (65) Pubs: 2 national conferences, 1 national journal, 2 international journals GMAT: 640 (taken a year ago, planning to retake this October, aiming 700) Extracurricular: tutoring part time, board of student organization WE: 2 years in financial firms, 1 year as a research assistant at my almamater Recom: Strong recoms from my professors (2 from Manchester, 1 from Thailand)
My top target is MIT Sloan: Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship. I was pretty much inspired by their scholars such as James Utterback, Eric von Hippel, as well as Michael Cusumano. My second choice is UCLA Anderson: Decisions, Operations, & Technology Management. I'm also considering top 11-30 school in the US, but not sure which one. However, several schools that come up in my mind including: Kellog, Cornell, CMU Tepper, Indiana Kelley, Penn State, Michigan State, OSU, Florida, and Washington Uni.
I want to attend the very best school possible although I know it is very competitive to go to the top schools. Please kindly evaluate my profile and advice me how to improve my candidacy. What are the potential weak spots? Is it realistic to assume that I do have a shot of getting an admit in those schools mentioned above?
I would appreciate any critique/comment/suggestion -- no matter how harsh. Thanks for your help!
Re: please kindly evaluate my profile [#permalink]
15 Aug 2009, 22:02
Your profile is not bad at all, even without GMAT improvment, if you do not aim top 10 schools. GMAT improvement will help by a bit. However, most important are the SOP and LORs. You certainly have something to "sell", but can you sell it? Having said that, what will determine your success is the fit with your target potential advisors, that is, what are your research interests and what are they up to (and whether they are available). For example, you should notice that 2 out of the 3 professors you mentioned from MIT are near retirement and probably won't accept new students as advisees.
Going for a PhD is a wee bit different than MBA. The GMAT is less important. Especially if you have good academics. Actually in my experience the most important thing is having impressive stuff in your resume. What they want to know is that you will produce lots of excellent original research, that you will be a greatly appreciated teacher, and that you will publish lots. So if you have any of this stuff in your past experience, you need to bring it out. Any publications? Were you invited to any seminars or conferences? did you get amazing reviews from your students??? That stuff is VERY important (as well as of course AMAZING recommendation letters)