I'm new in this PhD forum. I'm thinking in applying to a Finance or Business Economics doctoral program in a top US school . I know that these programs are very competitive, so I would like your suggestions abot what strategy I should follow to improve my profile.
This is my profile:
- I'm from Peru, male, 30 years old.
- Bachelor in Business Economics Sciences (2003)
- First in the academic ranking of my class. There is not GPA in my country, but I suppose it is 4.0 based on the fact I was the first in the ranking.
- To get my Licenciatura (a special degree in my country) I made a research about how business networks improve the performance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This research received the highest grade: recommendation for publication (even it appeared in a local newspaper!)
- Also, I was in the top positions of other academic programs (specialization courses).
- Work experience:
a) Research assistant in one of the most important think tanks in South America. (1 year)
b) Executive in an important bank of my country. (3 years)
c) Officer of the government (4 years). There, I have designed financial programs to facilitate the access to credits for SMEs.
- Teacher assistant of my boss, who teaches in diverse schools in my country.
- Fields of interest: a) Interactions between the private sector and government: best practices, b) Financial programs and regulations to facilitate the access to credist for poor people.
GMAT: I will take it on July. I'm studying so hard; my objective is 730+.
- Should I apply to a master degree program before applying to a doctoral program? I was thinking in a MBA, a Master in Finance (MIT or Princeton), or Master in Development (Oxford).
Please, what additional steps should I follow?
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