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Prepare for PhD through MBA [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2011, 09:58
I have a bachelor's degree in computer science, also a minor in business management. And I have been working as a software engineer for about 6 years for a small company. I always thought of going back to school for a MBA but I was unsure what to do after that. Working in the corporate world didn't really motivate me. I postponed my decision and now I am close to mid-30's. But recently I felt the need to change my career and I realized that I have been always interested in organizational behavior, especially in leadership, organization change, motivation, multi-culture challenges. And now I am considering a MBA-PhD path and join the academia world to research, teach and/or work as a consultant.

As I researched about PhD, I have learned that there are several things I am lacking. And for these reasons, I am thinking a MBA will help me prepare to be a better PhD applicant.

- Good GPA (undergraduate gpa is low 3.0's) => Get a good gpa in MBA program
- Research Experience => Find research opportunities with faculties
- Writing Papers (undergraduate as much as possbile avoided class with writing assignments) What can I do??? English is not my native language.
- Knowledge in Economics and Statistics (undergraduate took basic economics and statistics) Take upper classes???
- Faculty who can write a LOR => network to build relationship with faculties

While in MBA, I would read academic journals and contact faculties in other universities who has the same interest in research as I do. Earlier the better???

One thing I no control over is my age. By the time I begin my MBA I will be somewhere between 35-36 of age. And if I can get into a PhD program, I will be done around 40-41 of age.

I would appreciate if anyone, especially someone in the same situation, give me any advice on how I can prepare for a PhD program, whether MBA is a good path to prepare for it, and any concern with my age perusing a PhD program.

Many thanks in advance!
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By the way, if it's truly research that interests you, then the PhD is definitely the way to go. If you are more interested in teaching, you could consider the MBA only and then try to get on as an adjunct professor or professor of the practice to teach what you have learned in school and on the job? Just another thought. you would never become a full professor without the PhD, but there are a LOT of instructors out there teaching in top colleges without it.
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Re: Prepare for PhD through MBA   [#permalink] 20 Apr 2011, 18:13
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