I would appreciate your opinion. I do not know anything about US and Canadian academic system and admission policy.
I am thinking of PhD in Management (or Strategy) at two BS: Carlson (UoM) and Rotman (UoT). However, my profile is rather non-standard so I will put some highlights.
I am from Poland, 33 years old. I have recently graduated best b-school in Poland (and top in CEE region) but I did it with 2 attempts: 3 years between 1995-1998, then I quit to take up a job (family&financial reas.) and finally readmitted in 2008 and graduated last October.
-MA in Management (5-year program)
-GPA: 4.2/(5.0)5.5 scale which seems to be app. 3.2-3.3/4 scale. Final avg. 4.7/(5.0)5.5, which includes GPA, final exam (major+economy 5.0/5.5), dissertation (highest poss. grade from promoter and revisor 5.5/5.5)
-even though not obligatory I have taken final exams and defended BA in Management with similar results
-last 2 semesters GPA over 3.5/4.0
- currently admitted to PhD Management program at my school
-mathematics (Calculus and Algebra equivalent - total 4 semesters) and statistics (2 semesters) but both with poor results (I was young and stupid) - 2.0-2.2/4
-econometrics (1 semester) - 3.0/4.0
-economics basics - 3.3/4.0, advanced microeconomics - 3.3/4.0, macroeconomics - 3.0/4.0
-other: accounting - 4.0/4.0, marketing research - 4.0/4.0, strategic management -4.0/4.0, finance-4.0/4.0
-almost 10 years mostly in financial services, automotive and B2B service outsourcing. generally sales dept., ended as commercial manager
*no publications (1 in progress) or academic research
some research and projects during professional career also expert presentations and workshop at numerous conferences
*some extras: volunteer at Children’s University of Economics and Academy of Young Economist
(TA); coordinator and project owner at newly established Association of Car Fleet Mngmt Companies - successful lobbying to set accounting and taxation standards for developing operational leasing services
*standardized test-heck, here is the problem. I took GMAT twice:
-first: quant.-43, verb.-30 and total 610
-second: quant.-38, verb.-38 and total 640
I know it is very poor performance and rather not covers my low grades (math and stats). I do not expect great results but according to prep tests and combined two real test I am able to get app. 670-680.
I can expect very good LORs - from my supervisor and reviewers of BA and MA dissertations - but they are not worldwide known professors. One plus - my supervisor is adjunct professor at Carlson
Now I would really cry for help:
-is my age (33) an issue
-is 640 good enough for Carlson or Rotman or should I wait a year and retake (I think that admission board will look only for last result and will not notice that I am able to get higher quant. scores)
-do you know any other reasonable choice suiting better my profile
Thanks in advance!