Hi I have been seriously considering on pursuing a PhD in Accounting for Fall 2012. To give you a background on my stats, education and experience:
30 yr female
BA in History (UCLA): 3.0 GPA (3 semesters of Calculus, 1 semester of Diff Equations rec'd all As)
JD (3rd tier law school): salutatorian, magna cum laude 3.78 GPA
MBA (regional school): 3.86 GPA
MS in Acct & Tax: currently 4.0 GPA (will not graduate until the end of the summer)
Undergraduate Accounting Classes: 3.68 GPA (Linear Algebra, Econometrics, Probability & Stats rec'd all As)
2 yrs experience as senior accountant (not a Big4, but small boutique firm)
Licensed to practice law in FL & NY; 2 years experience in law outside of tax
I have not taken the GMAT; I want to commit to about 6-8 months preparing for it to get a desired score of 760. I also need to finish sitting for the CPA exams!
My questions are the following:
1. How important is Big4 experience? I feel as though I have been exposed to just as much of a workload and experience. I also have a legal background.
2. When is the latest I can take the GMAT for Fall 2012 entrance? I have noticed a lot of posters here take it in February or March. Why is that? I wanted to take the exam in August of this year. Is that too early or too late?
3. My desired schools are either Washington, Berkeley, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois (Champaign-Urbana). Are any of these too unrealistic?
I appreciate any and all reality checks. I suppose I would be willing to delay applications for another year if I needed to work at a Big4, but in all honesty, I rather jump start my academic career.