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Do I stand a chance?

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GMAT 1: 780 Q51 V48
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New post 18 May 2016, 23:24
Hello all,
I am wondering if I have a chance at being admitted to a Ph.D program straight from my undergrad. I know that I have a huge lack of experience compared to many applicants.

Test Scores (GMAT/GRE): 730 (51Q/38V)
Undegrad GPA:4.0 B.B.A. Finance
Graduate GPA:N/A
Research Experience:
Teaching Experience:
Work Experience:

Concentration Applying to: Finance
Number of programs planned to apply to: 5
Dream Schools: Plan to target state schools. Do not plan to apply to elite schools.

What made you want to pursue a PhD: I find research fascinating and feel that I would enjoy being a professor.

Concerns you have about your profile: No graduate degree and or teaching or work experience. Also age(21).

Any additional specific questions you may have:
I will not graduate until May 2017, so I have one more year. What is the best things I can do to improve my chances of admittance? I have recently discovered my interest in research and therefore don't have much experience yet. I hope to get more experience over the next year as well. In you opinion, will it be necessary to attend graduate school first? I just feel that an MBA or other degree may be a waste of time considering that my interests are in research.

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Concentration: International Business
GMAT 1: 560 Q36 V31
GMAT 2: 580 Q39 V31
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New post 23 May 2016, 17:13
I am really not trying to offend you at all, but I would never admit a student with your profile into a PhD program because of exactly the reasons you mentioned, most of all because of your very young age and the lack of research and work experience. You state that you are fascinated by research, yet you have not done any research so far.

Please don't get me wrong. I think your GPA speaks for itself: I am very certain that you have a great future ahead of you. I have not met too many undergraduates with a perfect GPA especially not very young ones like you. So I think that's awesome. Congratulations. Keep up the good work until you graduate. :-D

I am only responding to your post because I am in the process of applying to PhD programs as well and I am at the opposite end of you. I might be too old. I am not sure what schools are looking for in doctorate students so it's hard to say, but my piece of advice is: get a masters degree in finance or an MBA first AND get your hands on some research. This will help you tremendously.
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