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Evaluation & Suggestions for Phd in OB - I really need help

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New post 09 Nov 2016, 06:36
Hi everyone! Since it is my very first post, Thank you in advance for all the great info you are putting in through this forum. I spent a considerable amount of time reading a lot of threads about GMAT, and it was really useful.

Now I have already taken my GMAT (720 - 94th perc, Q50 V37), will be taking toefl this weekend, and currently I am working on my SoP and university list. I am quite lost and confused at that stage as I can not self assess my profile. According to below info about my profile,

Could you please advise about

1. universities I should aim?
2. any particular suggestions to strengthen my profile in this limited time frame?
3. your direct, sincere thoughts about my admission chances?

so that I may work on alternative scenarios as well.

Thanks in advance for reading this and being so kind to help!!


Test Scores (GMAT/GRE): GMAT: 720 - Q50, V38 - IR: 8/8 (have not got my AWA yet); GRE: Q:170 -

just planning to mention my gre quant score somewhere in my profile but to send only my gmat score since I have disaster verbal GRE score: 153 (open to suggestions/comments, should I not mention at all??)

Undegrad GPA:

2,8/4,0 Ba in Business Administration graduated in 2005 (from one of the most prestigious universities in Turkey, yet I know that it does not mean a lot ), it has been 11 years since I got my degree; so I hope my low GPA would be ok, since there are a number of more recent aspects in my set. (I will not hide/bury this one, but will obviously not highlight either)

Graduate GPA:

3,55/4,00 MA in Cultural Studies (from an other prestigious university in Turkey). I have already completed course req. will get my degree once I complete my research/thesis (in June)

Research Experience:

Involved in a few experimental learning practices research as I have been TA ing for academic development during my MA. Peer reviews of TA performances, facilitation of focus groups to redesign university's TA and instructor evaluation systems. I hope to relate those in learning practices/continous learning in organizations (one of my research interests) and highlight in my SoP (please again advise it did not seem related to you )

Teaching Experience:

Typical TA work, graded, proctored, performed administrative work for an irrelevant course (a history course) for two years. facilitated some recitation/discussion groups, advised MBA/senior undergrad students about professional development/career in private sector etc.

Work Experience: 8 years in total

Worked for 3 years for a multinational tech giant. Had some commercial responsibilities (mostly logistics and procurement). Took some serious roles in regional cost saving projects (collected data, mined) assisted Oracle implementations - again will try to relate this one with research roles

And then I launched my own tech company (a reseller selling call center softwares etc.). We worked with public and private sector (some giants everybody knows, I can reference). Never managed to make this startup an incredible success story, but reached till the point 250k usd annual revenues (I have solid data which I can give, to give the feeling that it was a serious business, not a dad job so to speak )

Motivation:

I want to do research. I will formulate it with fancier sentences in my SoP, yet I do not need to it here. I simply do want. I enjoyed my TA time really a lot after my prof. experience. And I have a diversified background (some solid theory from social sciences and business school). I want to utilize it -and my enthusiasm as well- to produce thoughts, rather than solely profit maximizing.

Number of programs planned to apply to:

If I can manage, I am planning to apply 25 schools (total in Europe and US). 7-8 best bus. school in europe (except the best 2-3 in UK, I believe they are more GPA oriented) plus 15-17 US (10 T20, 4 T50, 3 T100)

References:

1 great one (yet not an OB prof). a prestigious accounting prof.
1 great one (not a professor but can really evaluate my academic development related work, running the academic development in the university)
1 above average one from a prestigious prof. from my MA degree. A social scentist not a business proffessor

Dream Schools:

MIT Sloan, INSEAD, HEC Paris, McGill, Cornell. yet have a broad range

Questions or concerns you have about your profile?

My undergrad GPA 2.8/4.0. GMAT Verbal only 83rd percentile despite my compound score 720 (I hope it is an ok. one 94th perc.??). I am 33 years old. no US/europe schools in my background.

Additional Strenghts (hopefully )

I have always been good at interviews (if I can manage to proceed). I can speak Turkish, English, Italian, and French.
Ranked in first 250 among 1,5 million students in NAtional University Entrance Exam in Turkey
MAnaged to have a full tuition waiver and stipend for my MA after long private sector break
I have some great evaluation scores from the facilitation works I have done (3,83/4,00) from the TA educations sessions I ran

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Sorry for the long one but I will really appreciate your help as I am quite lost in terms of what to aim for.

Many thanks for your help!!!

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Hello. I'm also struggling with my applications, so I do not have experience and knowledge enough to provide much help.

But I also have a low GPA from a top university in my country. I was advised to explain it when writing my SoP.

My GMAT is higher than yours (750) and I was told to aim to apply to T30 universities. That was one of the factors to choose universities. I suggest you go to the UTD ranking website, and check the universities which are better able to publish at journals related to OB. Then, check the faculty members of those universities, and research about papers they published. Then you'll be able to see which universities have faculty members whose research interests are aligned to yours and which are in the Top range you intend to apply. It's a lot of work, but very important to choose which schools to apply and to write SoP specifically for each school.
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BrazilianPhD wrote:
Hello. I'm also struggling with my applications, so I do not have experience and knowledge enough to provide much help.

But I also have a low GPA from a top university in my country. I was advised to explain it when writing my SoP.

My GMAT is higher than yours (750) and I was told to aim to apply to T30 universities. That was one of the factors to choose universities. I suggest you go to the UTD ranking website, and check the universities which are better able to publish at journals related to OB. Then, check the faculty members of those universities, and research about papers they published. Then you'll be able to see which universities have faculty members whose research interests are aligned to yours and which are in the Top range you intend to apply. It's a lot of work, but very important to choose which schools to apply and to write SoP specifically for each school.


Thanks for the kind reply. By the way, huge congrats for the excellent GMAT score. Especially verbal, an incredible score!! I am sure it will create a big difference. I went through the UTD list you suggested, and will try to do my best to deliver tailored SoPs for different universities. It will take a lot of time as you suggested. But after all the effort invested in the whole process, a boring cliche SoP should not be the final touch. My university also sugessted that I might insert an "addendum" at the end of the SoP, a few sentences briefly explaining reasons behind the weak sides (low und.grad GPA or whatever). But I am still more on the not to mention side, as I think it will damage the general flow seriously.

I will use the list a guide even if I will not be following it in a linear way. Yet what I am not sure about is: what should be my origin? I mean broadly speaking, roughly. Should I start with 30th ranked univ. (5 better ranked, 5 worse for instance)? or 100 th? I know that there is not a single correct answer for these questions. But I am just trying to learn, gather any information (like you kindly provided). There are lot of uncertainties, and I know very little about admission processes. Thanks again for suggestions, I wish you will end up in one of the T30.

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New post 13 Nov 2016, 10:13
I can tell what I am doing. I am applying to 20 universities, being 6 top 10, 6 between 11-20, 6 between 21-40, and 2 below that. So, most of them ranked 30th or better, but a few below it too.
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Hi businessphd, I am also from turkey and with a low gpa (2.9) but a good gmat (750), and am applying to PhD programs in OB this year. We seem to have a similar profile (better gap in masters and ta/ra experience afterwards). So I am curious what happened to your apps at the end. Did you hopefully get into in of your preferred schools?

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New post 25 Jan 2017, 07:28
Hi Nukhet,

I managed to complete all my US applications and a few in Europe but no feedbacks from any of them yet (no interviews, no rejections). I honestly dont know what to expect as all this process has a lot of uncertainties, so just waiting right now. I am glad to see similar profiles seeking for a PhD degree, I believe that all this work requires some maturity and people with more diverse and longer :) backgrounds are more likely to succeed-- but this is just my call, we will shortly see what admission committees think :).

Congrats for the great GMAT score! Although there is a lot of controversy about these standardized tests, again my personal opinion is that these scores are concrete signals that people with excellent test taking abilities like you (especially non native english speakers) have something special. So glad to see these scores as well.

What about your applications-- Did you also apply deeply? and have you heard anything from any of your schools?

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It looks like we went through a similar process. What I see looking around is that a strong GMAT score (and perhaps a good GPA) helps to get your foot in the door, but everything else that follows (strong Statement of Purpose, Letters of Rec. etc.) are what really counts for the admissions committees.

So as I was researching the admissions "gossips" yesterday, I came across a very nice website where everyone who applied to PhD (from Management to Astrophysics) is posting whether or not they received interview requests, acceptance and rejection news, etc. Some schools in management have already started calling for interviews apparently, none in the departments/schools that I applied to, but this means we should hear from the schools around this week or so if we are still in the running. The website is thegradcafe and the page is called 'Recent admission results' (could not put the actual link as gmatclub prohibits me from doing so)

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New post 25 Jan 2017, 10:26
yes, grad cafe is an excellent source to set expectations about timing to hear from schools. Actually I went deeper in their database, and searched my school names as keywords and checked last 4-5 year stats, when they sent interview requests, when they accepted, rejected, etc.

My humble conclusion after my primitive database work is that it is still ok. not to hear until Feb 10th or so. Jan 25th-Feb 20th is the period with the highest frequency of interview requests and acceptances. If there is nothing until mid-Feb, well there are some reasons to start getting worried.

It would be great if you notify me through this thread or just pm me that you start having some meaningful action hopefully interviews, but any results a few acceptances/rejections (regardless of school names). I will do the same so that we may have a general idea at what stage the processes are.

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New post 27 Jan 2017, 09:59
Yes businessphd, I totally agree with you (having done some preliminary research on previous dates myself). Although I must say, there is not too many management posts, and almost none OB posts (compared to all the 'real' science phd posts they have there). So many schools that I apply to don't even have real info on this. I actually made some calls to their phd offices and learned that firm decisions have not been made yet, but this could be a diplomatic lie as well :)

Anyways, let's keep each other informed!

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