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# Pre-Reqs for PhD

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30 Oct 2008, 12:45
I have a BA in Business Administration (Marketing) and graduated several years ago. I have recently concluded that I would like to pursue a PhD in Entrepreneurship/Strategy and feel that in order to boost my profile, I need to accumulate some research experience and complete a Masters program. I plan to enroll in a MA in Economics from a large university next fall, but fall short in some of the quantitative prerequisites. Between now and August, I need to take Calculus I and II and a stats class.

My question is: due to cost and time constraints, would it be detrimental if I knocked out these three math classes at the local community college...or will PhD adcoms freak out when they see community college credits? To me, math is math, but I'm sure people out there would argue otherwise.

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30 Oct 2008, 14:57
My hunch is that they would understand. Your major didn't require those courses, so when you had to take them to prep for your master's program, you just took them at the local community college. I don't see why that would be a problem, since they know you're just doing it to take care of pre-reqs.

That being said, I would do everything I could to make sure my grades were perfect in any community college courses I took! This is again just a hunch, but I would bet that they don't view a 'B' in calc 1 from Joe the Plumber Community College as being equivalent to a 'B' in calc 1 from MIT.

Best of luck!
~possible_phd the applicant, whose opinions are just his best guesses and are in no way guaranteed to be accurate
Re: Pre-Reqs for PhD   [#permalink] 30 Oct 2008, 14:57
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# Pre-Reqs for PhD

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