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New post 07 Aug 2010, 15:42
Hello friends,

So I was wondering,

I'm interested in getting a phd in marketing, and I've just graduated from college with a B.S., B.A., and B.B.A. (Incidentally, my BBA is also in marketing). I have no work experience by am taking a year off to go work for teach for america campaign. I was looking at phd profiles, and most people have masters or years of experience. But nowhere does is say that those are requirements.

So as a college graduate, should I go through with applying for phd admission for 2011 fall? As a fresh college graduate, how can I increase my chances of getting admission. (My gpa is around a 3.5 and I am taking my gmat this upcoming week).

Thanks =)
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New post 07 Aug 2010, 16:51
Well you're right that most places will list a masters and years of experience as preferred but not required - this leaves the door open for anyone with a Bachelor's to have a chance at admissions. The question to you is how would you stand out from other applicants that do have work experience and masters degrees - your application essentially needs to come to an equillibrium with those individuals so you would have to be extraordinary in GPA, GMAT, LOR's, have an amazing SOP, etc. A 3.5 GPA isn't spectacular so you can help your cause a lot by scxoring 750+ on the GMAT. Personally, absent that kind of performance, I think your best course of action is to consider a master's degree where you can get involved with research in your field. Not sure how much marketing programs value work experience. You can always apply but depending on what schools you're interested in, I'm sorry to say I don't know that your chances will be too good. Best of luck on the GMAT though!
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New post 09 Sep 2011, 09:58
Is the GMAT generally required to get your PhD in Business as well? Dang... so if I go get my MBA and then years later want to get PhD, I may have to take that beast again!? lol.

Good luck on the GMAT though!!!!! :)

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New post 19 Dec 2011, 06:47
Always a difficult question. You are thinking a few steps ahead, which isn't bad - Are you familiar with the admission stats for decent Ph.D. programs? Your first step is to get yourself into the best Ph.D. programs in Marketing. Please revisit this question then - perhaps you will have answered your own question by then :) .
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