1 out of 1 members found this post helpful.
You are cutting it close on deadlines....have you talked with Oliver or Mark much about doing a PhD? Both of them can provide a lot of guidance, and Mark is also an editor for the Accounting Review, so he is a good recommender and can also tell you a lot about research and the publishing process and such.
In terms of GMAT score, 690 is not a deal breaker, you can find your way into a respectable program with that score.
I'm not sure when most schools deadlines are now (when I applied they were around 1/1 or 1/15), but I worry about your ability to put together a strong application by the time deadlines role around. With professors traveling and such for the Holidays it is hard to know if they will be able to get your LORs in time. Plus you will need to get transcripts and all that jazz into the Universities and most schools are closed completely for at least a portion of the student's break. Then of course putting together a good statement of purpose and such.
I think Arizona is a potential target school for you, you already have a working relationship with several of the faculty and I can tell you for sure that two of their current PhD students did their masters degrees at Arizona (one MBA and one Masters of Finance). Some others that you might want to look at (some of these are reaches) are Utah, Missouri, Texas A&M, Georgia, Michigan State, Ohio State, University of Texas-Dallas, Colorado, Syracuse, and Oklahoma. I'm sure others on here can add some schools.
I also want to note, that it may be beneficial to try to hold off until next admissions cycle. That will give you more time to plan everything out, narrow down a nice list of schools, and make sure you are really sure this is what you want to do. Plus you can get a year of full-time work experience under your belt and the CPA exam out of the way. I think you would be a stronger candidate then.
Another recommendation is to talk to the coordinator of Arizona's accounting research workshop and see about attending it on a regular basis. Basically it is about an hour and a half each week in which a guest from another university or someone internal will present one of their research papers and take questions and such. This is a good opportunity to get a bit more exposure to research.