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    WELCOME TO THE FORUM! Please start HERE for important past threads!

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    This forum is a rich resource of information regarding opinions and experiences of former and present applicants for doctoral programs under the umbrella of ‘Business’. A good opener may be found here, a guide about Business PhD Applications: A Guide to Business PhD Applications (Nagaraj 2010). Also, here is another good piece on competition in academic markets, specifically the management field, but likely generalizable to other business domains (sorry, can't upload file to a post):

    Certo, S.T., Sirmon, D.G., & Brymer, R.A. (2010). Competition and scholarly productivity in management: Investigating changes in scholarship from 1988 to 2008.
    Academy of Management Learning & Education, 9(4), 591-606.



    Which Rankings to Use when Considering PhD Programs?

    Note: Please let a moderator know if any of the links are broken or you uncover any other relevant rankings for specific concentrations.


    Another question that often comes up is what ranking scales are used to assess business PhD programs. A common metric used is the publication productivity of department/business colleges in top tier journals. Below are links to some of these rankings (please note that these rankings are limited to their methodology, so take note of that when assessing the validity of them):

    Global Ranking
    UT Dallas Business School Ranking (note: recommend you also limit sorting 'By Journals', thus you can limit the search to relevant journals in your field)

    Accounting
    BYU Accounting Rankings

    Finance
    Arizona State University Finance Productivity Ranking

    Management
    Texas A&M Management Productivity Ranking

    Marketing
    DocSig (derivate of UTD, specific to marketing) Productivity Ranking


    What does a Successful Applicant Profile Look Like?

    The next section contains profiles of successful PhD applicants in their respective concentrations that have been kind enough to share their profiles online. NOTE that this is relatively small group of individuals and that there are MANY OTHERS whom (1) have successfully gained entrance to good doctoral programs, and (2) have very different applicant profiles than those that are posted here.

    Accounting
    Finance
    Information Systems / Tech Management
    Management
    Marketing
    Operations
    Relevant Applicant Threads by Year

    The year (i.e., 2015 Applicant thread) refers to the year applicants will begin their programs. Below are some of the most relevant threads from past years:

    2017
    PhD Business Administration Sweat Thread
    PhD Business Administration "Un-Sweat" Thread
    2017 Business PhD Interview/Admission/Rejection Results

    2016
    Ask a Current Student Thread (2016)
    Applicant waiting/sweating thread

    On School Rankings
    An in-depth post about one applicant's "Lessons Learned"

    2015
    Ask a Current Student Thread (2015)
    Current PhD Student DAY IN LIFE (2015)
    Applicant waiting/sweating thread
    Admission/Interview/Rejection: Accounting
    Admission/Interview/Rejection: Management
    Admission/Interview/Rejection: Marketing

    2014
    Applicant waiting/sweating thread
    Admission/Interview/Rejections: Accounting
    Admission/Interview/Rejections: Management
    Admission/Interview/Rejections: Marketing
    Admission/Interview/Rejections: Operations

    An example regarding test score percentiles (note: n = 1)

    2013
    Applicant waiting/sweating thread

    2012
    Applicant waiting/sweating thread


    Thanks for stopping by the forum and best of luck to all future applicants!
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