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    I'm applying to 20 marketing PhD programs. Usually among the 40 best programs in the US, but a few below that. I have already submitted almost all of my applications, there is only one left because it declined my credit card for some reason.

    Can someone tell me about the next steps in the process?

    There are always interviews before being admitted to a program? When interviews are usually conducted? Who interviews the applicants?

    I also heard about applicants who are invited to visit the campus. Since I'm a foreign applicant, it would not be so easy for me to visit a school in US.

    If I'm admitted, when I must move to the US?
    The next step is to wait. It is not a fun step. Here is some reading to help you through that.

    Schools generally contact students starting in mid-January up through mid-March, with the bulk being in February. You can usually expect a Skype interview to start with. They tend to last about half an hour and are with the professors on the PhD Committee or others that may be interested.

    I don't think that visiting campus is mandatory for foreign applicants. Most schools won't pay for that flight. However, if several schools are interested, they may be willing to share the cost somehow of having you fly to the states and then to a few schools over a week or so.

    When you move depends on a few things. Some schools will let you take summer courses before the fall to get oriented with the town. This is awesome and more schools should do it. Otherwise, you will want to show up a week or two before classes. This can be tough if you don't have the savings for it.

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    Adding on to YaS' point: Moving also depends on if your program has a math camp of some sort that you need to take before classes. I will say that since you are an international student, the earliest you are allowed to move to the US is 30 days before the program start date, so roughly around the first week of August.

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    Hope everyone is having a great start to 2017!

    Was just wondering if anyone has heard back from programs: interview, admission, rejection, or otherwise...getting a little anxious reading through posts of interviews and acceptances for PhD programs in other disciplines on gradcafe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learnfordays View Post
    Hope everyone is having a great start to 2017!

    Was just wondering if anyone has heard back from programs: interview, admission, rejection, or otherwise...getting a little anxious reading through posts of interviews and acceptances for PhD programs in other disciplines on gradcafe.
    Most universities/business schools are on a break now and hardly anyone will be looking at the applications before the middle of January. Don't worry about it for a few more weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by learnfordays View Post
    Hope everyone is having a great start to 2017!

    Was just wondering if anyone has heard back from programs: interview, admission, rejection, or otherwise...getting a little anxious reading through posts of interviews and acceptances for PhD programs in other disciplines on gradcafe.
    Yes I have. I got all of my 13 applications out by December 10th. Most of the deadlines are not until January 15th for my schools. I got contacted by two schools only a few days later and had two phone interviews the week before Christmas. (one skype)
    I think both went well. UNT invited me to visit their campus at the end of January and will pay for my visit. I don't live too far away from there so I can actually drive, spend one night there and then drive back the next day. No need to fly.
    I know that UNT is not a top 10 or top 20 school, but it's still an attractive program for me.
    I did not apply to any top-rated schools but I am very happy about the selection of my schools and was working closely with an an advisor when I picked my programs.

    I think my application is pretty strong with a few weak points. I have a pretty low GMAT score, but perfect undergraduate and graduate GPA.
    I am older than most PhD students, but I hope that the right program will look at this as an advantage because I bring life and work experience and have a bit of a "unique" background.

    I guess we will see. Yes, I am nervous too especially since I heard back from those two schools so quickly. Now I am wondering whether the other 11 schools are not interested at all. It's a bit silly I know. Application deadlines are not until January 15th and no admissions committee looked at applications over the holidays.
    From what I have been told, we should start hearing back at the beginning of February from most schools.

    Accepting offers or not before April 15th is a bit tricky. I think most schools would probably want you to accept the offer as soon as they make it to you although officially you don't need to make a decision until April 15th.
    I have heard from other doctoral students that there are schools that will pressure you to decide pretty quickly.

    Where else did you all apply?
    Good luck everyone! May we all be colleagues someday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silviatx View Post
    Yes I have. I got all of my 13 applications out by December 10th. Most of the deadlines are not until January 15th for my schools. I got contacted by two schools only a few days later and had two phone interviews the week before Christmas. (one skype)
    I think both went well. UNT invited me to visit their campus at the end of January and will pay for my visit. I don't live too far away from there so I can actually drive, spend one night there and then drive back the next day. No need to fly.
    I know that UNT is not a top 10 or top 20 school, but it's still an attractive program for me.
    I did not apply to any top-rated schools but I am very happy about the selection of my schools and was working closely with an an advisor when I picked my programs.

    I think my application is pretty strong with a few weak points. I have a pretty low GMAT score, but perfect undergraduate and graduate GPA.
    I am older than most PhD students, but I hope that the right program will look at this as an advantage because I bring life and work experience and have a bit of a "unique" background.

    I guess we will see. Yes, I am nervous too especially since I heard back from those two schools so quickly. Now I am wondering whether the other 11 schools are not interested at all. It's a bit silly I know. Application deadlines are not until January 15th and no admissions committee looked at applications over the holidays.
    From what I have been told, we should start hearing back at the beginning of February from most schools.

    Accepting offers or not before April 15th is a bit tricky. I think most schools would probably want you to accept the offer as soon as they make it to you although officially you don't need to make a decision until April 15th.
    I have heard from other doctoral students that there are schools that will pressure you to decide pretty quickly.

    Where else did you all apply?
    Good luck everyone! May we all be colleagues someday!
    I think I've read on some schools' pages that some don't even convene adcoms until after their app deadlines...
    I know it's not productive for schools but I wished that schools had set notification dates like undergrad (if not one set date, maybe multiple cycles like they do for MBA notifications) - it would definitely appease all this "unnecessary" anxiety from waiting. Any recommendations for hobbies to keep me preoccupied??

    Hope that you get good news from the schools you've interviewed at and hear from others soon! I applied to all T20 schools and am starting to freak out that this cycle may not yield good results for me......but can't give up hope yet. Just have to wait it out.

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    Well, if you have a mentor/advisor from your last school who knows someone at the schools you applied to it would help if he/she could get in touch with them and ask them to put your application on top of the stack!

    Top 20?! Oh wow. Ambitious! Not sure how many applications these schools get exactly, but just remember that most of these applicants applied to most of the other top 20 schools too, just like you did, but in the end they can only accept one offer. I think that there is a pretty good chance that you won't get an offer from a top 20 school until spring, unless you are really one of their top candidates.

    As far as hobbies, it depends on your demographic. Age, gender, location etc... and your interest. If I tell you to start knitting a sweater and it turns out you are a 25 year old guy then my recommendation won't be very appealing to you I bet.
    Do you work? If so, then you should already have good distraction.
    How about working out? Taking a trip? It's really a tough situation because we only need temporary distraction until we know for sure. Our life may change dramatically this year, so we don't want to make too big of a commitment to anything else right now.
    Just my two cents.

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    If I had those kinds of connections, I guess I wouldn't worry as much...

    When I was searching through T50 schools, I found that the professors I want to work with/had similar research interests were in mostly in T20. Also, I filtered my school choices geographically too...I primarily looked at Northeast and West Coast schools since they were in places that had high concentrations of family and friends, which are important to me.

    I'm a 28yo male living in the Northeast and I actually enjoy knitting very much
    I don't like to think about work when I want to do something for leisure...
    I really enjoy learning new languages so maybe I'll try that. Perhaps something artsy/creative? I think it may be good to find a new hobby that complements well with the PhD life...hmm??

    Quote Originally Posted by Silviatx View Post
    Well, if you have a mentor/advisor from your last school who knows someone at the schools you applied to it would help if he/she could get in touch with them and ask them to put your application on top of the stack!

    Top 20?! Oh wow. Ambitious! Not sure how many applications these schools get exactly, but just remember that most of these applicants applied to most of the other top 20 schools too, just like you did, but in the end they can only accept one offer. I think that there is a pretty good chance that you won't get an offer from a top 20 school until spring, unless you are really one of their top candidates.

    As far as hobbies, it depends on your demographic. Age, gender, location etc... and your interest. If I tell you to start knitting a sweater and it turns out you are a 25 year old guy then my recommendation won't be very appealing to you I bet.
    Do you work? If so, then you should already have good distraction.
    How about working out? Taking a trip? It's really a tough situation because we only need temporary distraction until we know for sure. Our life may change dramatically this year, so we don't want to make too big of a commitment to anything else right now.
    Just my two cents.

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    Okay, I am pretty excited now.
    I received another email from one of the two schools I already had a phone interview with last month. I am going to talk (informally) to another faculty member this week to discuss my research interest.

    I am REALLY excited about this because this school is one of my top three choices. (nope not a top 10 school, but still a very good school in my opinion.)

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    I had a phone interview with one of my top psych programs today I'd like to think it went well; I received great feedback about my thesis and research interests. I was asked a bit about whether I was sure I wanted to leave my job and go back to school, but I think I conveyed my goals well. It seemed that my life experience was appreciated. And my application is still missing a letter of recommendation for this and 2 other schools, so it's good to know I was still considered.

    Still haven't heard anything from the OB side. Awesome to hear others are getting interviews! It definitely makes the wait a bit easier when you get that first sign of interest.

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