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Re: Strategy PhD Profile Evaluation (school suggestions needed)
To me, it seems that the only thing keeping you from being competitive is the quant score. It's a very low score and a very strange one from an applicant with an undergrad in Finance. If you are from Finance and you are really passionate about doing a PhD, why can't you get at least a better quant score? You don't need a perfect score, but 50% seems pretty bad to me. Did you really do the best you could?
I'm not from Strategy, so it's hard to say if that's a big problem. But if Strategy is similar to what I see in Marketing, I'd think that someone with a score of 50% probably will not be able to keep up with the math we need for a PhD. Even the students from the consumer behavior side take classes with math that is a lot more advanced than a 50% quant score.
So, the quant score seems too low and doesn't seem to make sense to me given your background. You have to think how you will explain that, or compensate in some way. If your score was higher, I think you'd be pretty competitive for a top 50 you are dreaming.