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    Profile Evaluation for PhD in Strategy

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    I'm new to Urch, so Hello everyone!!

    I am just starting out on my application process for a PhD in the US or in Asia.

    Test Scores (GMAT): 740 ( Q50 V41)
    Undegrad GPA: 3.24 - B.Tech from one of the top 10 universities in India
    Graduate GPA: 2.80 - MBA from one of the top 5 MBA colleges in India
    Research Experience: None
    Teaching Experience: 15 months(at the time of application)
    Work Experience: 5 years in corporate in marketing - brand management, digital marketing and services marketing


    Concentration Applying to: Marketing / Strategy
    Number of programs planned to apply to: 15
    Dream Schools: PennState, University of Michigan, Duke, Insead



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    What made you want to pursue a PhD?
    To become an expert and a knowledge creator in my field

    Questions or concerns you have about your profile?
    I do not have any research experience to show in my application as we had no dissertations - I'm working on a research paper now, but I feel it is too late though(may not finish by the time the applications are done). I really want to get into a good PhD program to get the best exposure. How can I make my profile better given the application timelines?

    Also my graduate GPA is relatively low, primarily due to poor performance in the first year - I had a 3.3 in the second year it but could not recover from the damage done in the first. How will this affect my chances?

    Any additional specific questions you may have:


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    Re: Profile Evaluation for PhD in Strategy

    GMAT will get you looks at a lot of schools. Make sure you have a clear SOP that delineates why you are interested in strategy and what you hope to achieve through a Phd.

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for PhD in Strategy

    You have rightly identified the weakness in your profile. Will you be able to get good LoR's? They might get you a more serious look despite the weakness in Grad GPA. Also you have to spell out your "purpose" in the SOP very effectively.

    Also if you are serious about applying - you should be clear about one out of Marketing vs Strategy PhD that you want to pursue.

    Finally, regarding your list of dream schools - applications are very competitive and highly correlated to your research interest and the department's research areas. Just as an example - you might get rejected by a lower ranked school while getting accepted at a top ranked school - purely looking at ranking based approach.

    Have you thought about research topics yet?

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