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    Advice on strength of PhD Finance application

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    Hello - this is my first post

    Until last year, I had been out of school for 20 years, working in investment banking (now an MD running a 15 person advisory team in a global bank). I don't plan to do banking for another two decades and want to move into academia. I am half way through LSE's two year part-time MSc Finance course (Distinction in year 1 exams) and I will be applying to full-time PhD courses this term.

    Target schools:
    UK - LBS, LSE, Oxford
    RoEurope - Insead, HEC
    US - top 10

    My profile is:

    Type of Undergrad: Cambridge - BA Economics and Law
    Undergrad GPA: Average 3.75 (Economics 4.0; Law 3.5)
    Type of Grad:
    LSE - MSc Finance
    Grad GPA: 4.0 expected (4.0 in year 1 exams)
    GRE: 178Q (97th percentile), 179V (99th percentile)
    Math Courses: Pure Maths, Statistics
    Econ Courses: Micro, Macro, Financial Econometrics, Economic History
    Finance Courses: Corporate Finance, Asset Markets, Portfolio Management, Financial Engineering
    Letters of Recommendation: Three LSE finance professors (two full; 1 associate; all my recent MSc course lecturers)
    Research Experience: MSc thesis underway
    Teaching Experience: None
    Research interests: infrastructure funds, project finance, cross-border M&A, effects of leverage and cash flow volatility on stock prices

    I am very interested in any thoughts on :

    (1) whether my target schools are realistic based on my profile above

    (2) if my 20 years in banking is fatal to getting into a decent school (I am 42...)

    (3) whether I should try first for a standalone MPhil (eg Oxford or Cambridge) or an MS in a US school

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by pemdas View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivydream View Post
    ?????
    it should make five characters for a post to appear - to avoid meaningless posts. Do you speak English, or too lazy to post an actual question?

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    At least Pemdas was not afraid of suggesting other forum members the things they could never allow to think about by themselves - my case.

    I strongly dislike the threads like this one making seemingly insightful man to dump, and Pemdas should not have posted in this topic. I would like to call on Erin, an Administrator of this forum, to remove the present thread, if it is possible at all.

    It is not encouraging for any one, a member or a guest, to see such a thread signed off by a member's resignation.

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    Clearly pemdas belongs to some developing country and for his overly enthusiastic foolishness, needs to be warned but forgiven.
    As far as I can see the OP made a possible error in writing 178 instead of 168 etc as the percentiles seem just about right.

    Broadly such a profile is a sure shot at the top 10. Mainly a 4.0 from LSE with that GRE is a sure shot. And the Age issue is generally taken care by a very successful and/or interesting career. I would actually say most Universities are looking for a few guys like this to create a diverse batch. So whether you are real or not, that profile is a sure bet for next PhD season at the top 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatentClerk View Post
    Clearly pemdas belongs to some developing country and for his overly enthusiastic foolishness, needs to be warned but forgiven.
    I do not understand how your view of Pemdas' post relates to whatever developing country. It is not even for the fact that I myself come from developing country in the southern part of Europe, but for your assertion and possibly bias against people's intellectual capacities based on their geographical segmentation. This cannot be true, and I again reiterate the possibility of removing this thread along with an unthoughtful point introduced in the last post by PatentClerk.

    Erin, could this thread be removed?

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    PatentClerk,

    if you were borne in the developing country, it does not imply anything about your superior intellectual abilities or your perfect nature. Please edit your post, otherwise I will follow Pemdas and will be leaving the forum! You cannot judge people based on your intuitive feelings.

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    HeHe. Okay that was a bit sarcastic but since I myself come from a developing country I think it is rather foolish to be offended by a remark made in jest.
    Clearly that pemdas post is nearly hilarious in its mindlessness which mainly shows some sort of difficulty in understanding the English language more than anything else.

    It was quite clear that OP made a typo error in writing 178 instead of 168. To take that and just castigate him and be extremely negative like pemdas is far more disturbing than a clearly sarcastic post made in response. And I would suggest just deleting that ridiculous post and all that came after instead of deleting a thread started by a possibly genuine person.

    And it is rather funny to see people make threats about leaving TM! But I will restrain my sarcasm this time as it seems the world of PhD seekers can no longer take any form of humor unless it is about someone else.

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