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Re: PhD in Accounting Candidate Profile
This is an appealing profile. Your first question is the most important one because math/stats is the obvious hole right now. Assuming a ~730 GMAT score with a good quant component, you'll be viewed as someone who potentially has the quant horsepower to succeed, but who hasn't demonstrated it in the most relevant areas. So there are 2 components of addressing that hole:
Originally Posted by SonOfArathorn
1. Substantively, how do you develop your math/stats skills to the point where you're prepared for the quantitative aspects of a top program?
2. In terms of signaling, how can you convince decision-makers that you have the requisite math/stats skills?
Those are two different, but related questions. You could informally take online classes in calc/linear algebra/probability/econometrics to get you up to speed, which would address the first component but not necessarily the second. Or you could formally enroll in one or more courses that would address the second component, because they would send a credible signal that you understand the material. However, the courses that are convenient/available to you for enrollment might not be as directly relevant or high-quality as the ones you could take online. But regardless of which approach you take, you need to do one of them.
I'd be ok with a combination of high GMAT (particularly quant) and completion of relevant online courses. Be sure to articulate how you're plugging that hole in your statement.
2. Yes, 720-740 GMAT with relevant work and RA experience would be fine for almost all schools, as long as you've plugged some of the math hole. The higher the quant component you can get, the more likely you'll be viewed as someone that can handle the coursework.
3. Yes, definitely. Talk about what you learned, what you liked about it, why it motivated you to pursue a career in research/academia.
4. Beef up your math/econ/stats.