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Re: New Master's Before PhD in Business?
Depending on the programs you are targeting and GMAT score, I would just apply to PhD programs the same cycle as applying to Masterís and if you get in to PhD, go. If youíve been working 18 years already youíre probably at or past 40 so I donít see why you wouldnít just apply to PhD programs right away. That is coming from an almost 32 year old with 10 years of business experience starting a program this fall. If you crack a 700+ GMAT just apply to PhD programs across a broad spectrum and see if you get some bites. If you donít get into a good enough program or no programs, then consider the Masterís. But I donít think its necessary or that an online Masterís will be that beneficial to your application unless you get to do some research or something. It definitely wonít help job prospects post-PhD IMO.