Sponsored Ad:
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Out of curiosity: how hard are qualifying exams in Strategy/Strategic Management? Wha

  1. #1
    Trying to make mom and pop proud
    Join Date
    Feb 2020
    Posts
    27
    Rep Power
    2


    Good post? Yes | No

    Question Out of curiosity: how hard are qualifying exams in Strategy/Strategic Management? Wha

    Sponsored Ad:
    Out of curiosity: how hard are qualifying exams in Strategy/Strategic Management? What's the usual pass rate?


    I heard that sometimes qualifying exams act as another screnning/filter in some departments.
    I know that it depends a lot on the school, but I was wondering if you could kindly share of some your experience.
    Also another related question: after going through the websites of many Strategy phd programs, it seems like qualifying exams exist only in the US? Would you say that this is true?

    Thanks for reading and time!







  2. #2
    Within my grasp! BrazilianPhD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    332
    Rep Power
    7


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: Out of curiosity: how hard are qualifying exams in Strategy/Strategic Management?

    I'm not in management, but I don't think it's too different from what I've heard when talking to people in management.

    In the US, the first years are not so different from a master's. So, the qualifying exams feel like another filter really, to see if you're ready to move on to the real PhD stuff. And then in other countries you may not find such exams, especially if you go to places that use a different system like Europe and Australia where applicants are all expected to have a masters and more research experience.

    The exams are not easy, but I think that's often not the main challenge. If you were able to focus on studying for the qualifying exams, probably you would do well. The problem is that you need to prepare for the exams while being overwhelmed by tons of other stuff you need to do.

    So, I think people fail the exam not because the exam is hard, but because people get lost. Maybe they are not so motivated anymore, maybe they are not able to handle the pressure, maybe they find out a PhD is not for them, maybe they are terrible at managing their time, etc. I don't know the pass rate, but it's usually low. It's not so common for schools to make a mistake and accept a student who will not be able to handle the exam. But don't underestimate it, plan ahead, prepare in advance.

  3. #3
    Eager!
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Posts
    61
    Rep Power
    6


    Good post? Yes | No

    Re: Out of curiosity: how hard are qualifying exams in Strategy/Strategic Management?

    This is really school dependent. At some places, qualifying exams are just a box to check and virtually everyone passes. At other places, they are very difficult and even the top students require multiple attempts to pass. You should ask the PhD students at the universities you are considering for specific information. The qualifying exam itself can also vary widely from one school to the next. Mine was the summer of my second year after I had completed all coursework and was three days long. Some universities require a full paper while others have an oral component. I think some schools even give two sets (written exam after 1st year, research paper after 2nd year).

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-04-2020, 02:20 PM
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-15-2020, 08:50 PM
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-21-2014, 12:35 PM
  4. Strategy/Strategic Management: Profile Evaluation
    By dattebayo in forum PhD in Business
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-15-2012, 05:48 PM
  5. Strategy/Strategic Management
    By max37274 in forum PhD in Business
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 03-22-2011, 09:29 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •