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    Profile Eval- Do I Even Stand a Chance?

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    I am in a bit of a tricky situation. I want to apply for PhD programs in the fall. I am interested in Organizational Behavior. However, I am not sure if I am 'ready' to get in. I finished my undergad in 1 year (did dual credit in highschool), and most of that 1 year was during COVID, so I didn't have a lot of opportunities for research. I just started my Master's (MHA) and will graduate Spring 2022. Here's what I have so far.
    Undergrad (Public Health) GPA: 3.7
    Current graduate GPA: 4.0
    I have not taken the GMAT yet, but my scores have been around 710-720.
    I am currently on a research team for my school's business department, and I am authoring my first research paper. I will also be the co-author on other papers, although none will be published in time for applications. I will continue this position until Spring 2022.
    I am hoping to gain another research assistant position over the summer, but I have not heard back yet.
    I have two great professors that I could get letters of recommendation from, but I could get more if I get an additional research position over the summer.

    Now that I've written it all out, it seems that I don't have anything at all What do you think? Should I apply in the fall or just wait? I'm trying to do my best with the limited time available, but research opportunities are hard to come by.. even for something like data cleaning!

    I'm 21 and I got started right out of highschool, so I hope it's understandable that I don't have a huge amount of research under my belt. I'm just worried that applying this fall will be a waste (especially considering the application prices!). I'm not picky, a top 50 school would make me happy as long as I get to do some great research!
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    Re: Profile Eval- Do I Even Stand a Chance?

    Quote Originally Posted by brisketthecat View Post
    Hi all!
    I am in a bit of a tricky situation. I want to apply for PhD programs in the fall. I am interested in Organizational Behavior. However, I am not sure if I am 'ready' to get in. I finished my undergad in 1 year (did dual credit in highschool), and most of that 1 year was during COVID, so I didn't have a lot of opportunities for research. I just started my Master's (MHA) and will graduate Spring 2022. Here's what I have so far.
    Undergrad (Public Health) GPA: 3.7
    Current graduate GPA: 4.0
    I have not taken the GMAT yet, but my scores have been around 710-720.
    I am currently on a research team for my school's business department, and I am authoring my first research paper. I will also be the co-author on other papers, although none will be published in time for applications. I will continue this position until Spring 2022.
    I am hoping to gain another research assistant position over the summer, but I have not heard back yet.
    I have two great professors that I could get letters of recommendation from, but I could get more if I get an additional research position over the summer.

    Now that I've written it all out, it seems that I don't have anything at all What do you think? Should I apply in the fall or just wait? I'm trying to do my best with the limited time available, but research opportunities are hard to come by.. even for something like data cleaning!

    I'm 21 and I got started right out of highschool, so I hope it's understandable that I don't have a huge amount of research under my belt. I'm just worried that applying this fall will be a waste (especially considering the application prices!). I'm not picky, a top 50 school would make me happy as long as I get to do some great research!
    I think you stand a chance, for sure! Your profile is competitive, and even if you haven't published the papers yet, being active in research currently will demonstrate your commitment and that you know what you're getting yourself into.

    I would plan to apply this Fall, and if you apply broadly, I'd be surprised if you didn't get in somewhere.

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    Re: Profile Eval- Do I Even Stand a Chance?

    Quote Originally Posted by agilist View Post
    I think you stand a chance, for sure! Your profile is competitive, and even if you haven't published the papers yet, being active in research currently will demonstrate your commitment and that you know what you're getting yourself into.

    I would plan to apply this Fall, and if you apply broadly, I'd be surprised if you didn't get in somewhere.
    Thank you! That's a relief. I'd love to get accepted somewhere this upcoming round of admissions, since it would line up perfectly with some other events in my life. I think I'll feel a little more confident once I get some more research experience. I'll be on the hunt for some opportunities this summer.
    Thanks for the fast response!

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