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  1. Hello! My dream is to get my PhD in Accounting (I am interested in experimental and archival research related to financial disclosures, non-GAAP measures and SOX management) and attend a school like the University of Washington, USC, UT Austin or UC Illinois. I have a good background (I think) except for my GMAT score. - Undergrad dual degree BBA in Marketing and BS in Accounting (3.8 GPA) - CPA - 4 years at Deloitte in external audit serving one of our largest clients - 2 years in Internal Audit Manager at a Fortune 100 company - Genuine passion for research and super driven individual!!! - GMAT: 690 (Q47 V38) I am wondering if anyone knows if GMAT cutoffs at this caliber of schools is a real thing. I've heard rumors that the cutoff is 700 but with the applications due in December I'm not sure that I can realistically restudy in less than a month and get higher than a 700. I will definitely try but want to know my options if it doesn't work out. Please help!!!!!!!
  2. Test Scores (GMAT/GRE): GMAT 720 (Q50 / V 38) Undegrad GPA: 3.90 (Math/ Econ Double Major) Taken about 8 Grad classes both in Math and Econ discipline. From a solid state university in the Eastern side of the country classes: Math: Cal (I,II,III), linear algebra, Real Analysis (1,2,3), Differential Equations, Chaos theory, linear optimization, etc Econ: Intermediate/Advanced Micro, Macro, econometrics, and etc. Graduate GPA: No Grad Research Experience: Worked with a Finance professor ( Asset Pricing / Merger Effects) and an Econ Professor (Behavioral, econometrics) Teaching Experience: TA a linear algebra and real analysis class Work Experience: X Concentration Applying to: Accounting PhD (Financial Archival) Number of programs planned to apply to: 15 ~ 20 Dream Schools: MIT / Stanford / UChicago Letter Writers: Accomplished Accounting professor, finance and econ professor Other Questions: How would the schools view, if my GMAT score were to be 750 instead? Would that make a big change? What made you want to pursue a PhD? Research and innovative thinking to think outside of the box and push the frontier forward. Questions or concerns you have about your profile? I have taken couple of accounting classes (financial statements) and some accounting courses online. Would I need more than that? How does my GMAT score look? Am I competitive enough? Any additional specific questions you may have: As the opening of application approaches, I am super scared. If you see anything in my profile that I seem to lack, I need some to point it out.
  3. Hi All, I am looking to apply to Accounting PhD programs in the Fall, so I have a bit of time to get my application ready. I'd appreciate any feedback/advice, and any tips to improve my profile! Research Interest: Tax Archival Undergrad: BBA from Top 30 National University, Top 10 Business Program (Graduated December 2015) GPA: 3.87/4.00 Accounting GPA: 4.00/4.00 Grad Program: MAcc from same school (Graduated May 2017) GPA: 4.00/4.00 Math Background: Basic Statistics, Business Statistics, received Calc I credit from AP Calc class in high school (weak, I know) Econ Background: Intro to Microecon, Intro to Macroecon, Business Economics (A in all) GRE/GMAT: Planning on taking GRE this May/June Research Experience: Independent research paper on local tax compliance co-authored with 4 other students during MAcc program. Not published anywhere, just presented to city government tax department. Did 2 years of research in unrelated field (marketing/humanities), but involved a lot of data analytics and won a university research award and presented at a national conference. Work Experience: will have 1.5 years of work experience at mid-market public accounting firm by the time I apply. Teaching Experience: TA/Grader/Tutor for BBA Intro/Intermediate Financial Accounting courses. CPA: Passed all sections (scores all over the place ranging from 86-98); will be fully licensed after 1 year of work experience (August 2017.) LOR: Really close to 1 accounting professor who's an active researcher (took a class + my research advisor during MAcc) - she was very enthusiastic about writing me a letter. Fairly close to 2 accounting lecturers - both I took multiple classes with and spent a lot of time in office hours but neither have a PhD nor do any research. They'll probably write pretty decent letters, but nothing outstanding. Known weaknesses: I'm mostly worried about my quantitative background. I'm planning on taking Calc II and Linear Algebra at a local community college this summer after busy season, and squeeze in either Calc III or Econometrics in the Fall before I apply. I'm hoping this will at least show that I'm eager to improve my quant skills. Also hoping for a high quant score on my GRE. I also have very little research/teaching experience. I have been attending my alma mater's monthly accounting research workshops/seminars and have been trying to read as many tax research papers as I can in my spare time to narrow down my specific research interests. LOR: I'm a bit concerned 2 of my 3 letters are from lecturers who do not do any research/don't have PhD's. I have taken classes with other active researchers, but I am nowhere near as close to them as I am to these 2 lecturers. Thanks!
  4. Hi Everyone, I'm a forensic accountant that has done much research upon applying to PHD in Accountancy programs. I've attended conferences and spoken to quite a few past professor to prepare. I'm looking for some advice from this forum as it's been helpful to me as I've done my research. Here are my specs. Bachelors: Ivy League, Economics, GPA: 3.46/4.0 Masters: Top Northeast Program, Accounting, GPA 3.6/4.0 Credentials: CPA, CFF Teaching/Research Experience: None Experience: 2 years as a Big 4 Audit Associate 3 years as a Senior/Manager focusing in Expert Witness Reports for Securities' Litigations (SEC Cases, think Enron, Worldcom, ect.) GMAT: Jun 2016 - 700 (Q48/V38/IR: 8/AWA: 6) Aug 2014 680 (Q49/V34/IR: 7/AWA: 6) Addl. Online Coursework Completed or Planned to Complete Pre: Fall 2017: Calculus Series 1-3 Linear Algebra Econometrics Probability & Stats Recommendations: 3 masters professors who still actively publish/write text books I understand the nature of any US PHD in Accountancy is research. I would like to go to a program focusing in auditor related issues as that's my background. I'd like to focus in auditor biases and GAAP/GAAS/IFRS/PCAOB/SEC interpretations of accounting guidance/literature and violations. Think when audits go wrong. I know there's the experimental, financial archival, and audit/tax buckets for most programs. However, I know of many PHDs who perform expert witness work and was hoping that I could find a program with professors who also dabble in that wheelhouse. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. I plan on taking the GMAT one more time. I'm sitting at that 700 threshold, but know the higher the score the better, so I'm going to take it again in August. Whether I score higher or not, I feel my quant scores are there, but just need to bring up the verbal (but I'll let you guys be the judge of that). I've taken math classes online and want to be prepared as possible. I did not have a quant focused education, so felt that I needed to beef up my math skills. I've taken the Calc series and plan to start with Stats/Probability in the fall. It's a process as I'm doing these with a full-time public accounting job, so try to do one class a quarter. I'm a little older (early 30s) and am also a bit conscious program fit. Although age may not be a factor on the surface, I'm sure some programs will not be as quick to jump on a 30+ applicant with quite a bit of work experience. I've met people who have done it, but not necessarily people in programs in the geographic region that I'm focusing. So here are my questions overall: What programs in the Northeast do you think would be a good fit? I've got a list of programs, but more interested in those who might of had students with quite a bit of work experience as well. For family reasons, I'm focusing in the Northeast as far south as University of Maryland and as far north as Boston. Think the Amtrak corridor. Based on my GMAT score, is it worth applying to top flight programs? I don't know if my experience would be helpful or hurt me unless I had a magic GMAT score. Just want to focus upon programs that would be a fit for a professional in my 30s than simply looking for quants (if that makes sense). Any thoughts on how online quant courses are viewed from reputable universities? I could take Coursera (or similar) classes, but figured there are distance classes at many CC or Universities that I could take. I know the topic has been covered before, but just interested in any economical suggestions to continue beefing up my quant skills. Any other thoughts or issues that would help bolster my applications to programs would be greatly appreciated? (edited for grammar/spelling)
  5. Hi everyone, I am CIS country citizen and plan to apply for PhD in USA and Canada. I have an undergraduate degree in World Economy from top university in my country (GPA 4.0); MSc in Accounting and Finance (research oriented )in top 10 UK universities (GPA 3.0-3.33, but thesis grade - 4.0 (distinction), that accounts for 60 credits out of 180 received from MSc). Work experience: 2 internships ( Ministry and major telecommunication company) during 2nd year of BSc studies 2 years as part-time tax consultant at one of the Big4 companies during last 2 years of bachelors 1 year (after my master's degree) in audit department at another Big4 company. I got promotion in half a year and currently work as an advanced staff. Also I am a lecturer at state university in my country (teaching Economics to 2year bsc students) GMAT Score: 650 My master's degree was research based and contained lots of econometrics, which at first lowered my gpa due to lack of sufficient knowledge. But then with the help of my Econometrics Professor who was my thesis supervisor I was able to advance my knowledge and got distinction on my dissertation. I loved doing research and currently enjoy teaching. Therefore I would like to continue my career in academia. Would be glad if anyone could advice me whether my background is enough to be admitted to PhD program in USA? And which range of schools should I consider?
  6. 1. Is it realistic to apply for a Phd in accounting at Columbia (or any other top school) at age 33 - 34 ? What factors, if any, can I use to offset my age (apart from a high GMAT score and publishing in top journals, the former is doable, the latter...I don't know if I can manage that ) ? 2. I am applying for a Phd prep track Masters in Accounting, before I embark towards the Phd...what math courses should I take to prepare me for the Masters? Thanks,
  7. Undergrad GPA: 2.6 at medium sized state school USA (not top ranked) Undergrad majors: Accounting and Finance (dual major) MBA in Finance GPA: 3.891 currently enrolled same school as above Experience: none research: none member of Beta Alpha Psi GMAT: 600 (V38 83% Q 35 38%) will retake planning for 700+ (did not study first time as I was already accepted in the MBA provisionaly provided I score above 400) Please let me know if I stand a chance of getting accepted for 2014 school year and what schools should i apply for? I am hoping to get a phd in accounting but have no experience teaching or research. Any comments would be greatly appreciated i have not seen any other profiles similar to mine
  8. Hello everyone, I am interested in a phd in accounting and this is my profile: GMAT 710 BBA: Accounting 3.7 (from a good school in NYC) MS: Statistics -- GPA 3.2 -- (completed 2 classes and HATE it :yuck: ) Work: Tax Consultant (private wealth management) 2.5 yrs experience Since I really hate the Statistics MS (i have no interest in this field and the coursework is ridiculously hard) I am asking what other MS (major) can I switch to that will also help me get into a PhD program. (I am not looking for a top top school for phd, it will probably be the same school i got my BBA from). Any thoughts on a different MS program for getting accepted into a phd program?
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