So this was in the mix from early on. I had initially decided not to apply when I started looking for programs. I was bent on a PhD and was concerned that I couldn't find any where I could continue to work full time and that would be affordable. I instead opted for the DBA program at Wilmington. After an early rejection (with more to come on this subject in my next blog) panic set in. I added (or re-added) Valdosta to my list. I scored an interview at another program and when I sat down in the room it was clear that the program wasn't going to be a fit. I would get an acceptance (more to come here, too) but turn it down. So as I moved on to Valdosta it was perhaps the easiest of the group. The statement was 1-2 pages. The application was pretty straight forward. It also required a resume and 3 references (normal, right?). The department was responsive, easy to access, and gave quick replies. I find this to be a very promising sign of a program where you can get support. Some of the others I'm still experiencing radio silence on (despite having questions that I would've liked answered prior to applying). The only downside I saw to Valdosta is that everything outside the application is paper based (resume, statement, and references all have to be mailed in). The good news is that they do update the system so I can see what they have received and what I'm still waiting on. So here's hoping for good news. I still have 3 programs to hear from, including this one.
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