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About MarkMc

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  • Birthday 02/15/1982

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    Bayonne, NJ
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    2016 Fall
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    PhD/DBA - Finance, Business, Technology

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  1. Of course! My apologies for the late reply! I was mid semester and work is still crazy. It all seems to work out in the end. My GPA was decent to good. My GRE was decent, but in the end if all works out. I was just having this conversation with my boss the other day how things had worked out (after three layoffs and various professional challanges) that things has, in many ways come together after 7-8 years. Sometimes it's hard to see the forest through the trees. I had ultimately added two more "backup" schools, which were no easier to get into, but would work for what I was looking to accomplish. Good luck to you! If I can help, I'm happy to!
  2. Acceptances and Rejections are in.  Decision is made. Now I have to figure out a computer that's appropriate.  Any suggestions?

  3. It was a mixed bag. I got into 3 out of 6, but not necessarily the three I anticipated. I also wasn't looking for a funded program as I'm planning to work and they'll cover costs up to $7500. I looked specifically for affordable programs and stuck to those 6. There was a 7th that I was considering, pending these outcomes.
  4. So? How'd it go for you?
  5. After an incredibly long day I rolled home. I ate some swedish fish for dinner (because that's what grad students do, right?!?). I took a shower and took the dogs for a walk. I opened my mailbox and the final response I had been waiting for was in there. Valdosta was the last school to get back to me and had sent an email telling me to expect results last week. The date on the letter to date of receipt was a nine day difference. I was rejected. I was kind of surprised. When I check their admission criteria I checked it all (over GRE requirements, over GPA requirements, lengthy job history, related MA). I had already made my decision and largely just wanted the ego boost associated with the acceptance (I know - barf here. I get that's kind of a gross way of thinking). Still, it's disappointing. I set out the school search with very strict criteria - the ability to remain in my job, no relocation necessary (so either local or residency sessions only), career related that could lead to something in academics, and a price that was affordable. In the end it came down to Valdosta, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kansas State, Indiana State, NYU, and Wilmington University. Texas Tech also offered a program that could have been a fit, but it hit my radar after I was well underway with other programs. I knew my GRE could be a limitation (my scores were respectable and higher than many fields, but in Business I was behind, especially in quantitative measures). I had a couple of F's on my undergrad transcript (from classes that the withdraw was never processed for when I relocated from PA to IL). My Graduate GPA was ok (nothing spectacular, however it's a combined GPA for my MA/MBA as it was a joint program - the MBA alone was something like 3.93. I struggled more in the MA program). As I searched things unfolded. In some ways it seemed cosmic or that fate had a hand. Initially I had planned to apply to only Wilmington, Kansas State, and Valdosta. Valdosta fell off of the list. A friend who's in the program at IUP recommended it. I added it to the list. Kansas State came up in a google search. NYU sent me a solicitation to apply after the GRE. That solicitation lead to a google search that revealed Indiana State's program. I saw it and immediately it checked all of the boxes. Price tag, flexibility, field of interest, etc. When I received the acceptance I was over the moon. I was on a losing streak with both Kansas State and NYU. I was in at Wilmington (which I immediately turned down with no other offer in hand) and IUP (which was a very serious consideration). I was trying to wait out ISU's response and when I got it I fell all over myself. I didn't realize how deeply tied I already was to going here or how well I saw the program going. I graduated on Friday the 13th and started my PhD on Monday the 16th (for the purposes of being up front I finished in December, but Seton Hall only offers one graduation per year). I had been tied up teaching 15-20 hours a week on top of my full time job, so I never got a break. The program is a bit convoluted in terms of navigation, but I'm getting the hang of it. I'm not sure if I should be elated or disappointed that i only got into 50% of the programs I applied to (though getting into my first choice is huge). I'm looking forward to what comes and the process. I'm hoping I can weather the storm nicely and come out the other side a minted PhD.
  6. I was accepted to Communications Media & Instructional Technology (PhD). What program are you looking at? The program I was looking at was a cohort based model with classes offered on Friday evening, and two half day offerings on Saturday. Typically they met 7ish times a semester. This seems to be unique to this program.
  7. So the time has come. I have to decide among a few acceptances. Yes, I understand that this is a good problem to have, but it's also challenging to sort through what the best option is. If it's the best option - will the faculty be who I want to work with. I'm also waiting to hear from one more program. To recap - I was accepted to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in their Communication Medias and Instructional Technology PhD, Indiana State in a consortium PhD in Technology Management with a specialization in Human Resource Development & Industrial Training, and a DBA program at Wilmington University. I'm still waiting to hear from a DPA program at Valdosta State. I was rejected from the PhD in Technology Management at New York University as well as a PhD program in Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State. I had already passed on the acceptance from Wilmington. During my interview it seemed very canned. They asked a half a dozen typical professional interview questions (tell us about your background, what qualities are necessary to succeed, etc). They administered their own admission tests (one on finance, one on writing where I corrected a one page paper for grammar and syntax issues, and one verbal reasoning). They didn't accept GRE's. Judging by their assessments I can only guess that folks had been accepted who lacked basic business skills. I also wasn't sure that the coursework would be any more challenging or provide skills beyond my MBA. It was also a cohort based model, which isn't necessarily ideal. Indiana State was a little late on the decision side. They were initially quite helpful, but that has slid off as I continued to reach out. I'm hoping that picks up, but the temporary advisor I was given doesn't inspire much competition (PhD students are largely left to their own devices). However, just trying to play coursework between five universities is rather challenging. That being said, the program seems to be the best fit for me, so this will likely be where I end up. Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been far and away the most helpful. While the program isn't the perfect fit, it's quite interesting. It also offers all of the coursework in person (which will require significant travel back and forth) but could still work. I really liked the folks in the program and the smaller program size. However, due to it being a bit out of the box I won't get as much tuition assistance from work. I did apply for GA positions, but unsure how this will shake out. It's a cohort based program, but you can choose credit load, which does give some flexibility. This could be the dark horse in my decision making. NYU and Kansas State are no longer a consideration based on the rejections. Unsure that Valdosta is the one, but I'll have to see if I get accepted and put it in the mix for consideration. I thought his would be the easiest part, but it's still proving to be quite challenging.
  8. @rack_attack124 I think the challenge here was when this was published the GRE had already changed format, but the GMAT had not. There may have been difficulty trying to compare tests that were even more different then than they are now. I applied to a DPA, a DBA, 2 in Technology Management, a Communications Media Program, and a Financial Planning Program. On the GMAT I had a perfect AW score 4.5 on the GRE. (GMAT was like 94th percentile and GRE was 80th). Quantitative I was in the low teens on the GMAT, but 48th percentile on the GRE. Verbal was about a little higher on GMAT (high 70's/low 80's compared to 71st percentile on GRE). My biggest swing was far and away the quantitative scores. This is coming off a BS in Business Administration, a MBA in Finance, and a MA in Diplomacy and International Relations.
  9. Where do you see a 67% error? I see a predicted range of scores (and the anticipated score was actually higher than my GMAT score when my GRE was converted). It gave me a higher predicted quantitative and lower predicted verbal percentile. You may disagree, but typically GMAT test takers are better versed in quantitative methods (save for the science specific).
  10. Literally the next day. I'm going to work through what may come with financial assistance and then make a discussion. While I hate to abruptly leave one program that I started working through shortly after enrolling, but in the end each program will be better off if I wish to be there or someplace else. Unfortunately this may happen more often than we realize.
  11. Unfortunately it appears the conversion is correct. As someone who took both I scored significantly lower on the GMAT. It appears that for one reason or another the GMAT is more competitive than the GRE and thus the higher percentiles in the GRE typically falls significantly in the GMAT.
  12. And - graduate admissions department are the best place to start. I ended up choosing the program with the admissions department that was the most straight forward and gave me clear answers about what it would take to get in. They should be able to guide you on their ideal, typical, and borderline candidate profile.
  13. I agree with @rack_attack124 you'll need to sort some of this out. I scored much better on the GRE, which I did much better on in terms of percentiles (except for writing). However, when you do the conversion scoring it seems as though this happens for many people and may push you down in the qualifying. You can find these conversions online. There are programs that will take folks right out of undergrad (mine was one). And they even offered a BS/MBA (or BA/MBA - can't remember which). Many programs have a qualifying "score" (GMAT or GRE plus GPA times a multiplier) with minimums on both.
  14. An MPA program may not be the path for development. You may be looking more at a International Affairs/Relations Program that has a development component. My MA is in Diplomacy and International Relations and they offered a International Economics and Development specialization as well as a dual degree with a MPA. You may be able to explore this at the PhD program. At the end of the day you need to decide where you'd ideally like to land and pick the path that puts you on that trajectory. Hopefully it will also provide some flexibility.
  15. Well. With my nerves I went ahead and scheduled knowing that I still had to hear. Theoretically yes - I need to know by 6/22, however some of this takes 30-60 days for processing. Of course, I no sooner schedule and in less than 24 hours I hear from my first choice. The second choice is now offering a GA/TA possibility so I'm going to explore a bit and see where I come out at. It's getting quite interesting.