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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 - Tech Mgmt - HRD Specialization

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  1. Congrats! My MA GPA was much lower than my MBA. It wasn’t necessarily a couple steps up as much as it was a change in the program. It’s very different and a test of endurance. I found my MA equipped me much better for this.
  2. It certainly keeps things interesting. My dual program was 60 credits, but the MBA individually would have been 42 or the MA would have been 45. I've seen MBAs reach up to 60 credits. I have to do about 45 credits (outside of what was brought in) of course work, plus 18 credits of dissertation. Everything I do is "for credit" with varying levels of credit awarded (most classes are 3 credits, but there is a 1 and a 2 credit course in "research residencies." My grades just posted and I managed to pull all As for the three courses this semester. I envy the lighter course credit work!
  3. I did - I finished my MA/MBA (it was a dual program) in December of 2015 - I started Summer of 2016 into the PhD. They require at least 17 credits come from Master's level work - I brought in 22 and also waived the first research course. Total program is 85 credits (including dissertation credits) so I'm all in for about 63 of "work." We require 18 dissertation credits (included in the 63) and I'm planning to pace at about 4.5 years myself. That leaves 3 semesters (Fall, Spring, Fall) to complete the dissertation, provided I get through prelims, etc. unscathed. Unfortunately I don't qualify to sit for Prelims until the conclusion of a Spring Semester (unless I can get the professor to work me a head and grade my items - as one of the courses I'm taking that spring is a qualifier) and will hope I can assemble a committee for summer or first thing in Fall. It'll be a little tricky, but I think I can swing it.
  4. So - as I attempt to procrastinate my way into ignoring very real assignment commitments, I figured I'd write a post on "what happens next." As you may (or may not know) I applied to 6 programs, was accepted 3, and ended up attending my first choice program. I applied to 4 PhD Programs, a DPA program, and a DBA program. I got into 2 PhD programs and the DBA programs. Of course I've gone back to see what the other programs look like. One PhD program gets 30-40 applications and accepts 4 with hopes of getting 2. The year prior to my application they accepted only and were looking for faculty. No specific details. The other PhD only took in 4 students against a usual class of 10-12. Suddenly I don't feel so badly. I considered the DPA to be a sure thing - still not sure what went wrong there. So - now that I've reflected on my defeats - where is it all at? I ended up with a summer entry - taking a summer course in my specialization (3 credits). For the fall I took two courses, one in the program main curriculum (3 credits) and another in my specialization (3 credits), along with a research residency (1 credit). The result - All A's (including an A+ - I didn't even know these existed!). For 2017 I'm in my residency year, which requires that I do one 9 credit semester and an 18 credit year. I took the 9 credits in the spring (which is now and the work I'm currently avoiding). One course has concluded (I needed a 62 on the final paper to get an A - so I should be ok there). The second course, which I'm working now (I need to submit two papers tonight, one is half written, the other is a short research report - I'm taking "short" to heart). This course has given almost nothing in terms of feedback, so I really don't know where I stand. The third the professor (who is also my program planning chair) went out early in the semester with medical issues. I don't know when or if she'll return, so this could complicate things. The sub in professor has been fantastic and I'm chugging along quite nicely. That paper is due in about 5 days. I will start it right after I finish these two. Am I happy I went into the program? Yes. Do I regret it? Also, yet. It has been an overwhelming amount of work, but I can see and feel my growth as an academic. This is part of the life/career plan - so I'm fortunate to be moving forward and accomplishing the goals I've set for myself. For the rest of this year I'll be taking an independent study this summer to work on a paper that can lead to publication as well as a conference (which will be 3 credits and falls into the professional development section). In the fall I'll take another specialization course and another core curriculum. In terms of progress I'm currently planning to sit for prelims at the 3 year mark and have set aside another year and a half for dissertation. This would put me out at about 4.5 years, well below average (from what I've read) and well before my 40th birthday (my goal). I'm just hoping I can sustain momentum and clear prelims without too much a challenge. To all of you just starting - I wish you the very best. Dig in, dig deep, and keep moving forward. Good luck to you all.
  5. 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!
  6. Acceptances and Rejections are in.  Decision is made. Now I have to figure out a computer that's appropriate.  Any suggestions?

  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. @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.
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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