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Was taking a look around pervious year's forums and wanted to get this started this year. Where is everyone planning to apply/how many programs? I am planning to apply to Marketing programs at the following: Harvard, UC Berkeley, Cornell, NYU, UCLA, UCSD

Still figuring out the rest.. and need to get started on these applications soon!

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On 9/28/2020 at 5:00 PM, PhD-hopeful said:

Hey there! I am applying to PhD programs, but for management / OB (depending on school).  I will apply to around 10, but planning to apply to Harvard, Wharton, Duke, WashU Olin, UNC, and a few others as well.

Good luck!

Hey! How are your applications going! I decided to go with 15 schools, I'm done with the first 4 applications and trying to submit a couple more this weekend. This is a hard process!

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12 hours ago, ErcW said:

Hey! How are your applications going! I decided to go with 15 schools, I'm done with the first 4 applications and trying to submit a couple more this weekend. This is a hard process!

Hey ErcW!  I opted to apply to just 10 this year -- I've got 6 applications down, 4 to go! Best of luck this weekend and as we approach the December 15 deadline.  How is your application process going so far?

 

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10 hours ago, phd4lyf said:

Hi guys! I'm applying to business school doctoral programs right now too. I have no idea how competitive it's going to be haha. How's it going for you guys? I'm looking at OB and Strategy programs.

Nice, exciting stuff! It's going - I have 7 down and 3 to go. I haven't heard anything yet from the submitted applications, but I suppose that is to be expected! 

How is it going for you so far? 

 

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9 minutes ago, PhD-hopeful said:

Nice, exciting stuff! It's going - I have 7 down and 3 to go. I haven't heard anything yet from the submitted applications, but I suppose that is to be expected! 

How is it going for you so far? 

 

I’m applying to 22 schools because I heard this year will be competitive. 10 down, 12 to go! 😅

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1 minute ago, phd4lyf said:

I’m applying to 22 schools because I heard this year will be competitive. 10 down, 12 to go! 😅

Wow! That's a lot of statements of purpose! Nice, good luck with the remaining 12! 

Agreed, I expect it will be a competitive year. I am mentally preparing to be rejected by all 10 I apply to and plan to apply again next year.

Which schools do you think are the best fit for your research interests? 

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15 minutes ago, PhD-hopeful said:

Wow! That's a lot of statements of purpose! Nice, good luck with the remaining 12! 

Agreed, I expect it will be a competitive year. I am mentally preparing to be rejected by all 10 I apply to and plan to apply again next year.

Which schools do you think are the best fit for your research interests? 

That makes sense to make this a “trial year”. I hope we will get admitted somewhere this year though! I connect with the research at all the schools I’m applying to but perhaps more with HBS, Berkeley, Kellogg, MIT. What are your top choices? 

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Just now, phd4lyf said:

That makes sense to make this a “trial year”. I hope we will get admitted somewhere this year though! I connect with the research at all the schools I’m applying to but perhaps more with HBS, Berkeley, Kellogg, MIT. What are your top choices? 

Very cool, good luck!  My top choices are UPenn and CMU, but I would be excited to get in anywhere this year. 

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On 12/12/2020 at 11:20 AM, PhD-hopeful said:

Hey ErcW!  I opted to apply to just 10 this year -- I've got 6 applications down, 4 to go! Best of luck this weekend and as we approach the December 15 deadline.  How is your application process going so far?

 

I've got 6 down, 9 to go now! It's been tough editing my SOPs for each school and super tedious getting all the applications themselves done, but I'm glad we're almost there!

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On 12/17/2020 at 2:09 PM, phd4lyf said:

I’m applying to 22 schools because I heard that this year is going to be quite competitive. 10 down, 12 to go! 

Damn!!! 22 applications!!! How did you get your recommenders to send in that many letters?!

 

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On 12/19/2020 at 2:30 PM, ErcW said:

Damn!!! 22 applications!!! How did you get your recommenders to send in that many letters?!

 

By relaying my anxieties to them haha. It helps that they’re really supportive and kind. I see that you’re applying to 15 schools so you also have some wonderful recommenders. I really hope we all get accepted to our top choices! 

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On 12/23/2020 at 7:08 PM, phd4lyf said:

By relaying my anxieties to them haha. It helps that they’re really supportive and kind. I see that you’re applying to 15 schools so you also have some wonderful recommenders. I really hope we all get accepted to our top choices! 

Haha yeah I feel you, I'm so grateful that they were wiling to submit all of those for me. I hope so too!!!

Also, side note, I don't know about you guys but I've been on the reddit gradadmissions group everyday lmao.. I'm super anxious about getting interviews over the next couple months too

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On 12/24/2020 at 8:20 PM, ErcW said:

Haha yeah I feel you, I'm so grateful that they were wiling to submit all of those for me. I hope so too!!!

Also, side note, I don't know about you guys but I've been on the reddit gradadmissions group everyday lmao.. I'm super anxious about getting interviews over the next couple months too

I’m p anxious too! I couldn’t find much about business phd interviews on that group though :( 

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1 hour ago, phd4lyf said:

I’m p anxious too! I couldn’t find much about business phd interviews on that group though :( 

Ugh right??! I just finished all of my apps! Holding my breath until the results come in now haha

How far along are you guys on your apps? 

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3 hours ago, ErcW said:

Ugh right??! I just finished all of my apps! Holding my breath until the results come in now haha

How far along are you guys on your apps? 

Congrats on submitting all your apps! I’m a little over half way done. I feel you about holding your breath 😅 Really hoping it will all be good news 

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Yay! Thanks for making this thread. I've applied to 14 schools and have one more left to go..!

I'm so nervous about the interview already... that is, if I were to be invited for interviews.

Good luck to those who are finishing up the applications!

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Hi all!  Wanted to introduce myself, as I'm applying to a smattering of b-school PhDs this cycle (in addition to some social psych programs). Ended up submitting applications to a mix of marketing / OB / decision sciences programs at U-Chicago, Penn, NYU, Columbia, Stanford, Harvard and Yale, plus six social psych programs, 13 applications in total.

No news yet of course, but best of luck to everyone as we continue to wait!  We're all expecting timelines to be substantially delayed this cycle due to COVID, right?

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1 hour ago, GREBlaster9000 said:

Hi all!  Wanted to introduce myself, as I'm applying to a smattering of b-school PhDs this cycle (in addition to some social psych programs). Ended up submitting applications to a mix of marketing / OB / decision sciences programs at U-Chicago, Penn, NYU, Columbia, Stanford, Harvard and Yale, plus six social psych programs, 13 applications in total.

No news yet of course, but best of luck to everyone as we continue to wait!  We're all expecting timelines to be substantially delayed this cycle due to COVID, right?

 

Welcome! Good luck. I haven't heard anything about delays in reviewing applications (just that some programs will not be accepting as many students as usual). I have not heard anything yet personally.

It looks like HBS sent out OB interviews yesterday. 

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On 1/7/2021 at 11:34 AM, GREBlaster9000 said:

Hi all!  Wanted to introduce myself, as I'm applying to a smattering of b-school PhDs this cycle (in addition to some social psych programs). Ended up submitting applications to a mix of marketing / OB / decision sciences programs at U-Chicago, Penn, NYU, Columbia, Stanford, Harvard and Yale, plus six social psych programs, 13 applications in total.

No news yet of course, but best of luck to everyone as we continue to wait!  We're all expecting timelines to be substantially delayed this cycle due to COVID, right?

I also haven't heard anything about delays in admissions decisions! Hopefully we'll be hearing about interviews ASAP!! 

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