I have now spent more than a week looking at business school websites. They vary like the shades of color in a sunset. Some are very simplistic, to the point of looking like someone unfamiliar with the program wrote them. Others are full of information, explaining the specializations, courses, and programs of study. The information available on professors varies - some simply list names and interests while others are complete with pictures, vitae, and links to publications. What has not seemed to vary, so far at least, is the willingness to share exhibited by all the professors. To a person, each one has been open and forthcoming with advice about the process of applying for and working toward a Ph.D. They have shared different perspectives on the uses for a Ph.D. and the reasons they pursued they got theirs. I am so grateful to find such an inviting group of people from so many different universities. I have had the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of different programs, the strengths and weaknesses of the schools, and the primary interests of the faculties. I am excited to join their ranks, if they will have me. The recent graduate I just talked to gives me a lot of hope that I might get the chance, since his reasons for wanting a Ph.D. and his interests were and are so similar to my own.
Note: Eight days to the GMAT. Preparations are going well. I feel good about my chances for a good score.