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Is it ever too late to get a PhD?

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Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2018, 20:23
Most people, it seems, enter a PhD program right after college or not long thereafter. What about people who start later, like in their 30s?
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2018, 19:37
I've definitely heard of people doing so in the past. Age shouldn't be an obstacle for you if that's what you really what you want to pursue
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2018, 01:00
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The answer is no.

Also because the Business School, in general, should not have biases toward the age of candidates.

Maybe, @AMJulatonINSEADPhD might give us more elucidation on this delicate argument.

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PhD programs should not have any biases towards the age of a candidate since they should look at the potential of the candidate to become successful in the area or career that the program aims for its graduates. If for example a program aims for candidates to become future academics, then they should focus on a candidate's potential to engage in high quality research, regardless of age or at which stage of career a candidate is in.

From my experience - As a PhD student, you will be working closely with faculty members on the kind of research you would like to pursue in the program. Depending on your research and value add you bring to the programme (if it skills or experience), faculty will have their preferences, i.e. some will prefer coming direct from university, while some will prefer experienced professionals. Thus, what is important is the kind of research you would like to pursue, and how you leverage your background, skills and knowledge to this research. From there, faculty will assess how suitable you are to the program, and your potential as a researcher.
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Re: Is it ever too late to get a PhD? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2018, 05:00
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Thank you so much for the quick reply.


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