Getting PhD Ready

On this page you will find a listing of pre doctoral programs offered, how to prepare for the GMAT exam, and other valuable resources to help you get started on your doctoral journey.

Getting PhD Ready

Learners I AACSB is a web site powered by AACSB International that provides vital information to prospective business school students. Visitors will find a search tool to locate AACSB-accredited schools that fit their needs, including school profiles; information on the role of rankings in choosing a doctoral program; and an explanation of accreditation and its benefits.

Businesses | AACSB – Connect with the best business schools in the world to shape the future of business education; explore membership, attend an event, learn about accreditation, and more.

DocNet is an organization of nearly 130 universities granting doctoral degrees in business administration and economics. Its purpose is to promote doctoral education in business throughout the world. The organization educates potential students about careers in academia and engages in a variety of recruiting strategies aimed at increasing the pool of qualified applicants for doctoral-granting institutions. DocNet members share information about best practices, curriculum and admissions issues, student support, and placement. DocNet is an affiliate of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools in Business.

GMAT webinar Presented by Akil Bello & The PhD Project – click here for playback

For information on taking the GMAT exam, visit


The Princeton Review is proud to offer all PhD Project prospective doctoral students exclusive discounts on their test prep. Simply choose the program that is best for you and the discount will be added at checkout. Visit for this special offer.


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The Grad School Road Map team is comprised of former graduate admissions deans or directors at top-tier institutions who now provide expert coaching for the application process. Since Dr. Don Martin founded the company in 2008, more than 350 applicants have been successfully coached in business and other disciplines (doctoral and MBA/master’s), with a 97% acceptance rate.  We invite you to further explore Grad School Road Map by visiting:

Grad School Road Map collaborated with The PhD Project to offer two free webinars:

Navigating the Ph.D. Application Process Part I, – playback link
Navigating the Ph.D. Application Process Part II  playback link

The HELP Approach Partnership – Provides a holistic approach to education to help you meet your goals. We use the HELP Approach Partnership to get doctoral, graduate, and professional students from indecision to completion.  For a complete listing of retreats click here.

The PhD Project recommends the following articles and reading materials which can be ordered

Career GPS
Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape
By Dr. Ella L.J. Edmondson Bell

The End of Competitive Advantage
How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business
By Rita Gunther McGrath
Order your copy at

Who Shall Tell Our Story?
The Storied Past and Relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Written by Lee Jones, LeKita V. Scott, Jame Moore III and Lamont Flowers

What Makes Racial Diversity Work in Higher Education.
Academic Leaders Present Successful Policies and Strategies
Edited by Frank W. Hale, Jr.
Foreword by William E. Kirwan

Journey to the Ph.D
How to Navigate the Process as African Americans
Edited by Anna L. Green and LeKita V. Scott
Foreword by Brenda Jarmon

Black in America
When a Ph.D. is Still Not Enough
Written by Lee Jones
Foreword by Michael Dyson

How Minority Students Experience College
Implications for Planning and Policy
Written by Lemuel Watson, Melvin C. Terrell, Doris J. Wright, Fred Bonner II, Michael Cuyjet, James Gold,
Donna Rudy and Dawn R. Person

The Majority in the Minority
Expanding the Representation of Latina/o Faculty, Administrators and Students in Higher Education
Edited by Jeanett Castellanos and Lee Jones
Foreword by Laura I. Rendon

Retaining African Americans in Higher Education Challenging Paradigms for Retaining Students, Faculty
and Administrators
Edited by Lee Jones

Making It on Broken Promises
African American Male Scholars Confront the Culture of Higher Education
Edited by Lee Jones
Foreword by Cornel West

Sisters of the Academy
Emergent Black Women Scholars in Higher Education
Edited by Reitumetse Mabokel and Anna L. Green
Foreword by Bertice Berry

Brothers of the Academy
Up and Coming Black Scholars Earning Our Way in Higher Education
Edited by Lee Jones
Foreword by Na’im Akbar

Job Search in Academe
Strategic Rhetorics for Faculty Job Candidates
Written by Dawn Formo, Cheryl Reed
Foreword by Ross Winterowd

The New Faculty and Graduate Mentor
A Guide to Developing Teacher-Scholars for Mentors, Faculty, Administrators and Graduate Students
Written by Jan Allen

Faculty Diversity: Problems and Solutions
Author: JoAnn Moody, PhD, JD
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Pamela Felder, Ph.D, Professor/Researcher/Author
On Doctoral Student Development: Exploring Faculty Mentoring in the Shaping of African American
Doctoral Student Success

Pamela Felder, Ph.D, Professor/Researcher/Author
“Nurturing” and “Caring”: Do These Terms Really Reflect the Strength of HBCUs and Their Impact on
Doctoral Student Development?

Maria Guida, Successful Speaker, Inc.
An actor can sell you a product or keep you on the edge of your seat. Learn how successful business
speakers apply tools from the stage to persuade business audiences and sell more ideas, products, and

Exploring Work Life Balance for the Female Doctoral Student