I know many people do an MBA after 2 years at MBB. Can you do a PhD instead? Does the firm encourage its employees to pursue a PHD? I am currently prepping for interviews, and I am wondering whether I should mention or not that my long term goal is to pursue a PHD and that my experience at MBB will allow me to gain more industry knowledge and identify the biggest problems faced by companies/governments

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Many BAs choose to do an MBA but you should feel free to do a PhD at McKinsey. After 2 or so years in good standing, they would give you an offer to return, at which point you could leave and pursue a PhD. Upon your return you would then be likely promoted to an associate title. It varies but I wouldn’t necessarily let it hold you back or not mention it. To be fair, our interviews are so structured, it won’t likely come up unless you really want to bring it up and it won’t impact the decision making process at all.

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To be clear McK will not pay for the full PhD. But it would cover a large amount albeit this is a SUPER rare path. Also as a PhD holder at McK. Why the hell would you want to get a PhD after being at MBB? A PhD is if you want to do research science or academia. Some of us poor souls figured that out too late and have tried to pivot later. Knowing the biggest issues facing a business isn’t how you pick a dissertation topic it is how you found a startup. DM me if you want to chat though. I got all kinds of tips on how to survive 5-7 years of additional schooling.

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I figured this would be a rare path! Honestly, after only 2 years in the corporate world, I don't think I want to do this for the rest of my life. So the PhD is precisely so I can become a professor and do research - I have yet to assess if the grass is truly greener in academia. I didn't mention it but, another path I'm interested in is founding tech startup with a friend who is a software developper, but thats something i'm a bit less sure of (its also one of the reasons why I want to join McKinsey: to get a better knowledge of the issues that enterprises/governments are facing, as well as determine if the entrepreneurial path is something that would interest me). Will definitely DM you to chat!!

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