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720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 00:34
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I am 30 today. I just gave my GMAT and scored a 720. I missed round2 deadlines and I plan on applying for Fall 2014 now.
I will be 30 when I apply for early rounds in August/September but I will be 31 at matriculation. Am I too old?

Undergrad GPA in engineering from CMU (top 10)- 2.8
Grad GPA from a local school- 3.7 (Part-time while working full-time over 5 years)
Exp - 8 yrs in Engineering today. At time of application I will have 9 years of experience since I started working at the age of 21. Is this a disadvantage?

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INSEAD, LSB, Duke,Ross.

Are there other schools I should consider?
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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 04:32
No, 30 is not too old. May I know why you want to pursue an MBA (you might want to try PT MBA if you are not planning to switch careers - it's easier to get in and the total cost is much lesser).

Anyway I just see your GPA might be a problem (2.8 is too low), and if your grad school is not well-reputed, even a 3.7 GPA might be overlooked.

Anways, I think as long you highlight how well you have progressed in your career and exceptional leadership experience(which adcom will expect since you are an older candidate) you should be fine.

By the way, are you 30 or 26? Your other threads mention you are 26yo?
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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 06:06
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I am 30 today. I just gave my GMAT and scored a 720. I missed round2 deadlines and I plan on applying for Fall 2014 now.
I will be 30 when I apply for early rounds in August/September but I will be 31 at matriculation. Am I too old?

Undergrad GPA in engineering from CMU (top 10)- 2.8
Grad GPA from a local school- 3.7 (Part-time while working full-time over 5 years)
Exp - 8 yrs in Engineering today. At time of application I will have 9 years of experience since I started working at the age of 21. Is this a disadvantage?

Target Schools:
INSEAD, LSB, Duke,Ross.

Are there other schools I should consider?


No, 30 is not too old. You have to be very clear about why you need an MBA at this stage of your life and how it helps you get to where you want to be (not any different than younger applicants, but schools expect you to be more aware).

I recommend reading mbaover30.com. Its a blog by a 30+ applicant, who applied this year. Very insightful.
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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 10:30
Thanks all. I currently work as an engineer in the valley and post-MBA, I would like to get into product management, business development/strategy type roles in tech itself.

The avg age tends to be 28 with only 5 years of experience which would mean that most folks start their career at age 23. I started working as a 21 year old and I will have 9 years of experience by the time I apply.

Considering I want to stay in tech, I am hoping my experience/age won't count against me too much.
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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 11:42
Monika-

I think you might also look at EMBA programs.

With your credentials, you shouldn't have too much difficulty getting into top EMBA programs.

I applied to Stanford Sloan and UVA Darden GEMBA programs and was accepted to both.

I'm 10 years older than you, but also had low undergrad GPA and a good graduate GPA. Your GMAT scores are pretty good... You would probably stand out more among the EMBA applicants...
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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 13:29
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BTW just to let you know that you are BY NO MEANS in a disadvantage!
I personally know a couple of outstanding 30 year olds who made it to Booth, Wharton and HBS. The one in HBS had exactly your GMAT score and the other two were 10 points short!
You are completely fine.
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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 16:55
One thing. If you don't apply, you will never know. So forget the age and focus on what needs to be done.
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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 18:39
I turn 30 in a couple weeks (egads!) and was just admitted to a couple of great programs. They expect you to have accomplished a lot in those post-college years, but that's the same of any age. You just have more years of impressive accomplishments hopefully!
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I applied to business school at 31 and matriculated at Booth at 32 (acceptances at Wharton and Kellogg too). I also had a craptacular GPA. You're not too old and your age isn't a disadvantage.
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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 19:51
Age? Psh! You'll be great for any program with your background. Age probably only becomes a factor in the mid thirties and a huge factor in the late thirties. And a 2.8 at CMU is pretty damn good in my book. Shoot higher than Duke/Ross, maybe Booth; don't know unless you try :) (That said I would be ecstatic to get into Duke on Tuesday!)
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Hi Monika,

30 is not too old for MBA with your tech PM goals as long you have shown career trajectory and desire to learn. I see a few people in their 30s and I would suggest to explain the GPA in the context FT job and PT studies. I was in the same boat. Have you also considered Kellogg and MIT, both have vibrant tech marketing scenes with strong placements and Kellogg is considered to value experience.

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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2013, 11:13
I will be 29 next year, turning 30 in December applying to the Rice MBA Part time program as well as the University of Houston PT MBA program.

Sitting for the CPA exam/GMAT should be fun
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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 14:37
Neither too old nor too late. I am starting my MBA this fall at Sloan MIT and I will be 32 at matriculation. I have a very similar background to yours. 8+ years in Engineering, graduated with a 3.0 GPA and a 710 GMAT. The skills engineers develop in their careers are very practical and useful in management/consulting/new venture creation.
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Re: 720, Age 30. Too Old/Late? [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 17:16
I've asked this question in the past. Got similar feedback, that it shouldn't be a problem if you have a solid reason and application. I've spoken to those who have graduated and they had a low number of over 30's in their class but that could be because less apply. Statistically it is more difficult and schools like stanford from my understanding have an issue with above 30's. But others are accepting. HBS is a tough school anyway but the chances are slimmer but better then stanford. Wharton, Columbia are better. This is from feedback I've been given. Which has been on the forum and a few MBA grads.
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