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I am looking at applying to LBS, Judge, and Rotman. I was wondering if anyone either had experience, or had heard anything, regarding the chances of admission in the final rounds? Would it be best to just wait until next year and apply then? Does applying in a late round like this(and being dinged) hurt one's chances of success in the following year
A little about me gmat -760 gpa - 3.1 - had kidney failure/kidney transplant over the course of my 4 year undergrad pretty decent work experience/ec support of my supervisors with good letters major weakness is a lack of direct leadership experience, but I will be able to show it in other ways. CFA charterholder if that helps at all?
Hi, I cannot comment on chances of admits in the last rounds, I just mention that for LBS, in case you apply now and fail, next year you'll have to think how to respond to an additional question: " How has your candidacy for the London Business School MBA improved since your last application?".
Not sure if its much use to you now, but with your excellent GMAT, the CFA (which is definately not something to be downplayed), good ref's and a decent GPA (all things considered), i'd have thought you would have been a great candidate for the schools you mentioned.
I know a few foilks who were admitted last round at LBS. I must warn you that in additional to great candidacy, you need an element of luck about who has already been admitted and what the class make up is looking like. You are not just competing with other R4 applicants but also several waitlisted candidates from previous rounds for very few remaining spots. Apply if you really want to but I would recommend applying fresh next year.
Thanks for the input everyone. I've been accepted into Rotman and Melbourne so far. I ended up not applying to Judge or LBS. I’m still waiting to hear from one more Canadian school. BSD - is the CFA looked favourably in Melbourne? I remember before you mentioned that you knew people that went to the school. Did they have a positive experience? Was it difficult for them to find a job after graduation, and to get their visa to stay in Aus upon completion of the program?
My friends at Melbourne were Australians and had a fairly strong local contact network (and Australian work experience) even before starting at MBS. They didn't have many problems landing a job after the MBA - but I dont really know what happened to the international folks.
CFA is generally looked on as a positive at most places - IF you are targeting related fields (i.e. asset management industry jobs). But a CFA wont ever be the single biggest factor that gets you in.