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I read your book a long time ago when I was thinking of the best route to get an MBA, but have recently changed my goals to obtain an MSHRM or masters of human resources management. I am still in college; I have like a 3.7 gpa from a community college and currently a 4.0 from a 4 year college. The program I am interested in applying to is Rutgers. The average gpa from this school is 3.2 and the average gmat is 556, but I would like to get above a 560. I hope to get somewhere in the range of 650, so that my acceptance will be almost definite. The only concern about my application will be my age it says the average age is 30 and the program has an age range of 22-60+, but I will be 21 when I apply. Do you think this will be a major hindrance to me if my other credentials are high such as GPA or GMAT? If you have no idea thatâ€™s fine too, I figured I may as well ask. Also, I have a year to study for the GMAT what books would you recommend purchasing before I take the test so I can obtain around a 650?
I do think that your age will present somewhat of a challenge, but not an impossible one. The questions you will need to convinvingly answer are 1) Why do you want this degree NOW, instead of after working for a few years? and 2) Can you demonstrate that you have the maturity and level of experience needed for you to get the most out of the program?
As for books, the Offical Guide for GMAT review is considered the gold standard. It's published by the people who run the GMAT, and contains something like over 1400 questions to practice. I definitely recommend buying that, but first starting with something like Kaplan's GMAT book. Once you've completed that book and feel pretty comfortable with the questions, then you can start on the Official Guide. I think you'll get more value out of the Official Guide that way.
Thank you, I'll have to think about those questions seriously to come up with a very valid answer. Anyway, I was wondering if you know of the MBA program at Rutgers Camden, because i contacted an individual from the school who said that work experience is not required, but is a major plus in the decision process. Do you think if I was summa cum laude and obtained at least a 650 on the GMAT following your preparation suggestions, that I would have a very good chance of gaining acceptance. The program claims to accept slightly more than half of its applicants, but the New Brunswick campus accepts 84% of part-timers. Which seems like good odds to me.
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Yeah, I agree that the odds are good. Re: your academic honors, they help, but they don't really get at the two questions that I raised, about "Why NOW?" and "Do you have the maturity/experience level to get the most out of this program?" Unfortunately, those tend to be better answered with work experience than academic honors.
I don't mean to discourage you. I just want to make the point that your academic honors won't completely overcome your lack of experience.
I know that my academic credentials will not completely overcome my lack of work experience, but I am trying to secure an internship during the summer months and my senior year. So, would that count as a year of work experience. If it does I will try to show that though I have limited work experience, I have a passion for the field of business. I also have plenty of time to apply roughly a year for everything, I figured start early just in case I get too busy. I also noticed that 15% of the entering class at Rutgers-Camden doesn't have experience whatsoever, so I'm hoping that they are more forgiving when it comes to younger applicants.
I will answer the questions that you posed on my personal statement.