A few years back, I posted my stats without a GMAT score just to gauge my chances at a top 10 program. Well I now have a GMAT score of 730(46Q, 44V) and a little under two years of experience, and would like to better understand the range of schools that I should consider.
Graduated with 3.17 gpa in Chemical Engineering from smaller private university(Few extracurriculars). Currently have two years of experience as business analyst for a top multinational oil company(think Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil), and have had leadership positions within a few organizations within my company. I plan on applying to schools in 2014, and hope to matriculate in Fall 2015.
I do understand that my GPA is on the low side, and hope that my GMAT score/work experience can help offset that. I plan on applying to HBS, Kellogg, Tuck, Haas, and Ross. In your opinion, does my GMAT put these programs out of reach? Also are there any other programs that you recommend that I consider? Post GMAT, I am interested in management consulting, as well as strategy positions in alternative energy.
I appreciate any advice that you can offer.
I'm no Consultant, but I think you're going to be in good shape to be competitive at any program. Because of your Undergrad major and GMAT, your GPA won't be a red flag; you probably shouldn't even explain it. Tuck, Haas, and Ross are all Consortium schools and with a 730 GMAT I can all but guarantee one of them would offer you acceptance and a full-ride. I just think you need to concentrate on trying to get a promotion or two under your belt and be sure you get involved in some kind of extra-curricular that supports the Consortium’s Mission. You may even be able to matriculate earlier than 2015 if you want. Best of luck Sir.
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