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African American Male Profile Evaluation Request - 730 GMAT

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Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 730 Q46 V44
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African American Male Profile Evaluation Request - 730 GMAT [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2012, 05:53
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.
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Re: African American Male Profile Evaluation Request - 730 GMAT [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2012, 09:05
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Hello chemE42, thanks for your question.

Your GPA is slightly low, but you can mitigate that. Do you have any other analogue that is a better representation of your academic ability and potential? Programs will want to know that you can handle the material.

Your GMAT should open the door at most any school, but your quant score – at 46% - is ever slightly lower than the 80% we typically recommend for top programs.

In terms of your post-MBA goals, paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. Demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA. Identify the specific gaps that stand between you and your short- and long-term goals (knowledge, skills, experiences, network, etc.) and show how business school would directly address those gaps. So many applicants cite management consulting as their post-MBA goal – make your rationale/story specific!

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