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Age and Qualifications Question [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2004, 02:31
Hi Linda,

I got into a 2-year econ/mangement MA program (first degree - foreign languages). I plan to apply to a couple of top b-schools a year after I graduate. I'll be 28 at the time. Will that be an issue in terms of age and qualifications?

I have 2+ years of run-of-the-mill work experience so the Master's will be a good way to beef up that area. Please note that I don't want the degree just to woo an adcom.

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Re: Age and Qualifications Question [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2004, 20:37
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Hi Linda,

I got into a 2-year econ/mangement MA program (first degree - foreign languages). I plan to apply to a couple of top b-schools a year after I graduate. I'll be 28 at the time. Will that be an issue in terms of age and qualifications?

Your age shouldn't be an issue at most schools, but lack of impressive professional achievement might be a problem at the top ones. Remember, the people you will be competing against will have been advancing professionally while you went to school. It may be tough for you to compete qualitatively as well as quantitatively in terms of your work experience.

I have 2+ years of run-of-the-mill work experience so the Master's will be a good way to beef up that area. Please note that I don't want the degree just to woo an adcom.

You will need to establish that your masters degree is an important element (as is the MBA) in achieveming your career goals.

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You're welcome. Good luck!
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Follow-Up question - Age/Qualification [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2004, 12:43
Hi Linda,

I plan to apply to Top 5 schools later this year. I will have about 8 years of work experience by then. I also have a Masters degree in Engineering.
I understand that I will need a convincing answer for Why MBA and Why Now questions and I have one. (Presuming that majority of the applicants are going to have lesser work experience).

My question is, How much is my undergrad (engineering) degree and/or starting work experience going to impact my application. In other words, how much focus will be on the early part of my career/education?

Thanks a Lot.
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Re: Follow-Up question - Age/Qualification [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2004, 16:24
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Hi Linda,

I plan to apply to Top 5 schools later this year. I will have about 8 years of work experience by then. I also have a Masters degree in Engineering.
I understand that I will need a convincing answer for Why MBA and Why Now questions and I have one. (Presuming that majority of the applicants are going to have lesser work experience).

My question is, How much is my undergrad (engineering) degree and/or starting work experience going to impact my application. In other words, how much focus will be on the early part of my career/education?

Thanks a Lot.

You're welcome. IN general, considering the distance between you today and those experiences from years ago, they will have less impact than if you were younger. Still some of my answer depends on how different your undergrad experience and early work experience is from the norm. If it is typical and competitive to that of other applicants at top schools, then it will have little impact. Your more recent experience will be far more important. If you have a low GPA, you will need to explain it; a high GMAT and recent A's or professional accomplishment will go far to erase adcom concerns about your mature academic ability. If you stumbled initially professionally, but have been progressing rapidly in the last several years, then focus on your recent experiences and so will the adcoms.

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