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Hmm... Yeah, I would say that you probably don't yet have enough experience to get into a top school. (Although, I don't know enough about you to say for sure.) Your being unemployed isn't the worst thing in the world, esp. since you're doing good work in the meantime, but you will have to show more career progress to improve your chances of getting into a top program.
I wish I had more to say. I actually think that the same things that will make it hard for you to get into a top-ten program will also make it hard for you to get ito a top-30 program. You're probbly best off getting a couple more years of experience before you apply.
Have you considered the special master's degrees offered by some schools (MS Finance, MS HR)? These programs often have lower experience requirements and might match your interests.
Note that some of the ultra elite "Top 5" schools openly encourage applications from students with relatively low work experience as long as they have stellar compensating credentials. Further, do not forget that the work experience distribution can be highly skewed thus the median work experience can be far lower than the mean work experience.
However, I agree that you face an uphill battle with most admissions committees in the near elite and higher range.
i'm looking for schools in Atlanta metro area or
NY & Boston metro or San Francisco metro - in other words, near big cities with developed job market.
i'm interested in -
MS in International Business/Management/Marketing/
actually i'm not sure about Marketing, though it's extremely interesting for me, but i learned that for internationals it could be tough to find a job in this area (due to lack of cultural understanding etc)
in Atlanta area there is a good university - Emory, but they propose either MBA or PhD in Business or PhD in Economics, or undegrad studies in these areas, that's all. no MS.
MS programs in Georgia State don't have a rank at all.
I'm thinking about Georgia Institute of Technology as well, but their business program has 43th rank...
as an international student who wants to work in US after graduation, i don't have any options but to get into really impressive program...
here is my draft list of univers:
#6 Columbia University -NY
#12 UCLA -CA
#14 New York University (Stern) - NY
#14 Yale University - Connecticut
#18 University of Southern California (Marshall)-CA
#19 Emory University (Goizueta) -GA
#42 Boston University
#43 Georgia Institute of Technology -GA
GSAL stands for Graduate Student At Large. These programs allow students to take courses in an MBA program without being in a degree program. Thus, you can take the same courses as MBA students and demonstrate that you can excel in the B-school environment even if the MBA program might not accept you as a degree-seeking student. Few things can demonstrate that an MBA program should accept you as strongly as succeeding in that program's own coursework.