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Alternative Transcript - Ethical Questions [#permalink]
03 Sep 2013, 05:35
I graduated a couple of years ago with a 3.02 GPA, one of my weak points. To remedy this, I've taken a variety of actions. I'm hoping passing the CFA Level 1 first try (with no accounting/finance background), getting an A in a high level graduate course this last spring, knocking the GMAT out of the park and maybe one or two more A's in grad level courses will be sufficient to address this weak spot in my application.
I'd like to take some more graduate level business courses. However, the school by me from which I received my undergrad degree and from where I took the grad class in spring has a rule which states that you can only be a non-degree graduate student for one semester, and following that you need to apply to the MBA program. This is, I believe, a rule of the business school, and not the entire university.
A couple months ago I spoke with someone in admissions briefly who said the rule was put in place to keep people from dragging their feet in their MBA programs. Obviously this isn't my case. I told him that I'm interested in pursuing an MBA, but don't think I'd be able to take the GMAT in time to apply for their program, and asked if it'd be possible to do a second semester as a non-degree student. He said it probably would be, and that nobody's asked that before.
Well, now it's September and I still haven't taken the GMAT. I'm scheduled to take it Oct 5, and want to apply to a spring class. I'm planning on trying the same trick as before - saying I won't have time to take the GMAT before applying - just to get into the course as a non-degree student. If that doesn't work, I was thinking about applying to the program just to take one or two courses then "dropping out".
Would any of this look bad to a prospective admissions committee? I really just want to take the courses at the same school, so I don't have to submit multiple transcripts. I'd like to take business/finance courses because I'd like to show I can handle them. I guess I'm not sure what to do from here.
The best option here is to go through the official channels as much as possible. Don't apply to the MBA program and then drop out. That will definitely be viewed negatively - and it will show up in the transcript. I understand you want to take all your courses at the same college so try to stay on the straight and narrow as you navigate the process. The last thing you want to do is lose the improvements you made because of a "grey" choice you made, right?