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Application Evaluation,Low GPA- Online School Worth it? [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2012, 07:29
Please help! I have a low GPA but I am about 4-5 years into my career and I really would like an opportunity to take the next step by obtaining an MBA program from a top university. I am unsure how my Low GPA impacts even my chances before I start my application process or if I should consider going back to undergraduate studies before I even consider applying to business school. I am currently looking into online programs at different universities for possibly a post bacc degree (BS in computer science/engineering from a brick & mortar school with online programs i.e. Oregon State Uni/University of Illinois) as well as masters opportunities. Unfortunately, the Universities close to my location (Baton Rouge) do not offer part-time/night/weekend masters or bachelors options, so online might be the only feasible opportunity. However, I might consider looking at different options if business schools do not look at online degrees with much respect.

Undergraduate Degree:
BA Economics (Specialized in Financial Economics) - US News Top 30 University
GPA 2.4 (No real story behind it, first time away from home and had a hard time adjusting)

GMAT:
On my practice exams I have been getting between the 720-780 range, I hope to take the exam in the following month and apply for the spring semester

Professional:
- 2 Years Shipping company, promoted to Overseas Marketing Manager as well as headed as Commercial Manager for the company's high risk, 5 million - 100 million dollar value projects.
- 1 Year Recruited/Headhunted by a Vice President at Samsung, key role in their first project in the United States
- Current (Several Months at this point) Recruited/Headhunted by Jacobs Engineering to be the project contract lead on a major Exxon Mobil project

Extracurricular
- President of my Fraternity for 1 year and executive board for 3 years
- Executive board for a Cultural Organization
- Board member for the Greek Counsel
- Volunteered for several English Camps in South Korea for underprivileged elementary school students.
- Currently involved in two start-up companies, one as an adviser and other as the co-founder/coo


Desired MBA:

Most Desired: HBS, Columbia, Kellogg, Sloan, Stanford, Booth
Desired: Duke, Stern, Haas, CMU, UCLA,
Schools I would be willing to go to: Indiana, UT-Austin, Rice, Marshall, LSU, Michigan

MBA Reasons:

While I have experience in oil & gas/engineering, I do have a goal of getting into consulting, specifically the top companies (Mckinsey, Bain, BCG, etc) or moving into business development for a major Oil and Gas company (Chevron, Shell, etc). My final goal is to leverage my early experience in market entry, international business and cross-cultural business to be a country manager/country executive for a major American company in a Korean office or vice versa. Academically I would also like to tie in a dual masters degree (Engineering) to solidify my technical qualifications and add to my professional credibility assuming that I do not get an additional degree prior to b-school.

What do you think my chances are, and more importantly what can I do to improve my chances???
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Re: Application Evaluation,Low GPA- Online School Worth it? [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2012, 18:37
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hmmm...president of fraternity might explain the low GPA ;)

The longer you are out of school, the less GPA matters, particularly with a top GMAT score like you seem to be capable of getting and the kind of meteoric career rise you are experiencing. Not sure HBS will be interested, since you are a little long in the tooth for them, but you should be able to get into a school on your list and you are wise to target a range of them, just in case. Most MBA programs won't let you get a dual degree simultaneously just due to the scheduling conflicts, but check and see. One way to be completely forgiven of your undergrad sins would be to get the engineering Masters first, and get a good GPA there. This would improve your profile.

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Re: Application Evaluation,Low GPA- Online School Worth it? [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2012, 04:55
Thank you for your reply it is very helpful. Also out of the programs I've done research on ,I am most interested in part-time programs...does that change your evaluation at all?
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Re: Application Evaluation,Low GPA- Online School Worth it? [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2012, 14:50
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Part tim e programs, as a general rule are easier to get into since they don't have to report their stats to the ratings boards, and these stats do not get figured into the rankings from Bloomberg BusinessWeek or U.S.News. etc. You could probably have your pick of the litter with PArt time programs. Another new phenomenon with PT programs is that recruiters are beggining to get more and more interested in recruiting PT MBA students for jobs formerly reserved just for FT grads. This could be the "secret sauce" for folks pulling the trigger on PT programs.

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