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Big dream/Poor profile [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2013, 23:18
What if someone at the age of 25years with no relevant work ex wants to make it into the ivy league. He is an Artist and has done theater shows(Stage/Street acting) from past 4 years. MBA with this profile looks impossible and stupid. So he started preparing for GMAT and got 720+ in mocks, he wants to take GMAT but still thinking to pay around 15k INR for the exam is it worth to take a shot?

He also dosent have good grades in graduation(44% out of 100) and has done it through distance learning, moreover he belongs to a below middle class family where people need good and extra ordinary reasons to study . Reason for MBA- Has learned to work hard in those 4 years and wants to get a good job and settle down.Now what should he do? Has anyone converted any top US bschool with this kind of background??

10th= 50%
12th= 66%
Graduation= 44% Bachelor in commerce Pass( Two reasons for doing grad. through distance learning one poor score so unable to make a cut in good government colleges, had no money to study in Private universities).

From school days he acted on number of street shows,so even after graduation he persuaded the same profession.But day by day its becoming difficult to survive as the per month income is too low.

Any suggestion/guidance would be appreciated.

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Re: Big dream/Poor profile [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2013, 19:04
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Hi there,

I am intrigued to know what draws you to the MBA degree at all, and that would be the biggest question of admissions committees as well!

It is possible to go to business school with a background in the arts, but you still need to demonstrate that you can handle the academic rigor of an MBA program, and in particular the quantitative aspects. A strong academic record and GMAT can provide that evidence, but with a very weak academic profile and no clear rationale for the MBA (at least mentioned yet), to be honest your chances of any top 25 programs would be extremely slim. If your GMAT is extremely high, that would help a little, and you would need a clear plan for why you need the MBA for your goals. But best advice would be to try some additional academic coursework in statistics or other quant classes, to demonstrate that you can handle the coursework, score extremely high on the GMAT, solidify those plans and your rationale, and aim for a lower-tier set of schools.

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Re: Big dream/Poor profile [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2013, 07:25
mbaMissionJenK wrote:
Hi there,

I am intrigued to know what draws you to the MBA degree at all, and that would be the biggest question of admissions committees as well!

It is possible to go to business school with a background in the arts, but you still need to demonstrate that you can handle the academic rigor of an MBA program, and in particular the quantitative aspects. A strong academic record and GMAT can provide that evidence, but with a very weak academic profile and no clear rationale for the MBA (at least mentioned yet), to be honest your chances of any top 25 programs would be extremely slim. If your GMAT is extremely high, that would help a little, and you would need a clear plan for why you need the MBA for your goals. But best advice would be to try some additional academic coursework in statistics or other quant classes, to demonstrate that you can handle the coursework, score extremely high on the GMAT, solidify those plans and your rationale, and aim for a lower-tier set of schools.

Let us know how else we can help.



Thank you for your response..

I would like to start a production company and a Theater group basically who can work for Social cause(NGO), it will be more of taking government projects.

MBA will add a value in my resume moreover it will give me an exposure to the international market to get connected with right network.

Secondly as far as the diversity in the class is concern i will be the right candidate almost all the students will learn from me.For example i am very extrovert, expressive , how to attract people who are walking on road etc. Most importantly i have worked for many social causes just to make people more aware and attentive without any money.

Finally yes i want to do mba to earn money because a project wont just work on willingness it would need money.\\

And yes i understand ivey would be difficult, i am open to quality programs and not just ivey.

Thank you would love to hear your response.
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Re: Big dream/Poor profile [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2013, 13:02
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Hi there,

Ok, so you have a reason to apply to business school; the biggest challenge still is demonstrating that you can handle that quantitative nature of the program-- the academics! A top GMAT score will do that; and some quantitative coursework even this summer would support that as well. As much as b-schools do like to have creative/arts/non-quant students in the classes for diversity and unique perspectives, they still need to show a certain level of quantitative ability. Once you have a GMAT score or at least a good practice test score, you'll know more about your chances at certain programs. In general like I said, if you look at the US News & World Report MBA rankings, look past the first 25 and then from there decide what sort of geographic region you are interested in, what class size, teaching philosophy, hiring profiles, etc that you are interested in. For more ideas on selecting schools to apply to, see our free e-book that you can down-load here: http://info.mbamission.com/Selecting-Yo ... ram-E-Book.

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Re: Big dream/Poor profile [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2013, 21:48
mbaMissionJenK wrote:
Hi there,

Ok, so you have a reason to apply to business school; the biggest challenge still is demonstrating that you can handle that quantitative nature of the program-- the academics! A top GMAT score will do that; and some quantitative coursework even this summer would support that as well. As much as b-schools do like to have creative/arts/non-quant students in the classes for diversity and unique perspectives, they still need to show a certain level of quantitative ability. Once you have a GMAT score or at least a good practice test score, you'll know more about your chances at certain programs. In general like I said, if you look at the US News & World Report MBA rankings, look past the first 25 and then from there decide what sort of geographic region you are interested in, what class size, teaching philosophy, hiring profiles, etc that you are interested in. For more ideas on selecting schools to apply to, see our free e-book that you can down-load here: http://info.mbamission.com/Selecting-Yo ... ram-E-Book.

Good luck on your decisions!


That was a great help...As per mocks am on 700- 720..Will take gmat in 2 months. So will only apply with 720+ so based on this kindly suggest me some schools in US which are good with scholarships as well.

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Re: Big dream/Poor profile [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2013, 13:32
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Hi there,

You are welcome, and I wish you good luck on your GMAT. In terms of scholarships, be advised that they are fairly rare in the MBA world, and generally reserved for the very top applicants. The vast majority of business school students finance their education with education loans that they pay back over time at fairly low interest rates.

In terms of specific schools, it really depends on what YOU are looking for... I suggest you do some research. You can start with rankings, if you haven't yet; check out the US News & World Report Business School Rankings and the Financial Times Best MBA Rankings. Review our e-book that I sent you the link for. Talk with colleagues, friends, associates in roles you may be interested in or working for companies you may be interested in. Read blogs about various programs. Look at class profiles and employment data on school websites that you are looking into.

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