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CPA, 750 GMAT, Only 3 years work experience [#permalink]
05 Aug 2014, 09:51
1) Brief description of your full-time work experience. What do you do?
I am 25 years old, white male, NYC resident. I have been working in internal audit for a fortune 200 insurance and consulting firm for a little over a year. I travel around the world performing operational and financial audits across diverse business units. I recommend process improvements and identify control issues which need to be remediated.
Prior to that I worked for nearly 2 years in external audit at a Big 4 firm. I specialized in financial audit for large multinational technology corporations.
2) Your GMAT.
I think I could score a bit higher if I retake.
3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
Seton Hall Univ 2011, Accounting Major, 3.5 GPA.
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience. A bit weak in this area. Fraternity Member in college. Participated in a 2 week study abroad trip which traveled all over the country of India visiting business schools and large corporations.
Any ideas for a young, NYC resident to improve in this area?
5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
CPA - Passed all 4 sections on first try in a 2 month period when I was 22.
6) Your target programs. Please note that my experience is with the top MBA programs (FT, PT, EMBA, Sloan Fellows) around the world. If the programs you are targeting are not listed here, I may not respond due to lack of time.
CBS, HBS, Stanford, NYU
7) When you plan to apply? Please specify round and application cycle, for example R1 2013-14 or R3 2012-13.
Regular Decision - August 2015 entry.
Any insight into how early I should apply? Was thinking October-November timeframe.
From the information provided, I’d consider Columbia and NYU to be reasonable reaches. Although you’re competitive by the numbers, I feel Stanford and HBS would be perhaps unrealistic reaches.
Even for Columbia and NYU, while you’ve got great qualifications, you still must turn in stellar applications to have that reasonable chance. Also, pay attention to each school's unique "personality" and show awareness of and fit with that aspect.
If you’re applying this cycle, it’s not the time to beef up your extracurriculars – adcoms are very skeptical about activities that start close to MBA application time. Being seen as insincere will be worse than simply lacking this dimension. I suggest instead highlighting your strengths -- I imagine your global auditing experience would be a source of interesting insights and experiences.