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Concentration: Leadership, Marketing
GMAT 1: 540 Q36 V28
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Eagerly need your advice [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2013, 10:22
Hi. I am currently applying for Desautels (McGill) 's full time course this year . In fact , I am a 30 year old pharmacist with 6.5 work experience 5 of them in a multinational pharmaceutical company first as a sales representative then as a sales trainer after being promoted.I had distinguished extracurricular activities during high school and undergrad but later my job consumed 80% of my time , the rest 20% was dedicated to PG studies and to my family . PG studies include a diploma in Industrial Pharmacy and another in "Training the Trainer" , and a certificate in written translation .In addition to all these ,I got an HR certification from SHRM as well as some workshops and non-academic courses including finance for non-financial managers . Knowing that my GMAT scores are 540 , then a 550 , and my GPA varies between 2.82 -2.94 after assessing it on different GPA calculators,while Desautels responded to my inquiry that they look for 600 GMAT and a GPA 3 , encouraging me to apply but meanwhile implying that they can forgive a slightly lower GPA for a satisfactory GMAT , what do you advise me to do ? which strengths can you see in my profile can compensate for the GMAT gap? knowing that I am applying these days to catch the deadline but will still retake the GMAT for the 3rd time next month aiming at updating them with a better score.By the way , on their website it is said that the range of GMAT scores for their students is 560-780.

Thank you very much.I sincerely appreciate your advice.
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Based on your background, I believe that there is enough compelling content for you to present that will make admissions confident that you can handle the demanding academics of the McGill MBA program. First of all, GPAs are relative -- and you pursued a difficult course of study -- one which for its difficulty. Next, you demonstrated a continued quest for learning -- through all of your advanced certificate courses. Lastly, you excelled in a competitive and demanding industry - one which required that you have great mastery over many aspects of pharma and medicine. From an admissions perspective, this should be enough to compensation for your slightly below average GPA and GMAT score. Just make sure that every other aspect of your candidacy -- essays, recommendations, interview, resume, etc. are beyond standards.

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Joined: 12 Dec 2012
Posts: 230
Concentration: Leadership, Marketing
GMAT 1: 540 Q36 V28
GMAT 2: 550 Q39 V27
GMAT 3: 620 Q42 V33
GPA: 2.82
WE: Human Resources (Health Care)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 45 [0], given: 181

Re: Eagerly need your advice [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 06:18
ManhattanReview wrote:
Based on your background, I believe that there is enough compelling content for you to present that will make admissions confident that you can handle the demanding academics of the McGill MBA program. First of all, GPAs are relative -- and you pursued a difficult course of study -- one which for its difficulty. Next, you demonstrated a continued quest for learning -- through all of your advanced certificate courses. Lastly, you excelled in a competitive and demanding industry - one which required that you have great mastery over many aspects of pharma and medicine. From an admissions perspective, this should be enough to compensation for your slightly below average GPA and GMAT score. Just make sure that every other aspect of your candidacy -- essays, recommendations, interview, resume, etc. are beyond standards.

Kimbelry Plaga
Senior Admissions Consultant
Manhattan Review


Kimbelry you are simply amazing :) if you do not mind I still have a couple of questions :

1-The trend of my GPA is a downward one due to a personal crisis I faced during my last three semesters . Moreover , among the subjects I studied during 5 years of undergraduate studies was a low-weight course (much less credit hours than others) of mere mathematics with a "Pass" in the second year , and another of business administration and basics of finance in the third year with an "Excellent".Both had the same weight .Also, in my first postgraduate degree I studied another "low-weight" course that was a mix of maths and other topics with a "Pass" as well because of the other topics but this detailing can never be explained in he transcripts since the mark stated is the overall of the test.Taken into consideration that I took a three-day workshop "finance for non-financial managers) a few months ago before my GMAT,and that my Quant score increased from 36 in my first attempt to 39 in my second , how do you advise me to connect these together in order to prove I have the sufficient quantitative skills to handle an MBA curriculum ? (I actually do . a big part of my studies were statistics and calculations and also my work involved a lot of data charts and numbers)

2-Is it possible that I state in my resume the internal "undocumented" training I received within my company ? I am asking this question since it included presentation skills and basic analysis of market share datasheet.

Thanks in advance. :)
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