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Eligibility to pursue Masters degree

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Eligibility to pursue Masters degree [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2005, 13:47
I have more than 10 years of work-ex in India, in the field of Journalism and Information technology. I am currently in the US, and exploring the options of doing masters in the field of business management, with interest in a specialization such as Supply Chain Management, Marketing Research, CRM etc. rather than a general MBA. I have done B.Sc (2 years) and Post Graduate Diplome in Business Management - Marketing (2 years) from India. My B.Sc grades are not too good. My questions are:

1. Will my 2 years of B.Sc and 2 years of PGDBM suffice to meet the minimum criteria of 12+4 years education to get admissions in a good university?

2. Can a good GMAT score (which I hope to get) over-ride a not so good under-grad GPA? If yes, what should be the minimum GMAT score I must get?

3. I am also very keen to pursue career in academics. Is that something that can make me a preferred candidate for universities?

4. I am currently in US, and can fund for the program to a large extent. Does that help in getting admissions in a good university?

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Your situation is a little unusual, and I can;t answer with 100% certainty that your undergrad work will be sufficient. However, I think it would at most schools, if you already have your bachelors degree (if I read your message correctly).

There is no hard minimum GMAT score. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. If I quoted you a number, it would be almost meaningless. But yes, a strong GMAT score can help overcome a low undergrad GPA. Just try to at least be within your target school's middle-80% average GMAT range (most schools publish this info).

If you want to pursue a teaching career, you may want to look at PhD programs. Very few people just get an MBA (or other masters) and then go into teaching.

Re: being in the U.S. now, that doesn't necessarily help or hurt. But being able to fund your education can help.

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