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Eligibility to pursue Masters degree [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2005, 13:59
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 am 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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Re: Eligibility to pursue Masters degree [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2005, 17:56
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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 am 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?

Thanks in advance
Ashu


You're welcome. To answer your questions:

1) Probably, but check with the schools individually to be sure.

2) Yes. If you want a GMAT to compensate for a lower than average GPA, you want a higher than average GMAT for the schools that you are applying to. Please see "MBA Admissions: Low GMAT/GPA"
3) Not really. MBA's are supposed to prepare you for a career as a manager. Academic degrees prepare you for academia. You will have to explain why an MBA is necessary to teach. I think it's a hard case to make.
4) In a hypothetical way, yes. If two identical applicants apply, the one who can pay will have the advantage. But two identical applicants never apply. The advantage is minimal because so many applicants have access to loans even if they can't pay the tuition themselves.

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