It is worth completing your Wharton interview.
the good thing about executive MBA programs is the greatest sense of pragmatism in the admissions process. While this is my opinion, I base my summation on what I have seen over the past two years in particular. Quite a few of my clients, who have applied to full-time programs, have also been called by the part-time and executive MBA programs. These part-time and executive MBA programs asked these clients to enroll in their respective programs.
Why would they do this?
The bottom line is that these programs are having problems maintaining and increasing their enrollment -- this is a generalization and I am not sure of the specifics at the programs you are applying to. But what these phone calls indicated was the EMBA admissions committees willingness to negotiate and be somewhat practical. in general, these admissions committees were more likely to disclose information that was very to the point.
So with your specific programs I would talk to the admissions rep that you have been in contact with. Ask them if your current GMAT score is going to be competitive -- or if you should retake -- they will give you a straight answer. this is the answer to the second question you posed.
Most admissions committees do not really care how many times you take the GMAT, especially if they like you on paper and through your essays. I know that there is a little more flexibility with the executive admissions committees. This is another question that I would very directly ask them. for example, I have heard a UCLA Anderson FEMBA rep state that they specifically do not care how many times you've taken it. She gave an example of an applicant who took it six or seven times, and was subsequently admitted.
I appreciate your time. I am interested in you thoughts regarding my profile and targeted schools.
35 yrs old
Played D1 Lacrosse
Volunteered 2 hrs/week at an alzheimer's clinic for 2 years
Graduated with a 3.2 (Psych & Pre-Med)
10 years at a Big 4 Consulting company
2 years at smaller boutique firm
Consistently participated in corporate improvement initiatives, volunteer activities, etc.
I'm a Sr. Manager with extensive project leadership experience. I've led projects in excess of $14M and have had, at one point, 20 people reporting to me.
I've take the GMAT a couple times now and unfortunately my highest score is 620.
I have my sites set on top EMBA programs such as Wharton, Stern, and Columbia.
1. I've already scheduled an interview with Wharton but considering my low GMAT is it even worth it?
2. With my targeted schools in mind, do I stand a chance with my current score? I'm comfortable with delaying my application until my score improves.
3. If I were to take my GMATs again and score in the high 600's, would adcoms frown upon the number of times I've taken it?
I would appreciate your expert advice. Thanks in advance!
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