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Evaluation -- Low GPA, heavy work experience

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Evaluation -- Low GPA, heavy work experience [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 13:38
I'm sure posts like this are everywhere, but I am contemplating pursuing an MBA. My initial major was Hospitality Management from UNLV.

I have not taken the GMAT yet, and my GPA is ~2.7. The reason for the low GPA (which I can explain in an essay) is the fact that I was working 40+ hours a week, since my Sophomore year of high school and I helped start a small business, and I currently work in small business consulting as well as working in a management role in a high volume Las Vegas hotel.

I have experience in hotels, being promoted in my company from one hotel to another, as well as internally when I joined another company. I was also given an internship with the company. During my time in management, I was responsible for over 100+ employees, and multiple departments (Front Desk/Hotel Operations, Bell and Valet) as well as managing under a collective bargaining agreement. Between the two hotels that I worked at, I can show that the projects I worked on helped raise guest survey scores and raise overall revenue for the properties.

The schools I am looking at: NYU (part time), ASU, Boston College/University, UCLA, U of Texas. I am also open to other suggestions.

The main jobs I am looking for with an MBA -- 1) VC/Private Equity 2) Consulting 3) Global expansion of hotel/chains
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Re: Evaluation -- Low GPA, heavy work experience [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2014, 08:41
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The GPA is very low for the NYU part-time program, UCLA, and Texas, though the other programs may be more feasible with a strong GMAT – I agree also that your explanation will help mitigate the effect. If you have good grades in quant courses, that will also help.

Your work experience is your key strength obviously. However, your goals seem rather vague – it’s good to have a plan A and a plan B, but VC/PE will be very tough, both to justify in essays and to obtain positions. I suggest focusing on one of these areas as your primary short- and long-term goal, with another as a plan B, and explain how this plan B will also get you to your long-term goal.

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