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Evaluation Request- 27 year old- 2.5 yrs work exp.

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Evaluation Request- 27 year old- 2.5 yrs work exp. [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2007, 22:50
Hi Paul,

I am a 27 year old U.S. born male of Pakistani heritage.

Graduated with a BSc in Computer Studies with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7.

In business related courses I attained a 3.14 GPA. These courses included:

• Business Law
• Microeconomics
• Money & Banking
• Introduction to Business and Organizations
• Principles of Management
• Investments
• Ethics in the Information Age
• Technical Writing

Expecting 680-700 on the upcoming GMAT

I have worked for 2.5 years as a Project Manager for a Mobile Telecomm. Aggregator (Premium SMS Messaging) with 90 employees. Recently attained the position as a Manager for Binary Content/Account Manager. Day to day tasks are 50% Account Mgmt. related and 50% technical. I can obtain excellent recommendations from some of the top U.S. media companies I have worked with as clients. As a PM, I have launched many firsts within the premium SMS industry including being first to market for downloadable content on Tier 1 U.S. carriers. I have also been responsible for an account management strategy dealing with our largest client which resulted in a savings of $2million annually for the client.

I am positioned very well within the company and my goal is to become part of the company’s management team as we grow.

My extracurricular activities include coordinating productive after school activities for at-risk inner city youth with the YMCA. I also volunteer as a coach for youth basketball also with the YMCA.

To offset the low undergrad GPA, I would like to know whether it would be beneficial to take some business related courses at a local community college? These would include:

• Accounting
• Intro to Marketing
• Calculus I
• Macroeconomics

If not @ a local community college, what would be a better option?

At this point in time, my target schools are the following:

1. Georgetown: Part-time
2. UMD-Smith: Part-time
3. Babson: Online program
4. Penn State: Online program
5. George Washington U: Part-time

Would a 700 plus score and the addition of the 4 mentioned classes at a 3.5-4.0 clip bump my chances of getting into a higher tier school? Clearly, I want to attain admission into the highest ranked school possible.

Obviously, I would prefer a part-time or online program with name recognition as I want to continue working. If you think a 700 GMAT and the additional 4 courses would make it worth applying to a higher tier school I would be willing to apply to a nationally ranked full-time program.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Evaluation Request- 27 year old- 2.5 yrs work exp. [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2007, 19:22
mbahopeful2007 wrote:
Hi Paul,

I am a 27 year old U.S. born male of Pakistani heritage.

Graduated with a BSc in Computer Studies with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7.

In business related courses I attained a 3.14 GPA. These courses included:

• Business Law
• Microeconomics
• Money & Banking
• Introduction to Business and Organizations
• Principles of Management
• Investments
• Ethics in the Information Age
• Technical Writing

Expecting 680-700 on the upcoming GMAT

I have worked for 2.5 years as a Project Manager for a Mobile Telecomm. Aggregator (Premium SMS Messaging) with 90 employees. Recently attained the position as a Manager for Binary Content/Account Manager. Day to day tasks are 50% Account Mgmt. related and 50% technical. I can obtain excellent recommendations from some of the top U.S. media companies I have worked with as clients. As a PM, I have launched many firsts within the premium SMS industry including being first to market for downloadable content on Tier 1 U.S. carriers. I have also been responsible for an account management strategy dealing with our largest client which resulted in a savings of $2million annually for the client.

I am positioned very well within the company and my goal is to become part of the company’s management team as we grow.

My extracurricular activities include coordinating productive after school activities for at-risk inner city youth with the YMCA. I also volunteer as a coach for youth basketball also with the YMCA.

To offset the low undergrad GPA, I would like to know whether it would be beneficial to take some business related courses at a local community college? These would include:

• Accounting
• Intro to Marketing
• Calculus I
• Macroeconomics

If not @ a local community college, what would be a better option?

At this point in time, my target schools are the following:

1. Georgetown: Part-time
2. UMD-Smith: Part-time
3. Babson: Online program
4. Penn State: Online program
5. George Washington U: Part-time

Would a 700 plus score and the addition of the 4 mentioned classes at a 3.5-4.0 clip bump my chances of getting into a higher tier school? Clearly, I want to attain admission into the highest ranked school possible.

Obviously, I would prefer a part-time or online program with name recognition as I want to continue working. If you think a 700 GMAT and the additional 4 courses would make it worth applying to a higher tier school I would be willing to apply to a nationally ranked full-time program.

Thanks in advance.


mbahopeful2007,

The Accounting and Calculus courses are the kind that adcoms recommend you take to offset low GPAs and to show preparedness for B-school. Others might be statistics or some basic finance course. If you can take these classes at a university (such as through an extension or adult professional type program) that would be ideal, in that university classes might be more rigorous than community college classes.

I do think that with a 700 GMAT and your work profile you could aim higher than the 5 schools you mentioned, especially if you apply to their part-time programs. Consider Darden, Duke, UNC, Indiana--all good management programs.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2007, 09:47
Paul,

Thanks for the response.

Do you have any suggestions on any extension programs which may be offering the courses you mentioned in the upcoming semester?

Thanks,
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2007, 19:19
mbahopeful2007 wrote:
Paul,

Thanks for the response.

Do you have any suggestions on any extension programs which may be offering the courses you mentioned in the upcoming semester?

Thanks,


Well, there's no need to look beyond your local area. Any university in your city would do the trick.
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