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:
â€¢ Business Law
â€¢ Money & Banking
â€¢ Introduction to Business and Organizations
â€¢ Principles of Management
â€¢ Ethics in the Information Age
â€¢ 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 companyâ€™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:
â€¢ Intro to Marketing
â€¢ Calculus I
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.
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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