Hope you are in good health & spirits. Wish you a Happy New Year! I am interested in Evening MBA programs at Chicago. I wrote GMAT a couple of weeks back and scored 660 (47Q/34V).
Need Advice â€“ I am targeting Top Part-Time MBA programs. The short listed programs are as follows:
1. Kellogg school's part-time MBA program (The Managers' Program) Not sure if the score is competitive
2. University of Chicagoâ€™s Evening MBA program Not sure if the score is competitive
3. Georgia State University - Robinson College of Business schoolâ€™s Flexible MBA Program Score is good enough. I am a Georgia resident and will qualify for in-state tuition fee.
Can you advice me if I need to make another attempt? I am disappointed with the score because the score does not reflect my true abilities. Shall I push my score 30-50 points up and achieve 700-740 with 4-6 weeks of intense preparation or shall I concentrate my energies on writing stellar essays, getting substantive recommendations and boosting other components of the application? I am in dilemma and need some solid advice to clear up my mind.
Profile - Indian male Software Engineer (age 28) with 6 yrs experience working as an IT consultant with E-Business Services division of a financial (credit card processor/online banking solutions) firm that processes international card payments. I graduated as an Electrical Engineer (GPA 3.20) from Delhi College of Engineering, India (One of the top engineering school). Joined a start-up software company and worked extensively with US clients on offshore-model. After the bubble bust, I joined another software venture initiated by an automotive giant in India. Lead member of Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) to achieve quality standard SEI-CMM Level 3 for software development organizations. Additionally, I pursued M.S. (Software Systems) Program (GPA 3.25) from BITS, India to benefit the team to achieve quality milestones and to satisfy my own intellectual curiosity. Currently, my job profile at E-Business Services requires me to participate in requirements gathering, architecture definition, analysis, design, and implementation of online banking solutions. The role gives me an opportunity to lead a team, mentor junior staff and interface with clients. I have completed three pre-requisite MBA courses at Columbus State University (GPA 4.0), an experience that exposed me to a wealth of thought processes and provided the much needed foundational work of business methodology.
Extra Curricular â€“ In engineering college, elected treasurer for the student chapter branches of IEEE & IEE (international engineering societies). I was part of executive council that organizes Cultural and Technical festivals. I am a volunteer at Columbus Public Library where I helped to implement RFID technology program and received Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of dedicated volunteer service at the library. I am a member of Indo-US Cultural Association and actively volunteer in community/charity events. Occasionally I help colleagueâ€™s kids with math and science courses. Hobbies include reading, running and listening to music.
Since I am working as an IT consultant at my current job, the prospects for getting into a management position are rather bleak, even though, I have made best efforts to communicate and discuss my aspirations and long term career goals with the current manager. My job responsibilities are leading me towards a unilateral technical growth that is insufficient for my aim to provide E-Business offerings designed to cover the entire range from business case formulation to technology implementation. Post MBA, I am looking at a management consultancy role (IT/Business Consulting sector) in which I intend to apply technology, finance and business strategies to improve business performance, promote organization effectiveness, drive innovation and create competitive advantage in global business environment.
I am sorry for writing a long post but I felt the need to communicate my thoughts. I will appreciate any input/feedback/suggestion/thoughts.
Thanks in advance!
You don't need to retake the GMAT to go to Robinson's part-time program, but if you want to maximize your chances at Kellogg and Chicago, it may pay for you to retake.
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