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Full time or executive? [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2014, 12:48
Full time or Executive?
I am considering doing an EMBA instead of a full time MBA because my age (32) and experience (7 years) are above the average. What’s your opinion? Should I pass for the MBA and focus on an EMBA or do I still have options for being accepted at good school for the full time?

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32 years old
Married + 2 children
Citizenship: Chilean
Chilean education in top business school: Industrial Engineer (2.7) and Master in Business Engineering (3.2). I just did the standard GPA conversion but don’t know if GPA’s from Chile are evaluated by admissions committee with the same criteria as the US since the reality in Chile is that no one scores more than 3.5 (6.0 in the local grading system, 7.0 being the highest)
7 years of experience in the US working for a leader airline in Latin America & Brazil, promoted twice.
Majority partner at a family owned mining company raising more than $ 5M for mining exploration investment
Just started mentoring school students under a non profit
GMAT: Aiming at 740

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Re: Full time or executive? [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2014, 18:53
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I am glad you posted, because your profile is very similar to mine back when I went to b-school. I too was over 30, with a wife and child and around 10 years of work experience. I got into a top 5 program.
The trend over the past few years has been towards more work experience, with the average creeping up on 6 years, so your experience will actually fit in pretty well. Executive programs actually look for 10 plus years in most cases and even with your two promotions, unless you are at the mid-management level or higher, you might find it more difficult for the EMBA. Plus, with a 740 GMAT, you would be "overqualified" for the EMBA programs, most of which are not nearly as interested in the GMAT as full time programs.
The short version of this story is: go full time. You should be able to get into a top 10 program with a well crafted application and you and your family would have the best two years of your life. Target schools with a good support system for students with families and a high average student age. Let us know if we can help you pull everything together.
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