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How to become more competitive? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2012, 12:26
Hey everyone,

I posted this in another forum but it may be more appropriate here but anyways, I'm about to graduate from undergrad and I was looking for some advice. I'm going into healthcare finance as a financial analyst (not a investment banker) at a big bank, which will involve financial analysis of hospitals and medical facilities, which includes analysis of liquidity, leverage, key risk factors, sources of repayment, cash flow, ability to service debt, etc.

The end goal is for me to attend a top 15 MBA program that will provide the necessary skills and recruiting to succeed in the healthcare industry. What programs should I start investigating? I would be open for joint MHA or MPH programs as well. Also, I was wondering, how many years do you recommend working. I know 2 years may be to little but I was planning on working 3-4 years. I will likely graduate with a 3.6 gpa, and will begin my GMAT studying in a few months. Will a 3.6 gpa, a 700+ GMAT, and my described work experience be competitive for top MBA programs? I see a lot of consultants and investment bankers at the top MBA programs, which worries me that I may not be competitive enough with my work experience. Any tips to help make me more competitive?

I value the advice of everyone here since they've been through the process, so thank you very much!
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Re: How to become more competitive? [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2012, 20:28
I'm assuming you went to UNC for undergrad? If you get the 700+ GMAT, you'll be fine from a pure numbers perspective. There's so much more to the application though that it is hard for anyone to judge what your chances are. What have your leadership experiences been to date? Also, what do you hope to get out of the joint MHA or MPH programs that you couldn't get out of a healthcare-focused MBA (HBS, Wharton, and Duke come to mind)?

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Hey everyone,

I posted this in another forum but it may be more appropriate here but anyways, I'm about to graduate from undergrad and I was looking for some advice. I'm going into healthcare finance as a financial analyst (not a investment banker) at a big bank, which will involve financial analysis of hospitals and medical facilities, which includes analysis of liquidity, leverage, key risk factors, sources of repayment, cash flow, ability to service debt, etc.

The end goal is for me to attend a top 15 MBA program that will provide the necessary skills and recruiting to succeed in the healthcare industry. What programs should I start investigating? I would be open for joint MHA or MPH programs as well. Also, I was wondering, how many years do you recommend working. I know 2 years may be to little but I was planning on working 3-4 years. I will likely graduate with a 3.6 gpa, and will begin my GMAT studying in a few months. Will a 3.6 gpa, a 700+ GMAT, and my described work experience be competitive for top MBA programs? I see a lot of consultants and investment bankers at the top MBA programs, which worries me that I may not be competitive enough with my work experience. Any tips to help make me more competitive?

I value the advice of everyone here since they've been through the process, so thank you very much!
Re: How to become more competitive?   [#permalink] 15 Apr 2012, 20:28
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