I'm in my last semester of my undergraduate. I am majoring in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Manufacturing, at a state school in PA. I will graduate with a ~3.15 out of 4.0
I have 8 years of management experience in the retail/service field, including managing staffs of 8-10 people, multiple concurrent project management, budget management and more.
I have 18 months experience working as a production worker in a factory directly following highschool.
I recently completed a summer manufacturing management internship at a large well known cereal manufacturing plant, whom has hired me on as a contracted employee until my December graduation. We are currently in talks about a fulltime supervisor position following my graduation.
I owned and operated my own retail/service store for 2 years before dissolving the business due to irreconcilable zoning issues.
During my undergraduate studies I was elected the president of the student Society of Manufacturing Engineers chapter two years in a row.
Also during the past two years I have completed two professional certifications, one for a Six Sigma Green Belt, and the other is a Lean Manufacturing Certification. I also have attended a half dozen other professional development courses, seminars, etc. All of this is on my own, outside of academic requirements, or expectations. I've done it all for my own advancement.
Now the kick in the a##. Out of highschool (1997) I had no interest in attending college but did anyway. I withdrew from my first semester of school with only passing one class with a C. I then puttered around in a community college for 2 years with several failing grades. In 2000 I became serious about my education and began attending the school I will be graduating from in December. At that point, I was a bit older, completely self supporting and really kind of poor. Some financial hardships made for a rough semester or two in the middle of my five years here. Needless to say my academic record isn't real smooth. I can say that it has progressively gotten better, with a small dip in the middle of the past five years, but a good solid last two years. I will be graduating with a ~3.15, however this isn't any Harvard either.
I've been getting upper 600's in my Kaplan
practice GMAT tests, and plan to study for another month or so and then hit the real thing, I'd like to think I can bang out a clean 700 when I do so.
I am primarily interested in Manufacturing Management/MBA programs. Penn Stata(smeal) offers a nice dual degree consisting of a Masters in Manufacturing Management concurrent with a Smeal MBA.
My stretch school, which is what this question is really looking for a response to
, is Kellogg. Kellogg offers a Master of Management and Manufacturing, as well as the obvious MBA which can likely be done as a concurrent dual degree program similar to Penn State.
What are my chances at a top MBA school like Kellogg, with this background? And who knows ofother MBA/Manufacturing Mangement programs out there?
My career goal is to work my way up the chain of operations within a manufacturing company. I'd like to come out of the MBA/MMM obtaining a Business Unit Manager type of position and move up to Operations Manager then Plant Manager, then who knows...
Thanks in advance for the input.