Please help! I have a low GPA but I am about 4-5 years into my career and I really would like an opportunity to take the next step by obtaining an MBA program from a top university. I am unsure how my Low GPA impacts even my chances before I start my application process or if I should consider going back to undergraduate studies before I even consider applying to business school?
BA Economics (Specialized in Financial Economics) - Top 30 Private University
GPA 2.4 (No real story behind it, first time away from home and had a hard time adjusting...but mostly because I was lazy)
On my practice exams I have been getting between the 740-780 range, I hope to take the exam in the following month and apply for the spring semester
- 2 Years Start Up company, promoted to Overseas Marketing Manager as well as headed as Commercial Manager for the companies high risk, 5 million - 100 million dollar value projects
- 1 Year Recruited/Headhunted by a Vice President at Samsung, key role in their first project in the United States
- Current (Several Months at this point) Recruited/Headhunted by Jacobs Engineering to be the project contract lead on a major Exxon Mobil project
Most Desired: HBS, Columbia, Kellogg, Sloan, Stanford
Desired: Duke, Stern, Haas, CMU, UCLA,
I HOPE I GET INTO THESE: Indiana, UT-Austin, Rice, Marshall, LSU
While I have experience in oil & gas/engineering, I do have a goal of getting into consulting, specifically the top companies (Mckinsey, Bain, BCG, etc) or moving into business development for a major Oil and Gas company (Chevron, Shell, etc). I would also like to tie in a dual masters degree (Engineering) to solidify my technical qualifications and add to my professional credibility. Finally, I have a start up company I have been developing with a few partners and would like to use the relatively flexible schedule that business school would offer me to really get it off the ground!
What do you think my chances are, and more importantly what can I do to improve my chances???