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I have recently graduated from Bilkent University industrial engineering program which is one of the Turkey's best engineering schools and also currently ranked by the Times Higher Education as the 98th best school around the world for engineering and technology. I'm looking for a master in finance in U.S.A or Europe but U.S.A is more preferred.

I'm thinking to apply for 2014-2015 to WUSTL, Tulane, Fordham(master of global finance), Northeastern, University of Southern California , UT at Dallas, Rollins College(early MBA with finance specialization), LSE(msc finance), Bocconi, ESADE.

Considering my profile below, can you say which schools should I apply and what are my chances ?Can you suggest more schools please ?
I know it is mostly possible that I will be rejected from all I listed above because of my extremely low gpa, but anyway I'd like to give it a shot.

Here is my detailed profile;

-2.29 gpa ( lots of partying :( and also I didn't care about the courses very much because I know I will start to work in our family business after graduation so I haven't got any job concern. I just try to get the essence of the courses and points to pass the finals). B+ form calculus II, B- from Algorithms and Programming I, B- from Introduction to Probability, C- from Stochastic Models ( while the curve was F for this course)

-I haven't take GMAT yet. but I think I will get a score around 680-700

- 6 months exchange experience in a good Belgium university. I took three master courses in marketing and international business and passed all of them.

- 4 year voluntary work in a NGO, directly participated in organization of several charity events

- 1 month engineering summer internship in a Turkish company which is really good in defence industry

-1 month management summer internship in an international firms factory located in Turkey.

-1 month advisory summer internship in Ernst and Young Turkey office( manager said that he can give a reference for my applications)

- 6 month finance related work experience in a local company. (part-time for previous five months but started to work in full time after the graduation last month.)

- a couple of participation in some international academic student events around Europe and Turkey.

- for applying USC, I might be able to get a reference form one of my former professors who got his phd from the business school of USC. Will it make any difference?

- Also I might be able to get references from two of my former professors who are currently give lectures in some prestigious universities in america.

Im not seeking for any scholarship( I know it is impossible to get one with this gpa) or for a job in USA after graduation, getting a couple of years international work experience would not be bad though. We have a family business and probably I will start work at that after obtaining my master degree. I want this master of finance degree to enhance my financial knowledge which will be very beneficial to improve our family business company and transform it into a bigger one. In the future, I want to start some international business by expanding the company into international markets. I know I will study hard during the master programme unlike ı did in my undergrad education because master programme will have direct effect in my future plans.

Should I mention about these family business things in the application essays ?

thanks for any response,
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MS Finance programs are a little easier to reach from an admissions viewpoint because they don't have to report their stats to the rankings boards nor do they really compete from a rankings perspective like the MBA programs do. I think your international diversity will help set you apart and with a 700 GMAT you should have no problem getting some attention from good programs even with a lower GPA (the GMAT helps balance out the GPA a bit). Indeed it can help to have alumni write letters of recommendation, but only if they can truly speak to your performance and it's clear you are using them for that purpose and not just because they are alumni. The fact you have a good vision for your future will also come across well in the application process. Let us know if we can help you.

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