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MBA Application [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 17:46
Hi mbaMission,

I'm applying for MBA programs this fall and would appreciate your input in which programs I should realistically apply to. Here's is my profile:

1) B.A. in Economics, Minor in Accounting from UCLA - 3.3 GPA
2) GMAT - 700 (44Q, 41V), IR and AWA scores are not available yet, as I just took the test
3) Work Experience:
-1.5 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Audit practice (I quit this job without first obtaining another job), CPA license
-2 years as Senior Accountant and Financial Analyst at Southern California based hospitality company (regionally known company) - In this position, I worked with a multitude of operations employees and it was my responsibility to help them understand the finance side of the business (working with them to analyze financial statements, prepare budgets and forecasts). I was promoted from Staff Accountant to Senior Accountant/Analyst at this position.
-2 years in Financial Reporting at an international semi-conductor company (Fortune 300 Company)
4) Extra-curricular-Unfortunately, I have not done any volunteer work or been a member of any organizations since my college days. I'm not sure if extra-curricular activities during my undergraduate career are important for the MBA application, but here they are: I was extremely involved in a youth mentoring program for under-served youth and held a leadership position within that organization, I also held other leadership positions within two other organizations
5) My goal is to transition into Finance after obtaining my MBA. In the short run, I want to work in Finance for a larger corporation. In the long term, I would like to work in Finance with a growing company (much like the hospitality company I worked at previously).
6) 28 year-old, female, Asian

Additionally, do you think I should re-take the GMAT since my score is below the average for the schools I am looking into? Or, would my time be better spent on the essays and applications. The schools I was originally thinking about applying to were Cornell, Stern, UCLA and Ross. Thank you for your input.
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Re: MBA Application [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 13:32
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Hi there,

Thanks for sharing your profile information.

Based on what you've shared, it appears that you have an average profile for the schools you've listed, so in very general terms, you should have a shot at acceptance, likely hinging on how you make your case and share who you are and what your goals are in your application essays and throughout the application.

You have solid work experience (though questions may come up about the job you left, as you mentioned) and obviously strong quantitative abilities. You will want to work to demonstrate in your application that you also have people skills, communication skills, and leadership to balance the already-demonstrated quant abilities. Your GMAT as you mentioned is very close to the average at the schools you mentioned, so it is up to you of course, but you may be better served at this point focusing on the other elements of your application, unless say for example you had scored quite a bit higher in practice tests and think you should be able to knock out a much higher score easily. That said, your GPA is a weakness on your application so your GMAT plays a role in balancing that out.

In terms of extracurricular activities, yes you'll have the opportunity to list what you did in undergrad and that is better than nothing at all, though of course more recent activities outside the workplace would strengthen your application further.

Otherwise I think you could further solidify and flesh out your goals a bit more and be sure you can clearly explain why you want the MBA and why it's vital to your career goals at this point.

Your school list seems appropriate, so I encourage you to begin working on those applications as they become available!

Let us know what other questions you have, and wishing you all the best in the process.
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Re: MBA Application [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 14:03
Hi Jen,

Thank you so much for your quick and insightful reply. I will move on to the applications and will definitely take into account your advice above.
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Re: MBA Application [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 14:15
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You are welcome! Keep us posted.
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