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.