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New post 10 Apr 2012, 14:36
First post on here so hi all. I'm looking for a reality check on potential b-schools here. My undergrad is from a Canadian university with a GPA of 3.25 in engineering. My first few years were quite fun (GPA of 2.7), and then I pulled out all the stops and got a 3.6 in the last two years because they were the only ones that mattered for grad school at the time. Did a masters and did quite well (deans list, with a 4.0GPA, international patent and publications). Followed that up with a PhD (or DPhil as it is known at Oxford University) in one of the top rated departments. Did 1.5 years in operations consulting and am now in a leadership position with an large American company.

After nearly a decade in academia (winning over $300,000 in awards after my first two drunken years in school) I'm keen to only do top 5-10 EMBA/MBA's. Currently I have my sights set on something like a Wharton or Booth EMBA, or something in that league. The one element from my profile that is missing is my GMAT, which I've yet to do.

What I'm wondering is if my background and PhD pedigree would let the admissions staff to overlook my average 4 year undergraduate GPA or not. If I have no chance of a top 10 then I'm not overly keen to go through all the work so I would like an honest assessment. What are your thoughts, would a top school accept me at any GMAT score or would my time would be better spent networking than GMAT prepping?

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New post 10 Apr 2012, 19:04
Let me first welcome you to the GMAT Club! You are in the right place if you are interested in BSchool.

It's hard to tell your shot at those programs without more info about you b/c there are SOOO many aspects to a strong applicant, but assuming that you are the correct age with the correct amount of experience (around 10 years or more) then you would be perfect for almost ALL EMBA programs. You have a strong profile in my opinion, and assuming that you can bring a 700+ to your GMAT I think you'll have a good shot. Your GPA should not really matter anymore if you're that far out of college, and you did well in your masters programs. Plus you did very well in your last 2 years (which they will most likely ask you about).

Now, if you are looking for regular full time MBA's (have like 3-8 years experience), then we'd need to know more about your work experience, leadership experience, letters of rec, GMAT, extra curriculars, etc... to know your shots. But you have a very strong framework, and I think you have some necessary pieces to breach into the top 5-10 schools.

Question I'm asking myself though is why an MBA when you already have a PhD. The Adcoms will want to know this too...

Good luck, and let us know how we can be of service to you in the GMAT journey!
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