Am active duty military and about to get out next year. I always wanted to do MBA but kinda confused right now as to choose between MHA, MBA or SCM. Graduated with a degree in Economics with a gpa of 3.4. Will be taking the GMAT next month. Will rather do MBA than the other two options. If I decide to do MBA, what should be my target schools? Am 30, married and black.
A lot of it will come down to your GMAT.
As a military officer, b-school adcoms will cut you some slack on the GMAT, but not by much (i.e. maybe 20-30 points slack, so that for a top 16 school most will need at least a 700+ for the GMAT not to be a concern, whereas for military officers you could probably get away with a 680 without it being a concern).
In any case, the MBA will give you a broader array of career options than the other specialized degree programs. What I suggest is to focus solely on the GMAT prep for the next month, and shoot for high 600s and ideally 700+ if you can. Once you do that, it'll then come down to the rest of your profile, how well you execute your applications, and so forth. You'll find that military vets from all branches are pretty well represented at the top 16 schools (and especially at HBS, Wharton, Darden, and Duke in particular). Good luck
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