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Options for older student? [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2006, 09:43
Hi Paul,

Thanks for your advice to everyone here, we all appreciate it.

Here's my background:

41-year old securities analyst, 15 years experience, sellside and buyside.
3.4 undergraduate GPA (B.A Economics, 1987) from a solid school.
740 GMAT (49Q 90%, 42V 95%), which I took two weeks ago.
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Currently unemployed...was on a four-year stint in the Middle East, which ended last year, and have been unable to crack the job market here since I got back last May.

I'm looking to go into forensic/investigative accounting, either applying it to the investment process or practicing it at a public accounting/consulting firm. I've looked at both MS/Accounting programs as well as MBA programs.

I'm aware of the hurdles that older applicants to top-tier programs often face. Based on what I've laid out, do I have a reasonable shot at a top-tier program, or is it more realistic for me to focus on a quality, second-tier school that is less focused on the 27-28 year old demographic?

Thanks and best regards,
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Re: Options for older student? [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2006, 14:15
slippy wrote:
Hi Paul,

Thanks for your advice to everyone here, we all appreciate it.

Here's my background:

41-year old securities analyst, 15 years experience, sellside and buyside.
3.4 undergraduate GPA (B.A Economics, 1987) from a solid school.
740 GMAT (49Q 90%, 42V 95%), which I took two weeks ago.
CFA charterholder
Currently unemployed...was on a four-year stint in the Middle East, which ended last year, and have been unable to crack the job market here since I got back last May.

I'm looking to go into forensic/investigative accounting, either applying it to the investment process or practicing it at a public accounting/consulting firm. I've looked at both MS/Accounting programs as well as MBA programs.

I'm aware of the hurdles that older applicants to top-tier programs often face. Based on what I've laid out, do I have a reasonable shot at a top-tier program, or is it more realistic for me to focus on a quality, second-tier school that is less focused on the 27-28 year old demographic?

Thanks and best regards,


slippy,

The combination of uemployment and your age significantly diminishes your odds at top-10 schools even with your GMAT and potentially intriguing background. I do think it would be more realistic for you to target schools from "low teens" slots in the rankings on down -- a group that includes some outstanding programs. I would have to know more to be more specific.

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2006, 15:32
Thanks, Paul...that does clarify things for me quite a bit.

My extracurricular/community activity is non-existent since college. I would prefer to stay in NYC, and I guess Columbia and NYU are both out of reach. Do you have any thoughts on CUNY/Baruch?

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2006, 00:45
slippy wrote:
Thanks, Paul...that does clarify things for me quite a bit.

My extracurricular/community activity is non-existent since college. I would prefer to stay in NYC, and I guess Columbia and NYU are both out of reach. Do you have any thoughts on CUNY/Baruch?

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slippy,

Yes, I think it's excellent place to go if your goal is stay in New York City. Take a look at the companies that recruit there most and you'll be impressed. Sounds like a good choice.

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2006, 06:02
Thanks, Paul...this has been very helpful.

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slippy wrote:
Thanks, Paul...this has been very helpful.

Best regards,


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