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Part Time MBA - Please advice [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2006, 17:45
Scott / Omari

Earlier I had communicated my desire to attend FT MBA courses at a few universities:

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=24014

On further review I fell that due to financial and personal reasons I should not be taking the FT (two year) route and instead and have decided to go the PT way or maybe a FT (one year) course.

I am thinking that I will apply for the PT course either this year or next year. If PT admissons do not come through I will try the FT (1-year) courses in Fall 2008.

My question is that considering my educational background (low GPA) and lack of volunteering in the community will it better that I apply for admission in fall 2007. The reason for this question is that I read online that admission criteria to PT courses are much more lenient.

I was targeting NYU-Stern, UCLA, UC-Berkeley and Chicago. Criteria for selection -
(A) offers weekend programs
(B) Career Services for working professional

Can you assess my chances for the above schools? Also, can you suggest some other programs that meets the above criteria.

Once again my details:
Indian Male - 30 Yrs
Undergrad - Bachelors in Electronics Engg - 66% (first class)
Experience - 8 Yrs
Professional Certifications - 2 (PMP - project management and MHP - healthcare)
GMAT - 700 (Q46, V40)

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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2006, 18:59
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I think your chances are pretty good for those part-time programs. No need to wait another year. Apply for Fall 2007. Only wait another year if you think you'll earn a big promotion or some other achievement in the coming year.

I can't immediately think of any other top schools that meet those criteria, particularly the career services one. Research that aspect of each school carefully, because some schools only give limited career service help to PT students.

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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2006, 06:17
Scott

Thanks for your opinion. I think I was not clear enough - I meant to ask whether I could apply for Fall 2006 or should I wait for Fall 2007.

The advantage of applying for Fall 2007 is that I could take a couple of courses and mitigate the risk posed by my low GPA and failed exams of the undergrad.

It would also help me in sending some time on community activities that I could put on the apps.

Please let me know.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2006, 16:38
If you were to go for Fall 2006 that would mean you'd have to apply third round. That makes it significantly more difficult for you to get into the school. You might want to wait for '07 and really get yourself in top shape for admission.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2006, 17:03
Thanks for the reply. I guess I will work on my weak spots and gt ready for fall 07.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2006, 08:29
If scorpioguy is applying for a PT program where does the question of thrid round come into picture.

Do part time programs have such deadlines as well ?

I thought NYU's PT deadline is may 15 th . There is only one deadline mentioned so why not apply to fall 06 ?
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That's correct. It depends on the school, but some schools have rolling admissions or simply have a different set of dates for their PT programs. The "1st round vs. 3rd round" issue is frequently different for PT programs. Good catch.

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