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Part-time MBA programs in California [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 23:49
Hello!

I’m considering applying to *part-time* programs (Fall 2013). I took the GMAT a couple months ago and scored 700.
Quant 48 (80 percentile)
Verbal 38 (83 percentile)
AWA 5.0/6.0

I’m a software professional with 5 years of experience. Post-MBA, I intend to continue working in tech.
My options after graduation:
- Advance into Executive Management and lead teams.
- Product Management (tech)
- Business Development (tech)

I live & work in SF/Bay Area and was considering UC Berkeley(Haas), UCLA (Anderson), USC (Marshall) and Santa Clara University(Leavey)

Haas is my first choice. I understand that it's very competitive to get in.

I’m not sure if it’s worth travelling to LA on weekends(for UCLA/USC) or just enroll at local Santa Clara (Leavey) if I get in. I understand the benefits of going to a good school like UCLA (networking, education, brand name, global recognition, etc.).
I’m asking because I don’t plan to do a career shift (e.g. finance, consulting, etc.) I know Product Managers and General Managers in my company who have graduated from Leavey and they seem to be doing well (obviously, can’t generalize). My concern is that Leavey is ranked very low. In fact, this year, it slipped to #41. Does anyone know why it plummeted? What is the Leavey's reputation among technology companies in the Silicon Valley?

I’m also looking for more information on MBA admission consultants and how exactly a good consultant can assist in the application-preparation process.

Thanks,
Rohit
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Re: Part-time MBA programs in California [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 19:34
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Hello!

I’m considering applying to *part-time* programs (Fall 2013). I took the GMAT a couple months ago and scored 700.
Quant 48 (80 percentile)
Verbal 38 (83 percentile)
AWA 5.0/6.0

I’m a software professional with 5 years of experience. Post-MBA, I intend to continue working in tech.
My options after graduation:
- Advance into Executive Management and lead teams.
- Product Management (tech)
- Business Development (tech)

I live & work in SF/Bay Area and was considering UC Berkeley(Haas), UCLA (Anderson), USC (Marshall) and Santa Clara University(Leavey)

Haas is my first choice. I understand that it's very competitive to get in.

I’m not sure if it’s worth travelling to LA on weekends(for UCLA/USC) or just enroll at local Santa Clara (Leavey) if I get in. I understand the benefits of going to a good school like UCLA (networking, education, brand name, global recognition, etc.).
I’m asking because I don’t plan to do a career shift (e.g. finance, consulting, etc.) I know Product Managers and General Managers in my company who have graduated from Leavey and they seem to be doing well (obviously, can’t generalize). My concern is that Leavey is ranked very low. In fact, this year, it slipped to #41. Does anyone know why it plummeted? What is the Leavey's reputation among technology companies in the Silicon Valley?

I’m also looking for more information on MBA admission consultants and how exactly a good consultant can assist in the application-preparation process.

Thanks,
Rohit


Rohit,

Before I respond regarding your options, could you answer a few of my questions? Where did you go to college? What was your major? How were your grades? Regarding your work, are you a team lead? Are you a programmer? Have you progressed on the job?

You seem to be well on your way to choosing programs, so we can help you after you narrow your list of schools by:

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In providing these MBA admissions services, we bring decades of collectiveexperience in MBA admissions to your application. Furthermore, writing, especially the critical essay writing, benefits from a second pair of objective, seasoned eyes. That's why professional writers have editors. For more on the advantages of working with us, please see http://www.accepted.com/mba/acceptedadvantage.aspx .

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Re: Part-time MBA programs in California [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 23:41
Hi Linda,

- Software Engineer in the Silicon Valley with 5 years of experience.
- Ethnically Indian (male/28). I understand that I’m part of the over-represented pool.
- Undergraduate GPA - First Class from Bombay University - (I'm not very sure about the conversion to the GPA system)
- Masters Degree in CS from a top 15 engineering school in the US. GPA 3.85/4.00
- I’ve been doing well at work (at a reputed tech company ) and can get good (hopefully) recommendation letters from my manager and the director.

My top picks are UC Berkeley(Haas), UCLA (Anderson). Not sure if I stand a chance at Kellogg, Booth. And, I'm not sure about Leavey's reputation.

Thanks,
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Re: Part-time MBA programs in California [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2012, 21:35
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Hi Linda,

- Software Engineer in the Silicon Valley with 5 years of experience.
- Ethnically Indian (male/28). I understand that I’m part of the over-represented pool.
- Undergraduate GPA - First Class from Bombay University - (I'm not very sure about the conversion to the GPA system)
- Masters Degree in CS from a top 15 engineering school in the US. GPA 3.85/4.00
- I’ve been doing well at work (at a reputed tech company ) and can get good (hopefully) recommendation letters from my manager and the director.

My top picks are UC Berkeley(Haas), UCLA (Anderson). Not sure if I stand a chance at Kellogg, Booth. And, I'm not sure about Leavey's reputation.

Thanks,
-Rohit


Rohit,

You have a competitive profile for Haas' part-time program and also for UCLA's and USC's part-time programs. You would also have a competitive shot at Booth's and Kellogg's part-time programs. The full-time programs would be a stretch. Regarding Leavey, I think it's a personal decision. The reputation of any of the other programs stretches much wider than that of Leavey. My guess is that there are probably also educational benefits, and more diverse student bodies at the programs other than Leavey, but how much does it matter to you? Do you need that enough to go through the hassle and expense of flying down to LA?

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Linda
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Re: Part-time MBA programs in California [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 10:46
Linda,

I'd certainly fly down to LA for UCLA.
I just figured that at USC, the second and third year electives are offered during the week. So, I guess, USC is not an option for me.
As for Kellogg and Booth, I've heard that the projects meeting your peers during the week, so it really isn't geared toward fly-ins.

I'm certainly applying to UCLA and Haas. In your professional capacity, have you helped part-time applicants get into either of the programs with a profile (work exp, education, background) similar to mine? I've head that it could be similar to many other prospective applicants and that it's an over-represented pool.

Regarding Leavey, I'm in a dilemma. I'm trying to figure things out by posting on forums and gathering information. I'm certainly going to visit the school but their opinion could potentially be biased.

thanks,
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Linda,

I'd certainly fly down to LA for UCLA.
I just figured that at USC, the second and third year electives are offered during the week. So, I guess, USC is not an option for me.
As for Kellogg and Booth, I've heard that the projects meeting your peers during the week, so it really isn't geared toward fly-ins.

I'm certainly applying to UCLA and Haas. In your professional capacity, have you helped part-time applicants get into either of the programs with a profile (work exp, education, background) similar to mine? I've head that it could be similar to many other prospective applicants and that it's an over-represented pool.

Regarding Leavey, I'm in a dilemma. I'm trying to figure things out by posting on forums and gathering information. I'm certainly going to visit the school but their opinion could potentially be biased.

thanks,
-Rohit


Rohit,

We have worked with applicants like you (Indian IT male) to these programs. You are from an over-represented groupin the applicant pool. That's true. But according to you, you have done well professionally. You have good grades from college and excellent grades in your MS. Your GMAT is competitive and even a little above average for these part-time programs. I think you have a very good chance at these schools, but obviously I can't guarantee your acceptance. I think it is certainly a good investment of time, money, and energy for you to apply. It's worth it. (and if you read my posts, I spend a lot of time telling people not to apply.)

If you would like help with your MBA applications, please consider Accepted.

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Re: Part-time MBA programs in California [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2012, 16:41
Linda,
Thanks so much for your advice. I'd certainly consider Accepted. Can you please shed more light on the Essay Editing services?
I read the 'MBA Essay Review & Editing' section at http://www.accepted.com/services/mba/ad ... eview.aspx . How many hours of essay-editing-consulting does a typical application take? Do you have an office in the Bay Area?

Also, have you worked with part-time applicants from the West Coast applying to Kellogg/Booth?

thanks,
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Re: Part-time MBA programs in California [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2012, 22:13
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Linda,
Thanks so much for your advice. I'd certainly consider Accepted. Can you please shed more light on the Essay Editing services?
I read the 'MBA Essay Review & Editing' section at http://www.accepted.com/services/mba/ad ... eview.aspx . How many hours of essay-editing-consulting does a typical application take? Do you have an office in the Bay Area?

Also, have you worked with part-time applicants from the West Coast applying to Kellogg/Booth?

thanks,
-Rohit


Rohit,

Thanks for your interest in our MBA essay editing.

The applications vary so much and the writing quality of the applicants varies so much that it is really hard to say. We do, however, give free estimate. Fill out the short form here and you will be connected to an editor. Send in your essays, and we'll give you an estimate. A very general guideline is 1.5-2 hours total for a 500-750 word essay for your first school. Usually later schools' essays take less time. But an informed estimate for you is really much better than this guideline.

We do not have an office in the Bay Area. We work remotely with almost all our clients, and our clients are around the world. We do have several consultants on Pacific Time, which makes scheduling calls easier when a call is necessary.

We have worked with several applicants each year for years to Kellogg and Both's part-time programs. I believe that some were on the West Coast, but we haven't tracked it in that way. Again, we work with clients from around the globe applying to schools around the globe.

I hope we can work with you too.

Best,
Linda
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