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please advise! [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 17:58
I just took the GMAT and I'm wondering if I should even bother applying to b-school, or if I should just apply to a few MHA (masters in health admin) programs... I would appreciate any advice you can give!

Here is my profile:
-Asian
-Female
-GPA: 2.9
-University: Ivy League, class of 2010
I don't have any grade patterns. I was just a terrible student.. I was too involved with extracurricular clubs, greek life, and working several part-time jobs. I was first generation to go to college. I have a few relevant health and non-profit experiences that led me to my first job.

- Job: Consulting (vault ranked top 3 technical consulting)
I worked as an analyst and was promoted twice in 2 years to project manager. I managed a small team, and a quarter-million dollar budget. I worked with clients from a government health agency to look into affordable care act regulations around health exchange set up and insurance laws. I also worked on a health IT project doing software maintenance and business requirements collection. On the side, I do some cost analyses on Medicare data, write proposals, manage a small team of interns. I also volunteer with the firm for the wounded warrior project, special olympics, and I'm on the outreach committee for a resource development group (approximately 200 employees) to help people who are new to the firm find what they need.

On the side, I do pro-bono consulting for local nonprofits for over a year now. These non-profits include a strategic development for a local mental health service facility, and board development for a local chapter of a national home-building non-profit. I also tried to start up a non-profit of my own but failed miserably.. might speak to that?

GMAT: took it twice. 610 in may, 690 in june (41Q, 43V, 5.5AWA)

I really wanted to do MBA with a focus on health management, or social enterprise, but I wonder if it's even worth a shot. I am completely done with the GMAT and don't want to take it again, because I'm awful at standardized tests and have been studying too long.. too depressing..

My target schools WERE Haas, Yale, Anderson, and Kellogg but at this point, I'm thinking of only trying for Anderson, but that might be too much of a stretch. I could emphasize some quant and leadership experience from work.

I would appreciate any advice, and I can definitely provide follow up information. Thank you!!
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Re: please advise! [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2013, 14:10
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Hi there,

Thanks for sharing your profile, and congrats on the GMAT improvement. Your potential for a place in a reputable MBA program is a lot better with the 690 than the 610. You do have a slightly less common background/profile with the health care management and nonprofit consulting interests and experiences, and that can help you to stand out as a strong female applicant. Probably your biggest weakness is your GPA. A stronger GMAT could better compensate for that GPA, but I understand your sense of being 'done' with the exam.

It is true that your school list is lofty, but if you are up for the challenge you may want to still give it a shot at 1 or 2 of those you listed, plus a couple of lower-ranked programs? Once you get out of the top 15 your chances will be a lot better if you can put together a strong application with great essays detailing all of your interesting experiences, and explaining the undergrad scenario further (in terms of your extracurriculars etc, not that you just weren't a good student, but including what you learned from it and what you will do differently this time around, etc). You may want to get help with your application, and feedback on your essays to ensure you really showcase all that you can bring to a program, whether that be from an admissions consultant or at least a colleague/friend who knows b-schools well. Haas and Yale both seem to fit with your background and interests well, from your list you mentioned. In terms of schools outside the top 15, you could look at options like Ross, UNC Chapel Hill, U of Washington, BU, Johns Hopkins, U of Minnesota... that have some sort of general reputation in the world of healthcare management either at their b-school or university as a whole.

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