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Please help - Questions about MBA and after [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2013, 22:35
Hi there,
I would like to study MBA from top 10 universities in the US. Could anyone please have a look at my profile and let me know my chances of getting into top schools? I also have lot of other questions.

Academics :-
SSC/10th - 84%; Intermediate/+2 - 91%; Engineering - 76% ; I won an award from Govt of AP (India) (Prathibha award) for securing good rank in Engineering Entrance Exam;

Work experience :-
I have around 9 years of experience in IT. I worked with top Indian MNCs as a project manager for an year, project lead for around 4 years. Worked in onsite for about an year. Currently I am working for a friend's start-up to gain experience to start my own in future.
Had awards and promotions in the companies I worked.
Have got 2 technical certifications and 4 certifications in Life Insurance domain (LOMA certifications - short of one certification for ALMI designation)

Extracurricular :-
Have participated in lot of extracurricular activities during my school and college days; Have been associated with a slum improvement program with an NGO for 2 years. Have good knowledge of public policy and governance as I also prepared for Indian Civil Services for a while.

Expectations out of MBA:
Consulting then move onto Entrepreneurship. And I also plan to start my own NGO later on when I am financially ok.

My questions are:
1) As I asked above: what are my chances of getting into top 10 US schools?
2) I am planning to give GMAT by the end of this May. What is the score expected to get into these schools? Will I get enough time to prepare for my application if I give GMAT in July?
3) What would be total cost of the MBA programme and the living expenses during the 2 years?
4) Do the schools offer any scholarships? If yes, what would be the probability that I get one?
5) Is it possible to work part time in the hectic schedule? How about the study loans? Should we take loans from Indian Banks or US banks?
6) How about jobs after MBA? How long would it take to pay off the entire loan?

Please help!

- Swetha
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Re: Please help - Questions about MBA and after [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2013, 20:54
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Hi there,
I would like to study MBA from top 10 universities in the US. Could anyone please have a look at my profile and let me know my chances of getting into top schools? I also have lot of other questions.

Academics :-
SSC/10th - 84%; Intermediate/+2 - 91%; Engineering - 76% ; I won an award from Govt of AP (India) (Prathibha award) for securing good rank in Engineering Entrance Exam;

Work experience :-
I have around 9 years of experience in IT. I worked with top Indian MNCs as a project manager for an year, project lead for around 4 years. Worked in onsite for about an year. Currently I am working for a friend's start-up to gain experience to start my own in future.
Had awards and promotions in the companies I worked.
Have got 2 technical certifications and 4 certifications in Life Insurance domain (LOMA certifications - short of one certification for ALMI designation)

Extracurricular :-
Have participated in lot of extracurricular activities during my school and college days; Have been associated with a slum improvement program with an NGO for 2 years. Have good knowledge of public policy and governance as I also prepared for Indian Civil Services for a while.

Expectations out of MBA:
Consulting then move onto Entrepreneurship. And I also plan to start my own NGO later on when I am financially ok.

My questions are:
1) As I asked above: what are my chances of getting into top 10 US schools?
2) I am planning to give GMAT by the end of this May. What is the score expected to get into these schools? Will I get enough time to prepare for my application if I give GMAT in July?
3) What would be total cost of the MBA programme and the living expenses during the 2 years?
4) Do the schools offer any scholarships? If yes, what would be the probability that I get one?
5) Is it possible to work part time in the hectic schedule? How about the study loans? Should we take loans from Indian Banks or US banks?
6) How about jobs after MBA? How long would it take to pay off the entire loan?

Please help!

- Swetha


Swetha,

1) I can't answer that with at least an indication of an anticipated GMAT.
2) You want to have a 700+, preferably 720.
3) That depends on the school, but most schools charge around $50 per year. You can find this information on each school's web site. Also Businessweek.com has it aggregated. FT and US News may also have it.
4) YEs, they offer them. I don't know. A lot would depend on your GMAT.
5) Very difficult. I'm not sure.
6) The depends on the size of the loan, the type of work you do after the MBA, and how much you make, as well as the lifestyle you maintain.

Best,
Linda
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Re: Please help - Questions about MBA and after [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2013, 10:43
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1) I can't answer that with at least an indication of an anticipated GMAT.


Thanks for the answers Linda!
I am scoring around 720-730 in the mocks. Does that give any idea as to which schools I should target based on my profile?

Thanks,
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Re: Please help - Questions about MBA and after [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2013, 18:22
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sdr2013 wrote:
Hi there,
I would like to study MBA from top 10 universities in the US. Could anyone please have a look at my profile and let me know my chances of getting into top schools? I also have lot of other questions.

Academics :-
SSC/10th - 84%; Intermediate/+2 - 91%; Engineering - 76% ; I won an award from Govt of AP (India) (Prathibha award) for securing good rank in Engineering Entrance Exam;

Work experience :-
I have around 9 years of experience in IT. I worked with top Indian MNCs as a project manager for an year, project lead for around 4 years. Worked in onsite for about an year. Currently I am working for a friend's start-up to gain experience to start my own in future.
Had awards and promotions in the companies I worked.
Have got 2 technical certifications and 4 certifications in Life Insurance domain (LOMA certifications - short of one certification for ALMI designation)

Extracurricular :-
Have participated in lot of extracurricular activities during my school and college days; Have been associated with a slum improvement program with an NGO for 2 years. Have good knowledge of public policy and governance as I also prepared for Indian Civil Services for a while.

Expectations out of MBA:
Consulting then move onto Entrepreneurship. And I also plan to start my own NGO later on when I am financially ok.

My questions are:
1) As I asked above: what are my chances of getting into top 10 US schools?
2) I am planning to give GMAT by the end of this May. What is the score expected to get into these schools? Will I get enough time to prepare for my application if I give GMAT in July?
3) What would be total cost of the MBA programme and the living expenses during the 2 years?
4) Do the schools offer any scholarships? If yes, what would be the probability that I get one?
5) Is it possible to work part time in the hectic schedule? How about the study loans? Should we take loans from Indian Banks or US banks?
6) How about jobs after MBA? How long would it take to pay off the entire loan?

Please help!

- Swetha

To answer your questions:
1. Without a GMAT score, I can't say. I can say that if it is competitive your grades and work experience are competitive, albeit over-represented in the applicant pools.
2. Aim for the best score you can get, but a 720 would be competitive in the top 10, maybe even a little less.
3. Tuition would be $80-100K. Living expenses vary. check the school web sites.
4. Yes they do, but not enough for all students. See the school sites.
5 Very difficult. There are some loans for foreign students. I don't know about the Indian banks.
6. That depends on how much you make.

Much of this info is available on school websites.

Best,
Linda
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Re: Please help - Questions about MBA and after [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2013, 04:33
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To answer your questions:
1. Without a GMAT score, I can't say. I can say that if it is competitive your grades and work experience are competitive, albeit over-represented in the applicant pools.


Thanks so much for the info Linda! checking the websites now! :)
One question: Will I have enough time for applying for first round if I take GMAT in June end/early July?
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Re: Please help - Questions about MBA and after [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2013, 14:49
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Accepted.com wrote:
To answer your questions:
1. Without a GMAT score, I can't say. I can say that if it is competitive your grades and work experience are competitive, albeit over-represented in the applicant pools.


Thanks so much for the info Linda! checking the websites now! :)
One question: Will I have enough time for applying for first round if I take GMAT in June end/early July?

Yes.

You're welcome.

Linda
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