I graduated Tufts in 03 with a BA in History. I received a 3.46 GPA overall and 3.66 in my major. I thought I would teach history and so I also got an MA in Education, graduating from that in 04 with a 3.54. I currently work for Fidelity Investments in brokerage. I want to get into equities research and passed CFA Level 1 in June. I took the GMAT back in the spring and score 650 42Q,38V. I just retook and was rather disappointed to do worse in quant but overall 680 39Q,44V. The overall score isn't bad, but of course I would have liked a higher score. I wonder if passing CFA Level 1 would demonstrate to b-school that I have the quantative skill to handle what I want to do? Went to a top undergrad, not a bad GPA, good career change story, and I certainly have need for an MBA. (Basically impossible to get into research with my current background) I was thinking about Yale, but their profile has gone up dramatically this last year. What schools do you think would be appropriate with my profile?
Yes, they will take your CFA into account as evidence of quantitative ability. Have you considered Wisconsin? They have an outstanding equities research program. Some other strong but accessible finance programs include Duke, Michigan, Rochester, Cornell, and Indiana. You should have a chance at all of them assuming no major negatives you didn't mention.
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