I would like your take on a specific problem more than my general profile.
I think that I have pretty decent stats - 730 GMAT, ~3.9 GPAs, and a position at a Fortune 100 blue chip with 2 promotions (to manager level) over three years (at matriculation) with significant international exposure.
However, I have one BIG problem: the MBA would be my THIRD Master's degree. I completed one M.S. in a "joke major" (really, though) after undergrad and am currently pursuing my second M.S. part-time. I am hoping to enter business school in the Fall of 2014, immediately after I complete my second M.S. and I would only be 27 years old.
I think that the second M.S. (Predictive Analytics) is very applicable to my current position as well as my career goals (corporate strategy / consulting), however, my first (Leisure Studies) will not be viewed favorably. I think that coming out of school at age 29 with THREE Master's degrees and only 3 years of work experience (compared to 4 years in grad school) is completely ridiculous, but it's really my only option to get into corporate strategy or consulting.
How much will this over-education hurt me? I have my heart set on the top tier (H&S) but would consider settling for certain lower schools as well (Wharton, MIT, Dartmouth are my planned backups at the moment). What can I do to convince an admissions committee that I really DO need this MBA?
Thanks in advance!
Treat the first masters as a mistake. you got it, but it really has limited value considering your goals today, unless you consult for the leisure industry. Predictive Analytics gave you a great deep dive into quantitative analysis and (I'm guessing) Big Data. The MBA will give you the breadth to manage a business and advise others how to manage a business. And that's what you want to do.
I think you should be able to make that argument.
In addition. you need to show a track record of achievement professionally. You may have blossomed late, but show that you blossomed into a contributor with impact.
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