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Here's my profile:

* Indian national working in the US for a global telecom MNC, in an engineering role. Total work experience ~7 years.
* My work is pretty much core engineering, with a large dose of project management, since we're supposed to be able to manage projects from start to finish with minimal supervision. We are however assisted by project managers from time to time. Career progression has been stalled for a while due to the economic slowdown and hard times in telecom generally, and my current company has had a promotion freeze for about 3 years now.
* GMAT- 680, Q47, V37, AWA 6, no IR since it was taken in 2010
* Undergrad GPA- approx 3.6-3.7, engineering degree from India
* Grad GPA- 3.3, M.S in Electrical engg in the US
* Extra-curricular activities- Been tutoring immigrants and middle/high school kids with English and Math since the beginning of this year in a local community center. I did the same in 2010 as well, had to stop due to work and relocation. Am also involved with a NGO working on environmental awareness among schoolkids in India, although my involvement is minimal. Have also volunteered with soup kitchens for the homeless occasionally.
* About my MBA- I am focused on a part-time MBA, since my employer will hopefully pay a small portion of my tuition, and I want to keep working while I study. My target schools are Georgetown, Tepper, Stern and UMCP Smith school of Business.

All that being said, what are my chances of admission for 2014 at the schools I mentioned? I am unsure as to whether to retake the GMAT, since I've been told that essays and recommendations will probably do more for my admission chances than GMAT scores. Am just concerned my score may not be enough. Will taking online courses in accounting/finance add anything to my profile and my admission chances? Is there anything else I can do to beef up my profile?

I appreciate any and all opinions, please don't hold anything back :) Thank you!
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I am glad you are targeting part time programs, because your profile, while good, would be more difficult to get the attention of the FT programs. You are in a good place, however for the PT programs, who will not be as concerned about the GMAT score. The reason is because they not only understand that you may not have as much time to prepare as someone who is seeking a FT MBA, they also don't have to report their stats to the rankings boards (which they must only do for their FT programs). For this reason, admissions is more liberal on the PT programs and they will be more interested in your career acheivements than your paper qualifications. I think you will be competitive and should focus on your application like you suggest.
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New post 26 Jul 2013, 11:07
Thank you bryantmichaels for your advice, much appreciated! I definitely intend to focus on the career side of things now that you're saying the GMAT score won't matter that much, so I won't bother retaking it. So the fact that I took my GMAT in 2010 won't have any bearing on my application right? I know the scores are valid for 5 years. What's your take on online courses to add heft to my application?
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2010 GMAT score is just fine--makes no difference as long as it was within past 5 years. As for courses, with a 3.6 GPA in engineering, you won't need any additional coursework from an admissions advantage perspective, but it could be personally beneficial from the perspective of preparing you for b-school. Remember b-school curriculum is designed for people with no formal business education in the classroom, but still, if you have never had an accounting or economics course it might be a nice primer. Again, with your educational background, it will be unnecessary from an admissions perspective.
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New post 29 Jul 2013, 05:36
bryantmichaels wrote:
2010 GMAT score is just fine--makes no difference as long as it was within past 5 years. As for courses, with a 3.6 GPA in engineering, you won't need any additional coursework from an admissions advantage perspective, but it could be personally beneficial from the perspective of preparing you for b-school. Remember b-school curriculum is designed for people with no formal business education in the classroom, but still, if you have never had an accounting or economics course it might be a nice primer. Again, with your educational background, it will be unnecessary from an admissions perspective.


Thank you again bryantmichaels for your helpful insights. I understand the courses may be helpful during my b-school semesters, so let me look into taking them sometime before school would start.
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