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I'm in the process of applying to a handful of B-schools this fall. I've already got some in for R1 but was wondering if you could evaluate my profile anyways so I can get a better understanding of my chances.
Male, 26, Asian
GMAT: 760 (49Q, 42V I think, 6.0 AWA) Undergrad: Aerospace Engineering, Management Info Sys; University of Texas at Austin; GPA 3.72/4.0 Masters: Aero/Astro Engineering; Stanford; GPA 3.71/4.3
WE: 3 years as a Systems Engineer at large Aerospace company ~1.25 years between undergrad and grad. ~1.75 years between grad. and matriculation into b-school
EC Activities: During undergrad: extracurricular projects, mentoring, student representative on school councils, etc. Since undergrad: participation in professional/workplace organizations with occasional community service activities.
My goal isn't to change industries, but stay in the aerospace industry. The MBA is to help me shift into management and possibly into a start-up/smaller aero company.
I feel my weakness will be my lack of WE (~2 years right now), and the lack of leadership EC activities since undergrad.
I'm applying to Stanford, Haas as stretch schools, and UCLA part time (company pays for part time, and I'm in LA). So, what are my chances at each?
I've thought about USC part time as a safety school, but I don't like how their program is structured compared to UCLA's (no weekend classes offered by USC). I'm also considering schools in Texas or Washington, but probably not the east coast.
Sounds like your expectations are realistic -- yes, Stanford and Haas will be stretches, and UCLA part-time you will be competitive for. As for USC, it's really a personal decision whether you think it's worthwhile for you. Same with Texas and Washington -- if you're staying in the same industry (and in an industry such as aerospace that doesn't have a hard on for top tier schools), you may be best off just going to a part-time or even executive program down the road that best suits your schedule and needs.