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Profile Eval: Low GPA/ Incomplete Degree/ EMBA / 10 yrs exp.

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Hi Mili,

Can you please take a look at my profile and let me know what you think of my chances and your review of my profile?

Background: 35, Male, Indian (working and living in the US for past 14 years)

GMAT: Still have to take but targeting and hoping to get around 725-750 (based on practice tests)

BE (from India): Major: Electronics Engineering, had 58% from a reputed university .
MS (from USA) : Major : Computer Science.
Did not graduate, it was back on 2000-2001 during the dot com bubble and got an offer from a company that was to hard to resist and refuse. Once started working was very difficult to go back.
GPA was a low 2.67. Was very good for the first few semesters but then because of family emergency/circumstances could not focus, had to leave for India and then when I came back just couldn’t concentrate on the degree.

Work Experience:
Total Experience around 10 years.
Started working at a startup for about a year before it was bought over and then majority of the team eventually let go after the dot com bubble bust.

Started working as a software engineer for a small company and rose to the management role in the next 3-4 years.

Since then have been working in one of the big4 consulting firms, started as a consultant and now I am a Manager. (Left the consulting for about a year to work for a fortune 100 company but then came back to consulting).
I have experience in managing teams ( varying between 2 to 25 resources) across different continents and working with clients across Asia and NA.

So a total of about 6 years is with big 4 and the rest of 4 is "industry" .

Extra Curricular:
• Am PMP certified.
• Certificate from HBS in Management.
• Enrolled in the Stanford Advanced Project Management certification.

• I am a board of director for a local school and lead a couple of committees around strategy and technology enablement in schools.
• Have worked on a couple of start-ups from scratch to becoming a stable revenue generating business.
• Organized and lead "community of practices" around products and services.

I want to do EMBA and my target schools are:

Long Term Goal: Take my career to the next level within the "big 4" into management consulting.

My main questions are:
1. Will my low GPA affect my chances of getting into an EMBA program? I tried going back to my university to check if I can complete my degree or atleast take some courses to increase my GPA and was told that since it's been over 10 years, I will have to re-start everything all over.
2. Will the low GPA and incomplete degree work against me? What can I do to offset the effect?
3. Based on my background and profile, what can I do to ensure getting into one of those programs.
4. My company (might be willing) to sponsor me to attend EMBA, will that improve my chances to get into a program or it does not matter if I am a self-sponsored or a company-sponsored candidate?

I will really appreciate your feedback.
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Great questions.

I do think that your low GPA and incomplete coursework will count against you, but I don't think it will make or break your application if you can clearly explain them and take responsibility. For EMBAs, I think they are much more concerned with your GMAT and your work experience and much less concerned with academics as it was such a long time ago. Still, the fact that you had a low GPA in undergrad and then again in your Masters program may make it seem like you can't handle academic environments. Make sure you quell that concern via an optional statement.

I think your startup experience is going to carry you pretty far, as is your consulting and industry experience. I think you've got a good list here- I might suggest adding one 'safety' type school like USC or something like that as your GPA/incomplete coursework could be a wildcard component.

They do like to see company sponsored applicants, I believe.

Hope this helps,

Mili Mittal
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