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Caucasian male, will be 33 at the time of admission
5 years of financial services experience in a sales/support role 2.1 GPA in criminal justice undergrad Currently in accounting certificate program (30 credit hours accounting + additional business courses) with 3.24 GPA
Took GMAT in 2006 690 (expired) Re took in Sept 620 (40 quant, 37 verbal) Will retake in Nov, hoping for 700
Target schools: Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa, UGA (safety)
Are these schools appropriate for my range? I have already visited & interviewed with Wisconsin, and visited Ohio State.
The schools you've targeted are definitely within your range. It's important that you have a strong application all around, not just in any one aspect, so your essays and resume will be important to show a complete picture. Focus on what you've accomplished in your financial services role - 5 years is a long enough time that I'm sure you've been able to engage in a variety of business situations, team, and experiences. Make sure that you're prepared for the GMAT, since you're taking it again you want to show a notable improvement to indicate that you've grown since your most recent testing.
It's also worth highlighting the accounting program you're in. This shows that you've already begun working to develop your skills further. How does this relate to your short/long-term goals? This is another question that business schools are very interested in. They want to know what you hope to gain from their specific programs, and what you plan to do with that experience.
Thank you so much for the reply. My focus is finance with a goal of moving into treasury so I think they compliment each other. I think my interview with Wisconsin was strong, my Iowa interview is right after GMAT #2. I'm hoping for around a 700, which I think would get me in. I'm already on draft #2 for most of the essays, I'm having a colleague help revise them. I want everything within my control to be tidy & tight.
I'm glad to hear from a knowledgeable source that my selections aren't a reach. I don't really have any "safety schools" so I really want to get into one of those 3.
Yes, finance and treasury are closely related enough that that wouldn't be a critical issue. Many people use MBAs as stepping stones into other career paths, generally speaking as well, so I wouldn't focus too much on that concern.
Definitely make sure you pull your GMAT up. That would be a critical factor to differentiate. If you can get back into your previous range with some studying, and lay out a clear, descriptive path for your career and how it relates to the program, that would round out what could be a strong application package.
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