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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2013, 16:09
I would like an expert's take on my credentials, and thoughts on my chances at MBA programs. As an engineer I don't have a "typical" business school applicant background, which makes it hard to gauge how competitive an applicant I am. I am applying this fall for entrance in the fall of '14.

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Civil Engineering Degree from a top 3 Public University- 3.1 GPA. How much do grad programs look at individual grades? My GPA is so low because of some advanced Calculus courses that aren't really relevant to business school. My core engineering and non engineering grades were actually very good.

Work Experience- Will enter with 3 years of experience. Work for a top 20 engineering company doing construction management. Currently working on a high profile environmental project. Leaving to go to get an MBA is not typical in my company, but I believe I will receive excellent recommendations from my superiors.

I am being pretty selective in where I apply, and am looking to stay in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast. Ideally I would like to use an MBA to transition into real estate development. I believe my experience in construction and understanding of how that aspect of development works helps me in making that transition.

Right now I'm considering Georgetown McDonough as a mach program, with Darden and Kenan-Flagler reaches. Does that seem like a realistic list of schools? Would I have any shot to get into a place like Sloan or Johnson?
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2013, 20:08
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Hi there,

Thanks for posting. It's actually more common these days for engineers to apply to business school than it used to be, though I understand your point in terms of not having a background in finance or consulting or similar. But keep in mind, in general business schools are open to a variety of backgrounds, and aim to create a 'micro-cosm' of the world within the b-school class. They do expect you to demonstrate quantitative and academic ability, and to be able to make a clear, rationale and compelling case for why business school, and how your past relates to your future goals, and how the MBA will connect both of those.

Congrats on an outstanding GMAT score, that goes a long way towards demonstrating that you can handle the academic rigor of the program, even with a below-average GPA (at least at top b-schools). As an engineer, you'll just want to ensure you stand out from OTHER engineers, and don't fall into a trap of just focusing on technical accomplishments.... if possible, aim to really showcase leadership, teamwork, communication skills, people management, influencing others, etc.

What I like about what you've shared as well is how you've started to connect your past experience with your future goals and explained how that makes sense, and how the MBA will help... encourage you to build upon that as it's an important step that some applicants struggle with.

If you put together strong essays (so important in a competitive environment), yes I think you could possibly have a shot even at top 10 programs, or you could at least choose one to apply to as a reach school. I would think you'd have good chances at Georgetown and Kenan-Flagler, with Darden a step up from there.

Keep us posted on questions and what you decide, wishing you the best!
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