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- 25 year old African American
- 620 GMAT
- GPA: Undergrad 3.1 Masters of Public Health (MPA) 3.52
- Current Peace Corps Volunteer
- Lot of extra curriculum activities in Undergrad such as President of 2 student orgs, high school mentor, etc.
- No solid full-time work experience (just internships and summer jobs)
Research Assistance during Masters study and a FITNESSGRAM Specialist for Boston Public Schools
Program Assistance for an academic department planning and facilitating community building program for its students.
Survey research and qualitative methods analyst intern in undergrad
-Short term goal: work for a consulting or management company in their public sector or a non-profit for 5-10 years.
-Long term: start a NPO that provides services such as staff and development, strategic plan and implementation, NPO formation, and fund development and planning for CBOs and NGOs particularly those in the health sector.
Why MBA? I want a practical degree that will help me build on my technical, analytical, and management skills.
Target Schools: Emory, Duke, UNC, Ohio State (home state), Willamette, Missouri
Fall Back Schools: North Arizona University & Marquette because of Peace Corps fellowship programs at these schools.
Hey there dude,
sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I missed your post somehow!
First of all, let me say that Peace Corps IS a job! So it DOES count to your work experience. How long have you been doing it? Cause school will still for the most part like to see 3 years of "work", and it will improve your chances. If your goal is to go to NGO stuff, then you can totally swing it with just peace corps experience though. Just make your goals specific and related to what you actually did.
Your GMAT is not bad but it COULD be higher, and if you haven't studied and taken the test at least three times I would totally urge you to do it. It can easily help you get either into a better school or land a stronger scholarship. So it's worth it.
Otherwise, even with a 620 if you apply to target + fall-back schools, then you should be fine with these (but like I wrote if you do better on the GMAT...
As an African American, if you have some involvement with minority communities you should also check out the Consortium: http://www.cgsm.org
Hope this helps!
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