I am an Indian, female, currently NOT working. I have a work experience of 4 yrs and then took a break for 3 years
to take care of my baby. I have 88% in my high school, 84% in my 12th and 84% in undergraduate (BE) school. I was
the TOPPER from college and secured 3rd rank(out of 198 students) at University level.
I don't have much extra curricular's. I am looking to apply to schools in the US. As for MBA I want to specialize in
General Management and Finance. I am getting atleast 650 in my practice tests now. Any help on which 5 schools I
should aim for. Hope you can help. Thanks
Currently my list is McCombs, Haas, Tepper CMU, UCLA, Kelley. Pls suggest.
First, let me say that your decision to raise your baby is commendable and I'm sure your child has benefited greatly from that time!
Now, on to the flip side of that: Most programs want to hear about your leadership experiences from the past 3 years, so your application is going to be a hard sell. I believe you'll need a GMAT of at least 730 or 740 plus strong community leadership experiences from the past few years. Since you say that you don't have them, it may make sense to go back to work for a couple of years or pursue a MSc in Finance instead, which evaluates candidates based more heavily on GPA and GMAT score. You may want to apply to a combination of MBA and MSc programs just to hedge your bets, but I feel your chances of success in the MSc programs are going to be higher.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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