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Profile Evaluation (fulltime MBA or PhD in accounting)

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Joined: 05 Feb 2008
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Location: United States
Concentration: Operations, Finance
Schools: Ross '14 (M)
GMAT 1: 610 Q0 V0
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GPA: 3.54
WE: Accounting (Manufacturing)
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New post 22 Jun 2009, 19:49
Hello,

I completed my undergraduate studies at Michigan State University with s 3.5 overall GPA. I completed a dual bachelor program - one in Accounting and one in Economics.

I currently have 4.5 years of experience with a multinational manufacturing program in its accounting/finance rotational program. I've worked the controllers function, supply chain, and most recently, internal audit.

I was involved in many extra-extracurricular activities in the b-school at Michigan State (team based competition, leadership events, etc.). I'm also working as part of a non-profit start up aimed at improving resource allocation/use for relief orgs.

GMAT score: 710 (Q:48 V:38)

I am planning on limit my applications to top 10 programs only (i.e. MBA programs: U Michigan, U Chicago, Northwestern, HBS, etc. PhD Accounting Programs: U Michigan, Michigan Sate, UT Austin, U Washington, etc.)

Thanks,

Muhamad
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Muhamad,

You didn't give me a lot of information to work with, but based on what you gave me I would say you have no chance at Harvard, a small chance at Chicago and Kellogg, and a somewhat better chance at Michigan. My main concern is that you didn't mention leadership positions in your career. You may want to consider some other B-schools outside the top 10. As for the PhD Accounting programs, I think you would be competitive at all four of the schools you mentioned.

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Location: United States
Concentration: Operations, Finance
Schools: Ross '14 (M)
GMAT 1: 610 Q0 V0
GMAT 2: 710 Q48 V38
GPA: 3.54
WE: Accounting (Manufacturing)
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Kudos [?]: 713 [0], given: 234

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New post 25 Jun 2009, 19:13
Hi,

Sorry for shortchanging the profile.

Leadership opportunities taken during my career:

Before I joined my current employer, I worked at a client support center (call center). Within 9 months of working there, I was promoted to the operations leader (the person who takes the lead on all high level issues). I was the most junior person in the department to be given that as an official role. As a result, I became the general "go to guy" whenever a odd issue came about. I was there about another year before I joined my current employer.

In the first year at my current employer (the controllers group), I saw my workload more than double, and I managed and exceeded expectations as it applied to the workload. I also became the training focal point for new hires, interns and visiting joint venture employees. I also worked on projects to improve current work processes (insurance allocations, budgeting, arms length transactions between related parties, etc.). Second year was more or less the same (additional work load, more process improvements, etc.)

The next role I was only in for nine months (supply chain), but I became the six sigma analyst for the unallocated (functional) business. I was responsible for monitoring projects and ensuring recorded savings confirmed to the six sigma guidelines.

Current role is in the internal audit function, and it's more of a service function. The leadership roles in this department are very strictly defined. Some opportunities for leadership have come up, but have been very minimal.

Thanks,

Muhamad
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Muhamad,

Thanks for the info. I do think are aiming to high. You could try Michigan as a long-shot/reach school, but, based on what little I know about you, I think you are better served applying to B-schools like (assuming your interest is accounting) like Illinois, Indiana, Brigham Young, Texas, Rochester, Iowa, or Notre Dame -- or to the accounting doctoral programs you mentioned.

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Muhamad,

Thanks for the info. I do think are aiming to high. You could try Michigan as a long-shot/reach school, but, based on what little I know about you, I think you are better served applying to B-schools like (assuming your interest is accounting) like Illinois, Indiana, Brigham Young, Texas, Rochester, Iowa, or Notre Dame -- or to the accounting doctoral programs you mentioned.

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