Many thanks for your advice on this profile.
1) Work experience: clinical pharmacist (1 year), PhD in pharmaceutical sciences (3.5 years), community pharmacy (1 year), assistant professor at a top European pharmacy school (3 years).
2) GMAT: 720 (Q49, V39). This is my first attemp. In all practice runs I scored 740-750 (Q49 and V42-44). Should I retake?
3) College info: Top Pharmacy School in UK, No GPA (1st class honours (i.e. 4?)), Major: pharmacy, year of graduation: 2003. Grad: PhD, top UK university, no GPA. completed 2008.
4) extra-curriculars: president of a student society/club. Established and lead campain group that was featured by major media outlets (TV). Senior strategic advisor on a successful election campain (local elections). Bilingual
5) Important certifications: Pharmacy
6) Target programs: HBS, Stanford, LBS (also considering Booth - please suggest other top ones that you think would be a good fit).
7) Management in Pharma for a few years then NGO leadership.
Please feel free to add any further advice/information that you deem useful.
Thank for your post.
I don't think you should retake the GMAT. Your score is competitive and when combined with your other academic credentials, your academic strengths are obvious.
You certainly have a chance at these programs, but Harvard and Stanford are particularly tough. While not much easier, I see a better fit at Wharton and MIT. You may also want to consider Haas, Duke, Yale, or the accelerated MBA at Cornell.
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