I'm planning to apply for HBS 2+2 program in round 3.
Undergrad 1: Physical Education, GPA: 8.3/10
Undergrad 2: Information Systems, GPA: 9.1/10 (Class of 2012)
Post Grad 1: Especialization in databases in one of the top universities in Brazil (especializations are considered post-graduations here), GPA: 9.2/10
Post Grad 2: Currently studying a MSc in Technology in one of the top universities in Brazil GPA: 4/4
TOEFL IBT: 112
GMAT: 580 (!) 42Q/28V
Work Ex - Internship of 1.5 years in an IT company as a system's analyst. Was able to lead a small team (3 people) in some projects.
Co-founder of a small technology startup during 4 months (it didn't work out)
Currently working full-time in an IT company as a mobile software developer.
Extracurriculars: Did some community work, organized a few events in college that aimed to help people become more healthy. During college I was the coach of the soccer team during 2 years, and in my second year as a coach we won the local university soccer championship.
Also, I did the last 2 years of my first graduation simultaneously with the first 2 years of my second graduation. During the last 2 years of my second graduation I finished my especialization and started my MSC.
Why do I want a MBA, or more specifically, the 2+2 program at HBS: To enhance my knowledge in technology in the next 2 years at work and then learn how to manage and start companies at the MBA, so I can start a new company with the knowledge acquired.
My low GMAT score is my biggest concern here. There is only one month left before round 3 deadline and I still need to write my essays. So I have the option to prepare good essays and apply with a low GMAT score (and explain that the low score was due to not enough time of preparation, since I only found out about the 2+2 program a few months ago), or to prepare average essays and try to retake the GMAT (not sure if I can increase the score in so little time). What should I do?
Thanks in advance for reviewing my profile! Any advice will be much appreciated.
Tough question, but I think you really have to raise that GMAT
significantly, especially the verbal. Frankly, I would advise you to work for a couple of years, improve your English/verbal score, and then apply to HBS for the regular MBA. But if you must apply now, then get that GMAT up and do the best you can on the essays.
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