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profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2013, 03:32
I've only recently started considering for a rather drastic career transition (although honestly don't have much career to start with), and so far the forums have been greatly helpful. Please let me know what you think.

So here's where I stand.

-mid-20's male
-Graduated from UPenn UG (political science, Summa Cum)
-Have been working 2 years in foreign public sector (but has no "business-related" work experience)
-Initially wanted to go JD/MPP dual degree. Applied and recently been accepted to a CCN law school and Harvard Kennedy School MPP.

Although I was admitted to a top law school, I'm not really excited about the prospect of becoming a lawyer. I'm trying to make a transition to consulting and I'm thinking a MPP/MBA joint (concurrent degree) is perfect for what I want to do in the future (public sector-related consulting).
I have a fairly high oldGRE score (Q800, V780, AW4.5), and from what I know they are accepted in all the top MBA programs (ETS's GRE-GMAT conversion table says it's equivalent to 780 GMAT but I doubt it's that high). Should I still take GMAT?

To sum it up,

-Fairly high GPA but poli-sci major and no background in econ or business (reason being that I've only recently realized what I really wanted to do and that I need a econ/business degree to pursue it)
-Able to sell JD/MPP or MPP/MBA options to differentiate myself from classic applicant pool (which of the two do you think is better for raising my chances?)
-rather weak work experience (2 years in foreign public sector). Planning to gain some private sector experience (possibly in consulting) over the summer and fall.
-High GRE score (but still take GMAT?)

So given my situation what are my chances into H/S/W, Sloan or Tuck? These are the only schools that HKS has concurrent degrees with, and HBS and Sloan is my dream/first choice due to their closeness to HKS.

Please give me your realistic advice on how I should go about doing this. If my chances are reasonable I am willing to throw away a decent option of attending a top law school, and I do want to make the shift to MBA.

Thanks!
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Re: profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2013, 11:14
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Hi holacicas,

Thanks for your message. You have a very strong candidacy.

For the exam, you do not necessarily need to take the GMAT, but it is important to remember that your exam score is only valid for a certain number of years (for the GMAT it is 5 years).

For your work experience, admissions teams are looking for a diverse pool of candidates, so you do not need to have had business experience. However, it is important that in your application you address why business school is the right decision for you at this time. Admissions teams like to see candidates with at least 2 years of work experience, which you have.

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