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.
-Graduated from UPenn UG (political science, Summa Cum)
-Have been working 2 years in foreign government (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 government). 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 for your post. There are a few points that simply are not clear to me.
What do you mean by the highlighted passage? Sorry. I don't see your point there.
And if I understand you correctly, you want to go to HKS regardless of whether you pursue the MBA or the JD. You are now trying to decide whether to forego the JD in favor of an MBA.
I think your chances at H/S/W/Sloan or Tuck are going to depend on what you do in the next year and what you actually accomplished for the foreign government. While no one would expect you to have a high position, if you can show that you shouldered responsibility and were entrusted with a leadership role or two, your work experience would be valued. For most programs, they would also want to understand why you concluded that you need an MBA to achieve your goals.
The poliSci background given your high quant score is not a black mark. It just means you need to work a little hard to show you can handle the math. Your quant score goes a long way to accomplishing that goal. Work that would require quant skills would also help as would a few A's in a few classes like econ or accounting or statistics for business. Alternatively, consider a course like MBAMath.com
If you have leadership experience and had some real responsibility in your current job and then get a position in consulting at a brand firm where again, you would have a chance at MIT Sloan or HBS as well as Tuck. You wouldn't be a shoo-in, but you certainly would be competitive.
Given your GRE score, I don't recommend taking the GMAT -- unless a school that you decide to apply to requires it. At this point, most accept the GRE, but you need to confirm with each school.
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