You appear to be a credible and qualified candidate for the schools you mention, with some nuances. They range from reasonable reaches
(Wharton, Columbia, NYU) to on-pars and close to on-pars (Darden, Duke, Texas). Your rotation experience and specialization in the defense sector differentiate you in both experience and goals components. The weakest component is the GMAT – for your demographic and industry, it’s OK, it does what it has to do in making you qualified, but no more. I’d consider this a drawback for schools, like Columbia, that tend to emphasize a high GMAT – i.e., it would make Columbia a higher reach, but in my view it would still be a reasonable reach.
The [url]key to successful applications[/url=http://reports.accepted.com
/maximize_your_mba_applications] in your case would be to vividly portray your work experience and its connection to your goals. Make your organization and industry “come alive” through your essays and other components if/as possible.
Another program to consider would be MIT Sloan. It obviously would be a reasonable reach. And one more, closer to on-par, would be Cornell’s Johnson. I believe both of these would be interesting programs vis-à-vis your background and goals.
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