I took the GMAT around April this year with 2 months of on and off preparation. I got a 650, 47-Quant and 32/33 -Verbal, 5.0 AWA. I don't remember the exact verbal score at the back of my head.
Indian/27 yrs/4 years in IT (2 yrs of consulting)
Masters in Industrial Engineering - 3.5 GPA (from Arizona state University)
Bachelors in Industrial Engineering - 3.94 GPA (from India)
I can get good recommendations from my Manager/professor/peers.
I have been doing some volunteering/community work at the Institute of Reading for Blind and Dyslexic. I read and direct the recording of books.
In my school days, I have taken part in many other extra-curricular activities like Essay Writing, Debates, Science Exhibitions etc
I want to do my MBA in Finance or Consulting.
I am interested in the following Schools...
Tepper - Carnegie Mellon
With my current scores, what are my odds at getting an admit from any of the schools mentioned above? I am planning to retake the test, but am not very sure if I can, between my work schedule. Can you please evaluate my profile.
I am not sure if an MBA from a tier 2 school will be as valuable as an MBA from one of the above mentioned schools. Can you please also suggest what schools in tier 2 might be willing to consider my application.
Thanks in Advance,
You didn't mention your work experience so it's hard to gauge your chances, but on your GMAT alone I think you only have a chance at Tepper and Cornell and I would consider them longshots for you. Regarding how "valuable" MBAs from tier 2 schools are relative to tier 1 schools, it depends entirely on what you want the MBA to do for you. If you are asking whether MBAs open as many doors and command as high a salary as tier 1 schools the general answer is no, but tier 2 schools may be just as strong or stronger in particular fields or in particular regions.
For finance, you might consider UNC, Indiana, Purdue, Wash Olin, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, or Rochester. For consulting, consider Georgetown, Notre Dame, or Ohio State.