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Profile Evaluation (stuck in NW) - not looking for top 10 [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2009, 15:40
Age: 32

Work Experience:

5 years as programmer/lead engineer IT
3 years as Manager, responsible for a team of 20 (wireless industry), promoted twice in 2 years, with very +ve feedback (All my experience has been with very large and industry leading companies).

Education:

B.E from a very decent engineering school in India (Electrical Engr) - 65% score **
M.S from University of Louisville (Electrical Engr) - 3.2 GPA **

**generally i didnt care about my career or had any motivation to do well as reflected by my GPA, but for the past 3 years i have been putting in atleast a fraction of my time to improve myself, including attending presentation/public speaking classes, and re-taking some of the courses i screwed up in school such as quantum physics, computer architecture and propability & random theory (scored A on all).

since i am stuck in NW my only choice is University of Washington (part time), given this

* what is the general level of respect for UW outside of the NW region /community? is it even worth it?

* what GMAT score would give me a realistic chance of getting in?

* given the type of scores/profiles from their past classes, it seems to me that if i have that kind of profile i would be better of moving to chicago and try my luck w/ U.Chicago or Northwestern.

Any thoughts /guidance much appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: Profile Evaluation (stuck in NW) - not looking for top 10 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2009, 18:23
Regional schools like UW have little visibility outside their immediate region. For example, some recruiter in Seattle won't have a positive or negative opinion about the University of Nebraska MBA -- it's that they won't have *any* opinion (i.e. neutral). Same thing with UW outside the Pac Northwest - if it matters at all in the jobs you're going for, it's the fact that it's an MBA will be what matters, and the school rep isn't really going to be relevant.

Anyhow, you have to figure it out for yourself whether you're getting an MBA *only* for the "respect" (or brand), or for the education itself.

Moreover, an MBA is just one line item in your resume. A recruiter ultimately wants to know whether you can deliver results.

As for GMAT, I don't know - get close the average for the school as you can (their average should be published on their website).
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Re: Profile Evaluation (stuck in NW) - not looking for top 10 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2009, 19:41
Not a admissions consultant, but I came across this post which you may find beneficial:

easy-to-find-job-in-different-city-than-b-school-44348.html#p313165
Re: Profile Evaluation (stuck in NW) - not looking for top 10   [#permalink] 13 Jul 2009, 19:41
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