- 26 / M / Asian-American
- Not taken yet.
- University of California, San Diego - B.S. Electrical Engineering - GPA: 2.99
- University of Southern California - M.S. Computer Science - GPA: 3.61
- Northrop Grumman - Software Engineer - 3yrs
I was primarily a key member or lead senior on the software development teams for satellite/air communications programs.
- PricewaterhouseCoopers - Senior Associate - 1yr
I transitioned out of engineering and into consulting where I was able to leverage my technical skills at a higher strategic level. I am usually the senior or acting manager on the engagement. My experience here revolves around performance improvement in which I consistently advise C-Level executives at fortune 500 companies. Projects range from evaluating a companies IT organization/infrastructure to helping companies identify and implement a business continuity plan.
- Limited community service
- Actively engaged in IT professional organizations.
- Top 10 MBA Program - Starting Fall 2008
- I am aiming to transition from my technical background into one of the following areas of concentration: Investment Banking, Private Equity, Venture Capital, or Management Consulting.
Given my educational background and varied work experience, what score on the GMAT would I have to obtain to be optimistic about admission to Top 5, 10 program? Also, what other activities/items would I need to strengthen my chance at admittance.
Thanks so much for your guidance!
Well, there are few people who can be "optimistic" about a top 5 B-school regardless of their GMAT score. At the top of the list, admission is not about GMAT scores, it's the intangibles, unusualness, and evidence of remarkable leadership and impact, with 700 or probably higher as a sort of an "in-the-game" threshold.
You have a strong profile with the exception of the community. If you could find a somewhat unusual community activity (i.e., not Habitat for Humanity, tutoring etc.) that you could get passionate about and really threw yourself into it at a *leadership* level (leading groups and/or mission- or board-level impact) and you got a 700 or higher (750 if you really want to impress them) then I think you could be optimistic that one or more top 10 schools would admit you.
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