I'm wondering what my chances are for getting into UCLA Anderson's FEMBA program. A bit about me:
Graduated in 2010 from USC with a B.S. in Public Policy, Planning and Management with an emphasis in Real Estate Development and Finance. My undergrad GPA was 3.73.
While in undergrad I interned 24 hours per week with a small real estate private equity group. Additionally, I helped start TIG (Trojan Investing Group), a group of students that met on a weekly basis to discuss value investing. I was part of a fraternity and heavily involved in TREA (Trojan Real Estate Association). I was part of a real estate case competition team that won first place against (Wharton, University of Singapore, Univerity of Texas, University of Wisconsin, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Aukland New Zealand, etc).
Upon graduation, I joined a mid-size real estate private equity group where I spent two years as an analyst. Worked on many projects and got a lot of exposure to different types of deals.
Last year, I moved to a top 10 real estate advisory/real estate private equity firm. Although I am an analyst, my role is more that of an associate. I work directly with the SVP of Acquisitions and handle everything from the underwriting to due diligence to closing of new deals. There is no one working between the SVP and myself.
My GMAT is scheduled for November 23rd. Thus far I’ve taken three MGMAT CAT’s and have scored between 630 and 640. My verbal is in the 90th percentile whereas my quant is in the 50th percentile. I’m working very hard on my quant to hopefully get it up to the 60th percentile which would likely result in a score around 670-680.
UCLA will be the only program I'm applying to. I believe it is one of the best MBA programs in the country. I’m not looking at any other options at this point since I'm looking to continue working as I earn my MBA.
I'm a first generation Mexican / Cuban American and am part of ULI Young Leaders.
Taking all that into consideration, what are my chances with both my current GMAT score of around 650 with 50th percentile in quant and a GMAT score of around 680 with a 60th percentile in quant? Keep in mind I work in an industry that is moderately heavy in quant. I'm aiming to apply in the second round.
Your chances would be significantly improved if you can get your quant score up over 60% and your overall into the high 600's. You would still have a chance with the 650, given your grades, work, and URM status, but it would be much better if you get it up.
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