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I am looking to possibly apply to Wharton this year. Here is my profile:
GMAT: 700 AWA: 5 (verbal and quant was in the same percentile) Undergrad degree: Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA GPA: 3.45 Work experience: 5 years with big 4 consulting firm focusing on IT, recently switched (less than 4 months) to a management consulting firm focusing on healthcare. Not much in the extracurricular department.
Can you give me an honest opinion of what you think my chances are with Wharton this year? Am only looking to apply to this school because I just moved to the Philly area 4 months ago for my fiancee, who is doing her postdoc at Penn (2 year commitment). and I don't want to move until she is finished with her program. If I do not get into Wharton this year then I will probably apply
Note that I am retaking the GMAT next month to see if I could achieve closer to a 750, since I got a 700 without much studying. The main reason why I am looking to go to bschool is to work for a top strategy consulting firm (i.e. MBB). I envision focusing my application on my progression from a full on technical engineer to a business consultant (yes I know this story has been told before). Do I have a chance at Wharton or should I not waste my time this year and just focus on applying to more schools next year?
I would also like to add that I would be looking to major in General Management and Healthcare Management. My consulting experience has been primarily in healthcare and government. Most recently, I have been focusing on projects related to the healthcare reform, specifically helping state healthcare organizations develop their vision around Health Information Technology (i.e., electronic health records, e-prescribing systems, etc). Also been helping these organizations obtain federal and state funding for these initiatives.
In the short term after bschool would like to work in the healthcare practice of one of th ebig 3 strategy consulting firms. Long term, would like to be a CTO/CIO of a healthcare organization or hold a state/national healthcare leadership position.
By all means apply, but know that you'll be a big stretch -- there's simply enough folks with stronger resumes than you have competing for the same spots. It sucks to hear, but adcoms do see it as a pecking order - and IT consulting is seen as a rung below strat consulting -- and there's simply enough strat consultants applying to schools like Wharton.
Again, apply this year, and if you get in, great. If not, be prepared to apply to a broader range of schools next year.
I think you have solid stats and an interesting story. Wharton looks for passion and compelling reason to get the MBA. From what you've written, you sound admissible (including your GMAT as it is). It'll come down to details and how you present yourself in your application. Do you have strong recommendation possibilities? Perhaps you previous and current employers? Also, unlike Alex, I think your background in IT consulting can be used as a reason for getting the MBA (i.e. to fill in gaps in knowledge). If you knew everything already, you wouldn't need an MBA, right?
Wharton could fill the building with strategy consultants with 800 GMATs but they look to bring in a class with diverse backgrounds and future goals. Speak from the heart and present the best authentic you.
Wharton doesn't ask the "why MBA?" question anymore. They are going the same route as HBS and Sloan. What used to be the most important question (why do you want an MBA give your career goals and career progress to date) has been reduced to a very simple "what are your professional objectives" which is now just 300 words (basically, they're asking "just tell us what you want to do post-MBA, no bullsh*t please"). It's as good a sign as any that THEY DON'T CARE to hear about why you need an MBA at this point.
Thanks for the candid replys! The good news is I just took an official practice test and bumped my score to 730. Hopefully I will get this score or better on the official so I am no longer on the borderline as far as my gmat score goes.
One additional question I had was whether it is ok to use recommendations from my previous employer vs my current one. I have only been working with my current employer for 3 months and would not feel comftorable asking for a recommendation from anyone from this company.