I recently took GMAT and scored a low 620(Q-58%ile and Verbal65%ile).
I am a 29yrs old, Indian female with background in Biological Sciences Research. I have a Masters degree in Biotechnology from a US university (3.5 GPA) and also almost 5 years of work experience with biotech/pharma start-ups in Silicon Valley.
My dream school is Haas. But with my low GMAT score, that looks like an improbable scenario now.
However, I am wondering if the Masters degree and background in biotech will differentiate me in any way and should I still apply to Haas with GMAT 620? Please suggest. Any suggestions/advice will be highly appreciated
P.S: I live in Bay Area and am planning to apply to MBA schools in Bay Area (California) only.
There is no harm in trying, so I would certainly apply, seems like you have some good work experience. The GMAT is definitely low, is there any way you can retake the GMAT in hopes of improving your score? I would recommend retaking it while the material is still fresh. It will be much harder to retake 6 months from now after applying with no success than just taking a month now to retake. I imagine that you want to just get to work and focus on putting together great applications, but if you're only applying to schools in the Bay Area you should have time to do the GMAT again (even if it's after you submit your Haas app). In short, I would highly recommend retaking the GMAT.