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Without more information it’s hard to assess your profile for a category of schools or for specific schools. Your GMAT score, while strong enough not to raise concerns about your capabilities, would be low for your demographic/industry group at top schools. Your global experience is good, but has your career overall been high impact and/or fast track? That would have a bearing on your competitiveness, as would your undergrad record (and a grad record if any). On the facts provided alone, I’d consider programs in the range of Tepper, Texas/McDonough, Georgetown, Emory, and Notre Dame/Mendoza to be a mix of reasonable reaches and on-pars.
However, I’m concerned about your goals being flexible – if you don’t have focused goals, how can you know what electives to take, and how to approach summer internships (recruiters for which are often on campus in the fall!)? I suggest defining your goals before applying if possible. It's true that adcoms like to see flexibility within focus (such as a plan B for getting to your long term goals), but you still need the specific focus for a credible application. _________________
Thanks a lot for the valuable information and guidance. Below is the missing information. Based on which are there any among the Top 20 where I stand a good change and to apply as a dream college.
Also can you please let me know if I want to target for IT management roles post MBA, which colleges among the top 20 are best known for it and if I do have a chance to get into them.
1) Brief description of your full-time work experience. What do you do? 7 years India IT Male, Working as senior consultant in leading IT company. Have made a fast track progression and have gained exposure on various roles as team lead, solution lead. 3+ years Global experience across UK,Europe.
2) Your GMAT. 690, 50 Maths and 32 VA, 6 IR
3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances. Computer science and Engineering, BTech, 2007 Graduated., 8.3 CGPA /10
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience. Represented college in Table Tennis. Like Travelling and have visited 30+ countries exploring local culture.
5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA. I have technical certifications on Oracle Technologies.
6) Your target programs. Please note that my experience is with the top MBA programs (FT, PT, EMBA, Sloan Fellows) around the world. If the programs you are targeting are not listed here, I may not respond due to lack of time. This is the info I needed, which among the top 20/30 do I stand a good chance. And which ones among them stand good for IT Management.
7) When you plan to apply? Please specify round and application cycle, for example R1 2013-14 or R3 2012-13. 2013-14 Round 2
8) Your post-MBA goal. IT Management Roles
Also if there is any college outside US in the top ratings which better suit my profile, please do let me know.
Thank you for providing the additional information; it’s very helpful. Given that info, US schools that I’d consider “reasonable reaches” include Texas/McDonough, Tepper, Cornell, and USC/Marshall. By reasonable reach, I mean that with a great application you’d have a reasonable though less than 50% chance of admission at any one of the programs. You can maximize your chances at this level by applying to multiple schools. You’d have to research further yourself to find appropriate on-par (i.e., ~ 50% likelihood of admission with a great app) programs to target.
Outside the US, ESADE would possibly be a great option, and I'd consider it on-par. HKUST also. Although potentially easier admits, I don't see these two programs as less worthy or worthwhile than the US programs. ESADE looks particularly strong, in my opinion. _________________
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...