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Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications

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Status: Preparing myself to break the sound( 700 )-barrier!
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Schools: Texas A&M - Mays; PennState - Smeal; Purdue - Krannert; JohnsHopkins - Carey; Vanderbilt - Owen; WakeForest - Babcock; UBC - Sauder
WE 1: Financial Analyst/Financial Management Trainer - BRAC Afghanistan - 13 months
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Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 04:08
I have completed my BBA (4-year; 120 credit) and MBA (1-year; 36 credits) from the best university in Bangladesh. But compared to any good MBA programs in the world it is not worth mentioning. While pursuing my MBA in my country, side by side, I was doing a full-time job (from March 2009; job-time: 40 hours a week) in a fast-growing test-prep institution. I was the Business Development Analyst there. During my 13-month period in that job, I helped my company review their business strategy and have a tremendous success in business advancement & expansion (from a total of 7,000 customers served in 2008-2009 to a total of 11,000 customers served in 2009-2010). In May 2010, I joined BRAC International as a Financial Management Trainer and then in July 2010 I was stationed in Kabul Afghanistan. Now I am planning to pursue an MBA in a prestigious school.

Could you please suggest me whether or not to include my MBA degree in the MBA Application of a good school? Because, some of my friends and seniors are suggesting me not to mention about my MBA degree as this may result into two things:
1. Application assessment team of the university where I will apply will not appreciate it (i.e. they may think he has already got a similar degree; we should not enroll him).
2. They may become doubtful about continuing a full-time job and a full-time MBA simultaneously (i.e. they may think how come he was able to continue both; he is not sharing the truth).

Please help.

Thanks.
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Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 06:04
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1. Many programs specifically state that a previous MBA is not a problem. You just need to be very clear about why you need their particular MBA. Your position that your Bangladesh MBA doesn't travel very far is probably a good start, but make sure to focus on your goals and how achieving your goals requires a new MBA with a stronger alumni network and industry position, etc.

2. Admission committees see thousands of applications from very talented people. Attending a full-time MBA program while working full-time is a very demanding schedule, but I don't think that some giant alarm is going to go off on this. If anything it may be a distinct advantage in that you're up to the challenge of an accelerated MBA.

My advice is not to start your new MBA journey off by deceiving anyone. You are who you are and you should be proud of what you've accomplished and resolute in your goals. Be honest, it'll help.
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Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2011, 20:29
Don't hide any information. It may lead to a disqualification at a later time AFTER you have paid your tuition, etc !
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Status: Preparing myself to break the sound( 700 )-barrier!
Affiliations: IFC - Business Edge, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute
Joined: 15 Feb 2011
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Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Schools: Texas A&M - Mays; PennState - Smeal; Purdue - Krannert; JohnsHopkins - Carey; Vanderbilt - Owen; WakeForest - Babcock; UBC - Sauder
WE 1: Financial Analyst/Financial Management Trainer - BRAC Afghanistan - 13 months
WE 2: Business Proposal Coordinator - MiDS, Inc. (in Kabul, Afghanistan) - 4 Months (did quit the job bcoz of security concerns)
WE 3: Readers For Readers (A Social Impact Generating Organization) - Co-Founder
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 32 [0], given: 136

Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2011, 20:52
method wrote:
1. Many programs specifically state that a previous MBA is not a problem. You just need to be very clear about why you need their particular MBA. Your position that your Bangladesh MBA doesn't travel very far is probably a good start, but make sure to focus on your goals and how achieving your goals requires a new MBA with a stronger alumni network and industry position, etc.

2. Admission committees see thousands of applications from very talented people. Attending a full-time MBA program while working full-time is a very demanding schedule, but I don't think that some giant alarm is going to go off on this. If anything it may be a distinct advantage in that you're up to the challenge of an accelerated MBA.

My advice is not to start your new MBA journey off by deceiving anyone. You are who you are and you should be proud of what you've accomplished and resolute in your goals. Be honest, it'll help.

bizschoolprep wrote:
Don't hide any information. It may lead to a disqualification at a later time AFTER you have paid your tuition, etc !


Thank you both, bizschoolprep and method!

Indeed I agree with you.

Could you please help in one other regard then? How can I present in the application that I pursued a full-time MBA side by side a full-time job (40-hour per week; flexible time duration each day)? Is this kind of scenario a-bit common in other countries (at least in few applicants applying for a good school)?

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Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2011, 21:01
Is your's an MBA degree or Post Graduate Diploma?
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WE 1: Financial Analyst/Financial Management Trainer - BRAC Afghanistan - 13 months
WE 2: Business Proposal Coordinator - MiDS, Inc. (in Kabul, Afghanistan) - 4 Months (did quit the job bcoz of security concerns)
WE 3: Readers For Readers (A Social Impact Generating Organization) - Co-Founder
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Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2011, 21:49
bizschoolprep wrote:
Is your's an MBA degree or Post Graduate Diploma?


The certificate name of the degree is MBA.

Actually, I received a business degree in my Bachelor's (Bachelor of Business Administration - BBA). As I studied in the same university in the Master's level (MBA), the curriculum was narrowed down to only the additional required courses thus it became a 1-year 36-credit MBA. But as I mentioned, though the school is the most prestigious business school in Bangladesh, that is not comparable to any good as well as top-ranked business school's MBA (and that's the reason I want to pursue another World-class MBA). The MBA experience was more like class-room based than like hands-on real-life experience based. I know, I it's quite dissimilar than the good business schools'.

I hope I am able to answer your question, bizschoolprep.

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Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2011, 08:58
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The certificate name of the degree is MBA.

Actually, I received a business degree in my Bachelor's (Bachelor of Business Administration - BBA). As I studied in the same university in the Master's level (MBA), the curriculum was narrowed down to only the additional required courses thus it became a 1-year 36-credit MBA. But as I mentioned, though the school is the most prestigious business school in Bangladesh, that is not comparable to any good as well as top-ranked business school's MBA (and that's the reason I want to pursue another World-class MBA). The MBA experience was more like class-room based than like hands-on real-life experience based. I know, I it's quite dissimilar than the good business schools'.

I hope I am able to answer your question, bizschoolprep.

Thanks.


The best bet would be to tell exactly the same to the adcom using the optional essay. Rather than hiding your previous MBA, you should give the reasons why in spite of having the earlier MBA, you need one from that school. Moreover, rather than comparing the B Schools in the US to your country, you should focus on telling why the earlier MBA does not addresses your career requirements.
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Status: Preparing myself to break the sound( 700 )-barrier!
Affiliations: IFC - Business Edge, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute
Joined: 15 Feb 2011
Posts: 209
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Schools: Texas A&M - Mays; PennState - Smeal; Purdue - Krannert; JohnsHopkins - Carey; Vanderbilt - Owen; WakeForest - Babcock; UBC - Sauder
WE 1: Financial Analyst/Financial Management Trainer - BRAC Afghanistan - 13 months
WE 2: Business Proposal Coordinator - MiDS, Inc. (in Kabul, Afghanistan) - 4 Months (did quit the job bcoz of security concerns)
WE 3: Readers For Readers (A Social Impact Generating Organization) - Co-Founder
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 32 [0], given: 136

Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2011, 09:22
bizschoolprep wrote:
Schawjibb wrote:
The certificate name of the degree is MBA.

Actually, I received a business degree in my Bachelor's (Bachelor of Business Administration - BBA). As I studied in the same university in the Master's level (MBA), the curriculum was narrowed down to only the additional required courses thus it became a 1-year 36-credit MBA. But as I mentioned, though the school is the most prestigious business school in Bangladesh, that is not comparable to any good as well as top-ranked business school's MBA (and that's the reason I want to pursue another World-class MBA). The MBA experience was more like class-room based than like hands-on real-life experience based. I know, I it's quite dissimilar than the good business schools'.

I hope I am able to answer your question, bizschoolprep.

Thanks.


The best bet would be to tell exactly the same to the adcom using the optional essay. Rather than hiding your previous MBA, you should give the reasons why in spite of having the earlier MBA, you need one from that school. Moreover, rather than comparing the B Schools in the US to your country, you should focus on telling why the earlier MBA does not addresses your career requirements.



Thanks a lot! I really appreciate your suggestion! Will let you know once I apply for any prestigious B-school.
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Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2011, 09:26
Schawjibb wrote:

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate your suggestion! Will let you know once I apply for any prestigious B-school.


Good luck!
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