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

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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, 04:09
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, 08:31
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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 [?]: 30 [0], given: 136

Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 20:24
AlexMBAApply wrote:
If you're going to lie on your application, don't ask people publicly whether you think it's okay.


Dear Alex Chu,
I appreciate your concern about not to ask publicly whether or not to tell "lies".
I basically meant "not to mention my previously earned degree". I understand that sometimes concealing information is comparable to lying. However, if the issue is about our personal information and that is not related to any crime (not against social norms/values), then concealing might not be inappropriate.
I am open to comments.
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Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 20:38
All five of the applications I've completed have asked me to provide transcripts or other records for all undergrad or grad schools I've attended.

Failure to list a school (especially for the reasons you gave) would be considered a lie by omission and would probably be grounds for throwing your application out. If you still want to go for it, go ahead.
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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 [?]: 30 [0], given: 136

Re: Stating my less-renowned MBA in best-school MBA Applications [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 22:31
emont wrote:
All five of the applications I've completed have asked me to provide transcripts or other records for all undergrad or grad schools I've attended.

Failure to list a school (especially for the reasons you gave) would be considered a lie by omission and would probably be grounds for throwing your application out. If you still want to go for it, go ahead.



Thank you for sharing your personal experience!

If this is the case, I just won't conceal the information. Thank you both, Alex Chu and emont for helping me understand the real situation.

Could you please help in one 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, 06:13
That would probably be something I explained in the "miscellaneous" essay, or if you're able to include comments along with the school information and transcripts you enter.

I wouldn't say that sort of thing is common in the US, but my guess is the adcoms have seen everything you can think of at some point in their careers. I can't see them holding that against you.
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