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Summer schools [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2011, 04:36
Hi guys,

A bit of a random question but I am considering going to the London School of Economics' summer school to study accountancy or finance before applying to business school in round 1. Please can you let me know if you agree with my logic, as it's going to cost me quite a lot in fees and lost earnings, so I want some reassurance!

The problem with my application is my academics are the weakest link. I studied economics at the University of Sheffield (top 15 school in the UK) but I doubt anyone outside of Europe has heard of it. I got a 2.1 - which is broadly comparable to a 3.5 GPA. My current GMAT score is 660 (high verbal, moderate math - can't remember the exact scores!) - but I will retake it.

The rationale:
-Strengthen my academics by putting a university that an American audience will have heard of
-Counteract my current low GMAT quant score by taking a numerical course
-Show willing and proactively by taking a course to fill in my gaps/prepare me for b-school / private equity afterwards

Please let me know if the rationale makes sense and if you think a summer school is a good idea!

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Summer schools [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2011, 13:12
josephcambridge wrote:
Hi guys,

A bit of a random question but I am considering going to the London School of Economics' summer school to study accountancy or finance before applying to business school in round 1. Please can you let me know if you agree with my logic, as it's going to cost me quite a lot in fees and lost earnings, so I want some reassurance!

The problem with my application is my academics are the weakest link. I studied economics at the University of Sheffield (top 15 school in the UK) but I doubt anyone outside of Europe has heard of it. I got a 2.1 - which is broadly comparable to a 3.5 GPA. My current GMAT score is 660 (high verbal, moderate math - can't remember the exact scores!) - but I will retake it.

The rationale:
-Strengthen my academics by putting a university that an American audience will have heard of
-Counteract my current low GMAT quant score by taking a numerical course
-Show willing and proactively by taking a course to fill in my gaps/prepare me for b-school / private equity afterwards

Please let me know if the rationale makes sense and if you think a summer school is a good idea!

Thanks in advance!
Joseph


If it's going to quite a bit in fees and lost earnings, I wouldn't do it personally.

B-school applicants typically take courses after undergraduate studies to bolster their sub-par grades from the undergraduate studies --- you seem to have a decent GPA so I don't much see a value.

I would advise you to Keep your current job while preparing for GMAT and break 700(seems to be the benchmark for many programs).

Good luck.
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Re: Summer schools [#permalink] New post 01 May 2011, 19:58
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Hi josephcambridge,

It is a good idea that you are retaking the GMAT. With regards to summer school and MBA admissions, when you sign up for classes you shouldn't worry too much about the prestige of the school. Business schools understand that you may not have a world class university nearby, and need a convenient option. So you should worry less about the school, and more about the coursework.

Suggested courses to take are Calculus, Statistics, and Accounting. These basics will set the groundwork for your a typical MBA curriculum.

I hope this was of help.

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