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Supplemental Course? Which One? [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2012, 06:34
I'm considering taking a supplemental course to strengthen my profile but would like to hear your view.

My background is 5 years in architecture, 640 GMAT first attempt (will take again), 3.54 GPA from accredited state school. I'm very comfortable with numbers and took AP Statistics in high school ten years ago (should I mention this on app?).

Someone from UC Berkeley admissions said she'd be worried someone from architecture wouldn't know the business vocabulary and suggested taking a course. I'm also looking at Kellogg's MMM program which moves quickly through finance and suggests taking Statistics before the start of classes.

I'm wondering if I took a Statistics class, would that strengthen my profile for both applications. Or would an economics course carry more weight?

What are the best options out there? Community College?, Online?
I've seen terrible reviews for UC Berkeley Online Extension courses, not so much on the content but on the administration end, slow in issuing grades, poor communication, etc.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Re: Supplemental Course? Which One? [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2012, 22:54
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I'm considering taking a supplemental course to strengthen my profile but would like to hear your view.

My background is 5 years in architecture, 640 GMAT first attempt (will take again), 3.54 GPA from accredited state school. I'm very comfortable with numbers and took AP Statistics in high school ten years ago (should I mention this on app?).

Someone from UC Berkeley admissions said she'd be worried someone from architecture wouldn't know the business vocabulary and suggested taking a course. I'm also looking at Kellogg's MMM program which moves quickly through finance and suggests taking Statistics before the start of classes.

I'm wondering if I took a Statistics class, would that strengthen my profile for both applications. Or would an economics course carry more weight?

What are the best options out there? Community College?, Online?
I've seen terrible reviews for UC Berkeley Online Extension courses, not so much on the content but on the administration end, slow in issuing grades, poor communication, etc.

Thank you in advance for your help.


I would say take both, but if that's not realistic, I would go with the stats class.

Regarding community college or online, I think that traditional classroom settings still have more credibility. However, if the convenience of online means you will be able to "attend" more and do better, then go with online. Since your grades are good, you don't have to prove your ability to study and apply yourself.

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