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UCLA vs Marshall vs Irvine [#permalink] New post 11 May 2012, 14:41
Hi Guys,

My name is Bernardo, I am working in Portugal and I am starting to study to GMAT.

I am currently working in an English Fund Manager company (F&C) for 3 years and I worked 3 years in a real estate consultant (DTZ).

I would like to apply to UCLA, Marshall or Irvine, what should be my minimum grade in GMAT to be able to enter in these universities?

Can some one tell me the big differences between each of them? Strengths and weakness?

Thanks a lot.

Working in a country almost bankrupt like Portugal should be a plus? Right?

Best regards,
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Re: UCLA vs Marshall vs Irvine [#permalink] New post 11 May 2012, 17:48
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UCLA > USC > Irvine

UCLA is the highest ranked university of the 3. USC is slightly lower than UCLA, and Irivine is significantly lower than both. UCLA and USC will cost the same (approx $100k) and Irvine will cost significantly less. USC and Irvine I much more regional schools, so the degree will help place you in jobs in southern california. UCLA will be a little better in its ability to place you around the country. UCLA is also the best school in the area, so your degree will be superior to USC, Irvine, LMU, and Pepperdine.

As far as GMAT goes, the average at UCLA is 710, the average at USC is 690, and the average at Irvine I'm sure is somewhere around 600. So all that considered, I would recommend scoring a 700+ for a shot at USC and UCLA, and Irvine shouldn't be tough to get into with a decent score on the GMAT.
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Re: UCLA vs Marshall vs Irvine [#permalink] New post 12 May 2012, 02:03
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UCLA > USC > Irvine

UCLA is the highest ranked university of the 3. USC is slightly lower than UCLA, and Irivine is significantly lower than both. UCLA and USC will cost the same (approx $100k) and Irvine will cost significantly less. USC and Irvine I much more regional schools, so the degree will help place you in jobs in southern california. UCLA will be a little better in its ability to place you around the country. UCLA is also the best school in the area, so your degree will be superior to USC, Irvine, LMU, and Pepperdine.

As far as GMAT goes, the average at UCLA is 710, the average at USC is 690, and the average at Irvine I'm sure is somewhere around 600. So all that considered, I would recommend scoring a 700+ for a shot at USC and UCLA, and Irvine shouldn't be tough to get into with a decent score on the GMAT.


Thanks a lot for the info.

I saw the admitted in UCLA and some people enter with 650? Is that possible with my background?

What are the sectors that these universities are strong at? Media? Real Estate?

Once again thanks a lot.
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Re: UCLA vs Marshall vs Irvine [#permalink] New post 25 May 2012, 10:09
Would it be a fair assessment to say that the PT programs in LA are ranked as follows?

UCLA
USC
UCI
Loyola
Pepperdine

Not quite sure how Loyola and Pepperdine rank respectively in terms of part time. I know CSU Long Beach and Fullerton also offer programs. Are they even worth consideration?

I'm hoping to fall right around or below 700 on GMAT with a 3.4 GPA. Working at a top 5 global company.
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Re: UCLA vs Marshall vs Irvine [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 13:45
Cares wrote:
Would it be a fair assessment to say that the PT programs in LA are ranked as follows?

UCLA
USC
UCI
Loyola
Pepperdine

Not quite sure how Loyola and Pepperdine rank respectively in terms of part time. I know CSU Long Beach and Fullerton also offer programs. Are they even worth consideration?

I'm hoping to fall right around or below 700 on GMAT with a 3.4 GPA. Working at a top 5 global company.


The top three are definitely accurate. As for Loyola vs. Pepperdine, I found that US News ranked Pepperdine around #50 for part-time programs, but didn't see Loyola on there. Perhaps you should take a look here: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandr ... e-rankings

With regards to the CSU MBAs, I would imagine that most people on this forum would tell you that it isn't worth your time. I disagree if you are doing a part-time program. Sure, you won't get the same prestige from going to a CSU as you would from going to a higher ranked program, but I think any MBA from an accredited university sends a positive message to current and prospective employers. There will be some employers who will ask for an MBA from a Top X university, but in my experience that is the exception, not the norm. In addition, I know people who were accepted by both a CSU and a highly regarded UC school, and opted to go with the CSU simply because it was more affordable. Lastly, there are plenty of very successful people who have MBAs from CSUs -- the COO of Symantec, for example, has an MBA from SF State.

In conclusion, it is a personal decision that you will need to make based on what's important to you.
Re: UCLA vs Marshall vs Irvine   [#permalink] 27 Mar 2013, 13:45
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