Thank you for your time and input on my MBA program dilemna. I am applying for Fall 2006 admission. Want to do a 2-year program to focus on Strategic Planning or Business Development, though I'm also considering Venture Capital/Private Equity.
About me: 29 years old, white, male, from Washington, DC.
GMAT 650 (2nd attempt, got a 550 on first try)
Am scheduled to retake GMAT in mid-Sept, and am pretty confident I can hit 700+
Bachelor of Science in Business Admin. from East Carolina University, finished in 1998, 3.0 GPA Overall, with a 3.3 in Major of Marketing. Also did a concentration in Financial Services. Was the President of the Investment Club.
Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University in 2003, 3.8 GPA in 6 classes.
Financial Advisor for 7 years, focusing on comprehensive financial planning. Worked first 3 years in a corporate environment, and for the last 4 years, I owned my professional practice. (so entrepreneurial/business-owner experience simultaneously) Received multiple commendations for high-quality written advice. My practice is 100% referral driven, and I've built the value 575% in 4 years. Have recommendations from my business partner (since I have no direct boss) and from clients.
Passed Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam in 2003 (first attempt). Also hold an NASD Series 7 license.
Here's my question. I am considering:
Any thoughts on my chances at the schools above with current GMAT of 650 and with, let's say, 700 on the 3rd attempt in Sept?
If you earn a 700 on your 3rd attempt, your GMAT will not be an issue at any of the above schools and you would be a competitive applicant at these schools. I am not sure, however, how well these program support your VC/PE ambitions.
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