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Want MBA to do Strategic Planning or Business Development [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2005, 10:39
Linda,

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)
Quant 41
Verbal 38

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.

Work experience:
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.

Professional Certifications:
Passed Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam in 2003 (first attempt). Also hold an NASD Series 7 license.


Here's my question. I am considering:
Cornell
Yale
NYU
Michigan
Emory
UNC
Georgetown
Rice

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?

Thanks,
Paul
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Re: Want MBA to do Strategic Planning or Business Developmen [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2005, 12:31
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Linda,

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)
Quant 41
Verbal 38

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.

Work experience:
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.

Professional Certifications:
Passed Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam in 2003 (first attempt). Also hold an NASD Series 7 license.


Here's my question. I am considering:
Cornell
Yale
NYU
Michigan
Emory
UNC
Georgetown
Rice

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?

Thanks,
Paul


Paul,

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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