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# What schools can I expect a chance with given 650-700?

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26 Aug 2011, 13:07
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B.A. Economics 3.18 ugpa. Solid state school.
1 1/2 years as an inventory analyst at a fortune 500 company.
2 years in sales at the same fortune 500 company.

M.S. In International Economics and Finance from a small LAC. 3.97 gpa

Is my work experience sufficient? Does my grad gpa make up for my low ugpa?

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26 Aug 2011, 15:30
Regarding the grad GPA, I would think no, because it's fairly common knowledge that most graduate students can easily get GPA above 3.5+. But I'm not an expert so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
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03 Sep 2011, 22:37
Your work experience is sufficient. If you are ready to apply, do so. As for your grades, it maybe doesn't "cover up" but yes it certainly helps (and it would be wise to point it out explicitly somewhere in your application)
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08 Sep 2011, 03:28
Yes the work experience is sufficient. Make sure you explain your low gpa position as in what steps you took in this regard. If you took any extra classes or courses in the subjects that you din’t do well. This would highlight your zeal to learn and improve and in turn improve your low GPA situation. Goodluck!
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08 Sep 2011, 06:25
Your undergraduate GPA will definitely be a hurdle for a top-20 school, and is at the low end of the range to be sure for a top-10 school. They will pay particular attention to the business oriented courses so low-grades in those courses will raise questions. I do think your graduate GPA will help you to overcome the concern to a large degree, especially if you can point to improved performance in conceptual areas that you struggled with in college.

The positives of a sales background are that you can highlight your client-facing skills and persuasive abilities. The challenge for you when applying for an MBA is that most sales roles don't offer the chance (in the early years) to manage teams. Exposure in a sales role to strategic planning and financial analysis is also limited as a general rule. Therefore, the real test of whether your work experience is sufficient or not is whether or not you (and your references) can supply examples from your professional history that will convince schools that you have management and leadership potential and the strategic thinking and analytical aptitude that MBA programs value.
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