I'm a white male. Age 26. I have 3.5 years work experience (5.5 if you include college internships) with the same company since leaving undergrad. My undergrad GPA is 3.49. I've been working at a real estate developer (not a broker), and have had a meaningful role in delivering 33 stores in the Chicago area for an S&P100 retailer, which previously had not had any stores in this market. I've also developed a handful of Starbucks, Krispy Kreme's and McDonald's in the meantime.
As I mentioned, I'm living in Chicago and not sure what to do with a 620. It's a difficult town to know what to do with this score, as Chicago has two of the best MBA schools possible and then lots of basically average ones. I realize that the full time program for either Northwestern or University of Chicago is out of the question based on a 620, but would I have a shot at either school's part time program? I've heard that the requirements for part time programs are less rigorous, but please inform me if that is not accurate.
Also, I've read that UNC has a great real estate development program, and I've also read that the middle 80% at UNC reaches as low as 600, but I'm not sure if it's realistic to apply there, either. It's frustrating, because I feel like I have great work experience and a great job that would set me apart from typical applicants. And I feel that I would bring a lot to the table as far as having good work experience from which to draw during classroom dialogue. The problem is, I don't have the best score to be working with. Any advice based on the aforementioned would be appreciated. Thanks.
You can prepare and retake the exam if you feel you can improve your score. Certainly that is the best way to go.
Part-time programs do have lower average GMATs and you probably would be in the lower part of the 80% range for Chicago's part-time program, but based on stats that the part-time programs used to provide, I still don't think your chances are great.
Have you looked into the University of Wisconsin MBA program?
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