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Which b-school? [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2004, 07:04
What I mean is where should I apply to in order in maximize my chance to be accepted.

I am 28, my GPA is 2.85 :(, have 2 MS diplomas from the best University in my country (Poland), 50 months of work experience (AT Kearney, HBO, currently the European market leader in pharmaceutics wholesaling) as a financial analyst and financial controller. During my career I participated in Budget Plus software implementation in polish airlines and was a project leader of two different financial systems (SAP and SUN) implementations. I hope to achieve GMAT sore 720+. I have just finished a one year post-graduate part-time program ?Finances for Accounting and Management (GPA 3.62).

Since I am going to need a loan to cover all my expenses and will not have a co-signer, I NEED to apply to one of the best b-schools.

Obviously I am looking for a top 10 schools that would be willing to accept me in spite of my low GPA achieved in University.

Do you happened to know where could I find a kind of descriptions of the best school? I am looking for information about which school is especially good at which field (i.e. Kellogg ?Marketing).


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Re: Which b-school? [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2004, 12:14
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[quote="DMJ"]What I mean is where should I apply to in order in maximize my chance to be accepted.

I am 28, my GPA is 2.85 :(, have 2 MS diplomas from the best University in my country (Poland), 50 months of work experience (AT Kearney, HBO, currently the European market leader in pharmaceutics wholesaling) as a financial analyst and financial controller. During my career I participated in Budget Plus software implementation in polish airlines and was a project leader of two different financial systems (SAP and SUN) implementations. I hope to achieve GMAT sore 720+. I have just finished a one year post-graduate part-time program ?Finances for Accounting and Management (GPA 3.62).

You should apply to schools within the top ten and outside the top ten. I can't tell you now which schools are going to overlook your undergraduate record in light of your graduate record, part-time program, and impressive work experience. You need to apply to a range of schools that support your professional goals and fit your budget or financial aid needs.

Since I am going to need a loan to cover all my expenses and will not have a co-signer, I NEED to apply to one of the best b-schools.

Check out Darden. It has a financial aid program that does not require a US co-signor.

Obviously I am looking for a top 10 schools that would be willing to accept me in spite of my low GPA achieved in University.

Do you happened to know where could I find a kind of descriptions of the best school? I am looking for information about which school is especially good at which field (i.e. Kellogg ?Marketing).

To start, look at the specialty rankings. US News, BW, WSJ, and (I believe) Financial Times rank the programs overall and within certain specialities. The specialty rankings are what you are looking for. Then check out recruiting statistics. If you want to go into strat consulting, for example, make sure that the strat consulting firms are well-represented in the schools top-ten recruiters. Finally, ask for the names of students in your field and contact them for more in-depth feedback. If you can, talk to recruiters in the field that you are most interested in and ask them how schools are viewed by their company.


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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2004, 00:10
Thank you Linda
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2004, 23:26
It is difficult to say which elite school would place the least emphasis on ugrad GPA in your particular case. The GPA you reported is at the far left tail of the distribution of the elite schools which suggests that you will face an uphill struggle when applying to many of these programs. Nonetheless, at least a few percent of the applicants appear to have had ugrad GPAs in the 2.8 range.

You might consider some of the near elite MBA programs as well since you might be able to qualify for some form of merit aid at one of these schools.

What were the MS degrees in?

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MS degrees:
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2. Finance & Banking
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2004, 10:02
Not to dwell on the topic but . . .

Are these US-style master's degrees or Magister degrees?
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These are Magister degrees
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2004, 09:51
As you already know, some US schools consider the Magister the equivalent of the US BA/BS and not the MA/MS. Was your first-degree on a five-point scale?
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2004, 01:53
You mean my GPA? it was 3,92 on 2-5.5 scale.
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