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GMAT: 650 (45 Q 35 V) 79th School: Non Top Tier state school (3.7 GPA) Major in Economics with Finance Minor, done in the Business college. I also have enough credits to sit for the CPA.
2 years of commercial credit underwriting (2MM-20MM loan size) for a regional bank and 2 years of health care credit underwriting for surgery centers and rehab hospitals (1MM-7MM) at a small independent leasing company.
Recs: Can get CEO from Independent Leasing Company, who currently oversees a division in a large bank. I can also get a rec from an SVP from a regional bank. In a few months should be able to get a Rec from a person who heads the entire US division of my mid sized company that I work at. Not sure how important these recs are. 2 of the three are Kellogg MBAs.
1 Year as a marketing analyst for 5 year old tech company, mainly doing lead generation analysis plus relationship management.
Is Kellogg and Booth out of the question?
I don't have great extracurricular activities, but can pick some up in the next two years if it improves my chances. I am also a bit old (27).
Truthfully, I am not sure what I want to go to school for. I want a job that pays 100k+ but requires less than 60 hours a week of work. I want to travel but don't want to spend my life in a spreadsheet. Would also want to pick up a skill that would allow me to start my own business in the future, thus I think my best career path is consulting.
I will consider schools outside of the Midwest if it offers me the life I want. My back up schools Depaul, Loyal, or UIC, all of which I should be able to walk in. But, from what i hear they don't provide the kind of value that I am seeking.
If you want to be competitive for Kellogg or Booth (or a school within the top 16), you realistically need a 700 or greater on the GMAT. With a 650, your chances are slim. Do whatever it takes to boost that score on the retake.
The GMAT averages for their part-time programs are in the high 600s I believe, so in short it's not a huge difference. Overall, the part-time programs are slightly less competitive, but it's not exactly night and day, since the schools draw from a very strong talent pool working in the 3rd largest metro area in the US (Chicago).