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will you please estimate my chances?

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Affiliations: University of Tehran
Joined: 06 Feb 2011
Posts: 203
Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Grad GPA: 4
Concentration: Marketing
Schools: Boston U
GMAT 1: 680 Q45 V38
GPA: 4
WE: Marketing (Retail)
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 32 [0], given: 57

will you please estimate my chances? [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2011, 11:45
Dear reader:

I am a Masters' student at university of Tehran. I need your advice about my chance of getting into one of the top B-schools. This is my situation when I apply for a PhD in Marketing, fall 2012.



I am:
1- Iranian/24 years old/male
2- BA is English language and literature, GPA 3.8
3- student of Masters in marketing, Tehran university (absolutely no.1 in Iran and top 4 in middle east), GPA 4
4- GMAT 700 (1st and last time)
5-TOEFL (ibt) 110
6- translated two books, "Developing leadership talent", "Marketing principles" (by Phillip kotler)
7- written 3 articles, 2 indexed in ISI
8- TA for two courses
9- good recommendation letters(with professors I have done research with and in whose class I was the top student)
10- one book written, "English grammar for M.sc students"
11- recognized as a exceptional talent in the Iranian Young Researchers Association
12- Founder and editor-in-chief of a studentship scientific journal called "A window to the world of management"
13- effective SOP (have been thinking about my real aspirations and goals and editing it for 15 month)
14- The top student in all the four semesters of Msc. the top student in the graduating group.
15- recognized as a top student in the faculty (formal certificate)
16-offered an honorary PhD place at Tehran university

I LACK work experience, which is my main fear. Of course I have many years of teaching and research experience but no experience in marketing. How strong do you find this weakness!?

Please assume that I do the job of contacting the faculty well and have found some profs with similar interests.

I really need you to give me my chances since I can't wait for another year. As a resident of Iran, we have many obstacles. I hope you figure me out.I know there are other factors affecting your decision, but please let me know your most educated guess based on the history. Please give me a percentage.

Please just tell me if I need to provide more info.
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Re: will you please estimate my chances? [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2011, 05:43
You are correct that it will be challenging to be admitted to a top school without work experience. An MBA is different from other degrees in that you are expected to have real world professional experience. Not only does this make you a better contributor to class discussions, but, Adcoms will also have a hard time believing that you know you want a specific business career when you haven't worked in the business world. Also, because you are (relatively) young, an Adcom might prefer for you to work for at least 2 years and then apply at 26. Another "weakness" or "challenge" will involve your LORs. If you plan on using academic references (or references from volunteer experiences) you will need to have your recommenders focus on your "professional" skills (problem solving ability, leadership potential, management style, teamwork skills, etc.). If your recommenders can do this and if you can write compelling essays about why an MBA and why now, then, sure, I think you could have a shot. Each year, business school programs DO admit a few people without work experience. These spots are often reserved for people with very special circumstances (in my Booth class there was one new graduate who had a 2 year leave from the air force), but, you could be that person!!

Good luck!
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Manager
Manager
User avatar
Affiliations: University of Tehran
Joined: 06 Feb 2011
Posts: 203
Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Grad GPA: 4
Concentration: Marketing
Schools: Boston U
GMAT 1: 680 Q45 V38
GPA: 4
WE: Marketing (Retail)
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 32 [0], given: 57

Re: will you please estimate my chances? [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2011, 09:10
thanks u very much, VeritasPrepJessica,but I'm talking about a PhD. I misplaced my question in this forum. I'll be thankful if you revised your answer for a PhD context
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