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mbaMission is a professional MBA admissions consulting firm, specializing in helping business school applicants identify and showcase the strongest aspects of their candidacy in their applications. Our dedicated consultants work one-on-one with candidates to ensure their unique stories are presented in a compelling way that will make the admissions committees take notice.

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New post 05 Apr 2011, 08:04
Good morning,

I have a fairly low undergraduate GPA and am not sure if I should take courses to improve my chances at getting admitted to a top MBA program. I have also considered taking a certification program. My question is, which of these, if any, do you advise taking? Are there specific classes I should consider?

Thank you in advance.
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Hi MBAhopeful1,

Thanks for writing in. Enrolling in additional coursework is a great way to address a deficiency in your GMAT score or undergraduate performance. I can't really comment on a certification program without knowing what type of program you're thinking about or what your background/goals are, but in terms of classes, you'll want to focus on coursework that is directly applicable to an MBA curriculum.

Common courses candidates take include Corporate Finance, Statistics and Accounting. You can use the optional essay to make sure the schools know you are taking these steps to enhance your candidacy.

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I see most schools want two referees who know you in a professional capacity.

What would be a better choice?

A) Colleague whom you have worked extensively and a current supervisor?

B) Colleague whom you have worked extensively and a former supervisor?
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Hi-- current supervisor is generally preferred if possible! But if not possible you can explain why that is and use former. The most important element is that your recommenders be people who know you well enough to share good stories and anecdotes to illustrate your strengths!
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Is it ok if the two references are from the same organisation?

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Hi-- current supervisor is generally preferred if possible! But if not possible you can explain why that is and use former. The most important element is that your recommenders be people who know you well enough to share good stories and anecdotes to illustrate your strengths!
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Hi MBAMission,

During the application process, should we send/mention all scores (in my case for the GRE). I took the exam 4 times, and the first 3 times were tough but I finally achieved a competitive score for my target programs on my 4th attempt. What do schools think about if you send them 3 average scores and on the 4th one, a score that meets their average? Do they look down on that? Specifically referring to top 25 programs in my case.

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New post 21 Dec 2018, 21:24
It can be ok, yes, many applicants are in that situation... you have to use what you have and what is feasible... if all else was equal and you had 2 great options from 2 different organizations, sure that would be slightly preferable... but you have to do the best you can with the options you have.


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Is it ok if the two references are from the same organisation?

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Hi-- current supervisor is generally preferred if possible! But if not possible you can explain why that is and use former. The most important element is that your recommenders be people who know you well enough to share good stories and anecdotes to illustrate your strengths!

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Hi there,
Schools take the highest score, so no stress on that point. In fact many have a place on your application where you indicate your score of choice, and they may only look at the official report for verification later on. Even if a few ask you to list all scores or similar, they just focus on the top score.

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Hi MBAMission,

During the application process, should we send/mention all scores (in my case for the GRE). I took the exam 4 times, and the first 3 times were tough but I finally achieved a competitive score for my target programs on my 4th attempt. What do schools think about if you send them 3 average scores and on the 4th one, a score that meets their average? Do they look down on that? Specifically referring to top 25 programs in my case.

Thanks!

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