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Calling all Indian Applicants - 2016 Intake!!

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deadraizer wrote:
Hello everyone.

Applying for FT MBA 2016 intake as well. Here's my profile -

Gmat : 640 2 years ago, 710 (49, 35) recently, in December 2015. Slightly disappointed with this score as I was aiming for 730+, was averaging ~40 on my verbal section during prep tests.
Work ex : 3+ years upon matriculation. Worked in business developement at a local organization which exports technical and educational equipment globally. Couple of promotions, territory manager currently. Along with that launched an entrepreneurial venture last year as well in a nascent field. Was pretty successful, got substantial funding and several large MNC partners.
Undergrad : BBA at an average college. Horrible grades (49%).

Aim : MBA in strategy. Would probably enter entrepreneurship again in the future, want to work for a major management consultancy in the short term.

Schools applied to :
Boston University - Interview done
UNC - Haven't heard back
Mcdonough - Interview done
Simon - Haven't heard back
Olin - Haven't heard back
Katz - Rejected.

Also considering some european schools, primarily UK ones (Cranfield and Manchester). Want to apply to the German and Dutch ones as well.

I did the stupid thing and did not waive my right to view recommendations for any application. I wasn't aware that it could impact my profile negatively. Though I'm aware that I've received some stellar LORs.

Also, I'm 23. I am not sure if this will help my profile or be a deterrent. One of my counsellors did say that I should probably wait a year or two before applying.

Any advice on which schools should I consider? I wanted to apply to some more ambitious ones (like Kellogg, LBS et al) but I feel it's just money down the drain.


Hey deadraizer,

First of all I'd like to say that with a 710, you would probably have to retake considering your overall work experience if you were to apply to the likes of Kellogg and LBS.

When it comes to schools in the UK, you have to take into consideration the visa restrictions in the UK as well as the relatively high tuition fees and living expenses, which brings to schools in Germany. Now, Germany as an MBA destination has been growing over the past few years. People are gradually realizing the value of pursuing an MBA in Germany, and I must say the positives far outweigh the negatives. First of all, the economy here is strong. Jobs are aplenty, tuition fees are low and standard of living is much lower than the likes of US, UK. In short, your ROI would be great! Furthermore, 710 GMAT score + your well rounded work experience would mean that you would be considered a strong candidate for German B-Schools. The only negative, and that is only if you consider this a negative factor, is the importance of having a solid grasp in German when it comes to securing jobs post-MBA. However, this should not be a hindrance because this gives you an opportunity to learn a foreign language which has its own benefits in the long run. I'm sure you would agree with that.

Now, keeping in mind you're interests in entrepreneurship I would definitely recommend HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (calling-all-hhl-leipzig-mba-applicants-2016-intake-class-of-208609.html) . The school is known for its focus and backing towards entrepreneurship. The tuition fees is relatively low and the program is flexible. Also, the school offers German classes year round which is VERY useful. Another bonus is the low standard of living (Housing rents are nearly half of that in bigger cities like Munich, Frankfurt). Also, you have a great mix of competent international students. I would suggest that you have a look at the university website.

All the best for your application journey!
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Hey deadraizer,

First of all I'd like to say that with a 710, you would probably have to retake considering your overall work experience if you were to apply to the likes of Kellogg and LBS.

When it comes to schools in the UK, you have to take into consideration the visa restrictions in the UK as well as the relatively high tuition fees and living expenses, which brings to schools in Germany. Now, Germany as an MBA destination has been growing over the past few years. People are gradually realizing the value of pursuing an MBA in Germany, and I must say the positives far outweigh the negatives. First of all, the economy here is strong. Jobs are aplenty, tuition fees are low and standard of living is much lower than the likes of US, UK. In short, your ROI would be great! Furthermore, 710 GMAT score + your well rounded work experience would mean that you would be considered a strong candidate for German B-Schools. The only negative, and that is only if you consider this a negative factor, is the importance of having a solid grasp in German when it comes to securing jobs post-MBA. However, this should not be a hindrance because this gives you an opportunity to learn a foreign language which has its own benefits in the long run. I'm sure you would agree with that.

Now, keeping in mind you're interests in entrepreneurship I would definitely recommend HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (calling-all-hhl-leipzig-mba-applicants-2016-intake-class-of-208609.html) . The school is known for its focus and backing towards entrepreneurship. The tuition fees is relatively low and the program is flexible. Also, the school offers German classes year round which is VERY useful. Another bonus is the low standard of living (Housing rents are nearly half of that in bigger cities like Munich, Frankfurt). Also, you have a great mix of competent international students. I would suggest that you have a look at the university website.

All the best for your application journey!


Hello deepsea13,

Thanks for the reply. I understand about the LBS/Kellogg issue, hence not going to apply to them.

I am considering German schools currently, and HHL Leipzig is one amongst them. I don't mind learning German. Some of my acquaintances have recommended Germany to me as well. Will probably apply to some after my current application decisions are finalized (mid-march).
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