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Hi all,

Here's a brief rundown of my profile: I graduated from UC Berkeley with a 3.8 GPA in Political Science. I took the GMAT and got a 730 (47Q, 44V). I've worked at IBM for three and a half years as a marketing professional, and have been promoted twice. My ECs include being on the board of an education tech nonprofit.

At UC Berkeley, it is mandatory for Pol Sci undergrads to take a course called "Political Science 3 - Introduction to Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods." Basically, it is straight up statistics applied to political science, and my professor taught straight out of a standard stats book that our normal "Intro to Stats" also used. I got an A. However, this course shows up on my transcript only as "Pol Sci 3 - Empirical Analysis," so I'm not sure if adcomms will immediately recognize that as essentially stats course.

I also took a lot of courses within Pol Sci that were heavy on micro and macro econ (I passed out of the 101 Econ course in the Econ department through AP credits). That said, I didn't take calculus in college.

Is it necessary for me to take an extra statistics and/or calculus class at a community college or extension program in order for my application to be competitive? My concern is that adcomms may "doubt" my quant skills otherwise. Is this a valid concern, or am I overthinking?

I'm aiming for a corporate marketing career post-MBA at a top 500 firm, and am aiming for M7 and t15 programs.

Thanks!

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Hi all,

Here's a brief rundown of my profile: I graduated from UC Berkeley with a 3.8 GPA in Political Science. I took the GMAT and got a 730 (47Q, 44V). I've worked at IBM for three and a half years as a marketing professional, and have been promoted twice. My ECs include being on the board of an education tech nonprofit.

At UC Berkeley, it is mandatory for Pol Sci undergrads to take a course called "Political Science 3 - Introduction to Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods." Basically, it is straight up statistics applied to political science, and my professor taught straight out of a standard stats book that our normal "Intro to Stats" also used. I got an A. However, this course shows up on my transcript only as "Pol Sci 3 - Empirical Analysis," so I'm not sure if adcomms will immediately recognize that as essentially stats course.

I also took a lot of courses within Pol Sci that were heavy on micro and macro econ (I passed out of the 101 Econ course in the Econ department through AP credits). That said, I didn't take calculus in college.

Is it necessary for me to take an extra statistics and/or calculus class at a community college or extension program in order for my application to be competitive? My concern is that adcomms may "doubt" my quant skills otherwise. Is this a valid concern, or am I overthinking?

I'm aiming for a corporate marketing career post-MBA at a top 500 firm, and am aiming for M7 and t15 programs.

Thanks!


Hey captainahabmoby not an admissions consultant here (just a recently accepted applicant) but thought I'd give one tip I've picked up since I hadn't seen anyone else reply yet. I have seen recommendations from consultants like MBAPrepCoach on here for MBA Math. It takes 15-20 hours, transcripts can be sent directly to the schools you are applying, and schools take it pretty seriously. It's supposedly a good way to demonstrate quant ability and likely less of an investment and commitment than a community college class or extension program.

Can't speak to whether adcoms will doubt your quant skills currently. I've read on here that the "rule" to get 80th percentile or higher is no longer really true since averages have gotten so high, so if it was me personally I'd think the 47Q/63rd percentile was close to ok/borderline. Maybe someone else with more expertise can chime in and apologies if I'm totally off. Just my gut feeling. Calculus would probably be a positive sign with a 47Q to where I'd feel more confident, but you can't change that now. I'd do MBA Math just to be sure and get it over with, but not worry beyond that. I'd especially think this if you're applying Round 2 and have a lot less time to add anything to your application. Hope that helps.

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captainahabmoby wrote:
Hi all,

Here's a brief rundown of my profile: I graduated from UC Berkeley with a 3.8 GPA in Political Science. I took the GMAT and got a 730 (47Q, 44V). I've worked at IBM for three and a half years as a marketing professional, and have been promoted twice. My ECs include being on the board of an education tech nonprofit.

At UC Berkeley, it is mandatory for Pol Sci undergrads to take a course called "Political Science 3 - Introduction to Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods." Basically, it is straight up statistics applied to political science, and my professor taught straight out of a standard stats book that our normal "Intro to Stats" also used. I got an A. However, this course shows up on my transcript only as "Pol Sci 3 - Empirical Analysis," so I'm not sure if adcomms will immediately recognize that as essentially stats course.

I also took a lot of courses within Pol Sci that were heavy on micro and macro econ (I passed out of the 101 Econ course in the Econ department through AP credits). That said, I didn't take calculus in college.

Is it necessary for me to take an extra statistics and/or calculus class at a community college or extension program in order for my application to be competitive? My concern is that adcomms may "doubt" my quant skills otherwise. Is this a valid concern, or am I overthinking?

I'm aiming for a corporate marketing career post-MBA at a top 500 firm, and am aiming for M7 and t15 programs.

Thanks!


Hey captainahabmoby,
1) Decent GMAT
2) UG from a top rated Univ.
3) GPA decent too

What you really need to think about is your goals, and show clarity and ambition there, not about points that are already taken care of. Hope it helps.
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Hey man i don’t think you’ll need any extra courses. You have a strong GMAT and a strong from a top UG institution. So this should not be a major concern for you. If there are opportunities to highlight any analytical related accomplishments you had in your resume that might worth including just for coverage but you should be fine


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