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Evaluation, if you please.

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New post 15 Sep 2008, 21:56
Thanks Paul! Very helpful advice.

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New post 18 Sep 2008, 12:04

1) Assuming my essays/recs are strong, what are my chances for admissions AS IS to the above schools? Using that same assmption, could I aim higher if I were to strongly address the weak community and somewhat lackluster GPA?
Your chances would be good at USC as is, and decent/semi-competitive at Cornell and UCLA (only "semi-" because of the lack of leadership outside of work. Your GPA is not a weakness because you majored in econ at an extremely rigorous university (which all B-schools will understand)--not an issue. So assuming you correct the community, IMO you could be competitive at the following strong GM programs: Darden, Duke, Michigan.

2) Even though I'm interested more in the gaming than hospitality side, will I need to address why I need a MBA vs. a MMH (Master of Management in Hospitality)?
I really don't think so if you make clear that you will be seeking a management role in gaming.

3) Is the specificity of my goals a positive or does it make my interests seem to narrow?
Your goals are a positive because it's off the beaten path. Just make sure you give them evidence that an MBA is a needed degree for executives in the gaming industry.

4) Will I need to overcome any biases against my industry or just living in Las Vegas in general?
I doubt it. The positives of having an unusual industry far outweigh any prejudices. It would helpful if you explained to them why the industry appeals to you, but your roles in the industry thus far seem pretty unobjectionable.

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