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New post 25 Jun 2009, 17:49

I am unsure what is realistic to target in terms of top business schools and would greatly appreciate your candid feedback. The profile: I am currently 41 years, have a BBA in Accounting from the University of Houston Bauer College of Business (1991), was briefly in graduate school shortly thereafter but did not complete the schooling due to personal reasons (my mother passed away). While pursuiting my BBA, I worked -- sometimes 1, 2 or even 3 jobs because my mother was ill. Needless to say, my GPA ended up at about a 2.75 overall 3.1 in Accounting.

The bottom line is that I am at a point in my career in which attaining an MBA would prove quite useful because of my interests. Some people have suggested an Executive MBA but I do not believe that my career thus far has provided me with enough senior level management experience to believe that would be a good fit. On the other hand, pursuiting an MBA just for the coursework is not my ambition. I am really seeking a career change and, more importantly, the full experience an MBA has to offer at one of the better, top schools.

Recent senior level managment I have worked with have suggested I apply to Rice University in Houston, among others. In looking into Rice, it did not appear there was enough emphasis on leadership. Finally, the aforementioned managers all graduated from top tier schools; specifically, Harvard, Northwestern and The University of Texas and Rice. A few will be writing recommendations.

Given the above, and a GMAT score of 700, is it even realistic to apply to an institution such as Harvard?

Thank you.
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New post 29 Jun 2009, 17:01

You didn't give me a lot of info to go on, such as your career trajectory and extracurriculars, but given that you are several years past the typical 27-28 age range for full-time MBAs, don't have substantial managerial experience, and have a GPA under 3.00, I would say that on the face of it your chances at HBS and Kellogg are extremely small. Having recommenders from those schools is a nice plus, but not enough to put you over. Texas and Rice, however, are a different story. You may have a chance at Texas Austin and should be competitive at Rice, based only on the information you gave me. Note that at Texas the middle 80% of accepted applicants are aged between 15 and 31 so they probably don't admit more than 1 or 2 over-40 applicants a year--you will need to really shine.

Hope this helps.
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