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New post 15 Dec 2017, 11:20
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Background and nationality: Indian
Undergrad Information: 3.71 CGPA in BBA from reputed university in India
GMAT: 680 (V36, Q47)
Work experience and leadership: 3 years of work ex by course commencement in business development role in construction related business. No leadership at work but been very actively involved in leadership roles during graduation.
Community and others: Volunteered for over three years for community services.
Post MBA goals: Start my own venture.
Anything else?: Been academically very well, socially involved, interested in getting better and making the world better.
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New post 26 Dec 2017, 10:58
Please find below my profile for evaluation. Highly appreciate for this great help.
Nationality: Indian; Male 27 yrs

Undergrad: Btech Civil, from 5th ranking National institute of Technology, with CGPA 9.15/10

Work experience: Employed in India's premium Oil &Gas Consultancy (a Public sector undertaking) since 2012 (work exp of 5 yrs)

The entire work exp can be broken down into 2 parts :
1. Construction site experience
a. Posted for 1 year at the esteemed site for Strategic storage of Crude oil (at Mangalore India) wherein facilities were being constructed to store crude in underground caverns. Job responsibilities included contract handling, site inspection (including inspection in underground rock caverns) , quality control, implementation of safety at site.
b. Posted for 1.5 years at a refinery expansion project ( Kochi, India) wherein entrusted with the civil structural works for the important Crude distillation unit of refinery. Job responsibilities included preparation of a green field site, handling of a contract amounting to 35 million USD which involved leading a team of 15 persons, site inspection, progress monitoring & expediting, material inspection within & outside site, billing ( completed billing of the value of 14 million USD) quality control.
2.Design office experience ( work exp 2.5 yrs , continued till date)
a. Leading a team of 6 persons ( for the civil portion) to provide EPCM services for the upcoming Refinery & Petrochemical project in Nigeria ( largest project in entire Africa) Job responsibilities include designing of underground facilities & utilities, preparation of drawings , imparting training to the Nigerian counterparts , progress monitoring, providing assistance to site construction engineers, constant interaction with client.
I don't have any on site International job experience.

GMAT: yet to be taken but targeting a score of 740 to 750

Extracurricular: Not much to show. Have received professional training in Harmonium ( completed 4 professional exams), actively performed in various cultural activities during schooling, during college my team was one among the top 3 teams of west India in the INSDAG competition( an all India competition for steel design). Also our family is into agriculture business & I actively participate in it providing inputs for better production & marketing.

Post MBA goal : I want to shift from Oil & gas industry ( as all countries are moving from oil towards more environmental friendly options) and enter into strategy consulting and have an inclination to enter into M&A roles ( would explain more efficiently while writing my essays)

Havard & Stanford I believe are too high an expectation given my normal profile. Whether I would be fit for Columbia, Kellog, Yale or Ross?

Once again thank you for your help.
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New post 11 May 2018, 07:52
Hello Friends!

Requesting for a profile evaluation as I prepare to apply for CBS (open to J term also), Stern, INSEAD, Boston College & Cornell this June 2019. 5 of my uncle’s and cousins have taken their MBA at Columbia and heavily recommend so it is my top choice. Followed by Stern and INSEAD.

Background:

Dual Citizen: Spanish and Filipino. Born and raised in the Philippines. 3 years MNC Marketing.
Age: 25 upon matriculation w 4 years experience.

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from a Top 3 Local University.
Was elected College President for the college of business in my senior year, leading an organization of 80 student officers. Results: Awarded Best College Government in the University for that year.

GMAT: 670 (studying for a retake this May)
GPA: 3.17/4 - Graduated Top 11% in my college and number 2/55 in my course.

Career:
Job #1: (18 months)
- Management Trainee Program at a Fortune 500 Consumer Goods company. (top 150)

Completed an 18 month management trainee program with stints in field sales, corp finance, demand planning, brand marketing and trade marketing.

Highlights include:
- Co-led the launch of two new big flavours for the top powdered juice brand in the country, internally launched commercialised a new trade spend monitoring tool to the sales team which significantly reduced overspends for total company.

Job #2 (13 months):
- Brand Manager at a Fortune 500 Consumer Goods company (Top 50) for the top dish detergent brand in country and the world’s number one air freshener brand.

Highlights:
- Co-led two multifunctional teams with my boss. Together the teams were composed of 5 nationalities based in 3 countries. Navigated high turnover to land one of my brands as the fastest growing brand in the company by the time i left, peaked with 3 straight months of record revenue. For the other brand, I entered at the start of a major crises and led the analysis and recommendations to close a turnaround OND-Q1 quarter after months of market share loss.

Current:
- Entrepreneur. Founded an e-commerce shoe brand with two friends from college, first official year of operations tracking to do just under $100,000 in gross revenue (operating in a 3rd world economy). Although admittedly with lots of (expensive) stumbles along the way as we handle all aspects of the business from product development and supply to web design and digital marketing.

- Also do an E-Commerce Management and consulting for several other local SME fashion businesses.

Extra Curricular:
- previously mentioned College President
- Amateur Boxing - competitive, former national archery champion (high school) Photography, Fashion and Shoe Design.
- National Model UN New York in 2015 - delegation won Honorable Mention
- Vice President of an NGO that seeks to provide equal opportunity and quality job placement for top students from rural/local universities outside the country’s top 3.

International Experience:
-Model UN at school.
-At work, given that i was in MNC i worked hand in hand with my counter parts in APAC. Reporting to managers of 3 different ethnicities during the course of my stay and leading the PH Home Care team (half of which were based in SG).

MBA GOAL:
- shift to the business side of fashion and luxury goods industry as well as shore up my financial and product supply competencies.
- Long term return to the Philippines and grow my brand to become an international player.



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Background and nationality: Female Indian, 30
Undergrad Information: Top NIT (top 1% of batch, Merit scholar), XLRI (BM) (top 20% of batch)
GMAT: 720 (VA: 38, QA: 50)

Work experience and leadership: 6 years
Post PGDM
Current: India-based Venture Capital firm (AUM ~$2B) – fast-track promotion to Senior Associate, lead a team of 5 to invest in FMCG and tech start-ups
Bulge-bracket I-bank – Investment Banking Analyst, London, India, led multi-million dollar cross-border M&A and Financing assignments (2.5 years)
Pre-PGDM
Evalueserve, received fast-track promotion, managed a team of analysts on strategy & operations assignments (2 years)

Community and others
• Led fund-raising for international non-profit organizations for causes such as girl-child education and healthcare
• Led strategic initiatives around skill development and social upliftment of youth in rural India

Post MBA goals
o ST: Join international VC (US/UK/Singapore)
o LT: Found my investment fund

Anything else?
• Concerns regarding my GMAT score: don’t have time to retake GMAT before R1 due to work commitments. Is my GMAT score competitive for CBS considering my demographics and profile.
• Is CBS open to second MBA aspirants (I understand if it is I will have to explain in the additional essay)
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Hello All,
I would like to have my profile evaluated. I just took the GMAT in June and am ready to apply for business school in Fall 2019. Here is my information:
GMAT: 710 (50Q/34V/6 IR) Have not received my AWA score yet
GPA: ~ 3.37 (over a 3.5 my last year)
Degree: BA Economics, UCLA. Transfer GPA - 3.8
Experience: 2 years as an analyst at a real estate investment company(1 year at current firm). Work in both acquisitions (acquired 3 hotels for $150mm since I started) and asset management (6 of our current hotels, and 135 hotels for a third party). Had previous internship experience in PWM.
Extracurricular: Over 700 hours working as a volunteer at the local hospital, as a tutor, and as a coach for middle school children. No experience in professional leadership/managerial roles. Was a member of Ski and Snowboard team in college. Mentor a student at UCLA. High School Valedictorian.
Background: Indian (born and raised in California). 25 years old. Typical middle class story for a kid in Orange County.
What I want from business school: First, I would like to work in finance, either in real estate acquisitions, PWM, or VC/PE. I would like to gain both the professional and personal skills that business school can provide. Finally, I need a change in my life.
Letters of Rec: Plan on asking my CIO and an Associate at my current company for my two recommendations. I also have my previous employer in case. Do not have a professor at UCLA I can ask since I did not spend a lot of time in office hours.
Other: The one issue which will make things difficult is that I was accused of cheating in college. I received academic probation and I'm sure I will have to discuss what happened. I would like some feedback whether this is a automatic red flag. It was a mistake and I've grown from it, but I am sure it will leave a mark.

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Background and Nationality:
-Filipino Citizen (Filipino-Chinese heritage) born and raised in the Philippines
-member of the LGBT community with long-term partner

Undergrad Information:
-Took up BA Communication Research from University of the Philippines (#1 University in the Philippines).
-Graduated Magna Cum Laude with 1.37 GPA on a 1.0 scale.
-Inducted into 2 Honor Societies (Phi Kappa Phi & Pi Gamma Mu)

Professional Qualifications:
-Worked 5 months in digital advertising.
-Worked 14 months in L'Oreal Philippines as a Management Trainee doing retail. (Leading team of 30; Bagging sales awards vs senior peers; fast-tracked/promoted out of the Management Trainee Program)
-Worked 15 months (on-going, will be 29 months by enrolment) in L'Oreal Philippines E-Commerce (Doing year-on-year triple digit growth for PH e-commerce, winning a global award in Paris for digital marketing initiative amongst 200 entries across countries, had project published as a Facebook Case Study on digital marketing).
-Up for promotion (after 16 months from start of role) this coming July

GMAT: 680 (Q:44 V:40)

Community and others:
-Pioneered inclusivity movement in University for diversity (LGBT)
-Founding member of company's Citizen Committee, organizing year-wide outreach and community programs for the company. Most notably reaching out to women in war-torn areas in the country who were recovering through providing cosmetic products (coming from a social study that showed women going through displacement and trauma recover with the help of personal care/beauty products that help them regain control).

Post MBA goals:
-Professional: Work in big tech and work with companies on how to best use our technology to improve marketing & sales initiatives.
-Community: Helping LGBT NGOs maximize and optimize digital media use to further the cause
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Background and nationality: Female Indian, 30
Undergrad Information: Top NIT (top 1% of batch, Merit scholar), XLRI (BM) (top 20% of batch)
GMAT: 720 (VA: 38, QA: 50)

Work experience and leadership: 6 years
Post PGDM
Current: India-based Venture Capital firm (AUM ~$2B) – fast-track promotion to Senior Associate, lead a team of 5 to invest in FMCG and tech start-ups
Bulge-bracket I-bank – Investment Banking Analyst, London, India, led multi-million dollar cross-border M&A and Financing assignments (2.5 years)
Pre-PGDM
Evalueserve, received fast-track promotion, managed a team of analysts on strategy & operations assignments (2 years)

Community and others
• Led fund-raising for international non-profit organizations for causes such as girl-child education and healthcare
• Led strategic initiatives around skill development and social upliftment of youth in rural India

Post MBA goals
o ST: Join international VC (US/UK/Singapore)
o LT: Found my investment fund

Anything else?
• Concerns regarding my GMAT score: don’t have time to retake GMAT before R1 due to work commitments. Is my GMAT score competitive for CBS considering my demographics and profile.
• Is CBS open to second MBA aspirants (I understand if it is I will have to explain in the additional essay)


Hi topmbaaspirant18,

Definitely, a strong work profile, complete with promotions and leadership experience. This, together with your academic pedigree definitely adds to your overall profile.
The extra-curricular activities are decent if not stellar. Probably, some insight into the impact you had with these social engagements will help :-)

Having said the above, yes, the GMAT score is a bit of a concern. While you could still apply with this score, the average at Columbia hovers around 724 and considering you belong to the Indian pool and are also looking at a second MBA, things could get a bit tricky. Hence, with your score, CBS would fall in the Dream/Stretch category. A retake is recommended. If the same is absolutely not possible, you will need to focus on putting forth a stellar application and hoping for the best! :-)

Should you feel the need for a detailed discussion, please reach out.

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Hello All,
I would like to have my profile evaluated. I just took the GMAT in June and am ready to apply for business school in Fall 2019. Here is my information:
GMAT: 710 (50Q/34V/6 IR) Have not received my AWA score yet
GPA: ~ 3.37 (over a 3.5 my last year)
Degree: BA Economics, UCLA. Transfer GPA - 3.8
Experience: 2 years as an analyst at a real estate investment company(1 year at current firm). Work in both acquisitions (acquired 3 hotels for $150mm since I started) and asset management (6 of our current hotels, and 135 hotels for a third party). Had previous internship experience in PWM.
Extracurricular: Over 700 hours working as a volunteer at the local hospital, as a tutor, and as a coach for middle school children. No experience in professional leadership/managerial roles. Was a member of Ski and Snowboard team in college. Mentor a student at UCLA. High School Valedictorian.
Background: Indian (born and raised in California). 25 years old. Typical middle class story for a kid in Orange County.
What I want from business school: First, I would like to work in finance, either in real estate acquisitions, PWM, or VC/PE. I would like to gain both the professional and personal skills that business school can provide. Finally, I need a change in my life.
Letters of Rec: Plan on asking my CIO and an Associate at my current company for my two recommendations. I also have my previous employer in case. Do not have a professor at UCLA I can ask since I did not spend a lot of time in office hours.
Other: The one issue which will make things difficult is that I was accused of cheating in college. I received academic probation and I'm sure I will have to discuss what happened. I would like some feedback whether this is a automatic red flag. It was a mistake and I've grown from it, but I am sure it will leave a mark.

Thank You,


Hi sheesho,

Thanks for writing in.

The work experience definitely looks impactful and will enable you to build up a strong narrative. Also, for the MBA, you do not need an academic recommendation so you could get the recommendations from Reporting Heads at your previous organization, as well as your current firm (this may be tough but do try and get this done).

Having said the above, the ethical issue complicates things a bit. Nonetheless, the best option for you is to state the facts as they happened, focus on what you learned, the positives you gained from the episode, and how you have changed as an individual. Thinking that it would leave no mark at all would mean being a bit too optimistic but we need to do all that we can to combat the negative connotation created by this episode. You could use the Optional Essay to speak about your academic probation and just make it a very honest account.

One of the things you could do at this point would be to strengthen your GMAT score to exceed the average at Columbia. Hence, the retake is strongly recommended. Of course, beyond the same, you will need to focus on putting in place a powerful set of essays with career goals that sync in with your story.

Hope this helps!

Good luck! :-)
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Hi everyone I'm hoping to get an honest MBA evaluation profile

Age: 29
Nationality: Russian (dual citizenship Russia/USA)
GMAT: currently studying, aiming for 700+
Undergrad: Law, top 20 school
Undergraduate GPA: 3.4
Master's degree: LLM from USC school of law (USA)
Current work ex: 5 Year
1. worked in a big law firm
2. Now, The head of the legal department
Extra Curriculars:
Co-founder of the first American football team, in which played as a linebacker
Short term goal: switch my career to I-banking and focus on M&A

Thank you guys in advance. I am looking forward to getting your feedbacks
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Background and nationality: 37 years old, male, gay, Indian
Undergrad Information: B.Com (First Class with Distinction)
Postgrad Information: I have a master's degree in English Literature from CIEFL, one of India's most prestigious liberal arts universities (GPA: 7.5/9.0; A+ grade; university topper). I was also awarded a fully-funded merit fellowship to study Leadership in Japan for 4 months full time (GPA: 4.1/4.33; program topper)
GMAT: 700 (V41/Q45)
Work experience and leadership: 16 years as of today.
Community and others: Extensive experience in a variety of community engagement roles, including, at present, as Head of Digital Marketing and Communication for a leading Indian NGO in the arts and cultural heritage space.
Post MBA goals: Entrepreneurship - start an EdTech focused on India.
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Hello Absintheminded

Columbia or any other good school will evaluate your profile based on 6 factors mentioned here
Assessing each factor below-
Your past scores look good and your academic/professional background certainly looks different from an average Indian applicant (which is one of the biggest pool)
However it will help understand your profile better if you can mention the nature of your work, career progress in these years and key achievements. The school is more interested in your stories than a laundry list.
GMAT is slightly on the lower end for an Indian applicant, but that can be compensated by showcasing exceptional maturity.
Not really sure how your career goals fit with the school or your past skills. An EdTech in India- but how will an MBA help and specifically at Columbia? You will need to highlight how these 2 tie together and why an MBA is beneficial for you and how you are a good addition to the class with your significant years of experience. It is certainly not a deal breaker, but with 16 years of work ex your are an outlier and should give a compelling argument for it.
Needless to say final outcome will depend on how well you package all of the above mentioned factors in your written application.

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Absintheminded wrote:
Background and nationality: 37 years old, male, gay, Indian
Undergrad Information: B.Com (First Class with Distinction)
Postgrad Information: I have a master's degree in English Literature from CIEFL, one of India's most prestigious liberal arts universities (GPA: 7.5/9.0; A+ grade; university topper). I was also awarded a fully-funded merit fellowship to study Leadership in Japan for 4 months full time (GPA: 4.1/4.33; program topper)
GMAT: 700 (V41/Q45)
Work experience and leadership: 16 years as of today.
Community and others: Extensive experience in a variety of community engagement roles, including, at present, as Head of Digital Marketing and Communication for a leading Indian NGO in the arts and cultural heritage space.
Post MBA goals: Entrepreneurship - start an EdTech focused on India.

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Hello Absintheminded

Columbia or any other good school will evaluate your profile based on 6 factors mentioned here
Assessing each factor below-
Your past scores look good and your academic/professional background certainly looks different from an average Indian applicant (which is one of the biggest pool)
However it will help understand your profile better if you can mention the nature of your work, career progress in these years and key achievements. The school is more interested in your stories than a laundry list.
GMAT is slightly on the lower end for an Indian applicant, but that can be compensated by showcasing exceptional maturity.
Not really sure how your career goals fit with the school or your past skills. An EdTech in India- but how will an MBA help and specifically at Columbia? You will need to highlight how these 2 tie together and why an MBA is beneficial for you and how you are a good addition to the class with your significant years of experience. It is certainly not a deal breaker, but with 16 years of work ex your are an outlier and should give a compelling argument for it.
Needless to say final outcome will depend on how well you package all of the above mentioned factors in your written application.

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Absintheminded wrote:
Background and nationality: 37 years old, male, gay, Indian
Undergrad Information: B.Com (First Class with Distinction)
Postgrad Information: I have a master's degree in English Literature from CIEFL, one of India's most prestigious liberal arts universities (GPA: 7.5/9.0; A+ grade; university topper). I was also awarded a fully-funded merit fellowship to study Leadership in Japan for 4 months full time (GPA: 4.1/4.33; program topper)
GMAT: 700 (V41/Q45)
Work experience and leadership: 16 years as of today.
Community and others: Extensive experience in a variety of community engagement roles, including, at present, as Head of Digital Marketing and Communication for a leading Indian NGO in the arts and cultural heritage space.
Post MBA goals: Entrepreneurship - start an EdTech focused on India.


Hey Varun - thanks for that assessment. Quite on point. I am presently a Senior Manager in Product Marketing and Sales Enablement for a US-based telecom software MNC. I started my career in technical writing/instructional design and spent most of my career in that domain, all for large US tech firms. 4 years ago, I was promoted to Sr. Manager/Head of Department - Technical Writing/Instructional Design at my firm; a year later I switched to marketing in the same firm. I have been with my current firm for more than 7 years now.

Edtech - because of my MA from CIEFL and my life long work experience in writing/training in the tech industry.

What do you think?

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Hello Absintheminded

Your inputs give some more clarity. However, remember the a promotion is not an achievement in itself- it is a result of your achievements in your organization. That is the story.
The schools will of course be more interested in your stories - and you will be expected to have many and show more maturity than an average applicant.
Secondly, I understand how your goal ties in with your past (although it will also matter what have you done in these 16 years to work towards this goal)
What is missing is that how does this goal tie in with your future- an MBA and that too from Columbia? Why cant you pursue an MBA from India (say PGPX or PGPMAX from IIMA/ISB) when your plan is to work in the Indian space (This is a crude question. many such questions arise)
You are not supposed to have all the answers today, but you should begin looking for these answers.
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Absintheminded wrote:
oneMBAcoach wrote:
Hello Absintheminded

Columbia or any other good school will evaluate your profile based on 6 factors mentioned here
Assessing each factor below-
Your past scores look good and your academic/professional background certainly looks different from an average Indian applicant (which is one of the biggest pool)
However it will help understand your profile better if you can mention the nature of your work, career progress in these years and key achievements. The school is more interested in your stories than a laundry list.
GMAT is slightly on the lower end for an Indian applicant, but that can be compensated by showcasing exceptional maturity.
Not really sure how your career goals fit with the school or your past skills. An EdTech in India- but how will an MBA help and specifically at Columbia? You will need to highlight how these 2 tie together and why an MBA is beneficial for you and how you are a good addition to the class with your significant years of experience. It is certainly not a deal breaker, but with 16 years of work ex your are an outlier and should give a compelling argument for it.
Needless to say final outcome will depend on how well you package all of the above mentioned factors in your written application.

Best
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MBAkarma.com
GMAT Score Predictor
info@mbakarma.com



Absintheminded wrote:
Background and nationality: 37 years old, male, gay, Indian
Undergrad Information: B.Com (First Class with Distinction)
Postgrad Information: I have a master's degree in English Literature from CIEFL, one of India's most prestigious liberal arts universities (GPA: 7.5/9.0; A+ grade; university topper). I was also awarded a fully-funded merit fellowship to study Leadership in Japan for 4 months full time (GPA: 4.1/4.33; program topper)
GMAT: 700 (V41/Q45)
Work experience and leadership: 16 years as of today.
Community and others: Extensive experience in a variety of community engagement roles, including, at present, as Head of Digital Marketing and Communication for a leading Indian NGO in the arts and cultural heritage space.
Post MBA goals: Entrepreneurship - start an EdTech focused on India.


Hey Varun - thanks for that assessment. Quite on point. I am presently a Senior Manager in Product Marketing and Sales Enablement for a US-based telecom software MNC. I started my career in technical writing/instructional design and spent most of my career in that domain, all for large US tech firms. 4 years ago, I was promoted to Sr. Manager/Head of Department - Technical Writing/Instructional Design at my firm; a year later I switched to marketing in the same firm. I have been with my current firm for more than 7 years now.

Edtech - because of my MA from CIEFL and my life long work experience in writing/training in the tech industry.

What do you think?

Thanks!

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Background and nationality: 37 years old, male, gay, Indian
Undergrad Information: B.Com (First Class with Distinction)
Postgrad Information: I have a master's degree in English Literature from CIEFL, one of India's most prestigious liberal arts universities (GPA: 7.5/9.0; A+ grade; university topper). I was also awarded a fully-funded merit fellowship to study Leadership in Japan for 4 months full time (GPA: 4.1/4.33; program topper)
GMAT: 700 (V41/Q45)
Work experience and leadership: 16 years as of today.
Community and others: Extensive experience in a variety of community engagement roles, including, at present, as Head of Digital Marketing and Communication for a leading Indian NGO in the arts and cultural heritage space.
Post MBA goals: Entrepreneurship - start an EdTech focused on India.



Hi,

MBA programs such as CBS who also have an eMBA program will mostly try pushing you for that program instead of the regular 2 year MBA, based on your fit in the class. At 37 years, you'll be too old to join the regular 2 year MBA.
Its not clear whether you are based in the US or in India, because if you are located in India then an EMBA may not be an option at all (or a verry expensive one)
I'd also be a little concerned with your career goal in entrepreneurship. A b-school is likely to ask you that if you are so passionate about this goal then why have you not started up already.
Thirdly, CBS asks a question which prompts you to address 1. why CBS and 2. why CBS in NY. You should be very well researched to answer that. You should also be able to make a case that its only at CBS that you will achieve your ambitious career goals.
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Wow - please have a look at my profile and see if I'm the fit!

Background and nationality
South Korean national, came to the US at 9th grade and finished HS, undergrad, grad in ths US

Undergrad Information
BA at SUNY (2.71), MPA in health policy & management at 1st ranked institution from us news (3.09)

GMAT: gmat official prep (640), taking the real gmat in 2 days.

Work experience and leadership
Startup experience in health/IT industry (didn't work out in the end, 1.5 years), 2 internship experience at a small consulting firms before the startup, served at Korean Army as a drill instructor; 1st year rep at student consulting group at grad school

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Fellow at Korea Society

Post MBA goals
healthcare clinic service management, establish a health system through expanding father's medical center

Anything else?
most recent experience in startup ground works as a founder/ceo, the company once grew to 10 people but at the same time experienced a lot of limits and different kinds of failure... While I was in the military, came down an idiopathic illness and deeply frustrated by healthcare admins & system not by its quality. that's how I started to focus on the healthcare service management and finished masters degree in healthcare but needed more hands-on experience in a wide aspects of business to launch and run a business in South Korea... (will cut it here as it gets too lengthy)

Thanks in advance!!
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Hi everyone I'm hoping to get an honest MBA evaluation profile

Age: 29

Tiny bit on the older side for some US programs. Would be ideal for European programmes where the average age is 30.
Nationality: Russian (dual citizenship Russia/USA)
This is something that will work in your favor, make sure to submit as a Russian citizen to play the diversity card to its full extent.

GMAT: currently studying, aiming for 700+
Depending upon where you plan to go I think you should shoot for 720+….there isn't as much competition among Russian attorneys you can skate by a little bit, however the LLM clients I’ve had don't have riveting leadership anecdotes because, law.

Undergrad: Law, top 20 school
Undergraduate GPA: 3.4
Master's degree: LLM from USC school of law (USA)

Current work ex: 5 Year
1. worked in a big law firm
2. Now, The head of the legal department

Congratulation, progression is on your side. Keep in mind, exciting brand names of big companies will only get you so far, I am hoping you have some interesting work anecdotes where you helped shape the nature of the firm, improve processes mentor people etc.

Extra Curriculars:
Co-founder of the first American football team, in which played as a linebacker
Very interesting so are you doing this In Europe question mark or what? when was this? Anything recent or anything else? what are some of your hobbies.

Short term goal: switch my career to I-banking and focus on M&A
Do you work in corporate law and have you done any due diligence work? It would be helpful to build some data points between where you are now and where you want to be, they need to know that this isn't coming out of nowhere that is well researched end up there some data points from your current job or at least extracurricular stuff.


Thank you guys in advance. I am looking forward to getting your feedbacks

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Hi, and thanks for writing! To clarify - including your military service, how many years of work experience do you have?

Given your GMAT score (assuming you perform similarly in the real exam) and lower GPA, I would target programs outside of the US/International Top 20 - I think CBS would be quite a reach.
Are there any other programs you're considering?


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Wow - please have a look at my profile and see if I'm the fit!

Background and nationality
South Korean national, came to the US at 9th grade and finished HS, undergrad, grad in ths US

Undergrad Information
BA at SUNY (2.71), MPA in health policy & management at 1st ranked institution from us news (3.09)

GMAT: gmat official prep (640), taking the real gmat in 2 days.

Work experience and leadership
Startup experience in health/IT industry (didn't work out in the end, 1.5 years), 2 internship experience at a small consulting firms before the startup, served at Korean Army as a drill instructor; 1st year rep at student consulting group at grad school

Community and others
Fellow at Korea Society

Post MBA goals
healthcare clinic service management, establish a health system through expanding father's medical center

Anything else?
most recent experience in startup ground works as a founder/ceo, the company once grew to 10 people but at the same time experienced a lot of limits and different kinds of failure... While I was in the military, came down an idiopathic illness and deeply frustrated by healthcare admins & system not by its quality. that's how I started to focus on the healthcare service management and finished masters degree in healthcare but needed more hands-on experience in a wide aspects of business to launch and run a business in South Korea... (will cut it here as it gets too lengthy)

Thanks in advance!!

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Thanks for your response! I have 4 years of experience including the military service - and what score would I need to reach in order to be considered at CBS?

mbaMissionNishaT wrote:
Hi, and thanks for writing! To clarify - including your military service, how many years of work experience do you have?

Given your GMAT score (assuming you perform similarly in the real exam) and lower GPA, I would target programs outside of the US/International Top 20 - I think CBS would be quite a reach.
Are there any other programs you're considering?


kyunghoony wrote:
Wow - please have a look at my profile and see if I'm the fit!

Background and nationality
South Korean national, came to the US at 9th grade and finished HS, undergrad, grad in ths US

Undergrad Information
BA at SUNY (2.71), MPA in health policy & management at 1st ranked institution from us news (3.09)

GMAT: gmat official prep (640), taking the real gmat in 2 days.

Work experience and leadership
Startup experience in health/IT industry (didn't work out in the end, 1.5 years), 2 internship experience at a small consulting firms before the startup, served at Korean Army as a drill instructor; 1st year rep at student consulting group at grad school

Community and others
Fellow at Korea Society

Post MBA goals
healthcare clinic service management, establish a health system through expanding father's medical center

Anything else?
most recent experience in startup ground works as a founder/ceo, the company once grew to 10 people but at the same time experienced a lot of limits and different kinds of failure... While I was in the military, came down an idiopathic illness and deeply frustrated by healthcare admins & system not by its quality. that's how I started to focus on the healthcare service management and finished masters degree in healthcare but needed more hands-on experience in a wide aspects of business to launch and run a business in South Korea... (will cut it here as it gets too lengthy)

Thanks in advance!!

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To offset your undergrad GPA and reach CBS average for GMAT, I'd aim for 720 minimum. Hope that helps!


outofpocket wrote:
Thanks for your response! I have 4 years of experience including the military service - and what score would I need to reach in order to be considered at CBS?

mbaMissionNishaT wrote:
Hi, and thanks for writing! To clarify - including your military service, how many years of work experience do you have?

Given your GMAT score (assuming you perform similarly in the real exam) and lower GPA, I would target programs outside of the US/International Top 20 - I think CBS would be quite a reach.
Are there any other programs you're considering?


kyunghoony wrote:
Wow - please have a look at my profile and see if I'm the fit!

Background and nationality
South Korean national, came to the US at 9th grade and finished HS, undergrad, grad in ths US

Undergrad Information
BA at SUNY (2.71), MPA in health policy & management at 1st ranked institution from us news (3.09)

GMAT: gmat official prep (640), taking the real gmat in 2 days.

Work experience and leadership
Startup experience in health/IT industry (didn't work out in the end, 1.5 years), 2 internship experience at a small consulting firms before the startup, served at Korean Army as a drill instructor; 1st year rep at student consulting group at grad school

Community and others
Fellow at Korea Society

Post MBA goals
healthcare clinic service management, establish a health system through expanding father's medical center

Anything else?
most recent experience in startup ground works as a founder/ceo, the company once grew to 10 people but at the same time experienced a lot of limits and different kinds of failure... While I was in the military, came down an idiopathic illness and deeply frustrated by healthcare admins & system not by its quality. that's how I started to focus on the healthcare service management and finished masters degree in healthcare but needed more hands-on experience in a wide aspects of business to launch and run a business in South Korea... (will cut it here as it gets too lengthy)

Thanks in advance!!

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