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Hi Paul,
I'm currently a junior at a top-10 engineering school, double majoring in biomedical and mechanical engineering, thinking about getting an MBA in the future.

I researched a bit about top-20 programs and I think my GPA (2.4) might be a huge reason I don't get in. I generally do well on standardized tests, so can expect my GMAT to be highly competitive.

I was wondering: do you have any advice for what (beyond just getting work experience) I can do between graduating and applying to bschool? Should I be looking at Master's programs? or do you think working for several years will less the impact of the low gpa?

BTW, if it makes a difference I'm male and Indian.

Thanks for your help.

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New post 12 Jan 2009, 18:57
camera123 wrote:
Hi Paul,
I'm currently a junior at a top-10 engineering school, double majoring in biomedical and mechanical engineering, thinking about getting an MBA in the future.

I researched a bit about top-20 programs and I think my GPA (2.4) might be a huge reason I don't get in. I generally do well on standardized tests, so can expect my GMAT to be highly competitive.

I was wondering: do you have any advice for what (beyond just getting work experience) I can do between graduating and applying to bschool? Should I be looking at Master's programs? or do you think working for several years will less the impact of the low gpa?

BTW, if it makes a difference I'm male and Indian.

Thanks for your help.


Your GPA is a major problem at top MBA programs. However, if you are a junior you still have the second semester of this year and all of next year to bring it up. First and now, start applying yourself (if lack of application is the issue). Even if you get a masters, the grades in your graduate program will have to be stellar to make up for the low GPA and you will also need a good GMAT.

Work experience is unlikely to entirely compensate for a poor academic record. I don't know the reason for the GPA, but if you are serious about an MBA from a top program, my best advice is to start applying yourself today and keep on applying yourself every day until you graduate. That will give your GPA a major boost and schools will also see a positive trend in your grades.

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Thanks Linda. I will keep working and hope it gets higher.

thanks again.

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Thanks Linda. I will keep working and hope it gets higher.

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If you keep working, it should go higher. Best,
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