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Hi all,

I am thinking of applying to B-school with a major in finance or business analytics. My GMAT is decent, 710 first try. However, my undergraduate GPA is very low (2.77) due to a lack of effort in my undergraduate years and a mistake in choosing to major in actuarial science when I am not brilliant at math. I am wondering how a certificate from programs such as HBX would help with my graduate application if I have no work experience and only two finance-related internships at a large investment bank and a consulting firm.

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New post 17 Apr 2018, 22:30
I got Admissions Directors from Cornell Johnson, CEIBS and IMD to give their opinion on this issue.

In short, your best way to show off your quant skills is to retake the GMAT and get a higher score - especially on quant section / IR if that's possible. There are many other ways you can show quant skills i.e. through your work experience and recommendations. If you do choose to take online courses, focus on well-known b-school brands (like HBX, Wharton, etc) or, which is required by many top business schools.

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TheRealStig it sounds to me like what you are really asking is do you have a chance if you successfully complete HBX, will that fix the mess you are in with regards to your undergrad grades, and on top of that you don't have work experience. It's kind of rare that candidates get accepted with no work experience outside of internships unless it's through one of these formal programs like 2 + 2, Silver Scholars, Yale or Future Scholars, Darden. I just got finished working with someone doing a Masters program after graduating and is submitting to 2 + 2, that might be a good route for you honestly to do a master's program that is not related to Professional School. A way to get a secondary transcript on your record and also another year to pump up your leadership, extracurriculars Etc because you will kind of need those. And make sure to lay the groundwork for some good letters of recommendation as well. I think that's actually the best thing to do is to do...master's program in preparation for getting an MBA and get good grades! I will say for HBS it's very focused on STEM applicants however so Yale or Darden might be the better choices for you.

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New post 19 Apr 2018, 07:57
Hey TheRealStig
Thanks for posting. If you haven't already, look at the overall class profile of each school you'd like to attend and compare yourself to their stats. You'll notice that most schools average 4 years of work experience and average GPAs are around 3.6. HBX Core is really fantastic and it help shows your self-awareness, maturity, and quantitative ability, but unfortunately, that GPA is the number they have to report that goes into their overall GPA average.
My suggest would be to get 3+ years of work experience and definitely start building an alternative transcript through HBX Core and then give b-school a shot!
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