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New post 19 Jul 2012, 10:05
Please help! I have a low GPA but I am about 4-5 years into my career and I really would like an opportunity to take the next step by obtaining an MBA program from a top university. I am unsure how my Low GPA impacts even my chances before I start my application process or if I should consider going back to undergraduate studies before I even consider applying to business school?

Undergraduate Degree:
BA Economics (Specialized in Financial Economics) - Top 30 Private University
GPA 2.4 (No real story behind it, first time away from home and had a hard time adjusting...but mostly because I was lazy)

On my practice exams I have been getting between the 740-780 range, I hope to take the exam in the following month and apply for the spring semester

- 2 Years Start Up company, promoted to Overseas Marketing Manager as well as headed as Commercial Manager for the companies high risk, 5 million - 100 million dollar value projects
- 1 Year Recruited/Headhunted by a Vice President at Samsung, key role in their first project in the United States
- Current (Several Months at this point) Recruited/Headhunted by Jacobs Engineering to be the project contract lead on a major Exxon Mobil project

Desired MBA:

Most Desired: HBS, Columbia, Kellogg, Sloan, Stanford
Desired: Duke, Stern, Haas, CMU, UCLA,
I HOPE I GET INTO THESE: Indiana, UT-Austin, Rice, Marshall, LSU

MBA Reasons:

While I have experience in oil & gas/engineering, I do have a goal of getting into consulting, specifically the top companies (Mckinsey, Bain, BCG, etc) or moving into business development for a major Oil and Gas company (Chevron, Shell, etc). I would also like to tie in a dual masters degree (Engineering) to solidify my technical qualifications and add to my professional credibility. Finally, I have a start up company I have been developing with a few partners and would like to use the relatively flexible schedule that business school would offer me to really get it off the ground!

What do you think my chances are, and more importantly what can I do to improve my chances???
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Location: United States (TX)
Concentration: Strategy, Finance
GMAT 1: 670 Q45 V38
GPA: 2.64
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New post 19 Jul 2012, 10:22

I'm in a very similar situation so I hope that I relay back some of the advice given to me.

Applications are judged as a whole so there's never going to be one thing that makes or breaks you, although I'm sure some will argue that the Most Elite schools will ding you automatically for having a low GPA. For the purposes of helping answer your question and giving you an actionable plan, you want to focus on addressing your academic profile by taking additional courses (building an "alternative transcript"), be able to communicate your career progress in your resume, essays, and interviews, illustrate a good fit through your extracurricular activities, and make a compelling argument why you need an MBA... and why now.

Having seen so many people in our position, I think many would agree that you can have a shot at #10-30 if you perfectly execute the rest of your application. I see that this is your first post. I would really plow through the "Ask MBA Admissions Consultants" threads because it'll give you much more information and help map out what you need to do.

Don't let a low GPA destroy your dreams of a business education.

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