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LOW GPA: What you can do

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Dear all,
I am a student from german. I finished my Bachelor in Banking and Finance this June. (With a low GPA C+ 2,3 (German: 2,7). In my last semester i get very good notes in for example in Investor Relations. During my bachelor i did some internships in the second largest Bank in Germany in Corporate Banking. Now i am doing an internship in Hong Kong and preparing the GMAT and Tofel. In March I am going to do a three month internship in M&A. I also have three very good reference.
My questions is how high are my chance to get Master place in Europe or USA.
I am very interested at the SAD Bacconi Master in Corporate Finance. Or Master of Finance Frankfurt School Finance and Management.
Maastricht University School of business and economics
Have you any ideas for UK or USA

Thank you very much
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I have a couple of additional questions.

I am looking at schools like Fuqua(Duke), McCombs (UT), Jones (Rice), and Goizueta (Emory). I got a 700 on the GMAT. Retaking in the next few months to see if I can do better. I have a 2.978 cumulative undergraduate GPA at a top state school with a very rigorous major. I have 4.5 years of work experience including the last 2.5 years at a very large company that is a giant in a very specific scientific market and Columbia Medical Center as a cancer researcher before that. Additionally, I manage 10+ individuals. I am a philanthropy chair member of my university alumni base as well as an chapter organizer for a global biotechnology organization where I manage another 3 individuals and oversee 250 members (quickly growing). My GPA is my biggest detractor by far.

1) Should I take an additional classes to show my readiness for business school? Would it still be helpful if I took this classes at a middle of the road state university or would an top 25 school be necessary?

2) If you had to guess, how much would my GMAT need to go up in order to be competitive?

I will be applying early action and round 1 for all the schools mentioned. Other schools that are close to medical centers and/or have a strong healthcare MBA program are my aim.

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samkhat77 wrote:
I have a couple of additional questions.

I am looking at schools like Fuqua(Duke), McCombs (UT), Jones (Rice), and Goizueta (Emory). I got a 700 on the GMAT. Retaking in the next few months to see if I can do better. I have a 2.978 cumulative undergraduate GPA at a top state school with a very rigorous major. I have 4.5 years of work experience including the last 2.5 years at a very large company that is a giant in a very specific scientific market and Columbia Medical Center as a cancer researcher before that. Additionally, I manage 10+ individuals. I am a philanthropy chair member of my university alumni base as well as an chapter organizer for a global biotechnology organization where I manage another 3 individuals and oversee 250 members (quickly growing). My GPA is my biggest detractor by far.

1) Should I take an additional classes to show my readiness for business school? Would it still be helpful if I took this classes at a middle of the road state university or would an top 25 school be necessary?

2) If you had to guess, how much would my GMAT need to go up in order to be competitive?

I will be applying early action and round 1 for all the schools mentioned. Other schools that are close to medical centers and/or have a strong healthcare MBA program are my aim.

Thanks,


You may currently be competitive at Rice.

To answer your questions:

1) It would strengthen your profile and enhance your chances of acceptance if you would have a few recent A's in business-related classes, yes. Those classes can be at a local college and don't need to be at a top-25 university.
2) Your experience is good. Your GPA is somewhat low for Duke, McCombs, and Emory. You want your GMAT to be above average for those schools, to show you have the raw ability to succeed in business school. McCombs has the highest average GMAT of these programs at 700 (per BW), and Duke is very close behind at 697. I'd like to see it go up at least 20 point. The more the merrier.

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New post 14 Mar 2016, 20:58
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iVoRy wrote:
Thank you for both of your answers, It been very helpful.
For now I think it'd best for me to focus on my gmat prep first and aiming for mid-700.

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As I did my undergrad in business. I have quite a few business related courses that I got A namely quantitative marketing research, marketing strategy, accounting and a few others. Do you think I'd benefited from taking courses in business related subject.

Edited As I read your article I think It might be a good idea to enroll a statistic or calculus course from local university.
May be I'll think about this again after I take GMAT.


I think it's a matter of time. Certainly a few recent A's in business courses can only help. On the other hand, if you had that upper trend, A's in quant courses, and earn an above average GMAT, then those recent A's are probably a little less important and then it's really a time-budgeting question. Where can you spend your time most effectively? If work is slow and you have the time for a class like this, do it. However if work is crazy or other commitments call and you're struggling to get the applications done, rely on the other elements.

I'm a big believer in the art of the possible. :-)

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Hi Linda,

A bit of a late follow-up.
After took GMAT I managed to score 700 (Q48, V38,IR5,AWA5)
It's not a mid 700 score that I was hoping for, but hopefully, it's good enough score.
Since there's still a bit more time before the R1 deadline.
I think I have to choose between 1) took some quant classes at local college/Online from UCLA extension 2) retake the GMAT and aim for 720-740.
With the time constraint, I think I can only choose one of them, which would you recommend?
Would appreciate your insights.
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New post 26 Mar 2016, 23:16
iVoRy wrote:
Accepted.com wrote:
iVoRy wrote:
Thank you for both of your answers, It been very helpful.
For now I think it'd best for me to focus on my gmat prep first and aiming for mid-700.

Accepted.com

As I did my undergrad in business. I have quite a few business related courses that I got A namely quantitative marketing research, marketing strategy, accounting and a few others. Do you think I'd benefited from taking courses in business related subject.

Edited As I read your article I think It might be a good idea to enroll a statistic or calculus course from local university.
May be I'll think about this again after I take GMAT.


I think it's a matter of time. Certainly a few recent A's in business courses can only help. On the other hand, if you had that upper trend, A's in quant courses, and earn an above average GMAT, then those recent A's are probably a little less important and then it's really a time-budgeting question. Where can you spend your time most effectively? If work is slow and you have the time for a class like this, do it. However if work is crazy or other commitments call and you're struggling to get the applications done, rely on the other elements.

I'm a big believer in the art of the possible. :-)

Linda

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Hi Linda,

A bit of a late follow-up.
After took GMAT I managed to score 700 (Q48, V38,IR5,AWA5)
It's not a mid 700 score that I was hoping for, but hopefully, it's good enough score.
Since there's still a bit more time before the R1 deadline.
I think I have to choose between 1) took some quant classes at local college/Online from UCLA extension 2) retake the GMAT and aim for 720-740.
With the time constraint, I think I can only choose one of them, which would you recommend?
Would appreciate your insights.
Thank you.


Quant classes. They are safer and if you get A's you will show you know how to apply yourself in related coursework.

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New post 05 Apr 2017, 12:07
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Do schools care what classes you have taken?
Rest assured that adcoms will look at the rigor of your program! But if you take all physics classes and get "D's" that is still going to look bad. It is good to have some quant courses in your transcript even if you are an English major. So if you don't have quant, consider taking something like MBA Math or doing some university classes in business subjects like microeconomics, accounting, statistics or even calculus. One thing that can help for International students is that your gpa may not be counted in the overall ranking results because it is hard to standardize transcripts across countries. But also some intl pools are very competitive and so it helps to be higly ranked in your academic work to stand out in your pool. The short answer to Low GPA... what can you do... is knock the socks off the GMAT! The second best answer is to take quant classes at respected schools and get "A's" and the third best answer is to get your recommenders to comment on your quant skills. Or for the home run have all 3 to counter the low GPA. This is where admissions consultants can help you manage your weaknesses and submit the most compelling application you can under the circumstances. I had a client recently with lower GPA and test scores but excellent work experience. He put in very thoughtful essays, did well in the interview process and was accepted at a top M7 program despite less than ideal grades. He even had some low grades in quant courses but his work experience was superior and he highlighted his quant knowledge in his work examples. So nothing is impossible- yes the odds can be lower- but everything can be managed and the MBA admissions process is holistic so every part of you is considered.If some part is low, some other part should be higher.
For example, in my case, I took mostly advanced 400-level math courses throughout my senior year in college and this resulted to subpar gpa.

Looking at my transcript, would the adcom give me a pass for taking more challenging courses, instead of per say gpa booster courses?

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Yes. they care what classes you took, but they don't expect you to take classes that you shouldnn't have taken because they were too hard or you didn't have appropriate pre-reqs. Nonetheless they will consider the rigor of your curriculum.

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I have below Average GPA. What kind of a GMAT score will help in offsetting that. I belong to BITS Pilani. Does coming from a reputed college has nay benefit?
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