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Hi all, I would appreciate any feedback you have on my non-traditional and slightly challenging profile.

Background and nationality-- female, American, mixed race, early 30s

Undergrad Information-- CSU system, B.A. Art History, 2.67 GPA (I worked part/full time all of school to pay for UG, I will expound in the optional essay.)

GMAT-- 570 (Taken last year, I've since completed a prep class and will sit for it again in September.)

Work experience and leadership-- 8 years full time in nonprofits (major public universities and art museums). I started in fundraising and membership (~2yrs), then marketing for 5 years ending with a manager title. Most recently, for the last year or so, I've been in a CRM strategy and management role (more of a martech position) leading a small team. I have several examples of heading up inter-departmental teams for projects and trainings. I've also been selected to present at industry conferences several years in a row.

Community and others-- Currently, I focus my time on two orgs. One, architecture and history, where I have been on the program committee for their annual fundraiser for 3 years. The other is shift volunteering with a local no-kill shelter. I've done that for a year and a half.

Post MBA goals-- I’m interested in broadening my impact within the field, particularly around creating technological growth opportunities in marketing and relationship management that will bolster net revenue and audience engagement, an area in which nonprofits are not known for their celerity. My long term goal is to be the CEO/Director of an arts focused nonprofit or museum where I can motivate a diverse team to develop forward-thinking institutional programs, promote an agile and entrepreneurial environment and create outreach initiatives and leadership opportunities reflective of the Los Angeles community (I plan to stay in the LA area).

Anything else? -- After I retake the GMAT I hope to enroll in a UCLA extension stats class.

I am interested in part time programs, ideally in the LA area but I am open to a flex weekend program that is not every weekend. Pie in the sky would be Anderson FEMBA or Haas EWMBA, followed by USC MBA.PM, and lastly Pepperdine. I am interested in McCombs Houston weekend program and possibly the Ross Executive MBA that has a Los Angeles outlet, though I might be a bit on the green side? I don't want to get too regional and am not looking at online programs. I would be interested to hear if any of these schools seem possible for me or if I am missing any that might be a good fit.

Thank you in advance!

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romyNOTmichele wrote:
Hi all, I would appreciate any feedback you have on my non-traditional and slightly challenging profile.

Background and nationality-- female, American, mixed race, early 30s

Undergrad Information-- CSU system, B.A. Art History, 2.67 GPA (I worked part/full time all of school to pay for UG, I will expound in the optional essay.)

GMAT-- 570 (Taken last year, I've since completed a prep class and will sit for it again in September.)

Work experience and leadership-- 8 years full time in nonprofits (major public universities and art museums). I started in fundraising and membership (~2yrs), then marketing for 5 years ending with a manager title. Most recently, for the last year or so, I've been in a CRM strategy and management role (more of a martech position) leading a small team. I have several examples of heading up inter-departmental teams for projects and trainings. I've also been selected to present at industry conferences several years in a row.

Community and others-- Currently, I focus my time on two orgs. One, architecture and history, where I have been on the program committee for their annual fundraiser for 3 years. The other is shift volunteering with a local no-kill shelter. I've done that for a year and a half.

Post MBA goals-- I’m interested in broadening my impact within the field, particularly around creating technological growth opportunities in marketing and relationship management that will bolster net revenue and audience engagement, an area in which nonprofits are not known for their celerity. My long term goal is to be the CEO/Director of an arts focused nonprofit or museum where I can motivate a diverse team to develop forward-thinking institutional programs, promote an agile and entrepreneurial environment and create outreach initiatives and leadership opportunities reflective of the Los Angeles community (I plan to stay in the LA area).

Anything else? -- After I retake the GMAT I hope to enroll in a UCLA extension stats class.

I am interested in part time programs, ideally in the LA area but I am open to a flex weekend program that is not every weekend. Pie in the sky would be Anderson FEMBA or Haas EWMBA, followed by USC MBA.PM, and lastly Pepperdine. I am interested in McCombs Houston weekend program and possibly the Ross Executive MBA that has a Los Angeles outlet, though I might be a bit on the green side? I don't want to get too regional and am not looking at online programs. I would be interested to hear if any of these schools seem possible for me or if I am missing any that might be a good fit.

Thank you in advance!


Hey there!
Well your background is very very interesting, and just as unique as it is interesting. We don't see very many Art History majors going for MBAs!!!

Your goals make sense, and your profile seems sweet (although I would need to have some more detail about what you do), but the real key for you to get in, is the GMAT. Your GPA is quite low for top schools, and your GMAT is likewise. It's true that for part-time programs, they can be more open-minded and flexible than FT programs, but still, low GPA and low GMAT is a kind of double-whammy, so get that score as high as you can!

I wish you all the best,
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New post 19 Aug 2017, 11:17
I'm extremely intrigued by your work experience and also your overall narrative and goals. I used to teach strategic management and advertising at CSUS and also copywriting volunteer for the fundraising committees for the Arts & Business Council. So I kind of get what you're trying to do here. And I think that story will definitely do some heavy lifting for you with the application, however it is true that having a pretty low GMAT along with serious challenges in your GPA will keep you out of a good school. So what I think I would recommend you do is just do whatever you can to get over the 600 Mark with the GMAT, whatever that be in at this point it might make sense to hire a tutor. I would like to see that actually in the 620 area, but I think that 600 might be enough if you can prove your quantitative aptitude in another area. It looks like you're already working on this with the class but I think that you might be a really good candidate for MBA math. Check that out, it's a self-paced 20-hour online MBA class Preparatory course generally considered to be solid evidence of your ability to do the work in an MBA program. Given that you're offering a lot of diversity in your profile I believe they will be motivated to choose you but need to know that you will be able to keep pace, given that you don't really have much of a quad background. So in many ways I think MBA math is the way to go and I might even prioritize that over this class if you have to choose between the two. Obviously it's going to be very important for you to also put forward a really solid application and a good letter recommendation the resume the application boxes the essays all have to be quite solid so don't give up the time you would normally spend on that for other things. The most important thing is for them to be interested in you, so the statistics and all the Quant part is really necessary but not sufficient if you follow me. Finally, have you considered applying to the part-time program at Irvine? As like a safety provision?

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New post 19 Aug 2017, 21:50
Thank you for your input. It's good to hear that the biggest area I need to focus on is the one I expected. Appreciate it!


JonAdmissionado wrote:

Hey there!
Well your background is very very interesting, and just as unique as it is interesting. We don't see very many Art History majors going for MBAs!!!

Your goals make sense, and your profile seems sweet (although I would need to have some more detail about what you do), but the real key for you to get in, is the GMAT. Your GPA is quite low for top schools, and your GMAT is likewise. It's true that for part-time programs, they can be more open-minded and flexible than FT programs, but still, low GPA and low GMAT is a kind of double-whammy, so get that score as high as you can!

I wish you all the best,
If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask, and feel free to drop on by for a free consultation: http://admissionado.com/free-consultati ... n=mba_blog

Best,
Jon Frank

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New post 19 Aug 2017, 22:32
Thank you, MBAPrepCoach! I'm really focused on the GMAT currently & getting it as high as possible. Also, I was recently told by an Adcom that MBAmath would be beneficial as well-- good to hear it from another source.

I had not looked at UCI, as it's a bit far away but will give it some time.

MBAPrepCoach wrote:
I'm extremely intrigued by your work experience and also your overall narrative and goals. I used to teach strategic management and advertising at CSUS and also copywriting volunteer for the fundraising committees for the Arts & Business Council. So I kind of get what you're trying to do here. And I think that story will definitely do some heavy lifting for you with the application, however it is true that having a pretty low GMAT along with serious challenges in your GPA will keep you out of a good school. So what I think I would recommend you do is just do whatever you can to get over the 600 Mark with the GMAT, whatever that be in at this point it might make sense to hire a tutor. I would like to see that actually in the 620 area, but I think that 600 might be enough if you can prove your quantitative aptitude in another area. It looks like you're already working on this with the class but I think that you might be a really good candidate for MBA math. Check that out, it's a self-paced 20-hour online MBA class Preparatory course generally considered to be solid evidence of your ability to do the work in an MBA program. Given that you're offering a lot of diversity in your profile I believe they will be motivated to choose you but need to know that you will be able to keep pace, given that you don't really have much of a quad background. So in many ways I think MBA math is the way to go and I might even prioritize that over this class if you have to choose between the two. Obviously it's going to be very important for you to also put forward a really solid application and a good letter recommendation the resume the application boxes the essays all have to be quite solid so don't give up the time you would normally spend on that for other things. The most important thing is for them to be interested in you, so the statistics and all the Quant part is really necessary but not sufficient if you follow me. Finally, have you considered applying to the part-time program at Irvine? As like a safety provision?

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New post 26 Aug 2017, 00:37
Hi,

You've definitely got an interesting profile, and schools would be interested in having someone with your background. Your GPA/GMAT combination is on the lower side - as you realize yourself. This will be the only bottleneck in the app process.

Yes, building an alternate transcript, and improving your GMAT by about a 100 points or so will help you a great deal. Then most of the colleges you have in your list will give you a serious look.

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romyNOTmichele wrote:
Hi all, I would appreciate any feedback you have on my non-traditional and slightly challenging profile.

Background and nationality-- female, American, mixed race, early 30s

Undergrad Information-- CSU system, B.A. Art History, 2.67 GPA (I worked part/full time all of school to pay for UG, I will expound in the optional essay.)

GMAT-- 570 (Taken last year, I've since completed a prep class and will sit for it again in September.)

Work experience and leadership-- 8 years full time in nonprofits (major public universities and art museums). I started in fundraising and membership (~2yrs), then marketing for 5 years ending with a manager title. Most recently, for the last year or so, I've been in a CRM strategy and management role (more of a martech position) leading a small team. I have several examples of heading up inter-departmental teams for projects and trainings. I've also been selected to present at industry conferences several years in a row.

Community and others-- Currently, I focus my time on two orgs. One, architecture and history, where I have been on the program committee for their annual fundraiser for 3 years. The other is shift volunteering with a local no-kill shelter. I've done that for a year and a half.

Post MBA goals-- I’m interested in broadening my impact within the field, particularly around creating technological growth opportunities in marketing and relationship management that will bolster net revenue and audience engagement, an area in which nonprofits are not known for their celerity. My long term goal is to be the CEO/Director of an arts focused nonprofit or museum where I can motivate a diverse team to develop forward-thinking institutional programs, promote an agile and entrepreneurial environment and create outreach initiatives and leadership opportunities reflective of the Los Angeles community (I plan to stay in the LA area).

Anything else? -- After I retake the GMAT I hope to enroll in a UCLA extension stats class.

I am interested in part time programs, ideally in the LA area but I am open to a flex weekend program that is not every weekend. Pie in the sky would be Anderson FEMBA or Haas EWMBA, followed by USC MBA.PM, and lastly Pepperdine. I am interested in McCombs Houston weekend program and possibly the Ross Executive MBA that has a Los Angeles outlet, though I might be a bit on the green side? I don't want to get too regional and am not looking at online programs. I would be interested to hear if any of these schools seem possible for me or if I am missing any that might be a good fit.

Thank you in advance!

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