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Nonprofit Background - Worth Applying this year?

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Hello!

I am working my way through research and prep work to understand if it is worth my applying to a top MBA program this year. I have 7 years of work experience in the non-profit development/philanthropy field. I have worked my way up to having a Director role and was hired as one of the youngest to ever have this position at a large international non-profit. I am also in the process of becoming a fitness instructor as that is in line with my passion of sharing healthy messaging with the community that I live in. I am also active in my community through volunteering at an environmental activist organization, participating in the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and my Quaker Meetinghouse. With all of that being said, I have spent months studying for the GMAT and was disappointed to get a 690. I completed my undergraduate degree (a BSc with a double major in Environmental Science and Psychology) at the University of Toronto and had a GPA of 3.26. I am not particularly proud of this GPA, but I had a really difficult time adjusting to college life, especially as an international student (I am an American citizen who attended college in Canada). I am wondering if it is worth studying for the GMAT again and applying next year or if I have a shot this year.

Due to my demanding job, I will not have time to both study and apply this year - I must chose one. I appreciate any and all advice!

Thank you!

Michelle
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New post 05 Aug 2019, 12:25
Hi Michelle,

Thanks for reaching out! Your profile sounds really strong in terms of work experience/advancement and community involvement. Not as many applicants from a non-profit background so that may give your chances a slight boost too.

Unfortunately you can't change the GPA, but hopefully there is an upward trend. With the lower GPA, an above average GMAT is really the best strategy to mitigate that. Have you only taken the test once? Were you practicing above 690 before taking it? If so, I would give it one more shot -- even just with some quick/targeted studying, you may see a boost just from being more used to the test/test center environment. If 690 was in line with your practice exams, then I think you either need to rethink your target schools (not sure what you mean by top), or rethink your study approach / possibly switch to the GRE (which would of course take more time). Is Round 2 not an option? I would think that would be enough time to get your score up and manage the application work.

Otherwise I think it depends on which schools you're looking at -- if both your GPA and GMAT are below a school's average, then it's going to be a real challenge and I think you'd be better off waiting til you can apply with a stronger score.

Hope that helps.
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Kate

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Hello!

I am working my way through research and prep work to understand if it is worth my applying to a top MBA program this year. I have 7 years of work experience in the non-profit development/philanthropy field. I have worked my way up to having a Director role and was hired as one of the youngest to ever have this position at a large international non-profit. I am also in the process of becoming a fitness instructor as that is in line with my passion of sharing healthy messaging with the community that I live in. I am also active in my community through volunteering at an environmental activist organization, participating in the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and my Quaker Meetinghouse. With all of that being said, I have spent months studying for the GMAT and was disappointed to get a 690. I completed my undergraduate degree (a BSc with a double major in Environmental Science and Psychology) at the University of Toronto and had a GPA of 3.26. I am not particularly proud of this GPA, but I had a really difficult time adjusting to college life, especially as an international student (I am an American citizen who attended college in Canada). I am wondering if it is worth studying for the GMAT again and applying next year or if I have a shot this year.

Due to my demanding job, I will not have time to both study and apply this year - I must chose one. I appreciate any and all advice!

Thank you!

Michelle

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