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New post 28 Feb 2018, 07:49

My profile:
Age : 21,
Final Year of Bachelor of Engineering Computer Science in BITS Pilani, India.
GPA: 7.2 / 10 (First Division).
2 internships: one in a Fortune 50 in machine learning for 6 months, and other in an NGO 2 months.
ECs: cofounded two small startups, even won a competition for one of the startups.
GMAT: 760 (Q50 V42, AWA 6.0, IR 8)

I have applied for MSc finance in both Bocconi and ESADE and have been rejected in both, rejected in ESADE after the interview.
My essays were strong. Bocconi said that my GPA was lower than other accepted applicants, don't know about ESADE. I think a lack of proof of my interest in finance also played a small part in my rejection.

In any case,
So I am planning ahead for 2019 admissions. And will apply for round 1 this time for all the universities (around October).
My current List is:

HEC Paris MiF, MiM,
Oxford MFE,
University of Virginia MS Commerce with Finance specialization,
Duke Fuqua MMS,
Michigan Ross Masters of Management,
Rotman Masters in Financial Risk Management,
UT Austin, McCombs MS Finance,
USC MS finance,
Vanderbilt MS FInance.
University of Notre Dame, Mendoza MS in Management, (what do you think about this programme, I don't have much info).

Also, I have applied and started preparing for CFA Level 1, 2018(June), so I will most probably have that on my resume when I apply for masters.
For the year 2018-2019, I have secured a job in a multi-billion dollar tech startup.
In my opinion, I can do any of the above masters and complete my masters in the same year(2020) as I would in Bocconi (since it is 2 years), and I would add some money and work experience from my job to my profile. Also, I want to a job after masters in the same country as my masters.

My main goal is to get a TOP 5 MBA in the USA after 4 years in a job after my masters.
So I wanted to ask you three things:
1) My chances in these schools, did I miss any top schools, do I have at least 1 safe school on my the list.
3) Can I do anything in the next few months to make my profile even stronger( I am already doing CFA).
2) I want to do my masters in the school which will help my MBA application, at least that is my main goal for masters, so in your opinion which schools will most help my chances in a top 5 MBA. How would the adcom of the TOP 5 MBAs feel about these schools.
I hope you get my questions.

Thank you,
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New post 13 Mar 2018, 02:23
Hey there,

You have an interesting profile, here are some pointers about the same:

Your GPA is slightly on the lower side, but that can be compensated by your impressive GMAT score.
Your work experience also looks good. Having start up experience can be a differentiating factor.
B-Schools place a lot of emphasis on social volunteering. It is good that you have a 2 month experience with an NGO, but a more long term association with community development would be beneficial.
Since you are planning for the 2019 intake, you have time to build up your volunteering

In my opinion,ESADE and Bocconi should have been possible.
Since you had applied for finance programs, lack of any background in the subject might have played a part in your rejection.

Despite the fact that you seem confident about your essays, I would strongly suggest that you re-evaluate your strategy for the same.
When it comes to top B-Schools, it is important to note that almost everyone who applies has a stellar profile- complete with great academics, work experience and extra-curriculars.
So even with an impressive profile, you are starting on level ground with 20,000+ applicants. Adcoms are not interested in participation, they need to know what kind of impact you created through your experiences.
Essays are a great way to showcase this, so make sure that you do your research and get them thoroughly reviewed.

As far as your target schools are concerned, here’s how you can categorize them:

Oxford,HEC and MIT are highly competitive schools and can be categorized under your dream schools.
LBS, Duke and Michigan are definitely possible with an early application, so they can be listed under competitive schools.
Rest of the schools are within reach, so you can consider them as your safe schools.

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New post 17 Mar 2018, 11:55
Hey MSFHQ , what do you think?
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Re: Plan for 2019.   [#permalink] 17 Mar 2018, 11:55
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