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Location: India
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V40
GPA: 3.8
WE: Project Management (Computer Software)
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New post 27 Aug 2011, 11:34
GMAT = 750 Q50 V40, GRE = Score range Q750-800 V670-770 (exact results on new scale to follow in Nov)
Age = 26
Location = India
Experience = 5 years (all in Microsoft)
Current position = Program Manager
Experience = Program Manager (1+ year), Software engineer (4 years)
Goals = Product Manager in an exciting tech product company in Silicon Valley in the short term, Senior leader (VP/GM) in a high growth tech product company
Career growth rate = Slightly above average - not star-studded
Extra curricular activities = Very limited
Academics = Good GPA (~3.8) from a reputed engineering school (Delhi School of Engineering)
Manage reports? No
International experience? No

My primary motivation to get into a graduate degree course is mainly to get a break as a PM in the bay area. However, I would like to stay away from MS in Computer Science because I do not want to do a technical course right now. At the same time I do not want to over spend both time as well as money. Therefore I would love to go for a school in which I could get a scholarship.

So far I have narrowed down on California schools - Haas, Anderson and Marshall. I also want to apply to McCombs because of its association with tech sector. I am confused about other colleges.

Please advice
1) What other schools should I apply to for my goals to stay within tech industry?
2) I am not aiming for the top 10 schools except Haas. Am I aiming too low?
3) Any other courses I should consider? (I am already applying for MEM courses)
4) Does it make sense to study from East Coast if my target is to work in California after MBA?

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New post 06 Sep 2011, 00:21
Normally I would write a pretty elaborate response (see my forum posts for, well, pretty much as long as I've been on here), but we are slammed during Round 1 and I want to quickly and directly weigh in because you have asked some important questions.

1) MIT is a big tech program, obviously, but not an easy school to get admitted to. But overall, don't get too fixated on "good tech schools" - focus on "good schools." You are better off getting into a national and international powerhouse with limited tech presence than getting into a regional school with fancy programs. Plus, if you flood towards "tech schools," you will be one of many applying there with a similar background. Go against the grain and you will find schools eager to do the same.

2) Nobody ever aims too low in this competitive landscape! That said, if you find yourself dropping below Texas to regional schools, you are applying too low. But your sweet spot will be the 8-16 type schools. Your limited exposure outside of India and (seemingly) limited work experience will curb the waves you can make at the top 7 type programs and while you should not avoid applying to a few truly elite, make sure to put most of your shares in the next tier. Still great, still national programs, but your profile will be stronger in that context. Also - and we've written about this extensively, so just search online - but you will want to avoid the huge cities whenever possible and veer towards smaller towns to keep yourself from being one of literally thousands of students applying from overseas for the same schools. International students pound Columbia, NYU, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, Stanford, Haas, HBS, and MIT. To stand out, go for schools like Tuck, Ross, Duke, Cornell, and Yale - programs in smaller metro areas that don't get the same massive international pool of applicants.

3) I'm not sure what you mean by this.

4) If you go to a national school on the East Coast, you can get a job in California. If you go to a regional school (North Carolina, Tepper, etc.), you will have a hard time going West without your own network.

Hope this helps.


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