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Hi all,

I've just recently decided that I want to do an MBA. I am a USC staff employee and will apply to their MBA.PM (MBA for Professionals and Managers) program. Basically, they schedule classes during the evening and allow you to take up to 5 years to complete the degree.

My background is a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech (3.38 GPA), and B.A. in Computational Linguistics from University of Washington (3.93 GPA), with GRE scores of 540/720/5.5. I just started working as a software developer for the Institute of Creative Technologies (part of USC) 2 months ago; I interned with them for a total of 12 months before that.

Basically, I'm curious as to what my chances of getting the right GMAT score in time for the December 1 admission might be. I think I should be able to do at least USC average (650) within that time. But, I don't know what the consequences of applying second or third round would be vs. having a lower score. I'm sure the rest of my application will be pretty good. I have good grades, already did a Master's, and I'm sure my recommendations will be good. I think my extra-curriculars are good as well. The only detraction might be my lack of job experience.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!
- Tom

EDIT: Forgot to add that I got a Certificate in Operations Management at Georgia Tech during my undergrad.

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New post 26 Sep 2009, 20:11
Tom - welcome to GMAT Club.

You should take a practice GMAT test (you can download free GMAT Prep software with 2 tests from mba.com) - that will give you an idea where you stand in terms of GMAT.

Report back and we can tell you what's real with your practice score (the GMAT Prep software is very good at estimating your standing).

Your stats (GPA and GRE) sound pretty good, so you may be at a good level already and require just a minimal amount of prep.
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How are your writing skills? With your technical background, I would think the GMAT preparation and test should take around a month to get comfortable with taking the test. Once that's over, you should immediately focus on your essays. In the near term, start doing the small things which you will eventually need (ie. contacting schools for your transcripts - always takes a week or so, figure out who your recommender(s) are going to be and alert them as soon as possible as they are going to need time to prepare, update your resume, etc.)

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Two months is certainly doable. I think I probably did the lions share of things in a month and a half.
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munky315 wrote:
Hi all,

I've just recently decided that I want to do an MBA. I am a USC staff employee and will apply to their MBA.PM (MBA for Professionals and Managers) program. Basically, they schedule classes during the evening and allow you to take up to 5 years to complete the degree.

My background is a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech (3.38 GPA), and B.A. in Computational Linguistics from University of Washington (3.93 GPA), with GRE scores of 540/720/5.5. I just started working as a software developer for the Institute of Creative Technologies (part of USC) 2 months ago; I interned with them for a total of 12 months before that.

Basically, I'm curious as to what my chances of getting the right GMAT score in time for the December 1 admission might be. I think I should be able to do at least USC average (650) within that time. But, I don't know what the consequences of applying second or third round would be vs. having a lower score. I'm sure the rest of my application will be pretty good. I have good grades, already did a Master's, and I'm sure my recommendations will be good. I think my extra-curriculars are good as well. The only detraction might be my lack of job experience.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!
- Tom

EDIT: Forgot to add that I got a Certificate in Operations Management at Georgia Tech during my undergrad.


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