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Profile Eval Request - Overcome Low GPA?

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Background

Work experience:

Current Position: Aerospace company (Fortune 500)

Spent 1 year as Sr. Financial Analyst then moved to Program Management. Currently a Program Manager III and have been working this position for ~2 years. Lead PM on high visibility program worth >$200m, oversight from all aspects of program (hardware, software, content, customer relations, financial etc..). Received two promotions over 24 months (PM I > PM II > PM III) and in line for possible third before matriculation. Current salary is $110K + 15% yearly bonus.

Prior position: 2 years at aerospace company working in Finance - one promotion from Analyst to Sr. Financial Analyst.

Extra curriculars:

Admittedly not many. Currently working ~60 hour weeks so no real time for outside events. Participation in company charity/fundraising events about every other month. Adult soccer league, ski-club.

Undergrad school/major:

Pretty well regarded state school in California, respectable on west-coast.

Other education/coursework: PMP Certified, part of a few business clubs/intramural sports in undergrad.

Demographic: White/Native American male.

Stats

GMAT Score: Currently testing at ~ 720. Very high quant, verbal is about average.

Undergrad GPA:2.7 :(. No real excuse here just wasn't as concerned with my academics as I was going to parties and chasing women. Scored higher for my major and had somewhat upward trend in scores. Hoping strong career performance and good recommendations can help overcome this anchor.

MBA Info

Goal of MBA: Very happy in my current company as I am well respected and rising quickly. Really main reason I have for pursuing MBA is most upper execs have it and if I wish to transition into higher level positions (ie. Director/VP of Program Mgmt, C-Suite, etc) going forward I need a graduate degree.

As I don't want to leave my job I am currently exploring part-time/online MBA programs primarily in So-Cal area. My low GPA/lack of extracurricular probably knocks me out of contention for Anderson but still going to give it a shot.

Target schools: Marshall, Merage (UCI), Foster Online (Preferred, explained below).

Reach: Anderson

Follow on question: What is the general consensus around here in regards to doing online MBA? Would I be able to present this the same as a full/part-time MBA. I am very interested in the UW Foster's Hybrid program which is 95% online because they have a good focus on tech and I love Seattle also travel to Boeing quite frequently for business. Assuming I can't get into UCLA part-time program this would probably be my top choice but not sure on the prestige that is 'lost' by taking MBA online.

I am not as concerned with losing the networking portion as I am fairly well connected within my current industry and I intend on staying in it.
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New post 11 Oct 2018, 23:55
Hi westwhiskey1234. You asked
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What is the general consensus around here in regards to doing online MBA? Would I be able to present this the same as a full/part-time MBA. I am very interested in the UW Foster's Hybrid program which is 95% online because they have a good focus on tech and I love Seattle also travel to Boeing quite frequently for business. Assuming I can't get into UCLA part-time program this would probably be my top choice but not sure on the prestige that is 'lost' by taking MBA online.

I am not as concerned with losing the networking portion as I am fairly well connected within my current industry and I intend on staying in it.


Hmmmmm....if the degree is the same, I'm not sure you have to disclose what KIND of degree it is. You don't have to say "Hybrid Foster MBA," you can just present it as a Foster MBA...which it is, right? What we say to candidates considering any kind of part time programs is that the degree is the same, but they should consider carefully if it works for them schedule-wise. I suppose the way someone would figure it out it's an online program is if, when scanning your resume, the dates of the program directly overlapped with your work experience but you clearly were in different cities...that might cause them to put 2 and 2 together and ask some questions. I assume you could then counter with how awesome it was (assuming you enjoy it)...but since the program's pretty new, it might need some explaining.

All this aside, though, you really have to make sure you're able to commit to either the hybrid or the PT program. Knowing that you've struggled with prioritization in the past (undergrad GPA explanation), and reading that you haven't volunteered because you've been working 60+ hour weeks, I wonder whether you'd be able to commit to a demanding MBA schedule on top of what you're doing now. These programs can be a lot of work! I suggest you look carefully at the different program requirements and schedule and determine if they work for you. Some might find it's easier to plan around leaving to make a physical program, whereas online classes may be tougher to prioritize. For others, it may be the reverse. Definitely worth pondering!

Hope this helps!
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