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Profile Evaluation: Am I on the right track?

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Hi All,

With 2nd round coming in the next 40 days I am getting nervous that I am fighting an uphill battle with my credentials, and was hoping for some guidance on what to do.
WE: 3 years at Matriculation(apply this year for 2019)-at Biotech doing RnD at top company in our field. <500 people though.-In the past year I have gotten into PM work with a mentor and done some cool market management work.~20hours/week
Male Latino, 1st generation
GPA: 2.7...
GMAT: 660 (46Q, 35V, 6AWA, 6IR), but going to retake as I was testing around 700 before, so I believe I should be able to break 700-720 this time.
Going to apply through consortium to Foster, Anderson, Marshall, and Berkeley if I can pull the GMAT to a 720.

Goal of MBA: Is to immediately get into Product management at Pharmaceutical or Biotech to sharpen my marketing and general management skills and long term goal is to become an impactful leader at a pharma/biotech/tech, think something like business development leader/head of marketing. I believe there is a lack of people with scientific backgrounds spearheading marketing and business initiatives, so I will be there to fill the gap!

Is there anything else I can be doing to improve for R2? How are my chances at the listed schools with my current 660, and how about if I were to go over 700?

Thank you for reading!
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New post 02 Dec 2018, 00:00
fgalvez,

You have an interesting background - you have the diversity factor working in your favor as well...

Your GPA and GMAT are both low - Berkeley will be difficult, perhaps even if you are able to increase your score to 720. The others would be difficult at 660, but could work with a 720.

As an aside - 3 years at matriculation is on the lower side - it won't do you any harm to wait a year or two, get more solid experience, and try to improve your score at the same time.

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fgalvez12 wrote:
Hi All,

With 2nd round coming in the next 40 days I am getting nervous that I am fighting an uphill battle with my credentials, and was hoping for some guidance on what to do.
WE: 3 years at Matriculation(apply this year for 2019)-at Biotech doing RnD at top company in our field. <500 people though.-In the past year I have gotten into PM work with a mentor and done some cool market management work.~20hours/week
Male Latino, 1st generation
GPA: 2.7...
GMAT: 660 (46Q, 35V, 6AWA, 6IR), but going to retake as I was testing around 700 before, so I believe I should be able to break 700-720 this time.
Going to apply through consortium to Foster, Anderson, Marshall, and Berkeley if I can pull the GMAT to a 720.

Goal of MBA: Is to immediately get into Product management at Pharmaceutical or Biotech to sharpen my marketing and general management skills and long term goal is to become an impactful leader at a pharma/biotech/tech, think something like business development leader/head of marketing. I believe there is a lack of people with scientific backgrounds spearheading marketing and business initiatives, so I will be there to fill the gap!

Is there anything else I can be doing to improve for R2? How are my chances at the listed schools with my current 660, and how about if I were to go over 700?

Thank you for reading!

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fgalvez,

You have an interesting background - you have the diversity factor working in your favor as well...

Your GPA and GMAT are both low - Berkeley will be difficult, perhaps even if you are able to increase your score to 720. The others would be difficult at 660, but could work with a 720.

As an aside - 3 years at matriculation is on the lower side - it won't do you any harm to wait a year or two, get more solid experience, and try to improve your score at the same time.

Regards,
Karthik

fgalvez12 wrote:
Hi All,

With 2nd round coming in the next 40 days I am getting nervous that I am fighting an uphill battle with my credentials, and was hoping for some guidance on what to do.
WE: 3 years at Matriculation(apply this year for 2019)-at Biotech doing RnD at top company in our field. <500 people though.-In the past year I have gotten into PM work with a mentor and done some cool market management work.~20hours/week
Male Latino, 1st generation
GPA: 2.7...
GMAT: 660 (46Q, 35V, 6AWA, 6IR), but going to retake as I was testing around 700 before, so I believe I should be able to break 700-720 this time.
Going to apply through consortium to Foster, Anderson, Marshall, and Berkeley if I can pull the GMAT to a 720.

Goal of MBA: Is to immediately get into Product management at Pharmaceutical or Biotech to sharpen my marketing and general management skills and long term goal is to become an impactful leader at a pharma/biotech/tech, think something like business development leader/head of marketing. I believe there is a lack of people with scientific backgrounds spearheading marketing and business initiatives, so I will be there to fill the gap!

Is there anything else I can be doing to improve for R2? How are my chances at the listed schools with my current 660, and how about if I were to go over 700?

Thank you for reading!


Thank you for the reply. I have considered waiting as well; however, I kind of see waiting and continuing to work as poiintless, at least from advancing my career to where I want to go. I'm working on the score, my essays and recommendations are both strong, as I feel that I have a good story to work with. I knew Berkeley would be very difficult and have thought about pulling my app from them. Would you think a 700+ for the other schools would make an interview likely?

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fgalvez12 wrote:
Hi All,

With 2nd round coming in the next 40 days I am getting nervous that I am fighting an uphill battle with my credentials, and was hoping for some guidance on what to do.
WE: 3 years at Matriculation(apply this year for 2019)-at Biotech doing RnD at top company in our field. <500 people though.-In the past year I have gotten into PM work with a mentor and done some cool market management work.~20hours/week
Male Latino, 1st generation
GPA: 2.7...
GMAT: 660 (46Q, 35V, 6AWA, 6IR), but going to retake as I was testing around 700 before, so I believe I should be able to break 700-720 this time.
Going to apply through consortium to Foster, Anderson, Marshall, and Berkeley if I can pull the GMAT to a 720.

Goal of MBA: Is to immediately get into Product management at Pharmaceutical or Biotech to sharpen my marketing and general management skills and long term goal is to become an impactful leader at a pharma/biotech/tech, think something like business development leader/head of marketing. I believe there is a lack of people with scientific backgrounds spearheading marketing and business initiatives, so I will be there to fill the gap!

Is there anything else I can be doing to improve for R2? How are my chances at the listed schools with my current 660, and how about if I were to go over 700?

Thank you for reading!


Hi fgalvez!

Thank you for posting, and you do have a very unique background. Were there mitigating circumstances in your undergrad which can help explain the 2.7? If so, your GPA becomes less of an issue. I would personally like to see the GMAT score closer to 680-700 for the schools you are looking at, as both the current GPA and GMAT are on the low side. Marshall is a school on the rise so they may be looking to increase their numbers a bit in comparison to past years. With your current profile, Anderson and Haas are going to be difficult.


I would also not be against waiting a year and really trying to push the GMAT up if you can't get it near 700 before R2 apps are due. Have you been able to connect with admissions officers at the schools you are applying to? At a smaller school like Marshall, showing genuine interest and networking with adcoms can really make a difference, as yield is particularly important.


Please let us know if you would like to continue the conversation and discuss more aspects of your profile. And best of luck with the GMAT!


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