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Profile Evaluation for Top 50 Schools

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Joined: 12 Jun 2009
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Profile Evaluation for Top 50 Schools [#permalink]

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New post 06 Jul 2009, 05:08
1) Basic demographic info:

Age : 25 years
Gender Male
Nationality : Indian

2) Educational Background:

Completed my Graduation from a Manipal University in 2006 with a Bachelors of Engineering Degree in Electronics and Communication. Had a CGPA of 4.0/4.0
GMAT score : 750 (M:50, V:41)
Was associated with a few Clubs during Graduation. Have a couple of Internal Paper presentations during graduation.

3) Work experience:

Working as a Design Engineer in Freescale Semiconductors. Current Work Experience of 3 years with an expected Promotion this year.
Have a couple of certificates of Recognition for my work during the past 3 years.

4) Extracurriculars:

Not very strong in this area of the application. Was associated with a few Clubs during graduation with limited role. Not a very active member.

5) Short/Long term goals:

I want to work outside (i.e outside India) for around 3-5 years after my MBA and then come back and settle in India.
Not interested in Settling outside India.

6) Schools:

Financing my MBA is a very important criteria for choosing a School.
I would prefer to have a 100% scholarship in a top 50 school rather than no scholarship in the Top 20.

I had shortlisted a few schools but will like to know schools among the Top 50 will be good with high scholarship.
A few shortlisted schools are:
Ohio State University : Fisher
Michigan State University : Board
Nanyang Business School

It will be great if you could suggest me some schools which can provide a good scholarship for my profile.

Thanks in Advance.
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Re: Profile Evaluation for Top 50 Schools [#permalink]

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New post 07 Jul 2009, 22:35
If scholarship money is all you're after, you should limit your choices to schools outside the top 30. They will be local and regional US schools. Ohio State and Michigan State you may be competitive, but my hunch is that you probably won't get scholarship money. You'll probably have to go to schools that have a lesser reputation than that. Moreover, in this kind of economy, graduate professional schools aren't exactly flush with money to give out.

I can understand why you may want scholarship money because it seems to be customary amongst other academic degrees (like MS and PhD programs). However, an MBA is a professional degree, and banking on getting scholarship money is wishful thinking.

B-schools typically give out scholarship money to improve the diversity of their class ("diversity" isn't just nationality or ethnicity, but also occupation/profession as well). And those who will give out scholarship money simply because of a monster GMAT score should send you a signal of the quality of that school.

Consider getting a free ride (or even a discounted cost) in an MBA program to be a bonus, not an expectation. Be prepared to pay the full freight - whether it's out of your own pocket or through student loans. If you are unwilling to do that, then don't apply to b-school.

Alex Chu

Re: Profile Evaluation for Top 50 Schools   [#permalink] 07 Jul 2009, 22:35
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