GMAT: 660 awa 6.0
Demographic profile: Indian/Male – Currently living in the US. In the US for the past 6 years
Education: MS in CS from University of Southern California. GPA – 3.44
Work Experience: 4 ½ years
About work experience: I have been working at Microsoft Corp since January 2008. I interned here in the summer of 2007 and joined full time after graduation in December 2007. I got promoted two times and am currently at the level of a Tech lead, working as a software development engineer in test 2, working on developing windows 8.
Extra curriculars and others:
1. I am helping a friend set up his own startup. I help him with some technical stuff and also help him with the marketing and publicity work of his start up.
2. I have been volunteering for AID India, and NGO that supports various development projects in India, for the last 3 years. I am the secretary of the Seattle Chapter of AID.
3. I regularly run to raise funds for the NGO I support. I ran the 2010 Athens Marathon in Greece, and the Seattle Rock and Roll half marathon.
4. I play in the Northwest Cricket League, for Olympic Cricket Club. I have been playing cricket here in the Northwest since 2008. I am also the treasurer for our club managing its finances.
Region I want to settle post MBA: India
Target schools: Indian School of Business, Booth, Haas, Stanford, NYU, LSB, INSEAD
Do I have a chance to get into these schools? Are there any other schools I can try for?
Also, is my GMAT score sufficient? Or should I give it another shot and try for a higher score? In all the practice tests I did, I consistently got 730+. So this was a shocker
Your have good GPA and a remarkable corporate exposure. But you have an average GMAT Score and the list of B School you have prepared require atleast 710/720 GMAT Score. If you have decided to go for the B Schools you have mentioned you need to take one more shot. Otherwise there are some top b schools which you can target with your current GMAT Score are Indiana Kelley, Emory, Texas, Purdue and Thunderbird. As the average GMAT Score for these B Schools fall in between 650-700 range.
You are in perfect stage of your career and around 5 years of work experience is what most B Schools look for.
However you would need to cleverly prepare yourself for questions like why you had a low GMAT score, the reasons you want to switch from IT to management, your rationale behind applying for a specific B school, so on and so forth.
The next step for you is to focus more on your application essays & recommendations for these Business Schools. Hence it would be highly advisable to seek assistance from professional consultants for guidance on preparing a good letters of recommendations and get your essays/scholarship essays evaluated before sending it out along with your application.
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to see how General Ed can help you with MBA counselling and interview preparation.
Also if you happen to be based out of either Delhi, Bangalore or Mumbai, you can attend a MBA workshop by Prof A.K Kannan, Dean Admissions ISB along with alumnus of various global B-Schools during the dates mentioned in this links http://www.general-ed.com/workshops-and-seminars
Feel free to post any other query or concern that you might have.