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New post 19 Jan 2020, 16:53
Hello,

I would greatly appreciate a profile evaluation for MBA programs (2021).

Background
Nationality: Canadian
Gender: Male

Education

Undergraduate: Business Management degree from the University of Toronto with a final CGPA of 2.8/4.0 although upward trending with final year GPA of 3.7/4.0 – no actual reason for a low GPA besides lack of focus in first year.

GMAT: 760

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program: All three exams passed and awaiting charter upon completion of work experience.

Took three additional courses (Economics, Data Analysis and Accounting) to build an ‘Alternate Transcript’ from the University Of Toronto School Of Continuing Studies and received a grade of A on all three.

Work Experience

Tenure: 3.5 Years upon matriculation
Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG – Tobacco)
Company: British American Tobacco
Country: Canada

• Financial Analyst – Next Generation Products from January 2018 – July 2019
• Senior Financial Analyst – Next Generation Products from August 2019 – Present

Extracurricular Activities

• Co-President of Undergraduate Finance Club during university
• Senior Consultant (Pro-Bono) for an NGO through a volunteer consulting organization
• Board Member at an NGO
• Mentor to new immigrants seeking employment in the CPG space

Post MBA Goal
Investment Banking in the US

Target Schools
Cornell Johnson, Duke Fuqua, Michigan Ross, UNC Kenan Flagler, Virginia Darden and NYU Stern. Also thinking of applying to Wharton (however this may be a complete shot in the dark)

My question is do I stand a chance at anyone of these schools considering my horrible GPA?

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New post 21 Jan 2020, 14:30
Hi there, and thanks for writing! While your GPA is a concern, you have done everything you can to help offset it - a stellar GMAT score, an alternative transcript, and the CFA. Additionally, the admissions process is holistic, and you have progressive work experience along with meaningful extracurricular involvement. Therefore, if you use the optional essay to describe the reasons for your low first-year GPA in a way that indicates ownership and responsibility, I feel that the programs you've listed will be within range. And while Wharton is indeed very competitive, I wouldn't call it a shot in the dark - if you put together a strong application you certainly could be in contention. I would consider Chicago Booth as well.

Here is one of mbaMission's blog posts with advice on how to approach the optional essay in your situation: https://www.mbamission.com/blog/2017/03 ... nsibility/

I hope that helps assuage your concerns a bit :)



Camile wrote:
Hello,

I would greatly appreciate a profile evaluation for MBA programs (2021).

Background
Nationality: Canadian
Gender: Male

Education

Undergraduate: Business Management degree from the University of Toronto with a final CGPA of 2.8/4.0 although upward trending with final year GPA of 3.7/4.0 – no actual reason for a low GPA besides lack of focus in first year.

GMAT: 760

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program: All three exams passed and awaiting charter upon completion of work experience.

Took three additional courses (Economics, Data Analysis and Accounting) to build an ‘Alternate Transcript’ from the University Of Toronto School Of Continuing Studies and received a grade of A on all three.

Work Experience

Tenure: 3.5 Years upon matriculation
Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG – Tobacco)
Company: British American Tobacco
Country: Canada

• Financial Analyst – Next Generation Products from January 2018 – July 2019
• Senior Financial Analyst – Next Generation Products from August 2019 – Present

Extracurricular Activities

• Co-President of Undergraduate Finance Club during university
• Senior Consultant (Pro-Bono) for an NGO through a volunteer consulting organization
• Board Member at an NGO
• Mentor to new immigrants seeking employment in the CPG space

Post MBA Goal
Investment Banking in the US

Target Schools
Cornell Johnson, Duke Fuqua, Michigan Ross, UNC Kenan Flagler, Virginia Darden and NYU Stern. Also thinking of applying to Wharton (however this may be a complete shot in the dark)

My question is do I stand a chance at anyone of these schools considering my horrible GPA?

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