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Hello,

I am a 31 year Korean-American U.S. military veteran with seven years of service. I worked primarily as a legal specialist. Notable experiences during this time includes an 18-months deployment to Afghanistan and a humanitarian mission in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake. I also have some entrepreneurial experience as I co-founded an e-commerce business in 2014 that transitioned into a POS (Point-of-sales) program developer for local businesses.

I am majoring in Health Services Administrations with two minors in Business Administration and Economics at Drexel University. I will graduate in June of 2019 with a 6-months co-op added in. The co-op takes away two terms, but it will be filled with two summer terms. I currently hold a 3.89 GPA with 101 credits and 79 more needed to graduate. Along with 12 military credits, I have been on an ambitious plan of study that will allow me to graduate one year earlier than the normal four years. Thanks to this schedule, I will have just about enough time left (16 months of class days not counting breaks) on my yellow ribbon/GI bill to help with the two years of MBA school.

I have been studying about 90 minutes a day for about three weeks and plan to dedicate 6-7 hours a day (weekdays) during the month long winter break. I believe that this is a realistic study plan based on the fact that it will be a little easier than the max credit term with 90 minutes of GMAT studies. I have the 2017 official guide, complete GMAT strategy guide set (Manhattan), and the Veritas prep app. I plan to take the GMAT this spring and apply to MBA programs starting next fall during my senior year when I will be on co-op. With the way my studies and practices have been progressing, I feel that a low to mid 700 is attainable.

I haven't heard of any similar profiles with the particular being that I will be applying in my senior year of undergraduate program at my given age (32 at time of application). I've heard of a few undergrad military veterans that got accepted into Wharton in their senior year, but they were former special forces.

I apologize for the number of TBD statuses, but I wanted to get an evaluation from a subject matter expert with the relative short time before application preparation goes into full swing. My career goal is in healthcare with two possible branch paths. One is working for Amazon as they are getting ready to enter into big pharma scene. Another option is consulting with a healthcare specialization.

Given my unique strengths and weaknesses in my profile, will a low to mid 700 GMAT score give me a realistic chance at top 15 MBA programs that offer concentration in health management? Thank you very much.
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New post 05 Dec 2017, 20:46
Hi there - Thank you for writing, and thank you for your service! I think lower/mid 700s is a good target for top MBA programs. Military experience is factored in as work experience (so you wouldn't be considered a "straight from college" applicant), and the leadership and teamwork skills you've built would be an asset to the program. In your resume, be sure to highlight your key achievements/impact in each role you held. Also, in your essays, be sure to explain your motivations for working in healthcare and how each program would help you reach your specific goals. Best of luck!




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Hello,

I am a 31 year Korean-American U.S. military veteran with seven years of service. I worked primarily as a legal specialist. Notable experiences during this time includes an 18-months deployment to Afghanistan and a humanitarian mission in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake. I also have some entrepreneurial experience as I co-founded an e-commerce business in 2014 that transitioned into a POS (Point-of-sales) program developer for local businesses.

I am majoring in Health Services Administrations with two minors in Business Administration and Economics at Drexel University. I will graduate in June of 2019 with a 6-months co-op added in. The co-op takes away two terms, but it will be filled with two summer terms. I currently hold a 3.89 GPA with 101 credits and 79 more needed to graduate. Along with 12 military credits, I have been on an ambitious plan of study that will allow me to graduate one year earlier than the normal four years. Thanks to this schedule, I will have just about enough time left (16 months of class days not counting breaks) on my yellow ribbon/GI bill to help with the two years of MBA school.

I have been studying about 90 minutes a day for about three weeks and plan to dedicate 6-7 hours a day (weekdays) during the month long winter break. I believe that this is a realistic study plan based on the fact that it will be a little easier than the max credit term with 90 minutes of GMAT studies. I have the 2017 official guide, complete GMAT strategy guide set (Manhattan), and the Veritas prep app. I plan to take the GMAT this spring and apply to MBA programs starting next fall during my senior year when I will be on co-op. With the way my studies and practices have been progressing, I feel that a low to mid 700 is attainable.

I haven't heard of any similar profiles with the particular being that I will be applying in my senior year of undergraduate program at my given age (32 at time of application). I've heard of a few undergrad military veterans that got accepted into Wharton in their senior year, but they were former special forces.

I apologize for the number of TBD statuses, but I wanted to get an evaluation from a subject matter expert with the relative short time before application preparation goes into full swing. My career goal is in healthcare with two possible branch paths. One is working for Amazon as they are getting ready to enter into big pharma scene. Another option is consulting with a healthcare specialization.

Given my unique strengths and weaknesses in my profile, will a low to mid 700 GMAT score give me a realistic chance at top 15 MBA programs that offer concentration in health management? Thank you very much.

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