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Dear Team,

Am reapplying for an MBA this year (aim to apply in round 1). Applied last year, but was kind of gung-ho about it – got a semi decent GMAT score of 710 and thought I should apply in the later rounds (hastily written essays etc). Anyway, here’s my profile. Please be brutally honest!

Background:

Work Experience: Based out of Pakistan. Initial work experience in technology then moved to finance. Progression has been as follows.

1. 2.5 years in IT at a USAID project (project management roles, implemented SAP)

2. 0.5 years in IT project management at Big Tobacco (contractual role)

3. 2.5 years at a boutique investment bank (primarily debt restructuring and consulting/advisory work) – this one of a handful of firms of its kind in the country

4. 1.0 years at the largest bank in Pakistan in corporate and investment banking as a corporate relationship manager

Extra-curricular: Have mentored underprivileged kids on staying in school and also fund their schooling

Undergrad School/Major: BSc. Computer Science from local top-tier university. Here’s the problem – low graduating GPA (2.6), but there is some progression in grades over the course of the degree. Separated from the program for a year for low academic performance. Got readmitted and then placed on academic probation for my time there due to low grades (total course-work was 4 years but graduated in 5 years because of the gap year). Didn’t want to do Computer Science but university didn’t let me change my major – had to continue with it. Also explored all kinds of courses in the beginning and didn’t really think grades could be this big an issue. My undergrad experience is my Achilles’ heel.

Other education/coursework:

1. Certified application associate for the SAP ERM Human Resources Management module – although not relevant anymore since in finance

2. Cleared all three levels of the CFA program (cleared all exams in first attempts and in the shortest time period possible)

Race/Nationality: Pakistani

Sex: Male

Stats:

GMAT Score: 710 (Q49, V38)

Undergrad GPA: 2.6

MBA Info:

Goal of MBA: Getting into full-time investment banking or advisory roles

Target schools: Goizueta, Stern (reach), Columbia (reach), INSEAD – am open to suggestions

Tried last year, applied in the later rounds and got rejected from the following: Columbia, Stern, Fuqua, Tuck, Goizueta, Rotman.

Please let me know whether I stand a realistic chance in the target schools mentioned above. Also please suggest schools which are somewhat forgiving about my low undergrad GPA.

Appreciate the feedback guys. Thanks!
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New post 08 Jul 2018, 13:59
Hi baldelementary,

Thank you for your message and for sharing your profile. I am sorry to read that your MBA application was unsuccessful last year. I am happy to schedule a consultation with our founder and discuss your options. The MBA admissions is a process with multiple parts. In the admissions process, among other things, universities examine your ability to be a successful student in their program. Since you have a really low GPA, you should attempt to improve other parts of your application, like the GMAT, to counterbalance the less than ideal score. I recommend you retake the GMAT if you can improve your score by 20+ points.

As to recommending MBA programs, that is a process we work with our clients on. It involves a multitude of parts, including understanding your background and career plans.

If you would like to continue the conversation, please feel free to reach out and schedule a free consultation.

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baldelementary wrote:
Dear Team,

Am reapplying for an MBA this year (aim to apply in round 1). Applied last year, but was kind of gung-ho about it – got a semi decent GMAT score of 710 and thought I should apply in the later rounds (hastily written essays etc). Anyway, here’s my profile. Please be brutally honest!

Background:

Work Experience: Based out of Pakistan. Initial work experience in technology then moved to finance. Progression has been as follows.

1. 2.5 years in IT at a USAID project (project management roles, implemented SAP)

2. 0.5 years in IT project management at Big Tobacco (contractual role)

3. 2.5 years at a boutique investment bank (primarily debt restructuring and consulting/advisory work) – this one of a handful of firms of its kind in the country

4. 1.0 years at the largest bank in Pakistan in corporate and investment banking as a corporate relationship manager

Extra-curricular: Have mentored underprivileged kids on staying in school and also fund their schooling

Undergrad School/Major: BSc. Computer Science from local top-tier university. Here’s the problem – low graduating GPA (2.6), but there is some progression in grades over the course of the degree. Separated from the program for a year for low academic performance. Got readmitted and then placed on academic probation for my time there due to low grades (total course-work was 4 years but graduated in 5 years because of the gap year). Didn’t want to do Computer Science but university didn’t let me change my major – had to continue with it. Also explored all kinds of courses in the beginning and didn’t really think grades could be this big an issue. My undergrad experience is my Achilles’ heel.

Other education/coursework:

1. Certified application associate for the SAP ERM Human Resources Management module – although not relevant anymore since in finance

2. Cleared all three levels of the CFA program (cleared all exams in first attempts and in the shortest time period possible)

Race/Nationality: Pakistani

Sex: Male

Stats:

GMAT Score: 710 (Q49, V38)

Undergrad GPA: 2.6

MBA Info:

Goal of MBA: Getting into full-time investment banking or advisory roles

Target schools: Goizueta, Stern (reach), Columbia (reach), INSEAD – am open to suggestions

Tried last year, applied in the later rounds and got rejected from the following: Columbia, Stern, Fuqua, Tuck, Goizueta, Rotman.

Please let me know whether I stand a realistic chance in the target schools mentioned above. Also please suggest schools which are somewhat forgiving about my low undergrad GPA.

Appreciate the feedback guys. Thanks!

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