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Should I take a class to help my poor GPA? [#permalink]
04 Jun 2008, 06:18
I recently talked to an MBA admissions consultant who recommended I take a finance class this summer before applying to MBA programs in the fall. I'm 27, male, got a 750 on my GPA, have very good/interesting experience working in finance at a Media company in NYC, but my major weakness is my college GPA. I went to a top public university, but had a very rough freshman year which brought my GPA right below 3.0. I did much better my junior/senior year when I got between 3.3 and 3.7 for all semesters. I'm shooting for schools in the top 10-15.
Do you think it's worthwhile to take a finance class (and make sure I get an A) so i can use this as evidence that i'm smarter than my sub par GPA? Also, the consultant told me it's irrelevant where I take the class (either online or in a top school) -- do you agree with this?
If you had low undergrad grades in core courses like statistics, calculus, and the like, then retaking those courses would be a good idea, even given your GMAT score. These core skills courses are the ones B-schools most encourage applicants to take before the MBA. Finance, economics, accounting courses etc. are a different question since they are not B-school "prerequisite" courses. However, if you took finance in college and got a C or worse then retaking it again wouldn't hurt. But your GMAT score goes a long way, and if you never took finance in college there's certainly no need to take it now, especially given your finance job.
Where you take such classes is not of *great* importance, I agree, but obviously you want to take them at the best school you can, just to make the grade as credible and meaningful as possible.
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Linda Abraham Accepted ~ The Premier Admissions Consultancy 310-815-9553