Would really appreciate any honest opinions on my current profile and target schools/programs. Thanks!
US Male, American Born Chinese
Undergrad: Topish Liberal Arts School (Colgate, Bucknell, Lehigh, Lafayette etc...)
Major: BS Biology BA Economics
GPA: 3.4 Overall, 3.5 Biology, 3.8 Economics
GMAT: First Score 690 (47 Quant, 38 Verbal) Second Score 660 (50 Quant, 29 Verbal) 6.0 AWA, 6 (94%) IR
Work Experience- 2-3 years- Investment Banking Internship at Middle Market Firm, Analyst at SK-China Real Estate (Property acquisition and management), Portfolio Management Analyst at MetLife China
Leadership Roles in College and NPO
Work Experience in both USA and China
Learned how to read and write Chinese in just a year (Goal was to be able to read a Chinese newspaper within a year) and lived in China for 2 years, Did not previously know Chinese even though I am a Chinese Born American
Personally invests in both US and Chinese Stock Markets
Goals: To get a solid financial education given my science background and work in areas like Healthcare or Cleantech IB/PE (Like I did during my banking internship), international financial opportunities (Capital raising, project/deal sourcing, etc....), work at a managerial level for a Clean tech/Waste management firm, or any new possible areas I may find interesting during the course of my MBA education.
Targeted Programs: Wharton Chinese Lauder Program, UC Berkeley MBA+Masters Public Health Mgmt or MBA+Master International Relations, Duke MBA+Master of Eniv Sciences, Columbia, NYU Stern, and Dartmouth (The latter 3 are just full time MBA programs)
Also, do you guys suggest that I use an admissions consultant?
Thanks for your help
My answer to your last question is an enthusiastic "yes!", and I'll even help you pick one. Please see "How to Choose an MBA Admissions Consultant."
Yes you can question my objectivity.
Now to the substance of your post. I think you are aiming a little high by aiming at only top tier programs. It's not so much that you can't get into any one of those programs, but that there is no program you are likely
to get into with the exception of Duke, a great fit for you BTW. I also suggest you consider USC, CMU Tepper, UT Austin, Georgetown, UCLA Anderson, and Yale. None of these are safeties, but you would be competitive at all of them.
You might also be interested in Best MBA Programs: A guide to Selecting the Right One.
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