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# What are my chances

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27 Nov 2007, 11:27
I have my GMAT in approximately 3 weeks, and have been studying for 2 months on/off. My averages on the test scores are in the low 600s. I plan on applying to only part time programs since my company will be funding me, but I really want to get into a decent school. I have a undergrad GPA of 3.0 from a good engineering program and I have roughly 1.5 years of work experience. My first choice is CMU part time program but am worried my GMAT combined with GPA/work experience will suffice.

Do you think a GMAT score of 650 will get me into CMU or do I need to score a 700?

THANKS!!!!

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27 Nov 2007, 11:31
from http://www.tepper.cmu.edu/news-multimed ... px?nid=128

"The new class of students has an average age of 27 and an average GMAT of 691, the highest average score in the school’s history."

The above statement is from 2004 but I can only guess, since it is the case with most schools, that the gmat scores went up. This article also states the average incoming gpa was a 3.3 .

With that given, I would honestly shoot for a higher gmat score to "offset" (if that really happens) your "low" gpa. I would not worry so much though because you are .3 away from the average gpa.

That does not mean that you won't get in with a 3.0 . Several things are considered.

fwiw,
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27 Nov 2007, 11:36
I think the link you posted refers to the FT MBA program while the OP is asking about PT MBA programs.

I think a score of about 650 should be sufficient to get into some of the top PT MBA programs (based on what I have seen posted on this website last year). But having said that, the higher the better.

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27 Nov 2007, 12:08
Do you live in Pittsburgh because PT still is very time intensive so you are going to have to apply to whats in your city. Part time is generally much easier than FT, so a 650 is very competitive at almost every PT program.

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27 Nov 2007, 12:52
My apologies, disregard my previous post - I didn't read the 'part time' in your post

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27 Nov 2007, 22:29
I still live in Pittsburgh. CMU is the best PT program around, that is why it is my first choice. I believe that 650 should get you into any part time program, but my worry lies with my undergrad gpa of 3.0. I feel like if i can hit a 700 on the gmat, then it would compensate for the low gpa.

My second concern which i forgot to mention in my original post was my plan to apply during round 3. Since i will not be taking the gmat till December, and would be leaving the country shortly after, the earliest i can put a decent application together is for the third round for CMU and second round for most schools. Will this time constrain hinder my chances?

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