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What are my chances of a top business school?

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Hi,

I am from Australia and studied a bachelor of Law (honours) and a Bachelor of Arts dual degree at Monash University. I have a 3.0gpa for the dual degree. During my undergraduate, I studied abroad at Oxford University, London School of Economics and at a University in Asia. I also have a masters in law from BPP University where I got a 3.5gpa (hardly a target university but work paid for it and sent me there). I also completed 2 levels of the CFA while working.

I have been working in BigLaw for two years in London since graduating. I am dual qualified in both the UK and Australia as a lawyer. I have completed rotations at work in private equity, M&A, reorgs and banking and finance, as well as completing a secondment. So my seats have all been corporate focused seats. Part of the reason for the low undergraduate GPA was due to limited time to study as I was busy building a startup that I founded and working other part time jobs. I later sold the business to an investor. Prior to working as a lawyer, I interned in various investment banking boutiques in Australia and the UK, where I accumulated just under a year of work experience during summer breaks.

I am hoping to break into M&A after business school on the investment banking side, with the longer term goal of breaking into private equity.

I have not officially completed the GMAT yet, though am aiming for a 740+ score based on my studies so far. I am 27 years old.

What are my T20 MBA chances based on the above? I am primarily interested in US business schools as I would like to break into M&A in NYC, though open to all locations that will help get me there.

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Hi mbalawyer,

Having firsthand experience in Hedge Funds and Private equity in NYC, I know the challenges of getting into that sector. You should definitely target a top 20 MBA program, Wharton being your reach school. I would require to understand the quality and depth of your work to better evaluate your profile. I do like that you have level 2 CFA completed (how well did you do in the exams? When are you planning on sitting in for level 3). No matter your final list of schools, you will have to address your GPA in your applications.

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Hi,

I am from Australia and studied a bachelor of Law (honours) and a Bachelor of Arts dual degree at Monash University. I have a 3.0gpa for the dual degree. During my undergraduate, I studied abroad at Oxford University, London School of Economics and at a University in Asia. I also have a masters in law from BPP University where I got a 3.5gpa (hardly a target university but work paid for it and sent me there). I also completed 2 levels of the CFA while working.

I have been working in BigLaw for two years in London since graduating. I am dual qualified in both the UK and Australia as a lawyer. I have completed rotations at work in private equity, M&A, reorgs and banking and finance, as well as completing a secondment. So my seats have all been corporate focused seats. Part of the reason for the low undergraduate GPA was due to limited time to study as I was busy building a startup that I founded and working other part time jobs. I later sold the business to an investor. Prior to working as a lawyer, I interned in various investment banking boutiques in Australia and the UK, where I accumulated just under a year of work experience during summer breaks.

I am hoping to break into M&A after business school on the investment banking side, with the longer term goal of breaking into private equity.

I have not officially completed the GMAT yet, though am aiming for a 740+ score based on my studies so far. I am 27 years old.

What are my T20 MBA chances based on the above? I am primarily interested in US business schools as I would like to break into M&A in NYC, though open to all locations that will help get me there.

Thanks!

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New post 25 Oct 2018, 19:43
You've definitely got a strong shot at top 20. Sounds like you have some interesting experience & you're coming from a non-traditional background, which you can use to your advantage to help stand out from the crowd. Although your GPA is a bit on the low end, a 740 GMAT & the CFA would both help compensate for that. As a non-traditional applicant it is important to convince them that you are up for the rigors of b-school but like I said, your target GMAT score & the CFA would both accomplish that. It will also be important to make a strong argument for why your post-MBA goals are the right fit for you since you will have had less business exposure than the average applicant, but there are definitely strategies you can use and I can tell you have the making of a strong application. Definitely reach out to us if you'd like to talk through all of this in more detail. Claudia at claudia@admissionado.com can get you set up with a free consultation!
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