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I recently wrote my GMAT and am reviewing some options on MBA applications. My GPA vs GMAT scores exhibit quite a divide and consequently, I've had difficulty determining my "reach" schools. This is a short summary of my profile:
GMAT - 750 (47Q, 46V)
Undergrad GPA - 3.08
Undergrad Degree - Mechanical Engineering
University - University of Calgary
Work Experience - 7 years total, over 4 of which was at a global engineering consulting firm in oil & gas sector where I managed large projects with budgets ranging from $3M to $50M.

My GPA is the story of one really bad semester. If you remove my 2nd year fall semester, my GPA jumps to around 3.4. Not sure if that really makes a difference. The difficulty I've encountered is that most average GPAs posted on class profiles sit at 3.35 or above on the bottom end. On the other hand, my GMAT score sits close to the upper end of most schools.

Obviously a lot depends on essays and letters of recommendation but with these credentials, what is the upper end I should look at as "reach" schools?

Currently I've looked into UCLA, Yale, and UC Berkeley. Are those realistic? Berkeley, specifically, has a pretty stingy acceptance rate.

I'm hoping to either get into a tech company or into consulting post-MBA. Any thoughts?

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jhmn wrote:
I recently wrote my GMAT and am reviewing some options on MBA applications. My GPA vs GMAT scores exhibit quite a divide and consequently, I've had difficulty determining my "reach" schools. This is a short summary of my profile:
GMAT - 750 (47Q, 46V)
Undergrad GPA - 3.08
Undergrad Degree - Mechanical Engineering
University - University of Calgary
Work Experience - 7 years total, over 4 of which was at a global engineering consulting firm in oil & gas sector where I managed large projects with budgets ranging from $3M to $50M.

My GPA is the story of one really bad semester. If you remove my 2nd year fall semester, my GPA jumps to around 3.4. Not sure if that really makes a difference. The difficulty I've encountered is that most average GPAs posted on class profiles sit at 3.35 or above on the bottom end. On the other hand, my GMAT score sits close to the upper end of most schools.

Obviously a lot depends on essays and letters of recommendation but with these credentials, what is the upper end I should look at as "reach" schools?

Currently I've looked into UCLA, Yale, and UC Berkeley. Are those realistic? Berkeley, specifically, has a pretty stingy acceptance rate.

I consider my "safety" schools to be U Washington and BYU.



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jhmn wrote:
I recently wrote my GMAT and am reviewing some options on MBA applications. My GPA vs GMAT scores exhibit quite a divide and consequently, I've had difficulty determining my "reach" schools. This is a short summary of my profile:
GMAT - 750 (47Q, 46V)
Undergrad GPA - 3.08
Undergrad Degree - Mechanical Engineering
University - University of Calgary
Work Experience - 7 years total, over 4 of which was at a global engineering consulting firm in oil & gas sector where I managed large projects with budgets ranging from $3M to $50M.

My GPA is the story of one really bad semester. If you remove my 2nd year fall semester, my GPA jumps to around 3.4. Not sure if that really makes a difference. The difficulty I've encountered is that most average GPAs posted on class profiles sit at 3.35 or above on the bottom end. On the other hand, my GMAT score sits close to the upper end of most schools.

Obviously a lot depends on essays and letters of recommendation but with these credentials, what is the upper end I should look at as "reach" schools?

Currently I've looked into UCLA, Yale, and UC Berkeley. Are those realistic? Berkeley, specifically, has a pretty stingy acceptance rate.

I'm hoping to either get into a tech company or into consulting post-MBA. Any thoughts?


You should go ahead and apply to all three. If your goals are around energy for Berkeley, it would help your application, with Berkeley's focus on energy and cleantech.
you can use the optional essay to explain the low GPA, but a solid GMAT, which is more recent will offset some damage from GPA.
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