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Can you pl rate my chances / remedial actions?

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lostangeles Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Can you pl rate my chances / remedial actions?

Post Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:09 am
Hello All,

Would really appreciate your feedback on my chances and my profile.

Profile --
Male / 34 / Indian
Work Experience -- 10 years.
* IT professional for a major univ in Southern USA for past 5 years. (2003- Present)
* Worked as a consultant in USA (2001 -- 2003)
* Started and managed my own businesses in India. (1996 - 1999)

Education :
B.S. Economics (USA Univ) 3.8 GPA, 2008
M.S. Software Enggg. (USA Univ) 3.3 GPA, 2001
B.S. Electronics Engg. (Indian Univ), 2.9 GPA, 1998

Gmat :
740 -- 41 Verbal / 49 Quant

My target schools are : (in order of preference) --
1. Kennedy School of Govt. (Harvard) -- MPP
2. John Hopkins -- SAIS
3. Wharton MBA.
4. Yale MBA.
5. MIT Sloan MBA.

Would you pl rate my chances in any of these schools. I understand that I am at a severe dis advantage due to my age and experience in Public sector.
Also, will re-taking the GMAT help? I can probably score around 770-780 next time.

Thanks.

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Post Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:48 am
Dear Lostangeles,

Thanks for your post! My general thoughts are as follows:

1) Your list of target schools spans both policy and MBA programs - which makes things a bit confusing. Are you looking at joint-degrees (e.g. Wharton/SAIS) or is this an either/or sort of thing?

2) You've given no indication of what it is you are hoping to do after you earn your degree(s). It's hard for me to assess your need for the policy degree/MBA (and how the schools will react to your applications) without a better understanding of your future plans.

3) The fact that you have two ugrad degress is somewhat unorthodox. Was there a reason that you pursued a second college degree in the US after completing one in India? Did you attend one of the IITs in India or was it more of a second-tier offering? Where did your 2.9 GPA place you in your class in terms of rank?

4) Your grades in the US programs and your GMAT result are sound. While your Indian ugrad is weaker, I don't necessarily view it as a deal breaker.

5) Your professional career seems a bit mixed. Is there a common thread connecting all these experiences? IT? How do your past experiences relate to your future plans?

5) Your age is a MAJOR concern - particularly for the policy schools (as they are used to taking much younger candidates - many directly from undergraduate).

In short, without a knowledge of your goals or the extent of your XCs and other attributes, it's really hard for me to predict your odds. Having said that, I must say that on the surface, I'm not really seeing an obvious fit with the programs presently on your list. Have you given any thought to pursuing management or policy studies part-time from the University that presently employs you? Have you looked into EMBA offerings?

In terms of your specific question about the GMAT, while a 780 would be wonderful, I'm not so sure that your GMAT is going to be the key factor here (740 is likely sufficient). Feel free to send along your complete resume to info@clearadmit.com if you'd like to speak with one of our counselors and conduct a free initial assessment.

Best of luck,

Graham

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lostangeles Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:59 am
Thanks Graham. Really appreciate your reply.

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