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Chances at NYU Part-Time?

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Chances at NYU Part-Time?

Post Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:45 am
Hello,

I am planning on applying to the Stern Part-Time MBA program. Taking the below into consideration, what are your thoughts on my chances of getting into the program?

Age: 24
Prior Education: Public University , Finance Major, 3.4 GPA
GMAT Scores: Attempt 1 (Q40, V34, Total 610), Attempt 2 (Q49, V28, Total 640)
Work Experience: Two years in banking (non-IB) and 1.5 years in Big 4 consulting practice (current role)

Also, I'm really upset with the drop in my verbal score in the second attempt. Would you suggest I retake the exam? Thanks

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There are several questions in one here. Should you retake the GMAT? Sure -- you're currently somewhat below the median for this program (I don't think they post averages for the part-time program, but I'm speaking from experience), and you want to be maximally competitive. But another question that your post brings up is WHY part-time? Only because your GMAT is too low for Stern's full-time program? Or are there other reasons, such as employment? Also, are you seeking the MBA in order to switch your career, or will you stay in banking and use the MBA to jumpstart your managerial progression? Will you have an offer from your current employer for a higher role post-MBA?
You're younger than most part-time applicants I've seen, so the adcom will want to see a solid rationale for your decision. All these are questions you'll want to think through.
But to answer your most immediate question, yes, retake the GMAT. Based on my experience, you should be at a minimum of 680 to be truly competitive; 700 would obviously be even stronger. Don't stop working on this test until you have the score you believe is most representative of your abilities! Otherwise, you're selling yourself short.

Hope this helps,
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