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by 334MBA » Wed May 21, 2008 10:30 am

I'd like to apply to an MBA program for Fall 2009. Here’s a brief profile:
* American-Chinese male. I'll be 33 upon matriculation
* UG in Business w/ major in Finance - No name state school with 2.98 GPA (up trend and 3.45 GPA in Finance)
* Grad (MS Finance) – Brandeis with 3.7 GPA
* GMAT – 650 (V-35 Q-43)
* W/E - started in back office of financial services with very low-profile work and progressed. Currently working at a large investment management firm as quantitative performance analyst.
* CFA Charterholder
* Community – Outreach and support to people living with HIV/AIDS (current). Acted as a manager for HIV/STDs prevention outreach. Taught Adult ESL for a year. Mentored students at my UG school and a career contact for Brandeis.
* Reco - from current supervisor and a co-worker. Both should be very strong with prep.
* MBA Goals - my primary motives for an MBA are to further technical skills, gain strategic/leadership abilities, and to get into a finance rotation program upon graduation, after which I hope would lead to high-level executive positions in industry finance over 3-5 years.

I'm most interested in the Goizueta's One-Year MBA. I'm also thinking about Notre Dame's One-Year. I'd rather go to a One-Year program, but since there aren't many, I also want to try Texas, Indiana, UNC but not sure if I'd have a reasonable shot. I'm also going to apply to Rice, where I should be okay.

Do you think I have a chance at these? Any other schools I should consider?



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by Lisa Anderson » Thu May 22, 2008 5:19 am
Dear 334MBA,

I think one-year programs are a good option for you since you will be on the higher side for experience and your desired career path is similar to your current one. But you are correct in that there are not many strong one-year programs out there. The other programs you mention are within reach for you, but I suggest you apply as early as possible. It is also critical you submit a strong overall application as your GMAT/GPA will be a little below their averages. For some safety options, you might look at smaller, regional programs in the part of the country you wish to be after your MBA.

Best of luck,
Lisa Anderson
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