Your Odds Of Getting Into A Top School
- 700 GMAT
- 3.6 GPA
- Undergraduate degree in political science from Ivy U.
- Work experience includes three years at a top consulting firm
- Extracurricular involvement as volunteer of a mentorship program for abused women, concert pianist, vice president of class, and manager of college house
- Goal: To work in corporate strategy for consumer products/retail with a focus on Asian markets
- Plan to apply for an MA/MBA dual program in 2012
- 24-year-old Asian female and U.S. permanent resident
Odds of Success:
MIT: 40% to 50+%
Sandy’s Analysis: This also is a classic profile, viz. Ivy 3.6, 700 GMAT, and ‘top’ consulting experience– and beyond that what appear to be lots of extras. And a classical pianist!!! You are sort of a solid consulting kid, which is very solid indeed, with a couple of pluses and minuses: more extracurrics than many top consultants, and probably a lower GMAT but one (700) good enough for most schools. A lot will depend on the level of support you get from your firm in terms of recommendations. That is a key issue. Big 3 consulting firm (McKinsey, BCG, and Bain) kids get dinged from H/S/W when they get tepid support from the firm or blow the interview (that is sometimes legit—several consulting kids are weird), and sometimes just bad luck. Other reasons Big 3 consulting firm kids get dinged is just lackluster careers, or poor presentation of careers, and sub-par extras compared to their very talented peers.
Your goals are fine. So it is just a matter of execution and firm support and luck. If you will have four years of consulting firm experience at matriculation, that is at the border. Five is really excessive and B-schools begin to believe you are being pushed out. I am not sure what you mean by “MA/MBA” dual degree, what subject are you seeking an MA in??? Phew, I would rethink that one, given your story and goals.
“Goal: To work in corporate strategy for consumer products/retail with a focus on Asian markets.”
Jeepers, just a little ol’ MBA will serve you fine for that goal, and save you thousands of dollars and a good deal of demented class time rubbing shoulders with some terminal MA types.
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