Kellogg | Mr. Big Beer
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Indian Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 7.54/10
Darden | Mr. Corporate Dev
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.8
Duke Fuqua | Mr. CPA To Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Wharton | Ms. General Motors
GRE 330, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Venture Lawyer
GRE 330, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Ms. Project Mananger
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Stanford GSB | Ms. Digital Health
GMAT 720, GPA 3.48
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Foster School of Business | Mr. Construction Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Ross | Mr. Stockbroker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBTQ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.58
Kellogg | Mr. Risky Business
GMAT 780, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. World Explorer
GMAT 710 (aiming for 750), GPA 4.33/5
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
London Business School | Mr. Consulting To IB
GMAT 700, GPA 2.4
Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. White Finance
GMAT Not Taken, GPA 3.97
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Russland Native
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5

What Are Your Chances Of Getting In

Mr. Amazon

  • 760 GMAT
  • 8.5 on 10 scale GPA
  • Undergraduate and master’s degrees from IIIT in Hyderabad, India
  • Work experience includes three years as a software developer at Amazon; gained promotion to senior developer a year ago
  • Extracurricular involvement in a leadership role in the alumni club in college, alumni fundraising after college, volunteer teacher to underprivileged poor school children; member of team delivering educational content to rural schools using technology
  • Goal: To join either Microsoft or Google in product management or strategy roles or do strategy consulting work for the tech industry
  • 25-year-old Asian male

Odds of Success:

Dartmouth: 20% to 30%

MIT: 40% to 50%

Berkeley: 50+%

Chicago: 40% to 45%

Northwestern: 40% to 50%

Columbia: 30% to 45%

Yale: 40%

INSEAD: 50+%

London: 50+%

Sandy’s Analysis: Dunno man, those schools should not be hard in general (see breakout below) given the fact that you have a high GPA from a good Indian tech school (although not an IIT), a 760 GMAT and success as a software developer at Amazon which is a hot company (and one everyone has heard of). It also seems like you have solid extras.

Lots of guys like you want to transition from programming into management and the ‘secret’ is to structure your app so that you show leadership as a senior software developer and say that the most rewarding parts of your job have been technical leadership projects such as 1, 2, and 3, and what you want to do is use those talents to ‘transition’ into more general management. As to schools you note, here are some quick notes.

Tuck: You are not in their wheelhouse of banking, consulting or general management and your history and working career seem a long way from New Hampshire, so they may wonder why you are applying. It’s really important to visit Hanover and spend time at Tuck to develop that story.

MIT: They go for guys like you if you can spin your story more toward their mantra of innovation and make a case for how their programs in x, y or z are up your alley. Basically, they will go for your stats and tech background, plus the Amazon halo effect.

Berkeley: This one should be easy. You are in the same time zone. You got the stats. They are open to your goals. Just convince them you are serious.

Booth: You are not their core applicant, but they will go for the stats, Amazon, etc. Visit and make a case for how they can help you.

Kellogg: See Booth. Should be a bit easier since your goals align better with their core competencies. At Berkeley, Kellogg and Booth, your extras, especially your volunteer work “to teach underprivileged poor school kids, member of a team which delivers educational content to rural schools using technology” can be braided into your story about being an innovator.

Columbia: They will go for the stats, and Amazon, and rest don’t hurt. Just apply early.

Yale: see Columbia.

INSEAD + London Business School: Should be easy but 1. You are young for INSEAD, and 2. You got a U.S.-based story, so they may wonder what is up? You will need to explain that.

Handicapping Your MBA Odds–The Entire Series

Part I: Handicapping Your Shot At a Top Business School

Part II: Your Chances of Getting In

Part III: Your Chances of Getting In

Part IV: Handicapping Your Odds of Getting In

Part V: Can You Get Into HBS, Stanford or Wharton?

Part VI: Handicapping Your Dream School Odds

Part VII: Handicapping Your MBA Odds

Part VIII: Getting Through The Elite B-School Screen

Part IX: Handicapping Your B-School Chances

Part X: What Are Your Odds of Getting In?

Part XI: Breaking Through the Elite B-School Screen

Part XII: Handicapping Your B-School Odds

Part XIII: Predicting Your Odds of Getting In

Part XIV: Handicapping Your MBA Odds

Part XV: Assessing Your Odds of Getting In

Part XVI: Handicapping Your Odds of Getting In

Part XVII: What Are Your Odds of Getting In

Part XVIII: Assessing Your Odds of Getting In

Part XIX: Handicapping Your MBA Odds

Part XX: What Are Your Odds Of Getting In

Part XXI: Handicapping Your Odds of Acceptance

Part XXII: Handicapping Your Shot At A Top MBA

Part XXIII: Predicting Your Odds of Getting In

Part XXIV: Do You Have The Right Stuff To Get In

Part XXV: Your Odds of Getting Into A Top MBA Program

Part XXVI: Calculating Your Odds of Getting In

Part XXVII: Breaking Through The Elite MBA Screen

Part XXVIII: Handicapping Your Shot At A Top School

Part XXIX: Can You Get Into A Great B-School

Part XXX: Handicapping Your Odds of Getting In

Part XXXI: Calculating Your Odds of Admission

Part XXXII: Handicapping Your Elite MBA Chances

Part XXXIII: Getting Into Your Dream School

Part XXXIV: Handicapping Your Shot At A Top School

Part XXXV: Calculating Your Odds of Getting In

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.