Handicapping Your MBA Odds — Ms. Consulting Wannabe

She’s a 31-year-old white female analyst who has worked for the same financial services technology company for the past eight years. With a 680 GMAT and a 3.43 grade point average in economics from New York University, she wants an MBA from a top school to deepen her knowledge of finance and improve her analytical and communication skills. Her goal: To move into management consulting.

At her firm, she’s responsible for contacting hedge funds and private equity firms on behalf of clients and getting them ‘on-boarded’ to the company’s platform. “I’ve consistently achieved the best results compared to the rest of the team and measured by the number of funds added to our platform and the overall quality of work, according to my boss,” she says.

Her target list of business schools are the University of Michigan’s Ross School, Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, and UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

In this video, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg and Poets&Quants Editor John A. Byrne assess her candidacy and hand out odds for her dream schools.

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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.