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Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds: Ms. Brand Manager


Ms. Stanford Law School


  • Unknown GMAT
  • 4.18 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in sociology from a top 20 university
  • “Pretty much zero quantitative courses and have never looked at the GMAT and am not confident with math”
  • Work experience includes two years with Deloitte Consulting in human capital, with second year being spent on a year-long assignment in Asia
  • “All work was doing PMO (project management office), unfortunately”Currently a first-year law student at Stanford Law.
  • “GSB is right around the corner – a 10-minute walk to the business school. Would be super interested in the GSB for the network but not sure what my career goals really are”
  • Extracurricular involvement as a tutor and curriculum developer for some education companies
  • 24-year-old Asian American female

Odds of Success:

Stanford: 10% to 20%

Sandy’s Analysis: Wow, going to Stanford Law is a good start. How did you pull that off? Wait!!!! Law school admissions is mostly some blend of GPA and LSAT, and my guess is, you had high scores.

Business school is going to be a bit different. They count job experience pre-MBA a lot. Deloitte is a silver not gold-plated feeder firm to top B-schools, and PMO could be bronze, as you suggest.

“The PMO strives to standardize and introduce economies of repetition in the execution of projects.” Sounds so exciting.” (Wikipedia and me).

This ain’t reading like a Stanford GSB admit, unless you have some victim or adversity story you have not mentioned.

Getting a super high GMAT score could make you a contender at Wharton or Columbia. My advice is to apply early and create some sort of goal statement. Make it sound like you are serious about coming.

At any rate, you need to have your game face on, something you admit is not the case now.

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.