Can This Indian IT Male Get Into HBS With A 3.4 GPA But 750 GMAT?

He’s not an ordinary IT guy. With a 750 GMAT score, Jacob is going to get the attention of most admission officers. Originally from India, he now works in Singapore as the manager of telco data partnerships for one of the largest telecommunication firms in Asia. He sports a 3.4 GPA in electrical engineering from the National University of Singapore.

And he wants to get an MBA to switch careers into one of two areas: a product leadership role at a new startup or a product strategy advisory position at a venture firm. His list of target business schools makes clear a serious ambition to enroll at the best possible school: HBS, Stanford, INSEAD, Wharton, Columbia, Booth, and Kellogg.

Does he have a real shot? Or will he fail to climb out of the most overrepresented pool of candidates, Indian male engineers who work in IT..

In this Fridays with Sandy episode, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg assesses his odds.

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About the Author...

John A. Byrne

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.