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Candidate:

Mr. O&G Geoscientist

About Me:

O&G Geoscientist with ~9 years experience in the industry. Entered college not really knowing what I wanted to do. Fumbled through a few different majors, but once I settled in my grades improved and trended upward every year. Currently leaning towards taking a class or two this summer to build an alternative transcript to offset the low GPA.

Details:

Undergrad School: University of Oklahoma

Undergrad Major: BSc Geology

GPA: 2.9

GRE: 327

Age: 34,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Local LGBT focused "meals on wheels" type of service - meal delivery driver/kitchen assistant/fundraising events assistant, Usher at Large Regional Performing Arts Complex

Work History:

Title: Geologist

Industry: Power / Energy

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Geologist

Industry: Power / Energy

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

A major promotion (and relocation) from a support/tech role to a professional role at a small private company. Next, I was able to win a new role in my first F500 company. Later at this company, there was a change and increase in responsibilities which resulted in leading a major planning/development project.

Post MBA Goal:

Professionally, I want combine my past experiences with a business education to pivot into a new finance-related role, preferably in the energy industry. In addition, I want to take this opportunity to seek out LGBT/diversity-friendly corporations.

Schools:

Target School: Duke Fuqua

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 45%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission! Props to you for owning your GPA and determining that building an alternative transcript is the way to go to help offset it – definitely go ahead and sign up for a couple of courses. From what I’ve seen with candidates I’ve worked with who have similar profiles, if you get As in these courses, they (in combination with your solid GRE) will provide assurance to the AdCom that you have the academic capabilities of succeeding in the MBA program. Courses I’d suggest (depending on what you didn’t take in undergrad) include Calculus, Statistics, and Accounting. One online course I particularly recommend is UC Berkeley Extension’s Math for Management.

    MBA programs will also want to see leadership, so …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 60%

    Mr. O&G Geoscientist – Susan Cera here – Director of MBA Admissions at Stratus. I spent 10 years with admissions committee at Duke so understand what the program values.

    While your 2.9 GPA is well below average, I think your professional experience is incredibly unique. A few years ago I worked with a field geophysicist in the oil & gas industry. There aren’t a lot in the world and even fewer are applying to business schools.

    The magic will be to redirect admissions committee’s attention away from your soft GPA towards why Fuqua is the best fit for you – both for interest in energy (they run a fantastic energy conference each year and offer an energy finance concentration) as well as your committment to LGBTQ (be …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Hi there! It’s Stephanie Horn, Master Consultant with the MBA Exchange and recent Poets and Quants “Top 10 Admissions Consultants”. Mr. Geoscientist, I have worked with many clients who had poor undergraduate GPAs for a variety of reasons. You are correct that showing an upward trend will help combat that, but you should be prepared to explain your transcripts on your application. The good news is that you have a solid GRE score. If you did not take many quantitative classes (or got poor grades), then taking a class or two over the summer will help your profile. I like your work experience, with the increase in responsibility and impact. I’d like to see you step up at your LBGT Meals on Wheels to go …

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