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Ms. Marketing Manager

About Me:

Mid-career professional with background in Marketing. Experienced in multiple industries and companies of all sizes while working in roles that wore many hats.


Undergrad School: UC Santa Barbara

Undergrad Major: Linguistics

GPA: 2.5

GRE: 294

Age: 30,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian


Work History:

Title: Marketing

Industry: Various

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 8 yrs, 5 mos

Big Life Wins:

Managed team/dept while supervisor on maternity leave. Successfully built company brand from scratch and created new market for revenue stream.

Post MBA Goal:

Would like to develop business acumen and leadership skills to run own department/team and lead company as c-suite executive.


Target School: IU Kelley

Status: Rejected


  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief |

    So sorry to hear of your result at Kelley. Given your age, GPA and GRE scores, along with your major and work experience, I would really suggest you pursue either a part-time MBA or an online MBA from a well-known school. The admission standards are not nearly as difficult. And since you invested the time and energy in Kelley, I would consider KelleyDirect first and go from there. If you think the Kelley program is too expensive, you might consider one of the two truly disruptive online options at the University of Illinois or Boston University. Good luck to you.

    2 years ago
  • The MBA Exchange

    Hi Ms. Marketing Manager! This is JP from The MBA Exchange. Based on your background and successes, I have no doubt that you can obtain a seat in a high quality MBA program. In fact, I’m certain that the results from IU Kelley are not a reflection of the quality of your profile and potential contribution to the class, but simply about ‘program fit’. I’ve worked extensively with mid-career professionals, including mothers going back into the workforce, and we always find that a critical part of MBA application success is identifying the right program (and the right school). I’d need to know more about your current circumstances and goals in order to provide quality advice on that front. Just …

    2 years ago Read the full review
  • mbaMission |

    Hi Ms. Marketing Manager-
    Sounds like you’ve already received your unfortunate news from Kelley; sorry to hear of that. Not sure what your current plan or next steps are, but I would definitely recommend a part-time program for you (if that is not what you are were already targeting), as those can be a better fit for mid-career professionals and acceptance rates are much more reasonable than the full-time counterparts. Certainly ‘building a brand from scratch’ in your start-up sounds like a memorable accomplishment and would help you contribute a lot to relevant class discussions. However your grades and test score will make it hard to find a spot at top full-time programs presently. So part-time could be the ideal solution if possible. …

    2 years ago Read the full review

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