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Admission Counseling: Discussion Group


Get your profile evaluated and discuss your doubts/queries related to your applications. Essay Writing, SOP Writing, Personal Statements, Interviews etc. You can direct your queries to individual experts on their respective groups as well:

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  • 2017-09-17 Jyotishka Misra


    I am planning to apply in the first round this year. I have already prepared my essays and lined up my recommenders but I am trying to get some last minute edits done and an appraisal of the strength of my profile would help me identify weak spots.


    Bachelor of Technology in Petroleum Engineering (7.34 / 10.00) from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
    Research Project: Application of Artificial Neural Networks in Resource Reserve Estimations
    (basically applying Artificial Intelligence to carry out exploratory Reservoir Engineering)

    Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering (3.06 / 4.00) from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.A
    Research Project: Development and Economic Analysis of a novel Zeolite - Cement Blend for application in High Temperature - High Pressure (HTHP) Oil and Geothermal Wells
    (basically, conducted experimental research and created a new type of cement that is lighter and cheaper than the industry standard but produces the same necessary compressive strength)

    Author of the Book "Wonderings of a Wanderer" (ISBN: 978-93-86263-50-6) (2016)
    University Publication Committee Editor-in-Chief (2009-12)
    University Chess Team (2008-12)
    Represented the State at a National Level Chess Tournament (2006 - 07)
    Presented research at a National Level Science Exhibition (2006)

    Work Experience:
    Assistant Manager - Retail Banking Branch Operations, Lakshmi Vilas Bank (2016 - till date)

    Professional Certifications:
    IRDA IC-38 Certification for Corporate Agents (2017)
    JAIIB (2017) conducted by the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF) (2017)
    Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certification (2014)

    GRE Score: Verbal: 164, Qauntitative: 166, and Analytical Writing: 4.0 (Total: 330/340) in March 2016
    TOEFL Score: Reading: 30, Listening: 30, Speaking: 28, Writing: 28 (Total: 116/120) in November 2016

    Target Schools:
    Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
    W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
    May's School of Business, Texas A&M University

    I am interested in Finance or Consulting roles after graduating.

    1. Have I selected the right schools befitting my profile?
    2. It is critical to get a scholarship or assistantship in order to be able to attend. Will my application stand any chance of getting funding?

  • 2017-09-10 akarshkharidehal

    Hey...My name is Akarsh.I am planning to go for PhD in Wireless Networking to USA for Fall 2018.Can I know which universities are best for PhD in Networking domain and their requirements.
    Here is a glance of my profile :
    Work experience of 1 year 10 months in startups in Wireless Networking domain.
    M.Tech in Communication Systems(Wireless and Telecommunications) with a GPA of 8.65.
    Merit scholarship during Masters for best performance in academics and extra curricular activities.
    Masters project from IIT Madras in the field of Analog VLSI plus Digital Signal Processing.
    Internship from Defence Research and Development Laboratory.
    Internship from Prime Bit Solutions and did project on 4G,LTE Protocols.

    My target list of grad schools are :
    MIT,Carnegie Mellon, University of Maryland College Park,University of Pennsylvania,University of California,Berkeley,North Carolina State University,Princeton University,Stanford University.
    Can you suggest me which universities are good for my profile and also the requirements for profile.

  • 2017-09-05 Mishra Prashant

    Hi, Please find information below for a profile evaluation.

    1. Undergraduate University - BITS,Pilani (TMI), BTech Marine Engineering;
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA - 8.44/10
    3. GMAT score or expected score - 720
    4. Yrs full-time work experience - 1 year as an Engine Cadet in Maersk Line, also during my internship I received Maersk Line Scholarship for good performance
    5.Current company and role - Maersk Line and recently have been promoted as 4th Engineer in Merchant Navy

    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience - Assistant Contingency Leader for cultural event, Captain of my house for 3 years, Organizing committee member for IWCEM (International Technical Event)

    7.Academic Scholarship - Received scholarship for 7 semesters spent at my University

    8.Post-MBA goals - Working in the Shipping/Energy company
    9.Target schools - Ross, Tuck, Haas, Darden, Stanford, Stern

    Thank You for your time.

  • 2017-07-27 akshay tahlani

    I am currently Working in IT profession , and having more than a year experience ,
    I plan to join masters program in fall 2018, I want to target few B- schools for MIM programs , currently preparing for GRE ,and TOEFL ,
    Undergraduate grades/GPA : 6.1
    Expected GRE Score : 310
    Undergraduate school: SRM University , Ghaziabad (U.P) ,India
    B.Tech in Information Technology
    Role in Profession : UI Developer and Site Migration (Using Node JS )
    Earlier Role In the Company: SharePoint Admin. Support .
    Extra-curricular experience: I have performed and sometimes managed to earn certificates in Sports and such discipline, but that's as per school and college level only , also represented my schools and college in cultural fields , yes i do have a few certificates in Arts and poster making Competition,
    Extra-curricular leadership experience: I have lead a group of volunteers in conducting an event named 'robowars' , where colleges from round the countries had come to participate and i had take care of all the ongoing activities and design.
    Would love to elaborate more about my life and life activities, and would really appreciate any suggestion regarding things that needs improvement ,

    Post MIM : I want to do Masters in Management , If as stated they also have courses like , Advertising and Media, public sector, Creativity Sectors, in North America, Latin America, Europe
    Targeted Schools: Duke , Michigan State University,ESSEC,

    Thankyou for your time .

  • 2017-07-26 akshay tahlani

    I am currently Working in IT profession , and having more than a year experience ,
    I plan to join masters program in fall 2018, I want to target few B- schools for MIM programs , currently preparing for GRE ,and TOEFL ,
    Undergraduate grades/GPA : 6.1
    Expected GRE Score : 310
    Undergraduate school: SRM University , Ghaziabad (U.P) ,India
    B.Tech in Information Technology
    Role in Profession : UI Developer and Site Migration (Using Node JS )
    Earlier Role In the Company: SharePoint Admin. Support .
    Extra-curricular experience: I have performed and sometimes managed to earn certificates in Sports and such discipline, but that's as per school and college level only , also represented my schools and college in cultural fields , yes i do have a few certificates in Arts and poster making Competition,
    Extra-curricular leadership experience: I have lead a group of volunteers in conducting an event named 'robowars' , where colleges from round the countries had come to participate and i had take care of all the ongoing activities and design.
    Would love to elaborate more about my life and life activities, and would really appreciate any suggestion regarding things that needs improvement ,

    Post MIM : I want to do Masters in Management , If as stated they also have courses like , Advertising and Media, public sector, Creativity Sectors, in North America, Latin America, Europe
    Targeted Schools: Duke , Michigan State University,ESSEC,

    Thankyou for your time .

  • 2017-07-13 Lovey Gorakhpuriya


    I am working profession in IT having more than 6.5 years of experience as UI Developer. I want to go for higher level management. I am preparing for GMAT. Need best Admission Counselling service center and profile evaluations for both India and abroad top B-Schools.

    Please suggest some same..

  • 2017-07-01 mathewmora2001

    im in high school right now...

  • 2017-07-01 mathewmora2001

    i need help, im just a 15 years old guy but i want to prepare myself for this tests...

  • 2017-06-29 Himanshu Math Tutor

    Eric Allen, Founder, Admit Advantage, reviews how to address key challenges plaguing typical applicants, including –

    Poor grades
    A low GRE/GMAT score
    Work history gaps
    lack of community service.
    He also provides you with tips and strategies on how to address prior to submitting your application.

    Here is the link to complete webinar document and video:

  • 2017-06-29 Himanshu Math Tutor

    ESIC Business & Marketing School, as part of their enthusiasm to help out QS-LEAP’s budding, aspiring community, conducted this webinar to elucidate upon the essential abilities that help young professionals build a solid, global business profile.

    Dr Gaston Fornes, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and our esteemed speaker for the session, insight-fully dished out 4 crucial skills that young minds need to master in order to become successful in the tough business world.

    Watch him as he elaborates upon these 4 skill-sets, namely: Linking Mature and Emerging Markets, Mastering Global Trade, Excelling Marketing Fundamentals, and Managing Digital Transformation.

    Here is the link:

  • 2017-06-29 Himanshu Math Tutor

    Here is an excerpt from a webinar organized by ESIC on QS LEAP

    About the speaker
    Our esteemed speaker for the session was Dr Gaston Fornes is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also the Director of the International MBA and Master in Marketing programmes in ESIC Business & Marketing School (Spain).

    He insight-fully shared details about Spain’s environment, cost of living, career opportunities in Spain and many more reasons that make Spain a world class business destination.

    You can find the full document of the webinar here:

  • 2017-06-17 Im Ahmad

    what i do ba or bac in computer science plz share your advice and from which university yale or nus

  • 2017-06-14 CrackAdmission

    Hi Rishi,

    Hope you are doing well.
    Thanks for sharing your profile details. Below is my take on your candidature:

    Experience : Entrepreneurial
    Vertical : Import Export
    Industry : Agro
    No. of years : 07
    A combination of the above when portrayed with a stellar application as to why you deserve a seat in the specific program of a school, and how do you see your career getting impacted with the program, is what the admission committee will be looking for.
    You will need to clearly call out your long and short team goals in a fashion such that it has relevance and correlation with what you have done so far in your professional life, your interest areas and learning provided by B school.

    Your GMAT score of 680 is slightly on the lower side as far as US Business Schools are concerned. However, with a compelling and passionate application, you stand a chance of getting through Asian and Canadian Business schools.

    Also, I will suggest you to showcase your leadership experiences in and around your entrepreneurial journey and the peaks and troughs you faced and how you have been able to lead your organisation. Apart from this, mention of your accolades in school will do little or no good to your application story.
    Last but not the least, I will urge you to create a personal story that covers your past, present and gives glimpses of your potential future.

    I am an ISB alum, CO14 and run an admission consulting firm, CrackAdmission. You can feel free to reach out to me at / +91-9701215544 in case you have further queries or require professional assistance.


  • 2017-05-24 aaru v

    I would like to enquiry about the admissions for mba next year. Below are my queries. Please do the needful.

    1. I have got a 420 on gmat. Is the score eligible for an admission. What is the average score

    2. Regarding Indian food and accommodation

    3. Scholarship opportunities

    4. Working with the institution while studying

    5. Internship after the course

    6. Placement opportunities in japan

    7. Documents to be submitted for evaluation

    8. Facilities to learn the Japanese language

  • 2017-05-24 aaru v

    Gmat cut off for globis, Tokyo for mba?

  • 2017-05-23 Muhammed Adeshina

    what is the discussion for today ?

  • 2017-05-23 Muhammed Adeshina

    Good Day am new here. Am from Nigeria And am interested to school Abroad

  • 2017-05-12 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Yes, you have a fairly good profile - you can apply to the above schools. Being an entrepreneur and exported would certainly go in your favour, as all b-schools prefer entrepreneurs. However, you may be having 15 years of formal education as against the required 16 years. You have to verify from all b-schools whether 15 years is acceptable to them or not.

  • 2017-05-09 rishiritch

    Hey, I am Rishi Purwar from India.

    1. Undergraduate school: B.Com (Honors) Delhi University
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: 60.70 Percentage Score
    3. Graduate School: Post Graduate Diploma in Management, Alliance Business School, Bengaluru.
    4. Under Graduate Grades: 3.3 GPA out of 4.3 or Approx 83 Percent
    5. Have done Diploma Course in Export Import Management from Sikkim Manipal University
    6. Diploma in Treasury Investment and Risk Management from Indian Institute from Banking and Finance
    7. GMAT score or expected score: 680
    8. # Yrs full-time work experience: 7 Years Approx
    9. Current company and role: I have Been working as an entrepreneur for past 6 Years in Agribusiness (Manufacturing and Trading) with a team of 6 People under me and Doing exports from India. Earlier I have also ventured into some other Businesses related to Manufacturing but have not been much successful.
    10. Extra-curricular leadership experience: Participated in different college fests business plan competition while doing my post graduation and has been a silver member of international award for young people while in school.
    11. Post-MS/MBA goals: Working closely with the top leaders of the world, and working Finance and Consulting enabled firms.
    12. Target schools: Stern School of Business, Nanyang Business School, NUS Business School, HKU Hongkong, Insead Singapore, Ivey Western University Canada, Rotman School of Management Canada.
    This is My wish list but futher if you can provide me better options according to my profile then it will be a great help.

  • 2017-03-28 Khishore

    Hi..this is Khishore from India ,My GRE score is 316 and my expected TOEFL score is from 90-100 and my CGPA is 7.55(scale 10).Currently i am in 3rd year(6th sem) pursuing B.E in ECE in SVS college of Engineering ,Coimbatore and i am veraciously interested in artificial intelligence can suggest me for choosing best universities offering this course in US for doing MS in my interest (or) i have to improve my score.Hope u will help me out,thank you .

  • 2017-03-28 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    700 is the magic figure which one should look for. At least a 650 is very strongly required. At the same time, GMAT score is just one factor for your selection to the b-school.

    Duke and Nanyang may be difficult, unless you build a very strong profile in the next few months.

    Everything depends on how your project yourself in your applications. All b-schools look for out of the box thinkers who have the passion and drive for innovation, and being extremely eager to bring about new solutions.

    So you have to show how you think the world shaping up in future and how you contribute to that evolving process. This will prove you are a futuristic thinker, which all b-schools look for.

    Remember, many of the iconic figures are either college dropouts or had been average in academics.

  • 2017-03-25 charvi

    This is Charvi from India
    Undergraduate school - Shiv Nadar University, Electrical Engineering (100% merit scholarship)
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA - 70%
    3. GMAT score or expected score - not given yet but expecting 650+
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience - 2 years of experience in telecom companies like Bechtel(Us project) and TCS(Australia project)
    5. Current company and role - Sr. Engg in TCS for a fibre network planning project.
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience - Mentoring Students in school, worked as an volunteer in asian world championship, also actively been organising events in school as well as university level successfully.
    7. Post-MBA goals - Consulting in a technology firm in the long term
    8. Target schools - Duke,University of Twente, University of Toronto, Nanyang tech university, University of Singapore, university of Sydney and Melbourne
    Kindly advice me some good b-schools according to my profile

    Would appreciate your advice. Thanks

  • 2017-03-15 Sidharth Gaur

    Thanks for your reply Scott. I would love some support indeed.

  • 2017-03-10 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Yes, you are right - other aspects of the applicant are given more importance than GMAT score alone. b-schools look for those who hold the potential to become great entrepreneurs. They are rather less interested in those who have high GMAT scores and can talk only of an outstanding academic background. Leadership, vision and the ability to bring about disruption through innovation are the key factors for a student to achieve great heights in profession. Hence, b-schools try to judge you through your application whether you possess those non-academic attributes or not.

  • 2017-03-10 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    You need to build very strong extra-curriculars, leadership, develop yourself having multiple interests and the passion to come up with something extra-ordinary. Otherwise, LBS, Nanyang would be difficult to reach. GMAT is just one of the factors for acceptance by b-schools. Most importantly, they look for those who can bring about disruptions with their out of the box thinking - we also have to remember that several iconic figures across the globe are either college drop outs or were average in academics. Hence, being an academic topper is not important. Rather being strong on the non-academic side really adds value and strength to a profile.

  • 2017-03-10 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    You can apply to the top 20 universities with your background.

    Remember, even average students can get accepted at top universities because US Universities believe Ordinary Students Can Deliver Extra-ordinary Results, as also Academic Brilliance Need Not Always Translate Into Professional Excellence.

    Please read the story of Malvika Raj Joshi - then you can make out why passion is the most important factor for admissions.

    Yes, an average student can get into MIT UC Berkley or Stanford. Sounds strange, but possible! All you have to do is, project yourself as a passionate innovator who can bring about new solutions through your out of box thinking.

    US Universities look for an Einstein, Edison and Tesla inside you. Much more than your academic scores, they are eager to find out the hidden scientist inside you. So, explain in details, your past research projects and future areas of work where you see lot of opportunities.

    Remember, Edison had been to school for just three months in his lifetime. In middle school, Einstein was a very ordinary student. Thus, the ability to become a scientist depends much more on innovative thinking than on being a class topper. So, think out of box, and you may end up with a path-breaking discovery.

    So what matters is your passion for the subject and your drive for innovation.

  • 2017-03-10 Tholang Mathopa

    Hi I'm Tholang from South Africa
    I just wrote the GMAT and planning to rewrite it again and apply in the next round (April). Please advise if the GMAT is the only way to get into business school or if other aspects of the application are considered. I want to apply to Said Business School.
    1. Undergraduate school:Heriot Watt University
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA:3.8
    3. GRE score or expected score: GMAT is currently on 310, expecting to raise it to 600+
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience:3 years
    5. Current company and role: Robotics Developer at EY South Africa
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: mentor at a place of safety for abused girls
    7. Post-MS/MBA goals: improve the quality of education in South Africa to enable growth and progress through innovation

  • 2017-03-09 Vipin Antil

    Hey, I am Vipin Antil from India.

    1. Undergraduate school:Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka (Instrumentation and Control Engineering, 4th semester)
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: 7.49 (on a scale of 10)
    3. GRE score or expected score: 720+
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience: Less than a year. Currently, a student.
    5. Current company and role: Student (Marketing Intern at OYO Rooms, Campus Ambassador of BYJU's)
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: Organizer for annual tech fest and Sponsorship Organizer for annual cultural fest of college, Event Manager at PetFed'16, Delhi (India's largest pet festival).
    7. Post-MS/MBA goals: Working closely with the top leaders of the world, and working Finance and Healthcare enabled firms.
    8. Target schools: Stern School of Business, University of St. Gallen, Bocconi University, LSE, LBS, ESSEC Business School, Otto Beisheim School Of Management, ISB, Nanyang Business School, NUS Business School, Mannheim Business School, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

  • 2017-03-09 Rakshit Sinha

    My GRE score is 315 , I'm expecting a TOEFL score around 100-110, My cgpa is 8.0 , have done internships at HAL, All India Radio AND NTPC , I'm planning to do a research work in artificial intelligence this May, currently I'm in 3rd year of engineering pursuing B.E. in electrical and electronics engineering from R.V. College of engineering, Bangalore.
    I'm good at machine learning, data mining and I've also done a course on marketing and data analytics from university of Virginia by means of coursera.
    In which universities should i apply for MS in MIS for fall 2018??

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  • 2017-03-02 Personal MBA Coach


    As mentioned above, the specialized masters programs would be reasonable and good targets if you get a high GMAT score, but the MBA would require additional work experience. Depending on your career path, you may want to try applying now or you may want to delay for an MBA. I am happy to explore the options further with you.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-03-02 Personal MBA Coach


    Thank you for your profile post. Cornell, Kenan-Flagler, Carey, Darden and Duke are all reasonable schools to target that you would have a decent chance at getting in. I would say a very good chance for some of the schools (assuming you are applying in round one this fall). If you want to reach for a school like Columbia or Wharton, your extra-curriculars would need to be stronger and I would want to develop your profile further before deciding on them for sure.

    If you are looking for help during the process, we can start with working on crafting your career path and ideal post-MBA goals. Send me a message by clicking on my name to discuss. Cornell Tech would be a very good fit for you in fact.

    Good luck!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-03-02 Personal MBA Coach


    Thank you for the detailed profile information! You have a very interesting background and if you can get a good GMAT score, you should have a good chance at a number of these schools. Given the amount of experience you have, are you considering an Executive MBA? You would be 35 by the time you start school with 11 years of experience, so I would like you to benefit from networking with other executives vs. the students in a full-time program.

    That said if you are set on a full-time, most of the schools would be reasonable for you. Yale, MIT and Columbia will be tough because of the amount of experience, but if you target Yale's EMBA program or Columbia's EMBA program, you could be very attractive. I have students in both and your profile is in line. The only EMBA that may be tricky is Sloan because they prefer a bit more experience.

    Good luck and reach out if you want more help.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-03-02 Personal MBA Coach


    Thank you for the detailed post and congrats on a strong GMAT score. I have a slightly different take here. I think your profile is pretty strong overall. While the undergrad GPA is a little low, the 770 makes up for that. If you can formalize the mentoring of students, this will serve to improve your profile further.

    How many people are on your team and do you have direct leadership / management experience? If so that makes you even more attractive.

    This is a good list of schools to target and given your healthcare focus, you picked great schools. I actually don't have a lot of changes to recommend but perhaps if you want to discuss your profile further and how we can work together on your applications, I can go into more details. I see a very good chance of getting into Duke and Ross and likely with some scholarships. The other schools are also good targets. Good luck and reach out to me to discuss further, which you can do by clicking my name above.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-03-02 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Insead, MIT and Yale may be difficult but can be cracked if you can portray your profile well in the application. But others should be within your reach. You do have diversity and can add value to the class.

  • 2017-03-02 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Schools mentioned by you would be difficult to enter unless your build a much stronger profile.
    You can strengthen your profile by adding to your extra-curricular activities as also projecting yourself as a strategic and analytical thinker. This is because management graduates who can come up with new ideas are the one who can bring about disruption, and achieve extra-ordinary results.
    Therefore, all applicants should participate in different activities – be it social, cultural, political, economic, sports, adventure – or for that matter any or every activity that interests you. Writing in your university application essays or statement of purpose how you could acquire a new vision and a different thinking pattern because of the wisdom gained through your diverse engagements prove that you are a holistic thinker and integrated learner. One can apply to the top 10 Univerisities even with average academic background and a not very high GMAT scores if applicants can prove they hold a really broad profile.

  • 2017-03-02 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Targeting top b-schools need very strong extra-curriculars, your involvement in diverse activities, leadership and knowledge in vast areas. Universities look more at non-academic element of a candidate than past degrees. Knowing different languages, adaptability to new situations and circumstances and the passion and drive for out of the box thinking to bring about new solutions really matter.
    So, rather than concentrating on GMAT score, I would suggest you to build your profile - for all that matters is not what you are but how your project yourself in the applications.

  • 2017-03-02 Setu Saxena

    Hi, Please find information below for a profile evaluation.

    1. Undergraduate school - Drexel University, BS Mechanical Engineering; subsequently went to a highly selective (think 5% acceptance rates) fellowship program in India.
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA - 3.4/4
    3. GMAT score or expected score - 770
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience - 4 years of relevant business experience with a focus on operations over the last 2 years
    5. Current company and role - National Manager, Supply Chain for Consumer healthcare products for one of the top Pharma companies from India and globally known for a pharmaceutical firm with a large focus on making drugs accessible.
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience - Mentoring Students from under privileged backgrounds for over 3 years
    7. Post-MBA goals - Consulting with a focus on healthcare in the short term and healthcare technology in the long term
    8. Target schools - MIT, Wharton, Kellogg, Tuck, Duke and Ross

    Would appreciate your advice.

  • 2017-03-02 Aleksei Novitskii

    Hi, I would appreciate any advice about my profile.

    1. Undergraduate school - Far Eastern Federal University (something like a top 15-20 university in Russia)
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA - 1st diploma - 4.9/5, 2nd diploma - 4.7/5; 1 year at University of Richmond (bschool courses), VA, USA - 3.6
    3. GMAT score or expected score - 720-750
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience - 10 years (currently 34 years old)
    5. Current company and role - civil service, regional government, ministry of economic development, consultant/advisor, administering/supervising government urban and social development programs
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience - nothing serious, quite tech-savvy, have experience (and passion) with trading futures/forex; part-time/volunteer work experience as japanese language interpreter (native language - russian); research experience and publications on energy efficiency, energy policy, interbudget transfers; able to repair/mod some electronic devices.
    7. Post-MBA goals - consulting in finance or IB/hedgefund, or perhaps own business
    8. Target schools - ASU (W.P. Carey), Washington U - Olin, UNC (Kenan-Flagler), Ohio State U -Fisher, Indiana U-Kelley , INSEAD, Yale,
    but also thinking maybe MIT, Cambridge U-Judge, U of Virginia (Darden), Columbia

    Applying this year, wondering if it would strenghten my profile if to change job immediately for some consulting/finance related.

  • 2017-03-02 Sidharth Gaur

    Hi. Below is my profile for evaluation

    1. Undergraduate school- Amity University (B.Tech - Electronics & Communication Engineering)
    2. Undergraduate GPA - 8.34 on 10
    3. GMAT score (Expected) - 720 - 750
    4. Work experience - 3 years (till July 2017)
    5. Current Company & Profile - EY (Cybersecurity Consulting)
    6. Extra-curriculars - Not substantial (Organized college events, won some quiz competitions, b-plan competition, etc.)
    7. Leadership experience - Led a small audit project in network security for a telecom operator in India
    8. Post-MBA goals - Not really clear at this point. Slightly inclined to working in tech.
    9. Target schools - Cornell (Cornell Tech), University of Virginia (Darden), UNC (Kenan-Flagler), ASU (W.P. Carey), and some ambitious ones - Duke, Wharton, Columbia

    Would love to get your opinion on how to strengthen my profile and if I can add some other colleges to my list

    Please let me know if any other details are required.

  • 2017-02-16 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Dear Phaneendra,
    MS programs to the colleges you have mentioned should be okay based on your profile. However, MBA may require more experience and a more diversified extra-curriculars. Rather than showing post-MS or post-MBA goals as Senior VP positions, project yourself as one who can visualise new possibilities to bring about new solutions. Universities prefer people who are innovative problem seekers rather than those who look for higher positions on job. You need to show a lot more in extra-curriculars.

  • 2017-02-15 Phaneendra Sai

    hi everyone,
    This is Phaneendra.

    1)Graduation:B.Tech in Elcetronics and communication engineeering,Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University college of Engineering kakidana
    2)Percentage: 61.38%(two backlogs-but as per university guidelines, these subjects are not considered for agregate)
    3)No GMAT taken, But planning to score around 670.
    4)Work Experience:2 years in Mphasis( but planing to apply for 2018 fall-so it is 3years).
    5)Currently working for MPhasis LTD
    6)Role:Test Engineer-two client side awards for best performance.
    7)volunteer work with NGO- smarthanam-teaching the disabled students.
    8)POST PG goals-reach to a Senior VP level where I can lead the technology projects.
    -target colleges-
    Programs interested- planing to apply for 2018 fall
    IT management(engineering management) OR MBA(not sure of the program as of now)
    University of Texas at Dallas,
    North carolina state university at Raleigh
    university of Miami
    univ. of south carolina -columbia

    Please let me know if further details are needed...

  • 2017-02-12 Paritosh

    Hi everyone thanks for this platform...
    My profile is as follows:
    1)Graduation:B.Tech in Information Sciences and Technology,AMC Enginnering college, Bangalore
    2)Percentage: 65%
    3)No GMAT taken, But planning to score around 700
    4)Work Experience:6 years with more than 2 years Client side experience.
    5)Currently working for Tata Consultancy services
    6)Role:Business Analyst
    I dont have a high budget for fees, so which school will be good for me keeping budget as constraint in mind.

  • 2017-01-24 Personal MBA Coach


    Thank you for your profile details. While ISB and Georgetown may happen with this profile, you would likely need to improve your GMAT for UNC, and ideally even improve it for Georgetown given the competitive set that you come from. I also suggest widening your list and targeting 5 or 6 schools to really give you the best chance. The reality is there are a lot of IT analysts/consultants from India applying to schools and many have high GMAT scores. Good luck and reach out for any further assistance.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-01-24 Personal MBA Coach

    Thank you for providing this. How old are you currently? Based on what I see here, I think these schools would be reaches for you and even with a 730 I would recommend adjusting your list of schools and/or type of program (FT 2 yr vs a part-time for instance). If you want to explore that further, let me know. Things may work out anyway at your target schools, but it would be a stretch.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-01-24 Personal MBA Coach

    If you can raise your GMAT above 700, you will likely have a good shot at these schools. It is important to work on your story and try to have something differentiating since you do come from a competitive set. I also suggest thinking about where you want to live and work after school and letting that drive your selection from a location standpoint.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-01-24 Dibyayan Ghosh

    Hi everyone thanks for this platform...
    My profile is as follows:
    1)Graduation:B.Tech in Civil Engineering West Bengal University of Technology (JGEC),INDIA
    3)No GMAT yet but mock's giving me 680-700
    4)Work Experience:5 years
    5)Currently working for Air Liquide as a Senior Engineer
    Previous Employer:worked for Larsen & Toubro,STUP Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
    6)Role:Expertise in of Design,Approval & Project Planning for Steel Plant,Mega methanol Plant & Power Plant.
    7)Certifications in management & energy studies from London Business School,grenoble ecole de management via Coursera,edx.
    8)post MBA GOAL:I want to move in Operational Management or Supply-Chain Management of big giants and after a few years I want start my own company in Import /Export.
    9)Target Schools;As I want a 2 year MBA for my non-business background approach the schools are mainly HEC Paris,University of British Columbia-Sauder,York University-Schulich,Ivey Business School,ESADE.

  • 2017-01-21 socialsam1


    First of all, thank you for your time and attention in this matter.
    I come from a humble and non-traditional background.
    1) University of Houston - Electrical Engineer (Accelerated Masters) and Business Management Minor
    2) GPA = 3.095 overall includes 9 hours of Graduate Elect. Engineering all 4.0.
    3) No GMAT Score yet but expecting 730 with study and classes
    As a non-traditional student I worked construction for 15 years prior
    to college. I worked as an "engineer/designer" while attending college
    for 5 years. I have 3 years of experience after college as a project
    5) I currently work for Chevron Phillips Chemical as a
    Project Engineer overseeing an engineering firm, architectural firm, and
    two general contractors with several of their subcontractors.
    6) I
    am a Professional Advisor for MAES Latinos in S.T.E.M. University of
    Houston Chapter; Secretary of Finance for MAES Latinos in S.T.E.M.
    Houston Professional Chapter; Board of Directors St. Mark's Lutheran
    Church and School; formally a Board of Director for the Hispanic Chamber
    of Commerce of Greater Baytown; and a new volunteer to the Greater
    Houston Partnership - Economic Development and Trade Steering Committee;
    Immediate post-MBA goal is to become a management consultant at either
    McKinsey, Bain, or Strategy&; and eventually go either into private
    equity or become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
    8) Target schools - Kellogg, Tuck, Booth, or HBS in that order.
    What are your thoughts?
    Thank you again for your honesty and your feedback in this matter.Regards,

  • 2017-01-21 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Yes, you can apply to these schools - but show yourself less as a techie, and more as a scientist who can bring about new solutions in future. All b-schools look for those who can bring about disruptions in their respective respective areas. Also try to show how with out of the box thinking you can develop new business models.

  • 2017-01-21 aravind reddy

    1. Undergraduate school-SRM University (Btech-Computer Science)
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA-8.65 out of 10
    3. GMAT score or expected score -690
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience-4.5 years
    5. Current company -Tata Consultancy Services
    6.Designation:IT Analyst
    7.Role:Back up lead of my team.
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience:organised an event in college .Was part of a small initiative of teaching small kids of laborers in my college.Helped convince my managers to incorporate a tool to minimise effort and save time
    7. Post-MBA goals-Would like to work in a consultancy firm for few years and then start my own business
    8. Target schools-ISB,UNC-Kenan Flagler,Georgetown

  • 2017-01-21 Personal MBA Coach

    As mentioned, if you provide more information about your profile, I can suggest programs that make sense for you. Those are all great schools so I would need to know more about your background and what you are trying to do in order to guide you further.
    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-01-20 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Please post your entire academic and professional background. Only then we can comment your eligibility for these colleges.

  • 2017-01-19 manu.mmg

    Hello, my name is Manuela and i am planning to do MBA next year. I am in doubt between IESE, IE, ESADE and INSEAD. Does someone have any opinion, suggestions, tips, about any of these universities? For now, thanks for the attention,
    Manuela Mello Guimarães

  • 2017-01-19 Personal MBA Coach

    Soumik - Yes, happy to respond to new queries as they are posted. Thank you and I hope all is well.

  • 2017-01-19 Personal MBA Coach


    I suggest retaking the GRE to get a higher score before applying. Your work experience sounds good but the GRE is a bit low.


  • 2017-01-19 Personal MBA Coach


    You have the ability to talk about your profile, ask smart questions and leave a positive impression. At the end of the day, anything you can do to leave a positive impression and show interest in the schools may help you. Good luck!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-01-19 Nunzio Quacquarelli

    Can you explain the benefits of meeting target business schools face to face at an MBA fair?

  • 2017-01-17 Soumik Ganguly

    Hi Personal MBA Coach - would you be able to take up some of the new queries on this thread please? Thanks.

  • 2016-12-16 Personal MBA Coach

    Please reach out to me by clicking on my name above and send me a note, or my website at Personal MBA Coach. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  • 2016-12-16 jacksonyito

    i am interested in tutoring. Is there a private email i can reach you at?

  • 2016-12-15 ali raza

    Can I get into the university of Houston industrial engineering ms programme with a 151 in quant and 150 in verbal. I have a gpa of 3.4/5 and work experience of 3 years as a project planning and control engineer in Saudi Arabia.

  • 2016-12-08 Christine Moreau

    Hey! I am applying to different schools for a master's in cognitive and developmental psychology. I have a BSc in psychology. This is my profile:

    1. University of Ottawa
    2. GPA: 7.1/10, last two years: 8.65
    3. GRE: Score 301 verbal: 154 quant: 147 AWA: 4.5
    4. No work experience
    5. N/A
    6. Volunteer work in 2 psychology labs, each for approx. 8 months, volunteered in two subcommittees for the Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology at UOttawa. Volunteered for the school food bank.
    7. Post-MS/MA Goals: PhD or work in language pscyh field
    8. Target schools: McMaster, Trent, Wilfrid Laurier and University of Western Ontario

  • 2016-12-08 Sai Kiran

    Hi. This is my profile,

    B.Tech in Biotechnology from Andhra University
    GPA - 7.95/10
    GRE Score - 330, Quant - 168, Verbal - 162, AWA - 4
    TOEFL - 112, Speaking - 26
    No work Experience
    Extra Curricular Activities - Active member of the India Literacy Project (NGO)
    Post MS Goals - PhD
    MS in Biotechnology/ Cellular and Molecular Biology

    Can you please tell me about my chances of getting into the following universities:-

    Columbia University
    U Penn
    Univeristy of California, Irvine
    Pennsylvania state university
    New York University
    SUNY Buffalo
    UT Dallas
    Georgetown University
    University of Illinois, UC
    North Carolina State University
    Florida State University
    Texas A&M
    Tufts University

    Also, please suggest me any other good universities that you know of.

  • 2016-12-08 AshwiniNair


  • 2016-12-08 Harsh Modi

    Hi, below are the details.. please help me out to shortlist the universities...

    Applying for (Bachelors or Masters)- Masters
    Your UG major (if applying for PG)- Electrical Engineering
    Xth Score- 90
    XIIth Score-83
    UG Score- 3 GPA(US equivalent)
    Major you are looking for- Electrical and Computer Engineering(specialization in embedded system or vlsi)
    Country/ies you are looking for- USA
    GRE(if you have taken)- 305(159(q), 146(v), 3(w))
    IELTS/TOFEL-IELTS 7.5(8.5,7,7,7)
    Your Project/Achievements (only Academic)-
    training- 42 days at hitachi power electronics, basics of plc and low voltage switchgear at siemens' training center
    project- Quadcopter, speed control of pmdc motor

  • 2016-12-03 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Applying to the top b-schools may be a little ambitious unless you can come up with extra-ordinary extra-curricullars and some really outstanding examples of past work. How you visualise future amidst an era of evolving technologies and disruptions taking place all around, also needs to be explained in your essays. B-schools look for those who can come up with unique and new ideas to make an impact in the world around us.

  • 2016-12-03 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    You may apply to top 20 schools with the kind of experience you have. Try to project yourself as a value creator in the application, and how you can bring about disruptions as a result of your work in future. B-schools look for candidates who can identify new opportunities to create jobs and wealth for society. Please also try to show you are an innovator than a bookish learner.

  • 2016-12-01 Savyasachi jain

    Hi, below are my details:
    1. Undergraduate school: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (Bachelor in Technology)
    2. Undergraduate GPA- 7.46/10
    3. GMAT expected score: 700
    4. # Yrs of experience- 4. years
    5. Current company & role- Working as Manufacturing Manager in Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd (BIG Coca-Cola)
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience- State level swimmer, trained vocalist in classical music, activity head in college festival
    7. Post- MBA Goal- Wish to work in investment banking/equities area, want to start my own SME later
    8. Target School- ISB Hyderabad, Harvard, Stanford, MIT Sloan, Kellog etc.

  • 2016-12-01 AshwiniNair

    1. Undergraduate school - L.D.Arts
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA - 72%. Was university level gold medalist in psychology
    3. GMAT score or expected score - Latest mock test score is 620
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience - 11 years
    5. Current company and role - Working as a communication consultant to an NGO. Work closely with the founding members as part of the strategic team.
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience - I volunteer in my free time and am an avid traveler.
    7. Post-MBA goals - Wish to work in the development sector or healthcare and life sciences.
    8. Target schools - Would like help with identifying schools the I should consider for full time MBA

  • 2016-11-28 stvoranges

    Thanks Scott. Fuqua and Ross are also on the list for me, and I agree with you about the GPA. With UT McCombs, I think they focus on your last two years which would bring my GPA closer to 3.7

  • 2016-11-27 Emmanuel Bedu

    helo Scott
    1. University of Ghana, Banking and Finance
    2. Second class lower
    3.Targeted GRE score; 320

    4.Work experience ;1yr in marketing

  • 2016-11-25 devanshigoenka94

    My GRE turned out fine, got a 317, 155 verbal and 162 quant,can you name a few universities for me?

  • 2016-11-24 jacksonyito

    1. University of Ibadan, Nigeria Economics

    2. 2nd class upper

    3. 700

    4. 0

    5. -

    6. sports

    7. Lecturing

    8. MSc/Phd - Canada and US. Wilfried Laurier, Clemson University, Univ of Florida

  • 2016-11-24 Mohammed Zean


    I need to know which collages should I target in US or Canada

    1.Undergraduate School: American International University Bangladesh(AIUB), Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
    2. Undergraduate GPA:3.91/4.0 (graduation year 2016)
    3.GRE score:298 (154 Quant,144 Verbal), 2.5 AWA. Toefl:79
    4.6 months research experience (undergrad thesis) and publication is in peer -review stage.
    5.Extra Curricular activities- Active IEEE member and have attended various seminars, workshops under IEEE AIUB SB.
    6. Achievements- IEEE BDS Student/YP/WIE Congress 2015-top 5 ideas.
    interest -nanotechnology and its relevant field.

  • 2016-11-24 kalpesh dethe


    Need to know what colleges I can target in USA for MS economics

    1. Undergraduate school: University of Mumbai, Chemical Engineering
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: 53 %( 15 backogs)
    3. GRE score : 304 (V -145 ,Q-159 ) Tofel 93
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience: 2 yrs
    5. Current company and role: Brilliant polymers, Production executive
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: Won few inter college n intra college sports events, quizes.
    7. Post-MS goals: Work as data science field
    8. Target University: TAMU , University Of illinios Chicago,University of Houston, University of Cincinnati, University of California, Sanata Cruz.
    Please let me Know any else higher ranking university i can apply?

    Thanks n Best Regards,

  • 2016-11-22 Personal MBA Coach

    Thank you for your post. Your meanswear manufacturing work sounds really interesting. I am curious to find out what startup you work for!

    Depending on the GMAT, this is a reasonable list of schools. Sloan and Tuck will be challenging with a 700 GMAT, but if you can get closer to a 750 you stand a better chance.

    Darden and McCombs are good options with a 720 and Judge could work out a bit lower than that. I do recommend trying to exceed the median scores to start to compensate for your low GPA in undergrad.

    Reach out if you want to talk about how we can work together on your applications. I am working with a good number of advisory folks from the big names currently (and they are doing well in interviews) EY, etc.

    Good luck!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-22 Personal MBA Coach

    How did the GRE turn out? I suggest going one tier level down for schools based on the profile I see, but it is often recommended to apply to a wide range of schools so you can also include some more challenging programs.


  • 2016-11-22 Amit Kalita

    Is someone alive to answer this?

  • 2016-11-21 Personal MBA Coach


    Thank you for your post. You would need to retake the GMAT and raise your score in order to be competitive. The reality is your score is below the level needed so I don't recommend applying currently. Good luck and reach out with any other questions!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Founder, Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-20 Anand V


    Need to know what colleges I can target in Canada.

    1. Undergraduate school: Institute of Engg. & Tech, Lucknow
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: 68 %
    3. GMAT score or expected score: 580
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience: 3.5 yrs
    5. Current company and role: TCS, SAP Consultant
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: Won several inter college n intra college sports events, quizes, roboitcs competition. Held the position of School Captain, Coordinator - Inter college Robotics event.
    7. Post-MBA goals: Would like to go into Supply Chain Consulting
    8. Target schools: Not sure but done RnD on few like McGill, Memorial university.

    Thanks n Best Regards,

  • 2016-11-18 Nikita Bansal

    Complexity in my case: targeting a MS course (material science) different from my previous degree (Textile Technology)
    Second weakness in profile: 7.6/10 cgpa (although top 12%)

    1. Undergraduate school: National Institute of Technology, (Punjab) India
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: 7.6/10 (top 15% in batch)
    3. GRE score or expected score : 326 (v=159, q=167, awa 3.0) and TOEFL 102 (speaking=26, writing= 25)
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience: 1 year (by now)
    5. Current company and role: Wearable electronics based startup company, Junior Product Engineer in R&D department
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: organized 'women safety & self defense workshops' in schools and college, pollster regarding a political issue in the capital (Citizens' Ombudsmen Bill), Project leader at work & college, organized and won many dance competitions
    7. Post-MS/MBA goals: I want to develop products that provide physical safety to people around, ex. anti molestation garment is one that strongly urged me to dedicate my UG research towards it.
    8. Target schools: MIT, GATech, Michigan Ann Arbor, UIUC, UCB (don't know if I should), NCSU, TAMU, ASU and some more

  • 2016-11-17 owen

    Hi scott my name is owen, you have not replied my inquiry. please do. I really want to know where i stand.

  • 2016-11-17 stvoranges

    Hello, would appreciate some advice on where I align for top 20 MBA programs:

    1. Boston University (Business School - Supply Chain and Information Systems)
    2. Cumulative GPA: 3.35, Concentration GPA: 3.65
    3. Expecting 700-720 GMAT
    4. 4 Years work experience
    5. In the Advisory group of a top 5 accounting firm. Just completed a one year rotation as the first ever Chief of Staff in my territory, and am now a consultant focusing on the operational aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions
    6. Am currently the COO of a small menswear brand in NYC. Also for 2 years was executive board of a start up supporting American manufacturing and retail, which grew 600% during my tenure. Currently taking online courses through MIT.
    7. Would like to work with a top consulting firm, focusing on Operations/ Supply Chain but with a specific niche of Environmental Sustainability.
    8. Target schools:
    - UVA Darden
    - Dartmouth Tuck
    - MIT Sloan
    -UT McCombs
    -Cambridge University (Judge)

    Thank you,

  • 2016-11-17 Amit Kalita

    Need suggestion on below universities for MS in Civil Engineering
    GRE: 313(Verbal: 152, Quant: 161, AWA:4)
    Toefl: 107 (Reading: 27, Listening: 28, Speaking: 24, Writing: 28)
    UG: B.Tech(Civil Engineering) with C.G.P.A: 8.68 from NIT Silchar
    2 projects
    No work experience

    Universities shortlisted:
    UT Austin
    Arizona State University
    University of Maryland, College Park
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Nanyang Technology University
    Purdue University
    University of Wisconsin Madison
    Delft University of Technology

  • 2016-11-17 Avinash Raju

    Hi guys my profile:
    10th :91.1%
    12th :92.2%
    Undergrad: 63%(40 backloges)
    Branch :CSE
    Duration of undrgrad: 5 years(20011-16 coz of backloges)
    Destination: USA, for fall 2017
    GRE: 320
    IELTS: 7.0
    1Reaserch publication on Artificial Intelligence..
    Planning for Masters in computer science

    Can some suggest me the univ's based on my profile

  • 2016-11-17 Nikita Bansal

    Yes, I re-took GRE and my new score is 326 (verbal 159 and quant 167, awa score expecting = 3.5) and toefl 102 (speaking 26, writing 25)

  • 2016-11-12 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    You can get into top 20 universities by portraying a profile that you are an innovator and not a bookish learner.

    Forget your past academic scores. US universities give more importance to the hidden potential inside for innovation and your ability to transform the world with your outstanding out of the box thinking. Try to show in your application the unique creative side of yourself, and what is the specific difference you can make. If you can do that, notwithstanding low or average past academic scores, you would be lapped up by the universities.

    Remember, Edison went to school only for 3 months in his life time. When Einstein was in his middle school, he was a very ordinary student. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were college dropouts.

    In reality, ordinary students can deliver extra-ordinary results if they have the passion and drive for innovation.

  • 2016-11-12 devanshigoenka94

    Other scores would be :
    Xth standard : 8.8 CGPA/10
    XII th Standard : 93.75% CBSE
    Undergraduate : 1st Division from Calcutta university
    CA: 1st attempt with 50% marks
    Have my GRE scheduled on 15th expect to get above atleast 310 & TOEFL expectation 110

    Did a small research project in the final year of UG on online shopping.

  • 2016-11-12 devanshigoenka94

    CA requires us to mandatory go through a 3 year rigorous internship, so while i was doing my undergraduate I was undergoing my internship and preparing for my professional exam. I dont have experience perse in research. Would you please suggest me any other universities I shall be looking at?

  • 2016-11-11 aditya0m

    Hey all I was considering creating an anonymous group with all GRE Takers so that we can submit essay and do an objective evaluation of it collectively. It would be a peer review kind of based system with concrete points of assessment. I think it would benefit us all.


  • 2016-11-10 apoorvareed

    My GRE -308 || Q- 161, V-147 AWA 3.0
    toefl - 87
    college - BE in Comp Science from C.S.V.T.U. , Bhilai - 68%(7 backlogs). WES GPA 2.9/4.0
    EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker
    Job Experience : 32 months QA(Automation Developmer)

    Want to do MS in Computer Science

    Please help me with 6-7 universities that suites my profile

  • 2016-11-10 Personal MBA Coach

    I recommend taking it again before thinking about what schools to target as your score is pretty low for most schools. If you are interested in tutoring, send me a note and we can discuss how we can help you raise your score!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Personal MBA Coach

    I would target schools around the 25-30 range with this current profile, though if you can increase your GMAT score you can target higher schools. If you are interested in private, virtual GMAT tutoring, send me a note and I can tell you how we can help you.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Personal MBA Coach


    Thank you for the post. I would say Wichita State and FIU look good, Michigan State and George Mason could go either way and Texas is in that same group. Good luck and reach out if you want help with your applications!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Personal MBA Coach


    Thank you for the note. Who do you work for now and what is your role in marketing? NUS may or may not work depending on the GRE score, though the other schools are more likely to work out with the right application strategy, with the exception of Chicago which will be a stretch from what I see. Contact me if you want to discuss working together on your applications.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Personal MBA Coach

    To provide some more specific advice for you based on your target school list...

    What is your demographic background? This will be important.

    From what I see here:
    HBS, Stanford: Stretch. Not likely to happen but you could target
    MIT, Booth: Slight stretch as well to be honest
    McCombs, Toronto, NUS: Target schools that have a better chance of working out with the right profile

    Again, let me know your demographic background and send me a note if you are interested in working on your applications together. I went to Wharton for my MBA and MIT for BS and run Personal MBA Coach, a boutique consultancy. I am also closely aligned with consulting firms and can discuss career prospects.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Personal MBA Coach


    Thank you for your post. For UCLA and Emory, I suggest retaking the GRE to try to get a higher score. If you want to discuss tutoring options, let me know, either my clicking above to send me a note or visiting my site.

    BU, Wisconsin are likely to happen

    Vanderbilt may or may not happen.

    Good luck!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Personal MBA Coach


    Thank you for your post. At this point I would recommend looking at top 25 schools but once you have your GMAT score, we can narrow down the list more. Do you manage people, and if so how many? Extra-curricular leadership? Post-MBA goals?

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Personal MBA Coach

    Thank you for your post. I would be happy to weigh in but you haven't provided much information to go off. Per the prompt here, if you want to give more details it would help. For instance, what is your specific grade out of 100? Any work experience? These are all really hard schools to get into for the PhD programs so a lot more info is needed first. Research experience? Publications?

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

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