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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201612) (25-1)  

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 BY: JOHN A. BYRNE ON DECEMBER 14, 2016

 

 

He’s a 29-year-old military man with a highly unconventional background that includes a master’s degree in religion from a top-tier Ivy League school. After teaching for a year at a public school, he joined the U.S. Army where he has been for the past six years, three in special operations. Now he wants to get into a top MBA program.

This 25-year-old young professional works for a major Hollywood studio, providing marketing strategy and analytics for multi-million-dollar movie campaigns. An Asian female with an impressive 740 GMAT but a low 3.2 grade point avearage from a top 25 U.S. school, she is hoping to get into a prestige business school to unlock the next step in her career as an entertainment marketer.

A professional actor and co-founder of a theater group, this 30-year-old Brazilian male works as a senior marketing strategist for one of the most prestigious ad agencies in the world. With a 670 GMAT score and an undergraduate degree in advertising, he’s hoping to get an MBA to help him move into the entertainment industry.

What these three MBA candidates and more share in common is the desire to get through the door of a highly selective MBA program at one of the world’s very best business schools. Do they have a chance?

Sanford “Sandy” Kreisberg, founder of MBA admissions consulting firm HBSGuru.com, is back to analyze these and a few other profiles of actual MBA applicants who have shared their vital statistics, work backgrounds, and career goals with Poets&Quants.

As usual, Kreisberg handicaps each potential applicant’s odds of getting into a top-ranked business school. If you include your own stats and characteristics in the comments, we’ll pick a few more and have Kreisberg assess your chances in a follow-up feature to be published shortly. (Please add your age and be clear on the sequence of your jobs in relaying work experience. Make sure you let us know your current job.)

 

Mr. Grunt

  • GRE 166V/162Q/4.5W
  • 3.74 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in philosophy and math from a tier-two public university usually ranked between 90 and 110
  • Master’s degree in religion from an Ivy (HYP)
  • Work experience includes a year as a teacher in a public high school and then enlisted in the military for six years, with three years in special ops, creating political, cultural and communications products for foreign audiences
  • Intermediate working proficiency in Farsi (Iran) and Dari (Afghanistan)
  • Goal: To transition into marketing or political consulting
  • “I would like to pursue an MBA/MPP dual degree, both of which my job in the military draws its research and practices from”
  • 29-year-old white male

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 30%
Dartmouth: 40% to 50%.
Yale:
Duke: 50%+
Virginia: 50%+
Cornell: 50%+
UNC: 50%+
Georgetown: 50%+

Sandy’s Analysis: There’s a screenplay lurking in your profile. It sounds like you were infiltrating local newspapers and TV stations. It’s a combination of writing propaganda and special ops. That’s a very interesting intersection of things. You are no Army grunt. You present an attractive profile of an well-meaning, thinking military guy. And then you want to go into political consulting?

You could walk into the Kennedy School at Harvard right now. It used to be the case that if you go to the Kennedy School you could get a job with McKinsey. If that’s the case, you should go to the Kennedy School. They would love a guy like you, and you would get into Kennedy. As our readers already know, I don’t like dual-degree programs. I just don’t think they are necessary.

Still, your chances at Harvard Business School are very good, too. HBS takes military guys. They are willing to go older for military guys. And you are Mr. Bookish, Special Ops. You are cerebral with a helmet. And you are a Tuckie type, too. An intellectual military guy like you would ring their bell. With Yale, Duke and Virginia on your list of target schools, you also are really picking them. Those schools are the filet mignon of smart military candidates

Let’s just look at that GRE score of yours. It’s the equivalent of a 700 GMAT. GREs tap out at 170. So the 166 verbal is strong. Your quant at 162 is pretty low for some of your target schools, even though you only missed something like eight questions. But with everything else in what is a strong profile, it’s good enough. Having been a math major, there will be no fear that you can’t do business school math.

But here’s the deal: My advice is just go to the Kennedy School. You don’t need an MBA to be a political consultant, if that is what you have your heart set on.

 

Ms. Hollywood Marketing Guru

  • 740 GMAT (Q49/V42)
  • 3.2 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from a Top 25 U.S. university
    (Low GPA due to “severe depression, plan to write separate essay on this; have taken post bacc quant-heavy courses with a 4.0 GPA”)

  • Work experience includes two-and-one-half years of internships during undergraduate years at top entertainment companies such as Disney, Warner Brothers, and William Morris Endeavor, followed by a year after graduation at at Edelman where she was promoted to senior analyst, running major entertainment accounts, and finally one-and-one-half years at a major Hollywood studio, providing marketing strategy and analytics for multi-million dollar movie campaigns and also overseeing teams from IBM/internal IT group for the creation and implementation of sn in-house Box Office prediction model tool
  • Extracurricular involvement as a mentor at a nonprofit devoted to children who have relatives diagnosed with cancer (her father has Stage 4 cancer and it’s shaped much of who she is); also serves as co-chair of marketing of studio business group aimed at promoting women in the workplace
  • Goal: To head up worldwide marketing at a major Hollywood Studio
  • “I’ve reached a point in my career where in order to move up, they’d prefer I have an MBA and my boss highly encourages it. After consulting with multiple executives and learning their career paths, I’ve concluded that obtaining an MBA would allow me to become more well-rounded marketer, and allow me to unlock the next step in my career”
  • 25-year-old Asian female

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 30% to 40%
Wharton: 30% to 40%
Northwestern: 50%+
Stanford: 20%
Columbia: 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: This is a classic case of how to overcome a low GPA and a less than gold-plated job to get into an elite business school. Your 3.2 GPA is on the low said and your earlier job in public relations is considered silver because it is not thought of as selective.

You overcome that by getting a 740 GMAT and then landing a prestige job. You did both. You say that one reason you have a lowish GPA is because you suffered from depression during your college years and you intend to write about it. I would go lightly on the depression story because the 740 goes a long way in offsetting it. Plus, you have done a lot to ameliorate that 3.2 undergraduate transcript.

Let’s start with all your internships while in college. Disney or Warner Brothers are great places to work. Everybody at business school loves them. And William Morris Endeavor is also very impressive. Those are great internships and to get them you either have to be very charming, physically attractive, or you have to know somebody. And I am not being sexist. You get this jobs the same way you get a newscastor job at Fox. It’s just a fact.

Then, after you graduated, you got an internship at an agency which turned into a promotion to a full-time job dealing with digital analytics. It’s one of those boring sounding things that has ended up as a hot field. And then you worked for a year at Edelman. If you have to work at a public relations agency, Edelman is a good one because it is a huge, well-known firm.

Finally, you gained your job at a major Hollywood studio, working with analytics and marketing of films. Prediction models are the Holy Grail in Hollywood, to predict Box Office revenue to inform marketing budgets for a movie.

There’s one thing I would suggest. I would change out your goal. There aren’t many Hollywood studios so you don’t want to tell a business school your goal is to be one of six people in the world. Instead, you want to say your goal is to be a marketing leader at a media and entertainment company. That way you sound smarter and, by the way, I doubt you would care that much if you were able to become the head of worldwide marketing at Google.

Basically, you stop the music at working for a major Hollywood studio. Schools love that. Kellogg is historically known for markerting so you would be a welcome admission there. Wharton is the one that could have the hardest swallowing that 3.2 pill. HBS will go, come on in. I think you are a very strong Harvard candidate.

The trick to getting into Stanford is to find out where the back door is. We’re talking about someone at Disney who is in charge of taking the three to four people a year who go to Stanford. That is the way it works or close to it. Columbia is always suspicious of being someone’s second choice so you would have to convince them you really want to go. I would apply to Columbia becuase as good as your odds are, no one can completely count on getting into Harvard, Wharton or Stanford.

You have a really powerful story. I think you are going to have a Hollywood beginning.

 

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://poetsandquants.com/2016/12/14/handicapping-elite-mba-odds-7/ 

 

 

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