How can a low GPA grad get admitted to top MBA colleges?

Undergrad CGPA(B.Tech Civil Engineering, India)- 2.64

Masters CGPA(M.S. Construction Management, Michigan State University, USA)- 3.58


WE(in construction engineering)-5 years in USA, 1 year in India

Other credentials- WSP financial modeling course certification, MBA Math Course Certification, WSO Financial modeling Course Certification

Which universities from the ones below would be forgiving of my low undergrad gpa and would like my profile?

UMich Ross

NYU Stern

UPenn Wharton 










Any other credentials that I would need to add to my profile to be accepted at any of these? Any other top university suggestions that would be forgiving and that are not on the list above?

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  • Summer Associate in IB - Cov
Mar 4, 2021 - 10:36am

Currently a B-School student graduating in May. Your situation will be an uphill battle for sure, but not impossible. I'm not trying to troll, but I think your best course of action is to hire an admissions consultant. Keep in mind that this can cost well above $10,000. Your biggest hurdle will be convincing the admissions committee WHY you want their degree. What will you do with it? 

No one gives a shit about the "other credentials" you listed. Sit for the CFA or the PE exam instead. 

I wouldn't waste my time on Wharton or Booth, sorry. 

  • Summer Associate in IB - Cov
Mar 4, 2021 - 12:35pm

It's not a silver bullet, but it's a start.

From the schools you listed, it sounds to me you want an MBA just to say you have an MBA from a prestigious insitution but you have no sense of what you want to use the degree for. For example, Kellogg, Booth/Wharton, Haas, and Yale all have different "specialties" where the majority of their students place after graduation (marketing/consulting, finance, tech, non-profit). you are going to have a hard time convincing the ad com why they should admit you when you are not focused on what you want. 

Take a step back, ask yourself what your goals are and why you want an MBA. Don't try to get an MBA just for "prestige". 

Mar 4, 2021 - 10:47am
arbjunkie, what's your opinion? Comment below:

how are you calculating your GPA, aren't Indian GPAs usually out of 10?

not sure if this is the case but i think often foreign universities grade way harder than US ones - could that be the case for you at all? if so explain it

another way you can make up for it - do the GMAT instead of GRE, and get a better score. 760+

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Mar 4, 2021 - 11:16am

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