- Non-target Big 10 Finance major
- GPA: 3.8
- a household name F500 company - 3 years work experience
- GMAT: 720
- Very good extra curriculars
How is this profile for M7 MBA admissions (assuming the story makes good sense and essays are fine)? Is this person likely to get admitted to few of the top programs?
Can You Get into M7 from FLDP?
Getting in to business school depends on many factors, with work experience being one of the most important ones. While many on WSO tend to work or aspire to work in banking, MBA programs are also used to develop leadership and management skills. Many schools will be interested in why you want to attend their school and what you want to do with the degree.
As far as getting into an M7 from FLDP, WSO user share their experiences:
- From WSO user @wallstreet101 : FLDP is probably one of the best work experiences for MBA admissions. You are learning to be a leader, getting to build relationships with executives, and get to see several areas of the business. Of course MBA ad com will eat that stuff up.
- From Certified Private Equity Professional - Principal @CompBanker : There are tons of folks from F500 companies at my school. They come from all different parts too, not just the leadership development programs. I'd definitely say that your stats seem typical of someone at an M7 school, so you're at least going to be competitive against your peer group.
- From Certified Corporate Development Professional - Director @harvardgrad08 : At my F500 tech co. every FLDP analyst over the past 10 years that has applied to an M7 school has been accepted...this is about ~2-5 or so per year with ~80% attending HBS or GSB. From my understanding of the admissions process, the benefit of an LDP vs. banking or consulting is that you are not put in the same bucket as all of the banking, consulting, PE and VC applications...so it's less competitive.