For those who are current MBA students or graduated from MBA programs, how important is your MBA GPA?
If someone has overall 3.4-3.5 or B+ average GPA, should this person be concerned? I know I could've done much better with some extra effort but this is where I stand right now.
Does Your GPA Matter in MBA Recruiting?
When going through an MBA program and recruiting for internships, consulting firms and investment banks typically do their recruitment during the fall of your first year in the program. Therefore, you likely do not have a GPA established for them to look at. That being said, if you are recruiting after that point and you attend a university that does report grades out, firms will look at your MBA GPA.
If you are recruiting while in business school, your GPA doesn't matter when you are recruiting for your summer internship because all the interview invites go out before you even have a GPA. Your undergraduate GPA might come into play but I think with a high GMAT you can offset a low GPA.
The only time that MBA GMAT matters is if you want to re-recruit in the fall as an MBA2 to get a better offer full time or if you are recruiting in the spring as an MBA1. Consulting and banking both recruit in the fall. Also, like half of the top 10 MBA programs have grade non-disclosure anyway.
User @John-Doe8, a consultant, shared their experience in MBA recruiting:
The general answer is no, it's not. The EXCEPTION to the rule in my experience is if you are interested in consulting (and I assume IB). Even then, most the of the time your GPA doesn't matter. Only your first semester grades matter for internships, and (hopefully) only your first year grades matter for full time recruiting. Much of the job recruiting wraps in fall.
I landed my summer internship with a mid Fortune 500 energy company in OCTOBER of my 1st year. I interviewed after 3 weeks of classes.
However, user @abacab, an investment banking vice president, shared that the GPA will matter to recruiters during the process:
Both IB and MBB recruiting care about your grades. You need to not mess up real bad first semester if you want one of those. Once you got your internship offer, you can do whatever.
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