MBA Profile Evaluation -- Would love any comment

Dear team,

It would be much appreciated if I could receive some advice/ an assessment of my upcoming B-School application:

Nationality: Chinese male/ Spent past 8 years in US
Age: 31
Degree: Undergrad in China (top 10 school), major in bio-chemistry GPA 3.6/4.0 M.S in Stanford, major in Materials Engineering GPA 3.8/4.0
GMAT: 710 (Q: 51 / V: 33 / IR: 6) - weak Verbal; retake worth it? Plan to apply for R1 so not much time left
Work Experience: Spent past 6 years in the healthcare/biotech industry as product design engineer.
2 years in a hot start-up company in Silicon valley, title:** Product Engineer**
3 years in Thermofisher Scientific, title: Senior Product Engineer
1 year in Siemens Healthineers, title: Staff Product Engineer
Do not have people manager experience. Do have managed programs and led product from concept to market launch
Post-MBA goal: Consulting (with focus in Healthcare/biotech industry), Product Management
Advantage: Relatively high GPA, great school (Stanford), named companys
Disadvantage: Age, lack of management experience, not traditional background (no finance or consulting)

Schools:
Columbia
NYU Stern
Yale
MIT

It would be great to get some advice on chances at these schools and the necessity of a GMAT retake.

Best Regards,
Derek

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Comments (12)

Sep 6, 2018 - 1:52pm

You should submit yourself for an evaluation from Sandy Kreisberg at Poets and Quants: https://poetsandquants.com/2018/03/25/mock-mba-admissions-interview-hbs…

I was contemplating an MBA earlier this year, and from what I gathered, you should aim for a GMAT score of at least a 730 to feel comfortably competitive. Management experience doesn't really matter for pre-MBA, because that's usually the reason why you're getting an MBA in the first place. And I think schools will like that you have a non-traditional background to diversify the class profile.

Make sure you tell a good story in your essays, too.

Good luck!

Sep 6, 2018 - 6:20pm

In your case I think its wise to retake the GMAT and apply round 2.

I'm sure its annoying because I doubt you want to retake the GMAT and wait to find out where you're going to school, but verbal can move your overall score a lot. A 51 Quant is really good, so congrats there.

Even if you might get into the same schools either way, a 760+ instead of a 710 could result in material scholarship money at some of the schools you mentioned. Think about that if you need some motivation to study.

Sep 7, 2018 - 10:44am

Hi There, I did my undergrad in China and got a Master of Science at Stanford. The only reason I a m not applying for Stanford (besides its younger age trend) is that I live on the east coast now with my family and relocation will be very challenging.

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Sep 9, 2018 - 3:03am

A higher verbal score would help you, but I'm not sure it's absolutely necessary. If you want to be on the safe side, retake and apply R2, hopefully with a higher verbal and total.

Also consider Tuck and maybe Darden.

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Sep 9, 2018 - 7:45am

For better or worse, Admission Committees are going to expect a higher GMAT score from a Chinese male. Hate to say it.

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