Will a CFA help me get in?
I'm currently a first year analyst at a boutique investment bank. I scored 730 on the GMAT (97th percentile), and will have 3 or 4 years of investment banking experience when I apply to business school. However, the "hole" in my resume is that my college GPA is rather weak (3.31 from USC).
How valuable is a CFA in b-school admissions? I'm aiming high - top 5 MBA or bust. I'd like to work in private equity after b-school, so a CFA won't be as valuable as if I were to work in asset management. Is a CFA worth the time and effort (250 hours+ recommended study time!)? Is it something that would put me over the top as an applicant and make up for my relatively weak GPA?