Can I get into a top B-school MBA with a 640 GMAT, a 3.83 GPA, and 6 years plus of experience in strategy?

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Career Dev Staff Staff asked 8 months ago

Can I get into a top B-school MBA with a 640 GMAT, a 3.83 GPA (undergrad), and 6 years plus of experience in strategy (energy industry)? I feel my GMAT is way too low.

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Kate McKeon Staff answered 8 months ago

For the sake of “best case” let’s assume your GPA of 3.8 is in a difficult field at a difficult – or challenging/top tier – university and that you have distinguished yourself within the first 6 years in your industry and role(s).
 
Let’s also assume you have a very clear statement of purpose for “Why MBA”, “Why now”, and “Why this School” – (most people are nowhere near as clear as they think they are).
 
It’s still going to be an uphill battle to get an interview at a top 10 program.
 
However, your odds will improve if

  1. Your quant score is at least 48 and you are a non-native English speaker.
  2. You can paint a compelling picture about the path you are on and how this specific school ties into that.
  3. You know know such a significant amount about the program at school X that you can convince the adcoms you really know what you’re talking about.

 
And that’s all still with best case conditions.
 
If your undergrad was not as competitive as your hoped-for-future-peers or you haven’t really distinguished yourself within your career, your chances of interview drop dramatically.
 
Your case is not impossible, but a great deal hinges on intangibles you did not share.