Aiming for Canada MBA at 620 - Profile evaluation


Hi,

I need help in following areas-
Profile evaluation
Finding a good b-school
Admission consultant

Background:
Country - India
Qualification - Chartered Accountant
GPA - TY B.Com scored 91%
Work experience - Full time 20 months, Internship 3 years (20 months pre-graduation & 16 months post-graduation) - all in Mumbai, India. No international exposure.
GMAT Score - 620 (Q49, V26, IR7, AWA4.5) [appeared for GMAT again but scored only 600 due to some distractions at the test center and hence canceled the score. Also, don't want to re-take, want to apply with the given score.]

I want to pursue full-time MBA (2 year/1 year). I am considering either US/Canada, mainly Canada (Singapore - last option). Also, only if I do not get into some good MBA b-school, I will consider Masters in Finance (again last option).

Need help in finding a good b-school with the given score and Work-ex.
Will be happy to provide any further details.

Thanks in advance.
Hi,

I need help in following areas-
Profile evaluation
Finding a good b-school
Admission consultant

Background:
Country - India
Qualification - Chartered Accountant
GPA - TY B.Com scored 91%
Work experience - Full time 20 months, Internship 3 years (20 months pre-graduation & 16 months post-graduation) - all in Mumbai, India. No international exposure.
GMAT Score - 620 (Q49, V26, IR7, AWA4.5) [appeared for GMAT again but scored only 600 due to some distractions at the test center and hence canceled the score. Also, don't want to re-take, want to apply with the given score.]

I want to pursue full-time MBA (2 year/1 year). I am considering either US/Canada, mainly Canada (Singapore - last option). Also, only if I do not get into some good MBA b-school, I will consider Masters in Finance (again last option).

Need help in finding a good b-school with the given score and Work-ex.
Will be happy to provide any further details.

Thanks in advance.
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Duncan
What are your goals? Why Canada? Why not a MiF?
What are your goals? Why Canada? Why not a MiF?
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Canada because USA, UK job markets are not that favorable. Europe has language barriers. Asia, I don't want to study in. Singapore, I don't have much information about and finally, Comapred to Canadian, Australian institutes seem below Canadian, hence Canada. The dream is USA but given the low score even if I get into some average college there will be trouble awaiting at the time of work visa and I can't afford that risk as I want to recover my cost of studies by working in the same country (in which I studies) and then gradually settling there.

Secondly, why not MiF because given that I already hold Indian CA degree & 20 months work-ex plus 3 years of mandatory internship, MiF might not add much value (though not sure about it, I will be grateful if you can share some knowledge on this).

Career goals - work in finance at a managerial post for few years with a good brand and good exposure and then might think of entrepreneurship.

Also, I would like to ask will it be difficult to get into Queens, Ivey or Schulich given the profile I hold? What all schools should I target?

[Edited by Neelam Chaurasia on Sep 01, 2017]

Canada because USA, UK job markets are not that favorable. Europe has language barriers. Asia, I don't want to study in. Singapore, I don't have much information about and finally, Comapred to Canadian, Australian institutes seem below Canadian, hence Canada. The dream is USA but given the low score even if I get into some average college there will be trouble awaiting at the time of work visa and I can't afford that risk as I want to recover my cost of studies by working in the same country (in which I studies) and then gradually settling there.

Secondly, why not MiF because given that I already hold Indian CA degree & 20 months work-ex plus 3 years of mandatory internship, MiF might not add much value (though not sure about it, I will be grateful if you can share some knowledge on this).

Career goals - work in finance at a managerial post for few years with a good brand and good exposure and then might think of entrepreneurship.

Also, I would like to ask will it be difficult to get into Queens, Ivey or Schulich given the profile I hold? What all schools should I target?
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Duncan
yes, I think it will be hard for you to enter the MBAs at those schools. It's not just that your GMAT isn't above average, but that the imbalance between the two halves means that they will think you will struggle with the verbal, and especially oral, part of the MBA.

So, I think a MiF is a better option for you. The Queens programme might be interesting sinde you would be free in the daytime to work or take internships.
yes, I think it will be hard for you to enter the MBAs at those schools. It's not just that your GMAT isn't above average, but that the imbalance between the two halves means that they will think you will struggle with the verbal, and especially oral, part of the MBA.

So, I think a MiF is a better option for you. The Queens programme might be interesting sinde you would be free in the daytime to work or take internships.
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Thank you for the reply Duncan
You mean Queens 1 year MBA right? Is it worth the investment?
My only concern is MiF includes a lot of theory and I would have already covered them up in CA, hence I wasn't considering MiF.
In case you recommend MiF.. Which all schools would you suggest with the given profile?
Thank you for the reply Duncan
You mean Queens 1 year MBA right? Is it worth the investment?
My only concern is MiF includes a lot of theory and I would have already covered them up in CA, hence I wasn't considering MiF.
In case you recommend MiF.. Which all schools would you suggest with the given profile?
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Duncan
I was thinking of their one-year MiF because you are more likely to be selected for that.
I was thinking of their one-year MiF because you are more likely to be selected for that.
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Alright!
What other schools for MiF would you recommend?
Alright!
What other schools for MiF would you recommend?
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Duncan
I think you know what the best business schools are. I think it's worth speaking with their admissions people but my feeling is that you are much more competitive with the MiF than with the MBA. Even if you are familiar with the theory, the business school experience is also about the application of knowledge, group work, presentation, soft skills and networking.

Have you considered qualifying as an Canadian accountant? https://smith.queensu.ca/grad_studies/diploma_in_accounting/index.php
I think you know what the best business schools are. I think it's worth speaking with their admissions people but my feeling is that you are much more competitive with the MiF than with the MBA. Even if you are familiar with the theory, the business school experience is also about the application of knowledge, group work, presentation, soft skills and networking.

Have you considered qualifying as an Canadian accountant? https://smith.queensu.ca/grad_studies/diploma_in_accounting/index.php
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