Admission to Chinese MBA


Pietro
Hi to everyone! I am looking forward to enroll in a MBA in China and I have read some of the related posts here on this site and found them very helpful.

One thing that`s not clear to me is: how difficult will it be for me to get admitted by a Chinese MBA?
The schools I am planning to apply to are:
CEIBS
Fudan IMBA
Tsinghua IMBA

To summarize my situation:
I am Italian, male, 26 years old.
I have a bachelor in Oriental Languages (Mandarin and Indonesian) and I attended a one-year advanced Mandarin course at Shanghai University. My current Mandarin level is quite good for a foreigner.
I have been working for a small Italian consulting firm here in China for more than 2 years and gained quite a lot of first-hand experience about the Chinese market.
I am planning to sit for the GMAT in 2-3 months but since I work full-time I won`t have that much time to prepare for it (I will study in the evenings and weekends).

What are my chances to be admitted?
What GMAT score should I aim at? I bought the Kaplan GMAT book and took the diagnostic test on their site and I got a 600. I did pretty good on the verbal part but quite poorly on the quantitative part (haven`t touched any math since high school) so I think I`ll focus my preparation on that.

Thanks for the help!
Hi to everyone! I am looking forward to enroll in a MBA in China and I have read some of the related posts here on this site and found them very helpful.

One thing that`s not clear to me is: how difficult will it be for me to get admitted by a Chinese MBA?
The schools I am planning to apply to are:
CEIBS
Fudan IMBA
Tsinghua IMBA

To summarize my situation:
I am Italian, male, 26 years old.
I have a bachelor in Oriental Languages (Mandarin and Indonesian) and I attended a one-year advanced Mandarin course at Shanghai University. My current Mandarin level is quite good for a foreigner.
I have been working for a small Italian consulting firm here in China for more than 2 years and gained quite a lot of first-hand experience about the Chinese market.
I am planning to sit for the GMAT in 2-3 months but since I work full-time I won`t have that much time to prepare for it (I will study in the evenings and weekends).

What are my chances to be admitted?
What GMAT score should I aim at? I bought the Kaplan GMAT book and took the diagnostic test on their site and I got a 600. I did pretty good on the verbal part but quite poorly on the quantitative part (haven`t touched any math since high school) so I think I`ll focus my preparation on that.

Thanks for the help!
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ezra
It's not clear how much total work experience you have; this will be a determining factor in how competitive you are at these schools.

At CEIBS and at Tsinghua, the average work experience of accepted students is about five years. For the Fudan/MIT Sloan, program, it's a bit less, but not substantially If you have much less than five years of work experinece, I'd imagine this would present a big challenge.

In terms of GMAT scores - I'd aim for about 700 to get into CEIBS, and a bit less for the other two.
It's not clear how much total work experience you have; this will be a determining factor in how competitive you are at these schools.

At CEIBS and at Tsinghua, the average work experience of accepted students is about five years. For the Fudan/MIT Sloan, program, it's a bit less, but not substantially If you have much less than five years of work experinece, I'd imagine this would present a big challenge.

In terms of GMAT scores - I'd aim for about 700 to get into CEIBS, and a bit less for the other two.
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Pietro
Thanks for your insights. My total work experience will be about 2 and a half years by the time I submit my application. Will that automatically bar me from entering CEIBS or will it just make things more difficult? Will the fact that I can speak Chinese and that I have been living in China for several years be considered a pro?
Thanks for your insights. My total work experience will be about 2 and a half years by the time I submit my application. Will that automatically bar me from entering CEIBS or will it just make things more difficult? Will the fact that I can speak Chinese and that I have been living in China for several years be considered a pro?
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ralph
You wouldn't be barred from applying - but entry would be difficult, based on the competition. If you can score higher than other candidates on the GMAT (I think the average of accepted candidates is about 690) then you would stand a better chance.

I think that your language and cultural skills would be assets - but they aren't really substitutes for solid work experience.

I would contact the admissions team there to get a better sense of your chances.
You wouldn't be barred from applying - but entry would be difficult, based on the competition. If you can score higher than other candidates on the GMAT (I think the average of accepted candidates is about 690) then you would stand a better chance.

I think that your language and cultural skills would be assets - but they aren't really substitutes for solid work experience.

I would contact the admissions team there to get a better sense of your chances.
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Pietro
Thanks a lot, I think I have a clearer picture now. I will take the GMAT first and then contact the admission team to see what my possibilities are.
Thanks a lot, I think I have a clearer picture now. I will take the GMAT first and then contact the admission team to see what my possibilities are.
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