Competitiveness for MBA in Supply Chain


Hi guys,

My credentials are

2.26 Undergrad gpa from Industrial engineering
>3.5 graduate gpa from Operations and Supply Chain from a well known Uk university
Approx. 5-6 years work exp in both quality assurance and procurement (4 years)
Gmat 640 (q50 v28)
Toefl 84

I am thinking to apply to U of Arkansas MBA with Supply Chain track. Is there anybody who will evaluate my competitiveness and possibility to receive financial aid. The university has approx. 640 GMAT average in 2015. Please help me on this issue and tell what to do. I know ky undergrad gpa is very low as the education system very hard to receive stellar grades. Do the admission committees consider the GPA from graduate education which is directly related with supply chain area. Thanks in advance for your help..
Hi guys,

My credentials are

2.26 Undergrad gpa from Industrial engineering
>3.5 graduate gpa from Operations and Supply Chain from a well known Uk university
Approx. 5-6 years work exp in both quality assurance and procurement (4 years)
Gmat 640 (q50 v28)
Toefl 84

I am thinking to apply to U of Arkansas MBA with Supply Chain track. Is there anybody who will evaluate my competitiveness and possibility to receive financial aid. The university has approx. 640 GMAT average in 2015. Please help me on this issue and tell what to do. I know ky undergrad gpa is very low as the education system very hard to receive stellar grades. Do the admission committees consider the GPA from graduate education which is directly related with supply chain area. Thanks in advance for your help..
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ezra
You're a bit under the average GMAT but your work experience, since it's generally higher than the school's average and it's topical, should help to offset that.

But, since your GPA is relatively low, the admissions committee may look to your GMAT score in order to gauge your aptitude for higher education. In this sense, a higher verbal score would help.

With some targeted practice, and if you were able to get your GMAT score up, you might consider applying to schools like Smeal and Broad.
You're a bit under the average GMAT but your work experience, since it's generally higher than the school's average and it's topical, should help to offset that.

But, since your GPA is relatively low, the admissions committee may look to your GMAT score in order to gauge your aptitude for higher education. In this sense, a higher verbal score would help.

With some targeted practice, and if you were able to get your GMAT score up, you might consider applying to schools like Smeal and Broad.
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shahnaz
I am also interested in supply chain. Am looking at Arkansas, but also Iowa State, North Dakota State, and Bryant University. Please let me know if these are good schools to target for supply chain management.
I am also interested in supply chain. Am looking at Arkansas, but also Iowa State, North Dakota State, and Bryant University. Please let me know if these are good schools to target for supply chain management.
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Duncan
Try http://find-mba.com/lists/top-business-school-by-speciality/top-business-schools-for-supply-chain-management
Try http://find-mba.com/lists/top-business-school-by-speciality/top-business-schools-for-supply-chain-management
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badux
I am also interested in supply chain. Am looking at Arkansas, but also Iowa State, North Dakota State, and Bryant University. Please let me know if these are good schools to target for supply chain management.

I think that these are all fine schools, since they are accredited, but: most students will benefit more from a school that has a more established reputation for supply chain. Something like Smeal, Wisconsin, ASU Carey... Especially if you are an international student who wants to work in the US after graduating.
[quote]I am also interested in supply chain. Am looking at Arkansas, but also Iowa State, North Dakota State, and Bryant University. Please let me know if these are good schools to target for supply chain management.[/quote]
I think that these are all fine schools, since they are accredited, but: most students will benefit more from a school that has a more established reputation for supply chain. Something like Smeal, Wisconsin, ASU Carey... Especially if you are an international student who wants to work in the US after graduating.
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shahnaz
Yes, but these schools are not in my budget. Any thoughts on Arkansas, Iowa State, North Dakota State, or Bryant?
Yes, but these schools are not in my budget. Any thoughts on Arkansas, Iowa State, North Dakota State, or Bryant?
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Razors Edg...
As badux notes above, these schools don't have the same level of reputation that the ranked programs have.

This is usually not a problem, if you're looking at regional placements or are not looking at a big career shift, but otherwise I'd invest a bit more and go with something with a little more prestige.

Not sure if this is your case, but, this is especially true for those looking to transition into the US from elsewhere.
As badux notes above, these schools don't have the same level of reputation that the ranked programs have.

This is usually not a problem, if you're looking at regional placements or are not looking at a big career shift, but otherwise I'd invest a bit more and go with something with a little more prestige.

Not sure if this is your case, but, this is especially true for those looking to transition into the US from elsewhere.
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shahnaz
Yes, I am looking to transition into the US from India.
Yes, I am looking to transition into the US from India.
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Ayon
Shahnaz,

One of my friends graduated from U of Arkansas. The MBA worked out for him good. its a 16 month program, and cost of living in the state are lower than rest of US. Last he told me that he was living in Little Rock with his wife and kid in a 3 bedroom apartment for ~$1000.

That program has considerable younger students, so it may happen that you might not get the most out of your classmates.

At this point, I would urge you to have target companies and role ready with you. Outside the national level schools (Ross e.g. for Amazon) if you are targeting a regional school then make sure that there are some regional companies where the alumni work.

Not sure if you have a city preference in US, but e.g. University of Tennessee at Knoxville can be a good match for you. If you want to get into Home Depot, try Atlanta based schools. University of Georgia at Athens (Terry) maybe?

Have gone through my MBA from College of William and Mary, In my opinion, a lot depends upon you and aligning your skill sets with the requirements of your post MBA job and your ability to tell a compelling story about it. The school brand awareness is a helpful add-on.

In top 30 or so schools. Usually the alumni is much active and the Career Management Center have an existing relationship with companies where most students most to work, so that helps a lot.

Hope it helps,
Ayon
Shahnaz,

One of my friends graduated from U of Arkansas. The MBA worked out for him good. its a 16 month program, and cost of living in the state are lower than rest of US. Last he told me that he was living in Little Rock with his wife and kid in a 3 bedroom apartment for ~$1000.

That program has considerable younger students, so it may happen that you might not get the most out of your classmates.

At this point, I would urge you to have target companies and role ready with you. Outside the national level schools (Ross e.g. for Amazon) if you are targeting a regional school then make sure that there are some regional companies where the alumni work.

Not sure if you have a city preference in US, but e.g. University of Tennessee at Knoxville can be a good match for you. If you want to get into Home Depot, try Atlanta based schools. University of Georgia at Athens (Terry) maybe?

Have gone through my MBA from College of William and Mary, In my opinion, a lot depends upon you and aligning your skill sets with the requirements of your post MBA job and your ability to tell a compelling story about it. The school brand awareness is a helpful add-on.

In top 30 or so schools. Usually the alumni is much active and the Career Management Center have an existing relationship with companies where most students most to work, so that helps a lot.

Hope it helps,
Ayon
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Razors Edg...
UT Knoxville and Georgia - Terry are great suggestions.
UT Knoxville and Georgia - Terry are great suggestions.
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