Low GMAT score


Hey guys,
Took GMAT today and scored 560, screwed up the verbal section.
Please advise, which all colleges I can get into? Have 2.5 years experience in merchant navy, sailing on Oil tankers at management rank.
Thnx
Hey guys,
Took GMAT today and scored 560, screwed up the verbal section.
Please advise, which all colleges I can get into? Have 2.5 years experience in merchant navy, sailing on Oil tankers at management rank.
Thnx
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Duncan
These are a few schools which will take applicants with 560 GMATs:
University of Cape Town GSB
Ipade
University of Strathclyde Business School
Incae Business School
University College Dublin: Smurfit
Bradford School of Management
TiasNimbas Business School
Politecnico di Milano School of Management
IAE Business School
Durham Business School
University of Florida: Hough
These are a few schools which will take applicants with 560 GMATs:
University of Cape Town GSB
Ipade
University of Strathclyde Business School
Incae Business School
University College Dublin: Smurfit
Bradford School of Management
TiasNimbas Business School
Politecnico di Milano School of Management
IAE Business School
Durham Business School
University of Florida: Hough
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Evan2007
How did you come up with this list?
How did you come up with this list?
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Duncan
I'm an MBA admissions consultant, so I have some data about GMAT scores at almost all of the notable schools.
I'm an MBA admissions consultant, so I have some data about GMAT scores at almost all of the notable schools.
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Hey Duncan, thnx for valuable info. My academics is great through out GPA 3.4+. Graduated in Nautical Science. Since my profile is a bit different, I want to pursue MBA in Oil & gas / Shipping business or shipping. Guide accordingly which colleges would suit me?
Hey Duncan, thnx for valuable info. My academics is great through out GPA 3.4+. Graduated in Nautical Science. Since my profile is a bit different, I want to pursue MBA in Oil & gas / Shipping business or shipping. Guide accordingly which colleges would suit me?
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Duncan
I don't tend to recommend specialised MBAs, but you can read a good exchange on there here: http://www.find-mba.com/board/4863 I think there's only one full-time MBA in energy, at Aberdeen Business School, and as the course director explains it's really focussed narrowly on upstream oil and gas.

When you look at the top MBAs, you will see that none of them are specialised, although some will allow concentrations or electives. When you look at MBAs in the maritime industry, for example, the schools you see the most don't run shipping MBAs:
# Fundação Getulio Vargas
# United States Merchant Marine Academy
# Copenhagen Business School
# Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
# University of Mumbai
# INSEAD
# IMD (International Institute for Management Development)
# Handelshøjskolen i København
# University of Phoenix
# Handelshøyskolen BI

I would focus on getting into the best MBA you can, and then get projects and an internship in your target industry.
I don't tend to recommend specialised MBAs, but you can read a good exchange on there here: http://www.find-mba.com/board/4863 I think there's only one full-time MBA in energy, at Aberdeen Business School, and as the course director explains it's really focussed narrowly on upstream oil and gas.

When you look at the top MBAs, you will see that none of them are specialised, although some will allow concentrations or electives. When you look at MBAs in the maritime industry, for example, the schools you see the most don't run shipping MBAs:
# Fundação Getulio Vargas
# United States Merchant Marine Academy
# Copenhagen Business School
# Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
# University of Mumbai
# INSEAD
# IMD (International Institute for Management Development)
# Handelshøjskolen i København
# University of Phoenix
# Handelshøyskolen BI

I would focus on getting into the best MBA you can, and then get projects and an internship in your target industry.
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YashLohiya
I have a similar score - 560, but a bigger negative aspect is that I have attempted GMAT for 4 times. I constantly score 680+ on mock cats (Manhattan/GMATPrep) but mess it on the main exam.
I have 6 years of full work-ex with start ups, co-founded a social sector dot com company last year and also provide consulting to start ups. Want to pursue specialization in Entrepreneurship/Consulting. Future goal is to provide business development/strategy consulting to startups/NGOs and small/medium businesses.
What could be the possible b-school options?
I have a similar score - 560, but a bigger negative aspect is that I have attempted GMAT for 4 times. I constantly score 680+ on mock cats (Manhattan/GMATPrep) but mess it on the main exam.
I have 6 years of full work-ex with start ups, co-founded a social sector dot com company last year and also provide consulting to start ups. Want to pursue specialization in Entrepreneurship/Consulting. Future goal is to provide business development/strategy consulting to startups/NGOs and small/medium businesses.
What could be the possible b-school options?
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Duncan
Yash, how about the schools I listed above on October 3rd?

Assuming that you want to return to India after the MBA, I'd rank them like this:

# University of Strathclyde
# University of Bradford
# University of Durham
# University of Florida
# University College Dublin
# University of Cape Town
# TiasNimbas Business School
# Politecnico di Milano
# El Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE)
# Incae
# IAE
Yash, how about the schools I listed above on October 3rd?

Assuming that you want to return to India after the MBA, I'd rank them like this:

# University of Strathclyde
# University of Bradford
# University of Durham
# University of Florida
# University College Dublin
# University of Cape Town
# TiasNimbas Business School
# Politecnico di Milano
# El Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE)
# Incae
# IAE
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YashLohiya
Thank you, Duncan.
My post MBA short term goal is to work for a management consulting company which works with small/medium business. It will help me address the issues which I face in my current assignments - help me improve my knowledge and at the same time will give me a more practical-holistic view of the entrepreneurial-consulting business.
Also, working for 2-4 years (post mba) will help me repay the study loan.
Do the above mentioned MBA programs help student obtaining post mba job in the Europe (in Entrep-Consulting)? Which are the possible hurdles, if any?
How relevant are the b-schools from Northern Europe (Denmark/Netherlands)?
Thank you, Duncan.
My post MBA short term goal is to work for a management consulting company which works with small/medium business. It will help me address the issues which I face in my current assignments - help me improve my knowledge and at the same time will give me a more practical-holistic view of the entrepreneurial-consulting business.
Also, working for 2-4 years (post mba) will help me repay the study loan.
Do the above mentioned MBA programs help student obtaining post mba job in the Europe (in Entrep-Consulting)? Which are the possible hurdles, if any?
How relevant are the b-schools from Northern Europe (Denmark/Netherlands)?
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Duncan
Yash, I wrote a long reply to this, but took too long and the browser lost it so, in a nutshell.
- I don't think there are many management consulting companies that serve SMEs in the English-speaking world with the sort of profitability that would allow them to hire MBAs. Try and find some.
- I think a realistic target for you would be work in some other brand of management consultancy. To do that, you'd need the language of the country you're working in. I guess you don't speak Danish or Dutch.
- That leaves you with the UK, Ireland, South Africa.... and many countries in Asia. Work permits for the USA are hard to find.
- I suggest you look at Strathclyde, Manchester, UCD, Cape Town and schools in India and the rest of Asia.
Yash, I wrote a long reply to this, but took too long and the browser lost it so, in a nutshell.
- I don't think there are many management consulting companies that serve SMEs in the English-speaking world with the sort of profitability that would allow them to hire MBAs. Try and find some.
- I think a realistic target for you would be work in some other brand of management consultancy. To do that, you'd need the language of the country you're working in. I guess you don't speak Danish or Dutch.
- That leaves you with the UK, Ireland, South Africa.... and many countries in Asia. Work permits for the USA are hard to find.
- I suggest you look at Strathclyde, Manchester, UCD, Cape Town and schools in India and the rest of Asia.
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YashLohiya
Thank you, Duncan. This information is very helpful.
Thank you, Duncan. This information is very helpful.
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Greg MBA
Yash,

I am a current student at UCT MBA in South Africa. I can confirm that the school does accept lower GMAT scores (they state a minimum of 550 although I know of admits as low as 480). They also do place students in top management consultancies, however, such placements would almost exclusively be limited to the South African offices and McK/Bain/BCG will generally expect a GMAT of 650-700+ regardless of the school you attend.

Specifically for consultancy-type companies that service SME's, have a look at Edge Growth, they are an enterprise development firm managing a PE fund both investing in as well as providing consulting services to South African SMME's. (www.edgegrowth.co.za)
Yash,

I am a current student at UCT MBA in South Africa. I can confirm that the school does accept lower GMAT scores (they state a minimum of 550 although I know of admits as low as 480). They also do place students in top management consultancies, however, such placements would almost exclusively be limited to the South African offices and McK/Bain/BCG will generally expect a GMAT of 650-700+ regardless of the school you attend.

Specifically for consultancy-type companies that service SME's, have a look at Edge Growth, they are an enterprise development firm managing a PE fund both investing in as well as providing consulting services to South African SMME's. (www.edgegrowth.co.za)
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Greg MBA
sorry www.edgegrowth.com
sorry www.edgegrowth.com
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Hi greg
what are the chances of getting placed in India after an MBA degree from UCT.i have a gmat score of 630 and 4.8 years of experience in IT ( 2 years in Johannesburg )
Hi greg
what are the chances of getting placed in India after an MBA degree from UCT.i have a gmat score of 630 and 4.8 years of experience in IT ( 2 years in Johannesburg )
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Greg MBA
Not too sure... In general you likely better off attending a US/UK/Indian school for Indian placements as I wouldn't think UCT would have a very strong brand outside of South Africa. I do know that some students have successfully been placed with Infosys in India and there is an exchange with ISB but does not seem common for students...
Not too sure... In general you likely better off attending a US/UK/Indian school for Indian placements as I wouldn't think UCT would have a very strong brand outside of South Africa. I do know that some students have successfully been placed with Infosys in India and there is an exchange with ISB but does not seem common for students...
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ralph
I wouldn't think UCT would have a very strong brand outside of South Africa.

Greg's right - the majority of UCT MBA grads end up in Africa - with some going to Europe and a handful going to Australia/New Zealand. UCT has great networks in S. Africa, and has connections to some multinationals, but don't expect much in terms of infrastructure for placing you in India.
<blockquote>I wouldn't think UCT would have a very strong brand outside of South Africa.</blockquote>
Greg's right - the majority of UCT MBA grads end up in Africa - with some going to Europe and a handful going to Australia/New Zealand. UCT has great networks in S. Africa, and has connections to some multinationals, but don't expect much in terms of infrastructure for placing you in India.
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Greg MBA
Another possible option would be to be recruited into the local office of global firm and then moving internally into the Indian (or other) offfice after 1-2 years. We have had our career fair and McKinsey/Bain/BCG/Accenture/Dalberg all highlighted this as a possibility.

Ralph- you seem to have a strong interest in SA programmes, have you attended one?
Another possible option would be to be recruited into the local office of global firm and then moving internally into the Indian (or other) offfice after 1-2 years. We have had our career fair and McKinsey/Bain/BCG/Accenture/Dalberg all highlighted this as a possibility.

Ralph- you seem to have a strong interest in SA programmes, have you attended one?
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Ama
Hi Yash,

I am from Ghana. I got a 560 on the GMAT. 48 Percentile for both the quant and verbal sections.

What schools in the States and Europe will I stand a great chance of getting into. Pls list them in order of the league of the school,as in reputation worldwide and probably in Africa if you have that info.

I know you listed some schools already but I guess my case is a bit different from others. I am from Ghana. I have over 4 years work experience with one of the big 4 accounting firms and a few months now in one of the big telecom companies in Ghana.

Please advise. I need to apply soon so I can catch the second round and go sch Aug/Sept 2013.
Hi Yash,

I am from Ghana. I got a 560 on the GMAT. 48 Percentile for both the quant and verbal sections.

What schools in the States and Europe will I stand a great chance of getting into. Pls list them in order of the league of the school,as in reputation worldwide and probably in Africa if you have that info.

I know you listed some schools already but I guess my case is a bit different from others. I am from Ghana. I have over 4 years work experience with one of the big 4 accounting firms and a few months now in one of the big telecom companies in Ghana.

Please advise. I need to apply soon so I can catch the second round and go sch Aug/Sept 2013.
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Duncan
Scroll up to see the answers to the same question. Also, try the fourth tier schools AT http://www.find-mba.com/board/27082
Scroll up to see the answers to the same question. Also, try the fourth tier schools AT http://www.find-mba.com/board/27082
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mba hipste...
What schools in the States and Europe will I stand a great chance of getting into.

Your GMAT is low. If you can retake it and score 600 or so you'd have a better chance of getting into better schools.

As it stands now, you might be competitive at smaller regional schools in the States, like Florida State or Clemson - but I doubt that this class of school would have much reputation in Africa.

For schools in Europe, maybe something like MIP? Nyenrode might be a reach school for you.
<blockquote>What schools in the States and Europe will I stand a great chance of getting into. </blockquote>
Your GMAT is low. If you can retake it and score 600 or so you'd have a better chance of getting into better schools.

As it stands now, you might be competitive at smaller regional schools in the States, like Florida State or Clemson - but I doubt that this class of school would have much reputation in Africa.

For schools in Europe, maybe something like MIP? Nyenrode might be a reach school for you.
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