MBA in California, lower GMAT score


Hi everybody, because of timing and family issues I must do my MBA in California starting in 2015. I took the GMAT and I scored 600, so from what I gather my chances at the really good schools like Stanford, UCLA, and USC are pretty much slim to none.

Does anybody know of some other, relatively ok schools that I can apply to successfully? I have in-state residency status in California, if that makes a difference. My background is sales and I have 4 years of experience. I want to move into the marketing function, preferably.
Hi everybody, because of timing and family issues I must do my MBA in California starting in 2015. I took the GMAT and I scored 600, so from what I gather my chances at the really good schools like Stanford, UCLA, and USC are pretty much slim to none.

Does anybody know of some other, relatively ok schools that I can apply to successfully? I have in-state residency status in California, if that makes a difference. My background is sales and I have 4 years of experience. I want to move into the marketing function, preferably.
quote
Benson001
I don't know about the low score universities that will provide MBA but here are some of best universities in California are:
University of Southern California (USC) - Marshall School of Business
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business
University of San Diego (USD) School of Business Administration
California State University, Long Beach
I don't know about the low score universities that will provide MBA but here are some of best universities in California are:
University of Southern California (USC) - Marshall School of Business
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business
University of San Diego (USD) School of Business Administration
California State University, Long Beach
quote
ralph
Of the schools you listed, maybe this applicant is competitive at CSULB; it's a very long shot for the others. In fact, any ranked MBA program is California is probably out of the question with a 600 GMAT score.

Like CSULB, there are a few other accredited by non-ranked MBA programs that you may be competitive at: CSU San Bernardino, for instance, or SDSU. Claremont would be a reach school.

Getting your GMAT score up to say 680 or so would make you reasonably competitive at schools like UCSD - Rady, or USD, and maybe even Irvine - Merage.
Of the schools you listed, maybe this applicant is competitive at CSULB; it's a very long shot for the others. In fact, any ranked MBA program is California is probably out of the question with a 600 GMAT score.

Like CSULB, there are a few other accredited by non-ranked MBA programs that you may be competitive at: CSU San Bernardino, for instance, or SDSU. Claremont would be a reach school.

Getting your GMAT score up to say 680 or so would make you reasonably competitive at schools like UCSD - Rady, or USD, and maybe even Irvine - Merage.
quote
Thanks for that... Maybe I should retake the GMAT. I would rather be able to get into a better school.
Thanks for that... Maybe I should retake the GMAT. I would rather be able to get into a better school.
quote
ralph
Good idea.
Good idea.
quote
My GMAT score is 640 and I am looking at doing an MBA in California. What would you suggest for me?
My GMAT score is 640 and I am looking at doing an MBA in California. What would you suggest for me?
quote
mba hipste...
SDSU, maybe? What are your career goals? Also, your work experience and GPA would be good to know as well.
SDSU, maybe? What are your career goals? Also, your work experience and GPA would be good to know as well.
quote
Career goals: transition into high end real estate or a sales manager role, in a good firm (doesn't have to be a huge firm but something that would offer long-term support and growth).

Work experience: Independent Realtor (since 2013). Before that I was doing sales (several roles across three industries) - that was between 2007 and 2013.

Undergrad GPA: 3.3

Thanks.
Career goals: transition into high end real estate or a sales manager role, in a good firm (doesn't have to be a huge firm but something that would offer long-term support and growth).

Work experience: Independent Realtor (since 2013). Before that I was doing sales (several roles across three industries) - that was between 2007 and 2013.

Undergrad GPA: 3.3

Thanks.
quote
mba hipste...
Your length of work experience should give you a bit of an edge over younger applicants. But I don't think it will make enough difference to tip the scales at one of the better b-schools in California.

Try SDSU, UC Irvine, and UCSD, off the top of my head.
Your length of work experience should give you a bit of an edge over younger applicants. But I don't think it will make enough difference to tip the scales at one of the better b-schools in California.

Try SDSU, UC Irvine, and UCSD, off the top of my head.
quote
Sorry, I am just seeing this now! Thank you for the advice!
Sorry, I am just seeing this now! Thank you for the advice!
quote
psj
Hi;
I am female economics graduate from India; and have a GMAT of
580; GPA 3.1/4.0; and have a 2.5 years of work experience
at New Agency (economic reporting). I also have a online startup;
Can you suggest any MBA schools for me in USA/California.
thanks
Hi;
I am female economics graduate from India; and have a GMAT of
580; GPA 3.1/4.0; and have a 2.5 years of work experience
at New Agency (economic reporting). I also have a online startup;
Can you suggest any MBA schools for me in USA/California.
thanks
quote
mba hipste...
A GMAT score under 600 from an international student is honestly probably going to be a hard sell at most accredited MBA programs. If you had more work experience (5 years+) or a great GPA, this could help offset it.

What's your GMAT score breakdown (verbal / quant)?

The only thing I can think is maybe you should look into AACSB-accredited Cal State programs (at San Bernardino for example)...
A GMAT score under 600 from an international student is honestly probably going to be a hard sell at most accredited MBA programs. If you had more work experience (5 years+) or a great GPA, this could help offset it.

What's your GMAT score breakdown (verbal / quant)?

The only thing I can think is maybe you should look into AACSB-accredited Cal State programs (at San Bernardino for example)...
quote

Reply to Post

Related Business Schools

Berkeley, California 74 Followers 108 Discussions
San Bernardino, California 20 Followers 18 Discussions
Claremont, California 6 Followers 6 Discussions
La Jolla, California 33 Followers 17 Discussions
San Diego, California 36 Followers 29 Discussions
Irvine, California 33 Followers 37 Discussions
Stanford, California 73 Followers 160 Discussions
San Diego, California 54 Followers 28 Discussions
Los Angeles, California 82 Followers 113 Discussions
Los Angeles, California 70 Followers 134 Discussions
Long Beach, California 25 Followers 25 Discussions

Related Articles

Can a Low GMAT Score Kill Your B-School Dreams?

By M. Filtz on Aug 30, 2013

A Place in the Sun: MBA Programs in California

By V. Wish on May 08, 2010

More Articles

Related Top 10 Lists

More Top 10 Lists

Hot Discussions