Forum: Application & Admission (5 Comments)

General MiM competitiveness enquiry.

  • Posted by - H.Robson - on 9 September 2013 - 7:45pm

    Hi Thomas,

    I have a general question with regards to my competitiveness with respect to applications to highly ranked MiM programmes.

    To introduce my profile, I graduated in July 2012 with a 2:1 in Economics with Economic History from the London School of Economics. Over the course of the last year I have been studying maths externally with the University of London External Programme and working for a consulting firm in Chile. My mathematics results were very good when it is considered that I studied externally (I scored in the top 20% of results for 2/3rds of the material that I sat examinations in and above average in all but one exam).

    The area of concern (and this is the main crux of my question) is that I scored badly on my intermediate micro and macro courses despite my overall grade of a 2:1. How much will this impede my chances of being accepted to a good MiM programme? I have many other factors in my favour. I am just about to take up a role as a part time manager for a charity that will provide me with a significant degree of leadership experience for example. I have also done very well at work so far and I have two reference letters that extoll my virtues me pretty effectively. I am also going to be studying a module in Managerial Economics externally with the University of London next year to upgrade my economics grades.

    I would really appreciate it if you could give me a general idea if I am likely to be accepted by a top 40 ranked business school should I decide to apply. Obviously I am aware that it will depend heavily on my GMAT score ( I will be taking the exam in October), therefore I would like to ask the question from the hypothetical perspective that I obtained a score in the area of 680-700. I don´t know whether I will achieve that, but I have done a great deal of practice, therefore it is certainly possible.

    I would really appreciate your advice on this matter as I don´t really have any really reliable sources here in Chile.
    Anyway thank you very much for reading this.

    Best regards,


    • Posted by - hitesh1590 - on 17 October 2013 - 7:48pm

      Hey Thomas hii....

      I am waiting for the interview call through SAI.

      Meanwhile, I was preparing on some questions.

      Can you please help me to justify why choose France as an option in spite of unemployment rate there and language problem (for an Indian)..

      • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 17 October 2013 - 8:45pm

        Hi there,

        thank you for your question. However, let me play the ball back - what are your answers? What is your assessment? What are your thoughts and ideas? If you show me that you have worked on this and what your results are, I am happy to comment.

        Best wishes

    • Posted by - H.Robson - on 10 September 2013 - 1:49pm

      Thanks for the advice, that is very encouraging.


    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 10 September 2013 - 11:26am

      Dear Huw,

      thank you for your question. I have no doubt that you have very good chances to become invited for an interview at those schools that you target. Many schools won't even recognize the intermediate micro and macro courses and just look on the overall picture - and this overall picture looks very good. And those schools that recognize it may still invite you due to your overall experience and exposure to economics.

      Just make sure that you achieve a minimum GMAT of 640 (ideally higher as you mentioned, and definitely not lower than 600). With all these scores you can apply and have chances to become invited - but the higher the GMAT, the better for you.

      Moreover, I recommend you to apply for MIM programs that are specifically for graduates from business or economics disciplines. With such programs you avoid redundancies in the curriculum (compared to your undergraduate studies) and your career impact will be higher (source: Global Master in Management Survey 2013). You can find such programs by using our filter "Entry requirements" in the Search Engine.

      Also, check out clearly the eligibility criteria at the schools' pages. Some schools may be ranked well but still don't require the GMAT or offer alternative tests. If you make 640 or more, I would select a program that lists the GMAT in its admission requirements (whether they accept alternative tests or not). Hence, with your background I would not choose a program that does not require the GMAT at all - unless I had a clear reason for doing it. The reason is again that we found a stronger career impact from "GMAT-programs" in our survey. This does to mean that you cannot find a great program that does not requiring the GMAT. But the chances may be higher among those that require the GMAT - so why not starting with thee programs first.

      Best wishes

      By Thomas Graf