Forum: Application & Admission (5 Comments)

Profile evaluation

  • Posted by - orso - on 2 February 2014 - 11:53am

    Hi Thomas,

    can you kindly quickly evaluate my chances to be admitted to a MiM program?

    I'm Italian and come from law school (5 years degree), so no business background at all. Also, I will be 27 when all programs start (but I graduated at 23, I just did internships in the law sector meanwhile).

    My graduation grade was 110/110 (we don't have GPA nor rankings);
    my GMAT is 710 (with AWA 6 and IR 8);
    speak four languages (italian, english, french, russian);
    apart from this have very few to put on a table (apart from sports) because italian public universities don't provide any extracurricular activity.

    I will only consider top schools (I'm trying to do a career change, so it has to be worth it), i.e. HEC, ESCP, EMLyon, LBS, IE and ESADE (may add something else).

    I feel confident about the interviews, but I start doubting I may even get there considering age and background combined with a not-so-great GMAT.

    Would appreciate any insight on my concerns, thank you very much anyway for your time.

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 6 May 2014 - 12:27pm

      Hi there,

      congrats for the offers. As for the school selection, please have a look at the second half of my ebook 'Roadmap to your Master in Business Degree'.

      Here I have summarized my methodology to find a decision between Masters in Management and it will help you to find a good solution for yourself.

      Best wishes

      By Thomas Graf

    • Posted by - orso - on 3 May 2014 - 8:34pm

      Hi Thomas, wanted to update this topic with my results, as promised, so to try to be somehow helpful for the community.
      I have applied to LBS, HEC, ESCP, EMLyon, IE and ESADE. LBS rejected me immediately, I am still waiting for the ESADE interview and got admitted to all the others.

      I would like to ask your opinion on choosing the right school... I know you can't choose for me obviously, but I've seen you giving great insight tips that may come helpful.
      My main choice is between HEC, it being the french top school, and IE, mainly based on the fact that it's a one year only program.

      Thank you again for your time!

    • Posted by - orso - on 4 February 2014 - 11:02am

      First of all, thank you very much for the answer.

      What I meant with not-so-great is that normally the GMAT is just a part of an application, while in my case I felt it should have been the stronghold to compensate for the rest.

      But anyway thank you for your points, I feel more confident, and thanks also for the great service this site represents.
      I will update this topic with my results so to provide a future reference in case someone has a similar question.

      Best regards

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 3 February 2014 - 12:30pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your questions. I think you have excellent chances. You have a fantastic GPA, you have an excellent GMAT (what do you mean with a not-so-great GMAT??? 700+ means Ivy League...), you have internationality etc. All of that is fantastic.

      Just make sure that you apply for a Master in Management that is open for people with a non-business background (you can use our Search Engine and the filter "Entry requirements" for that).

      As for you age, you clearly are at the top range - but that does not mean that it kicks you out. The primary criterion for a MIM (as opposed to an MBA) is your work experience. With no work experience you are a MIM candidate.

      Best wishes

      By Thomas Graf