Posted by KirillX on 01/28/14 9:31am
I just completed GMAT (unsuccessfully, 610) and plan to apply to schools for 2014 september. I am looking for full time Msc in Finance. Details of my profile:
Age 20B. Finance from the top-Russian University (HSE).GPA 3,8/5Nationality: RussianGender: Male
GMAT : 610(Q:50;V:23;IR:6)
Post MSc career interest: Investment Banking, Hedge Funds.
Target Schools...Well, perfectly it would be LSE/HEC/Imperial/St.Gallen/SaidBut while it's unrealistic, Cass/Cranfield/Henley would be great, if possible.If not, it would also be very good for Warwick/Edinburgh/Durham/Lancaster/etc from FT rating or this rating.news.efinancialcareers.com/us-en/154088/the-top-25-masters-in-finance-for-getting-a-job-in-investment-banking/Work Experience: no work experience at all.
Please suggest if which of target schools are realistic?Definitely, I should rewrite GMAT and aim for a higher score, but preparation will take one-two-three month, and the deadlines are so close...Lastly,what areas do I need to work on to improve my chances?
Posted by Thomas Graf on 01/28/14 3:45pm
thank you for your question. The schools that you mentioned in your priority 1 list place much emphasis on academic achievements. Also, they expect proof of your quantitative skills as expressed, for instance, in your GMAT.
I don't know how good your 3.8 GPA score is; and yes, many schools may require a higher GMAT score. But this refers to very selective schools like the ones in your priority 1 list. For most schools, your GMAT score should be sufficient.
If I were you, I would not exclude a school at this point. Even though your chances may be small, you may gain access to one of your pririty 1 and 2 list. Have you checked the Entry Requirements of these schools in detail already? At least for Imperial, it looks as if your GMAT Q score would be sufficient.
Of couse, you ca re-do the GMAT - and if you achieve a greater score it would not hurt. But I would also try to get in direct contact with the schools - for example, through our School Contact page - and simply ask if they see a chance that you become accepted.
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