Forum: Application & Admission (7 Comments)

Profile Evaluation Request :)

  • Posted by - Thomas_D - on 17 April 2013 - 11:08am

    Hi Thomas,

    I really appreciate you taking the time to answer all these requests and I would be really glad if you would do so with mine too!

    I am planning on applying for the MiM at different European universities (i.e. mostly universities that are part of the CEMS programme), namely Rotterdam, Maastricht, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Cologne, Mannheim, and Vienna, for the fall term 2014. Could you give me an estimate on how big the chances are to get admited to the (respective) universities?

    My background looks as followed:

    • German Abitur 2.1
    • Graduated with a BSc from European Business School with 2.1 which equals in terms of ECTS grade a "B"
      • Major: Business Languages French
    • GMAT score: 620 (verbal and quant equal)
    • five internships that I did before, during, and after my BA
      • two big internet startups, each 2-3 months
      • two tier-2 consultancies, each 2 months
      • one tier-1 consultancy, 2 months
    • currently employed in a tier-1 consultancy, which I intend to do until the master
    • lots of extracurricular activities (e.g. organising entrepreneurship convention, working in the student consultancy, etc.)
    • volunteering work in Mississippi, USA (2 weeks) and Kenya (4 weeks)
    • fluent in German, English, and French

    Generally, I am rather confident to get into one of these universities (and CEMS); however, I am a bit afraid that my GMAT score is too low. Especially with Stockholm, Rotterdam, and Mannheim. What do you think?

    Thank you very much for your time! :)

    • Posted by - Nikola Apostolov - on 6 July 2013 - 2:08pm


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      • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 8 July 2013 - 6:44pm

        Hi there,

        thank you for your question. Yes, I do think that you have a realistic chance to get accepted at some of them if not at all of them. IE Business Schools, for instance, considers not only grades but your full profile including your otehr activities as well - and allows having mabe not the top grades if you provide something else in your cv that is interesting for them and that may contribute to the sucess of your master class. Other schools form your list may treat it similarly.

        You have a great international experience (coming from Bulgaria, studies in The Netherlands and Canada, languages etc.), for instance, and you already have practical experience (or will gain it through the internship). These are your assets.

        At the moment, I recommend you to concentrate on the GMAT. A score of 650 or more would be great. And then apply for the schools that you are interested in.

        Before your actual application you can also contact the schools to get a first impression of them - how nicely, competent, and serious they treat you for instance. For all four schools of your list, for instance, we offer the opportunity to send a direct request through this MIM Compass platform. Just use the REQUEST INFO Button in each profile.

        Best wihes

        By Thomas Graf

    • Posted by - Thomas_D - on 23 April 2013 - 9:30am

      Thank you so much for you answer and your assessment.. You are right - my grades are only good - that's what I meant. Hope you're right and I will find a good MIM! :)

      Good bye!

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 22 April 2013 - 12:03pm

      Hi there,

      thanks for your question. Your CV looks pretty good although it is not a "top" cv in terms of grades or GMAT score. But even if you do not have A grades or top GMAT scores I am confident that you will find a place at a CEMS partner school. Depending on the competition, you may get acceptance at some schools and not on the others - but at the end of the day you should find a place that satisfies you.

      Your big asset is the all-around-package: you have good grades, a good GMAT score, a renowned institution, as well as international and practical experience.

      I suggest that you move on and apply - and should you ever get rejected from one of your favorite schools, you can always re-do the GMAT and try to get a higher score (650 is a very good score for example).

      Best wishes