MIM- General queries about my Profile

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  • Posted by Simon on 01/13/20 1:16am

    First of all, I would like to thank you for creating a tremendously valuable website to any student pursuing MIM degree. I have read your book “ The MIM- Master In Management Entry Requirements”, and it gave me a clear insight of what business schools require from MIM candidates and who are the ideal candidates for these schools .
    I still have several enquiries concerning business schools, admissions, best location…
    Well, I am an Engineering Masters Graduate (completed 5 years in civil engineering) from a reputable university in my home country Lebanon. I have graduated last June, and I have yet to find a job due to the current economic crisis in my country. However, I did a couple of small internships that lasted for 1 month each that are related to Civil Engineering. I decided not a long ago to switch careers from engineering to Business because of many reasons; one of them was due to the scarcity of engineering jobs in my county. I started doing my research as well as preparing for the GMAT
    I have some Questions that I would like to address:

    1. While I was reading your book, I noticed that all Business schools look for undergraduate grades while assessing the application. I have a quite low Undergrad GPA of 2.54. However, I had an GPA of 3.54 in my last two years of study while doing my Msc in Civil Engineering. So will these schools take into account both GPAs or only look for my undergrad one?
    2. Will my jobless gap between my graduation and my application affect my acceptance rate? How can I offset it?
    3. As an international student seeking to work outside my home country after graduation, Is it better to target Canada/ Australia or Europe to study abroad. I heard that it’s way more difficult in Europe than Canada.
    4. Some universities offer a one year program for MIM, others 1.5 or 2. Is a 1 year of study enough for non business students?
    5. After studying for the GMAT for about 2 months, I am averaging around 650 in my mocks. I will schedule the GMAT once I feel I can reach the 700 barrier.
      Conclusively, with an overall budget of 50,000 to 60,000 USD and with a profile as described above, what are my realistic chances to get into Europe top 10 Business schools. On the other hand, what are some Canadian universities that can match my profile?

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 01/13/20 9:35am

    Hello,

    add 1: Ususally, they take your latest grade into account - in your case, the Master.

    add 2: Since work experience is not required for a MIM, I don't think that this creates a problem.

    add 3: I cannot answer this question and I don't think anyone can do this. The question is simply too broad given that there are so many different countries in Europe, with different industries, workforce situations and economies. A useful approach may be to pre-select a short list of interesting schools that fit your goals (following my suggested procedure in Business Masters - How you find the best Master in Management or MBA - and then screen the websites for the students statistics to find out where students from your region studied. If you find such schools you can contact the admissions managers and ask them to bring you in contact with them (to learn from their experiences). Sounds like a lot of work but I think it is worth it.

    add 4: Again this is a too broad question. The actual question is: Is it enough FOR YOU? And this depends on your goals. Of course, there are many one year programs from very renowned schools for non-business graduates who eventually find a good position afterwards. In that respect, it is enough. But if it is enough for YOU depends on what you want to learn and where you want to apply later.

    add 5: You have read the survey "The MIM - Entry Requirements", right? There you find a good overview on precisely these criteria. If you check your ten target schools you also find the tuition fees, correct? Still not sure??? My short answer is YES, you have good chances in my opinion.

    Overall, I strongly recommend you to read my "Business Masters" ebook approach as this provides you with a new perspective and strategy on how to select and find the best programs FOR YOU.

    Best wishes,
    Thomas

    Thomas Graf
    Author of the two MIM eBooks

  • Posted by ROHAN SAINI on 01/26/20 3:35pm

    Hi

    I am planning to apply for ESSEC, HEC, ESCP MIM in 2020.I am a Third Officer (Merchant Navy) currently working in Langton Ship Managment.. I have a work Experience of 2.5 years.1.5 years as a Deck Cadet with Anglo Eastern Ship Management and then 1 year as a Third officer. I have worked in a NGO for over a year as a teacher,done a foundation course in photography and covered a few college fest as a photographer. I am planning to Give the GMAT in May.
    My Education Qualification is below:
    B. Sc in Nautical Science
    10th :- 8.8 /10 GPA
    12th :- 72.0%
    My GMAT is 640 Q47 V29 IR 0 AWA 0. I skipped the IR and AWA sections. I want to know if i will be rejected if i apply for MIM because i have a low AWA and IR score.

    Thanks

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 01/27/20 10:10am

    Hello,

    I don't know why you want to do a Master in Management (MIM) if you have several years of work experience. Please have a look at my article on the differences between the Master in Management (MIM) and the MBA to see what I mean.

    If you are still interested in the MIM, please have a look at my survey The MIM - Entry requirements for the Master in Management. Here you find the criteria of 53 international business schools - this will help you assess, which schools may fit your profile optimally.

    Best regards,
    Thomas

    Thomas Graf
    Author of the two MIM eBooks