Confusion About Previous Degree Results and Their Graduate Management Implications

School selection
  • Posted by hamzasiddiqui on 12/12/12 12:04pm

    HI there,
    First of all, thanks in advance for your time.

    I am from Pakistan and I graduated from the top business school in my country, IBA (BBA-Marketing). Now, I want to pursue a Masters in Marketing for specialization.

    IBA is the oldest business school outside North America and is widely recognized as the IVY league of our country. However, during my time at IBA, the university was going through immense changes that were structural, included program revision, grade revision and faculty revision. Some of these changes were implemented halfway through the degree and thus my transcript shows two grading criteria. Using both, my CGPA comes out to be 2.52 whereas by using only the new criteria (which was implemented to overcome the problems of the last) my CGPA comes out to be 3.2. When applying to a top business school with a GMAT of 680 above, would the school be likely to consider the newer or older CGPA and what affect would that have on my application?

    Thanks again, and props to you for such brilliant work.

    Cheers,
    Hamza Siddiqui.

    • Posted by hamzasiddiqui on 12/12/12 12:32pm

      Sorry for posting this in this forum, didint realize it at the time

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 12/12/12 12:33pm

      Hi Hamza,

      thank you for your message. How exactly a school treats these two CGPA scores may likely depend on the culture of the school or the person who evaluates your CV. Therefore I cannot give you a good answer on how they will treat it,

      I suggest, however, that you proactively explain in your application why there are two scores and - more importantly - what they mean (how hey must be interpreted). Maybe you even want to call the respective school of your interest and make them aware in advance of it.

      In general, the academic grade of your previous may be important - but it is only one piece in the whole picture that the school drafts of you. As long as it generally fulfills their requirements you should be fine.

      Best wishes
      Thomas

    • Posted by hamzasiddiqui on 12/13/12 10:03am

      Thanks for your insight. Will do.