Help me evaluate my profile

School selection
  • Posted by kartheek on 08/14/13 7:20am

    Heyy Thomas..

    I am a 21yr old from India. I am in my final year of B.E and will graduate in the March of '14. I am doing my course in the Indian Institute of Technology. One of the top engineering colleges in India. However due to a few circumstances I have a very low acad history and not much in the extra curriculars. However, I am in a much better situation now, and am highly passionate about obtaining a management degree. In engineering management in particular if possible. How are my chances of getting into a good university? If I can, could you please tell me the requirements to do so...


    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 08/14/13 11:17am

      Hi Kartheek,

      thank you for your question. The main requirement for a Master in Management are a first academic degree - that's what you will have next year.

      Besides language tests such as the TOEFL, some MIM programs also require the GMAT or GRE - that's what you can do if necessary.

      Furthermore, MIM programs differ regarding the content of the first academic degree required. One group requires a first degree in business or economics while a second group does not require a first degree on business or economic. The latter is your group and you can search for them by using our filter "Entry Requirements".

      Finally, the more renowned schools are the more often they use the grades achieved in the first academic degree as a tool to select among students. With a low GPA, for instance, you may find it hard to become accepted at a school such as the HEC Paris.

      So, far for the requirements. So, what can you do?

      First of all, you have to accept your profile including the grades. If you have low grades, then you cannot change that - hence, accept it hard as it may be.

      Second, try to improve as much as possible in your final year.

      Third, do the GMAT and try to achieve a score of minimum 600, ideally more than 650. This may counterbalance your low GPA a bit even though at some schools you will not receive admission.

      Fourth, instead of getting nervous that you will not become accepted at some schools I recommend you to reflect more what a "good" school means for you. If everyone wants to study at Harvard that does not mean that it is the best school for you. If, for example, you want to work for a specific consulting firm and if that firm doesn't recruit at a specific school then this school may have the best ranking in the world - it stil is not the best school for you.

      So far for now. The thoughts above should provide you with some inspirations to move on by yourself now and use the next weeks to research more on MIM programs, compare curricula, entry requirements, employer information and all the other information published on the schools' websites. Then automatically you will get a better sene of the "type" of program that you are looking for.

      best wishes

      By Thomas Graf

    • Posted by nfr007 on 09/20/13 6:02pm

      Hello Thomas,

      I am an Indian student too and I wish to apply for HEC Paris for their Grand Ecole program. Can you please let me know what are my chances ??

      This is my profile:

      I will be giving my GMAT in November. My mock test scores according to Grockit is 640.
      I will graduate from my college next year but so far my overall percentage is around 60%.

      • I did an internship in Egypt this year which was related to my bachelors field(Computer Science engineering)
        *I was an active volunteer in a Local NGO for 11 months.
      • I am currently doing a part-time work in a new company for which i am not paid so it's a kind of volunteer job.
        *I have participated in various activities at college level and I was the head of technical club.

      Could you also let me know which schools should I apply for based on my profile.

      Suheb Ahmad

      • Posted by Thomas Graf on 09/20/13 8:41pm

        Hi Suhen,

        thank you for your question. Your GMAT is fine for the HEC Paris Master in Management but your GPA may be too weak. HEC Paris is one of the schools that strongly emphasize the GPA score as an indicator of academic capabilities. You can still try it and maybe you are lucky. But my intuition is that particularly schools such as HEC Paris, London Business School, and St Gallen will not be suited for you.

        best wishes

        By Thomas Graf

        • Posted by nfr007 on 09/20/13 8:43pm

          Thomas, can you let me know which schools I should apply for in which my chances of selection are higher ??And can a high GMAT score can compensate my GPA?? If yes, then what should be that high score ?

          Suheb Ahmad

          • Posted by nfr007 on 09/30/13 6:01am

            Hi Thomas, please let me know the schools which will be best suited for my profile..

            • Posted by Thomas Graf on 09/30/13 11:01pm

              Hi there,

              thank you for your question. In general, a higher GMAT may compensate for the GPA to some degree. But no one will be able to exactly tell you in advance to what degree. So I recommend to work as hard as possible on the GMAT.

              As for your other questions, I recommend you reading an answer that I have just written cause it may be valuable for you. You will see that it is less about "Where SHALL I apply?" but rather about "What are my goals and which schools meet these goals?".

              Best wishes

              by Thomas Graf

    • Posted by jishu on 10/13/14 1:42pm

      Hi Thomas,

      First of all thank you for this wonderful website dedicated towards MIM.

      I am working in an IT firm in India from October 2013. I wish to do a Master in Management and have applied through SAI for HEC, ESCP, Emlyon, Audencia and SKEMA for the session starting in September 2015.
      I have a GRE score of 321. Quants - 165, Verbal -156, AWA- 4. I have done a graduation in Electronics and Communication . My GPA is 8.81/10. It would be great if you could give me an idea on which school I have a chance of being accepted into with a substantial financial support?

      Thanks again.

      • Posted by Thomas Graf on 10/13/14 1:58pm

        Hi there,

        have you read my MIM eBook already? I suggest that you do this first (and thoroughly). It will teach you the fundamental knowledge about Masters in Management (MIM) and also provides you with a methodology how to identify quality programs, compare programs, and finally identify programs that fit your profile.

        You also learn about requirements and to evaluate your own profile (your GPA, your GRE etc. mentioned above) better and how you can find out your chances of gaining access to a MIM program.

        Finally, after reading particularly the first chapters of the ebook you may also consider doing an MBA instead of a Master in Management. At least, the ebook tells you more about these options and you may want to think about them.

        Best wishes

        By Thomas Graf
        Owner MIM Compass
        Author of the MIM eBook