SAI vs Current admit offer 8-)

School selection
  • Posted by johnRN on 01/13/15 9:28am

    Hi Thomas,

    I had applied through the SAI selection process (HEC,ESCP. EMLyon Audencia and SKEMA) for the winter session, and have been declared eligible to attend the interview on 28th Jan. Meanwhile, I've got an admission offer for MiM- business Management from EDHEC yesterday. EDHEC requires me to pay 8k euros towards the tuition fees, before 30th Jan in order to secure my place.

    My dilemma is this : Is it worth to secure the seat at EDHEC and leave the interview option, or go forward with interview and put aside EDHEC's offer.

    I have a 600 GMAT, 7.8/10 CGPA, considerable international exposure as I was schooled abroad, and I have had a fair share of extra curricular activities on my belt. Still, I fear my profile might not be that picky enough for HEC and ESCP taking part in SAI, and due to this I'm worried to make a gamble to giving up EDHEC's offer.

    Clueless what to do :S

    John Romulus Noronha

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 01/13/15 1:15pm

      Hi John,

      good question. Personally, I would consider your chances at HEC and ESCP as low due to your GMAT score. HEC expects 630 or 640 at minimum - at least, this is what I heard from a personal conversation with a program manager a year ago. ESCP may be similar. Bottom line: I think you should not rely on these two schools.

      Audencia, SKEMA and EMLYON may be different cases, however. These are highly ranked schools but not top-7 schools such as HEC and ESCP. Similar to EDHEC, I would consider your chances as very high to receive offers from them.

      Now, the key question is: Have you analyzed clearly your goals and the tools that you need from a Master program to achieve these goals and have you applied your Master search profile by analyzing schools? I describe this methodology in detail in my MIM eBook.

      If yes, then you need to compare EDHEC with Audencia, SKEMA and EMLYON now. If EDHEC is clearly your favorite with respect to the three others, then I would go for EDHEC. If EDHEC is not clearly your favorite with respect to the three others, I would not accept the offer. Instead I would go for the interview and see if you get admission at HEC or ESCP (it may happen even though your chances may be low) - and if not, you can be pretty sure that at least one of the others will make you an offer. And even if you still would like to go for EDHEC then, you can still contact them again and offer (!) them to accept their offer (why would they recject a capable candidate who is willing to pay...?).

      Best wishes
      Thomas

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