Official Admission Counseling Group

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Admission Counseling: Discussion Group


Get your profile evaluated and discuss your doubts/queries related to your applications. Essay Writing, SOP Writing, Personal Statements, Interviews etc. You can direct your queries to individual experts on their respective groups as well:

Scott Edinburgh (Personal MBA Coach)

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Rituparna Roy Chowdhary (Statement Of Purpose)

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  • 2017-02-16 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Dear Phaneendra,
    MS programs to the colleges you have mentioned should be okay based on your profile. However, MBA may require more experience and a more diversified extra-curriculars. Rather than showing post-MS or post-MBA goals as Senior VP positions, project yourself as one who can visualise new possibilities to bring about new solutions. Universities prefer people who are innovative problem seekers rather than those who look for higher positions on job. You need to show a lot more in extra-curriculars.

  • 2017-02-15 Phaneendra Sai

    hi everyone,
    This is Phaneendra.

    1)Graduation:B.Tech in Elcetronics and communication engineeering,Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University college of Engineering kakidana
    2)Percentage: 61.38%(two backlogs-but as per university guidelines, these subjects are not considered for agregate)
    3)No GMAT taken, But planning to score around 670.
    4)Work Experience:2 years in Mphasis( but planing to apply for 2018 fall-so it is 3years).
    5)Currently working for MPhasis LTD
    6)Role:Test Engineer-two client side awards for best performance.
    7)volunteer work with NGO- smarthanam-teaching the disabled students.
    8)POST PG goals-reach to a Senior VP level where I can lead the technology projects.
    -target colleges-
    Programs interested- planing to apply for 2018 fall
    IT management(engineering management) OR MBA(not sure of the program as of now)
    University of Texas at Dallas,
    North carolina state university at Raleigh
    university of Miami
    univ. of south carolina -columbia

    Please let me know if further details are needed...

  • 2017-02-12 Paritosh

    Hi everyone thanks for this platform...
    My profile is as follows:
    1)Graduation:B.Tech in Information Sciences and Technology,AMC Enginnering college, Bangalore
    2)Percentage: 65%
    3)No GMAT taken, But planning to score around 700
    4)Work Experience:6 years with more than 2 years Client side experience.
    5)Currently working for Tata Consultancy services
    6)Role:Business Analyst
    I dont have a high budget for fees, so which school will be good for me keeping budget as constraint in mind.

  • 2017-01-24 Scott PersonalMBACoach


    Thank you for your profile details. While ISB and Georgetown may happen with this profile, you would likely need to improve your GMAT for UNC, and ideally even improve it for Georgetown given the competitive set that you come from. I also suggest widening your list and targeting 5 or 6 schools to really give you the best chance. The reality is there are a lot of IT analysts/consultants from India applying to schools and many have high GMAT scores. Good luck and reach out for any further assistance.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-01-24 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    Thank you for providing this. How old are you currently? Based on what I see here, I think these schools would be reaches for you and even with a 730 I would recommend adjusting your list of schools and/or type of program (FT 2 yr vs a part-time for instance). If you want to explore that further, let me know. Things may work out anyway at your target schools, but it would be a stretch.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-01-24 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    If you can raise your GMAT above 700, you will likely have a good shot at these schools. It is important to work on your story and try to have something differentiating since you do come from a competitive set. I also suggest thinking about where you want to live and work after school and letting that drive your selection from a location standpoint.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-01-24 Dibyayan Ghosh

    Hi everyone thanks for this platform...
    My profile is as follows:
    1)Graduation:B.Tech in Civil Engineering West Bengal University of Technology (JGEC),INDIA
    3)No GMAT yet but mock's giving me 680-700
    4)Work Experience:5 years
    5)Currently working for Air Liquide as a Senior Engineer
    Previous Employer:worked for Larsen & Toubro,STUP Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
    6)Role:Expertise in of Design,Approval & Project Planning for Steel Plant,Mega methanol Plant & Power Plant.
    7)Certifications in management & energy studies from London Business School,grenoble ecole de management via Coursera,edx.
    8)post MBA GOAL:I want to move in Operational Management or Supply-Chain Management of big giants and after a few years I want start my own company in Import /Export.
    9)Target Schools;As I want a 2 year MBA for my non-business background approach the schools are mainly HEC Paris,University of British Columbia-Sauder,York University-Schulich,Ivey Business School,ESADE.

  • 2017-01-21 socialsam1


    First of all, thank you for your time and attention in this matter.
    I come from a humble and non-traditional background.
    1) University of Houston - Electrical Engineer (Accelerated Masters) and Business Management Minor
    2) GPA = 3.095 overall includes 9 hours of Graduate Elect. Engineering all 4.0.
    3) No GMAT Score yet but expecting 730 with study and classes
    As a non-traditional student I worked construction for 15 years prior
    to college. I worked as an "engineer/designer" while attending college
    for 5 years. I have 3 years of experience after college as a project
    5) I currently work for Chevron Phillips Chemical as a
    Project Engineer overseeing an engineering firm, architectural firm, and
    two general contractors with several of their subcontractors.
    6) I
    am a Professional Advisor for MAES Latinos in S.T.E.M. University of
    Houston Chapter; Secretary of Finance for MAES Latinos in S.T.E.M.
    Houston Professional Chapter; Board of Directors St. Mark's Lutheran
    Church and School; formally a Board of Director for the Hispanic Chamber
    of Commerce of Greater Baytown; and a new volunteer to the Greater
    Houston Partnership - Economic Development and Trade Steering Committee;
    Immediate post-MBA goal is to become a management consultant at either
    McKinsey, Bain, or Strategy&; and eventually go either into private
    equity or become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
    8) Target schools - Kellogg, Tuck, Booth, or HBS in that order.
    What are your thoughts?
    Thank you again for your honesty and your feedback in this matter.Regards,

  • 2017-01-21 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Yes, you can apply to these schools - but show yourself less as a techie, and more as a scientist who can bring about new solutions in future. All b-schools look for those who can bring about disruptions in their respective respective areas. Also try to show how with out of the box thinking you can develop new business models.

  • 2017-01-21 aravind reddy

    1. Undergraduate school-SRM University (Btech-Computer Science)
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA-8.65 out of 10
    3. GMAT score or expected score -690
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience-4.5 years
    5. Current company -Tata Consultancy Services
    6.Designation:IT Analyst
    7.Role:Back up lead of my team.
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience:organised an event in college .Was part of a small initiative of teaching small kids of laborers in my college.Helped convince my managers to incorporate a tool to minimise effort and save time
    7. Post-MBA goals-Would like to work in a consultancy firm for few years and then start my own business
    8. Target schools-ISB,UNC-Kenan Flagler,Georgetown

  • 2017-01-21 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    As mentioned, if you provide more information about your profile, I can suggest programs that make sense for you. Those are all great schools so I would need to know more about your background and what you are trying to do in order to guide you further.
    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-01-20 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Please post your entire academic and professional background. Only then we can comment your eligibility for these colleges.

  • 2017-01-19 manu.mmg

    Hello, my name is Manuela and i am planning to do MBA next year. I am in doubt between IESE, IE, ESADE and INSEAD. Does someone have any opinion, suggestions, tips, about any of these universities? For now, thanks for the attention,
    Manuela Mello Guimarães

  • 2017-01-19 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    Soumik - Yes, happy to respond to new queries as they are posted. Thank you and I hope all is well.

  • 2017-01-19 Scott PersonalMBACoach


    I suggest retaking the GRE to get a higher score before applying. Your work experience sounds good but the GRE is a bit low.


  • 2017-01-19 Scott PersonalMBACoach


    You have the ability to talk about your profile, ask smart questions and leave a positive impression. At the end of the day, anything you can do to leave a positive impression and show interest in the schools may help you. Good luck!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2017-01-19 Nunzio Quacquarelli

    Can you explain the benefits of meeting target business schools face to face at an MBA fair?

  • 2017-01-17 Soumik Ganguly

    Hi Scott PersonalMBACoach - would you be able to take up some of the new queries on this thread please? Thanks.

  • 2016-12-16 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    Please reach out to me by clicking on my name above and send me a note, or my website at Personal MBA Coach. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  • 2016-12-16 jacksonyito

    i am interested in tutoring. Is there a private email i can reach you at?

  • 2016-12-15 ali raza

    Can I get into the university of Houston industrial engineering ms programme with a 151 in quant and 150 in verbal. I have a gpa of 3.4/5 and work experience of 3 years as a project planning and control engineer in Saudi Arabia.

  • 2016-12-08 Christine Moreau

    Hey! I am applying to different schools for a master's in cognitive and developmental psychology. I have a BSc in psychology. This is my profile:

    1. University of Ottawa
    2. GPA: 7.1/10, last two years: 8.65
    3. GRE: Score 301 verbal: 154 quant: 147 AWA: 4.5
    4. No work experience
    5. N/A
    6. Volunteer work in 2 psychology labs, each for approx. 8 months, volunteered in two subcommittees for the Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology at UOttawa. Volunteered for the school food bank.
    7. Post-MS/MA Goals: PhD or work in language pscyh field
    8. Target schools: McMaster, Trent, Wilfrid Laurier and University of Western Ontario

  • 2016-12-08 Sai Kiran

    Hi. This is my profile,

    B.Tech in Biotechnology from Andhra University
    GPA - 7.95/10
    GRE Score - 330, Quant - 168, Verbal - 162, AWA - 4
    TOEFL - 112, Speaking - 26
    No work Experience
    Extra Curricular Activities - Active member of the India Literacy Project (NGO)
    Post MS Goals - PhD
    MS in Biotechnology/ Cellular and Molecular Biology

    Can you please tell me about my chances of getting into the following universities:-

    Columbia University
    U Penn
    Univeristy of California, Irvine
    Pennsylvania state university
    New York University
    SUNY Buffalo
    UT Dallas
    Georgetown University
    University of Illinois, UC
    North Carolina State University
    Florida State University
    Texas A&M
    Tufts University

    Also, please suggest me any other good universities that you know of.

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  • 2016-12-08 Harsh Modi

    Hi, below are the details.. please help me out to shortlist the universities...

    Applying for (Bachelors or Masters)- Masters
    Your UG major (if applying for PG)- Electrical Engineering
    Xth Score- 90
    XIIth Score-83
    UG Score- 3 GPA(US equivalent)
    Major you are looking for- Electrical and Computer Engineering(specialization in embedded system or vlsi)
    Country/ies you are looking for- USA
    GRE(if you have taken)- 305(159(q), 146(v), 3(w))
    IELTS/TOFEL-IELTS 7.5(8.5,7,7,7)
    Your Project/Achievements (only Academic)-
    training- 42 days at hitachi power electronics, basics of plc and low voltage switchgear at siemens' training center
    project- Quadcopter, speed control of pmdc motor

  • 2016-12-03 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Applying to the top b-schools may be a little ambitious unless you can come up with extra-ordinary extra-curricullars and some really outstanding examples of past work. How you visualise future amidst an era of evolving technologies and disruptions taking place all around, also needs to be explained in your essays. B-schools look for those who can come up with unique and new ideas to make an impact in the world around us.

  • 2016-12-03 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    You may apply to top 20 schools with the kind of experience you have. Try to project yourself as a value creator in the application, and how you can bring about disruptions as a result of your work in future. B-schools look for candidates who can identify new opportunities to create jobs and wealth for society. Please also try to show you are an innovator than a bookish learner.

  • 2016-12-01 Savyasachi jain

    Hi, below are my details:
    1. Undergraduate school: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (Bachelor in Technology)
    2. Undergraduate GPA- 7.46/10
    3. GMAT expected score: 700
    4. # Yrs of experience- 4. years
    5. Current company & role- Working as Manufacturing Manager in Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd (BIG Coca-Cola)
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience- State level swimmer, trained vocalist in classical music, activity head in college festival
    7. Post- MBA Goal- Wish to work in investment banking/equities area, want to start my own SME later
    8. Target School- ISB Hyderabad, Harvard, Stanford, MIT Sloan, Kellog etc.

  • 2016-12-01 AshwiniNair

    1. Undergraduate school - L.D.Arts
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA - 72%. Was university level gold medalist in psychology
    3. GMAT score or expected score - Latest mock test score is 620
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience - 11 years
    5. Current company and role - Working as a communication consultant to an NGO. Work closely with the founding members as part of the strategic team.
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience - I volunteer in my free time and am an avid traveler.
    7. Post-MBA goals - Wish to work in the development sector or healthcare and life sciences.
    8. Target schools - Would like help with identifying schools the I should consider for full time MBA

  • 2016-11-28 stvoranges

    Thanks Scott. Fuqua and Ross are also on the list for me, and I agree with you about the GPA. With UT McCombs, I think they focus on your last two years which would bring my GPA closer to 3.7

  • 2016-11-27 Emmanuel Bedu

    helo Scott
    1. University of Ghana, Banking and Finance
    2. Second class lower
    3.Targeted GRE score; 320

    4.Work experience ;1yr in marketing

  • 2016-11-25 devanshigoenka94

    My GRE turned out fine, got a 317, 155 verbal and 162 quant,can you name a few universities for me?

  • 2016-11-24 jacksonyito

    1. University of Ibadan, Nigeria Economics

    2. 2nd class upper

    3. 700

    4. 0

    5. -

    6. sports

    7. Lecturing

    8. MSc/Phd - Canada and US. Wilfried Laurier, Clemson University, Univ of Florida

  • 2016-11-24 Mohammed Zean


    I need to know which collages should I target in US or Canada

    1.Undergraduate School: American International University Bangladesh(AIUB), Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
    2. Undergraduate GPA:3.91/4.0 (graduation year 2016)
    3.GRE score:298 (154 Quant,144 Verbal), 2.5 AWA. Toefl:79
    4.6 months research experience (undergrad thesis) and publication is in peer -review stage.
    5.Extra Curricular activities- Active IEEE member and have attended various seminars, workshops under IEEE AIUB SB.
    6. Achievements- IEEE BDS Student/YP/WIE Congress 2015-top 5 ideas.
    interest -nanotechnology and its relevant field.

  • 2016-11-24 kalpesh dethe


    Need to know what colleges I can target in USA for MS economics

    1. Undergraduate school: University of Mumbai, Chemical Engineering
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: 53 %( 15 backogs)
    3. GRE score : 304 (V -145 ,Q-159 ) Tofel 93
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience: 2 yrs
    5. Current company and role: Brilliant polymers, Production executive
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: Won few inter college n intra college sports events, quizes.
    7. Post-MS goals: Work as data science field
    8. Target University: TAMU , University Of illinios Chicago,University of Houston, University of Cincinnati, University of California, Sanata Cruz.
    Please let me Know any else higher ranking university i can apply?

    Thanks n Best Regards,

  • 2016-11-22 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    Thank you for your post. Your meanswear manufacturing work sounds really interesting. I am curious to find out what startup you work for!

    Depending on the GMAT, this is a reasonable list of schools. Sloan and Tuck will be challenging with a 700 GMAT, but if you can get closer to a 750 you stand a better chance.

    Darden and McCombs are good options with a 720 and Judge could work out a bit lower than that. I do recommend trying to exceed the median scores to start to compensate for your low GPA in undergrad.

    Reach out if you want to talk about how we can work together on your applications. I am working with a good number of advisory folks from the big names currently (and they are doing well in interviews) EY, etc.

    Good luck!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-22 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    How did the GRE turn out? I suggest going one tier level down for schools based on the profile I see, but it is often recommended to apply to a wide range of schools so you can also include some more challenging programs.


  • 2016-11-22 Amit Kalita

    Is someone alive to answer this?

  • 2016-11-21 Personal MBA Coach


    Thank you for your post. You would need to retake the GMAT and raise your score in order to be competitive. The reality is your score is below the level needed so I don't recommend applying currently. Good luck and reach out with any other questions!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Founder, Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-20 Anand V


    Need to know what colleges I can target in Canada.

    1. Undergraduate school: Institute of Engg. & Tech, Lucknow
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: 68 %
    3. GMAT score or expected score: 580
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience: 3.5 yrs
    5. Current company and role: TCS, SAP Consultant
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: Won several inter college n intra college sports events, quizes, roboitcs competition. Held the position of School Captain, Coordinator - Inter college Robotics event.
    7. Post-MBA goals: Would like to go into Supply Chain Consulting
    8. Target schools: Not sure but done RnD on few like McGill, Memorial university.

    Thanks n Best Regards,

  • 2016-11-18 Nikita Bansal

    Complexity in my case: targeting a MS course (material science) different from my previous degree (Textile Technology)
    Second weakness in profile: 7.6/10 cgpa (although top 12%)

    1. Undergraduate school: National Institute of Technology, (Punjab) India
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: 7.6/10 (top 15% in batch)
    3. GRE score or expected score : 326 (v=159, q=167, awa 3.0) and TOEFL 102 (speaking=26, writing= 25)
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience: 1 year (by now)
    5. Current company and role: Wearable electronics based startup company, Junior Product Engineer in R&D department
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: organized 'women safety & self defense workshops' in schools and college, pollster regarding a political issue in the capital (Citizens' Ombudsmen Bill), Project leader at work & college, organized and won many dance competitions
    7. Post-MS/MBA goals: I want to develop products that provide physical safety to people around, ex. anti molestation garment is one that strongly urged me to dedicate my UG research towards it.
    8. Target schools: MIT, GATech, Michigan Ann Arbor, UIUC, UCB (don't know if I should), NCSU, TAMU, ASU and some more

  • 2016-11-17 owen

    Hi scott my name is owen, you have not replied my inquiry. please do. I really want to know where i stand.

  • 2016-11-17 stvoranges

    Hello, would appreciate some advice on where I align for top 20 MBA programs:

    1. Boston University (Business School - Supply Chain and Information Systems)
    2. Cumulative GPA: 3.35, Concentration GPA: 3.65
    3. Expecting 700-720 GMAT
    4. 4 Years work experience
    5. In the Advisory group of a top 5 accounting firm. Just completed a one year rotation as the first ever Chief of Staff in my territory, and am now a consultant focusing on the operational aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions
    6. Am currently the COO of a small menswear brand in NYC. Also for 2 years was executive board of a start up supporting American manufacturing and retail, which grew 600% during my tenure. Currently taking online courses through MIT.
    7. Would like to work with a top consulting firm, focusing on Operations/ Supply Chain but with a specific niche of Environmental Sustainability.
    8. Target schools:
    - UVA Darden
    - Dartmouth Tuck
    - MIT Sloan
    -UT McCombs
    -Cambridge University (Judge)

    Thank you,

  • 2016-11-17 rujool

    Hi, need suggestion on applying for grad school in MS Computer Science course:

    1. Undergrad school: BITS Pilani, Goa Campus
    2. Undergrad CGPA : 6.99
    3. GRE score: 330
    4. 1 year 4 months full time work experience
    5. Current company: CA Technologies, Role: Associate Software Engineer, Cybersecurity Business Unit
    6. Extracurricular leadership experience: None
    7. Post MS goals: Job
    8. Target schools:
    i. Georgia Institute of Technology
    ii. UC San Diego
    iii. UC Irvine
    iv. Arizona State University
    v. UT San Antonio
    vi. UT Dallas
    vii. U Colorado Boulder
    viii. George Washington University
    ix. George Mason University
    x. NYU Tandon
    xi. UT Arlington

  • 2016-11-17 Amit Kalita

    Need suggestion on below universities for MS in Civil Engineering
    GRE: 313(Verbal: 152, Quant: 161, AWA:4)
    Toefl: 107 (Reading: 27, Listening: 28, Speaking: 24, Writing: 28)
    UG: B.Tech(Civil Engineering) with C.G.P.A: 8.68 from NIT Silchar
    2 projects
    No work experience

    Universities shortlisted:
    UT Austin
    Arizona State University
    University of Maryland, College Park
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Nanyang Technology University
    Purdue University
    University of Wisconsin Madison
    Delft University of Technology

  • 2016-11-17 Avinash Raju

    Hi guys my profile:
    10th :91.1%
    12th :92.2%
    Undergrad: 63%(40 backloges)
    Branch :CSE
    Duration of undrgrad: 5 years(20011-16 coz of backloges)
    Destination: USA, for fall 2017
    GRE: 320
    IELTS: 7.0
    1Reaserch publication on Artificial Intelligence..
    Planning for Masters in computer science

    Can some suggest me the univ's based on my profile

  • 2016-11-17 Nikita Bansal

    Yes, I re-took GRE and my new score is 326 (verbal 159 and quant 167, awa score expecting = 3.5) and toefl 102 (speaking 26, writing 25)

  • 2016-11-12 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    You can get into top 20 universities by portraying a profile that you are an innovator and not a bookish learner.

    Forget your past academic scores. US universities give more importance to the hidden potential inside for innovation and your ability to transform the world with your outstanding out of the box thinking. Try to show in your application the unique creative side of yourself, and what is the specific difference you can make. If you can do that, notwithstanding low or average past academic scores, you would be lapped up by the universities.

    Remember, Edison went to school only for 3 months in his life time. When Einstein was in his middle school, he was a very ordinary student. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were college dropouts.

    In reality, ordinary students can deliver extra-ordinary results if they have the passion and drive for innovation.

  • 2016-11-12 devanshigoenka94

    Other scores would be :
    Xth standard : 8.8 CGPA/10
    XII th Standard : 93.75% CBSE
    Undergraduate : 1st Division from Calcutta university
    CA: 1st attempt with 50% marks
    Have my GRE scheduled on 15th expect to get above atleast 310 & TOEFL expectation 110

    Did a small research project in the final year of UG on online shopping.

  • 2016-11-12 devanshigoenka94

    CA requires us to mandatory go through a 3 year rigorous internship, so while i was doing my undergraduate I was undergoing my internship and preparing for my professional exam. I dont have experience perse in research. Would you please suggest me any other universities I shall be looking at?

  • 2016-11-11 aditya0m

    Hey all I was considering creating an anonymous group with all GRE Takers so that we can submit essay and do an objective evaluation of it collectively. It would be a peer review kind of based system with concrete points of assessment. I think it would benefit us all.


  • 2016-11-10 apoorvareed

    My GRE -308 || Q- 161, V-147 AWA 3.0
    toefl - 87
    college - BE in Comp Science from C.S.V.T.U. , Bhilai - 68%(7 backlogs). WES GPA 2.9/4.0
    EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker
    Job Experience : 32 months QA(Automation Developmer)

    Want to do MS in Computer Science

    Please help me with 6-7 universities that suites my profile

  • 2016-11-10 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    I recommend taking it again before thinking about what schools to target as your score is pretty low for most schools. If you are interested in tutoring, send me a note and we can discuss how we can help you raise your score!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    I would target schools around the 25-30 range with this current profile, though if you can increase your GMAT score you can target higher schools. If you are interested in private, virtual GMAT tutoring, send me a note and I can tell you how we can help you.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Scott PersonalMBACoach


    Thank you for the post. I would say Wichita State and FIU look good, Michigan State and George Mason could go either way and Texas is in that same group. Good luck and reach out if you want help with your applications!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Scott PersonalMBACoach


    Thank you for the note. Who do you work for now and what is your role in marketing? NUS may or may not work depending on the GRE score, though the other schools are more likely to work out with the right application strategy, with the exception of Chicago which will be a stretch from what I see. Contact me if you want to discuss working together on your applications.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    To provide some more specific advice for you based on your target school list...

    What is your demographic background? This will be important.

    From what I see here:
    HBS, Stanford: Stretch. Not likely to happen but you could target
    MIT, Booth: Slight stretch as well to be honest
    McCombs, Toronto, NUS: Target schools that have a better chance of working out with the right profile

    Again, let me know your demographic background and send me a note if you are interested in working on your applications together. I went to Wharton for my MBA and MIT for BS and run Personal MBA Coach, a boutique consultancy. I am also closely aligned with consulting firms and can discuss career prospects.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Scott PersonalMBACoach


    Thank you for your post. For UCLA and Emory, I suggest retaking the GRE to try to get a higher score. If you want to discuss tutoring options, let me know, either my clicking above to send me a note or visiting my site.

    BU, Wisconsin are likely to happen

    Vanderbilt may or may not happen.

    Good luck!

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Scott PersonalMBACoach


    Thank you for your post. At this point I would recommend looking at top 25 schools but once you have your GMAT score, we can narrow down the list more. Do you manage people, and if so how many? Extra-curricular leadership? Post-MBA goals?

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    Thank you for your post. I would be happy to weigh in but you haven't provided much information to go off. Per the prompt here, if you want to give more details it would help. For instance, what is your specific grade out of 100? Any work experience? These are all really hard schools to get into for the PhD programs so a lot more info is needed first. Research experience? Publications?

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-11-10 devanshigoenka94


    I have my GRe scheduled early next week and Toefl scheduled later in the week, after a lot of though I have decided to put in my applications for Phd in finance but since not sure of my credentials would be enough.
    I am a qualified Chartered Account (1st attempt) without tuitions, a Bcom (H) graduate from Calcutta University securing 1st Division.
    My dream schools are
    Chicago Booth School
    Kellogg School.

    Please advice if I stand a chance and should I be looking at other universities
    Thank you in advance.4

  • 2016-11-10 Aditya Kusray

    Hi there. Trust you are doing good. I am looking for pursuing higher studies preferably MBA, but I have not written GMAT/GRE yet. My profile is as below. Request you to kindly suggest some Universities in line with my profile. I am looking for a career transition from the Construction industry.

    - Bachelors: B.Tech Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Bhopal with CGPA of 7.58/10 (2008-2012);
    - Work Exp.: 4.3 years with Larsen & Toubro in Contracts & Project Management for Oil & Gas and Power Sectors in UAE;
    - Class XII: 78%;
    - Class X: 87%.

    Thank you

  • 2016-11-07 Anish Verma

    Hello People,
    I completed my graduation this year and am planning to pursue my master's abroad, preferably USA. Can anyone suggest me good universities for the same.
    My Profile:-
    CGPA- 3.29/ 4.00 (85.8%, 2nd rank)
    GRE- 311/ 340 (Verb-151, Quant-160, Awa- 3.5)
    TOEFL- 103 / 120
    Target degree- MS in Material Science & Engineering with concentration in Nanotechnology
    Thank you so much in advance!!

  • 2016-11-04 amnjn893

    Hi Scott,
    I scored a 323 (Q168 V155) on GRE.
    I would really like to apply for NUS,ISB,HKUST,HEC Paris
    What are my chances with this score?
    I am open to working in any location after MBA.

  • 2016-11-04 Avi

    I had given my GRE and score is -300

    Highest Qualification:
    BE ECE -77%

    WorkEx-3 years in IT as Quality Assurance Engineer

    Please help me out in shortlisting Universities based on the above score
    Want to do MS CS

    Avi Tiwari

  • 2016-11-04 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    You can apply to the top 20 universities depending upon how well you portray yourself to come up with out of the box thinking for future. Describe your vision for the future of your areas, and how with your creative thinking you can transform those areas. Talk less of your desire for bookish learning in the application. Rather portray yourself as an innovator. That would win you a seat in a good college. In other words, forget your past academics, and think of how future would shape up in different fields, and your role in that.

  • 2016-11-04 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    To apply to top universities, you need to have very strong and diverse extra-curriculars as also have a vision for future. Universities look at the futuristic element in the applicant, who can bring about disruptions with out of the box thinking. They rather don't prefer those who have the attitude to be an executor but not an innovator. If you can't portray your others interests so strongly, then it would be better to apply to top 25 universities and not the premier colleges.

  • 2016-11-04 AnkitaNaik

    I plan to pursue an MBA in Brand Management, Fall 2017. Below are my profile details:

    Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Engineering, Major: Computer Science - 3.8/4.0
    Intermediate : 86.16%
    High School: 87%
    GRE Score: 314 (Q - 157, V - 157, AWA - 4/6)
    TOEFL Score: 115 (R - 29, L - 29, S - 28, W - 29)
    Work experience: 3.2 years in the IT sector as a Website Developer working for a Hospitality Giant at Accenture, India
    1. Development an Maintenance work on various Client websites and creation of Brand elements like logos and designing color schemes.
    2. Have taken ownership of various revenue impacting projects.
    3. Involved regular interaction with Client Representatives and Business Analysts.
    Not much in the social sphere but professionally, I have been an active member of the People Project Advocate team at work. I have contributed several branding materials to showcase the Client across Accenture such as a monthly e-Newsletters and an informative website for new employees to the account. Also, I was also part of the branding team where I would create e-pamphlets to update the employees about upcoming recreational activities/ covey holiday greetings etc.

    I am presently unemployed and I am job hunting at the moment. I am also pursuing an introductory online course on Digital Marketing.

    I have applied to the below schools in R1 admission cycle:
    1. Rice University (Jones) - have received invite for interview
    2. UCLA (Anderson)
    3. Emory (Goizueta)
    4. Boston (Questrom)
    5. Wisconsin Madison
    6. Vanderbilt (Owen)

    What are my chances with the above schools? And could you suggest other schools which can fit my profile?

  • 2016-11-04 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Ordinary students can get accepted at top universities - recently, a 17-year old girl got accepted at MIT who is not even a matriculate. Would any Indian university accept such a candidate? But US universities do, if they find a true scientist inside you.

    Yes, an average student can get into MIT or Stanford. Sounds strange, but possible! All you have to do is, project yourself as a passionate innovator who can bring about new solutions through your out of box thinking.

    US Universities look for an Einstein, Edison and Tesla inside you. Much more than your academic scores, they are eager to find out the hidden scientist inside you. So, explain in details, your past research projects and future areas of work where you see lot of opportunities.

    Remember, Edison had been to school for just three months in his lifetime. In middle school, Einstein was a very ordinary student. Thus, the ability to become a scientist depends much more on innovative thinking than on being a class topper. So, think out of box, and you may end up with a path-breaking discovery.

  • 2016-11-03 snigdhapriya29

    I am planning to apply for MS in Computer Science , Fall 2017. Please find my profile details below:
    High School - 85.4%
    Intermediate - 80.8%
    Undergraduate in Electronics and Communication, score - 6.71/10
    Gre score - 312 (152 quant, 160verbal)
    Toefl - 104
    Work experience of 5.5 years in IT industry as Quality Assurance Engineer
    Companies I have worked for - Accenture, Amadeus

    Please suggest colleges that would suit my profile. I have the following colleges in mind:
    1. State University of New York – Buffalo
    2. University of Illinois Chicago
    3. Pennsylvania State University
    4. Arizona State University
    5. Rice University

  • 2016-11-03 Arjun Kulshreshtha

    Hi, I'm Arjun. I'm applying for an MBA in General Management:
    1. Undergrad: University of Allahabad, Bachelor of Technology(Electronics & Communications)
    2. Academics: 78.09%
    3.GMAT score 720
    4 IELTS score 8.5
    5 Applying for MBA in General Management
    6 Presently working as an Operations Officer at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited.
    7 Target schools: MIT
    University of Texas Austin
    Chicago Booth
    Univ. of Toronto
    8. Extra Curriculars: a. Ex-Chairman: IEEE Students branch, university of Allahabad
    b. was member Organizing Committee : Intercollege festivals
    c. was Member: Placement Committee
    d. presently associated with a theatre group
    9. I aim to get into management consulting role post MBA

    Please suggest reachable list of colleges.

  • 2016-11-03 shagunbanthia

    Awaiting your reply

  • 2016-11-03 Anusha Ayyagari

    Hi I'm Anusha. I'm applying for MS in MIS.

    1.Jawaharlal Nehuru Technologial University (Indian public university)
    2. Approx 72.8%
    3. GRE score: 297 Q144 V153
    4. Working as Application Design Analyst at Accenture
    5 73.8% for high school
    . Please add a few universities that suit my profile.

  • 2016-11-03 Kollapudi Nagendra Dheeraj

    Hello my name is Dheeraj
    1. University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, B.Tech CSE
    2. GPA 3.1/4
    3.Expecting GRE score 330
    4 Expecting Toefl score 112
    5 Applying for M.Sc. CSE
    6 Presently working on a project and research paper on Image Processing
    7 Target schools: MIT
    University of Texas at Dallas
    Q1 What are my chances of gaining admission with financial Aid?

  • 2016-10-31 Emmanuel Bedu

    hi Scott,
    1.University of Ghana,Bsc. Admin, Banking & Finance
    2.GPA 2.84/4.00
    3.Expected GRE score 320
    4. Expected TOEFL score 116
    5. One year in marketing
    6. Target graduate course: Msc. Development Finance/Forensic Accounting/MBA Finance
    7.Target schools: National University of Singapore
    University of Florida
    University of Illinois
    University of Chicago
    National University of Seoul
    University of Cape Town

  • 2016-10-30 owen

    Texas A &M kingsville Is what i meant to type above.

  • 2016-10-30 owen

    hi Scott,
    1. Niger Delta University, B.Eng chemical engineering
    2. GPA 3.17/4
    3.GRE V 152 Q 151
    4 Toefl 92
    5 1 years in sales and service at Intai Technologies.:
    6 Applying for M.Sc. Chemical engineering
    7 internship for six Months at Nigerian Agip oil company(NAOC)
    8 Target schools: University of missouri
    Texas A&M
    University of Louisiana
    Texas Tech
    What are my chances of gaining admission with funding?
    Are there any other schools that fit my profile?

  • 2016-10-30 owen

    hello scott.
    my Gpa is 3.52
    Gre 303
    Toefl 92
    schools am looking at: Texas A&M kingsville, University of missouri,Louisiana Tech University, university of louisiana
    I studied chemical engineering and am applying for a masters of science in chemical engineering.

  • 2016-10-27 Matti Hafiz

    Hi Scott,
    1.Lagos State University(Electronics and Computer Engineering)
    3.Gre Target score Q160, V155 A.W.A 3.5
    Toefl Targeted Score: 107 Speeaking 23
    4.3Years Telecoms Experience with CCNA certification.
    5.Huawei Technologies,Nigeria. Front office Engr(NOC)
    6.Member of the Electoral committe of AECES
    7.Msc in Computer Networking.
    8.Target schools
    1Uni of North Texas
    2.Wichita State University.Kansas
    3.Michigan State Uni
    4.Florida Int Uni
    5George Mason University
    Scotts can you tell me wat is my chances of gaining admission with Graduate Assistantship role.
    Tanxs in advance scott.

  • 2016-10-27 Nikita Bansal

    Please note sir, that the complexity in my case is that I am targeting a MS course (material science) different from my previous degree (Textile Technology).
    Do you still maintain that?

  • 2016-10-27 25nitesh

    Hi, I am nitesh and I plan to join masters program in fall 2018. I will be writing GMAT around May 2017

    1. Undergraduate school -GALGOTIAS UNIVERSITY
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA -8.7/10 (till 7th semester )
    3. GMAT score or expected score -(Expected 650)
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience- (3 yr part time during my course )as a business associate in a MLM company
    5. Current company and role -NA
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience- Won the Script Writing Competition for the successive three years, Blogger at
    7. Post-MBA goals - Will work in the industry for 5-6 years and then after start my own venture.
    8. Target schools - Please guide me in this.

  • 2016-10-27 Monsurat Adeyemi

    Hi Sott,

    Thanks for your response .
    I have other experience which can be classified as internship
    But prior to the time i would get admitted for Fall 2017, I should have earned one year plus work experience

  • 2016-10-27 jacksonyito

    1 University of Ibadan, Nigeria
    2 2nd class upper. 4.9/7
    3 gmat score 600 (Considering taking another)
    4 None
    7 Lecturing
    8 Schools in Canada

  • 2016-10-27 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    With 1 year of work experience you are a good candidate for an MiM but not an MBA just yet. Thus if you want to start studying soon, I suggest the MiM programs. Contact me if you want to learn more about how we can work together on your applications.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-10-27 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    I suggest you sign up for tutoring to raise the GMAT as right now with a 58 from Calcutta and a 580 you do not have a good chance of getting into a top 25 school. Contact me if you want to learn how we can help with GMAT tutoring. Click on my name above to send a message.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-10-27 Scott PersonalMBACoach


    For Carnegie Mellon you should target north of 320 / 325 on the GRE. For the other schools your profile may work out but you are on the lower end for work experience, thus ensuring strong letters of recommendation and a well formulated story will be very important. Reach out if you want help with your applications. Just click on my name above to send a message.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-10-27 Scott PersonalMBACoach


    MIT and GA Tech would be reaches with your profile and likely Michigan as well. Are you considering retaking the GRE? If you can increase the score, especially in quant, you would have a much better chance. Reach out if you want help with your applications.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-10-27 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    I recommend targeting additional schools as well since you really don't want to apply to only one. That said with a GMAT in the mid to upper 600s you should be in a good position to apply to Rotterdam. Good luck and reach out if you want any assistance with your applications.

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-10-27 Scott PersonalMBACoach

    What school did you go to for undergraduate?
    What kind of work experience do you have?

    Scott Edinburgh
    Personal MBA Coach

  • 2016-10-22 abhigyan konwar

    Expected Gre Score :- 320
    Expected Toefl Score:112
    2 Reasearch papers
    I am going to apply for M.s in Mechanical at Usa / germany. Please Suggest me some of the universities?

  • 2016-10-21 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    You are targeting some of the best universities. Yes all universities look for innovators who can discover unique products and services. So describe your research ideas in details and try to convince the adcoms that there is a hidden scientist inside you. Since these institutions are known for their innovation, they prefer innovative thinkers over academic toppers. For in order to be a scientist, one has to be an innovator.

  • 2016-10-21 Rituparna Roy Chowdhury

    Yes, you have a fairly good profile and you can accepted at Rotterdam SOM. Just describe your vision for future and how to you intend to contribute to the same. Try to talk of what are the disruptions you can bring about - that would make you stand apart from the rest of the applicants.

  • 2016-10-20 vineethprekar

    Hi I'm Vineeth. I'm applying for MS in Physics.

    1. University of Madras (Indian public university)
    2. Approx 78% , GPA 3.0/4.0
    3. GRE score: 310 Q161 V149
    4. Worked as TA during senior year under a professor
    5. NA
    6. Co-hosting science awareness programs, Student head of college science society.
    7. To continue in research
    8. Portland state university, Oregon State university. Please add a few universities that suit my profile.

  • 2016-10-20 Dina Darwich

    Hi My name is Dina,

    I'm 26 yers old and i'm from egypt. I'm interesting in Applying for MSC. of Human ressources in Rotterdam school of business.
    Below is the details FYI. looking forward to you comments and tips. thanks

    1. Undergraduate school: Saint - jeanne Antide (french school)
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: achlor if business Administration french section (overal grade is good/ 82%)
    3. GMAT score or expected score (expected 650)
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience 4 years work experience in HR 3years in Hewlett Packard and 1 year in Target for recruitment.
    5. Current company and role HR specialist in Hewlett Packard
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: NA
    7. Post-MBA goals: NA
    8. Target schools: Rotterdam School of management

  • 2016-10-20 Nikita Bansal

    1. Undergraduate school: National Institute of Technology, (Punjab) India
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: 7.6/10 (top 15% in batch)
    3. GRE score or expected score : 313 (v=152, q=161)
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience: 1 year (by now)
    5. Current company and role: Wearable electronics based startup company, Junior Product Engineer in R&D department
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: organized 'women safety & self defense workshops' in schools and college, pollster regarding a political issue in the capital (Citizens' Ombudsmen Bill), Project leader at work & college, organized and won many dance competitions
    7. Post-MS/MBA goals: I want to develop products that provide physical safety to people around, ex. anti molestation garment is one that strongly urged me to dedicate my UG research towards it.
    8. Target schools: MIT, GATech, Michigan Ann Arbor, UIUC, UCB (don't know if I should), NCSU, TAMU, ASU and some more

    The complexity in my case is that I am targeting a MS course (material science) different from my previous degree (Textile Technology)

  • 2016-10-20 Monsurat Adeyemi

    My intended course of study is MSC. Information Technology Management

    1. Undergraduate school : University Of Lagos, Nigeria
    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA : 2.9/4.00
    3. GRE expected score :310
    4. # Yrs full-time work experience: 6 months
    5. Current company and role : Wakanow LTD / Software QA ENginer
    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience : none
    7. Post-MS/MBA goals : CTO/CIO of a renowned company
    8. Target schools : Carnegie Mellon, University of Wisconsin,University of Massachusetts , Northern Kentucky University, Univeristy of North Carolina Greensboro

    Any help will be appreciated as i intend applying for Fall 2017. Thanks!

  • 2016-10-20 shagunbanthia

    What about uni s such as Tepper or Michigan Ross?

  • 2016-10-14 gnakul


    I have applied to below universities for MBA program.Please advice which is the best school for IT program and jobs perspective.

    Please share your urgent feedback.

  • 2016-10-13 Pranveer

    Undergraduate school: University Of Calcutta

    2. Undergraduate grades/GPA: 58%

    3. GMAT score or expected score: 580

    4. # Yrs full-time work experience: 3 years (includind dad's business)

    5. Current company and role: Netscribes Inc. - Senior Associate - Investment Research. Consutant to a Private Equity company. Prepare comparables and transaction screening reports among other things.

    6. Extra-curricular leadership experience: Played for the state cricket team at U15 level; Represented a first division cricket team at the highest league in the city; Represented college at the University level table tennis team; Received Telegraph award for the Best All Round Student; Member and supprter of WWF

    7. Post-MBA goals: To get into Private Equity and Venture Capital space. Looking at managing hedge fund as a long term plan.

    8. Target schools: Confused about the schools for now as I have a GMAT score below the average score of the top 25 schools. Need advice on which schools to apply for fall 2017. Mainly looking at US and Canadian schools

    Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!

  • 2016-10-13 Aishwarya Pathare

    Hi.I am unsure if I should go for an MIM or MBA. The mim program starts in sept 2017. By the time I will have completed almost 2 yrs of work ex. Please help me with this decision.
    Undergraduate school- Mumbai University
    Undergraduate gpa- 6.83/7
    Expected gmat-700
    Work ex.- 1 yr.
    Current employer- JPMorgan chase
    Role- transaction processing specialist
    -Finance head and part of core committee for intercollegiate event Inspira
    -2nd place at product launch competition in MCC college
    -2nd place management guru competition in MCC college
    -Conducted research on ' Survival of multiplexes'

    Target schools-
    Mim-HEC Paris
    MBA-Ivey business school, SDA Bocconi, ISB
    Post degree goals- management consulting/ strategy

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