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How much do top (or all really) MBA programs care about your undergrad (gpa, where you went, etc)? GMAT? Or does your work experience matter considerably more?

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If you have a terrible GPA, try your best on GMAT and give it a shot anyway. If you really can’t get in after 2-3 attempts, work hard to get promoted and try to get into a top EMBA program later on. They don’t care much about your GPA as long as you show quantitative skills and show career progression.

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Both matter a lot. The exact combo depends on the candidate and school and isn’t consistent or precisely measurable.

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GMAT score will matter more than your work experience.

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I eventually want an mba, but I have bad undergrad credentials so I’m trying to do a masters in something else first

Top programs have their pick of candidates with high GMATs, GPAs AND strong W/E. Gotta make yourself stand out somehow

Look at the variables US NEWS uses in their methodology. That drives what they care about to a significant degree.

What do you mean by “top”? I was a 770 gmat and 3.3 GPA from a top 20 school who didn’t get an interview from Wharton. My weakest points were Deloitte and the GPA. They’re essentially dealbreakers for HSW.

The data is fine. We have a shitload of people go to Kellogg, Columbia, etc. assume a good chunk of them applied to Wharton and would have gone (I mean, it’s clearly the third best). If 300 people went to M7 outside of HSW and 30 people went to HSW..., then you can directionally conclude what the acceptance rate is. That tells you everything. I’m not sure why we’re arguing this - I love Deloitte. It’s a great firm and I’d recommend it to anyone. But that doesn’t mean HSW see it the same way.

What would be a “top” test score on the GMAT that would pretty much ensure you would get into a top school program (such as Harvard, for example)?

No such thing. Harvard rejects some 800s. But yes, an 800 would massively improve your odds.

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