MBA undergrad GPA for admissions
Now I’m just doing this as a curiosity, so don’t rip me a new one. I’m not seriously considering doing an MBA until at least I’m done the 3 CFA levels, but I am curious as to whether my ****ty first two years of undergrad would hold me back if I ever did want an MBA from a good school.
I’ve been looking at the top Canadian MBA schools and they seem to take your GPA from your last year or last 2 years in university. My first two years I was in engineering and I went to school a couple times a week and generally considered university something I just had to get through while I spent my time wasted and/or playing Civilization III, so my GPA in those years was a very unflattering 2.5 or something like that. I had some big life events that made me reevaluate my engineering career and I went into education. For the next year in arts and science (I needed some credits to get into education) and 2 years of ed my gpa was 3.7. This was still not at all what I was capable of, as I was working nearly full time, but I was at least going to classes. The education classes were easy enough that I pretty much just had to show up to get an 80.
So I’ve got 2 terrible years and 3 good years (although the last 2 are in education, which is the easiest college on the planet). Apparently those first 2 terrible years won’t hurt for Canadian b-schools, but what about top 10 American schools? Do they consider your entire transcript or just the last couple years? I can’t find any info on this from any of the major American b-schools.
I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to wrassle a good GMAT score. My work experience as a teacher I’m guessing will hold me back. I’m hoping to make up for it with a good history of volunteering with my church.
And again, I’m doing this out of curiousity and because I like to daydream years into the future. So please humour me :)
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