MBA Admissions: Where Should Ajay Apply?

Where Should Ajay Apply?

Where Should Ajay Apply?

Next up in our blog series, Narrowing Down Your B-School Options, we’ll introduce you to Ajay. Take a look at Ajay’s profile and follow the steps to determine the best MBA programs for Ajay to apply to.


1) Has high tech product ideas and wants to start own business, if not immediately after MBA, then within five years after MBA. Attracted to design thinking.

2) Schools to consider: MIT, Haas, Stanford, CMU Tepper, UT Austin, UCLA, USC Marshall, Duke, Ross, Cornell Johnson, UNC, Babson, Rotman.

3) Qualifications

a.    700 GMAT (51 quant; struggles with verbal). Took previously and had 660 and 680. Doesn’t want to retake again.

b.    Has 7.2/10 CGPA from IIT Madras. B. Tech. Graduated in 2008.

c.    Has been working for Tata Consulting on software consulting projects for last 3 years in the UK and Europe. Previously worked for Infosys as a programmer for two years in India. Can show increasing responsibility at work.

d.    Was active in college, but hasn’t done much since outside of work. Likes to play guitar and cricket.

e.    Wants to apply in 2013-14.

4) Where should he apply? Will apply to Darden, UCLA, UT Austin, and Duke R1. Will apply to UNC, USC Marshall, Babson, and Rotman if not accepted R1. Also considering Ross’ MS in Entrepreneurship.