I have visited this site quite frequently to better guide my application process but have yet to actually post. In preparation for the next round of applications, I would very much appreciate some help in determining what programs I should be realistically looking at. Below are my credentials:
- Undergraduate: B.A. Music, UC Berkeley, 2006, 3.25/4.00
- Graduate: MBA, Santa Clara University, 2012, 3.91/4.00
- Sr. Analyst, Top Market Research Firm, 2011 - Present
- Product Manager,Top PC & HW OEM, 2008 - 2011
- Account Manager, Startup Media Firm, 2006 - 2008
- Verbal: 40 / 89%
- Quantitative: 48 / 84%
- Writing: 5.5 / 80%
- Total 710 / 92%
- RA on SCU faculty research concerning escalation of commitment during new product development
- Abundance of non-academic, market research papers
Statement of Purpose
My field of interest is competitive advantages. Specifically, I'm interested in how competitive advantages are built in markets with greater degrees of resource homogeneity but have broader interests within this field. These include: how resources are put to productive use, how advantages are built over time for entrepreneurial firms, as well as how product level-, business level-, and corporate level- advantages are integrated.
In short, I am looking for some guidance regarding the following:
- What programs should a candidate of my credentials realistically consider? What are my reaches and what are my safeties?
- What if I were able to boost my total GMAT by 40 points or so? Is the retake even worth it?
- What are the best programs that would align with my areas of research?
The list of schools that are on my radar include: Wharton, Stanford, UCLA, Michigan, Toronto, Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, USC, NYU, Duke, Illinois, and Washington. This list was provided to me by my former professor at SCU. However, given my credentials, I am not going to flatter myself and am supremely unconfident that I have a shot at the more prominent institutions. If there are other programs that I should be looking at, please let me know. I would very much like to get a sense of where my credentials place me and your feedback would be tremendously valuable. Thank you, very much.