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    Hello!

    As mentioned, I'm an American student looking into UK postgrad options for an MSc Business Analytics degree. I've never applied abroad before and I'm not sure what to expect or how well I will fit various universities in the London area (interested in London for future job prospects and also loved the city when I visited).

    My greatest fear is that in coming out of a business background, I may be lacking the quantitative training needed for an analytics program. Do you guys mind giving me some insight on where I might have a fighting chance with my applications? I am particularly interested in Imperial's program, but feel free to make recommendations on other schools.

    At a glance:
    -BBA Marketing degree from Southern Methodist University (Cox school) with a Chinese Language minor
    - 3.8/4.0 GPA
    - No GMAT taken (I know this is bad but it was for cost and time reasons. Luckily many UK schools don't seem to require it.)
    -VP of our uni's Amnesty International chapter; also in an honor society and business association
    - Quant: Taking free R programming course on coursera and is Bloomberg certified. Has taken university courses in database operations management, marketing research, stat and calculus, etc, but the business curriculum isn't terribly quant-heavy.
    - Good project management experience; I will have my most recent community service project published under the university some time this year and it also gained a fair amount of media attention. I also have a couple of data collection and reporting team projects that my university is using toward the development of a new online graduate program.
    - Also studied and volunteered abroad in various places. I would love to work abroad some day and am particularly interested in places like China, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

    I am interested in a marketing research or consulting firm job and later on taking up pro bono consulting for arts nonprofits. My work experience is mainly museum admin/marketing jobs and internships.

    Hope I didn't get too long-winded on this but I'm limiting myself to two UK schools and I want to choose wisely. I really appreciate the input. Thanks!
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    Again look at the entry requirements and compare your profile to them. If in doubt email the uni and ask what they think. Where do grads from these unis end up and what are the requirements for jobs you want to end up in?
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    Again look at the entry requirements and compare your profile to them. If in doubt email the uni and ask what they think. Where do grads from these unis end up and what are the requirements for jobs you want to end up in?
    Good advice. However, the entry requirements online appear to be the minimum for acceptance, far below what would be considered competitive coming from a non-ivy B-school; some just say "have a bachelors" and that's it. Also, the various advisors/directors I have emailed replied they won't give any sort of admitted student profile or personal opinion. This was a bit of a surprise. American uni advisors will usually give you their personal opinion on your chances and make suggestions on where to focus your application (of course, grad school applications here cost around £120, so sharing that opinion shows a lot of courtesy).

    I came to this forum to get some opinions from UK residents as I don't know anyone personally who is familiar with schools in the UK, so do let me know if you have any other suggestions Thanks
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    Good advice. However, the entry requirements online appear to be the minimum for acceptance, far below what would be considered competitive coming from a non-ivy B-school; some just say "have a bachelors" and that's it. Also, the various advisors/directors I have emailed replied they won't give any sort of admitted student profile or personal opinion. This was a bit of a surprise. American uni advisors will usually give you their personal opinion on your chances and make suggestions on where to focus your application (of course, grad school applications here cost around £120, so sharing that opinion shows a lot of courtesy).

    I came to this forum to get some opinions from UK residents as I don't know anyone personally who is familiar with schools in the UK, so do let me know if you have any other suggestions Thanks
    It's highly unlikely that a good uni will ask for just a bachelors. Most places will want a 2.1 and maybe work experience. Unis won't give you an admitted student's profile but will advise whether your application is likely to be considered or not. Based on that you're taking a risk which is what applying is. No one can predict what will happen as it depends on the competitive and strength of your application. Good luck!
 
 
 
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