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MBA with poor undergraduate grades

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I just graduated with a BA in economics from a small state school with a 2.2gpa. I realize this is very low but I still want to get my MBA in finance in a few years after getting some professional experience. My ideal school would be NYU but I know that is a stretch with my grades. I'm currently in the process of obtaining my CFA certification to supplement my resume. If my job pays for it does it makes sense to get a masters in economics/masters in finance first and obtain stellar grades to help me get into a good MBA program? 

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I was in a somewhat similar position ( a 2.7 with an engineering degree) and with a very compelling reason as to why that was the case (worked part time job to support family). I pursued a masters degree shortly after and earned better grades with a similar thought process. However, AO's don't place much weight on your graduate GPA but will take note of your academic performance - plus, not too many MBA applicants have graduate degrees so it does give you an edge. 

I had an excellent professional track record, awesome recommendations, a competitive GMAT score and a good story which ultimately got me into 7 out of 8 schools I applied to including Wharton, the GSB and Kellogg. 

It's not impossible - just work hard and strategically to make sure the rest of your application is phenomenal :) CFA would be one good example of you doing just that. 

Best of luck!  

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