Tips for a successful MBA application

Many schools have a similar application process when it comes to their MBA programs, but there are slight differences with each. If you are having difficulty with your application, here are some helpful tips that you should keep in mind.

Before the application process

Do your research before you get started on any applications. When researching MBA programs be sure to gather information on the faculty’s reputation, the curriculum offered and method in which it is delivered, and the career services that will be available to you as a student. Determining all of the services that are available in advance of submitting your application is important as well. Are you allowed to sit in a class and experience the learning environment and class demographic first hand? Is there an opportunity for you to talk to a representative one-on-one about your specific questions? Are you able to connect with an alumni, or current students to learn more about their experience? These are the kind of questions to ask to learn more about the program itself and the services available to you as an interested candidate, before deciding which MBA programs you want to apply to.

Most importantly though, get started on your GMAT preparation now. Many resources are available to help you prepare for the GMAT including study books, practice exams, mock exams, prep courses and more. The more you study, the better your score could be, keeping in mind that it is recommended to complete a minimum of 800 practice questions. Quantum Test Prep is a great resource for GMAT preparation, offering GMAT Prep Courses in multiple locations and durations.

The application itself

The time has come. You have narrowed down your options for MBA programs and it’s time to get started on your application! Be aware to order your official transcript early; it’s possible that you might have to wait longer than anticipated to receive your transcript. Another very important component to consider is who you want to approach to be your references for your letters of recommendation. The letter, if a reference form is not provided, should highlight information such as your personality, leadership potential, work ethic, and professional experiences. Consider asking referees that represent different areas of your life, professionally and academically to provide a range of feedback on your strengths. Keep in mind to watch for school restrictions on reference letters.
Your essay, or personal statement, is your opportunity to boast about yourself. You might consider this to be the most stressful part of the application, but it shouldn’t be. The key is to toot your own horn! This is the chance to explain, in your own words, who you are, why you are the best applicant, what skills you will bring to the program and your future classmates, and why you want to be part of this particular MBA program.

And last but not least, every school will have an application checklist or a ‘˜how to‘ page listing everything they need in regards to your application. Though there are similarities between MBA applications, it is always important to find each program’s checklist to confirm that you have exactly everything you need for a complete application.

You’ve submitted your application’¦now what?!

Depending on the respective school’s policy (double check their website), feel free to contact a program representative to confirm that your application was received and completed properly. After this initial follow up however, it’s time to cross your fingers and wait anxiously until you hear a response. In the meantime, the best way for you to pass the time is to kick up your feet and relax.

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