Filling out an MBA Application can be a daunting and stressful process. Many of the
premier Masters in Business Administration programs can have upwards of fifty
applications per every accepted student. Given the ratio, it is important to be thorough
and circumspect when filling out your application.
The four major factors that will dictate your admission are your previous academic
record, your past employment, references and recommendations of your professors
and employers, and the scores from your Graduate Management Admission Test. It is
also a good idea to create an application checklist which will help narrow down your
list of choices before you apply. With so many types of MBA programs, you want to
select the institution that fits your particular specialization, location, and financial
costs. You should also be realistic in your approach; do not apply for colleges for
which you do not meet their admissions criteria.
Once you have weaned down your choices to a few schools, it is now time to fill out
the applications. The skeleton of which is comprised of your resume, letters of
recommendation, your essay of personal history, and your exam and GMAT scores.
The Application Form
Fill out your application meticulously, being careful not to enter items erroneously.
While it would behoove you to take your time, be sure to keep a mental note of all
deadlines. If you can, type the information rather than writing it out to give your
application a professional look.
Your resume for an MBA application is different than a resume for a job interview. It
should be tailored for the graduate program, highlighting aspects that are related.
The Personal Essay
The essay should demonstrate your cognitive prowess, and is the most important
aspect of an application. It should exemplify your writing ability, your thought
process and your plan for the future. Have a friend or trusted confidant go over the
minutiae of the essay before submission.
Letters of Recommendation
MBA applications typically require two or three letters of recommendation. It is vital
that you ask people whom you know and who know you, and can properly and
eloquently accentuate your skills. Professors or former supervisors are good
candidates, being that they have watched you work and are familiar with how you
Test and Exam Scores
Most MBA applications require you to take the GMAT test. If you are a citizen of a
foreign country, you must take an additional TOEFL test to show your proficiency in
English. The GMAT measure your intellectual statistics in logic, math, and English.
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