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MBA application parts

Most applications to MBA programs consist of the following components:

  1. Application Forms:
    Each MBA program requires that you fill out their specific applications. By now, most business schools have made their application available on-line. If you choose not to download the application, you can call or write to the institution to have one mailed to you. Be sure that your application is impeccably neat. A messily filled out form reflects badly on you immediately. You should type the various pieces of personal information on the page rather than writing them by hand. Write out the responses to short answer questions on a separate sheet first, so as not to have crossing out or white-out on the final application sheet.
  2. Transcript:
    Business schools require that you provide your undergraduate transcript along with your application. Be sure that you request that your undergraduate institution sends it in plenty of time to meet the application dealine. Although your undergraduate transcript is an important part of the application, it does not weigh as heavily as your post-graduation experience, GMAT scores, essays, etc.
  3. GMAT scores:
    Again, be sure that you take the GMAT in plenty of time to meet the application deadlines of the MBA programs you intend to which you intend to apply. You must request that ETS (who creates and administers the GMAT) send your scores to the institutions of your choice. Your GMAT scores are an extremely important part of your application. Prepare for the GMATs as much as possible. You might even consider taking a prep course.
  4. Essays:
    The essays questions for each school are included in the application that you will receive upon requesting it from the Business Schools that interest you. Most MBA programs also put a copy of their application on-line for you to download. The essay is another extremely important component of the application. Be sure that you write an essay that is unique and truly descriptive of you. Again, consider getting professional advice about your essays.
  5. Recommendations:
    The number of recommendations required varies from one MBA program to the next, but there is no limit to how many you can send. You should include as many favorable letters about you as are pertinent and appropriate, but be sure that they all say different things about you and come from people who know you in different capacities. You do not want to bore the admissions committee. Also, letters from relatives or your next-door-neighbor when you were growing up are not advised. Your letters should come from someone who knows you in a on a professional or academic level.
  6. Interviews:
    Most schools do not require interviews. Still, they are strongly recommended. They are a chance to put a face and personality to the name. Unless you know that you are a truly poor interviewer, you should take advantage of the opportunity. Be sure to prepare for your interview, as well. Try to anticipate the types of questions that will be asked of you, know something specific about the program, and have some good questions ready.
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