MBA Admissions Articles

  • Admissions Tip: Addressing Academic Strengths

    Admissions Tip: Addressing Academic Strengths

    by on April 18th, 2014

    While we devoted time last week to advice on addressing weaknesses in one’s academic record, today we wanted to explore the other side of the issue: the strengths that lie in your undergraduate record. Beyond issues … Read More

  • The Truth Behind 3 Common MBA Rankings Myths

    The Truth Behind 3 Common MBA Rankings Myths

    by on April 17th, 2014

    One of the very first places a business school hopeful begins the school selection process is by looking at annual or biannual MBA rankings. The most frequently consulted lists include those published by U.S. News, … Read More

  • What Happens During an ‘Undercover’ Admissions Interview?

    What Happens During an ‘Undercover’ Admissions Interview?

    by on April 15th, 2014

    In the latest installment of Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Amy S. Choi‘s attempt to walk in the shoes of b-school applicants, the intrepid writer shares how being herself worked out during her recent MBA … Read More

  • 3 Exercises to Help MBA Applicants Develop a Personal Brand

    3 Exercises to Help MBA Applicants Develop a Personal Brand

    by on April 14th, 2014

    Some b-school applicants balk at thinking of themselves as a “product” or “brand.” However, by taking the time to really examine your personal qualities, values and aspirations, you’ll … Read More

  • Should You Start a New Job Before First-Round Deadlines?

    Should You Start a New Job Before First-Round Deadlines?

    by on April 13th, 2014

    With approximately six months to go before first-round deadlines for the 2014–2015 MBA application season, many business school aspirants are considering ways they might enhance their candidacy. While candidates can … Read More

  • MBA Admissions: How Do You Look on the Internet?

    MBA Admissions: How Do You Look on the Internet?

    by on April 12th, 2014

    You have an online reputation. You might not know what it is, your friends and family might not know what it is, but it is there. Granted, it is reasonable to conclude that some people (remember, “some” just means … Read More

  • Admissions Tip: Addressing Academic Weaknesses

    Admissions Tip: Addressing Academic Weaknesses

    by on April 11th, 2014

    To follow up on last month’s advice about GMAT preparation and timing, we wanted to offer some general comments about the role of academics in the admissions process. Many candidates considering business school focus … Read More

  • Building Your MBA Network Before B-School

    Building Your MBA Network Before B-School

    by on April 10th, 2014

    Submitted by Nicole Lindsay, a career development expert who is working on her first book about women and business school. She is a former MBA admissions officer, MBA recruiter and non-profit executive. Connect with … Read More

  • 3 Surprising Application Mistakes Prospective MBAs Make

    3 Surprising Application Mistakes Prospective MBAs Make

    by on April 9th, 2014

    When it comes to making mistakes on a business school application, there are many places where candidates can run afoul and ruin their chances at admission. The road to an MBA contains countless potential pitfalls, … Read More

  • Do You Have Enough Work Experience?

    Do You Have Enough Work Experience?

    by on April 8th, 2014

    Often clients are confused when trying to determine if they have gathered enough work experience to return to business school. Certainly it takes a few laps around the proverbial block to gather enough real world … Read More

  • Your MBA Waitlist Do-Not-Do List

    Your MBA Waitlist Do-Not-Do List

    by on April 7th, 2014

    So the letter or email arrived, and the news wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exactly great either: you’ve been put on the MBA waitlist. At this point you may notice your mind going to some weird places as you try to … Read More

  • Be Unforgettable: Putting the CAPP in Your First Impression

    Be Unforgettable: Putting the CAPP in Your First Impression

    by on April 6th, 2014

    Submitted by Shari Hubert, associate dean of MBA Admissions, Georgetown McDonough School of Business. You’ll want to make a good first impression not only for the Admissions team, but also for current students, … Read More

  • Take Responsibility in Your Optional Essay

    Take Responsibility in Your Optional Essay

    by on April 5th, 2014

    Business school candidates who have an obvious weakness in their profile—such as a low GPA or GMAT score or a prolonged gap in work experience—often worry that they are destined to attend a virtually unknown business … Read More

  • Admissions Tip: Feedback Sessions for Denied Applicants

    Admissions Tip: Feedback Sessions for Denied Applicants

    by on April 4th, 2014

    As many of our readers know, a small number of leading MBA programs offer admissions feedback sessions to applicants who did not make the admissions cut in a given season. Though we’ve touched upon this subject … Read More