Selecting Your List of Business Schools

Generally speaking applicants to MBA programs at the top ranked US business schools tend to share the following characteristics. They are about 27 or 28 years old and have five years of work experience. They often have GMAT scores above 700 points. In comparison, for European business school, applicants have a slightly different profile. They tend to be a few years older and accordingly have more work experience. On average, their GMAT scores will also be slightly lower. Beyond these statistics, MBA applicants hold a variety of undergraduate majors and come from a wide spectrum of industries. So, how many business schools? If your basic profile (age, years of work experience, GMAT score, and

Stanford MSx Application Tips

The MSx application consists of two questions: What matters most to you, and why? Why this program now? What are your personal and professional objectives, and how will the Stanford MSx Program help you achieve them? What matters most to you, and why? This question is one of the more challenging questions in any business school application. The goal of this essay is to share who you are and what makes you unique. The best essays are those that after a thorough read, the reader will feel as if they already know you. Your motive is for the reader to become so interested in your story that they would want to continue the conversation with you in person and invite you for an interview. As you br

Is Stanford’s MSx right for me?

Stanford’s MSx program is a one of a kind program that serves as the business school’s EMBA program. However, compared to most of the elite EMBA programs, the MSx stands out as being a one-year, full-time program. What makes the MSx unique? The MSx is designed for experienced professionals with eight or more years of work experience. The school also specifies that a candidate should have five years of management experience. The program has a small cohort of around 90 students who are called Sloan Fellows. In the course of the year, Sloan Fellows develop close knit relationships and life-long friendships. Overall, there are many opportunities for the program participants to impact each other

Should I retake the GMAT?

One of the most common questions that I get asked by MBA applicants if they should retake their GMAT exam. This exam is often the most loathe part of the application process. For MBA applicants, who are several years out of college, preparing for exams no longer comes naturally. Most of us understandably do not want to take the exam more times than necessary but still want to maximize our chances of getting an offer from our dream school. If your score is below the average of your target schools, you are probably asking yourself this question. Before you go and schedule another exam, first consider the following. 1. How many times have you already taken the exam? If you have taken the exam o

Which Round Should I Apply In?

There are so many moving parts to coordinate as you prepare your business school applications. The earlier you begin preparing, the easier it will be to submit your applications regardless of which round you apply in. As a basic rule, it is never too early to start thinking about business school! Here are some points to consider as you decide when to apply. 1. You only have one chance to make a first impression, will your application be submitted with the required thought and care? Preparing a business school application can be an emotional journey. There is a significant amount of self-reflection required for you to be able to share your goals and write essays that will make you stand out a

Core Pillars of an Application

There are three common questions that you will consistently be asked during the application process, in your essays and during the interviews. Why an MBA? Why are you applying to this specific business school? What are your post-MBA career goals? Now, consider each question individually and how best to answer it. Why an MBA? When thinking about why you want to study for an MBA and your career goals, you probably have a lot of different ideas. For the application, you need to hone your ambitions and create a clear narrative that will make sense to the admissions committee. This can be difficult for many applicants. Answering this question can take significant self-reflection so start early an