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Chrm Message From: tesmian Total Posts: 63 Join Date: 02/08/2006
Rank: Manager Post Date: 05/08/2006 06:16:59 Points: 315 Location: Afghanistan

So you've decided to go to graduate school and obtain your MBA. Simple, right? Not necessarily, especially if you are applying to one of the premier MBA programs, where applications can outnumber accepted students by a 50 to 1 ratio. This article will help you through the most important steps in completing your MBA applications.

Keep in mind that the factors that most graduate business programs consider in the admission decision include:

1. scores from the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test);
2. prior academic record;
3. employment history; and
4. recommendations of instructors, employers, or others.

Your first step is identifying the best MBA programs to fit your needs in terms of program type, faculty, placement, cost, location, etc. -- and, based on their admissions formula, would be likely to accept you in their program.

Once you have narrowed down your choices to a select few MBA programs, your main task is then to complete each application as completely and professionally as possible -- remembering all the time that you are completing these documents that they are all marketing tools to help position you as an ideal graduate candidate.

The key components of your applications package include the application form, your resume or CV, your personal essay, letters of recommendation, and placement exam scores.

The Application Form
The application form is the cornerstone of your graduate school application. While many graduate admissions forms will ask for the same types of information, some will be much more detailed than others, and you should pay careful attention to the specific elements of each application form.

Next make note of each program’s admission deadlines -- many having rolling admissions windows -- and plan sufficient time to complete all the application forms.

Finally, if possible, type all your information onto the forms. Typing presents a more professional look to the application form. If you must print, do so as neatly as possible and avoid all mistakes.

The remaining article with additional MBA resources can be read at http://www.quintcareers.com/MBA_applications.html

Regards,

Tesmian

 
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