So, you want to go back to school and get your MBA? That is great! But wait – do you know even how to apply for the program? Let’s walk through what you need to prepare for and what you can expect throughout the process.
Each school program is likely to have little difference in what we are going to discuss, but there are definitely some standard procedures you will encounter on the way to get into graduate. The two biggest factors are the application and the entrance interview.
The application process
The first thing is pretty obvious. You need a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited American university or equivalent. Three-year bachelor degree programs from international agencies are generally acceptable. Additionally, you will be required to submit your GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. Usually you’ve got to take GMAT or GRE in the last year when applying.
Someone who first language is not English or who did not attend an English-speaking undergraduate college must submit their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International Enska Language Testing System) score to verify their ability to learn in Enska environment.
These are three standard items you find nearly all the entrance requirements. However, there are many other usual suspects you should prepare in advance, especially if you are applying to multiple schools.
In addition, your degree, you will often be asked about the public school your copies. Sometimes the student copy acceptable for application, but you will eventually produce an official copy if you are accepted, so it is best to go ahead and have it available. Most applications require the submission of a thesis as well. This can be a long and very different in content, but you can bet that they will test your knowledge and ability to accurately convey Advanced Business concepts.
The admissions staff will also ask you to provide a copy of the most updated resume. Finally, there is usually a document for you to sign and return stating that you agree to specific policy program and organization, and it can involve paying the application fee.
When you get everything together and send it in, if you are lucky enough to be presented to the next round, you can ready yourself for the grueling part of getting into an MBA program.
If you make it to the interview round, which means that the organization is interested to accept you, but there is no guarantee that you are in yet. As the essay portion of the application, different interviews greatly between institutions. You can bet, however, that the person responsible for the interview has studied the application well and the interview will be tailored specifically to you, your knowledge and experience, your education to plan your choice. It is very much like the job you want to impress with your skills, but it is also important to simply hit it off with the interviewer. Some programs have also submitted following the interview reflection where you need to discuss how you think the interview went and what the next course of action should be.
If all that has not scared you away from applying for MBA, you should at least have a better idea of what to expect for the application and interview process. Good luck!