For more than half a century, the MBA degree has remained the most desired education in the whole world. No matter how expensive or time-consuming it is, tens of thousands of applicants continue trying to get themselves admitted to business schools.
Still, today’s candidates have an incredibly wider range of choice. You can enroll into a full-time program (which takes up to two years), or you can enter a one-year, part-time, EMBA, online or any other kind of program.
So, How Do I Choose?
You already know that an MBA is what you need. But why exactly do you need it? What do you want to achieve in the end? What are your career plans? Do you want to try working in some other sphere? Or do you want a promotion? Maybe you are planning to become an entrepreneur and found a startup? According to The Accepted.com, the more you know about your goals, the easier your choice is.
What Do I Have Right Now?
To assess your MBA potential correctly, you have to check what you can offer the business school you’re applying for.
- How well did you perform in college? If you have had an opportunity to work for several years, your college grades are still important. If you failed a course or didn’t perform that well, you’ll have to explain it when you apply.
- Your test results are important. If you plan to apply for business school anytime soon, start preparing for GMAT or GRE right now without delay. Without your test score, you won’t be able to get accepted.
- Job experience is a core part of your application. At most business schools, they won’t admit you if you don’t have two or more years of working experience. If it’s a problem, though, you can always find a university that accepts people fresh out of college.
- Don’t forget about extracurriculars. They don’t even have to be connected to your college studies of job directly – but make sure they are useful and allow you to show off your leadership and organizational skills. Sports, volunteering etc would be perfect to add to your application.
- How well do you speak English? If English is not your first language, but you want to enter a school where all subjects are taught in this language, you’ll have to take IELTS or TOEFL to prove your command of the English language.
These are the main parts of your application. Of course, there is no candidate that gets them all perfect, so don’t be obsessed about being the best. Still, you have to make sure you show off your strengths and make up for your weaknesses. You can learn more about the business schools on MBA25 events.