Timeline For Applying to Business School
If you’re going to apply for B-school, it’s best to start early.
Ilana Kowarski, a reporter at US News, recently spoke to experts on what an ideal timeline for applying looks like.
ONE TO TWO YEARS BEFORE APPLYING
You’ll want to take some time before applying to think about whether or not an MBA is right for you. Experts recommend thinking about your personal story and what qualities you could bring to a B-school.
“Everyone has a unique and powerful story,” Megan Stiphany, a former senior associate director of admissions at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, tells US News. “It’s incredibly important to focus on conveying an authentic version of yourself as opposed to trying to deliver what you think the committee wants to hear.”
SIX TO NINE MONTHS BEFORE FALL
At this point, experts recommend researching schools and beginning to prep for the GRE or GMAT plus request recommendation letters.
When it comes to researching schools, prioritize fit.
“It’s about envisioning the professional you want to become and defining the qualities you care about most in a business school,” Caroline Diarte Edwards of Fortuna Admissions, writes. “Your discerning approach and careful research ensure you’re spending your time and effort on schools that will be the best fit for you. Ultimately, the better you get to know the MBA programs of your choice, the greater your chances of acceptance.”
THREE MONTHS BEFORE ROUND ONE
Prior to round one deadlines, you should expect to take the GRE or GMAT. Additionally, you’ll want to put together drafts of your essay.
“Prospective MBA students should plan on completing multiple drafts of any MBA essay they write, continually tweaking it,” Kowarski writes.
Check out the full timeline for applying to B-school here.
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