Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Social Scientist
GRE 330, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Tepper | Mr. Leadership Developement
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
Farrell Dyan MBA Prep Coach

Farrell Dyan

MBA Prep Coach

United States

Consultant Bio

I enjoy helping clients from all corners of the globe tell their stories. Here’s mine.

After doing my undergrad in Economics, I went into sales for Wells Fargo. Curious about the science behind my “relationship banking” sales goals at Wells Fargo, marketing seemed to spark my interest, but I instead pursued law at Tulane in New Orleans. I was miserable – in the words of my friend at Tulane, I was “more of a people person than a bookworm.”

This motivated me to drop law school and pursue an MBA, with a concentration in marketing. I also had a personal long-time ambition to study in France and become fluent in French.

I applied over the summer to late-deadline MBA programs starting that year. After visiting several schools, I settled on the University of Iowa, where I would be their first “pioneer” to study abroad. They offered me a Global Scholar award to do so.

Upon my return, I worked as a verbal GMAT Prep instructor for Kaplan in Iowa City, during my last semester of business school. Post-MBA, I spent 8 years in marketing management working for industry leaders including Gannett, Dow Jones, and Wells Fargo. In the evenings, I served as a verbal GMAT tutor and MBA essay editor for a very well-known admissions consulting firm.

From 2006 to 2008, I interviewed upper management and told their stories as the Walls Fargo corporate newsletter editor. Once familiar with my talents, many invited me to write their bios and serve as their ghostwriter. This sparked an even greater interest in a full-time career in the area of communications and admissions consulting.

In 2008, I became a certified coach and helped new self-employed professionals develop their value proposition and monetize their business. While ramping up my practice, I returned to my alma mater, California State University, to teach Advertising and Strategic Management. I also taught Economics and MBA-level Marketing for other universities.

Drawn to marketing people rather than products, in 2014 I decided to go from part-time to full-time with MBA prep consulting. I worked for several well-known admissions consultancies, gaining a tremendous wealth of experience and approaches. At the same time, I formally embarked upon my own practice, MBAPrepCoach.com.

What sets me apart is that I am a certified coach who is highly trained in the art of asking questions and extracting the right “content” for your application. I am also a marketing expert and a professional writer/editor.

Live jazz is my jam, along with personal development and perfecting my French. You might find me swimming, meditating, or sipping on sangria, asking strangers if I can pet their dog.

I enjoy working with applicants to all program formats: full-time, part-time and EMBA.

Curious about working with me? Please review my testimonials, rates and services. Then, fill out my prospective client form and send me your CV via http://MBAPrepCoach.com. I will reach out to schedule a Skype chat.

My mission is to help you create your best applications, get into your dream b-school, and most of all, pursue a meaningful career that excites you.

To Your Continued Success!

Company Information

98% admitted to a top MBA program…80% to a top 5…most to their first-choice school

In a sea of qualified MBA applicants….who stands out? The candidate with clear passions, career goals, and a personal brand. The memorable candidate.

I connect your experience, skills, and strengths into a succinct, persuasive value proposition. This is conveyed to the admissions committee through your resume, essays, application responses, letters of recommendation, Linked In profile and school interviews.

The result? I have helped dozens of statistically-challenged applicants break into top American, Asian and European MBA programs. over half with sizeable merit scholarships.

In terms of credentials, I’m an interview coach, marketing professor, and a resume specialist. Yet what really counts is that I’m a good listener, a great editor, and very devoted to the success of my clients.

My coaching brings forth your most compelling, authentic content. As partners, we shape a distinct, memorable brand that shines through each part of your application.

Reasons for my success


Skilled at conveying your value


Eliciting concrete post-MBA goals


16 years of post-MBA experience informing your apps


My academic experience will help enrich your essays


Guiding your prep for video essays and interviews



Having worked for five large admissions consulting firms, I’ve read and edited several hundred essays. I know what has been “done to death” by applicants, and where the opportunities lie.


Contact me at the email below to set up a time to chat and see if we would make a good team. I want to help you create your best applications – get into your dream b-school – and pursue a career that excites you.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

I take the time to get to know my clients inside and out. This allows us to create truly customized applications that are consequently very successful.

Also, you will be working with me directly – a full-time experienced proven professional – on all elements of the application.

It’s important that we work together on every aspect of your application. NOT just your essays. Statistically, each element is weighted equally. Essays are weighed the same as your letters of recommendation, CV, and application boxes.

For this reason, the first application generally requires 40 hours. My hourly rate is $100/hour. Subsequent applications are sequentially less, 25-30 hours, then 10-15 hours for 3rd and 4th applications. I strive to maximize your chances by repurposing your content in other applications.

Don’t roll the dice on your future when the payoff is potentially massive: starting salary, scholarships, and being supremely prepared for MBA internship interviews.

Steps to Success


❯❯ Content that forms our foundation


❯❯ Applauded by Career Services at HBS, GSB, Booth and other top schools

Candidate Positioning

❯❯ Post-MBA goals to construct a cohesive narrative   

Outlining Your Stories

❯❯ Identifying the best contenders for essays and recommendations  ­

Identifying Your Brand

❯❯ The golden thread & unique value proposition

School Selection

❯❯ We review fit, goals & writing opportunities

Recommendation Talking Points

❯❯ I outline work achievement anecdotes for your recommenders 


❯❯ Showing the human behind the achievements

Application Boxes 

❯❯ Elevating your candidacy and brand with these responses

Interview Prep

❯❯ School-specific interview question scripting & delivery

My Process

Introspect, brainstorm, outline, draft, and edit.  

This is the process for each element: CV, recommendation talking points, essays, application boxes, LinkedIn profile, and interview responses.

It takes time to think, process and iterate.

More time ❯❯ better content ❯❯ better quality applications ❯❯ better chances

Start as early as possible.

Location: United States

Phone: 888-380-4180

Email: info@mbaprepcoach.com

Website: http://MBAPrepCoach.com

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Farrell Helped Me Find Who I Am Meant To Be
    3 months ago
    7 applications, 7 interviews, 0 dings, 1 life changed forever. When Farrell and I first started working together, I had a plan, but I was lost. I was following the standard career path for my industry; start in engineering, get an MBA, move into business development. There was nothing in my plan that aligned with who I am or what I believe in. Farrell saw through this, and so would an admissions committee. We started with introspection and goal setting. We dove deep into my entire life story, not just my professional journey! I told her of the good times that I love to share and the hard times that I’d rather forget. Farrell got to know me better than I know myself. She posed ...
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  • 100% Acceptance Rate Thanks To Farrell - She Is AMAZING
    2 years ago
    I consider myself so lucky to have gotten to work with Farrell, and I know I wouldn't have gotten into HBS without her help. I came to Farrell in mid-July hoping to apply round 1. In two months, Farrell coached me through taking the GMAT twice, rewriting my resume, submitting three applications, prepping for interviews, and ultimately getting accepted to HBS, MIT, and Darden. Farrell was my therapist, best friend, and toughest critic throughout the process. She insists on a lengthy introspection process before starting the applications, which ensures that she knows you incredibly well and understands your unique strengths / what will make your application stand out. Farrell has a very strong BS detector, and she does not put up with slacking off or ...
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  • Admitted Into HBS & MIT
    2 years ago
    Farrell will help you get into your dream university. She is a results-oriented professional with track record of success. In my case, I was admitted to both HBS and MIT. Farrell’s success formula is based on a number of factors that I will list below: 1. She is extremely committed with her clients. Your goal will become her goal. It was incredible to see how much she cared about me getting admitted: even more than my parents! She dedicated time outside her work schedule to think about me and my application, she sent me relevant articles and information very often, she was 24/7 available, she gave feedback with very short turnover time when we were approaching deadlines… You will hardly find anyone so focused in your ...
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  • Admitted into Wharton! Farrell is a 5 Star coach!
    3 years ago
    I couldn’t believe it when I received a ding from INSEAD! I thought I had prepared a strong application and was completely confused and clueless about what went wrong and was looking for guidance. I was a bit apprehensive about my GMAT score of 710, but thought my strong application would make up for that. I browsed for days on the net, read reviews of various consultants and finally decided to seek help by reaching out to three consultants, including Farrell. The responses from two consultants were quite generic – try to slightly improve my GMAT score and be more specific in my essays. I got the impression that they had not read my INSEAD essays in detail. Farrell’s view was diametrically opposite. After pouring ...
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  • Admitted in to Wharton and MIT - Farrell will get you into business school
    3 years ago
    As a strategy consultant at BCG, I’m surrounded by colleagues who get into top 10 business schools every year. I thought the application process would be straightforward and something I could manage on my own. I invested quite a lot of time in my R1 HBS and Stanford applications. Much to my surprise, even with a 780 GMAT, I was dinged from both without interview. Only then did I probe a bit more and then learned that almost all of my fellow consultants sought help on their MBA applications. Planning for Round 2, I set up some calls with the big Admissions Consulting companies and also with Farrell. There were three main reasons I chose to work with Farrell: • She was the only consultant ...
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  • Fantastic MBA Coach!!!
    3 years ago
    I thank Farrell whole heartedly for helping me get admitted to INSEAD, my dream B-school, INSEAD. When I found her on GMAT Club, I had already applied to London Business School, and was rejected without getting even an interview. In order to improve my essays and increase the chances to get admitted by my dream school, I decided to go with her, even knowing we on a very tight schedule. Farrell couldn't have been more helpful and supportive throughout the entire application process, including essay editing, resume preparation, video interview preparation, and later, alumni interview preparation. I also chose to work with her on the Diversity scholarship for INSEAD, and was awarded 10K Euros! She has rich experience in how to tailor candidates’ profiles to ...
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    - Tony
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  • Wharton without a GMAT - Farrell is THE coach to have
    3 years ago
    I don’t know how I can thank Farrell enough: I have been admitted with a scholarship to Wharton with no GMAT! When I first start preparing my GMAT and researching business schools, I was quite confident. After completing my master’s in Aerospace Engineering, as a French student in the US, I went on to work for a top aviation company in NYC, filling a role generally reserved for engineers almost twice my age. On top of that, I had a leadership position in a non-profit organization. Quite a rare profile in this business world! Well, I could not get above 650 on the GMAT and, after calling dozens of prep coaches, none of them believed in me. They all told me that the top 10 ...
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  • More than just an MBA Coach
    3 years ago
    Simply put, Farrell goes above and beyond what I would ever expect from an MBA prep coach. When I went to her, I had a resume that showed no impact and provided unclear, confusing details of my roles. Farrell was able to show me ways that I had contributed to my company that I had not even realized. She opened my eyes to how to quantify impact and describe problems I had solved in language that would make sense to even people outside of my industry. Apart from working wonders on my resume, Farrell helped me understand more about my professional aspirations. When I first started working with her, I had no real long or short term career goals. She was tough and critical of ...
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  • Great Coach
    4 years ago
    Farrell was a real life saver in the MBA application process. I first came to her to help me in developing a holistic application that was tailored to my target schools. Her process effectively identified key strengths and weaknesses in my candidacy and developed a strategy to give me the best chance of getting accepted. Two weeks into working with Farrell, I had realized my first choice schools deadline was actually in two weeks, and not in two months as I had originally thought. Farrell immediately sprang to action and made herself available around the clock. We would often have calls as late as 11pm and corresponded constantly through email. While I do not suggest completing an application in just two weeks, Farrell’s dedication and ...
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  • Highly Recommended MBA Coach
    4 years ago
    After battling through the MBA applications and essays alone for several months, I decided I needed help. I was targeting some of the most elite schools in the country, and I knew I could not do it alone. I found Farrell through a close friend who was working with her at the time on his MBA essays. I was having trouble framing my message clearly and concisely, and I was looking to gain a perspective outside my own that would help enrich my essays, but still remain true to my story. I would write essays but they would end up being 1,500 words for a 750 words maximum essay or would meander and abruptly end with no strong conclusion. Farrell was a tremendous help in ...
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  • The consummate coach
    4 years ago
    Long before I started the MBA application process, I knew that I wanted to attend MIT-Sloan. Even though it was my top choice, I was reluctant to apply, given Sloan’s intimidating acceptance rate and the weaknesses in my application profile – sub par undergrad GPA and zero extracurricular involvement. While I was proud of my professional work experience in big tech, I knew it was only valuable to my application in so far as my ability to tell a compelling story. To stand any chance of getting in to Sloan, my application essays and letters of recommendation would have to be exceptional. When I started writing my initial drafts, I really struggled to find my story – faced with broad essay prompts, yet tight word ...
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  • Chicago Booth MBA
    4 years ago
    “After finishing college, I worked as a trader for a few years, but realized that that my understanding of the business world was actually quite limited. I spent considerable time looking for a position in another industry, but realized I was extremely pigeon-holed to finance. My Ivy league undergraduate degree often got my foot in the door, but I didn’t have any hard skills I could bring to the table. I decided to submit Round 3 business school applications. I needed to differentiate myself, being overrepresented as a white male with a finance background. I started looking for GMAT Verbal tutors and found Farrell on Craigslist. Farrell raised my Verbal score from 48 to 51 within only 8 hours; I would have spent more time ...
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  • Why MBA?
    4 years ago
    This time last year, I had just exited a software startup that I co-founded. After considering my options, I decided to go to business school and started to study for the GMAT. When I had finally taken the test three months later, it dawned on me that my first Round 1 application deadline was only four weeks away! That’s when I called Farrell. I knew I needed help with my application essays. Even though I am skilled at writing technical documents for work, I had no clue what would make for a good personal essay. I was also in the dark about what essay content would capture the attention of the admission committee. And, although I didn’t realize it when I first called Farrell, I ...
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