Harshad Mali mbaMIssion

Harshad Mali

mbaMission

Chicago, Illinois

United States

Consultant Bio

With an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a BE in mechanical engineering from the Government College of Engineering in Aurangabad, India, and an ME in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Harshad Mali has enjoyed a successful career as both an engineer and an entrepreneur. In addition to having worked in design and product development within the automotive industry for the truck manufacturer Navistar, he has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and South America to evaluate and create supply chains for critical hardware. After graduating from Chicago Booth, Harshad co-founded a consulting start-up to address the operational and product commercialization challenges faced by small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies. His corporate and entrepreneurial experiences have given him valuable insight into the various career paths MBAs pursue. An avid mentor and coach, Harshad has participated in university career fairs, discussing professional goals and career paths with graduating students, and has also freelanced as an MBA essay consultant.

Company Information

mbaMission is the world’s leading MBA admissions consulting firm and the only one exclusively recommended by Manhattan Prep and Kaplan GMAT. Our dedicated, full-time Senior Consultants work one-on-one with business school candidates to identify and showcase their strongest attributes in their applications.

When applying to an elite MBA program, you need elite experience on your side. mbaMission’s full-time consultants are highly skilled communicators with comprehensive knowledge of the MBA admissions process, and helping you navigate that process to your fullest potential is our sole priority. You can be confident of having our undivided attention, because admissions consulting is our exclusive focus. In pursuing your MBA, you are making an important investment in yourself, so choose a firm whose singular objective is helping you achieve your goals.

Our full-time team includes MBAs from all the top programs. Although you work exclusively with one dedicated consultant at mbaMission, you benefit from the experience and input of our entire team. Our consultants intercommunicate constantly, sharing information, ideas, feedback, and recommendations. We also conduct semimonthly meetings, require ongoing training, and hold an annual full-company conference, where we gather to discuss best practices and continue improving our skills and knowledge base. More than 20 full-time admissions experts combine their know-how and experience to advance your cause. We know that our being at the top of our game means you have the greatest chance of success, and together, our team will find the best ways to strengthen your application.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

One-on-one consultation services, comprehensive admissions and school-specific guides, a robust blog, free eBooks, essay analyses, and other valuable resources—visit our Web site to find all that mbaMission offers.

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Want to know your chances of being admitted to business school? Wondering how to differentiate yourself from other applicants? Sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation with an mbaMission Senior Consultant today!

FEATURED SERVICES
Complete Start-to-Finish Package
A la Carte Hourly Services
Mock Interview Sessions
Ding Review
Pre-Application Strategy

RESOURCES
Robust blog
Free Interview Primers
Free Personal Statement Guide
Free Selecting Your Target MBA Program eBook
Free Social Media Primer
Business School Insider’s Guides
MBA Admissions Guides
Free monthly online and in-person events

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Email: info@mbamission.com

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Harshad Was Genuinely Invested In My Success
    3 weeks ago
    I worked with Harshad for the 2018-2019 application cycle, targeting the M7 schools. I had worked with other consultants before, so can speak to what makes Harshad different. One of the biggest challenges for me was telling a compelling story about my life, which I always assumed was “typical”. Harshad encouraged and helped me dig through my history, starting from early childhood, to help me understand myself better and understand the forces that shaped who I am. Harshad left no stones unturned and went far beyond “checking the boxes”. With his help, I was able to better understand my own story and present my unique person to the admissions committee. Harshad is responsive and direct and will tell you his honest opinion – he will not shy ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Excellent Service
    4 weeks ago
    I was referred to Harshad by another mbaMission consultant, who spoke highly of him. I used hourly services with Harshad since I needed help with certain aspects of my application, and without a doubt, it was the best decision. After my first two consultations with Harshad, I was impressed by his authenticity, honesty, and willingness to help me. He and I explored all areas of my background to come up with a clear, cohesive story. Harshad recommended a four-pronged strategy that became the foundation for my essays, considerably strengthening my application for the four schools that I applied. I applied in the January round, and I started my application in November of the prior year, leaving me about three months to complete my applications (I ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • The Perfect Coach For The MBA Application Process!
    1 month ago
    Right from the moment I started working with Harshad on my MBA application journey, he has always been there by my side and motivated me to bring out the best in myself and this helped me build a strong and authentic application - one which wouldn't have been possible without his support. Harshad treats your success as his own and this trait of his is evident through all his efforts throughout the application process. Harshad always provides constructive criticism and doesn't hold back from giving you his honest and straightforward opinion and this quality has helped me correct course numerous times be it while editing an essay or preparing for interviews. What makes him the best is that he is relatable! Whenever I have had ...
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    Class of 2021 Applicant
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  • My Search Ended With Harshad; So Will Yours!
    1 month ago
    Harshad and I were engaged in the Pre-Application Strategy package for a year. I still remember what I was when I had the first free call with him. And, I have seen tremendous improvement in me as a person since then and all because of Harshad’s guidance. We started by discussing my professional background, and he was very patient and interested in what I had to say. Then, he told me exactly what was good in my background, and what not so much. He told me I need to focus on my communication, extra-curricular, and present job responsibilities if I want to be a successful applicant next year. I always thought I had good communication skills, but Harshad won’t let you rest till you are ...
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    Vinay V
    MBA
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  • Harshad Is Incredible!
    1 month ago
    Working with Harshad throughout the application process was extremely rewarding. I had a very unique and difficult timeline/situation, but Harshad worked with me through it all and supported me during each phase of the process. Harshad is an amazing storyteller; he was able to bring out my best qualities and help me put them into words to show the AdCom what I could bring to a program. He is able to do this because he takes the necessary time to get to know his clients and he is a diligent listener. Harshad was not just interested in my professional background; he cared about what motivated me, he asked questions about my family, my childhood, everything. Personally, my favorite aspect of Harshad was his honesty. As ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Can't Recommend Him Strongly Enough
    1 month ago
    When I first started the MBA application process, I was very confused and had no idea what admissions committees were “looking for.” During my initial calls with Harshad, it became abundantly clear that he was the person I needed to guide me through the process. He was extremely attentive to my concerns about weak points in my profile, and he could provide direct answers to all my questions about various schools, essays, etc. I could go on and on about my time working with him, but I think it’s best to highlight what I feel are a few of his greatest strengths. 1) He was a friend, not just a consultant. Harshad truly wanted to get to know me as a person. During our initial brainstorming ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Harshad Believed In Me & Helped Me Achieve My MBA Goals
    1 month ago
    To kick this review off, I will say that my MBA application season was an uphill battle. My undergrad GPA is sub-par (2.5) and I have no alternative transcript to mitigate it in any way. Additionally, I had only 3 years of work experience at a no-name tech firm. Every single consultant I spoke to before Harshad told me to trash my target list and look at part-time programs or lower ranked schools. However, I was determined to get into a full-time top 20 program and needed a coach to believe in me and help me achieve this goal. Harshad was exactly that and much more! Right off the bat, Harshad was blatantly honest with me and made sure I understood that I was punching above my ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Confidence Inspiring
    1 month ago
    Harshad and I started working together in August and he helped me through two rounds and applications to seven schools. I can honestly say this feat would have been impossible without him. Fundamentally, he is a warm and kind person who has just the right touch of honesty and pragmatism to keep you focused on what really matters. He is extremely efficient and is more than willing to help you under tight deadlines, which for me was crucial in round 2 where a number of deadlines were back to back. His approach helped me discover a lot about myself and he really pushed me to dig deep and develop unique and interesting ways of defining who I am within each school's vastly different essays. Harshad made ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Harshad Is Amazing!
    2 months ago
    The application process is awful, but you have to commit to it. It's nearly impossible if you don't have a support system that's pushing you, encouraging you and supporting you. Harshad is incredible. In the midst of all the self-doubting, he's there to remind you why you are embarking on this journey. He gets you excited about the prospects, and with it, motivates you to put your best application forward. He's incredibly wise and his advice has been unparalleled to anyone else I've spoken during this application process. He is able to shape your story in a way that makes so much sense that you wonder how you didn't come up with it yourself --- that's how natural it flows and that's a huge + ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Thanks, Harshad
    2 months ago
    Harshad's strengths are in listening to your story, pulling out the strongest elements, and then capturing that story within the school's word limit. Take your time with the brainstorming document - the more you can give Harshad about your story and your goals, the more he can help. Above all, he makes you feel like family and that he is rooting for you all the way.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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