Sarah Mason

Senior Instructor

Career Protocol


United States

Consultant Bio

Hi, I’m Sarah. As a Career Protocol Instructor, my highest priority is to help clients express themselves in the clearest, most authentic, and most powerful way possible. I’ve studied the craft of writing in educational and professional settings for more than a decade. I’m an educator at heart, and the subject I find most inspiring is the art of self-expression. It’s vital to communication, and communication is what makes our world go ‘round. There’s no calculating the potential impact of a kind word, a strong word, or just the right word. It’s my mission to help others get in touch with their writerly identities, channel their own unique voices, and emerge as confident and influential communicators.

Before earning my Ph.D. in English at Northwestern University, I earned my B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin. As a writing consultant for Collin College, an academic advisor at the University of Texas at Austin, and an instructor and researcher at Northwestern University, I’ve honed my own skills and helped countless others perfect theirs. If staring in abject fear at the blank page of a soon-to-be essay, email, or personal statement is a familiar (or a looming) experience, I would love to guide you to a place far beyond that fear–to show you that every chance to express yourself is an opportunity to propel yourself one step closer to all those things you want in life. Everything you need to be a rockstar communicator is already inside you. Let’s do this!

Company Information

OK you’re smart, so you’ve probably read a lot of these. Here’s how we’re the same as some admissions consultants out there: in our elite school packages, we touch every single part of your application for your target schools as many times as we need to until the finished product inspires both you and us. We bring over a decade of expertise to bear, and we do all of this on a predictable timeline. Much more interesting, though, is what makes Career Protocol different. We’re not really consultants. We’re teachers. Career Protocol is a Professional Development Firm.

We think the MBA application process is a golden opportunity to uplevel your professional profile and executive skillset BEFORE you take the leap into the MBA. So instead of simply editing your essays, we use the MBA application as a training ground for new capabilities that will last you a lifetime.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs


Think of the Authentic MBA Application Package (as we call it) as a nearly year-long course in executive-level self-awareness, communication, and relationship building skills tailored to your needs and experiences. We work with you on every aspect of the MBA application not only to maximize your chances of success but also to uplevel your executive skillset in the process. Your Career Protocol Instructor will teach you how to explore your values, tell epic stories, and build genuine relationships with your fellow humans in everything you do (yes, even when you’re just writing an MBA application!) so that you can have the impact you want to have in your career. Imagine how empowered you’ll feel the first day of class knowing that you used the whole year prior to your MBA building key leadership skills with an experienced teacher by your side.

If you want someone to edit your essays, work with friends and family. If you want to transform your ability to stand out for the rest of your career as the bright shiny unicorn* you are, work with us.

*We mean unicorn in the one-of-a-kind-unique sense, not in the instagrammy** rainbow sense.
** We do like instagrammy rainbow unicorns, tho. Especially the cupcake kind.

The fun doesn’t stop. We’ve got…

• The Interview Hero Coaching Program
• YOMO: You Only MBA Once (AKA Your Guide to Getting Your Best MBA Internship), and
• How to Be the Smartest Person in the Room (AKA The Consulting Case Interview Hero Program)

These are all affordable group coaching programs to help you target and get the internship and post-MBA job you really want, while – of course – building your professional skillset every step of the way.

Location: Chicago United States



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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • MBA Application With Career Protocol
    3 years ago
    After working with Career Protocol for my MBA application, I only have amazing things to say about their process and my coach Sarah Mason. The process started with a kick-off call during which we spoke on a high-level about my background, target schools, and goals. Career Protocol’s process for the MBA application is very holistic and my coach – Sarah - spent a tremendous amount of time getting to know me, learning about my life story, passions, and motivations. Once I was set up in the system, I had access to modules created by Angela Guido and other great resources that served as a guide for everything I needed to do at every step in my application – from reaching out to current students, alums and ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Hit the Jackpot!
    3 years ago
    If you’re like me and haven’t written an essay since college, you ABSOLUTELY NEED Sarah on your team! Given her untraditional background (she doesn’t have an MBA), I was at first a bit skeptical. After my first conversation with Sarah, I was convinced I had hit the jackpot. Sarah is an English PhD candidate at one of the nation’s top universities and can effectively communicate- verbally and on paper- better than most CEOs. She is literally a MASTER of the English language and is able to take your thoughts, analyze them, and convey them better than anyone I have every worked with to date. With a GMAT score of 680 and a pretty generic profile, I knew I needed all the help I could get ...
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  • Accepted Into My Program! Thanks Sarah!
    3 years ago
    I have worked with Sarah on numerous occasions and all have had wonderful outcomes. Sarah helped me secure a place at one of the most prestigious colleges, for my program, in the world. We worked together on my application essay starting from a rough draft I had developed, and through several sessions of revisions, she helped me really perfect my entry. Through this process, she helped me to amplify my voice with a more sophisticated tone. I have also consulted Sarah on other pieces, just to ask basic questions about constructing a piece and how to approach the writing process. Specifically, building a cover letter template for summer internship positions at various firms. She is always happy to answer any questions and eager to ...
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    Class of 2018 Admit
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