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Personal MBA Coach
Net Promoter Score: 9
I am an industry veteran with over 15 years of experience personally helping hundreds of applicants around the world get into top MBA programs; 96% of clients are successful. I received my MBA at Wharton and BS at MIT Sloan. I have also worked in management consulting, travel and hospitality, financial services, consumer products and healthcare for Deloitte Consulting, JP Morgan and InterContinental Hotels Group. As a result, beyond mastering the admissions process, I have an in-depth understanding of pre-MBA careers and exactly how to position these experiences to open the doors at the top MBA programs. I am also on the Board of Directors for AIGAC (Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants).
Admissions consulting is my passion, and I am a frequent keynote presenter on application strategies at consulting firms, corporations and MBA events globally. I am an avid world traveler, both for work and fun, and I look forward to meeting you soon once in-person events resume. In the meantime, I enjoy tasting wine from diverse regions, listening to music and staying active outside. Wish me luck as I try to plant more vines in my backyard.
Personal MBA Coach was founded in 2008 to offer a boutique and personalized level of application support unavailable at other firms. Our approach is unique and, unlike with many other consultancies, you will not be handed off to a junior consultant who works with a few clients a year and has limited insight into the application process. All Personal MBA Coach clients work directly with our founder, Scott Edinburgh or a former M7 admissions director. This means you work directly with an expert throughout the entire process.
Personal MBA Coach helps clients with all aspects of the MBA application process including early planning, GMAT/GRE/EA tutoring, application strategy, school selection, essay editing, and mock interviews. Our team includes former M7 admissions directors and former M7 admissions interviewers. We work with a select number of applicants each year and place them into the best MBA, EMBA, part-time MBA and other graduate school programs.
Our clients not only get admitted, but many also receive substantial scholarships. Last year our clients received over $6.5M in merit scholarships.
While most applicants work through a comprehensive admissions package, we offer a full suite of services including:
Comprehensive MBA Application Support including:
Early MBA Planning
GMAT, GRE and EA 1:1 Tutoring
A la Carte Admissions Consulting Services:
Scholarship Advice and Scholarship Essay Editing
MBA Application Gut Check
If you are truly dedicated to getting into a great school, we will walk you step-by-step through the process.
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Phone: +1 617-645-2424
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When I reached out to Scott, he responded promptly and was eager to begin our collaboration. Scott acted swiftly and worked closely with me to ensure my application was polished and submitted according to my preferred timeline.
Beyond the genuine care and commitment he demonstrated in shaping my narrative, what truly impressed me during my collaboration with Scott and his team was their talent for prompting thoughtful reflection on the “why.” Scott pushed me to delve deeply into the reasons behind my aspirations and consider the tangible benefits the MBA journey would provide in achieving these goals.
Importantly, Scott played a crucial role in helping me select the right schools for my MBA journey. His insights into various MBA programs were invaluable, and he guided me in aligning my goals with the unique offerings of each school. This comprehensive approach, coupled with the expertise of his team, significantly enhanced the quality of my MBA application. I’m grateful for Scott’s insights, guidance, and strategic input that contributed to a transformative experience in navigating the intricacies of the application process.
I am incredibly grateful for Scott Edinburgh’s guidance throughout my MBA application journey. His strategic insights, personalized advice, and attention to detail were instrumental in shaping my application into a compelling narrative. With his help, I was able to showcase my strengths, experiences, and aspirations effectively. Scott’s expertise not only improved the quality of my essays but also boosted my confidence during interviews. His unwavering support and commitment to my success made all the difference, and I am thrilled to have been admitted to my dream MBA program. Thank you, Scott, for your exceptional guidance and partnership!
Scott was an excellent platform for the entire process, from identifying programs, approaching the application, preparing for the GMAT, the interviews, and post-admission administration. He works with wonderful people and will put you in touch with resources best suited to your needs. I approached Scott less than a month before the final round deadline, considering applying for the next year, and his guidance and confidence was the only reason I attempted applying in under a month. With his and his teams’ help, I could narrow down, distill, and articulate my priorities and was admitted to both programs under a very tight schedule. I highly recommend working with him directly when uncertain of all available opportunities.
Scott is a very enthusiastic and knowledgable consultant. I was up against a tight timeline with my applications, and he turned around his feedback incredibly quickly. I felt at ease navigating the process with him. His insight into the process was invaluable and his guidance helped me streamline my applications greatly. I would highly recommend him for anyone who is intent on business school. Thank you, Scott!
First off, I was admitted into my dream M7 school with the help of Scott. I engaged with Scott when application deadlines were quickly approaching, and I was struggling with getting my standardized test scores in range. From the moment I started working with Scott, I felt like I was in great hands. Scott helped me develop the perfect strategy to play to my strengths, helped me perfect my essays and applications, and answered all of my questions along the way. I couldn’t recommend him enough, and I’ve sent numerous friends his way since I’ve worked with him. My only regret is not working with him sooner in the process – it truly is the best investment you can make if you’re applying to a top business school.
I had a great experience working with Scott! He helped me a lot with narrowing down where to apply and worked with what I had. Made the application process a lot less stressful!
Scott was an absolute pleasure to work with. I did the five school package, and was able to get accepted into 4 of 5 programs, including my top choice. Scott knows how to simplify the process for his clients, and makes a stress filled time in your life a little bit easier. I’d recommend taking advantage of the resume review, the interview prep, and of course, his help in guiding your personal narrative.
I started the MBA application process a tad late and knew I needed some external help to refine my narrative. I contacted Scott, who responded within minutes and was readily available to start digging in. Despite the holiday season, Scott mobilized quickly and helped iterate with me to ensure my application was finalized by my desired timing.
Beyond the care and vested interest he took in shaping my narrative, what struck me most when working with Scott and his team is their ability to make you think about the “why”. Scott pushed me to really think deeply and contemplate why I wanted to achieve certain goals, and the concrete benefits the MBA experience would afford me to help achieve these goals.
That level of thoughtfulness and encouragement is something I doubt other services provide.
I was ultimately accepted into an M7 Ivy – and specifically, my dream school!
HIGHLY RECOMMEND Scott and his team – they are simply the best in the biz
I 100% recommend Scott to anyone who is looking for an early start to their MBA application prep. I took the early planning and comprehensive packages, and that gave me an edge in my applications. Scott has a clear idea of what is and isn’t required for each school and his advice and essay edits are very unique for each school, considering exactly what they look for. He is confident, straightforward, and knows when to say no. As an applicant from a family business background, I received advice on how to best position my background and goals, and that helped me secure an admit to a top M7 school.
Scott was instrumental in my admittance into multiple T7 programs and scholarship awards. When faced with particularly demanding professional and personal demands leading up to round 1 applications, The Personal MBA Coach team was extremely flexible and generous with their time, working tirelessly with me to meet tight deadlines. From application/essay support to interview prep and scholarship negotiating strategy, Scott and his team were with me every step of the way. I owe much of my success to the thoughtful and tailored feedback that The Personal MBA Coach provided throughout the process and I would highly recommend Scott to aspiring students at all stages of their MBA journey.
I heard about Scott through two cousins who had had a very positive experience working with him. When it came to doing my MBA applications, I knew exactly where to turn for guidance. Scott and his team were crucial in providing step-by-step guidance throughout the application process – from feedback on written pieces to organizing GMAT tutoring and offering advice on timelines/deadlines. Everyone I interacted with was extremely insightful and prompt to respond, making the process extremely smooth. I can’t imagine a more capable and helpful consultant to work with. Thanks again for everything, Scott!!!
Scott knows the MBA admission world. I was working on a time crunch, as I decided to apply to deferred MBA programs fairly last minute, but Scott was patient and very helpful regardless. His best trait is knowing when to say no and being straightforward. I like that he would never hesitate to tell me when something I wrote is not adding value and will provide suggestions to other ways to approach the essay.
110% recommend! I’ve had a fantastic experience working with Scott and his team. Scott has a ridiculous amount of knowledge about the MBA world, and for every school I applied to, I felt like I had an edge because of the specific insights I was given about that particular school and what they’re looking for – information I could have never gotten otherwise. The support is truly comprehensive (including rec letter edits, mock interviews, infinite essay edits until they’re perfect, etc), and makes a stressful, complex admissions process far easier to deal with. I truly could not have gotten the outcome I did without working with Personal MBA Coach!
Scott and his team were instrumental in helping me throughout my MBA journey, and I didn’t make it easy for them. I decided to apply last minute for the last rounds for LBS and Cambridge – which meant I had 1.5 weeks left to submit my applications. We worked around the clock to flesh out my story and goals, editing down my work count to the limited 500 words, and I even submitted ahead of schedule. Within a week of submitting, I was invited for an interview to both schools and Scott’s team came through with great interview prep which made me feel confident for my interviews. I was recently accepted into Cambridge with a grant, and am waiting to hear back from LBS. But this goes to show how much support and help Scott’s team provides, I can’t recommend them enough.
It was such a pleasure to work with Scott through my deferred application process. I had the opportunity to compare my own application process with those of my friends, who used other top consulting firms for their deferred process. It turns out that Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team totally outperformed those big name firms in almost all aspects. No useless and lengthy pre-application personal reflections, no delayed email response, very targeted service for each school, and highly candid and critical feedback for every single word I wrote in my application essays. The most important thing I would highlight here is the multiple systematic and in-depth rounds of essay revisions. I highly recommend deferred applicants to hire Scott as their consultants (as early as possible, as I started my process 18 months before the application deadline) since from my personal experiences, I don’t see anyone else doing the same level of work as Scott does.
Initially I was going to apply to an MBA program next year, but after speaking with Scott in February, he convinced me I had a shot at getting during round 3. At this point, I had not even taken (or even started studying for) the Gmat, so I was definitely skeptical, however he and his team guided me every step of the way. He helped me put together 5 applications, study for and take Gmat, and write all my essays in the span of 2 months. I ended up getting into 4/5 of the programs I applied to (with scholarships), including my top choice! Thank you, Scott!
Initially, I thought I could handle my MBA application on my own. However, after being waitlisted at my dream school, Wharton, I realized I needed professional help to improve my chances of acceptance. I found Scott and his waitlist strategy package, and he was very responsive and gave me valuable tips and advice during our call. His suggestions were especially helpful since they contradicted some of the advice I had received from friends and family.
Scott’s experience working with Wharton waitlist applicants was evident, and I appreciated his straightforward and honest approach. After following his advice and getting his help with my update letter, I was thrilled to be accepted at Wharton about 1.5 months later. I’m so glad I signed up for Scott’s waitlist strategy. He’s a pro who’s been in the game for a long time, and he knows what he’s doing. I highly recommend Scott to anyone seeking help with their MBA applications, and I wish I had used his services from the beginning. Thanks for everything, Scott!
As a medical doctor with an outsider view of the MBA landscape, Scott and his team helped pushed my application to the top level. To be honest, I didn’t speak with other consultants as I was sold on the deal after my first chat with Scott. He was sincere and genuine about my chances and where we needed to be as a team if I wanted a shot at the schools I was applying to. He was also readily available for phone calls and email chats within 48 hours when needed. With essay writing, the regular edits and push from the editors ensured that I introspected into why a sentence or paragraph belonged in my essay – that in turn, made me dig deeper into how I wanted to convey my story and journey as a medical doctor seeking an MBA. I have nothing but thanks and adulation for my essay editor(s). Secondly, my mock interviewers were the best, they helped me rework my answers to the behavioural questions to highlight the points I want conveyed. Overall, this was money well spent as I am going to an M7 with significant scholarship (+ I also got a T15 admit with 50% scholarship). Thank you, Scott and team!!!!
Scott and his team have been instrumental on my MBA journey. Scott has a wealth of knowledge about the MBA admissions process and knew exactly how I could bring out the best in my application. Coming from a finance background on top of applying in the latest rounds for schools, I was worried about how things would turn out. Scott offered unbiased and transparent feedback, and was incredibly responsive and professional as I worked to craft my applications despite tight timelines. Working with Scott and the team gave structure and support during the stressful application period, and ultimately helped me to receive admits from 4 schools that I interviewed at, one of which offered half-tuition scholarship, and another which offered a full-ride. I highly recommend working with Scott and his team if you are planning to apply for your MBA!
Scott was tremendous. He was highly professional, responsive, and a pleasure to work with. He is not going to write your essays for you make no mistake. Instead, he will help you best tell the story that is true to you, making sure that the writing is consistent and concise. I found the process the most helpful in the interview stage. Again the answers are all your own, but I felt a ton of confidence going in that I would not have had if not for his help. Scott ultimately helped me get accepted to two M7s and waitlisted at another highly selective one. Not only did he make my applications better, but he also made a very stressful process much more relaxing than it otherwise would have been. Would highly recommend him.
Scott and his team did a fantastic job helping with my essay writing. I am a very poor writer as an engineer and this team was able to polish my weak essays into something fantastic essays that got me into two M7 schools and waitlisted at another.
I cannot recommend Personal MBA Coach enough. I was admitted with scholarships to Booth, Kellogg, and Anderson.
I went to art school for my undergraduate degree, earning a BFA, and have worked in the film industry for a little over 5 years. With such an unconventional background, it was particularly important that I present a strong story in my application. Scott provided guidance to holistically craft my story through every aspect of the application, from what was on my resume to my essays and short answers.
His team helped polish my resume, by strengthening the way I bulleted my accomplishments at work. The school-specific interview prep was also super beneficial, helping me think of good experiences to pull from to provide examples to answer interview questions and structure my responses to be clear and easy to follow.
Beyond this, Scott was available at every step of the process to advise me about what schools would be the right fit for me, what story works best for each essay question, and whether I needed to retake the GMAT.
When I applied to MBA programs 3 years ago I was waitlisted at T20 schools. Personal MBA coach was 10000% worth the investment, especially considering I earned 180k total in scholarships from two M7 schools.
I was happy to work with Scott and his team. First, for their punctual edits and the necessary push to be on track. Second, for the genuine interest that Scott has in understanding our background and helping us prepare the right content for each school. Lastly, the mock interviews were amazing as each of my mock interviewers were alumni of the school I was preparing for and had prior interviewing experience. It was an wonderful experience working with Scott and I would recommend for any aspiring MBA student.
Scott and his team provided a ton of support throughout this process. The MBA search process is naturally very time-consuming and Scott’s process helped to bring structure throughout the search. I feel that I got an outcome at the top end of my range with two M7 admits with solid scholarship money and a full-ride admit to a T-15 program.
Scott and his team were very helpful in helping me craft my story and find the main points I should mention in my applications. He was really interested in helping me write a better application, and providing me with honest feedback. Besides the essays, the mock interviews were really helpful. I was able to improve my answers significantly and be better prepared for the real interviews. He was also very fast at responding to my messages and inquiries.
I would definitely recommend Scott and Personal MBA Coach to anyone considering Business School!
With the help of Scott and the entire Personal MBA Coach team, I was accepted to 5 of my 6 schools with 1 waitlist (all T15 programs). I received over $375k in scholarship funding, including $115k to an M7 and a full ride to a T15 program. The investment in Scott and his team is well worth it. The essay feedback forced me to reflect on the “why’s” of my application, which ultimately made me a stronger candidate and more prepared for interviews. They helped me tailor my story for each school, all without compromising the authenticity of my voice. It is no small feat applying to six schools, but with the project management tool and guaranteed next day turn around for essay edits, I was able to submit strong applications well ahead of the application deadlines. Scott and his team also provided excellent interview preparation from comprehensive prep guides to mock interviews. I am confident I would not have received the results I did without the support of Scott and his extremely talented team. I would 10/10 invest in their services again!
I can’t recommend Scott and his team enough. They are extremely comprehensive, structured, and professional in their approach to guiding you. Applying to business school really forces you to introspect and ask yourself why you really want an MBA. Scott and co, really help you through this introspection process, and you kind of learn more about yourself in the process, and I think that’s why they are very good at what they do. I applied to only M7 schools + Haas, I got interviews from 5 and 4 admits. Even the interview coaching was very structured. If I were a prospective MBA applicant, I wouldn’t think twice about going elsewhere, Scott is your guy
An investment that is worth every penny: Scott and his team were an absolutely amazing resource for tying together my application package. The strength of his program provided me with a feeling of insurance that I was showing MBA admissions boards the best-written version of myself. The Personal MBA Coach editors on staff that you have full access to are extremely responsive and interactive when it comes to articulating your ideas and crafting your “story” into a written essay format. The editor that worked with me would return comments on my writing typically within 24-48hrs, dramatically easing the iteration process as well as any stress associated with application timelines. Furthermore, Scott’s proofreader milestone in which finalized essays are scrubbed to perfection provides you with strong reassurance that the pieces of your application are truly ready when it comes time to actually click the “SUBMIT” button.
Most importantly, Scott is incredibly available for a gut-check conversation whenever needed. He is quick to chat with you and answer any concerns you may have. The Personal MBA Coach team does an incredible job working through your written products while Scott, himself, provides great big-picture consulting guidance for navigating the application cycle.
I had a wonderful experience working with Scott and his team! I’ve been admitted to my top choice M7 school and received a full scholarship at another school.
I had initial consultations with several other consulting services but chose to work with Scott because I felt he was the most honest and genuine when analyzing my profile. He offered unbiased feedback on my school goals and gave me suggestions on how to boost my application by pushing myself harder on the GMAT and taking the time to dive deeper into my extracurriculars. When I was ready to apply a year later I knew exactly who I wanted to work with. I chose to work with Scott through my entire application and each part (essays, resume, letter of recommendation, etc.) had a strategy and framework which took all the guesswork out of the application for me.
Essay and resume editing were extremely easy and I felt it was truly collaborative. He took the time to understand my goals and story so I always received very clear feedback with suggestions on how to more effectively communicate my interests and highlight different parts of my story depending on the school’s prompts. I also really enjoyed the interview prep process and found the feedback from each of my prep sessions invaluable in boosting my confidence and giving me frameworks to use to thoughtfully answer questions. Everybody on the team was a pleasure to work with!
I would absolutely recommend Scott to anyone looking to apply for an MBA! His process took all the guesswork out of my application process and he genuinely cares about supporting your goals!
3 for 3! Wharton, CBS, and LBS Admit. Scott really knows what he’s doing. I appreciated his direct and honest feedback throughout the entire application process. The turnaround time was extremely quick and his subtle yet powerful changes elevated my essays to another level. He was extremely accommodating to my doubts, queries, and last minutes nerves. I would highly recommend him.
Scott was fantastic to work with. His advice and guidance helped me build exceptional applications that truly expressed my voice and my story, especially helping me shape my vague goals into something that could be communicated more succinctly. He was also comfortable talking through why to go with his recommended approach when I had questions, which was very helpful. I got into 4/6 schools I applied to, including an M7, and got a full-ride scholarship to one school!
I had a great experience working with Scott and the Personal MBA Coach Team. I was impressed by the structured and personalized support I received. As a result, I was able to stay on track throughout the application process from brainstorming for essays to preparing for interviews. Thanks to Scott’s (and the rest of PMC’s) help, I got accepted into 3 schools (2 M7 and 1 T15) with generous scholarships from all of them. I would highly recommend Scott and the Personal MBA Coach Team.
I am truly happy to recommend Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team!
Getting in touch with Scott at the beginning of the application process was the best choice I could possibly make. The incredible result of getting an admit offer from two M7 schools and LBS (and a waitlist offer to a third M7 school) would have not been possible without the structured support of Scott and the team, let alone the fact that I submitted 4 applications for Round 1 starting the applications two months prior to the deadline.
The service level is absolutely top-notch. From brainstorming to finalizing the pool of target schools for application, to editing the resume and essays, I was always amazed by the honest, high-quality, effective, and timely feedback and inputs I received from Scott and the team.
I totally recommend Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team to anyone looking to make their dream of getting into a top business school real!
I fall short of words to express my heartfelt gratitude for the incredible work Scott, and his team (Ujjwal, and Jackie) did in helping me apply to some of the most selective business schools in the world. As a member of an overly represented demographic (Indian Engineer Male), I knew that the competition would be tough and my list of schools was incredibly risky. But Scott took on the challenge head on and made it look easy with his expert guidance and support. Scott’s calm and structured approach helped me stay on track and not lose my nerves at any point in the process. As a result, I was able to submit most of my essays well in advance of their deadlines.
And now, thanks to their efforts and lightning-fast response times, I have received offers from two of the top business schools in the world – an M7 school and Europe’s number one school, along with an interview invite from another M7.
Personalmbacoach’s level of service was truly top-notch. The team’s professionalism made the entire process so much smoother and less stressful for me.
I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking to apply to business school.
I cannot recommend the Personal MBA Coach team enough! After talking with other companies, I chose Scott’s team; he was honest and genuine in sharing his thoughts about my profile and collaborated with me to design a plan. Scott assisted me throughout the process, worked with me to brainstorm essay ideas, and helped me re-gain confidence when I ran into some bumps during the application process. Huge shoutout to the entire team overall for the great mock interview experiences and fantastic essay edit suggestions! I’d highly recommend working with Personal MBA Coach.
I could not recommend Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team highly enough!
As a reapplicant, I went from being rejected (without an interview) from all the schools I applied for the previous year (using a brand-name consultant), to a 75% hit rate on interviews and a 100% conversion rate from here, working with Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team. I am now off to my #1 choice of school next August.
The team work extremely hard, are very responsive, and gives you the tough love that you need in order to take your application to the next level. Look no further for the best in the business!
Scott and his team were so great in helping me create the most competitive application despite my lower test score. The essay help, resume reviews, and overall application consulting were so helpful. Without Scott and his team, I never could’ve completed my application let alone by the Round 1 deadline, and be admitted into my top choice. Thank you to Scott and the team!
After talking with many different consultants, I decided to go with Scott and Personal MBA Coach because I felt he and the team gave me the best chance of achieving my goal to get into an M7 school despite coming from an extremely competitive demographic. Scott can be direct, but his advice and tough love are needed to take the right steps throughout the application process. Scott was clear and concise with how I could communicate my story and helped bring out the pertinent parts of my life to best develop each application. He and his team had an excellent turnaround time (1-2 days, even less most times!) on any questions, edits, or concerns that I had during my experience. Highly recommend!
I cannot recommend the Personal MBA team enough. After interviewing with other companies, I responded best to Scott’s firm and structured attitude; he was honest regarding gaps in my resume and collaborated with me on areas to improve. Scott assisted me throughout the process, motivating me to lift my test scores with tutoring services, narrowing down on a target school list, and pushing my essays farther when I was creatively tapped. I highly recommend working with Personal MBA Coach.
Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team helped me get into my dream school! (M7) I had a fantastic experience working with Personal MBA Coach, who provided comprehensive support and guidance on every aspect of the application process. The team helped me present my application in the best way possible, helped me reflect on my goals, and made an otherwise overwhelming process more structured. Scott was always responsive to any and all questions I had. I highly recommend working with Personal MBA Coach!
Scott Edinburgh, MJ Shores, and the rest of the Personal MBA Coach Team were my lifesavers during both the MBA prep and application process. They were candid, supportive, and provided timely feedback. Their industry knowledge and the personalized coaching they provide truly do extend past that of other consulting companies. I enthusiastically recommend the Personal MBA Coach team to all prospective MBA students – I can ensure you they will be there to help you each step of the way.
I worked with Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team for my applications and am very happy with the entire process. The team understands the critical requirements and tips for each top program, allowing for a very streamlined process. I was guided through the entire process, from college selection to essays and interview preparation. The team was an effective sounding board for my ideas and provided the right steers to help me refine my story. Would definitely recommend him to all applicants!
Scott and his team at Personal MBA Coach have been instrumental in my MBA journey. I could not recommend his services highly enough, as he is extremely knowledgeable and personable, and along with you every step of the way. He has an amazing system in place that makes sure you’re always on time with your tasks and is always available for communication when it comes to your questions. My application would simply not be the same without his help, and he has transformed my application to an elite level worthy of an M7 acceptance.
Thanks to Scott and his team I was accepted into my first M7 school, and am optimistic about future acceptances within the following months.
The support Scott offers is world-class. The knowledge of his staff is invaluable in developing the overall application strategy, while the thought and care that Scott individually supplies makes all the difference. I am so glad I chose to work with Scott and encourage anybody looking to get into an M7 school to reach out to see how he can help.
Scott and his team at Personal MBA Coach were absolutely incredible to work with. As someone without a lot of connections with business school experience/aspirations, finding a consultant was an important step that I had decided on quite early in my application journey. After shopping around the different options for a bit, I chose to work with Scott and his team for a couple of different reasons: they provide extremely comprehensive support, I felt that Scott genuinely cared about my MBA journey, and they had a great track record for M7 programs.
From the start, Scott and his team were masterful in helping me craft my story, patient in my many essays and resume revisions, and honest in their recommendations from an admissions perspective. I initially had the least confidence in my essays, resume, and interviews, and with the support of the editing and interview prep teams, I was as confident in those as ever. For perspective, I applied to seven schools, received six interviews, and was then admitted to all six, some with significant scholarships. From those results alone, I think the quality of the support really speaks for itself, and I credit much of it to each step being handled by true experts.
Finally, I think what really sets Scott apart from the other admissions consultants is his accessibility — I’ve had many small questions pop up throughout my application process (ranging from financial aid, application strategy, logistics, etc), and he’s been very patient and prompt in his responses. He really understands that every component of the application matters.
Results-wise, I will be attending my top choice of MIT Sloan this fall. Outside of that, I was also admitted to CBS ED and Wharton, and I additionally was admitted to Kellogg, Ross, and Stern with significant scholarships (with Stern being a full ride). As someone who initially was not confident at all with the admissions process, this cycle was a tremendous success, and I could not have done it without the support of Scott and his team. I would highly recommend working with Scott and his team at Personal MBA Coach for personal, knowledgeable, and comprehensive support in your business school applications.
I never thought I would be one to pay for an admissions consultant, but as a military applicant applying from deployment, I could not have achieved the admissions results I did without Scott’s help. Scott and his team flexed to my variable military schedule and requirements to help me work through the process efficiently, and his in-depth admissions knowledge helped me craft an application I was proud of.
Scott was of great help during the very stressful MBA application period right from helping me select my list of colleges, to guiding me on essay outlines and eventually interview prep. Scott is thorough, honest with his feedback and genuinely cares about your success. Would highly recommend his services!
I used a different consultant last year and applied to 3 M7s and didn’t even get an interview. This year I worked with Scott and found him so helpful in comparison. Scott always provided feedback in a timely manner and had very helpful insights into each school. I have only applied to 1 M7 so far but already got an interview and an acceptance thanks to Scott!
I used Scott’s mock interview service and it was a FANTASTIC experience! Scott knew what the core values of my target school were, and knew what the interviewer wants. He knows how to fit each candidate into each school. He arranges the interviews quickly and gave me useful comments so that I felt I could review, practice, and improve again!
Thanks a lot, Scott, you are the best!
I had a great experience working with Scott and his team through the business school application process. Scott worked with me on every facet of my applications – initial story development, resume reconstruction, essay, and short-answer writing, interview preparation, etc. His feedback was consistently nuanced, direct, and prompt, allowing me to put together my best possible applications. With his help, I was admitted to Wharton, Booth, and CBS. I am 100% sure that I would not have been able to achieve these admissions without his help. Thank you, Scott!
Scott and the rest of the team are fantastic. I felt thoroughly supported throughout the whole process and he always made sure to guide me (without ever generating material on my behalf or in any way distorting the application material I was writing). I couldn’t be happier that now, this fall, I’ll be headed to Stanford GSB (a school I never would have dreamed of going to). Thanks, Scott!
As a deferred applicant, I worked with Scott at Personal MBA Coach to prepare for Wharton, and the process was seamless. I was amazed by how quickly I received feedback! Scott and I worked through my entire app in ~3 weeks. The process was so fast, that I was shocked when it was time to submit. At first, I thought it was too good to be true. I thought we missed something. But, Scott patiently answered any follow-up questions and concerns I had, and weeks later I received an invitation to interview.
Also, I appreciate how Scott offered clear guidance on my work. I left each call and draft review with a clear understanding of what I needed to do next. I still remember leaving my initial call with Scott feeling excited to start my essays!
Moreover, I love that PMC includes people who worked in admissions for top MBA programs previously. Working with Scott felt like I was walking into the application process with all the answers. For example, when preparing for my Wharton TBD, I was anxious because there are so many things you can’t control with a group interview. But, Scott gave me clear pointers on how to stand out. That helped me feel confident entering the TBD.
Candidly, as a college senior, I was concerned about the cost of MBA coaching. Looking back, however, it was worth it. If you are serious about attending business school, I recommend you make the investment and work with PMC!
I had heard about Scott and Personal MBA Coach through a close friend who found success with their service. Working with Personal MBA Coach was the best decision I made throughout the MBA process! Scott provided candid, personalized feedback across all aspects of the application, was extremely responsive, and most importantly, ensured that my authenticity shined throughout the entire application. With Scott’s help, I was accepted to Wharton, Tuck, Kellogg, Booth, and Columbia and was given scholarship offers for many of the listed schools! I am deeply grateful to Scott for holding me accountable to deadlines and making me feel thoroughly prepared for every school’s unique application. Furthermore, he encouraged me to self-reflect on my career goals and aspirations and this clarity will definitely help as I embark on my MBA journey this fall. Personal MBA Coach is by far impeccable to work with and I highly, highly recommend hiring them if you are interested in beginning the MBA process (trust me – the sooner the better)! Sincerest thank you to Scott!!
Scott has been an exceptional consultant for me and I had experience with other consultants to compare with. The result speaks for itself: Scott’s holistic view of the process and his ability to quickly grasp my story helped me get into one of the top 3 most selective business schools having just 6 days!!! before the application deadline. During the application process, Scott greatly helped me crystallize the right positioning for my case. He then went over the top to help me with other aspects of the application to help me meet the deadline. Although I’ve been already partially acquainted with the process I can honestly say that I would not be able to get it done in time with such quality without Scott. Furthermore, his services improved my strategic positioning skills which I’m pretty sure I will benefit from throughout my entire career. I would highly recommend Scott to any applicant pursuing their MBA goals.
I met Scott through a mutual friend, and when I reached out to him about my MBA plan I was deeply impressed by his professionalism with a personal touch. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was only able to start my Round 1 applications starting August, yet Scott brainstormed with me to come up with an expedited and feasible game plan, from articulating my story to requesting letters of reference. The level of detail and care that Scott and his team dedicated to my process went far beyond my expectation. With Scott’s guidance and help, I was able to complete two Round 1 applications within a month, both with an admit, and I am excited to start my journey with Wharton this fall. Would definitely recommend Scott to anyone who is considering using a consultant.
Scott was recommended to me by a friend who was also using his service. I am so glad that I eventually went with him! I got into both Harvard and Wharton and will start my journey at HBS this coming fall! Scott was very helpful throughout the process, helping me structure my story, write the essay, and correct my grammar, to eventually prepare for the interviews. For each school’s essay, we went through 6+ edits. For HBS and GSB, we went through 10+ edits and each time the comments were very helpful. I would definitely recommend Scott to anyone who is thinking of using an MBA consultant.
I got accepted into the Deferred Enrollment Program at CBS, and I have The Personal MBA Coach Team and Scott to thank for this. They helped connect my experiences and accomplishments to my future goals and portray it in an apt manner to the Adcoms. They are upfront about their feedback and only had my success in mind throughout the process. Innumerable rounds of review does not bother them. The interview prep is also spot on and extremely helpful to a nervous interviewee like myself. Without them, I don’t think I would get into any deferred MBA program. I would strongly recommend them to any potential candidate.
Scott and the team are great to work with! They helped me refine my story and why I am interested in pursuing an MBA. They provided real areas of improvement in my essays, applications, interviews, etc., and didn’t just tell me how great I am. Once waitlisted Scott continued to support me by answering my endless questions and giving thoughtful/actionable feedback. Highly recommend.
Scott and the team at Personal MBA Coach were great! Scott took the time to not only understand my personal goals for the MBA but also my time commitment and priorities and offer a tailored support model that worked for me. He was also flexible in adding additional programs as my application strategy changed. If you can afford the complete school package I would definitely recommend it!
I worked with Scott on several schools, and I made it to Oxford, Chicago Booth, Cornell, and Imperial College. I enjoyed the experience a lot throughout, from working on my CV, essays, and preparing for interviews. The insights provided were really helpful and showed his experience through the number of applications he has worked on. Scott was very organized and provided prompt responses always. Thank you so much for the great experience, I would not have done it without you.
Overall, Scott was incredibly helpful with my MBA application process. Candidly I had no idea what I was doing at all and had no confidence in my stats and story, but Scott helped me craft a very strong application. I was accepted to four out of the five T-7 schools that I applied to. I wholeheartedly believe that I was much more successful in my applications than I would have been without his help. He was very responsive throughout the process and kept me motivated and on track whenever I lost focus. I would definitely recommend Scott!
Scott is truly talented. Scott worked on my content for one school (NYU Stern), which I was accepted into! Scott was professional, easy to work with, and turned around the essay I sent to him quickly (10 days before the round two deadline). I appreciated the mix of in-line feedback and thought-provoking comments. Because of Scott’s help, I was able to confidently submit my essay. Thank you so much for being so wonderful to work with!
I worked with Scott and his team for my MIT Sloan waitlist strategy and Wharton EMBA application, and it all worked out very well. I got both offers and enjoyed the experience a lot. Unlike other firms, they will get to know you really well, provide insights from an admission perspective rather than an applicant perspective, and help you with detailed editing. I mostly love the project management tool used during the process, it is well organized and efficient to use. Thank you so much for the great experience and for the awesome outcome!
Personal MBA Coach team was super helpful in keeping me on track for submitting my applications on time. I used the services for applying to 5 schools and GRE tutoring. I got into my top choice program and definitely credit the team! I reached out to Scott because I felt overwhelmed during the process and immediately felt better after starting with the team.
Scott helped me from the beginning of my applications, not only providing assistance but also stepping in my shoes to understand that my interests are covered by the schools I wanted to attend. Scott exceeded his consultant expectations and helped me unlock my best potential to develop some state-of-the-art essays. Thank you to the Personal MBA Coach team for all your help.
I knew I’d have a hard time applying to T15 schools because I, perhaps, didn’t have as strong of a profile as most other T15 applicants. So, I searched for consultants that not only would help me highlight my strengths but also help me strategically apply to schools. I’m grateful to share that Scott and his team truly went above and beyond to help me put my best foot forward, fine-tuning my story and USPs. He and his team were always very responsive, and tailored their feedback and suggestions to the many questions and challenges I faced when writing my essays. The team helped me craft and perfect my story and resume to show that I was more than just the sum of my numbers.
I was a bit skeptical reading all the five-star reviews, but Scott and his team live up to what his past clients have to say about him and the team. I was accepted to my first-choice school, Cornell Johnson with a $54k scholarship. I am so incredibly grateful to Scott and his team, I could not have done this without him. In the end, the scholarship money I’ll receive from Cornell paid for Scott’s services. I couldn’t recommend him more, A+!
I had an all-around great experience working with Scott and the entire Personal MBA Coach team and highly recommend them to anyone else. To start, Scott and his team really took the time to understand why I wanted an MBA and helped me narrow down schools to the ones that fit well with my short and long-term goals. They truly understand the ins and outs of the MBA application process and made sure that I was on time and prepared for each part of the application process for each school. They helped me craft a personal mission statement and provided me with a consistent resume, essay, interview prep, and feedback. Throughout the entire application process, they continually made me feel supported, motivated, and organized and were incredibly easy to work with and understand. They even went above and beyond to help me navigate a tough waitlist situation over several months, helping me drive communication both with the school, alumni, and other resources. At the end of the day, I got interviews for every school I applied to and was accepted into all of those where I went through the interviews. A huge thank you to Scott and his team for all their help. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to start, or at any point of the MBA application process.
I worked with Personal MBA Coach and it was an incredible experience. The BEST consultant and his team!!! Don’t hesitate a single second! 100% outstanding and recommended! The whole team is extremely knowledgeable and helpful for you to succeed. I applied to multiple M7 deferred MBA programs. Personal MBA Coach provided me with structured guidance and tools to prepare for interviews, applications and jobs. The team is always available (7 days/week 24 hours) and very committed to helping you and answering all of your questions. There is a dedicated expert one Personal MBA Coach consultant Scott that shapes the overall experience when you work with them, yet Personal MBA Coach broader team has former M7 adcom experts when needed (Nicole was incredible with her advice). When I had doubts about my abilities, the whole team motivated me and encouraged me so much! Personal MBA Coach brought the best out of me and challenged me to continuously reassess and reflect on myself so that I can convey my true self when applying. With extensive experience and expertise, the team is so professional, genuine, detailed, and authentic when providing advice on how to improve. I highly recommend Personal MBA Coach to anyone thinking of applying for an MBA!!
Scott and his team were absolutely fantastic! I could not have gotten through the MBA process without him! I used his services for applying to 5 schools and GMAT tutoring. I got into my top choice program at an M7 and couldn’t be happier! I only got
I started the MBA application process pretty late (treated it like a sprint, not a marathon). I started working through applications and the GMAT together starting in June/July for R1 deadlines in September. I reached out to Scott because I knew I was going to be overwhelmed. I was looking for somebody who’d keep me honest, was organized, pragmatic, easily approachable, and knew his stuff. Scott 100% met this.
Throughout the process, Scott was a voice of reason. He’s great at listening to you and explaining the nuances of the application process. When I was considering pushing some of my applications to R2 Scott helped me strategize so that I maximized my chances in both rounds. The turnaround on essay reviews was very quick, the feedback was always targeted and actionable. Whenever I started falling behind on timelines (which was often!), I got a gentle reminder to help keep me on track.
The interview prep also really helped. The mock interviewers are former members of admissions committees for top schools and have actual experience with admissions reviews. The feedback is provided real time and takes into consideration the school you’re prepping for and what is important for that school.
I could not recommend Scott more!
As a STEM applicant with little to no insight into the business school application process, I knew I needed the guidance of admissions experts to optimize my chances of getting in. I came across Personal MBA Coach during my research on consultants, and I was impressed with the consistently positive reviews and the caliber of schools that their clients were getting accepted to.
I purchased the Comprehensive Package and worked with Scott and Nicole, both of whom were very responsive, honest and knowledgeable about all aspects of the application process. They, along with my editor, helped me craft my narrative such that my goals were clearly defined and my strengths and expertise were highlighted. The interview prep was also incredibly helpful as it prepared me for what to expect and how best to answer the questions. Throughout the entire process, they were able to tailor their guidance to recommend what would be best for me because they made an effort to get to know me and my story. I would also give extra stars if I could for how willing they were to make extra time for me last-minute and outside of business hours!
If you’re hesitating because of the price tag, I was in the same situation, but I am so glad I went for it. It is definitely an investment that will pay off in the long run! This was the first and only time I applied and I received multiple admission offers so I did not have to pay for another application cycle, and the scholarships I received more than compensated for how much I paid for Personal MBA Coach’s services. I would highly recommend Personal MBA Coach!
Scott and the team at Personal MBA Coach were a pleasure to work with during my applications and interviews.
Coming from an engineering and finance background, the feedback provided on essays was detailed and extremely helpful. They were patient and responsive to all my questions and iterations. Overall, very valuable service and I highly recommend them, especially for applications to top-tier European schools.
I worked with Scott for applying to both Wharton and Haas EMBA programs. His thorough approach, approachable attitude, and personalized guidance helped me get into Haas! This would not have been possible without him! I highly recommend him!
I absolutely recommend working with Scott and the whole PMC team. The amount of detail and thought put into every aspect of the application is quite incredible. Scott and his team were very easy to work with throughout the process.
He will keep pushing you until your goals statement (can be used in multiple goal essays across schools) and essays are absolutely top-notch and gold star.
We went through 9-10 rounds of edits for my CBS essays!
Scott and his PMC team leave the best part for the last – the mock interview prep. The interview prep is spot on with questions that a specific school might ask. The mock interview is conducted by either a former Adcom member part of his team (Nicole or MJ) or by an alum of the school you are interviewing for. You are given a customized interview guide for each school with a set of questions with the highest probability of being asked, sometimes even an insider guide about what the school expects the interviewer to test, and a general master list of possible MBA interview questions. Post-interview, you receive detailed feedback on where you could do better.
I had multiple rejections in Round 2 last year. However, as someone who went through the application process again – reapplied to some schools and applied first time to some others (CBS was a new school for me) – I could see the noticeable difference in my resume, essays, and application after working with Scott.
Working with Scott and the PMC team was worth it as CBS has awarded me a $100k+ scholarship!
I had a fantastic experience with Scott and his team. Scott gives it to you straight while ensuring that you put your best foot forward in each application.
Resume and essay feedback were the highlights, with direct and pointed suggestions in every iteration. Essay feedback pushed me to really flesh out my MBA goals and show (rather than tell) personal stories. The feedback took my essay quality from ‘good’ to ‘great’.
Scott’s team comprises prior MBA students and interviewers from top schools, that help tailor interview responses to the school’s culture and values. I received an admit from every school I interviewed with.
I’d recommend Scott and PMC if you’re ready to put in the work and need direct/straightforward feedback and guidance to create the best possible application.
I used Scott for Wharton’s TBD prep and it was a well-worth-it experience. I got detailed feedback during my performance, and I was able to see what aspects I should fix in order to deliver a strong TBD. I had actionable steps that I could work on and ask for additional feedback on at any time.
The actual interview went very well and was instrumental in allowing me to be admitted to Wharton’s class of 2024. Couldn’t have done it without Scott!
Great team. Really helpful. Helped me drill down my story and USP’s. Really good feedback on essays. The interview practice was great. Every answer was reviewed and feedback was given on the spot so I could easily make notes on how to improve.
Payment plans are available which enabled me to use the services. Scott is flexible. Although he is running a business, I got the impression that he cared about providing a service that would get the results I was looking for. He gives honest feedback, if he doesn’t think he can help you he will make this clear at the outset and suggest other options rather than just take your money without considering your desired outcomes.
I started working with Scott pretty late (November for January deadlines) in my application cycle and was worried that I may have left it too late but the team was really accommodating and reviewed my applications surprisingly quickly given the holiday season. The service was great and I would recommend it to anyone who can afford it.
If there was one thing I would suggest by way of improvement it would be to add an adcom specialist from a European School. I think that may set PMC apart from everyone else. To anyone reading this please don’t read this as they don’t know how to get you into a European school (I got into Oxford), I just think adding someone who has European experience will add something to the team.
Thanks to Scott, I am really happy with my results!
Scott is fantastic in understanding your personal requirements and tailoring his advice and feedback to get the most out of your applications. Right from the initial conversation with him to the mock interview with the Personal MBA Coach team, I received honest and invaluable tips to enhance my personal story, eventually enabling me to get admission to a top school. The application process can be intimidating but Scott demystified each step of the application, with round-the-clock availability and pinpoint recommendations to improve each part of the application. 100% recommend!!
Scott is incredibly experienced in MBA admissions, extremely responsive in communications, and attentive to your needs as an applicant. I remember pitching multiple stories for how I was thinking about approaching my applications, and Scott helped me decide on a singular story while we were chatting on the phone. After that, it was off to the races crafting my personal statement.
In addition to the qualitative aspects, Scott was able to drive outstanding results through end-to-end process support. The iterations on my personal statements and admissions essays were timely and actionable, sometimes going so far as scrapping most of a first draft in favor of more concise story-telling. By the end of the process, I felt like I was delivering a narrative that only I could tell, and it came across as very intentional and authentic.
I was able to get into my target program, and Scott played a pivotal role in getting that glorious acceptance phone call!
Scott was amazing to work with. I decided to pursue a mock Wharton TBD two days before my actual interview, and when most consultants told me they didn’t have availability, Scott volunteered to stand up another TBD! It was an incredible practice, and MJ offered very specific feedback that helped me improve my performance for the actual interview!
Scott was a pleasure to work with throughout the admission process. He’s responsive, professional, and clearly knows what it takes to get admitted to top programs. I got into my target school, and I couldn’t have done it without him and his team.
I did a practice mock interview with Scott and his team at Personal MBA Coach. The level of care and consideration that went into the mock interviews is unmatched by anyone else. Also, I am thoroughly impressed with the level of detailed feedback I got after the session was over – they were actionable items that I could easily fix. I also really appreciate that Scott and his team took the care and consideration to answer my follow-up questions!
I was referred to Scott by a friend who applied in the 2020 cycle and got admitted to an M7. Right from my first “getting to know you” session, Scott was very direct and honest about my candidacy and MBA prospects, which I really appreciated. I did not have the best scores on paper, but Scott and the team pushed beyond that. The team helped me carve out and perfect my story and resume to show that I was more than just the sum of my numbers. The team helped me identify certain anecdotes from my life and helped me turn them into cases for competency in business school. There is a certain way to craft business school essays, and the PMC team knows exactly what it is and what specific schools are looking for. The whole process was so smooth and well planned that I completed all my applications well before the deadlines.
After countless essay reviews, one on one calls and emails, the team also assisted me with interview prep and gave valuable feedback, ensuring that I was in peak performance.
While I initially had concerns about the price tag, I am ultimately glad I did it. I highly recommend Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team!
I had an excellent experience working with Scott, MJ and Nicole. From my initial phone call, Scott was direct, informed and honest. He helped me craft a target list of schools to suit my ability and background. Though he is at every step supportive, he’s unusual in that his feedback is consistently candid. He does not sugarcoat. In a process as nebulous as MBA applications, this was much appreciated. I knew the minimum score I needed to hit on my GMAT and how I needed to position myself for each school.
Once you begin preparing for interviews, you’ll meet MJ and Nicole, who are best-in-class. They bring incredible experience and can walk you through exactly what to expect at every school on your list. Not to mention they’re wonderful people, kind and encouraging.
I was accepted to 3 of my 5 schools, receiving scholarships at two. I came into the process not knowing how to succeed. Thankfully, the entire PMC team made sure I was prepared throughout. They want you to win and will put in the time necessary to make sure you do.
I had an amazing experience working with Scott and his team on my MBA applications this year. They took the time to really learn my story, motivations, and goals, and help me articulate those thoughtfully and authentically into my essays. They completely demystified the process for me, and were extremely patient and readily available to help and answer questions whenever needed. I got into my dream school and don’t think I could have done it without their guidance!
I worked with Scott and his team for my MBA applications this year. I had a great experience and have received offers from the Kellogg MBAi program, and full-time MBA programs at Haas, Ross, and Tepper (with $40K).
It was great working with the team. I felt that their understanding of what different schools are looking for is extremely thorough. We started out by shortlisting the schools that would be best aligned with my goals and experience. We then worked on my goal statement, and CV, before moving on to the recommendations and essays.
The process was very detailed yet we moved fast. We did several iterations on each element till we were satisfied. The platform used to collaborate on these materials was very streamlined. I would always receive feedback within a day. In fact with the time difference, I would put in my drafts late-night IST and receive feedback by the time I woke up!
Overall, I had a great experience and would highly recommend Personal MBA coach.
Working with the Personal MBA Coach team was the best decision I made. As a non-native speaker, Scott and his PMC Team really helped me craft and refine my story throughout all the steps in the application process. The Personal MBA Coach team significantly enhanced my application storyline and was a fundamental help in preparing for interviews.
In the end, I was admitted to all the schools I applied to (PT Kellogg and PT Booth), even getting a scholarship ($$) from one of them, with Personal MBA Coach’s help.
I absolutely recommend working with their team. It’s a challenging and fun process, really worth the investment.
I enjoyed working with Scott. He is sharp, knowledgeable, and efficient. I learned a lot from him.
Scott is awesome. He is a great predictor of results in my opinion. He is patient and very nice which is always important during MBA applications which can be very stressful. I used Scott’s services when I was on the waitlist for Columbia Business School. I could not have asked for a better consultant. Highly Recommend!
Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team provided invaluable support throughout the application process. The PMC team offered prompt and candid feedback as I made my school selections, crafted essays, and prepared for interviews. With Scott’s help, I was admitted to Yale SOM, Tuck, Fuqua, Darden, and Ross with scholarships!
Scott is responsive, supportive, and honest. Highly recommend!
Coming from a non-traditional, pure engineering background, I knew I needed some additional help to navigate the entire MBA application process. Hiring a consultant is a significant investment both in terms of dollar cost and opportunity cost. Therefore, I took great due diligence when choosing my consultant. Having spoken with almost all of the consultant firms that are well covered by P&Q website, I connected with Scott the most. He talks directly and one can truly tell that he will be on your side 100% of the time. Scott helped with my essay and walked through my post-mba career vision together with me in a very candid way so that I can see clearly what I was missing in my application. He also encouraged me throughout the application process to ensure that I was presenting the best version of myself. I went through probably 20 different versions of essays. Scott is also supported by a great team. I had my mock interview with Nicole and MJ. Both of them have been tremendously helpful. The result speaks for itself. I was successfully admitted by an M7 school. Scott and his team made all the difference and in fact, I have already referred a friend of mine to him.
I was referred to Scott by a friend of mine who applied for her MBA the previous year and praised his personalized approach and proven tactics for admission to the M7. Scott and his team absolutely exceeded expectations. From my first “getting to know you” session to countless essay revisions, and frequent one-on-one phone calls with Scott himself answering my every question (big and small!), Scott truly puts the “personal” touch in Personal MBA Coach. I was admitted to all 4 schools I applied to (including 3 M7 schools) with the help of Scott and his dedicated, talented team. Could not recommend more!
Working with the Personal MBA Coach team was the best decision that I made as a re-applicant to Wharton (my top choice school). The Personal MBA Coach team significantly improved my application storyline and was a huge help in preparing for interviews. In my initial applications, I didn’t use an MBA consultant and didn’t even get an interview at Wharton. This year, I was admitted to Round 1 with Personal MBA Coach’s help. Highly recommend working with their team–it’s a challenging process but so worth it to have a partner like them throughout.
I’ve known Scott through Personal MBA Coach’s TBD mock interview prep. I’ve joined a couple of mocks with other candidates before. However, I wasn’t sure whether my performance was good enough for the real interview. I’ve connected with Scott at the Personal MBA Coach and he introduced me to MJ for a mock session, which was awesome. It was my first time getting feedback from a professional for interview prep and clearly, it was a game-changer. I thank Scott for the entire process. He has a good heart and is a great professional. I recommend Personal MBA Coach and Scott to everyone with utmost pleasure.
I truly believe that I would not have had the same outcome had it not been for Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team! When looking for a consultant, I had initial calls with a lot of companies. Personal MBA Coach stood out to me because of its boutique nature – I knew once I spoke to Scott that I would really get that one-on-one focus that I didn’t feel I would have with others. From the start, Scott and the team were honest with setting expectations yet dedicated to helping me maximize my chances at my target schools. Besides helping me craft my story and making sure I stayed on top of important timelines, Personal MBA Coach really asked the hard questions and helped me through the really introspective part of the application process. Additionally, they were willing to answer any question – big or small – in a very timely manner. I’m very excited to be attending an M7 school next year and I have Scott and the PMC team to thank for that!
I really enjoyed working with Scott and the personal MBA Coach team and can genuinely say that they added a lot of value to my application. I saw my essays take shape through the iterations and was amazed at how specific and contextual every sentence had gotten. The process of working with the team was very smooth from start to finish and the team was really responsive throughout.
I highly recommend working with the Personal MBA Coach team if you’d like to improve your chances of getting into a top b-school. I managed to get into an M7 school with their help!
Scott helped me from the start by assisting me in choosing the best schools for what I wanted to do, and in the end, getting me through the interview process. I ended up at a T15 school that I wouldn’t have applied to if it weren’t for Scott.
I have only great things to say about Scott and his team at Personal MBA Coach!! For a bit of background, I’m an ORM with a low undergrad GPA and had a low GMAT to boot. It was an uphill climb for sure. So I arranged a call with Scott pretty late in the application cycle as it was late into August and R1 deadlines were already coming up. I had regretfully submitted a couple of applications on my own already but I’m thankful I called him when I did as it probably saved the rest of my applications. During the call with Scott, he helped me strategize my application plan far better (not so haphazard as it had been on my own), and he pushed me to raise my GMAT scores as well as take additional classes through Berkeley Extension to have an alternative transcript to buttress my undergrad grades.
After our initial phone call, we agreed to hold the applications until R2 so I could better prepare them and improve them. From that point, he and his team were with me every step of the process. I studied for the GMAT through his team’s recommendation and sourcing a tutor. I also worked with his great team for editing my essays and my resume.
The best part about Scott and his team is that they are so incredibly responsive. I must have emailed Scott a thousand times (seriously) and he always promptly got back to me. In a similar vein, the editors on his team were also quick to provide edits and replies to my essays and answer any questions I had.
Had it not been for his support and help planning my strategy, and telling my story, I don’t think I’d be where I am today. That is to say at a top school (my dream school) and exactly where I wanted to be!
Thank you so much Personal MBA Coach team for helping me getting admission from 2 M7 schools with scholarships. I could have not made it without you!
While others might have already mentioned how Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team supported them in framing their story and navigating through the application process, I want to emphasize how patient and flexible the team is when accommodating my everchanging timeline. I had to delay my applications from round 1 to round 2, and change my target schools due to my lower-than-expected GMAT score, and the team not only supported me for an extended time but also provided a revised strategy tailored to my GMAT score.
Reaching out to Personal MBA Coach to help me through my MBA application process was the best decision. I didn’t have any understanding of which programs were the best fit for me, where to start, and what strategy would help me achieve my goals. Not only did he help to select the right EMBA schools but also helped to prepare a plan which helped me to navigate through my story preparation, Executive Assessment prep, connecting my story to essays and finally helping me to prepare interviews. Without any background in GMAT/EA it took me only 2 months to polish my quant and verbal skills. Sasha was an exceptional tutor who helped to overcome my test-taking issues. That helped me to score a perfect quant!! In addition to that, I was amazed with the promptness, precise and right feedback I received on my essays. The team pushed me hard to produce the right content!!! Richard helped me in my interview preparation, which was very helpful. Throughout the application process, Scott was always one email away and guided me through the process. I got accepted into the Best EMBA program and that made me realized that all the hard work and effort with the entire team of Personal MBA Coach was worth it!
I had a really great experience with Scott and his team from start to finish! I initially met with Scott and we went over my MBA goals and schools I was interested in. He gave very helpful feedback on my resume and goals along with which schools I should apply to. He also provided a recommendation for GMAT tutoring as I was very worried about doing well on the GMAT. Along the way, he and his team were so helpful with everything from answering larger essay questions, to answering small application/school questions. I got into my first choice school and other schools thanks to their support!
I was so impressed with Scott and the team’s willingness to help. Scott went the extra mile every day. I’m so thankful that due to their help I was admitted to MIT Sloan on my first try. If you are looking for the best, then Scott is 100% the right option.
I first met Scott at his PMC booth in an MBA tour. Coming from a non-traditional background, I had very limited knowledge in business/interaction with the MBA community. Scott walked me through my resume patiently and professionally; I then decided to work with PMC. Scott may initially suggest you apply for some top programs and some other programs to secure your seat in MBA. My advice to new applicants is: Don’t be discouraged to apply for your dream schools!
Because I was struggling to achieve a high GMAT score, he also offered a great GMAT coach with weeks of intensive lessons which helped me pass the threshold. I then started to focus on essay editing. The PMC team is very professional in that they know how to proofread your essay to make it presentable to the MBA admission officers; however, you have to prepare your own stories. They don’t feed you the fish but give you the pole to teach you how to fish.
In fact, I got one rejection and one waitlist last year (submitted in Round 3/4) and Scott instructed me to write a follow-up email, though I did not obtain a seat in the end (but perhaps left a good impression on the school). I am successfully admitted to two schools on my second try (applied by myself in Round 1 this time)! Looking back, I would not have gone this far without the PMC team. I am truly glad I met Scott at the beginning of my MBA journey.
I am a working professional and wanted to apply for an MBA to move forward with my career. I called Scott from Personal MBA Coach before knowing much about how MBA applications work, and Scott just took it all from there. Firstly, he gave me great advice on which schools I should choose to apply to. After careful deliberation, I decided only to apply to two top EMBA programs, which was a little risky but I got full support from Scott. Personal MBA Coach was really helpful throughout the application process. Scott carefully explained to me what to expect and what to prioritize at which stage. He provided the most valuable feedback to my essays. MJ Shores did my interview prep, which was very helpful. After the application was all submitted, we still stay connected. I got one admission and one waitlist initially and got lots of useful advice from Scott that eventually turned the waitlist into an admission offer as well. Really appreciate all the help!
Scott and his team were great! They were very professional and highly organized. Working with Personal MBA Coach helped to demystify the varying timelines, processes, and application criteria necessary for successfully applying to MBA programs. As if COVID wasn’t enough, I quit my full-time consulting job and started law school in the midst of my MBA application process. Scott and the team were incredibly beneficial. They effectively project managed the application timeline, kept me on track, and ensured I met all my application criteria and deadlines. I am very grateful for all of their help and excited about pursuing a JD/MBA!
The people at PMC were a crucial asset in my MBA application process. As a civil engineer, I was worried that my professional background would hinder me during the application process, but the advisors at PMC helped me turn it into an asset. PMC helped me put together a cohesive application that told an effective story to my target programs. I would highly recommend PMC to any professionals interested in pursuing an MBA. I especially appreciated their flexibility with my busy work schedule and my GMAT tutoring sessions, which I believe were fundamental to my score.
My first interaction with Scott was the initial consultation call that we had. During this discussion, it was clear to me that I was inexperienced and in safe hands. I also understood that any suggestions/feedback I’d receive from the team would be direct, honest and likely not sugar-coated. This appealed to me and I immediately committed to working with them. I believe that Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team made all the difference in me securing an admission to my desired business school.
Right from the moment I got on board, the process was seamless and fast-paced. The fact that the team checked in on me to ensure pace whenever I delayed is a big positive. I was very impressed by the promptness with which I received edits on my essays and found that these edits prodded me in the right direction, ultimately allowing me to submit my best essay. I must commend the team’s dedication to ensuring my success as they worked through some very tight deadlines on multiple occasions, for which I’m extremely grateful!!
I was initially hesitant to work with a consultant during my MBA application process. However, looking back, I am 100% certain that I could not have gotten into my target schools without Scott’s guidance! Coming from a nontraditional background and knowing little about the application process, Scott provided invaluable support and generated a series of deadlines that held me accountable. Scott asked hard questions and provided immediate feedback, prompting intense but necessary soul searching. Every interaction/comment was valuable and I would recommend him to anyone applying to b-school!
The MBA application process was daunting and oftentimes overwhelming, but Scott and Personal MBA Coach gave me a sense of confidence every step of the way! I would not have had my choice of school or any scholarship offers otherwise!
Scott helped me through every step of the application process- from deciding where to apply, what tutor I should be using for test prep, and even the interviews. I truly cannot imagine going into the COVID-19 application environment without Scott as a resource. He helped me craft a unique narrative and develop my essays far beyond what I could have done alone.
Don’t get me wrong – the application process was rigorous and Scott will push you to work hard. The payoff is well worth it! I was accepted into 4 out of 6 schools with scholarships at 3 and a full ride at 1. I was just hoping to get into one! I am so grateful for Scott’s expertise and cannot thank him enough for his help.
Everyone has their own needs when applying to school, and I found that the structure and personalized support offered by the Personal MBA Coach team was the perfect fit for me. I was by no means a “traditional” candidate, nor did I personally know anyone who had gone through the MBA application process, so I needed a lot of help navigating through all the noise and generic advice online.
The Personal MBA Coach team has a very structured process in place for all aspects of the application process including essay writing, video essays, and interviews. We started off with getting to know my background and they gave me very candid advice on which schools made sense for me and how to focus on various aspects of my story, depending on the school, in order to demonstrate fit. They also checked in with me consistently to make sure I was still moving forward when I was procrastinating (which I did a lot of) and provided 110% support up until the very last minute I had to submit my applications. When I received my interview invitations, I had an opportunity to work with Personal MBA Coach’s interviewers, which was excellent since they work with folks who have actually done admissions interviews at specific schools.
Aside from the actual applications themselves, throughout the last 17 months, I had a number of questions ranging from how to talk to adcoms about small things to whether I should switch my recommenders, and I always received a fast and helpful response from Scott and his team with guidance. It was such a relief knowing that I had a support system I could depend on who wouldn’t make me feel ridiculous even with the smallest, most trivial questions.
In the end, I received interview invites to all five schools I applied to and was accepted to four, with scholarships from two! I honestly never imagined I would be accepted anywhere, much less have options, so I’m incredibly grateful for Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team!
I started the application process with Scott between the spring & summertime before the application process and had a fantastic experience. We had established reasonable timelines, discussed in-depth different strategies for different colleges, and reviewed the application multiple times to convey the message across appropriately. This would have been a herculean task alone but Scott made the process seamless. I really appreciate the time and effort he and his team put to make my MBA goals a reality.
I applied in Round 2, and I spoke to a lot of consultants before finalizing Personal MBA Coach. I liked Scott for his straightforward approach. He helped me select schools suited to my skills, and throughout the journey, the team was really prompt in responding. The team gave some key points in framing up my essays and resume. Another great thing about Personal MBA Coach is the focus on short answers and how the team ensured that we take care of every little detail on time. However, do not expect him to push you to send drafts of your essays. He trusts his clients and his approach will work if you are driven.
For me, the highlight was the interview support. The detailed analysis provided by them helped me refine my communication skills, frame my answers well and take care of critical points. Thanks to Personal MBA Coach, I will be joining Wharton this fall.
If you feel in your gut that Scott is your guy, then don’t second guess! You will not regret your decision!
I met Scott a year before I decided to work with him and his team. Initially, I thought I could go through the process alone. I was wrong. When I decided to reapply, I spoke with different admissions consultants, but none had confidence in my profile. When I reached out to Personal MBA Coach, Scott not only remembered me from our first meeting but was confident that by working together I could go to business school.
Scott and his team were honest about how my application would stand up at certain schools and thoughtful in helping me pick which ones to apply to. Throughout the process Scott and his team were there to answer big questions like am I telling the right story and minor questions like should I included this extracurricular in my application. The Personal MBA Coach team gave me and my recommenders detailed feedback on what we wrote. Their guidance is invaluable. There is no other team I would want to work with.
Scott was incredibly helpful and responsive and was able to edit my application essays on a very quick timescale. I found his feedback very honest and constructive and crucial to my admittance to MIT PhD program. Even though Scott’s main focus is on MBA programs, he was able to pass my essays along to appropriate parties who were able to give me useful feedback for updating the essay.
I initially tried to use a different consultant prior to reaching out to Scott and had a pretty poor experience where the consultant seemed to be reading off of a script. I found Scott’s feedback to be both incredibly useful as well as guided by a wealth of experience.
Scott was instrumental in enabling me to stay focused, positive, and motivated during my application journey. I originally connected with him after struggling with the GMAT during the pandemic, and he gave me perspective and newfound optimism. Soon thereafter, he introduced me to a tutor who helped to improve my score by 50 points. When I obtained the score, there was an incredibly short window to still apply to schools and amidst similar deadlines with other students, Scott was always quick to respond and provide feedback on application materials. His overall process and utilization of a project management platform kept me at ease when writing essays, short answers, etc. and the proofreading team is yet another helpful resource after the basis of the writing materials were completed. Ultimately, I believe that I never would have been able to position my story as articulately if not for working with Scott. I received interviews from each school that Scott helped me apply to and look forward to hearing from their admissions teams over the coming weeks.
Out of the 4 total schools I applied to, I have been accepted to Northwestern Kellogg and waitlisted to another T10 school with Scott’s help. While I was initially very confident about my chances at any top-tier MBA program given my unique background in international cybersecurity consulting and my excellent test scores, I quickly realized the difficulty of getting into such a program after reading candidate profiles on this site. I realized that I needed the BEST help I could get if I wanted a shot at the programs I targeted (all M7 or T10 schools). Scott and his team worked to trim down my essays and resume to make them more impactful (I’m a very wordy writer). I’m sure that without his help I would not have gotten into any of the programs I applied to.
I cannot recommend Scott more highly.
I reached out to Personal MBA Coach in mid-November after working with another consultant for 3+ months without making much progress on my applications. I wound up starting from scratch, but in spite of the relatively late start, I was able to submit 6 complete applications (MIT, NYU, Wharton, Stanford, HBS, Columbia) for round 2. Scott and his team were incredible, and as soon as I was on board with Scott the progress was immediate and tangible. Thereafter, any delays in my applications were of my own making and I was continually surprised by the promptness with which essays were turned. The service is truly “turnkey” and I received comprehensive help for all of the schools I was fortunate enough to interview with and be waitlisted at.
I really just want to thank Scott and the whole Personal MBA Coach team for all of their efforts on my behalf.
Scott and the entire Personal MBA Coach team were phenomenal assets throughout my MBA applications journey. From my initial call with Scott discussing “good fit” programs to working with a recommended GRE tutor and onto the rigorous essay drafting and revisions process, I knew that I was in good hands. Thanks to their efforts, I got into my top choice and will be attending HBS in the fall!
To summarize the strengths of the Personal MBA Coach team in two words, it is organized and responsive. The MBA applications process is a long and deliberate process and as such, I often felt very alone and overwhelmed with worry by the number of tasks to complete. Scott and his team were very organized and have a tried and true process—one that brought order to the chaos and helped guide me through the process step-by-step. Additionally, what got me through the difficult times of self-doubt, loss of confidence and severe bouts of writer’s block was knowing that when I had questions or concerns, Scott and his team would be quick to respond and provide experienced, professional support. This responsiveness was key in motivating me to “keep at it” and finish strong.
I can’t recommend Scott and Personal MBA Coach enough. The MBA journey is stressful but they’ll help get you where you want to be!
Scott is a sophisticated and tactical consultant with a keen sense for admission optics. He is able to quickly cut through unnecessary fluff and get meaningful content out of his clients. He is able to bring out the best in his clients and his patience and confidence are my favorite qualities of his. I am grateful for his help and will be attending Cornell in the fall. Thank you, Scott!
I strongly recommend Scott for those seeking efficient, personable, and incredibly valuable advice on how to navigate the incredibly daunting MBA process. While it is a huge financial commitment (I went all-in on 3 schools) to use a consultant and I was initially hesitant, but it was worth EVERY cent, and would use the Personal MBA Coach team again in a heartbeat.
They are a team that will provide direct and honest feedback, help you refine/strengthen your narrative/essays, and consistently respond to drafts well before the agreed 2-day timeline. They will not spend countless hours on the phone with you but will answer emails on every component of the application process very quickly and truly are supportive. Different from my terrible experience with one of the largest consulting companies before I found Scott, the Personal MBA Coach team actually CARED about ME personally, and treated me as a human rather than a data point. Despite my initial conversations with the largest, most popular consulting company who told me my school selection was unrealistic, after applying to 3 schools with the help of the Personal MBA Coach team, I got into Ross with a full ride and Kellogg with just over half of my tuition covered. I was also wait-listed at Duke. I am very grateful to the Personal MBA Coach team for making my experience successful and am overjoyed to start my MBA at Kellogg next year!
I couldn’t have made it to my dream school, MIT Sloan, without Scott and his team’s timely support and guidance. The team was super responsive and to the point with their questions, prompts and edits. This allowed me to iterate through my ideas and bring relevant information into my essays. The entire process gave me clarity of thought, helped me identify my strengths and even made me a better writer by the end of it.
I am soo glad that I had the Personal MBA Coach team by my side, and I couldn’t recommend them more. It is one of the best decisions that I made to reach my goal.
Scott helped me craft a narrative I couldn’t have imagined on my own. I never looked forward to seeing his brutal revisions on my essays but they were necessary. He’s helped many people apply and knows the pitfalls to avoid and the areas where each candidate can shine. Also, great interview prep.
Scott’s team has been extremely professional and supportive throughout my MBA application process. Whenever I have questions, I can reach out and get a response immediately. The MBA application process is a stressful journey but Scott’s team definitely made it a lot more structured and easier with the tools he provided. They are very organized and would HIGHLY recommend them!!!
I highly recommend the PERSONAL MBA COACH team, Scott and his staff, as an excellent MBA application consulting service.
Here is why:
-My primary goal was to get into Sloan and I think I was not a perfect candidate (not a super high GMAT or undergrad GPA, etc.). Scott really helped to bring my best story to come out in my application.
-He kept me organized in my thought process and with the deadlines throughout the application cycle.
-He gave me an honest assessment of my strengths and weaknesses as an applicant. He gives great advice on how to leverage your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses. He is experienced and practical. He listens and crafts a practical strategy that is tailored to your circumstances.
-I am a person who asks a lot of questions (sometimes a little too much) and he is very patient. He is friendly and professional at the same time.
I really enjoyed working with Scott and his team. Looking back I think it was a really wise decision. With his help, I was able to get into my target program and also got a scholarship. Highly recommended!
Scott and his team were instrumental in helping me prepare my business school applications. Their collaborative and iterative process pushes candidates to really think through their experiences, how to position themselves, and ultimately craft their best possible application. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
I am glad I chose Scott to work with – I surveyed 5-6 consultants before finalizing on Scott. I had a minor employment gap on my CV and that made some of the consultants anxious. But Scott’s confidence in my profile made me feel confident about applying to the best schools. Additionally, he seems to have a good understanding of the schools and that helped me feel that I am in good hands.
Scott made sure that I owned the narrative and the story in my essays. He did not take over the narrative at any point, but held the process – making sure my output is of the highest quality. His team is very responsive and timely, as is Scott. He makes sure he respects his end of the bargain in terms of timelines – always an iteration in 2-3 days.
Initially, I was not able to adjust to the process of iterating on essays, and when I discussed this, he adapted his process to suit my needs better. This really helped me push along.
He also has a strong point of view on fit based on your profile – though he wouldn’t push you strongly to the ‘safe’ schools. I chose to go with his advice on some of the schools and received a full scholarship from one of the schools! Couldn’t be happier with the outcomes.
I worked with Personal MBA Coach for a 2 school package, with help on applications. Before starting my application, I was very nervous because I am notoriously bad with spelling and grammar. Scott was able to answer all of my questions and help me create a strong application. Ultimately, I was able to get into my top MBA program pick! Thank you again. Personal MBA Consultant.
I used Personal MBA Coach for their 5-school package, and I ended up signing up for my sixth school since they broke down the complicated application process into a simpler step-by-step process.
Before I started my application process, I did a fair bit of research on consultants, and finally decided to go with Personal MBA Coach. From Day 1, Scott will give you the honest, non-sugarcoated advice that everybody needs. As a business school applicant, you need to understand what your strengths are as well as your weaknesses. Most consultants are good with telling you your strengths, but they are not as good with telling you your weaknesses as they do not want to upset you. Scott was different, and hence I decided to go with Scott and his team.
Throughout the application process, I knew that I could rely on Personal MBA Coach as Scott was always there and would answer my emails/questions even during weekends or Christmas! From minor points in my overall story to locations I should select for my interviews, Scott would answer all my questions (no matter how minor and tedious they might be).
I am now admitted by one of the top 3 programs in the US, and will be matriculating this fall. I highly recommend Personal MBA Coach if you are looking for the best consultant in the industry as I know I probably would not have made it without Scott and his team.
I highly recommend working with Scott! From Day 1, Scott gave me insights about the application process and specific schools that I would not have known otherwise. I tend to be indecisive and Scott’s direct style helped immensely during the process. I always felt like he was on my side and available, whether by email or a phone call any day of the week. I particularly appreciated the help he provided on my resume to get to the right level of detail. On essays, Scott provides just the right amount of feedback, allowing you to maintain your personal voice and authenticity. I also found his school-specific essay guide extremely helpful! On top of everything, Scott is trustworthy and reliable. I ended up applying to just one M7 school and am thrilled to be attending! I plan to recommend Scott to friends who apply to business school in the future.
I reached out to PersonalMBACoach for their “Gut Check” service less than two weeks before the deadlines for my two schools – HBS (admitted) and GSB (waitlisted) – and I’m super glad I did. Prior to sending it over, I was positive about my application and had spent two months on it. However Scott and his team dug deep and provided strong constructive feedback that showed I still had a long way to go. They even went beyond the provisions of the package and reviewed additional edits for each application. Within a week, my application was looking much better. I highly recommend Scott and his team at any stage of your application process!
I can’t say enough good things about Scott and his team. I would 100% recommend him to anyone who is applying to business school. His personal approach is unique. Anytime we needed to chat, he was available for calls. I always spoke to him, as his team operated efficiently in the background. Scott was always expedient on responding to emails and he was meticulous when he provided suggested edits to essays and application prompts. If we did not see eye-to-eye on a certain detail as it pertained to the essays or application, he would explain his thoughts in-depth, and then we would come to an agreed-upon decision on how to approach. Ultimately, he helped me achieve my goal of getting into one of my top choices, and I cannot be any happier. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team to achieve my dream of matriculating at a top-20 MBA program. Thank you again, Scott!
I would 100% recommend Scott to anyone. Though, I almost don’t want to so I can reserve him for my closest friends.
I met with several consultants before working with Scott. He was the only one who I felt like would push me to get to where I needed to be with direct, thoughtful feedback. From the beginning, Scott’s approach was dedicated to getting at the heart of my story and enabling me to bring that to life. His guidance helped me use my own voice to make my story sing.
Scott is also incredibly efficient with a very structured process (digital tools etc.) which I really appreciated when trying to navigate work and the application process. Ultimately, this dedication and efficiency make for a truly effective consultant. I was accepted into 2 top programs with his support. Thanks, Scott!
Scott is on your team on day 1 and tells you exactly what needs to be addressed and how to get it done. He is extremely responsive, direct, and involved throughout the whole process. I am excited to say that I have been accepted to a few of my target programs. When researching potential consultants, PersonalMBACoach struck me as a service that would provide the greatest value for me and I am happy to say that Scott turned out to be great. I would wholeheartedly recommend PersonalMBACoach to anyone that is serious about the MBA process!
The best In class consultancy that I’ve worked with! You can rest assured that you’re in safe hands.
When I approached them it was a challenge, with most of the deadlines fast approaching. But they were extremely resourceful ensuring that I complete the applications well within the deadline. It’s highly Customized and personalized ensuring your applications completely reflect who you are and your story. The founder won’t settle for anything less than supreme quality on your applications and essays. They will push you to think through and get the best of your capabilities out to be written on the applications! They helped me with repeated iterations and edits of my application until I was completely satisfied! Strong and honest, feedback with each edit was extremely helpful, and it also made it much easier for me to complete my essays.
They have exhaustive knowledge and information about every b-school and helped me tailor my applications accordingly. The Personal MBA Coach was always available, despite the time difference, whenever I needed help, be it any last-minute queries with the form or selection of the schools. I’ve been extremely fortunate to get the opportunity to work on my applications with Personal MBA Coach. My applications have been spot on, and I owe my success on the applications to them! Besides and above all this, the founder, Scott, is an amazing human being and a very kind soul!!
You’ll thoroughly enjoy the process of the applications. I very strongly recommend Personal MBA Coach for candidates aspiring to into their dream b-school!
Scott and his team of editors were hugely helpful in my application journey. I was accepted to 3 of the 6 M7 programs I applied to, and I don’t know if that would have happened without his support. From the initial work, we did together (writing a goal statement and resume from scratch) through the 15+ rounds of edits on each school’s essays, his editors had sharp, strong feedback, and what felt like clear knowledge as to what each school was looking for.
If you’re looking for a consultant to manage the overwhelming process of applying to b school, someone to help organize your time or to-do list, or someone you’ll speak to regularly on the phone, Scott is not your guy.
However, if you’re self-motivated, want his unmatched one sheeters on how to prepare an application for each school, and want tough critical feedback (that is always returned quickly) that will get your applications to the best possible place, I highly recommend Personal MBA Coach.
I decided to work with Scott after doing consultations with four other firms. I was very disillusioned about the industry and wasn’t sure if I even wanted to work with anyone. Upon speaking with him, I was very pleasantly surprised by our natural chemistry and his easygoing nature. Rather than pushing a cookie-cutter narrative for my industry, he asked me for my story and pointed out areas that I should give more thought to. I was incredibly aggressive/ambitious in my school selection, however, Scott was very encouraging while still holding me accountable. Scott’s team pushed me to take my essays to new levels which I can now appreciate was instrumental in bringing my personality to life in the application. When I did not perform well on my GMAT, Scott was very direct with me that I was jeopardizing my future success. After leveraging Personal MBA Coach’s GMAT tutoring service, I was able to hit my target score. The interview prep, specifically for Wharton’s TBD, helped me ease my nerves before the actual interviews. I was waitlisted at my top choice and heavily relied on Scott’s guidance in writing update letters and also for strategies on how to navigate the smoke and mirrors of being a waitlisted candidate. I have so much respect for Scott and his team at Personal MBA Coach. Their commitment to helping early-career individuals achieve their professional goals is unwavering. I would highly recommend Scott to anyone who is looking for a customized partnership in the application process. I am extremely excited and proud to be following in Scott’s footsteps by attending Wharton this fall!!
It is hard to imagine where I would be in my MBA journey without Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team in my corner. I am proud to say that I have been accepted to several of my top MBA programs.
I looked into many MBA consulting companies, but after talking with Scott, he was clearly the best choice for me because I knew that I was getting personalized, no-nonsense service.
Scott and his team worked with me every step of the way to help me find my voice and craft my unique MBA story. I leverage Personal MBA Coach for school selection support, personal story development, essay crafting/editing, resume editing, and interview preparation. Scott works with you 1:1 on all aspects of the process, responds promptly, and affords you countless revisions. Additionally, he leverages an easy-to-use editing software that makes the process seamless.
One unique aspect of Scott’s approach is his transparency and honest feedback. He truly wants to see you succeed, keeps you grounded, and helps you articulate your strengths in the most effective way possible.
Lastly, I want to recognize Scott and his team for being flexible with me through sudden family hardships during my application process. It is clear that Scott cares about his clients and always keeps their best interests in mind.
I highly recommend hiring Personal MBA Coach as you embark on your MBA journey. Thank you, Personal MBA Coach!
Scott and his team have it all figured out. They take you through the different components of the process very methodically. They are a well-oiled machine.
The unlimited essay/short answer support was huge for me. Scott and his team pushed/challenged my thinking and forced me to dig deep. I really appreciated the critique and feedback.
I also appreciated Scott serving as the single point of contact for me. His timeliness response to my emails and questions was very important to me throughout this process.
I talked to several different consulting firms before deciding to use Scott. Scott’s knowledge of the process and the MBA arena is unmatched. He was prompt with response and honest about everything during the process leading to my admission to an M7. Thanks for everything!!!
I signed up with the Personal MBA Coach after talking with several consultants because I felt that they could help see beyond of myself and really dig into my stories. It turns out that I was not wrong. Throughout the application process, their timely responses and reviews, and very good organizations really help making the process as smooth as it could be. I would totally agree with other reviews that the most valuable piece is the team really push to identify my unique story and goals, and be specific about them. Moreover, the team also helped prep for the interviews and provided very helpful feedbacks for areas to be improved on. Overall, it was a great and worthy experience!
I had a very short list of schools (Stanford, Harvard) I wanted to apply to. He went through the competitive analysis for each school and proposed an application theme that was tailored to my strengths. He has a great plan to tackle each school’s application process. He even talked me through a fellowship application and helped me secure a scholarship!! All in all, Scott’s invaluable help got me into HBS!
So I was very late in my application process when I chose to work with Scott. I chose Scott because he could see me beyond the “traditional buckets” of being an Indian male engineer with an average GMAT. We started off by applying to 2 schools in tandem while I took more time to pick the other 2. The resume building, story sorting, etc. took several iterations but it was closed only once I was satisfied. I even had some last-minute changes in school because during the essay writing I realized I was not a good fit with the school, but Scott was accommodating.
Overall, Scott helped me cherry-pick my experiences to create a coherent story for each of my application depending on the school’s requirements. He is always available even for the most mundane queries and is extremely professional in handling everything, something that I wanted from the start; I did not want to work with someone who would give me personal advice/opinions. I got admit in 2 of the schools I applied to, scholarship at 1 of them, 1 reject and 1 WL. All the schools were FT rank top 20. I would recommend Scott for anyone who wants to put their best foot forward for their MBA application.
Scott and the team helped me a lot with my admissions process. Below are some of the key reasons why:
1) Knowledgeable: He is extremely knowledgeable about the admissions process, clearly laying out how to best approach the essays (and other requirements for the school) and tailor the messaging appropriately for practically any top school.
2) Experienced: His 12+ years of experience is also extremely handy, as he can share best practices from earlier candidates with similar profiles. This was extremely helpful for me as I started the process quite late – however, Scott was able to quickly go through my profile, resume and preliminary goals to distill the key messages and points to expand on to make a successful application
3) Well-organized: Scott has a clear and efficient plan, which he tailors basis the time available and the schools being targeted. Again, this was hugely beneficial to me, given my late start – having a process planned out and mapped week by week till the R1 deadlines helped me meet every deadline without any last-minute hassles.
4) Approachable: Despite working in a completely different time zone (10.5 hours apart), Scott and his team were always available to help, throughout the process (including waitlists).
5) Prompt and efficient: Scott’s responses were always prompt, usually in 24 hours, or at max (rarely) in 48 hours. Despite the time zone difference, there was no drop in intensity throughout the entire duration I worked with Scott.
6) Comprehensive: Scott’s approach covers all aspects of the application. I personally worked with him and his team on improving my resume, crafting a compelling storyline from my experiences and goals, drafting and refining essays + other application materials (with no cap on iterations – Scott kept pushing on details until we were both satisfied), interview prep and waitlist support. He also has other services covering the remainder of the applicant’s life cycle (pre-application, eg GMAT/ GRE prep, etc; and post-application decision, etc) – however, I did not personally use these.
Tl;dr summary – Highly recommend; knowledgeable, experienced, approachable, well-organized, prompt and efficient and comprehensive.
Scott and the team were super helpful for preparing for the Harvard Business School interview. I got helpful, targeted advice to make myself a more competitive applicant. I wish I had considered Personal MBA Coach earlier at the beginning of my MBA application journey!
While I have yet to be convinced applying to Business School should be as time-intensive of a process that it ends up being, the rules to the game are clear and Scott was an excellent coach to help get me there. Without him in your corner, I believe you are playing at a disadvantage.
I appreciated Scott’s candid approach to our initial one-on-one call while I was vetting consultants and then during our “get-to-know-you” phase. It was sincere, honest, and without the unnecessary “flair” you might get with other consultants. After this, as other reviewers mention, almost all of our communication was via email, which complimented my style.
I found that Scott’s patience and guidance while drafting my first few essays were the biggest help and I was able to leverage what I learned into successful applications for other top schools as well.
I highly recommend working with Scott and the team! In addition to being incredibly knowledgeable about each school’s admissions process, Scott spent the time to listen and internalize my story. Ultimately, he helped me to identify and highlight my most relevant experiences to appeal to each school. Personal MBA Coach is also extremely organized and has fantastic response times. To that end, after deciding to apply very late in the process, I applied to 5 schools in an approximate 45-day span and finished with plenty of time to spare. The team kept me on track with specific due dates for requesting (and following up on) recommendations, brainstorming, and submitting essay drafts. Finally, Scott found the time to jump on impromptu calls to calm my nerves more than once. I was accepted at my dream school and could not be more pleased with my experience working with Personal MBA Coach.
After an admissions journey that lasted nearly a year and countless hours of work and stress, my saving grace was Scott and the staff at Personal MBA Coach. We came up with an actionable plan to achieve admission to my target schools and achieved it far easier than I ever expected. Scott was there every step of the way to ensure my admissions package was tailored to exactly what top MBA programs desire. It was a worthwhile investment that I’d highly recommend to anyone with aspirations of top b-school admission.
Great experience with Scott — Scott makes the otherwise daunting application process seem manageable, and coaches you through every step of the way. The most valuable piece being his early push to identify your unique story and goals. Ultimately, through working with Scott I was able to great into my 3 top choices (HBS, Wharton, Sloan)
Looking back on my MBA application journey, I can say with certainty that the best decision I made was to hire Personal MBA Coach. I was by no means an easy client. My testing saga ended up taking much longer than expected, and because of this, I ended up working with Scott and the team through R1 and R2. They never complained. While other firms I initially reached out to would not provide the flexibility for me to start working with them while still working through the testing, Scott had no problem with it. He also promised that I would have direct access to him, instead of someone who worked for him, as many of the other firms had arranged. After finally getting a strong test score under my belt, I was left with about a month to complete all of my applications. While Scott and the team typically recommend and request that the essays be near completion at this stage, they worked through each draft with me up until the final deadlines. There were countless drafts and emails exchanged between us. They answered every nitpicky question that I had in a timely fashion, even during the holidays. When it came time to interview, Scott set me up with his interviewing experts, who thoroughly prepared me for each interview. I ended up getting into every single school that I applied to with many full rides, and am now in the position to choose between Stanford, Harvard, and Wharton. Scott’s expertise, dedication, transparency, and most importantly, patience, allowed for my lofty goals to become a reality. As I was searching for a consultant, I was given an important piece of advice, while consultants can be expensive, so is business school. This decision can make all the difference in the long run. I would recommend Scott and his amazing team to anyone in search of a consultant. I speak with conviction when I say that you won’t regret hiring Personal MBA Coach. Best of luck!
TL:DR – Choose Scott, he is great 🙂
Detailed feedback: I am a female candidate from India with a GMAT of 750 and wanted to get into one of either Harvard, Stanford or Wharton. I researched multiple consultants to work with and spoke with all of them, and finally zeroed down on Scott from Personal MBA Coach. A key reason for me to choose to work with Scott was the fact he individually had a great success rate and that I get to directly work with him, unlike other firms where there were multiple consultants and there was the ambiguity of whether I will get a good consultant.
Scott gives great clarity on how to approach the application tailored for each school, while also offering flexibility on the overall approach. For example, I had taken the 6 school package but hadn’t finalized on which schools to apply. Given the lofty target of HSW, I wanted to cover my base by applying to a couple of other schools with better admit chances. I took a sudden decision to apply to CBS within a week of the deadline in round 1. Scott was completely understanding and helped me put together a great application in a short span of time, and I got an admit!
Scott’s style of working is a bit different from what I am used to, as after the initial analysis call, our entire communication was completely on email. Since he personally works with all of his clients, this time crunch is to be expected. While it took me some time to get used to it, we were effectively able to work with each other on all applications to my satisfaction. He is was very responsive and ensured he got back within 2 days for all communications, irrespective of whether it was weekends or holidays. He makes the entire process simple and less complicated, which resulted in me being able to apply to 6 schools with time to spare (with some other consultants I spoke with, they said the process is so complicated that I can at max target 4 schools). The ability to apply to multiple schools reduced the risk of not getting admitted in any, and hence reduced the pressure on me.
His clear insight on what each schools want helped me crack London Business School, Columbia Business School and Wharton. Though I would have loved if I had cracked Stanford and Harvard as well, I wouldn’t have been able to have the success I have had without Scott’s guidance.
I really enjoyed working with Scott on my application. He was very honest and straight-forward. His turnaround time was super quick and he provided a lot of insight into the behind the scenes thoughts that the Ad Com may have. I would 100% recommend.
I spoke to a few consultants before deciding on Scott. He was immediately upfront about his package as well as his approach to getting you what you want. I was able to speak openly about what I wanted from my MBA as well as what I expected from working with him. He was flexible in letting me choose schools that I was interested in and always made sure that I was happy with what I was putting forward. He helped me narrow down what I should talk about by doing several drafts and making me really think about why I was putting something down. Scott was responsive and got me revisions in an extremely timely manner. I felt relieved from a lot of stress if I had done this on my own and had to constantly worry about what admissions officers were looking for. I’m happy with the results and would definitely recommend to anyone.
Scott was really helpful during the application process. I only consulted him after I got to the interview stage and the mock he organized with his colleague Jeremiah was an invaluable preparation tool. It helped build my confidence and helped me tackle every interview situation I ended up facing later.
Trying to find an ideal MBA coach is a tricky partnership. You need to find someone who is honest, understandable and is able to work with you to be creative as possible. I had interviewed a few coaches and instantly felt the connection with Scott. As I made a decision to apply very late into the year and was very close to deadlines, Scott was very specific on the schools that I can potentially get into. As I had a very interesting background, I had gone ahead and wrote my life history – which gave him insight to really dive deep to see what I wanted. He then helped in being more specific with my background, overall achievements and fine-tuned things that were needed to make me a great candidate for these programs. I got tutoring for my EA exam as well as interview coaching. I ended up getting into my dream school!!!
Thanks a lot to Scott and his team for helping me every step of the way!
I was skeptical of working with a consultant but after meeting Scott at an MBA fair, I decided to work with him after speaking with several references who also provided glowing reviews. Coming from consulting, I knew that the pools of MBA applicants were strong, and I really wanted to give myself the best shot at the programs I was interested in and not have to re-apply. I knew I had lots of stories I wanted to tell, but Scott helped me hone and sharpen my personal narrative in a way I don’t think I would have pushed myself to do. His services are definitely worth investing in if you want to give yourself the best shot at admission!
After having preliminary calls with multiple different consultants I chose to work with Scott through his Early MBA Planning package and am very happy that I did. I did not realize how little I knew about how to present myself to the admissions offices and can say with confidence that without his help I would not have gotten into all three of my round one schools, including Wharton, my top choice (Booth and CBS were the others). The price tag was initially a bitter pill to swallow but was worth it many times over in the end. He not only helped me craft a very strong application from an atypical background but also helped me clarify to myself why I was really going back to school and enabled me the confidence to pursue the programs that really suited my specific goals. All in all, I would recommend Scott wholeheartedly – I have already recommended him to all of my friends who are beginning the application process.
My dream comes true. Scott is the best MBA consultant. I could only prepare my EMBA application 4 weeks before the R2 application deadline. Some other consultants said it was not possible, but Scott said, “IT IS DOABLE. Let’s do it.” Scott was resourceful, diligent, and honest throughout the application process. He has an amazing EA teacher, Marissa, that help me acquire the skills necessary to tackle the EA exam with a decent score. Without working with him and his team, I would have never admitted to the Wharton EMBA program – the only EMBA program that I apply in 2020.
After speaking to several admissions consultants, I got the feeling that working with Scott would be the right decision. I was correct. Scott was excellent at providing suggestions that highlighted my strengths and helped navigate the somewhat awkward process of writing about myself. He was also frank and direct, qualities that were invaluable during that period of self-reflection and helped me craft an authentic yet refined narrative. Further, the interview prep facilitated by Scott was incredibly helpful to understand how to position myself after earning interviews.
Ultimately, I was admitted to both of the M7 schools to which I applied in large part due to the work that I did with Scott.
I’m really happy that I got Scott’s help throughout the application process! This is the choice that I didn’t regret. I was not quite confident on my background at the beginning and thought every school on my list would be a reach school. But after consulting with Scott, I gained my confidence and got the guidance that I needed. Scott was very patient throughout the process and always responded fast. The mock interview was also a huge help – the feedback I received was very honest and I got a thorough understanding of what kind of people the admissions are looking for.
I was admitted to the top 1 choice school on my list with a scholarship. I would strongly recommend Scott to anyone who is applying to B-schools.
During the early stages of my search, I spoke with several admission consultants – many of whom worked for and promised the benefits which came under a larger organization. However, on my initial call with Scott, Scott promised me that he would personally oversee every aspect of my application – and he absolutely did: from the initial conversation to discuss goals all the way to receiving the admit call from my top choices. His hands-on guidance was much needed in helping me shape my story, what each individual school is looking for, and where I would have the best chances for success. Scott had all the resources I needed to succeed.
Scott made the essay-writing process easy – he asked me questions that were critical in bringing together my motivations and the right personal examples to demonstrate them. His turnaround was quick and allowed me to finish 4 applications in 6 weeks (I would certainly recommend more time just to really perfect them and give yourself a buffer).
In all, I was admitted to 3 M7 schools and 1 T15 (half-ride) with a mediocre GPA, so Scott’s method speaks for itself. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to start their b school journey.
There were several hurdles I faced when applying to MBA programs: (1) I have below-average stats for M7 schools (quite far below), (2) I am a non-traditional candidate with an impact-focused background and no “recognizable companies” on my resume, (3) I tend to overthink my written communication/essays and sabotage myself. Scott helped me overcome all three. I knew that to highlight my nontraditional background in a way that would help overcome my stats and to avoid overthinking this process, I would need some third party, expert help. I ended up choosing Scott because he was direct, professional, humble, and concise in our first communication and maintained this approach throughout our time working together. He has a deep knowledge of schools. He provided me with excellent analytical support on school admission results. He helped me craft my story compellingly, drawing out the key attributes of my experience that allowed me to address my unique fit with and genuine ability to contribute to each school I chose to apply to. The interview prep was also fantastic. I really attribute my mock interview to doing well in my actual interview at a top 3 school, which ultimately resulted in admission. I cannot recommend Scott highly enough. I will be referring him to any and all friends who are considering applying to business school.
I chose to go with Scott after making the usual consultation rounds as I felt our initial chat was the most earnest and straightforward out of everyone that I talked to. I liked the fact that his business model allowed him to personally oversee my application process the whole way through.
Scott’s pedigree second to none as is his deep deep knowledge of the top institutions and the candidate profiles they go after. I knew I needed someone to help me craft my story and help me refine my essays, and Scott’s team was able to push me to produce materials that surpassed my expectations. He won’t do the work for you, and that’s essential to creating a sincere story that addresses what adcoms are looking for. I also found the team performing interview prep both honest and invaluable and was able to use their advice across multiple schools. I’m extremely pleased with my decision to work with Scott and recommend him to any candidate, especially those that are new or have little experience to the application process.
I hired Scott after I spoke to a few consultants, some of them even suggested me to not apply with 3 years of work experience. However, Scott took on the challenge to help me build my story. He spent a considerable amount of time getting to know me and then drafting the story with me. He was extremely honest (a MUST quality in a consultant). He helped me optimize my school selection process, pushed me to give GMAT again to improve my score, and helped me get into 3 schools of my choice. I would definitely recommend him for the MBA application journey.
Scott is a true professional who has been in this business for over a decade. He knows what he is doing and he will work with you one-on-one throughout the entire process. His expertise will give you an extra edge in your application that fully justifies the cost – and then some.
For some background on my experience, I am a non-traditional applicant. I needed help giving my profile credibility. I wanted the adcoms to know that I could succeed in business school and that I would be able to get a good job afterward. I believe that Scott helped me successfully get that message across. I was accepted to all schools to which I applied, one with a full-tuition fellowship.
If you’re going to hire a consultant, hire Scott. Hands down, he was the most straightforward and helpful of the 10+ consultants I spoke with on the phone for initial intro calls. He also always kept his word and was very responsive, kind, and fair. I was hesitant to hire a consultant at first, but after speaking with him (and meeting him in person at an MBA fair – a huge plus, as he does speaking engagements across the country), I knew I had made the right choice. From day 1, Scott was a value add and clearly very smart, and really helped me craft the best possible version of my story. He will not do the work for you but will guide you towards your best work product and help your authentic voice shine through, which is really the best you can ask for in an admissions consultant! He also was super helpful in continuing to offer his support even after I was admitted to my dream school and looking for pre-MBA internships.
Highly recommend Scott – best admissions consultant in the business!
I chose Scott after talking with a few different admissions consultants during free 30min profile discussions. I chose Scott for two reasons. First, he was the only person I spoke with that understood and got my Pre-MBA story. Second, I liked the fact that he was the one I spoke to in the beginning, but would also be who I would work with the whole time. He owns the company but is also your direct contact and who you work with the whole time.
Scott was really straightforward and helpful during the entire process. He was brutally honest and made me really think about why I wanted to do this which helped me craft a better story. I really felt like he was with me the whole way and truly cared about my success. I ended up getting into my top choice school and if I had to do it over, I would 100% go with Scott!
Yes it’s possible to work on your applications yourself and to just ask your friends and family to help edit your essays but why not set yourself up for the best chance by hiring a professional admissions consultant who will help guide you through the entire process?
Like most, I was initially hesitant about hiring a consultant. But after my first introductory call with Scott, I knew I had to work with him. Having been out of school for ~4 years, I was a little rusty with my writing but Scott continued to push me and I was able to write compelling essays for my applications. I also really appreciated the quick turnaround between all of the edits. The mock interviews that Scott helps set up with former MBA interviewers were also extremely helpful and helped me be more confident for my actual interviews.
Out of the 5 schools I applied to, I’ve been accepted into 1 with a decently sized scholarship, waitlisted at another, and I’m waiting to hear back from 2. Obviously hoping for some more good news down the road but it’s nice to have 1 admit so far and I wholeheartedly attribute this success to Scott and Personal MBA Coach!
Before deciding to work with Scott I interviewed 5 or 6 other consultants. Ultimately, I decided to go with Scott for two reasons 1. I wanted to know the person who I was going to be working with and 2. He promised me that he would be brutally honest with his feedback. Working with Scott was a pleasure, he helped frame my story and provided very personalized and tailored feedback. He held true to his word and gave very honest feedback that pushed me to produce better essays. We applied to five schools and I was rejected from two and waitlisted at 3, not the ideal result we were hoping for. Scott helped me game plan for the waitlist and continued to work with me as I provided updates to the schools. Ultimately got into one of the three I was waitlisted at and dropped the rest. I could not have done it without Scott.
I got to work early on my MBA applications (maybe a little too early), but Scott was incredibly supportive and helpful all the way through. He was always available to discuss my application and provided candid and insightful advice. I worked with Scott on applications to Columbia, UVA Darden, and Duke Fuqua. I was admitted to Columbia and Darden and received an interview with Fuqua. The MBA application process is stressful enough as it is, but Scott helped to streamline everything and gave me peace of mind; I don’t think I would’ve had as much success without Scott’s help. If you’re looking for an MBA coach, and I suggest that you do, I fully recommend Scott and the rest of the team at Personal MBA Coach.
After searching around for a few consultants, I immediately knew Scott was the right one for me due to his no BS approach. Throughout the daunting process, Scott kept me honest and disciplined and was very responsive. Despite being in an over-represented demographic with average stats, I was able to gain admission to a top school! Scott really challenges you and helps you craft your story, even if you don’t think you have much of one when you first start the process. Highly recommend without any hesitation!
I highly recommend Scott if you are looking for an MBA Consultant. He is very knowledgeable, very easy to get in touch with, and understands your profile well and which schools would be a good fit. Interview coaching is also extremely helpful.
I talked to about 10 admissions consultants before I decided and Scott clearly stood out – extremely professional and very nice to talk to. Also, his model of working together directly with the CEO / Founder of the consultancy while paying a below-market rate was very attractive to me. The decision turned out to be a great one! Scott got me into Berkeley (my dream school) and Wharton and I’m not sure whether I would have managed this without him. He was very responsive (usually 24 hours), always there to help and made my essays better through editing and pointing me in the right direction in terms of what to write. I would definitely recommend Scott and would always work together with him again. Certainly one of the best in the business!
MBA application is a daunting process, especially for someone like me, whose GMAT and background do not stand out (perhaps even slightly below average). Scott takes the time to get to know me and my story and used a customized approach to help me navigate through the process. I could not have done gotten into my dream program (top 10) without Scott! I think the key to my admission is his essay guidance: he really drilled down into my essays and think through my story, helping me articulate the “Why?” and the “How?”. Scott is extremely patient and he always answers my questions in a very timely manner – such a pleasure to work with!
As I began the process, I took advantage of 30min free consultations that most MBA Admissions Consultants offer. After speaking with a handful, Scott stood out from the rest with his candor and willingness to construct an individualized, customized approach to each application. Fast forward to today, and I am ecstatic with the results. Despite being a younger applicant, Scott helped me construct a holistic application that eventually allowed me to gain admission to Booth. Throughout the process, he was consistently responsive to each of my requests, kept me on pace to hit deadlines with step by step assistance, and provided ample resources to ensure preparedness for the interviews. I would highly recommend Scott to anyone looking to increase their chances of admission. He is the best!
I have a GPA that falls in the bottom 20% in all universities I was considering, and a GMAT score of 710. However, my non-traditional background made my overall profile relatively risky, as I do not have a well-known company name on my resume, making my application tricky to some extent.
Scott immediately told me the strengths and weaknesses of my applications, and still believed in me from the start.
He always provided fast and great quality responses, was patient all along the way and always pushed me to improve every single detail presented in my application.
I applied to a top school in Europe and an M7 school, and have been admitted to both. Looking back, it would have been near impossible to even get an interview if it hadn’t been for Scott’s help.
I am proud of having made the decision to work with Scott, and highly recommend him to anyone out there who seeks help in their applications!
I worked with Scott on my application for Columbia business school and could not have had a better experience. He was quick to respond to any questions I had with the process and was great with providing suggestions on how to improve the quality of essays. Scott’s feedback was always honest and constructive and he didn’t waste time trying to soften it. He was extremely helpful getting me to think about how my message would be perceived from an outside perspective and spent time helping me fine-tune it to articulate exactly what I had intended. Overall, would highly recommend Scott
Scott was a very valuable resource throughout the entire application process. As an international applicant, I did not know a lot of people around me that were going through the same process, therefore I really needed someone that was knowledgable. Scott was a wealth of information and was extremely easy to talk. He was very straight-forward with his advice, not afraid to speak truthfully about the quality of your application, which was fantastic as it saved both his time and mine. When I was choosing an admission consultant, I selected Scott because I liked the idea of having one consultant help me through multiple schools, instead of the large consultancies where they allocate a different consultant for each application. This proved to be a very good decision, as Scott knew my profile inside-out and was able to help me leverage different qualities for different schools. I was wary of the high price tag initially, but after this experience, the amount of admission scholarship I was able to obtain with Scott’s help far exceeds the fee. Overall would definitely recommend!
Scott was an absolutely amazing resource throughout the application process. When I first started working with Scott I hadn’t hit my desired GMAT/GRE score and he was up front and candid about what was realistic considering my score at that time. I really appreciated that he didn’t pander but was honest and constructive in his feedback. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable on the nuance of what each school is looking for and he gave me great advice for tailoring my story accordingly. His comments on my essays etc were always very constructive and helped me to think about my message from an outsiders perspective. He was always really quick to respond and I felt like I got a tailored, personal approach rather than a one size fits all package.
I also utilized the mock interviews, which were definitely a game changer for me – post mock interview feedback was again constructive and candid and was a great way to practice that I wouldn’t have done on my own. Mocks gave me a lot more confidence going into the real interviews.
I got into some really great schools and will be attending Booth in the Fall – I definitely accredit my success to the support I received from Scott. Would 100% recommend him!
I started with Scott a month out from the final deadline for my dream program and, despite the short timeframe, we were able to put together a solid application, ace the interview, and get in. It wasn’t easy, but if you’re serious about getting into the best MBA program you can it would be silly to go at it alone. The investment in your future is worth it.
I have been a Round 2 Wharton applicant for its prestigious full-time MBA program for the class of 2021. With a 720 on the GMAT, I thought my chances of getting into Wharton would be highly bleak. But I didn’t want to let go off the possibility of being admitted to Wharton and hold a regret throughout my life of not trying. To my surprise, I received an interview call and without any delay, I started preparing for the Team-Based Discussion and 10 min personal interview. That’s when I came in touch with Scott. Scott helped me navigate the unusual interview format, including the TBD. Realizing that I would need practice for the TBD, I enrolled in one mock TBD session with personal MBA coach. The session was extremely helpful and I requested for another session. Although all upcoming sessions were fully booked, Scott made an exception and helped me enroll in one the same night. Thanking the services of Personalmbacoach, I went for my TBD and PI. I believe I did fairly well, and through my preparation, I was in much better shape than I would have been had I not opted for the services. I remember receiving a lot of feedback after my mock TBD sessions from the trainer. I wish I had come across Personal MBA coach in the early start of my applications. Nevertheless, I would strongly recommend Personal MBA coach for their interview services. I have been waitlisted to the program, and hopefully (fingers crossed) I can still make it from here.
I engaged with Scott quite last minute for a US Top 5 program. Previous to working with him, I was already invited for interviews at several Top 5 schools, but got dinged post-interview. Scott was quick to identify the missing gaps and provide extremely thorough and individualized feedback on my application.
In addition, his turnaround time for polishing and editing my materials was very timely. He never did the work for me but provided valuable insights that were customized to what the target school was looking for. I also appreciated that his feedback was brutally honest, without any BS.
In my opinion, what you need from an MBA consultant isn’t someone who will write your essays, but one that truly spends time to understand where you come from and give you honest & customized feedback that won’t waste your time.
I recommend Scott wholeheartedly!
Scott brings incredible insights into each step of the application process thanks to his career in the industry. He just gets it. I evaluated both large and independent consultants prior to applying, and each gave me the standard, sugar-coated feedback on application strengths and positioning my story. Scott provided a customized and tailored approach, was available through text and email each step of the way, and ultimately, navigated me to my dream school with a substantial scholarship. Can’t recommend him, his team, and his services enough.
I have no words to express how grateful I am for all the guidance and support that Scott provided during the MBA application process. I was admitted into 4 out of 8 MBA programs I applied to and received full scholarship to the one most dear to my heart. My experience with Scott was absolutely invaluable and I know I would not have been able to succeed without him. He was there for me every step of the way. From the first moment I talked to Scott, it was obvious that he truly cares about me and was fully vested in my success. I wholeheartedly recommend Scott to anyone who is looking for an MBA consultant. I could have not asked for a better coach. Thank you Scott!
I am currently a college senior. I’ve worked with Scott to apply for 6 MBA programs that have early admission/ deferral program. Now I have been accepted to one school and waiting for results on others. For the school I’ve been accepted, I also got half tuition which totally paid off the consultancy fees. I have to say that it has been a wonderful experience working with Scott.
I’ve chatted with over 10 consultancies before deciding on who to work with. It was only until I was able to meet Scott in person when I traveled to Boson that I decided to work with him.
Throughout the application process, he played a pivotal role. First of all, since I am a younger applicant, I was essentially writing on my goals after 4 years (2 years of deferral period and then 2 years of MBA). Scott was able to help me sort out all my possible options and evaluate which one works the best. It was more than writing an essay but more like helping me to sort out my life. He could help me to explore all career options because he himself graduated from Wharton and have had a wide range of industry background. He was extremely patient and would hop on a call with me when necessary.
Second, Scott has been very flexible in coordinating with my schedule. I’ve been flying within U.S., to U.K, and to China throughout the couple of months. Sometimes due to work/school situations, my responses were delayed. However, Scott always provides a new edit within 2 days. When the deadline is close, he would help me do one draft a day for a couple of essays. For a lot of the essays, he would push me to dive deeper into what I wanted to express. There were some essays that we had over 10 drafts.
Third, he also gave me a lot of help on interviews. Since I haven’t done interviews for a while and English is also not my first language, Scott gave me extra interview help by scheduling mock interviews for me to practice with some schools’ ex-interviewers.
It was awesome working with Scott and I would totally recommend anyone who is considering going to MBA.
Scott helped me with 9 individual applications this year. He is hands down the reason behind the multiple acceptances I received from the top 7 B-schools including a full-ride offer from a top ivy. He provides an extremely professional service and works one-on-one to perfect every facet of your application. When you hire Scott, you get his undivided attention throughout the entire process. He is an extremely gifted and talented individual who I can confidently say is the absolute best in the business. Thank you Scott for all your help. I couldn’t have done it without you!
After researching and having phone calls with several consultants, I choose Scott to support me with my application. I could not have made a better choice!
Scott cares about your applications. He is highly responsive in addressing questions, queries, and concerns. He makes sure to always have enough time for you, and follows up with you to make sure you’re on-track.
Scott also has significant experience. That means he understands how you as a person can shine and be different. His experience makes a difference in letting you be unique and stand out from the competition.
Scott empowered me to understand how to write my own essay that showcased who I was using my own words. As someone from a background that does not traditionally apply to business school, Scott really helped me understand how the business school admissions process and how to manage the challenges.
Having been admitted to a top 10 school, I know that Scott made a difference. You can’t go wrong choosing Scott!
I worked with Scott this past application cycle and it’s been an exceptional experience! From understanding my story to identifying my strengths and weaknesses, Scott has been an asset throughout the application process. We went through 15+ rounds of edits between 4 schools with average turnaround times of 2-3 days. After applying and being admitted to 3/4 schools, Scott continues to be a resource in helping to make sure I’m thinking through the pros and cons of each program as I make a final decision.
Tldr; Scott and his team have been great to work with. Overall great pricing, quick turnaround times, and personalized packages.
Scott is a true professional and knows the college admissions process inside out. He was a tremendous help in getting me into Booth-EMBA and is currently helping me with my applications to EMBA Programs at Columbia, MIT, and Stern. He is highly responsive, gives fantastic tips, and advice. He is even available on weekends and is very flexible with time scheduling. I highly recommend Scott for EMBA applicants.
I met Scott at an MBA tour and was immediately blown away but his level of knowledge and expertise. Within 10 minutes, he totally changed my application game plan. I knew I had to work with him. I hired Scott for 2 schools. He was instrumental in helping me craft my story and also, I was extremely impressed by how much he knows about each specific school’s admission process. His knowledge definitely influenced how I approached each school’s essays. And during the essay process, he provided quick feedback and his revisions/suggestions only made my essays better. By the time I was ready to submit, I was so confident in my application. I didn’t have to worry about having said the wrong thing, accidental errors, etc. Scott was in my corner. Plus the interview prep he provided was invaluable! I ended up getting into the two schools I applied to with $$$. I’ll be attending an M7 school this fall. If you’re looking to hire a consultant, I HIGHLY recommend Scott. Smart, personable and there for you every step of the way!
Personal MBA Coach (Scott) supported me throughout the application process. I went in without a clear idea of how to approach the application, and PMC was a huge asset. I ultimately got into my top choice, and it wouldn’t have been possible without their support.
I’d recommend PMC to anyone who’s pressed for time and/or would like to submit amazing quality applications.
In Summary – Scott got me into four outstanding MBA programs despite my not having the highest of high GMAT scores. Through his coaching and advice, my essays and broader applications stood out. He helped me achieve my MBA dreams!
Scott was instrumental in helping me through the MBA admissions process. I did a lot of research into which MBA Admissions Consultant I would work with and found that all other folks I spoke to for an introductory call just walked through a standard list of questions. Scott, on the other hand, had a conversation with me – about my career and life goals and experiences at my company. From that very first conversation all the way to the end, he was very personable and displayed a deep level of commitment to helping me achieve my MBA dreams.
Personal MBA Coach was there for me throughout my application journey. The GMAT tutoring that Scott’s team provided was hyper-personalized and easily accessible – I increased my score by 60 points over the course of 3 months via web-based tutoring sessions.
When it came to the applications themselves, Scott was invaluable. He was a huge help as I went through the content ideation process – he candidly responded to my ideas and helped me craft my narratives. I always appreciated that Scott did not sugar coat anything – if he thought something could be stronger he not only told me that but also gave me quite prescriptive feedback as to HOW I could make it stronger. In particular, Scott is an expert on the exact messages that resonate/stand out for each program, and I found having this information to be critical to the success of my applications.
Lastly, the interview help provided by Scott and PMC was outstanding – I was connected with alumni from each of the programs I interviewed at and had mock interviews as well as debrief sessions for each of them.
You cannot go wrong working with Scott. He is supportive, encouraging, critical, and fun to work with. HE KNOWS HIS STUFF!!
I am an Indian male applicant with a high GMAT score but a profile that’s not very conventional (business degree in undergrad -> real estate strategy work ex). None of the firms on my resume were ‘feeder firms’ and hence while researching for MBA consultants, I got mixed responses about my prospects (one of the biggest MBA consulting firms in the US told me to apply to schools outside of the top-15 and to Cambridge Judge and below). Scott was one of the few consultants who fit the bill in more than one aspect: he boosted my confidence starting with our introductory call (encouraging me to apply to certain aspirational schools, cautioning against a couple), and since Scott’s is a boutique firm, I was assured that I will be working with the same person throughout the application process, rather than being matched with an advisor from a large pool, which many firms with a cookie cutter approach do.
Coming to the essays: I did 3 applications with Scott. His inputs were practical and insightful. Not once did he miss the 24-48 hours response timeline, and in most cases, his replies were extremely swift (within a couple of hours sometimes!). After a few edits, I got the grip on essays, understood what adcoms are looking for, and eventually applied to 3 more schools leveraging the learnings from my 3 applications with Scott (once you write a few, the others become much easier). I did Wharton, Kellogg and LBS apps with Ross.
Interviews: I got interview invites from Kellogg and LBS, and Scott arranged mock interview sessions with former M7 interviewers whose inputs were very helpful.
Result: I got accepted at one of my 3 top choices (LBS) and waitlisted at Kellogg. Additionally, I got accepted at Michigan Ross ($$) and NYU Stern ($$$)!
Scott will forge a personal bond with you in the first call and that will last till the very end. I encourage all applicants to go ahead with Personal MBA Coach without hesitance!
Scott is an amazing consultant for my business school application. I used another consultant in my round 1 application and did not have a great experience. I decided to switch and worked with Scott in my round 2 application for four schools and got in three of them with scholarships. Scott is extremely insightful, flexible, personable, and encouraging throughout the process. Highly recommend for everyone!
The short version: Researched multiple consultants. Chose Scott over all others. Got into Wharton, Columbia, and Ross despite tremendous odds.
The long one: Since I was an Indian (read: one of the largest demographics) male (the most competitive gender) engineer (the hardest degree type to distinguish yourself in, especially when you are Indian), who was also a re-applicant with 8 years of experience, I knew it was going to be very hard to get into my dream school.
I contacted 10+ consultants and spoke to them at length to understand how they operate. Given my background, I knew that I would need someone who will understand my story properly and help me craft a unique story. After talking to a few of the major consulting firms, I realized that I needed a boutique consultant where I could deal with my consultant directly. Amongst all the boutique consultants I spoke with, I had the best connection with Scott. I liked his calm demeanor, the fact that he seemed to know the colleges well, and most importantly that he had worked with many Indians before and knew how to help them.
I realized his value while working with him on my first application itself. After we figured out my story, we exchanged a lot of drafts on bringing out the ‘why’. Scott adds detailed notes in each draft and he always responds within 48 hours. The final essays were really really good, even if I say so myself. They made so much sense and compared to the essays I had written myself during the previous application cycle, these were crystal clear. There was a perfect balance – the essays logically and clearly told the adcom what I wanted to do while bringing out the emotional angle to support why I wanted to do it. Moreover, the last aspect which is so important – the interview prep – is the best part about working with him. My mock interviews were super important in making sure that I do well on the day! In fact, without them, I am confident I would not have been nearly as good.
Lastly, if there is one thing I can say that would convince you of how good Scott is, it is this – When I took the 5 school package with him, I followed his instructions precisely for 3 schools and went with my gut for the other 2. It just so happens that I got into all the 3 where I listened to him and got rejected from the other 2. Now, I could put that down as a remarkable coincidence but after working with him over 9 months, I am inclined to believe that Scott knows what he is talking about.
I truly believe that he is the reason I am going to Wharton and I recommend if you are looking for a consultant, look no further than Scott.
Scott is an exceptional resource to have throughout the long process of applying to schools. From the day you sign on, he forms a disciplined and effective schedule with you. Personally, he helped me from the very get-go, providing advice and clarity of which schools to apply to, how to effectively present your resume, format essays, and have successful interviews. Scott & his team also respond to any questions you may have day or night and always willing to jump on the phone with you. I made the right decision going with Personal MBA Coach and could not be any happier with the results as I got into my #1 choice. I strongly recommend other prospective students to use him. Thank you, Scott!
I started off the MBA process with a large, brand name consulting service that proved to be a huge disappointment (lack of communication, poor advice, generic approach). Luckily, I met Scott who was the polar opposite of my initial MBA consultant. He took the time to truly understand my background which was pivotal in helping me craft my story. He also had experience with other clients from my industry, which was a huge bonus as I come from a relatively niche industry. His structured approach and methods helped streamline the entire application process and significantly reduced the stress I felt about the daunting task of applying to b-school. If you’re looking for a personalized experience from somebody that truly cares about their clients, Scott is the way to go!
Thanks to Scott’s support, I have secured admission to HBS ($$), Wharton ($$), and Kellogg ($$$). I greatly appreciate Scott’s support during my whole application process!
Scott is very professional: despite our time difference (I’m an international application), Scott always ensures timely response to my question/request. When he can’t, he would let me know in advance and propose a suitable timeline.
Scott is very experienced. Rest assured that you can trust his knowledge on MBA applications, whether it’s about what the Adcom focuses on or what differentiates each school. As I was applying to multiple schools, some obviously are different from others. Scott was able to make sure I know how to present myself and put myself in the best possible position. While Scott didn’t change my life story or career goal in any way, he did help me better tell it to the Adcom.
Finally, Scott didn’t try to act like he knew everything, as he introduced his connections that are more familiar with the specific school’s interview process as we were preparing for the final interviews.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience work with Scott and would highly recommend the Personal MBA Coach for anyone who’s considering an MBA consultant!
After receiving acceptance to all 3 programs I applied to in 2nd Round, as well as scholarships at two of the three, I can’t say enough good things about Scott. He took time, in the beginning, to get to know me and understand the story I should tell in my applications, and was incredibly responsive throughout the process. Not only did Scott help immensely with the applications (essay writing, resume development, etc.), but he was also a great resource when I was evaluating which schools to apply to, and helped me understand where I should spend more time in my extracurriculars. Finally, the interview prep he helped coordinate was the cherry on top of a wonderful service – I can’t recommend him enough!
The MBA application process is a daunting task, but Scott was wonderful at laying out a clear framework that walked me through the entire process. He got to know my “story” inside out right away, which added significant value when we were brainstorming essay topics and editing my resume. Scott’s quick turnaround time allowed me to continue with the momentum that I had while in the middle of writing my essays. His edits were insightful and helped me craft a compelling story for why I was pursuing an MBA. At the end of the process, I landed a significant scholarship to one of my top choices.
Scott was extremely helpful in my admissions preparation for business school. I can say with confidence, as a successful HBS admit, that he played a pivotal role in helping me highlight my strengths to the ad-com. He assisted in interview prep, profile construction, and essay outlining. He also was a great resource just in general throughout the very self-reflective process that is the MBA admissions process.
It was a crazy ride from start to finish applying for top MBA programs. It wouldn’t have been possible without Scott’s assistance. Coming from an engineering background, both undergraduate and career-wise, I did not know anyone who went to a full-time MBA program let alone a top MBA program. I thought I could handle the process by myself with assistance from friends and family. I soon realized I was in over my head. This caused me to regroup and postpone applying to schools for a year while I found an expert to assist me. I heavily researched lots of different admission consultants including having an initial screening with a handful.
Ultimately, I was looking for a consultant who had a few key qualities: success getting students admitted at the top schools, someone who was as invested in the process as me, and someone who would give me the truth without sugar coating it. Scott checked all these boxes. I felt better knowing that I was working with the owner of the consultant company, which isn’t true of some of the bigger consultant companies. This was a big reason why I chose Scott. I was concerned at other admission consultant companies that I would be pawned off to a low-level consultant without much experience.
The entire process was still stressful, but Scott helped me successfully get accepted to 2 top 7 programs and waitlisted at a 3rd. He was great to work with. We started by creating a schedule with milestones to hit as well as an initial brainstorming session. I also already knew what schools I was going to apply to, but he would assist with school selections. We only talked on the phone a few times but that was fine for me. We mostly communicated through email. His response time for emails or questions was normally within a day and around two days for essay revisions. For the most part, he was blunt in his responses and opinions. I enjoyed this as I would rather have the truth. This may not work as well for some people who need more emotional support during the process. He also pushed me in my essay writing abilities. As an engineer, this was a weak spot for me and he provided a great deal of value with editing abilities.
Overall working with him was a great experience and I would definitely recommend him to others. As the owner of the company, I felt that he was as invested in me getting into at least 1 of my target programs as I was. However, a lot of the work is still placed on the applicant and a consultant is only there to assist.
Working with Scott was the best decision I made in the arduous application process. He was HIGHLY responsive to any questions or concerns I had during this stressful time. My only regret is not doing the 5 school package (I chose the 3 schools). Scott really knows how to present your story in the best way possible to maximize your chances of admission and scholarship. If you’re serious about an MBA, get started with him sooner rather than later!! Scott is more than just a consultant, he is a mentor and life coach!
I met Scott at the MBA tour in Toronto in August 2018, we chatted for a bit that day, as I did with many other consultants. About a week later, we set up a free consult and the first thing that made him stand out was how much he remembered from our conversation……many other consultants are just talking heads until you hire them. I enjoyed getting the personalized experience even before I decided to work with him.
I hired Scott in Sept for just one school, and after 2 weeks I decided to go with the 3 school package to reduce my risk. I applied to Wharton, HBS and LBS Round 2.
From day 1 the service was always available, always personal and always so much fun. Scott took a lot of the stress of applying off my back as I could focus on writing the GMAT. We strategized my story in a way that drew on all the strengths I had, strengths I don’t notice day2day. We then set out a timeline and from then on all document edits were done in 24-48 hours. If you ever needed to chat about something that was urgent though, you could call or get an email response sooner.
The resume, when I compare the one I was using initially to the final draft he worked with me on, it was day and night.
My essay, he really pushed me to get more of myself out on the paper and that helped for better storytelling. Scott is like the big brother that keeps telling you where you can improve, he will push you to the best essay you can get.
Short answer questions, even these he spent time perfecting with about 3-4 edits for each run down.
In the end, your profile is a well thought out, well-written piece that fully represents you. That is how personal Personal MBA Coach.
Now I’m enrolling in Wharton Class of 2021 and I am so grateful for the help and advice that Personal MBA coach offered. I have recommended him to every MBA hopeful I’ve met and will continue to.
I was originally a bit skeptical on working with a consultant but changed my mind after taking a free consultation with Scott Edinburgh, Personal MBA Coach. I knew within 5 minutes conversation that I needed to work with him. I had taken consultations with another company but Scott possesses a warm personality that to put his clients at ease throughout the application process. Aside from all of his insights, I appreciated Scott’s ability to help to present my application in the most positive light. Furthermore, he was completely committed to helping me stick to our schedule and thoroughly review my essays. He diplomatically pushed me to do some self-reflection and demonstrated my unique story in the application essay. As a result of his consultant, I was invited to interview with both schools that I applied.
I got admitted into LBS Class of 2021. Scott, thank you so much for the help!
Scott is highly professional and a down-to-detail consultant and someone you can put into trust.
Scott is very experienced and knows each school very well. Therefore, he was able to bring in more insights beneath general website info.
He has navigated me through the entire MBA process with great details and helped me craft my own strategy along the way.
With his help, I was able to identify my strengths and weaknesses and took action on them.
He also kindly introduced his connections to me during the interview prep. It really helped a lot!
On top of that, Scott has an admirable work ethic. He worked so hard and always responses within 48 hours, even during midnight.
Thank you so much!
I reached out to Scott while I was doing my research on various admission consultants, and after the first call with Scott, I knew he was the right consultant for me. Throughout the duration of our association, he has been available through a call/email etc especially when it is a time-sensitive issue. We took a lot of time to decide on the target schools based on my application as I wanted to apply to a lot of them, but then he helped me streamline my thought process. His approach in helping me build my story was phenomenal as he gave me ideas to ponder over instead of just enforcing me to use one strategy. This definitely helped me clarify the career trajectory for the application and in general as well. With his support, I got interviews almost in all the schools I applied, and have gained an admit from one of them. Still awaiting to hear from 2 top schools. I would definitely recommend him.
I would highly recommend Scott and the Personal MBA Coach to anyone interested in getting accepted into a top MBA program. Scott is patient, organized, attentive, and an excellent coach through the entire process. Together, we laid out a strategy (which included guidance on the resume, essays, interviews, and other crucial factors) that eventually led to a series of well-rounded applications that demonstrated my appeal as an MBA prospect to the adcom. But instead of trying to mold my application into a predictable form, we worked together to create an application that was authentic. Scott was an integral part of my HBS application success, and I sincerely recommend him for application consulting!
I am a new member of the Wharton class of 2021. This past fall I worked with Scott on a 5 school comprehensive package. From the start, I felt that Scott was personally invested in my MBA application journey. I only ever interacted with Scott, and I felt that Scott knew my story and my essays inside and out. He was very accessible anytime I wanted to chat via phone or email. He provided great insights into what each school was looking for in its application–the kind of detail and nuance I would have never known without his help! I am incredibly excited to be attending Wharton and would 100% recommend Scott to anyone seeking the best possible outcomes from their MBA application process.
The MBA application process can be overwhelming and all-consuming, especially for someone who has a demanding job. After chatting with several consulting companies, I felt that Scott was genuine and sincere and had my best interest at heart. He was very honest about my candidacy, evaluating and suggesting schools as he saw as good possibilities while all encouraging and supportive for “reach” schools. Scott was relentless in seeking to reveal and present the best of me. With patience, he inquired and brainstormed, until there were clear ideas for the various essays required; with professionalism, he helped edited and re-edited the essays. Scott will continue to push you until you put forth your absolute best work and deliver results. He was unflappable in a crisis and advised sound remedy based on his good judgment and experience. Scott was there with me every step of the way, from school selection and essay choice to mock interviews with alumni from my respective schools and final acceptance. With Scott’s help and guidance in navigating the entire process, I was ultimately admitted to 3 of my top schools.
I’m applying for MIT / HBS / LBS this year and due to work commitment, my original plan with him had to change and I was working under a very tight timeline with him during Christmas and new year on my applications. Despite these difficulties and holiday season, Scott prioritized my applications and we managed to put together something that’s superb and I submitted right on the deadline day. I also found him very direct, responsible, reliable and flexible to accommodate my needs. He’s always very responsive on emails and never replied more than 2 days after my emails. Further, I found the HBS interview guy (who’s working for him) extremely helpful. He put me on the spot, tried to challenging me and gave me very direct and helpful feedback. I got interviews for LBS and HBS and am still waiting on MIT. I would not get the interviews without Scott’s support!
I am a first year MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School and I have Scott Edinburgh to thank for it!
It was a long, yet incredibly transformative journey to business school and I can certainly say that I would not have been able to do it without the help of Scott. Being there every step of the way, Scott will help you craft a strategy that helps present your best self in your B-School applications. He dives deep and curates your brand, your story, your resume, your letters of recommendation requests, and your essays line by line, going through as many iterations as you need to be confident in what you are submitting to admissions.
When it comes time to interview, Scott will strengthen your interviewing skills by helping you identify and refine your behavioral stories, administering 1-on-1 mock interview sessions, and giving feedback on your video interview samples. All of this mentally trains and prepares you for when you finally come face to face with the business school interviewers.
Why did I pick Scott? I interviewed ~10 different MBA coaches before finalizing Scott and the reason was simple: Scott really cares about you and is truly vested in your success. And this became increasingly evident as Scott fielded countless questions and emails from me and VERY PATIENTLY supported me through all the stressful “freak outs” and breakdowns. The MBA application process is tough, arduous process. Scott Edinburgh is someone who can help alleviate a lot of that pressure and set you up for true success!
Scott is extremely knowledgeable about schools and test taking. He will offer you great guidance. He puts a lot of emphasis on ethics as he does not write essays for students and lets students’ unique voices shine throughout the application process. He offers superb interview tips and mock interview sessions to make sure that you go into the interview with confidence! I highly recommend him.
Scott was the quintessential pillar of support during my applications. I was really struggling to manage with intense work-life and my applications. Scott set deadlines and planned out my journey to ensure we finished the applications well in time. At the same time, when I failed to meet these deadlines, he demonstrated patience and worked to help me push past the finish line.
The other great attribute of Scott that I really appreciate is his ability to give candid feedback. He has a clear line of thinking and communicates his ideas quite clearly. He was surely the much-needed sounding board for my applications! He has a great sense of what works and what doesn’t – which is extremely helpful to international applicants like myself who are not familiar with the application process.
When I first applied to business school in 2016, I was rejected by six of the M7 schools. With Scott’s guidance in 2018, I was able to secure acceptances from Kellogg, Booth and Sloan and was offered a combined $170K in scholarship money from Kellogg and Booth.
I started the process with Scott after meeting him in late July 2018 after the MBA Tour and listening to his talk about the 10 things that one must do to prepare for applications. He seemed very knowledgeable and mentioned his connections with admissions offices, all while offering insights that I would never find online. I immediately signed up with him and am so glad that I did.
Scott took the time to thoroughly understand my background before laying out our plan of attack. Scott’s guidance made me feel very assured and confident in myself throughout the process. He steered me in the right direction on how to prioritize apps and plan out my essays for each school, recommending that I focus on particular topics that would resonate with admissions based on my background and what he knew they would look for. We developed such great chemistry that we would be emailing each other practically every other day for the next two months. We scheduled phone calls to strategize our attack for each school’s application. He’s also been available at a moment’s notice for me to call him with more pressing matters, such as how I should rationalize the factors that went into my decision of deciding the business school this fall. This encapsulates what I have truly enjoyed most about working with Scott — he is candid in his feedback, available at at a moment’s notice, and provides great perspective on the admissions process given his history working with other clients.
If you are considering the investment, I would highly encourage you to sign up with Scott. Working with the founder of a top consulting firm is a huge plus, and I think it would give you the confidence that you’d need to secure placements at top MBA programs.
Starting off, I knew I wanted to work with a consultant because I wanted someone to help keep me on track while I balanced a busy job (I do consulting) and my extracurricular commitments. My initial search process started off with the free 30-min consultations with the larger brand names. I realized that I wanted more personalized attention and that the quality of the experience varied based on which consultant you worked with when signing on with a larger group. Eventually, I found Scott and we connected because of our backgrounds (Scott is a former consultant) and the fact that I would get his personalized attention throughout the process.
We worked together on 3 applications. He was extremely helpful when it came to outlining an essay response, getting my main points across, and finding ways for me to stand out among the sea of other male consultants in the MBA application pool. I felt that Scott took the time to read through my drafts, which he sent back usually within 1-2 business days. We finished the 3 applications with 2-3 weeks to go before the deadline. I then used material from those 3 schools to do 2 other schools on my own, mostly to save money. I would recommend the same to others if money is an issue, but you still want to make the most out of a consultant.
Beyond essays, the package does include interview prep. Overall, I felt like that was less useful than the essay help was. I say that because the nature of interviews can get pretty subjective. Scott does have personalized interview guides for each school (2-3 pages), but most of the information can be found online or from current students. Regardless, it was nice to practice interviews with people who had either interviewed at the school themselves or gone to the program. I also supplemented my interview practice with current students/alumni who I had known through undergrad or work.
Finally, I just want to say that Scott cares about each of his clients! He called to congratulate me when he heard I got into my dream programs and was there to comfort me when a got dinged at a few others. Looking back, there is nobody else I would have rather worked with to help me through this process!
After calling several consulting firms for their free consultation, I found that Scott was the most straightforward and provided the most honest feedback. He did not try to up-sell me his services when I indicated that I only wanted to apply to two schools. He indicated that my odds were not the greatest upfront and did not pressure me to use his services, unlike some of the big firms that referred me to their outside/lesser known partners. I ultimately accepted early decision at one school and declined my interview at the other.
Throughout the application process, Scott kept his promise on providing comments or feedback within 48 hours. I was able to get quicker responses/live phone calls within 24 hours, when necessary. Given that Scott appears to have many touch points with various adcoms throughout the year, he was able to provide very insightful essay comments and help craft stories that work best/better for specific schools. In addition, interview prep was extremely helpful because he was able to connect me with a prior ambassador.
I highly recommend Personal MBA Coach for your MBA application process, especially for applicants who value honest feedback.
I searched around on the internet for weeks and used introductory consultations from more than 5 different admissions consulting services prior to selecting Scott of Personal MBA Coach to assist me on an hourly basis with my applications. My only regret was that I chose to use Scott for just a couple of hours for each of my applications rather than purchasing more extensive packages for each school.
In addition to Scott’s impressive background as an MIT and Wharton graduate and his extensive track record of success in assisting MBA applicants to get accepted to their target schools, there are a few aspects of Scott’s Personal MBA Coach services that I believe really separate him from most MBA consulting services:
1. Rather than provide me with cookie cutter advice and examples, Scott made a true effort to get to know me on a personal level first. Once he really knew me, he then helped me decide which of my features and accomplishments would be the best to focus on in essays and applications.
2. Scott works around the clock and made every effort to work with me whenever was best for my schedule. This flexibility ranged from calls at 7 and 8 in the morning prior to work to help me develop my essay strategies, to 10 pm on a Friday to conduct a mock interview for my interview the following week. Despite his busy schedule, Scott did a great job of meeting whenever was best for me and typically found time within just 24 hours of my request. This was invaluable when applying to multiple schools within tight deadlines.
3. Scott’s advice was always honest and intended to help me create the best applications possible rather than to increase the number of hours I would require him (and in turn his own pay). Scott never pressured me to use him/pay him more and simply explained what he could do in the time that I purchased from him and what he thought was the most efficient use of his time. He worked super efficiently in the time I purchased from him.
Overall, I was extremely satisfied with the service that Scott of Personal MBA Coach provided me and couldn’t have gotten into a top MBA program without him!
The Personal MBA Coach Team has been instrumental in my MBA admissions journey. They truly made it possible for me to achieve my long term dream of getting admitted to a top business school.
The team’s thorough knowledge of the entire application process and guidance on how best to position myself along with various nuances related to each school, The Personal MBA Coach really customized and supported me extensively throughout the MBA process.
I am a non-traditional MBA candidate, with a PhD and a little older than traditional applications that was discouraged by other MBA coaching and advisory services in terms of my aspirations of getting admitted to a full time program. But once I spoke with the The Personal MBA Coach, he provided a lot of support, and helped me build confidence to peruse the effort and defined clearly a working strategy for me specifically.
He and his team are thorough, diligent, pragmatic and realistic. With my profile he was very honest about what I needed to work on to get to my target and how to go about it.
Unlike other MBA admissions advisory services, The Personal MBA Coach is truly personal and goes the extra mile to provide best in class service, advisory and support through out the process of MBA admissions. They are available and ready to answer any question and are very flexible in terms of scheduling.
Scott has a deep understanding of each school and what is needed for them to tailor the application in the best way. Throughout the process of working with Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team, I not only got admitted into the Full-Time MBA program at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, but also developed key insights about myself, becoming a better writer, interviewee and strategic thinker.
My sincerest thanks to the Personal MBA Coach and team and I strongly recommend working with this team if one truly wants to achieve their MBA goals and dreams.
Scott was absolutely incredible to work with!
At first, I was debating going through the admissions process without an admissions consultant, but in hindsight, I’m so glad I decided to go with Scott. He is very experienced and knowledgeable about the process, is extremely responsive (e.g. essay revisions turned around within 24 hours), and I can tell he gives his 100% effort to each of his clients. I also appreciate that Scott gives it to you as is – he isn’t one to sugarcoat and will give you the feedback you need to hear.
I’m happy to say I will be attending my top choice (Wharton) this fall, and I can’t thank Scott enough for getting us here. I felt well-prepared throughout the whole process (including no surprises during interviews!), and I highly recommend Scott to other prospective applicants!
I worked with Scott on the interview preparation portion of my application to HBS. I can say honestly that without this interview preparation, I would not have been ready for the depth of questions I was asked in my actual interview. This package was a critical part of my preparation, and allowed me to go into the interview feeling confident and prepared. Scott was always just a quick email away if I needed anything, and his service was a key factor in my preparation that ultimately led to an HBS admission. I would recommend Scott and his team to any of my peers applying to business school. And can truly say it was 100% worth the money. Thank you Scott!
I could not have asked for a better experience working with Scott and his team at Personal MBA Coach. Before starting each application I scheduled a phone call with Scott to review my ideas for the essays and ended each call with a clear path forward. After drafting the essays and sending over to Scott I received thoughtful and helpful feedback within 48 hours which helped me keep moving my MBA applications forward. Working with Scott on essays and with his colleagues on interview prep was incredibly helpful. I ended up being admitted to my top choice M7 program with a large merit fellowship and am so glad I chose to work with Personal MBA Coach throughout this process.
Scott was absolutely instrumental to my success in the business school application process; there was no way I would have been as successful and comfortable without him.
From our very first conversation, it was clear that Scott had exactly the expertise, experience, and empathy I was looking for in an excellent MBA coach. Scott guided me through the entire process, including picking my target schools, setting milestones and deadlines, crafting my story, reviewing my applications, essays, and recommendations, interview prep, and even up to post-offer strategy.
Throughout the process, Scott was extremely available at all times of the day; there was not a moment that I was worried that he would not be available to me for an important part of the process. In addition, he pulled no punches; he was truly fully invested in my success and pointed out my strengths and weaknesses clearly and specifically.
Again, without Scott’s guidance, the MBA application process would certainly have been a much harder and stressful process and there could very well have been a different outcome for me in the end.
Scott worked with me for nearly nine-months as I navigated the arduous MBA application process. He and his team helped with everything from school selection, to essay review, interview prep and post-acceptance decision making.
From the very beginning, Scott got down to brass tacks. He helped me understand the best way to package my profile and frame my story. He additionally provided valuable insight into the specifics of what each program’s admissions committees are looking for, which helped me to tailor my applications to their expectations.
As a partner throughout this process, Scott was a professional in every sense; he was attentive, honest, and discerning. The overall experience was top-rate. With Scott’s help, I was ultimately accepted into several top MBA programs with substantial scholarship money. I absolutely recommend his services to anyone who’s serious about submitting a strong application.
Choosing Scott as my MBA consultant was the best investment I made in preparing for graduate school admissions.
I initially discovered Scott/Personal MBA Coach through a meeting with a recruitment member from the program I would be applying to. He spoke very highly of Scott and his team and recommended that if I needed help with any stage of the application or test preparation to consider Scott.
About a year later at a QS MBA fair, I sat in the different MBA counselor panels and Scott’s presentation and expertise hit the nail on the head for what I was looking to achieve (1) authentically branding myself for an MBA, (2) support and guidance during the application process, and (3) he knew the school I was applying to and could bring a different perspective that I wouldn’t be privy to.
In our first meeting (via phone), he explained the different services and packages, I chose the 1 school application and test prep services package and he outlined what the process would look like moving forward. He was very gracious and helpful in explaining the questions I had and making the plan customizable to what I would need. We set up the timeline to apply and he put me in connection to a tutor on his team to begin test preparations.
The tutor, Shaudi, was extremely helpful, accommodating and resourceful. We met twice a week over skype (using google docs and screen share also) and she was extremely generous with examples and additional material. Having used other test prep services to prep for the GMAT I was wary of signing up for another as I was just ready for it to be an expense that didn’t drive any results but this could not be further than the truth. I wish that I had just spent the money up front to do the tutoring rather than the 8-week group prep course I had done earlier.
I am an extremely type-A, calendar, to-do list driven person and they both were extremely attentive and organized which definitely helped settle my nerves. What I especially appreciated is that they broke the process down into digestible bits. I like to finish all my outstanding items/projects at once, and that approach would not have worked here and Scott and Shaudi organized it in such a way that I knew what was coming and could see how I was making progress each week. I cannot recommend Personal MBA Coach, Scott and Shaudi enough they made my application process go so smoothly and helped remove a great deal of stress I had.
I searched around on the internet for weeks and used introductory consultations from more than 5 different admissions consulting services prior to selecting Scott of Personal MBA Coach to assist me with my applications. I initially purchased a one school package and quickly upgraded to a 3-school after seeing how valuable Scott’s help was. I also purchased individual hours for R2 apps after going 5/5 in round 1.
2. Scott works around the clock and made every effort to work with me whenever was best for my schedule. This flexibility ranged from calls at 7 and 8 in the morning prior to work to help me develop my essay strategies to 10 pm on a Friday to conduct a mock interview for my interview the following week. Despite his busy schedule, Scott did a great job of meeting whenever was best for me and typically found time within just 24 hours of my request. This was invaluable when applying to multiple schools within tight deadlines.
Overall, I was extremely satisfied with the service that Scott of Personal MBA Coach and without his help there is no chance I would have gotten into my top 2 schools. I’m currently attending Fuqua and couldn’t be happier.
I worked with Scott last year on both my Round 1 and Round 2 applications for business school. Scott and I met early on in the process and he helped me frame my story for why I wanted to go to business school and what I would contribute. Throughout the process, Scott helped me construct my broader pitch, refine my essays, and prepare for interviews.
I found Scott to be valuable across all three of these dimensions. His ability to offer constructive, candid feedback is a great asset and not something you will get at all admissions services. In particular, I would recommend Scott’s ability to coach through interviews. His practice interviews prepared me very well for the actual ones, with the questions often being virtually identical. He was even able to help me practice group interviews in a way that facilitated improvement.
Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend Scott. Working with him took a lot of stress out of the process and certainly improved my chances in what is often an uncertain admissions process.
I worked with a large consulting company prior to coming to Scott. I regret not using Scott from the start. The level of personal attention from him is unmatched, and he is sincerely invested in your future. I give him the highest recommendation possible. His expertise clearly was superior to my other consultant. The MBA process is a complicated, stressful road, and Scott was the perfect guide to steer me in the right direction every step of the way. From business school selection, essay work, and interview preparation, Scott provided the necessary attention to detail that brought out the best in me. I am thrilled to say I was accepted to both the programs Scott helped me apply to. Thank you Scott.
Scott was focused on helping me succeed throughout our time together. He was able to advise me on every step of the process and I achieved my goal of attending UCLA Anderson.
Scott did a fantastic job preparing me for interviews and creating my resume. I came in with a below average (at best) resume and he did a fantastic job helping me stand out to give me that extra edge. Scott is attentive, quick to respond, professional and provides an experience second to none. Not only did he help me cater my resume towards business school applications but also worked diligently on a resume catered toward the internship I had been pursuing – and was ultimately rewarded. Having used other services (both private and larger “institutional size” programs), I can honestly say he is by far the best.
When doing my initial search for an admissions consultant, I was first drawn to the big-name consulting companies. Yet, after doing more research I realized that I did not merely want to be another faceless customer at one of these big firms. I knew that I needed the personalized support that Scott @ Personal MBA Coach provides in order to get through the application process in one piece. The whole application process, from b-school research to essay writing, is intensive, time-consuming, and stressful. I highly recommend Scott as the person ripe for the job to get you through it—with success. Truth be told, Scott gets into the minutiae of the entire application, including the 50 character explanations for my ECs in your undergraduate studies. From countless essay edits to much-needed mock interviews, Scott was there for me at every step.
Scott’s one-on-one support is exactly what I needed to conquer this arduous process and engineer an admission to my dream school of Columbia.
I don’t write online reviews. Especially not 6 years after the purchase. But Scott deserves an exception.
I knew MBA applications were a long shot for me to begin with. Coming from a no-name international school (not known to the U.S. application dropdown menu), I was hoping that I “had it in me”, but at the same time know that I needed to craft the perfect application, most importantly the essays, to stand out.
My first call was into Sandy Kreisberg. My second into Scott. I went with Scott, and never regretted it. The results spoke for themselves: 4 applications (all top schools), 3 admissions, including my dream choice: Stanford GSB.
Scott knows inside out how to tailor your best and hightest-chance-of-success application package. He continually challenged me to craft the unique and authentic essays that opened the doors to the top MBA programs for me. And as if that all was not already a utopia of awesomeness, Scott helped me secure a full-ride scholarship from my national government. I mean, give me a break, Scott.
When I arrived on campus, GSB’s (back then) Dean of Admissions Derrick Bolton took me by the side and told me it was my “What Matters Most To You and Why” essay that made the difference. I honestly look at that essay and I think it’s the best piece I have ever written in my life. Would have not been the case without Scott.
Beyond essays, Scott is a fountain of wisdom for school selection, general application strategies, resume editing, picking recommenders, and being there for you during the emotional rollercoaster than MBA applications can be. Take my word. I could not think of a better person than Scott to partner up for this journey that can be such a life-changer. Certainly was for me. THANK YOU, SCOTT.
Scott is no only a great resource to bounce ideas off of, but also an excellent essay editor. Much of my reason for a consultant was to develop a strategy for my application to school. I am a traditional background and struggled with what would make me stand out. Scott was great at helping me with this. However, Scott’s strongest suit may be essay editing. I believe he is second to none at this. He would take my ideas/writing and put them all together in a coherent story that spoke directly to what I could add to a program. Evan after all that hard work, I was waitlisted at two of my top schools. Scott was integral in helping me think through strategy and come up with the best ways to continue showing interest without overwhelming the admissions committee. I ended up getting into both schools. Without Scott, I am confident I would not have had the same success. I would highly recommend him.
I worked with Scott Edinburgh at Personal MBA Coach and I could not have been happier! Scott offers an incredible personal experience that is very hard to find. The fact that you are working with an individual and not a company cannot be emphasized enough. Don’t be fooled by the big company name / support services that some larger firms have. At the end of the day you work with one person most of the time so why not work directly with an expert for the same price rather than an employee of a larger firm?
I hired a very well known name and was not satisfied as the support did not feel personalized enough since I was just a number in the process and it died off as it got closer to the deadlines. I then worked with Scott and was floored by the level of support I got. While we only had a short amount of time since I contacted him late, he took the time to get to know me personally and professionally and he was the one coming up with essay topics after just a couple discussions. Scott is quite tough and it works out in the end. In a very short amount of time, we did an entire HBS application and I ultimately got in. (As well as a couple other programs too!)
With Personal MBA Coach, you get a great balance of no BS, direct and brutal feedback while at the same time you have encouraging support throughout the entire process. Whereas with the other more well-known name I felt like I was a number in the process, Scott brainstormed everything with me from start to finish. Scott is a hidden gem in the admissions consulting space and I have sent many friends to him over the years who also had great success!
After meeting with and chatting with over 7 MBA admissions consultants, ranging from the biggest brand names to the smallest independents, I decided to go with Scott, Personal MBA Coach, as my advisor for 8 schools. Not because he was the most optimistic or the most pessimistic, but because he seemed honest and like an easy guy to work with, with an equal to or better track record of success versus his competitors.
We agreed on some “safe” schools, some “matches,” and some “reaches,” and decided that a strategy of applying to 8 match-to-reaches with no safety schools would be an optimal strategy for my goals and risk tolerance. I applied to all of the M7+Tuck, and to my surprise received offers of admission to 3 of the 8 schools, with interviews and eventual waitlist at 2 more, which I chose not to pursue.
As a realist, I understand that a lot of your profile is set in stone. GMAT, GPA, Work Experience… but there is still a huge amount of room to market yourself in a certain way that Personal MBA Coach was key in. Knowing what pieces of my career and background to emphasize were part of this.
One additional reason I chose Personal MBA Coach over some of the larger companies was that he ensured me that whether it was interview prep, essay brainstorming, or essay revisions, he would be the only person I spoke and dealt with whether by phone or email. This ended up being absolutely 100% true. There are of course other good consultants out there, but Scott is extremely connected to the process and is able to identify trends that others cannot.
A good friend of mine who was helping me through the process asked me if I wanted to chat with Scott. Since the 15 min call was free, I called Scott and shared with him my story. To my surprise, he did not sugarcoat his points of reservation, and was very forward about what aspects was not working. His honesty is refreshing. At no point in the conversation did I feel that he was courting me for his services. He was already serving me.
I only had budget for one or two schools. He recommended that we work together on the school that has the highest admit rate, because I was aiming to get into any top program in this application season. I chose to work with him on my reach school instead (with one of the lowest acceptance rates in the world). When I told him my school selection, he was nothing but supportive. I was worried that because I chose the hardest school to get into, he would not work as hard with me as he would otherwise, since I’m risking his “96% success rate.”, but he was so professional, and gave me great guidance along the way.
– Here are 3 things I really liked about Scott
– Readily Available. His turnaround times are crazy awesome. We burned through 5 or 6 drafts for three separate essays within a span of 2 weeks (15 drafts in total within 14 days). And I’m talking about serious edits with a lot of thought put in. This was during the short lull between R1 and R2. But when crunch time hits, he was still replying at an impressive rate of t+36 hours at the latest. You literally cannot find this anywhere else in the market.
-Honesty: Mentioned this before, but he gives you good reason as to why an idea would not work. So whenever he green-lighted my story or essays, I knew I got something solid.
-Industry specific insights: This is probably the greatest value add of Scott. Throughout the process, you, as an applicant, will need guidance on more than just the essays. I remember just hitting Scott up for random questions like “which picture should I use for my application?” or “do you think I should write to alums to put in good word for me?” Scott can give school specific insights, and that helped a lot.
End result: I got interview invitations from 2 of HSW, and got an offer from one of them and a merit based fellowship.
Scott is worth every penny. And he’s not even the most expensive consultant out there!
Scott- if you are reading this, thanks again.
I highly recommend Scott. I did my homework and spoke to quite a few MBA consultants before settling with Scott. He was by far the most down to earth and easy to speak to. He is very knowledgeable about the admission’s process, across US Ivy league and European top business schools. His turn around time was amazing, whether it was a weekend or a weekday, he always replied almost the same day. He was very honest in his feedback. He helped schedule two mock interviews, which was very helpful. At the end, I managed to get into LBS as well as get a scholarship without which I could not have proceeded further. I would urge anyone shopping for a consultant to give Scott a try! Trust me, it will be worth your time!
I decided to apply for MBA late in June, and to make the GMAT that I took 5 years ago count, I had to go for round 1, which left me with only 2-3 months to complete the whole thing. I talked to several friends who had MBA experience, and figured hiring a consultant would be very helpful in my case.
I did not know where to start, so I googled. After visiting a few forums, I collected a few names, including both big names with a large team of consultants, as well as smaller shops like Personal MBA Coach. After completing several free consulting sessions, it was almost no brainer to go with Scott. The big firms are super good at marketing, followed up warmly with you, but at the end, you were just talking to sales guys. You don’t even know who would end up being your consultant. With Scott, it was pretty simple, what you see is what you get. I liked that he was very straightforward with the pros and cons in my profile after initial review, and he has had a lo t of success with top 10 programs which are definitely my targets.
Throughout the process, Scott was very responsive. He’s working really hard and I have seen him replying to my messages anytime of the day. The promised turnaround is 24 hours but was usually much sooner that. He never shy away from honest opinions, but at the same time was receptive to ideas. At the end of the day, I know it was the essay and I need to own it, but Scott has definitely provided a lot of valuable advice, from how to tell a story, to which word to choose.
When it comes to mock interview, he has a great network and was able to find interviewers that actually went to the school that I applied for.
I was very satisfied with the results. I applied for 2 top ten programs that I like and got offers from both. Without Scott’s help, I’m not sure I could pull all these off in such a compressed timeline. His dedicated and personal approach definitely made a big difference!
I vetted no less than 10 consultants. Scott is the most level-headed, logical, patient, knowledgable, and easy to work with. We worked on a four school package and I also added on several extra hours. He helped me craft my work experience, passions and extracurriculars in a very positive way and prepared me well for interviews. Actually, I overprepared. As a result of our months-long work I am attending my dream school with an $80,000 scholarship. Scott makes the process fun and rewarding. You may be considering someone else or thinking you can do this on your own. Why risk the results of one of the most important decisions of your life. Go with Scott!
I got in Columbia CBS – 2019 thanks to Scott and his team. I decided to have the full school package, and they helped me from determining my interests (sounds strange, but true), sourcing the schools, finalizing shortlists, editing resume, brainstorming and editing essays, application review, and interview prep. The following is what I think makes Scott better than the rest: 1. Response rate: All communication was responded within 24 hours. 2. Personal attention: All questions are answered tailoring to your situation, in full details. He actually helped me understand what the admissions committee was all about. 3. Feedback: Frank, to-the-point feedback. 4. Editing: Extremely careful editing, and clear feedback whenever needed. Once you start working with him, you KNOW that you are NOT wasting your money, and time.
I initially reached out to several admissions consultants (including some of the larger ones), but I found Scott at Personal MBA Coach to be the most engaged, thoughtful, and interested throughout the initial consultation process. The fact that I knew I would be working with him throughout the admissions process (rather than passed on to someone I had no connection with, which seems to be the practice of the larger firms) was also hugely important to me, particularly given the impression he made when I first spoke to him. In the end, Scott at Personal MBA Coach made my decision to work with him a relatively easy one. I went with the comprehensive school package and started preparing four applications in late-June. Throughout the process, Scott was outstanding to work with and genuinely exceeded my expectations (which were high to begin with). Scott’s turnaround times are very rapid and he always provided insightful, thought-provoking comments that enabled me to write significantly improve the quality of my essays (both in terms of content and style) every iteration. We would typically do between four and six drafts per essay and there was always a very noticeable difference between the first and last versions. The fact that Scott is also able to draw on his considerable experience with AdComs to really understand what each school is after is invaluable (particularly for a candidate from outside the US) leading to essays that really focus on what each school is looking for. While most of the time we focused on essays, Scott dedicated significant time to help me refine my resume, short-answer questions, and interview preparation. Scott’s attention to detail, personalised approach, and focus on the overall quality of each of my applications was relentless. Overall, Scott from Personal MBA Coach is a fantastic person to have in your corner throughout the admissions process and it was a pleasure working with him. I have little doubt that without him I would not have received offers at Wharton and MIT Sloan. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
I had the pleasure of working with Scott during the application process for M7 programs. Although I had a strong profile in terms of undergrad reputation, GPA, test scores and work experience, I knew that admission to the M7 programs would be highly competitive. Before I decided to work with Scott, I did my research and narrowed my options between one of the largest consulting companies and Scott’s company. With pricing being relatively equal, I decided to go with Personal MBA coach because I wanted to work with Scott directly, as opposed to a random consultant who was working for one of the larger companies. Scott’s academic pedigree is second to none – MIT grad / Wharton MBA. He knows exactly what it takes to get into a top MBA program because he has a top MBA degree and has worked with countless students who have successfully achieved admission into the top programs. As the other reviewers mention, he has a no BS approach, which is really helpful. You get exactly what you sign up for – a super experienced consultant and advisor who helps you navigate the confusing MBA admissions process. His services were absolutely worth every penny because he helped me construct a compelling story (while keeping my own voice) and distinguish myself from other top applicants. He really pushes you to produce the best work of which you are capable. Applying to the M7 programs is a daunting process but Scott made the process more manageable and seamless. I am really happy to say that I already got accepted to an M7 program and am excited to hear back from others in round 2. I would absolutely recommend Scott to anyone looking to gain admission to a top program. He is a really nice guy who is extremely intelligent and exceptionally talented at what he does.
I took the comprehensive school package with Scott. Since I had already created a shortlist of my schools, we concentrated more on essays and application content and interviews. The overall experience with Scott was excellent! With his help, I got into two of my dream schools, INSEAD and LBS. I started preparing for applications pretty late (mid August with September timelines). This, plus a demanding job, meant I was working late in the night on applications and needed someone who could help me finish the applications in such short time with quick turnarounds. Scott exceeded these expectations and was as invested in my applications as I was! There were times when he replied to my mails with edits and quick responses within hours. I would send him content at 3AM in the night and he would respond by the time I woke up in morning and then I would take up the version control from there. He is excellent at essays. He has a no BS approach to essays and when I compare the first and last version of my essays, I can see a huge difference. He gave direct and honest feedback on my essays and helped me craft my story well. His focus was not on completing the applications, but on making them perfect. This helped me create really amazing essays, resume and overall application. If I have to compare him to other consultants (based on my initial free consultations and feedback from multiple other friends who used other consultants), I would say Scott is much better, personalized and invested in your applications and success than other consulting companies. One important thing – Scott is great for essays/applications/interview prep/recommendation letter strategy. However, if you are looking for someone who provides you with a lot of content (e.g. pdfs about schools, resume writing document etc) like other big name consulting companies, you may need to look for someone else. I personally was able to research well using all the free content from the internet. All other things – Scott and I ran the show together!
As a non traditional applicant, developing a compelling narrative was a task that I knew would be challenging and after reviewing ~10 admission consulting companies, I moved forward with Personal MBA Coach to be my partner during the application process. Personal MBA Coach helped work with me on my storyline, discover what makes me unique, and used these details to work with me to develop a concise and compelling narrative. I succeeded in getting into 4 of my target schools all with scholarship amounts. I highly recommend partnering with Personal MBA Coach.
When I decided to apply to Bschool, I knew that I needed some extra support. After some research, I found Personal MBA Coach and had a chat with Scott. He was friendly, genuinely interested, and understood where I was coming from and my needs. Scott was so helpful and open from the beginning and constantly challenged me. He critiqued my essays and references with great detail and endless patience. I have an unconventional background and was very unfamiliar with this kind of process; Scott helped me to pull out the right elements of my background and experience and convey it in the “Bschool way”. I had a low GMAT score for the schools I applied to and there’s no way I would’ve gotten into LBS without Personal MBA Coach’s continuous support, flexibility, advice and patience. I even got a scholarship from one of the schools I applied to! It was great to work with Scott – fun, interesting, and a great learning experience. Thank you Scott!
I spoke with numerous large consulting firms and ended up choosing Personal MBA Coach because he was very clearly focused on this industry (rather than doing it on the side) and didn’t sugar coat his feedback. Scott isn’t in the business of telling you how great you are in order to make you like him – he’ll be totally blunt and straightforward with you. In the end, this is something that I felt was extremely valuable for my application because it forced me to really look at what I was bringing to the table and go into the entire process more prepared than I would have otherwise. On top of that, he’s always very responsive and I always felt like I was receiving above and beyond help. I got into my top school (M7) with a full scholarship and I credit much of my success to Scott’s guidance throughout the entire process. I highly recommend his services.
I tried applying to schools on my own first. Despite an extremely high GMAT score and good work experience I only got two interviews, and I struck out at all 6 places I applied. I didn’t even get waitlisted anywhere. For my second year of applications, I decided to get help. After talking to multiple consultants and feeling less than thrilled about their pitches (most were obviously just after my money) I talked to Scott. He was more engaged than anyone else, and most importantly he seemed to genuinely want to help me. Long story short, I ended up getting interviews at 4 of 5 places Scott helped me apply to. I was accepted at two schools (one with a decent scholarship), and waitlisted at one. I also tried applying to one additional school on my own and did not even get an interview. This means that out of 12 schools, I was only admitted to those Scott helped me apply to, and Scott was involved in getting 4 of 6 interviews. Note that since he only helped me apply to 5 places I got interviews 80% of the time with him and 28% of the time on my own. My last comment is about what you should and should not expect from Scott. He is not a magic genie who will instantly grant acceptance to your top school. He will not write anything for you. He will not tell you what you want to do in the future. What Scott will do is relentlessly critique your essays. He will push you HARD to fully distill what you are trying to say, and he will pull no punches while doing it. If you are six drafts into your essay and it just isn’t there, he will tell you that you need to start over. At times it will suck, but as long as you continue to push yourself Scott will help unearth the best version of yourself in your final applications. I am extremely glad that I worked with Scott, and I cannot recommend him highly enough.
I would highly recommend Scott at Personal MBA Coach. Apart from his vast knowledge of MBA programs he has a wealth of knowledge about various industries which really helps to craft compelling stories. I had a non-traditional background and Scott spent a lot of time helping me to develop a story that both made logical sense and aligned with my target career path. Scott really pushes you to make your essays the best that they can be; he’s tough in his critiques but at the same time encouraging. Sometimes I would get his essay reviews back and think to myself “I can’t do that” but he would keep pushing until I got there – even if it was 5 or 6 revisions. Scott was always accessible; Personal MBA Coach promises a reply within 48 hours, but I never waited more than 24 hours for a response to any question or essay analysis. One morning I emailed Scott that I hit a roadblock in my essays and he immediately setup a phone call for a few hours later. Unlike other consulting firms where you could be assigned to a junior consultant, working with Scott you know exactly what you are getting – the best! Scott gets to know you well early on in the process and it’s clear that he shares in your success. I was accepted to my first choice school and he was (almost) as thrilled as I was!
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