The admissions directors of EE. UU. They reveal their best tips for future MBA
What’s on your wish list this summer? Summer ski in High Sierra of California? Swimming with sharks in Cancun? Surf school in Iceland?
We all like to make plans about how we spend our personal time, but what about the plans for how you spend most of your time? Do you have a list of professional wishes for your professional goals?
According to GMAC, more than 200,000 graduates each year consider an essential MBA on their list of career options. In addition to being a prestigious credential, it also provides greater control over their lives.
If you intend to apply for an MBA this year or one after the next, there are things you can do right now to make the most of your summer before applying to business school.
We went directly to the source and asked for admissions directors from across the country:
Peggy Conway, Director of Admissions MBA, TCU Neeley School of Business
Why do you want to follow your MBA? What are your professional goals? If you are not ready to answer those questions, it is worth investing some time during the summer before beginning the application process.
Do some research You can find many resources online. Take time to better understand your field of guidance through industry publications or blogs. Identify and reach people in specific positions. They may be willing to chat with you on the phone or have a coffee to talk more about their careers.
Kristin Roth, Associate Director of Admissions, Dartmouth
If you are applying for your MBA in the next year, summer is not a time to rest and relax. Make a plan. Study and take the GMAT or GRE. If your score is not what you know you can achieve, taking it early gives you time to try again.
Talk to alumni of different programs. Learn why they chose an MBA, why they chose the program they did and where they were led. What would they do differently if they could do it all over again?
Connect with schools at events and plan visits to your best options. Refine your story and take a first step in your essays. The admission process is competitive and requires a lot of reflection. He does not want to wait until the last minute and deliver something that is not the best.
Soojin Kwon, Executive Director, FTMBA Admissions and Student Experience, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
2. Reflect. Think about what you want from an MBA experience. Keep in mind that I said MBA experience, not just MBA. Business school is not just about getting a degree that can help you get a “better” job. It is also about the experience itself and the experiences you will have when you have an MBA student. Think about how you want your experience to be and what kind of experiences you want to have.
3. Research. Consider a wide range of schools. School websites are a start. But know the schools beyond their websites: connect with students, attend events (in person or virtual), visit the campus.
Morgan Bernstein, Executive Director, Full-time MBA Admissions, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
If you are applying to the business school this cycle, then the summer is about refining your list of target schools. How? Move away from the computer screen and participate in the programs that interest you. Attend a presentation of the school. Go to a local MBA fair. Call the students or former ambassadors and get the scoop on the MBA experience in that program.
School websites are an excellent place to start your research, but they should not be the end. Now is the time to evaluate the fit of the program, and the best way to do it is to connect with the members of that community.
Isser Gallogly, Vice Dean, MBA Admissions and Program Innovation, NYU Stern
How should you spend August? Before applying to business school, make sure you need an MBA first. I’ve worked with applicants who do not like their jobs, and they know they want to do something different, but they’re not exactly sure what that is. Is an MBA going to be the right way to make that career transition?