How to Apply to Business School
You can major in any subject at Smith and still apply to business
school; in fact, schools
like to see diversity in their students’ training. Review each
school’s requirements for undergraduate
courses; one school may require course work in statistics while
another wants basic
economics, for example. All schools are interested in a good GPA,
solid quantitative skills, and
a proven record in the major.
Graduate Management Admission Test
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for
admission to most
business schools. The CDO has information on registering for the
computer-based test. The
GMAT is offered year-round at test centers throughout the world.
Plan to take the GMAT in time
to apply to schools early in the admission cycle.
The test measures general verbal, mathematical, and analytical
writing skills that are developed
over a long period of time. The most effective way to prepare for
the GMAT is to review
the subject matter covered and to complete several practice tests.
There are sample tests
in the back of the registration booklet and there are books on
preparing for the exam. There are
also several services that provide formal test preparation.
Most business school applications will ask you to write several
essays about your decision
to pursue an MBA, why you selected their school, or why you chose to
school at this point in your life. Because most MBA applicants are
not interviewed, the essays
may be your only chance to tell the admission committee about your
strengths and to explain
any peculiarities in your record. Be sure to think them through
carefully and write your essays
Letters of Recommendation
Most applications will ask for three letters of recommendation.
Choose people who can
make specific comments on the depth and breadth of your knowledge;
on your ability to analyze,
write, and solve problems; and on your general aptitude for the
study of business. You
should try to include a letter from a professor in your major
department of program. An employer
reference is frequently appropriate, especially if you have been out
of school for a while.
Most business schools do not require interviews, but some will let
you request one. Interviews
are generally available between September 1 and February 1. If you
have an interview,
take the opportunity to affirm your interest in the school. Address
both your strengths and your
weaknesses with a positive tone. Dress as if you were going to a job
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