Timing for MBA Admissions Application
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Applying to MBA programs takes time. It may take a year to get
through self-assessment, research, test preparation, budgeting,
applying, satisfying prerequisite requirements, and enrolling. Most
business schools accept applicants from a wide range of
undergraduate backgrounds. However, it is common for schools to
request that specific coursework be taken prior to enrollment to
address deficiencies in mathematics, computing technology, and/or
Prerequisites at most schools are a condition of enrollment
rather than admission, allowing you
to apply without the required courses and take them the summer
before matriculation. It may enhance your applications and
strengthen your skills, however, if you take prerequisite courses
prior to applying to school.
Time your GMAT so you have your scores well in advance of the
schools' deadlines, and with enough time to re-take it if necessary.
Ideally, submit your applications early, well before the stated
deadlines. This demonstrates a serious interest in the program
increases your likelihood of receiving scholarship money.
Acceptances start around February. Once admitted, re-examine your
motives for attending an MBA program. Look at each program to which
you have been accepted and re-evaluate the pros and cons. Take into
account anything that has changed in your life since you first
applied. Please feel free to contact the school if you would like to
discuss your applications or have your draft essays reviewed.