Requirements for an MBA Program
The requirements for an MBA program differ from university to university, however the most common criteria for admissions are:
- Undergraduate degree: In US/Canada, a 4 years undergraduate degree or an equivalent 3 years is required as a prerequisite for an MBA program admission in most of the universities. On the other hand, UK/Australia/NZ require 3 years of an undergraduate degree.
- Experience: Most of the top universities require candidates to have a prior experience before they enroll them in their programs. The teaching style in an MBA classroom is based on case studies where there are no right and wrongs but just options which is where the candidates can capitalize their real world knowledge and experience for a better understanding of the subject.
- GMAT: The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer based examination used by the universities to measure skills and compare students on the basis of their test score for admissions.
How to prepare and score well on GMAT:
The GMAT measures the skills built over a period of time, thus taking practice tests and pacing them will help to learn new strategies and complete the test on time without leaving any section incomplete. The GMAT scores are valid for 5 years.
Starting early, planning and executing the plan is a smart approach to preparing for the GMAT.
The following steps would help you plan a course towards your best GMAT score:
- Determine when and where you plan to join a business school and their GMAT requirements.
- Register for the GMAT exam and develop a study plan. Familiarizing with the test structure, format and questions would help in timing well for the exam.
- Progress on your skills by taking practice tests.
- Study and practice in an environment which is similar to that of the actual test center.
- Assess your progress and continue preparing for the actual day eliminating weakness and maintaining strength.
Proof of English Language Ability: TOEFL/IELTS are the examinations required by the non-native English speaking students to be given as a proof of their English language. The format of the TOEFL and IELTS include components of Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing .Both TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years.
Students who are sure on which programs and university they want to go should start preparing to apply six to nine months before the final submission of the application. The standard application includes information such as:
- Name, Age, Contact Details
- Educational qualification,
- Choice of Program,
- Intake year,
- Recommendation letters,
- Results of standardized test scores and
Most of the schools and universities have three application deadlines and it takes close to be 2-3 months to get a final answer on the application. In general it is best to apply before the first deadline however, one should apply when the candidate thinks that he is ready.
Earliest Application Deadline for Top Schools
|Schools||First Deadline||Extended Deadline|
|HEC Paris||Aug (Round One)*||Sept|
|Harvard Business School||Sept||Dec|
|Oxford (Said)||Sept (Stage One)||Oct|
|Duke (Fuqua)||Sept (Early Action)||Oct|
|HEC Paris||Sept (Round Two)*||Oct|
|Yale School of Management||Sept||Dec|
|Cambridge (Judge)||Sept||Late October|
|Stanford Graduate School of Business||Sept||Dec|
|London Business School||Sept||Dec|
|Notre Dame (Mendoza)||Sept (Early Decision)||Nov|
|Penn State (Smeal)||Oct (Early Decision)||Dec|
|Michigan State (Broad)||Oct (Early Round)||Nov|
|Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)||Oct||Dec|
|Dartmouth (Tuck)||Oct (Early Action)||Dec|
|Columbia Business School||Oct (Early Decision)||Rolling decisions|
|Columbia Business School||Oct (January ’ Option)||Rolling decisions|
|Duke (Fuqua)||Oct (First Round)||Dec|
|New York (Stern)||Oct||Dec|
|Indiana (Kelley)||Oct||Late December|
|University of Washington (Foster)||Oct||Dec|
|HEC Paris||Oct (Round Three)*||Nov|
|North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)||Oct (Early Action)||Dec|
|Cambridge (Judge)||Oct (Round Two)||Late November|
|Oxford (Said)||Oct (Stage Two)||Dec|
|Michigan State (Broad)||Nov (Round One)||Dec|
|Notre Dame (Mendoza)||Nov (Round One)||Dec|
|Dartmouth (Tuck)||Nov (Round Two)||Jan|
|New York (Stern)||Nov (Second Deadline)||Feb|
|University of Washington (Foster)||Nov||Jan|
|HEC Paris||Nov (Round Four)*||Dec|
|Rochester (Simon)||Nov (Round Two)||Jan|
|Cornell (Johnson)||Nov (Round Two)||Feb|
|Minnesota (Carlson)||Dec (Round Two)||Feb|
|Penn State (Smeal)||Dec (Round One)||Feb|
|North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)||Dec (Round Two)||Feb|
|HEC Paris||Dec (Round Five)*||Jan|
Source* University Websites
How can Intelligent Partners help in securing an MBA degree?
We at Intelligent partners help to simplify the intricate application process right from the beginning until the visa process that is there for all universities. Our counselors depending on your credentials will build your profile and accordingly will suggest various universities apply to. The counselors will do a country comparison and shortlist the universities of your choice that will match your profile. They would also help in preparing your application, reviewing your essays, resumes and your recommendation letters.
Ultimately, Intelligent Partners will help you get into your dream college and let you earn an MBA degree that would help you become the professional you want to be.