MBA Admission FAQ
Can I get my MBA in specific concentration?
Most MBA programs
offer a wide range of electives that allow students to tailor their education
after completing the first-year' core curriculum. The degree awarded, however,
is an MBA. Many schools now offer other Masters programs with a very specific
course content, such as MS in Information Technology in Stern/New York
University and Simon/University of Rochester.
math background required?
The answer is YES.
Your program will not enroll you until you can handle the quantitative demands
of the program. You might be invited for a summer Math session offered by many
schools. If your program doesn't offer such a session, try to get a proper stats
book that can significantly improve your proficiency.
When should I
For a program
starting in September, there are typically three application rounds per year -
early November, mid January and March. January program deadlines are often four
months later. Apply as soon as possible, however, because for most programs,
decisions are made on a rolling basis and applications are evaluated in the
order of their arrival. If you would like to be considered for merit
scholarships, you often need to apply early. International applicants may have
special deadlines to consider.
admission committee consider some parts of the application more important than
No. A strong GMAT
score may compensate a low GPA, a strong interview may offset a lack of
professional experience, and a strong essay package may remedy your academic
gap. In general, business schools are more interested in the whole picture of
you: academic performance, professional experience, and personal values. The
admission committee also considers your skills of teamwork, leadership,
management potential, etc.
What is the
minimum length of work experience required?
The top schools
suggest a minimum of two years professional experience. Very occasionally (2%)
they offer to truly outstanding candidates with less experience (college senior)
and offer a defer.
What job or
company does business schools prefer?
applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds, consulting or industry, public or
private, profit or non-profit. The MBA education which conveys a fundamental
business concepts and skills, itself is suitable for people with very different
backgrounds. Every year, business school recruits a significant portion of
non-traditional candidates with technical, scientific, medical and even military
sectors. This complies with today's highly diverse business environment.
Is there an
age limit for students?
students may be encouraged to apply to executive programs. This is in part a
reflection of the recruitment market, which favors graduating MBA who are 27 to
34 years old, who are felt to be more adaptable to the culture of their future
employer. If you are above the age range for the school, you need to be even
more specific in your career goals, explaining why at this stage in your career
you should be leaving your well-paid job.
Can I apply
if I have already obtained an MBA?
the GMAT more than once. Which score will be considered?
Schools are looking
for your best score, and they will not take the average of two GMAT tests.
recommender have to use the school application form?
understand if a recommender chooses to write a recommendation in letter format,
but they may achieve greater impact by addressing the specific questions asked
by a school. Therefore, it is preferred to use the school's recommendation form.
recommender have to write the letter in English?
Do I need an
Many top MBA
programs now offer interview on invitation only. Other school policies vary. For
example, Stanford does not offer interview at all, while Kellogg tries to
interview all applicants.
Is it better
for me to interview on campus, where I live or by phone?
encourage you to visit the school's campus since you can experience the school
firsthand, and find out more about the program. However, the interview itself
will have equal weight whether on campus or with an official alumni admissions
Is there any
financial aid available to international students?
A majority of
schools award scholarships based on merit to incoming international students.
These scholarships are offered on an individual basis, and may be based on
country of origin or other specialized criteria. Teaching Assistant positions
are also available for second year students, but limited and highly competitive.
In addition, programs offer loan programs requiring a US citizen co-signer. A
number of programs are now able to offer school sponsored loans that do not
require a US co-signer.