How To Apply to Business School

Applying for admission to a business school is one of the most competitive and challenging quests in the field of education. It entails many requirements and demands a lot of your time. If you truly resolve in your mind that you will go to business school, the most opportune time is now.

Here are some tips that you may find useful in your endeavor of applying to business school:

  • Earn an undergraduate degree first. It can be any degree, although most business schools prefer degrees with some concentration in English, Economics or Mathematics.

  • Strive to attain a 3.5 GPA in your undergraduate education. Lower than 3.5 GPA means a lower chance of admission to business school. Applying to business school is like a contest where students with good grades stand out from the rest and are given more attention and preference.

  • Once you have decided to enroll in a business school, start processing your application immediately.

  • Carefully select the program you want to enroll in. You may want to do some observations and surveys before deciding which program fits you. Consult your friends who may be enrolled already in certain programs. You may also sit in classes to find what curriculum will suit you.

  • Explore around and find which school offers the ideal curriculum for you. You may want to try applying to four to six schools to give you ample choices and to ensure you have a fall back, in case one or two of the schools turn your application down.

  • Get ready with your transcript of records and certificate of graduation (diploma).

  • Pour everything you have into your essay. This is your chance to build yourself up, but don't overdo it. Also, heed the word count limit and don't go beyond it. At this point in your application, the school is probably testing how well you can express yourself in writing as well as your ability to adhere to the rules.

  • Take the required tests such as the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). The GMAT is an examination employed by business schools to calculate how you will likely perform in business school. If you don't do well on the GMAT, prepare to take it another time until your performance becomes better. Don't be disheartened if you don't make it to the required score during your first take, because you are given another chance to prove your aptitude.

  • Get recommendations from people who are truly familiar with you. Remember that the person who recommends you will endorse you for admission, so he needs to know your background very well and your personal circumstances for that matter.

After going through the first steps in your application and you have been admitted, see to it that you don't postpone enrolling within the year. If you put off your enrolment for the next year, you will be forced to update the requirements you already submitted, and that is like going back to square one.

Applying to business school is a tedious process, so get ready to spend most of your time going through it. Patience, perseverance, and of course money will help you survive until you get the much coveted admission letter.


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