The Financial Times recently released its 2019 Global MBA Rankings and once again Stanford Graduate School of Business secured the #1 position. Harvard Business School earned the #2 spot, up considerably from its #5 place in 2018. INSEAD was pushed to #3 while Wharton slipped to #4. New to the top 5 this year was Shanghai based China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), up considerably from #8 in 2018 and #11 in 2017. The CEIBS EMBA program was also ranked #5 in the Global EMBA Rankings. This is the best performance to date for the 25-year-old program.
Eat healthier. Exercise more. Spend more time with your family.
These may be some of the new year’s resolutions you had in mind. But for those of you hoping to apply to business school in 2019, add MBA application planning to this list.
An increasing number of MBA programs offer current undergraduate students the opportunity to gain a head start on the MBA application process. Deferral MBA programs allow ambitious students to secure a seat in a prestigious MBA program before entering the workforce. For those students who are certain about their MBA goals, studying for the GMAT/GRE and completing the MBA applications while in school can be a compelling proposition.
It should come as no surprise that MBA applications must stand out. Every year, we hear post-mortem from applicants who applied on their own with 750+ GMAT scores, high GPAs and leading employers on their resumes who were rejected from their target schools on their first attempt.
There is generally one reason for this - their applications did not stand out!
With the holiday season fast approaching, if you are targeting a January 2019 application submission and have not yet finalized your LOR strategy, NOW is the time! Personal MBA Coach is here to help you both select the ideal recommenders and prepare them properly!
This summer, Personal MBA Coach Founder Scott Edinburgh will be traveling to The MBA Tour events across the US, including in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC and Boston, to present “Top 10 MBA Application Pitfalls.”
Check out a sneak preview of 5 of the most common application pitfalls below and our advice on how to avoid them.
An optional essay is always “optional,” so if you have the opportunity to showcase yourself further on your application--DO IT! It can be a valuable and additive component to your application; however, you must use it to your advantage in the right way.
Many optional essays are open-ended, asking you to include anything additional that you believe the admissions committee should know about you. Some ask specific questions that, if relevant to you, should be addressed. For example, you may be asked about your relocation plan if you are choosing a part-time MBA that is far from where you live currently. If it applies to you, then answer it. In these cases, the optional essay is really only “semi” optional.
In general, keep the following in mind when approaching the optional essay, especially for open-ended cases: