An MBA school admissions process can be a daunting gantlet to consider. For a legitimate candidate, however, understanding the process and actively taking part in it can be helpful in achieving success. Looking at the types of students who compose the student body can be most useful. Schools post breakdowns of their student body with demographic and academic statistics. In addition to previewing a school’s demographic information, it is important to match career goals with specific programs. Entrepreneurs will do better applying to MBA schools that offer an MBA in entrepreneurship than to schools that do not. Showing preparation and matching abilities to schools likely will pay off during this process.
Sample – MBA Admission Application (PDF)
Sample – MBA Admission Requirements (PDF)
MBA schools have a variety of admissions requirements. Although they vary from school to school, they usually consist of certain basic elements. Most schools have staunch academic requirements that focus on a couple key components. GPA (grade point average) is one factor MBA schools consider. While most do not have an absolute minimum, they do post an average score that is considered a standard. If a school advertises 3.0 as the standard, it is possible, but not very likely, for an applicant to be accepted with a lower GPA. Most schools also post a GMAT score that can serve as a standard even if they accept a certain number of students with lower scores. Students from foreign countries may be required to provide a TOEFL score to prove their readiness.
Schools consider relevant work experience as an admissions criterion. Most MBA students have pertinent work experience and are already on their way to establishing themselves in their careers. Experience can be professional or gained through internships. Many schools require certain coursework, such as economics, to be completed as part of an undergraduate degree before students can apply. Finally, many schools list character components that they find desirable in candidates. Although these qualities are often ineffable, like leadership or compassion, they can be demonstrated through volunteer work or personal and academic references.