Sunday Personal Growth: The MBA Application Process

Last week, I reviewed how to choose a business school. You learned about how to find a good school, how to determine the cost, what to think about the location, and how much to value job placement.

So, let’s say you’ve decided on a few schools that you like. What happens next? This week, you’ll learn about all the steps between choosing a good school and getting accepted. In future weeks, I’ll write about each step in detail.


The first thing you’ll need to do is take the GMAT. The GMAT is a great test that does a really good job of testing your ability to think well. There are two main parts: the analytic section (math) and the verbal section (English). Start by going to and taking a practice test to check your level. Then start studying to get better. 700 is the magic number for getting into any school, but this is always just one part of the application. Other things matter too.

Writing Essays

In your essays, you need to prove to the school that you have a great future. If you convince them that you’re going to be a CEO, you’ll get accepted. Answer their questions honestly and have other people look at your essays. But remember the goal is to make them confident about your future. Tell them your goals. Tell them why you’ll be successful. And tell them why their MBA will make a difference.

The Interview

The final step will be the interview. Visit for some great advice and reports from previous applicants. The general advice is the same as for the essays. You need to tell them two basic things: why they should choose you and how their MBA will help you. Prepare 10 stories that demonstrate your positive characteristics and be ready to use them as examples for different questions.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll talk about each step in greater detail.

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