Finsh Choosing an MBA Program
If you haven't done so already, it's time to narrow down your list of schools you want to attend. By now, you should have an idea of the type of MBA program you want to attend, whether it's full-time, part-time or an executive program. The next step is to decide on the most important school selection factors.
If your biggest goal is to start an MBA program next fall, then you should apply to several schools. While doesn't mean that you have to apply to every school, it does mean that you should plan on applying to more than one or two. Ultimately, the number of schools you apply to will depend on the amount of time you have and how willing you are to apply to safety schools.
To help you with the selection process, it's a good idea to begin doing some research. If you have time this fall, visit some business school campuses. You should also begin networking with students and alumni of your targeted schools.
For more advice on how to choose MBA programs to apply to, read our MBA Application Tips article. For information on what you should consider when choosing certain types of MBA programs, check out the articles in our How to Choose an MBA Program section.
Continue Working on Your MBA Application Forms and Essays
If you haven't done so yet, make a list of what schools you plan to apply to for each round. Then note the deadlines for each school. This will help you stay on track during the rest of your application process. When deciding when to apply to each school, make sure you give yourself enough time to finish each application.
If you are planning to apply in time for Round 1 deadlines, you should be putting the finishing touches on your MBA application forms and essays. Before you send in your application, read it over to make sure that you are delivering a consistent message to the MBA admissions committee. Learn more about to proofread your application in our article MBA Application Form Tips.
Draft Your MBA Application Resume
Start on your MBA Application Resume. Remember: this is an important document that should be customized for your MBA applications for each school. Do not just copy and paste your current resume. Make sure it is less than two pages, and if possible limit it to one page.
Just like your MBA application and MBA essay, you should proofread your MBA application resume. Will an MBA admissions officer be able to understand your post MBA goals after a quick scan? Does your resume demonstrate how you have progressed in your career? Lastly, (and yes we know you are probably tired of us saying it), make sure that your MBA application resume is consistent with the rest of your application.
Want more tips on how to write a stellar MBA application essay? Our MBA Application Resume article, one of the most popular pages on Top MBA Connect, will provide you with information on how to write the resume as well as guidelines for the proper format.
Continue to Check in With Your MBA Recommenders
As we mentioned in the MBA Application Timeline for September, you should be checking in with your MBA recommenders on a regular basis until you know they sent in their letter.