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Impress admissions teams by following this advice on the MBA and graduate management application process.

The graduate business school application process takes time, energy, and patience, but careful planning can keep the process under control. The GMAT score is only one measure schools use to evaluate you, so be sure to highlight your most impressive achievements so that you can stand out from the crowd.

General Application Advice

The admissions team has a big job. They must fill a limited number of spaces by making the best selections from a large pool of applicants. There’s no magic formula that will guarantee admission to graduate business school, but the advice and tips in this section will help you assemble a strong application.

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  • Discover Who's Applying

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  • How to Decide Where to Apply

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  • Assemble Your Application

    Review the six key areas of an application and get tips on how to develop a strong application that reflects who you are.
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  • Consider Your Academic Record

    To ensure you are a good fit academically, graduate business schools will carefully consider your academic skills and undergraduate record.
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  • Eight Tips for Showcasing Your Skills, Activities, and Experience

    Want to be sure your application stands out? Our seven tips will help you put your best foot forward throughout the admissions process.
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    Business School Application Mistakes to Avoid

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Writing Exceptional Essays

While it is critical to answer the questions asked in your application essay, your essay also offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate your written communication skills and help the admissions committee get to know why you stand out. In this section, we’ll cover the must-have elements to include in your essay and hear some advice from admissions officers on what information they look for.

  • Three Tips for an Outstanding Essay

    The graduate business application essay is your chance to help admissions understand who you are and why you’re a good fit for their program.
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Selecting Recommendations

While your essay allows you to talk about yourself, the letters of recommendation you submit with your application let others validate everything you say. Follow our tips and advice to ensure your letters of recommendation are as strong as possible.

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    From building credibility to learning more about you, letters of recommendation are an important part of your application. Learn who to ask and how to get what you need.
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  • Pat Harrison

    Who Should I Approach for Letters of Recommendation?

    Though you do not write your recommendations, get valuable advice from an admissions committee member on how to positively impact what is written for you.
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  • Arthur Redillas

    When selecting my recommendations, what should I consider?

    Want to know what the admissions team looks for in recommendations? Read on to learn more.
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Preparing for Your Interview

You have written an outstanding essay to help a school learn more about you. Finally, you have the chance to make a solid impression and state your case in person. Here’s advice on how to prepare for and stand out in your interview.

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