Your Business School Application Timeline and Checklist
Most prospective graduate business school students spend a year on the application process.
Here’s a checklist to guide you through a full calendar year, ending with the first day of classes:
|One Year Out:
|Begin the self-assessment process
Register and start studying for GMAT Exam
Start researching schools
Start saving, budgeting, and trying to live like a student
|Nine Months Out:
Register for any prerequisite or supplemental classes
|Six Months Out:
|Submit your applications
Take the GMAT exam
Four reasons to consider applying early:
- Get more attention: Your application will receive more time and consideration if it arrives before others.
- Demonstrate your interest: Applying early demonstrates a serious interest in a program and reflects your good planning skills.
- Attract financial aid: An early application increases your chance of receiving scholarships or financial aid. Should they fall through, you will have more time to work on other financing options.
- Solve problems: Should any problems arise, such as misplaced transcripts or recommendations, you will have time to submit them ahead of deadlines.
Your application checklist:
- Complete the entire application.
- Follow all instructions; if you have a question about the application, contact the admissions office.
- Organize your application so it looks neat and professional.
- Double check the materials each school needs, and submit the appropriate materials with each application.