Advice on Applying to Business School with a Spouse

Dec 10, 2014
Tags: Admissions, Business School, Military, Veterans

Military Veterans Mike and AmyContributed by Amy and Mike Daschle, West Pointers, former Army officers, S2S Ambassadors, and now recent Wharton graduates. They share their application advice and advice on applying to business school as a couple.

My husband and I decided to pursue our MBAs after serving in the military. The experience has helped open up unparalleled opportunities that we would not have had immediately following our time in service. Going through the application process requires a significant amount of introspection, research, and preparation, so it's helpful to start early. It is also important to make every attempt to visit the programs to which you are applying so that you can get a feel for the community and better understand what each program offers. Nearly every program has a veterans organization to help military applicants through the application process.  

At Wharton, we have a robust veterans community and we work closely with the admissions committee so that we can help military applicants during their visits to campus, host military applicants events twice a year, make ourselves available to help answer application questions, and share our experiences about the transition to business school and the corporate sector.

In addition to making visits and connecting with veterans in each program, it is also important to reflect on why you want to pursue an MBA and what you hope to accomplish afterward. Take the time to reflect on these goals closely and communicate them through your essays and interviews. Work hard to score well on your GMAT exam, and also reach out to other veterans at business school or in the corporate sector to help review your resume, which is often something that is quite unfamiliar to military applicants building their resumes for the first time.  

When it comes to applying to business school as a couple, it is important to speak with your partner about finding the best place for both of you. Apply to multiple programs and focus on ensuring that each of you has an application that can stand on its own merit. By preparing early and taking the time to connect with current students in person, by email, or over the phone you can learn so much about the program, opportunities, and the application process.

Good luck!