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How to Get into Business School

Armed with a high GPA from your undergrad school, you now want to get into a graduate MBA program. Here's how to make it happen.


  • Step 1: Assess your strengths Assess your strengths realistically. Be sure that you have strong academic preparation, relevant work experience, and strong letters of recommendation when you apply to a business school.
  • Step 2: Demonstrate an understanding of the program benefits Demonstrate in your application that you have a clear understanding of what you will gain from the MBA program.
  • Step 3: Spell out your personal strengths Clearly spell out your personal strengths and your cultural, academic, and professional experiences in the application. Articulate a career plan that takes into account your strengths and the opportunities the school offers.
  • TIP: Don't submit a generic application -- tailor each application to the school to which you are applying.
  • Step 4: Become familiar with the school Become very familiar with the school to which you are applying. Study the school's career statistics to make sure recruiters in the field you plan to enter recruit there.
  • Step 5: Apply with a strong dossier Apply as soon as you have put together a strong dossier. Be sure to submit a complete application. If part of your file is missing, your application will end up gathering dust while other applicants get the nod.
  • FACT: Out of nearly 10,000 applications the Harvard Business School receives yearly, only 900 students are accepted.

You Will Need

  • Business school application
  • Academic preparation
  • Work experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Understanding of the program's benefits
  • Career plan
  • Familiarity with the school
  • Strong dossier

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