Fortuna admissions blog | Admissions advice
Once you know an MBA is right for you, it’s understandable to want to be there as soon as possible. So where does this put you? While the window has closed to apply for fall entry to most top US schools, if you still want to apply to now, consider the international b-school options.
Before you apply for an MBA is the best time to begin planning your financing. After all, you’re opting to forego your annual salary just as you’re committing to one of the biggest financial investments of your life.
If one of your key considerations is cost, you can find a vast array of financing options to fund your program. How to best finance your MBA is tied to your particular circumstances and profile—your nationality, personal resources, credit history and chosen program are all elements that can impact your approach. Here are some top tips to help you get started.
This is the time of year when applicants ask our advice about whether or not to apply for their MBA in R3. Here at Fortuna Admissions, our response is often, “it depends.” After all, it is well known that top schools have selected the bulk of their classes by early April, so odds seem far less favorable for anyone applying for the last deadline. At the same time, not applying now means waiting until the admissions cycle begins anew next fall. And there can actually be some advantages to submitting your application now.
Creating and conveying a career vision is an elemental part of your MBA application. It’s about portraying a clear picture of where you’ve been, where you are headed, and why an MBA is essential for getting you there. B-schools are looking for students who are poised to get the most value from their MBA experience by going on to great things in the future.
Caroline Diarte Edwards offers one piece of advice and one action that she believes you can take to dramatically improve your MBA application—to spend a considerable amount of time on self-reflection—no matter where you are in the MBA application process.
You may have just finished your first interview for business school. What’s next? As former Admissions Directors who have interviewed many candidates over the years, we recommend taking a few important next steps at this stage. Read on for our recommendations…
Wharton recently announced their round 1 interview decisions, and as former Director of MBA Admissions at Wharton, I can share my understanding of what the school is looking for in the team-based discussions (Wharton’s interview style) which will begin soon. Also to help you prepare I’m offering an online simulation on Nov. 10 and 13… read on for more details.
In the coming weeks, round 1 admission interview invitations will begin winging their way to a select group of lucky recipients. Are you ready? As former admissions directors at top MBA programs, we interviewed thousands of applicants and it was always pretty clear who had done their homework and who arrived unprepared. The MBA interview is your chance to convey key information about yourself to admissions as well as an opportunity for the school to get to know you and to assess your fit with their program. So how can you maximize your chances of securing a class seat?
In recent years, MBA program admission committees have started asking unconventional essay questions. For example, Berkeley-Haas asks you to pick a song that expresses who you are; Chicago Booth leads applicants to an assortment of photos – “shared Booth moments” – and to pick the one that resonates the most with them; Cornell Johnson requests you to create a Table of Contents to explain your life story. However despite this innovation, many schools are still also asking the old old favorite ‘Why an MBA and why this school’ question. These seemingly innocuous questions that are also at the core of many MBA interviews can be challenging to get right. So how should you tackle them, and how do you convince each admissions committee that their school is your top choice?
Your MBA application requires showcasing a lot of hard facts about your profile: your GMAT, academic track record, and professional accomplishments. But schools are looking for more in their candidates than just a great resume. They want to learn about who you are and what you deem worthy of your time and energy, and how are these shaped by the values that define your character? On top of communicating your accomplishments and skills, how do you best convey your character in your MBA application?