In an earlier post, we covered the general graduate school admissions process and promised you a closer look at how to prepare and apply for MBA programs. Just for you, we’ve prepared a series of articles that discuss several key aspects of business school admissions procedures. In particular, our MBA Admissions series answers the following questions.
- What types of MBA programs are available and how do I choose?
- How can I apply to an MBA program?
- What do I need to know about the GMAT?
- What should I write about in my MBA Application Essay?
- What should I include and how should I format my resume?
- Who should I ask to write Recommendation Letters for me?
- How can I prepare for my admissions interview?
In each article, we provide essential tips, including a list of “Dos and Don’ts: common mistakes to avoid and suggestions on how to correct these problems. We hope this information will help you along your path to realizing your business career dreams!
Ready to get started? Let’s dig right in!
Just to make sure we’re on the same page, “B-school” is short for business school, and this type of graduate schoolgenerally awards the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. There are, of course, some joint degree programs (like the JD-MBA program) and undergraduate/graduate accelerated programs, but this series will solely focus on the graduate-level programs offered by business schools.
What types of MBA programs are available in the 2020-2021 school year?
In addition to offering online versus on-campus schooling formats, some B-schools offer only the traditional two-year program while others offer an accelerated one-year format. A few schools also allow you to choose the length you want (offering flexible time periods ranging from 12 months to 18 months). Although a few US schools offer one-year MBA programs (Emory, Northwestern, BU and Cornell, for example), this format is essentially the default format in Europe.
Which program is better?
The answer to the above question is more of a matter of personal preference and situation, as well as what you’re looking for in terms of the B-school educational experience. To help you make your decision, we’ve prepared a quick table below, comparing the two most common degree program formats. We organized the information based on a few key questions you might ask yourself. Keep in mind the factors in the table would be in addition to others you might consider, such as:
- average class size
- school reputation
- available specializations
- teaching method
|Do I know what I want to do with my MBA degree?|
|Can I afford to not work?|
|Do I care about social interactions?|
|Do I need to find a job after graduating?|
(i.e., I don’t have a company sponsoring me)
|Does the school’s location matter?|
Regardless of which program you decide to pursue, keep in mind that the curriculum for any graduate-level business school program is rigorous and designed to prop you up as a global business leader. Accordingly, make sure you’re fully committed and have the time and energy to undertake this full-time venture.
And before you submit your MBA admission essays to your target schools, be sure to receive graduate school essay editing from Wordvice Editing Service. Our professional editors have years of editing experience and have helped thousands of students just like you get into the college, graduate program, or MBA program of their choice.
We’ll see you again for the next part of our MBA Admissions series, “How can I apply to an MBA program?” In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a comment down below, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out through our Contact Us page.
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