Enrolling in an MBA program is like a deposit in your most valuable investment — yourself. Making the decision to pursue any advanced degree is a significant one. The process can feel overwhelming, but like any project it benefits from careful and considered planning, research, and hard work.
Here are some of the helpful hints that Forbes offers for a successful application:
Really get to know yourself personally as well as professionally and academically
Your application is your opportunity to share who you are with admissions committees, but you must know who you are yourself first. Reflect on who you are personally, professionally, and academically — your strengths, weaknesses, and what makes you stand out from other applicants. Consider your experience, achievements, and any instances you may have approached differently if given the chance.
With competitive admissions and scarce resources, schools want to know who you are, why you want an MBA, what you can bring to the program, and what you can offer your industry when you return with the degree. If you were selling yourself as a product, what would your value proposition be?
Reach out to potential recommenders
Letters of recommendation are a critical component of your application package. Admissions officers don’t know you personally, so they rely heavily on the accounts of those who do. Your recommenders can speak first hand about your suitability for the program and likelihood of success, so it’s in your best interest to speak to them well in advance, prepare them for the process, and ensure that they provide the strongest possible recommendation for you.
Finalize school selection and plan for deadlines
Research all of the schools on your long list of options, and then compile a short list that includes varying degrees of likelihood of your acceptance. And just as important (if not, then more so) as getting in is finding the right fit. Does each school offer an area of concentration that will help you advance your career? Does their faculty’s experience and interests align with yours? And is the program structured in a way that fits your learning and lifestyle?
At Ohio University, we know that your MBA should be affordable, engaging, and academically rigorous. Fortune Magazine agreed, naming it the 3rd best MBA value in America. We have designed an online MBA degree that is comprehensive and challenging, yet flexible to fit your busy life. Our curriculum is taught 100% online and there is no GMAT required for admission.
An Ohio University MBA helps develop your business intelligence so you can qualify for previously unattainable jobs and create new pathways toward leadership positions. Invest in yourself today.