If you thought the admission requirements for undergraduate school were extensive, then you likely won’t be too excited about the admission requirements for MBA and master’s programs. The application process and admission requirements for graduate business programs are far more rigorous, and generally set the bar much higher in terms of accomplishments and experience.
While many programs have clear-cut, set-in-stone admission requirements, those for business programs such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) vary greatly depending on your school/program of interest, and tend to be far more involved than the typical undergraduate application process.
With that in mind, it can often be easy for applicants to overlook certain admission requirements that at first glance may not seem as important as other, more objective requirements (e.g. an applicant’s cumulative GPA). That’s why it’s extremely helpful to recognize some of these top MBA admission requirements that prospective students tend to overlook.
As someone who’s likely working full-time and juggling the demands of work and personal life on top of applying to the MBA program(s) that pique your interest, you understandably have very little free time and are looking to submit as many applications as reasonably possible. But if you’re really serious about getting into a specific program, spending the time necessary to learn the unique ins and outs of the program(s) is an absolute imperative.
It’s safe to assume that completing your application, personal statement, letters of recommendation etc. with a one-size-fits-all mindset won’t sit well with those on the admissions board who determine whether or not you’re a good fit for Upper Iowa University’s (UIU) MBA program.
Another common thing MBA applicants often overlook is making sure they clearly demonstrate how and why they’re a good fit for this particular program, as opposed to simply being a good candidate for any given graduate program.
Whether it’s the unique program curriculum, extracurricular activities, renowned faculty or any other aspect that has you sold on the program you’re applying to, make sure to call this out in your resume, application and personal statement so the gatekeepers on the admissions board can see (without any effort whatsoever on their part) precisely why you’re a good candidate for their unique program.
Attention to detail sounds like a given, but even the most promising students can make mistakes on their graduate school application if they don’t dedicate the time and effort necessary to ensure nothing is overlooked. As an applicant, you obviously want to stand out and make the best first impression possible, and with graduate school growing increasingly competitive – especially for a high-demand degree such as an MBA – even the smallest error on your resume or application can severely damage your credibility and chances of being accepted.
That being said, it’s critical that you double and triple check any and all forms you submit/fill out to ensure you eliminate the potential for those small, yet incredibly easy to miss errors, whether that be a common spelling mistake, an accidental typo, failure to follow the clearly listed application directions or any other obvious acts of carelessness.
Even if you’re the best candidate in the region, these types of mistakes can discredit your worthiness in the blink of an eye.
While the desired years of business experience varies from program to program, most full-time MBA programs tend to prefer applicants who possess a minimum of one to two years of full-time, relevant work experience. Additionally, students applying to top MBA programs generally possess a minimum of three to five years of applicable business experience, if not more.
For you, the potential candidate, this should give you a better idea as to whether or not you should apply now with your current experience, or if you should hold off for a couple more years to ensure you’re in the best position possible to be accepted to your desired program.
So long as applicants meet the other admissions requirements, we don’t require them to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).2 For many students – especially those with exceptionally busy home and work lives – this is a major selling point because it eliminates one of (if not the most) grueling aspects of applying to a graduate business degree program.
To learn more about UIU’s cutting-edge MBA program, which is offered both in-person and online, contact us today!