Sometimes you’ll hear the admissions folks say that essays aren’t as important as applicants think or that you shouldn’t spend that much time on your essays — and EssaySnark says baloney. First of all, if the essays aren’t that important, why do the schools have you write them? Of course they’re important. If they weren’t,…
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
Given our fraught public dialogue these days, the adcoms are becoming ever more sensitive to hype and propaganda in MBA apps. You don’t want to risk your candidacy by taking liberties with language! We don’t mean our standard exhortation about lying. Instead, we’re talking about hype. We have seen BSers inadvertently step in it when…
We’ve been talking about the difficult conversation of telling your boss you’re leaving to go get an MBA and the Everyworkers’ Dream of “I just want to quite this thing!”.
So let’s talk the future.
If you are applying to a two-year MBA with a traditional schedule, like most of the programs in the United States, then when would you be exiting your current company? When would you resign your role? When would you be out of there?
Working backwards, you might assume that most universities start up class in the Fall, right?
Well, sort of.
Most two-year MBA programs in the States have an orientation that starts at least a week or so before classes officially begin. You will need to be on campus much earlier in the year for your first year, than you will when you return as a second-year student.
In addition, most bschools have pre-term programs like math camp or language lab. Sometimes these are required for certain admits (e.g., if you’re an international student with a TOEFL score below a certain threshold); agreeing to attend could be a condition of acceptance into the program.
And then of course there’s the super fun stuff like pre-MBA travel. Many schools have a tradition of incoming students going off on trips with second-years before school starts, as a fun bonding experience before studies begin. These are optional, and they’re not included with your tuition, but they’re certainly a lot of fun.
Finally, most people have to do the whole hassle of relocating to wherever their bschool is. Sometimes people decide to relocate early, to get established; others put it off till the last possible moment, especially if they’re moving to a more expensive city and want to minimize the amount of time they have to pay a higher rent.
Every school has different requirements and opportunities for all of this, and since you don’t yet know where you’re going to be going to school, you can’t be too exact about it. However, when you add it all up, you should expect to, most likely, be quitting your job and packing your things to make the move sometime in May or June next year. Mid-July would be the latest, for most people.
Yes. In about a year, you will be loading up a moving van and driving away from your current apartment for good.
Wow, now didn’t THAT suddenly make this whole bschool thing more real for you?
When you’re thinking about what to say to your boss when you tell her you’re applying to business school, then you’d better have all of this straight in your head.
Exciting stuff, Brave Supplicant!
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This isn’t an actual application weakness, but like many particulars, it does require careful handling in your application. If you work at an exceptionally small company, then it may make sense why you’ve held only one job at that firm. Smaller companies aren’t often focused on organizational structure and don’t have standard promotion schedules, but…
This data was published in Spring 2018 so it covers the graduating Class of 2017 — however we expect these trends to be even more pronounced in the Class of 2018 data as it becomes available. As you look at this information, please keep in mind that it covers full-time programs at a wide range…
As a follow-on to yesterday’s post on joint MBA + Master’s programs and is it easier to get in, here are some specifics on how things are evaluated. Most universities handle admissions separately for each of their schools. It’s like each school — the business school, the law school — is operating individually within the…
The Tuck MBA essay guide for 2018 is now available! Get started on your essays about contributing to another’s success, and contributing to Tuck!
We’ve previously spoken of applying for an MBA along with another graduate degree and today we’ll offer additional points to consider as you’re thinking about dual-degree application strategy, including the perennial question of “Is it easier to get in?????” New programs typically do not get that much interest, so app volumes are usually lower, which…