30+ and applying to MBA programs

Are You 30+? MBA Programs May Have 3 Concerns on Your Application

Average age of the class at HBS is 27 years. At Columbia, it’s 28. That’s usually the range for most U.S. B-schools: 27-28 years. Some schools, however, don’t provide average age of their class; instead they provide average work experience, which usually is 5 years (to name a few: Wharton, UCLA, and MIT – 5, Stern – 4.5, and Stanford, a relative outlier – 4). The average work experience too points toward a similar average age.

Though the average age of most programs is not too far from 30, B-schools do have some specific concerns about the candidature of applicants falling in 30+ age bracket, though very few air it openly. (There is nothing sacrosanct about 30; it’s just a metaphor for older applicants.)

Plagiarism in MBA applications

How B-Schools Detect Plagiarism? And How You May Unknowingly Plagiarise?

You’re working on essays of your target MBA programs for the last three weeks, often struggling for good, punchy lines. Sometimes, you face blank laptop screen, when you can barely write two sentences in thirty minutes. You struggle for words, impactful lines, and, sometimes, even ideas.

Then you come across a sample essay on the internet which has stuff similar to what you want to write. It has great, articulate lines too, and you think your essays will get a touch of class if you use a sentence or two from this essay.

Or it could be just a sentence or two from the school’s website itself.

How Accommodative Are MBA Programs of Your Sub-Par English in Essays?

Does the quality of English in your essays matter?

That’s no-brainer. It does. Higher the quality, the better it is. After all it’s reflective of your communication skills.

But how accommodative are admission committees of your sub-par English – rule-based things (grammar, punctuation, and spelling) as well as style (structure, transition, variation in sentences, and so on).

Before getting into it, let’s first see some of the examples (source: Harbus Essay Guide, a compilation of essays of 16 students admitted to class of 2017 at HBS) where admits to HBS deviated from the canons of good English (comments in brackets):

Different types of MBA programs

Beyond Full-Time MBA Programs – 5 More Type of MBA Programs

We mostly hear about Full-Time MBA programs. But there are others as well, which may be a better fit for you depending on your unique situation and may also be more cost effective. And these other MBA programs aren’t on fringes in terms of applicants considering them.

According to GMAC (2015) mba.com Prospective Students Survey, only 40% of MBA aspirants are considering a full-time two-year MBA.

Acceptance rate and yield of MBA programs

The Two B-School Popularity Indices Most Applicants Are Unaware Of

You’ll only obscurantly come across the two, almost in conjunction with each other, in few MBA admission-outreach events, articles comparing MBA programs, and MBA program websites.

Nevertheless, these are two of the most keenly monitored and, often, proactively-managed indices by MBA programs.


Because they are strong, market-determined reflection of popularity of their programs.

Who can waive TOEFL for MBA admissions?

Who Can Waive TOEFL, and What Evidence You Need?

If you’re an international applicant (to MBA programs), then you may not have to necessarily write TOEFL or similar tests such as IELTS or PTE, measuring your fluency in English. Instructions by schools regarding who needs to write and who doesn’t are quite clear in most cases, but most instructions aren’t very clear on what evidence they want to see if you had English as the medium of instruction.

Jason Fried TED Talk

Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work? [Ted Talk]

How many times last week you got uninterrupted four hours at work? (Uninterrupted means uninterrupted – no meetings, impromptu chat from boss or colleague, phone calls, and similar disturbances.)

Two hours?

One hour?

You’ll have to really stretch your memory to recall when you last got even one hour of uninterrupted time.

Not surprisingly, there are days when we wonder, “Did I get anything solid done today?”

Jason Fried, co-founder of 37 signals, in this satirical TED Talk argues that blocking Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube at workplace isn’t the solution. The solution, according to him and rightly so, is to have less meetings and less interruptions. And in the end, he suggests three solutions to get more done at workplace.