3-year degree: eligibility criteria for MBA

3-Year Degree: Do You Fulfill Eligibility Criteria for MBA Programs?

You’re through your GMAT with an expected score, and with that you’ve taken a firm step toward getting accepted to one or more MBA programs of choice.

And, then, while finalizing (sometimes at a later stage) the target schools, you’re surprised to find that you’re at a disadvantage or not even eligible to apply to a particular school because you don’t have a four-year undergraduate degree.

Applying to MBA programs? Which test to take – GMAT or GRE?

Are you facing the dilemma as to which test – GMAT or GRE – to write when applying to MBA programs?

It was a straightforward choice – GMAT – before 2009, as GRE wasn’t an accepted test for admission to MBA programs then. In the initial years of its existence too, GRE didn’t pose much of a dilemma to the applicants, as not too many programs accepted GRE score.

But it has changed dramatically in the last few years: according to Kaplan 2014 survey 85% of MBA programs accepted (at the time of survey) both the scores in contrast to only 24% in 2009. 85% practically covers any MBA program of repute, and hence the problem of some of your target schools not accepting a GRE score, for all practical purpose, is gone now.

So, which of the two to write when you’re applying to MBA programs? Here are few broad guidelines that you can evaluate your decision against:

Pursuing Second MBA: Why the Bar Is Higher and How You Can Cross It?

You’ve an MBA degree and have worked for 4 years now, but you aren’t satisfied with your career- either you didn’t get the right opportunities post-first-MBA or, after few years, you found that this industry isn’t your true calling.

It’s now or never, and the best option that comes to your mind is doing a second MBA, preferably from U.S. or Europe.

But unfortunately, many international MBA programs don’t accept applicants who already have an MBA. Some accept with riders. And some unconditionally. But even those who accept, want to know why you are pursuing a second MBA, after all it’s not common. That way, they’ve raised the bar higher for you. Made an already competitive process, even tougher.

But it can be negotiated if you focus on the right reasons for pursuing a second MBA.

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.

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.

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.