Posted by: AC | May 27, 2009

B-School FIT: Two Sides

QS published an article yesterday entitled How to make a really efffective business school application

The article can be summarized with three main points:

1. Thoroughly research MBA programs and pick the one that is best for you.  You will probably spend two years and $100,000 on this degree, so make sure it is what YOU want.

2. Complete the application with all your best efforts, highlighting not only skills and experience, but also why this is the right time for you to get your MBA.

3. Apply to the earliest deadline possible, provided that you do not compromise the quality of you application.  Sound familiar?


I would like to focus on the first theme of this article.

So often we, the applicants, think of  “FIT” in terms of, “How can I show that I fit with the school?”  While this is important, we cannot forget to overlook the other side: “What do I want? What school will fit best with my goals?”

It is easy to get enamoured with the prestige and exclusivity of B-schools (not to mention the average salary upon graduation).  

During the trek to your MBA, don’t forget to return to your goals and think about where you will succeed, where you will be happy, and what you want from your MBA experience.

If you are truly excited about what a school has to offer, if you find a program that really resonates with your goals, then the hundreds of hours spend studying for the GMAT, writing essays, and answering supplemental questions will seem less like work and more like steps toward your future success.


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