Once you start your MBA, you’ll be on the fast-track to an enriching educational experience that allows you to engage with the brightest minds in the business and technology industry.
It’s important to know what you’re looking to get from your time in the classroom and a thorough, well-researched application will not only help you get in, it will help discover new goals for your career.
One of the first questions to ask yourself is: why am I pursuing an MBA? This question can be explored while you write a detailed and unique statement of intent that expresses why you’ve taken an interest in the school you’re applying to. It’s important to get started on your statement of purpose as soon as possible, as it is an integral part of the application process that will help you determine what you want.
Polish Up Your CV
Also, make sure your CV is up to snuff. Your work experience can help give you insight into what you’re good at and what areas of focus are missing in your current career. This will also help you choose a specialization (more on that below). Many MBA programs require you to have previous work experience in the business sector so it should be easy to produce two or three professional or academic references depending on the requirements of the program you’re applying for.
Ace The GMAT
The Graduate Management Admissions Test is a standardized test on analytical writing as well as quantitative and verbal skills that is required by most business schools. The GMAT takes around 3.5 hours and can be written any time — and many test centers offer year-round test-taking services. The small catch it that you can only write it once every 31 days and it can be only be taken up to five times a year. It is worth putting a lot of effort into studying for this test as many schools put weight on your GMAT score.
Choose The Right School
Be aware of which schools can help you advance your interests. Take, for example, the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics which offers a part-time MBA program with a variety of specializations, offering a solid option for applicants who want to dig deeper into a particular field. A well-researched application can introduce the need for a specific specialization that suits your career goals and there are many options to choose from such as:
- Financial Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Strategic Management
- International Business Management
- Operations Management
- Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management
There are also options for an MBA with a CPA designation and a double MBA with a Master of Finance.
An MBA is the perfect graduate degree for career-focused individuals who want opportunities to build a strong career network. It’s important to get started on your application right away. Diligence during the application process can not only help you get into the school you want, but it can also help you analyze your own wants and needs in order to choose a school and a specialization that suits you.
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