Thinking about applying for Fall 2013? The following timetable might help you plan your admission process.
The timetable below is ideal to ensure for an orderly and thorough preparation of your application. The process can be undertaken in a much more intensive manner. If you intend to commence your studies in January 2014, add four months to the timeframes below.
January 2012: Getting the application process started
- Visit the websites of schools that are of interest to you in order to learn about the program, application deadlines, and the admissions process.
- Visit websites that provide information to MBA candidates to learn more about the programs.
- Network with current students and alumni.
February – April 2012: GMAT and Strategy
- If you haven’t done so yet – take the GMAT
- Embark on the strategy phase of your application work (data mining, career planning, coming up with topics for major essays).
- Select 3 programs to focus on. Learn as much as possible about them
Candidates normally apply to 4-5 programs in total.
May – August 2012: Application (and TOEFL, if needed)
- Prepare the applications (CV, essays and recommendations).
- Prepare for the TOEFL if you need to take it.
- Take the TOEFL.
- Order your college transcripts.
August 2012 – January 2013: Submitting the applications
- Send the transcripts.
- Submit the applications.
Based on the results in recent years, it is recommended that you submit most of your applications between August-October (the first round). In relatively few cases did second round applicants (November–early January) have an advantage.
Admission chances in the last round (which is normally the third round, and sometimes the fourth) are usually significantly lower. At most universities, the last round begins at some point in January and ends at some point in March.
However, there are programs with admission rounds between mid-January and July that are not the last round.
- Prepare for interviews.
- Verify that the recommendations were submitted.
- Attend the interviews (at most schools interviews are by invitation only).
- Cross your fingers!
January – May 2013: “The moment of truth”
- Drink a glass of water and then read the admission committees’ decisions.
- Decide where you wish to study and inform the school.
- Submit scholarship applications (where relevant scholarships are offered).
- Attend the Welcome Weekend at campus, if offered.
January – July 2013: Getting ready
- If needed, make visa arrangements.
- Make travel arrangements / book your flight.
- Look into preferable accommodation arrangements and start apartment hunting.
- Invite your friends to your farewell party.
- Smile as you prepare to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
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