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EMBA Admissions and the Indian Foreign National: Getting Harder?

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EMBA Admissions and the Indian Foreign National: Getting Harder?

As candidates ponder their options for Executive MBA studies, one question we at MBA hear often from Indian foreign national candidates is this: “Is competition getting harder for Indian foreign national candidates applying to Top-10 EMBA programs?”

Yes, I would say it seems that competition for the top EMBA programs is intensifying for Indian foreign national candidates. This is true not just among American programs, but also for programs in other regions such as Europe and Asia (INSEAD, Booth-Asia, LBS, etc.). But please note, in spite of this increasing competition, during this admissions cycle we at MBA have already helped Indian foreign national candidates to gain admission to Wharton, Kellogg, MIT and Booth (USA and Asia), among others. So, don’t panic! With an excellently prepared application, success can be possible. Let’s explore some of the reasons why competition is more intense than in the past.

Increase in Demand and Selectiveness

The EMBA has gained great popularity among all candidate profiles and in response, more top business schools have launched EMBA programs that did not exist 10 years ago. Yet, as the volume of program offerings have multiplied, so too have the number of candidates! The EMBA is, after all, an excellent option for deepening business skills and knowledge, while also gaining access to an amazing pedigree and a lifelong network of talented alumni members.

We at MBA have been working with business school candidates for over two decades and we were around when the first notable EMBA programs were launched. When most of the programs first opened, it was exceedingly easy for all candidates to gain admission. Today, with the increased popularity of the degree and the increased numbers of applicants, the top EMBA programs can afford to be far more selective, particularly among the Indian foreign national pool, which tends to be the most qualified pool of all applicant profiles.

More Applicants with Advance Leadership Experiences

Another trend that has made EMBA admissions more competitive is the increasing number of Indian foreign national applicants who were initially in highly technical jobs and have already transitioned to mainstream management positions within their companies. Ten years ago, it was much easier for a candidate with a title like Lead Engineer to gain admission to a top MBA program such as Columbia or Haas. Today, because of the large size and high quality of the Indian foreign national candidate pool overall, a candidate who is still in such a highly technical role will face much steeper competition from candidates with broader strategic or management roles. Often-times, EMBA admissions committees will find someone who is already engaged in landing new business and contributing to broader strategy decisions more attractive than someone who is fulfilling a more strictly technical role. A candidate with a more technical role can still gain admission if they time their application excellently and put together an outstanding set of essays and recommendations, but you must take care to convey the business-relevancy of your work and to stress your leadership experiences. This will make a great difference in whether the admissions committee perceives you as experienced enough to make meaningful contributions to the EMBA learning environment. Similarly, you should prepare well for the admissions interview because you need to sound impressive in the same way.

Success is Possible

The take-away should simply be that competition has become more intense among the pool of Indian foreign national candidates to top EMBA programs. There is absolutely no need to self-select yourself out of top programs, but you should approach the application with care. Within this very competitive pool, success is possible, but to maximize your odds of admissions success, choose your schools with care, time your applications well and make sure you present outstanding essays that convey your outstanding experiences.

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