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On average, how long should I expect to prepare an application? And how many schools should one apply?
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On average, how long should I expect to prepare an application? And how many schools should one apply?


That will depend on the schools you are applying to. Some applications are a lot more comprehensive (and longer) than others (e.g. the ones for INSEAD or IMD). On an average, keep at least 3-4 weeks for each application.

In general, most people apply to 4-5 schools. However, it is not the number that matters, but your school selection. Ensure that the schools you are applying to are good fits in terms of your aspirations and chances of admission. Some people find enough success in 2-3 applications too.
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On average, how long should I expect to prepare an application? And how many schools should one apply?

Hi uHCWB, Thanks for a great question! The answer is... it depends! But more time than you'd think! In fact, the most important work starts before the essay is even tackled. I encourage you to take time now- to really understand your goals for an MBA and how what you have done in the past - along with what you will learn in an MBA - will help you achieve your short and long term post MBA career goals. If you don't have that down- it is hard to write a good essay no matter how long you spend.

One benefit of starting to do that now- is you have time- a few months now- to do some introspection, school research and know yourself so that when you are ready to do the application itself it will be a much easier process- and could be much shorter because you have taken the time to build a road map. We at Stratus have some really talented counselors who can walk with you in this process of best understanding your strengths and key themes and how different programs can help you achieve your goals. We'd love to do a free consult with you to better understand your situation- Link to do that here: http://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/ ... b-visitor/

Once you know your story well, then I would say that for some schools like HBS- where you really have to be strategic in an open ended question like theirs or also for GSB- it could take up to 7 or more drafts to get it where you want it. Also, it is better if you don't rush the process so spending 10 hours over 3 weeks is going to usually yield a better result than spending 10 hours in 2 days. So my advice is to give yourself ample time for many drafts- and also to start before that with a great outline. We don't let our clients write a thing until we have had 2 counselors sign off on their outline- and I have seen several drafts of outlines before we think someone has organized their thoughts well enough to begin writing! So use a roadmap- the outline- to make sure you are talking about the most compelling things- and then worry about the details of the writing after you are sure you have the right message. Nothing is worse than spending time- which is wasted- on doing all this fancy writing when the message itself is not solid! It is like spending time to ice a cake when the cake itself is not fully baked! No matter how pretty the decorating is, if the cake is not solid then it won't be a good end product! So take the time to make sure your cake is baked- your story is solid- and then the writing at the end practically happens with little effort! Good luck and thanks for reaching out! Hope you will reach out to learn more!

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