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New post 03 Aug 2017, 12:23
Greetings to all the experts!!

Have a few queries regarding MBA admissions

01. How do adcoms view the applications of Married/ Committed couples?

I mean if me and my partner are looking for same programs, would this aspect of our applications work for us, work against us, or have no bearing whatsoever on either of our applications?

Your views would be highly appreciated!!!
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So the quick answer is it depends on the school as this experience represents a small percentage of total applications. But the best way to think about this is that you both will need to be qualified to gain admissions. Schools will not accept unqualified applicants. If I had to give a general answer I would say it is probably neutral to it can be a benefit. Here are some tips for applying to business school as a couple.

Understand the Process:
The application process for couples can vary from school to school. For some programs you can identify yourself as a couple for others your status will be a bit fuzzier, so make sure you are clear on the process to best position your joint applications for success.

Communicate your Situation:
It is difficult for the AdComm to take your situation into consideration if they are unaware a situation exists. So make sure to communicate your joint status early and often. It is even more important for couples to attend admissions road shows, information sessions, and of course campus visits. These present great opportunities to connect with admissions and show them directly why you and your partner would be a great fit for the school. Be prepared to state your value overtly as this could aid your candidacy come decision day. The AdComm is made of human beings, so they will employ compassion and not aim not to break up families/married couples if both applicants represent a fit with the program.

Select Schools Strategically:
One of the hardest parts of applying jointly is identifying programs that make sense for BOTH applicants. Outside of applying to the same schools, there are a few ways to expand your options as a couple. Thinking in terms of cities can help you both - Chicago (Kellogg/Booth), Boston (HBS/MIT), NY (Columbia/Stern/Wharton), Bay Area (Stanford/Berkeley) so figure out what makes the most sense for you both and consider an application strategy the provides maximum flexibility. Thinking in terms of cities can help you consider applying in R2 to a school that will allow you to at least still be in the same city as your partner.

Be Realistic:
Applying as an individual takes a lot of self-awareness, but when applying as a couple this needs to be even more heightened. Few couples are complete equals when it comes to the admissions process, which can bring about some uncomfortable conversations and difficult decisions. So think long and hard about the permutations and combinations of your applicant strategy if one or both of you gets accepted in each scenario. Remember admissions decisions are individual – you will each stand on your own merits, so the strength of one candidate will not override an unqualified partner.
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VeritasPrepDozie wrote:
So the quick answer is it depends on the school as this experience represents a small percentage of total applications. But the best way to think about this is that you both will need to be qualified to gain admissions. Schools will not accept unqualified applicants. If I had to give a general answer I would say it is probably neutral to it can be a benefit. Here are some tips for applying to business school as a couple.

Understand the Process:
The application process for couples can vary from school to school. For some programs you can identify yourself as a couple for others your status will be a bit fuzzier, so make sure you are clear on the process to best position your joint applications for success.

Communicate your Situation:
It is difficult for the AdComm to take your situation into consideration if they are unaware a situation exists. So make sure to communicate your joint status early and often. It is even more important for couples to attend admissions road shows, information sessions, and of course campus visits. These present great opportunities to connect with admissions and show them directly why you and your partner would be a great fit for the school. Be prepared to state your value overtly as this could aid your candidacy come decision day. The AdComm is made of human beings, so they will employ compassion and not aim not to break up families/married couples if both applicants represent a fit with the program.

Select Schools Strategically:
One of the hardest parts of applying jointly is identifying programs that make sense for BOTH applicants. Outside of applying to the same schools, there are a few ways to expand your options as a couple. Thinking in terms of cities can help you both - Chicago (Kellogg/Booth), Boston (HBS/MIT), NY (Columbia/Stern/Wharton), Bay Area (Stanford/Berkeley) so figure out what makes the most sense for you both and consider an application strategy the provides maximum flexibility. Thinking in terms of cities can help you consider applying in R2 to a school that will allow you to at least still be in the same city as your partner.

Be Realistic:
Applying as an individual takes a lot of self-awareness, but when applying as a couple this needs to be even more heightened. Few couples are complete equals when it comes to the admissions process, which can bring about some uncomfortable conversations and difficult decisions. So think long and hard about the permutations and combinations of your applicant strategy if one or both of you gets accepted in each scenario. Remember admissions decisions are individual – you will each stand on your own merits, so the strength of one candidate will not override an unqualified partner.


Thanks a lot for your suggestions VeritasPrepDozie

We are a couple from niche industry, planning to get an MBA to further understand the business aspect of our industry. Our top 10 schools do not necessarily mimic those in published rankings.
That said, we will definitely do as you suggested and get in contact with AdComms

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Each application should stand out on its own.
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Thanks a lot sir. But how to do the same. Without sounding similar.

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Greetings to all the experts!!

Have a few queries regarding MBA admissions

01. How do adcoms view the applications of Married/ Committed couples?

I mean if me and my partner are looking for same programs, would this aspect of our applications work for us, work against us, or have no bearing whatsoever on either of our applications?

Your views would be highly appreciated!!!


Yes many schools appreciate this and you get a leg up. I work with married couples often and last year had a couple great couples who did really well! Wharton tends to favor this and CBS often as well. While both need to be strong, one can certainly carry the weight for the other.

Reach out if you would like to discuss further. My two couples not only got into those schools but received over $300K in scholarships!

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Thanks a lot sir. But how to do the same. Without sounding similar.

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Each has to focus on own professional (and other) experiences, strengths & weaknesses, and other parts, and they won't sound similar.
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fitzpratik wrote:
Greetings to all the experts!!

Have a few queries regarding MBA admissions

01. How do adcoms view the applications of Married/ Committed couples?

I mean if me and my partner are looking for same programs, would this aspect of our applications work for us, work against us, or have no bearing whatsoever on either of our applications?

Your views would be highly appreciated!!!


Yes many schools appreciate this and you get a leg up. I work with married couples often and last year had a couple great couples who did really well! Wharton tends to favor this and CBS often as well. While both need to be strong, one can certainly carry the weight for the other.

Reach out if you would like to discuss further. My two couples not only got into those schools but received over $300K in scholarships!

Best,
Scott


OK, Now I am really confused!!
I am getting mixed responses. Do schools value a couple as admitting both can guarantee 2 confirmed admission or do they think that individual has to stand out and be deemed fit for the said school. Wouldn't this put such schools (Which are not necessarily influenced by the marital status) at a disadvantage as a good candidate might favor a school where he/ She is admitted with his/her spouse/ partner?
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PersonalMBACoach wrote:
fitzpratik wrote:
Greetings to all the experts!!

Have a few queries regarding MBA admissions

01. How do adcoms view the applications of Married/ Committed couples?

I mean if me and my partner are looking for same programs, would this aspect of our applications work for us, work against us, or have no bearing whatsoever on either of our applications?

Your views would be highly appreciated!!!


Yes many schools appreciate this and you get a leg up. I work with married couples often and last year had a couple great couples who did really well! Wharton tends to favor this and CBS often as well. While both need to be strong, one can certainly carry the weight for the other.

Reach out if you would like to discuss further. My two couples not only got into those schools but received over $300K in scholarships!

Best,
Scott


OK, Now I am really confused!!
I am getting mixed responses. Do schools value a couple as admitting both can guarantee 2 confirmed admission or do they think that individual has to stand out and be deemed fit for the said school. Wouldn't this put such schools (Which are not necessarily influenced by the marital status) at a disadvantage as a good candidate might favor a school where he/ She is admitted with his/her spouse/ partner?


I would not say it is a guarantee as couples can get into both schools. However if the school really wants applicant A in the couple and they accept A but do not accept B, there is less of a chance of A accepting because another program may accept A and B and the average married couple would prefer to stay together. Knowing this, a school is somewhat more incentivized to give both A and B a serious look before declining B.

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Hi Scott.
I do get what you mean. I know that atleast ONE of the applicant should have a good profile so that it can make up for Hr or her Spouse.

Thanks !!!
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You are most welcome. Good luck!
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https://gmatclub.com/blog/2017/08/tips-for-applying-to-business-school-as-a-couple/

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