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About Personal MBA Coach
Founded 14 years ago by Scott Edinburgh, a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach has helped hundreds of applicants around the world get into top MBA, EMBA, part-time MBA and specialized master’s programs (including Master of Finance, Master of Analytics, Master of Public Policy, law school) with a 96% success rate. Personal MBA Coach is consistently ranked #1 or #2 by leading sources. Last year, our clients earned more than $6M in scholarships!
All clients have direct access to Scott, who serves on the Board of Directors for AIGAC, the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants and is invited to speak at MBA Admissions events globally, including the annual Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) conference.
Scott is supported by a boutique team including MJ Shores, a former Wharton MBA Admissions Director, GMAT/GRE/EA tutors who scored above the 99th percentile (most with 780+) and former M7 admissions interviewers.
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Joined: May 02, 2021
I met Scott a year before I decided to work with him and his team. Initially, I thought I could go through the process alone. I was wrong. When I decided to reapply, I spoke with different admissions consultants, but none had confidence in my profile. When I reached out to Personal MBA Coach, Scott not only remembered me from our first meeting but was confident that by working together I could go to business school.
Scott and his team were honest about how my application would stand up at certain schools and thoughtful in helping me pick which ones to apply to. Throughout the process Scott and his team were there to answer big questions like am I telling the right story and minor questions like should I included this extracurricular in my application. The Personal MBA Coach team gave me and my recommenders detailed feedback on what we wrote. Their guidance is invaluable. There is no other team I would want to work with.
Joined: Jun 29, 2018
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Scott was instrumental in enabling me to stay focused, positive, and motivated during my application journey.
Firstly, I connected with Scott after failing to achieve the necessary GMAT score during the pandemic. Through my conversations with him, he gave me perspective and newfound hope in the application process.
Secondly, Scott connected me with an incredible tutor, who helped improve my score by more than 50 points.
Thirdly, Scott is always quick to respond. His overall process and utilization of a project management platform kept me at easy when writing essays, short answers, etc. I found the proofreading team to be another excellent resource after the basis of the writing materials were completed.
Lastly, I decided to apply to a few schools within a very short window prior to the applications being due. Scott was able to help me get up and down in a matter of days despite the constrained timeline.
I received interviews from every school that Scott helped me with and look forward to hearing from their admissions teams over the coming weeks.
Joined: Apr 26, 2021
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Everyone has their own needs when applying to school, and I found that the structure and personalized support offered by the Personal MBA Coach team was the perfect fit for me. I was by no means a "traditional" candidate so I needed a lot of help navigating the MBA application process. Scott and his team have a very structured process in place for all aspects of the application process including essay writing, video essays, and interviews. They checked in with me consistently to make sure I was still moving forward when I was procrastinating and provided 110% support up until the very last minute I had to submit my applications. Their interview prep was excellent since they work so closely with folks who have actually done admissions interviews. Throughout the last 16 months, I had a number of small questions from how to talk to adcoms to switching my recommenders, and always received a fast and helpful response from Scott and his team with guidance.
In the end, I received interview invites to all five schools I applied to and have been accepted so far at three, with scholarships from two! I never imagined I would be accepted anywhere, much less have options, so I'm incredibly grateful for Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team!
Joined: Apr 27, 2019
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I cannot recommend Scott more highly.
I reached out to Personal MBA Coach in mid-November after working with another consultant for 3+ months without making much progress on my applications. I wound up starting from scratch, but in spite of the relatively late start, I was able to submit 6 complete applications (MIT, NYU, Wharton, Stanford, HBS, Columbia) for round 2. Scott and his team were incredible, and as soon as I was on board with Scott the progress was immediate and tangible. Thereafter, any delays in my applications were of my own making and I was continually surprised by the promptness with which essays were turned. The service is truly “turnkey” and I received comprehensive help for all of the schools I was fortunate enough to interview with and be waitlisted at.
I really just want to thank Scott and the whole Personal MBA Coach team for all of their efforts on my behalf.
Joined: Dec 29, 2020
Scott is wonderful to work with and you truly feel safe in his hands. Coupled with his experience and commitment you don't feel cheated and you know that your money is being well spent. His guidance helped me get into Cornell with a scholarship and I can say that without his advice I would have been lost and my personal statements would have been weak. He really helps you present yourself at your true best. I would recommend Scott to anybody that is looking to go to graduate school as his knowledge covers more than just MBA programs. Thank you Scott!
Joined: Mar 25, 2021
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I strongly recommend Scott for those seeking efficient, personable, and incredibly valuable advice on how to navigate the incredibly daunting MBA process. While it is a huge financial commitment (I went all in in 3 schools) to use a consultant and I was initially hesitant, it was worth EVERY cent and would use the Personal MBA Coach team again in a heartbeat.
They are a team that will provide direct and honest feedback, help you refine / strengthen your narrative / essays, and consistently respond to drafts well before the agreed on 2 day timeline. They will not spend countless hours on the phone with you, but will answer emails on every component of the application process very quickly and truly are supportive. Different from my terrible experience with one of the largest consulting companies before I found Scott, the Personal MBA Coach team actually CARED about ME personally, and treated me as a human rather than a data point. Despite my initial conversations with the large, most popular consulting company who told me my school selection was unrealistic, after applying to 3 schools with the help of the Personal MBA Coach team, I got into Ross with a full ride and Kellogg with just over half of my tuition covered. I was also wait-listed at Duke. I am very grateful to the Personal MBA Coach team for making my experience successful and am overjoyed to start my MBA at Kellogg next year!
Joined: Jul 15, 2009
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I couldn’t have made it to my dream school, MIT Sloan, without Scott and his team's timely support and guidance. The team was super responsive and to the point with their questions, prompts and edits. This allowed me to iterate through my ideas and bring relevant information into my essays. The entire process gave me clarity of thought, helped me identify my strengths and even made me a better writer by the end of it.
I am soo glad that I had the Personal MBA Coach team by my side, and I couldn’t recommend them more. It is one of the best decisions that I made to reach my goal.
Joined: Nov 24, 2020
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I highly recommend Scott and his team from Personal MBA Coach as an excellent MBA application consultant.(www.personalmbacoach.com) Here is why:
-My primary goal was to get into Sloan and I think I was not a perfect candidate (not a super high GMAT or undergrad GPA, etc.). He really helped to bring my best story to come out in my application.
-He kept me organized in my thought process and with the deadlines throughout the application cycle.
-He gave me an honest assessment of my strengths and weaknesses as an applicant. He knows how to leverage your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses. He is experienced and practical. He listens and crafts a practical strategy that is tailored to your circumstances.
-I am a person who asks a lot of questions (sometimes a little too much) and he is very patient. He is friendly and professional at the same time.
I really enjoyed working with Scott and his team. Looking back I really think it was a very wise decision. With their help, I was able to get into my target program and also got a scholarship. Highly recommended.
Joined: Mar 14, 2018
I used Personal MBA Coach for their 5-school package, and I ended up signing up for my sixth school since they broke down the complicated application process into simpler step-by-step process.
Before I started my application process, I did a fair bit of research on consultants, and finally decided to go with Personal MBA Coach. From Day 1, Scott will give you the honest, non-sugarcoated advice that everybody needs. As a business school applicant, you need to understand what your strengths are as well as your weaknesses. Most consultants are good with telling you your strengths, but they are not as good with telling you your weaknesses as they do not want to upset you. Scott was different, and hence I decided to go with Scott and his team.
Throughout the application process, I knew that I could rely on Personal MBA Coach as Scott was always there and would answer my emails/questions even during weekends or Christmas! From minor points in my overall story to locations I should select for my interviews, Scott would answer all my questions (no matter how minor and tedious they might be).
I am now admitted by one of the top 3 programs in the US, and will be matriculating this fall. I highly recommend Personal MBA Coach if you are looking for the best consultant in the industry as I know I probably would not have made it without Scott and his team.
Joined: Nov 09, 2014
I reached out to PersonalMBACoach for their “Gut Check” service less than two weeks before the deadlines for my two schools - HBS (admitted) and GSB (waitlisted) - and I’m super glad I did. Prior to sending it over, I was positive about my application and had spent two months on it. However Scott and his team dug deep and provided strong constructive feedback that showed I still had a long way to go. They even went beyond the provisions of the package and reviewed additional edits for each application. Within a week, my application was looking much better. I highly recommend Scott and his team at any stage of your application process!