The journey of applying to business school can be challenging. There is a lot of information to keep track of and different MBA programs have their specific requirements. We know that sometimes even small details can turn out confusing while you are trying to stay focused on the main goal.
One way to deal with such challenges is to meet university representatives during face-to-face and online events. Take every opportunity to ask them about information that is unclear but also make sure that you don’t ask questions already explained on the school website.
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Here is a collection of frequently asked questions about MBA admission that you might be wondering about.
How long does it take to process my application?
The answer to this question will depend largely on the type of admissions deadline the school has. For example, rolling admissions enable admissions committees to review applications as soon as they come. This is the case at Trinity Business School (Ireland) where applicants can expect to receive feedback about their submitted documents within 10 working days. Similarly, Hult International Business School (US) anticipates a period of two weeks to review an application fully.
However, keep in mind that some MBA programs have a small class size and places can fill up quickly. If you send in your application early enough, at least you can be sure that the class won’t be full before the admissions committee gets a chance to review your profile.
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Can I send in my application before my GMAT or GRE test?
Yes, this is sometimes possible. Some schools do not place a premium on GMAT or GRE scores even if they are compulsory in the application process. At Trinity Business School, you can receive a conditional offer before your test score arrives if the rest of your application is good enough.
This option is also available if you plan to sit an English-language proficiency exam. ESADE Business School in Barcelona encourages candidates to apply even if they don’t have their required scores yet. Just don’t forget to indicate the date on which you plan to sit the test when preparing your application documents.
Is there an application fee?
Yes, MBA programs usually require a non-refundable application fee upon the submission of your documents. The sum varies per school – it can range from about USD 50 to USD 200, also depending on the local currency. However, keep in mind that your spending will increase if you are applying to several schools since you will have to pay a separate application fee for each program. Plan your financing accordingly or look into possibilities for skipping this fee. According to business school admissions consultant Karen Schweitzer, this could be an option. Here is what she says for education resource ThoughtCo:
Some schools are willing to waive their MBA application fee if you meet certain eligibility requirements. For example, the fee may be waived if you are an active-duty or honorably discharged member of the US military. Fees may also be waived if you are a member of an underrepresented minority.
How is the interview conducted if I am not local to the university?
Most international business schools are well aware that many of their applicants live in different parts of the world. This is why they often have three options for conducting admissions interviews.
The first option is a face-to-face on-campus interview and it is usually preferred by schools. If you live close to the university campus or if you find a convenient way to get there, don’t hesitate to invest some time in this opportunity. Trinity Business School “strongly recommends a visit to the school as part of your selection process if possible.”
International applicants who live in another country can opt for an online video call instead. Platforms such as Skype enable admissions committees to interview candidates from abroad and still get to know their background and professional goals. However, be sure not to mix up the video essay and the video interview.
Finally, some business schools organize personal interviews in countries where MBA staff travels to for business events and fairs. This is a great opportunity if you strongly prefer face-to-face interaction. ESADE Business School and IESE Business School – another reputable institution in Spain, are among the programs that are open to all three interview options.
Many of these details can be found on the official website of your chosen school. However, don’t hesitate to contact university representatives if you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the FAQ section.