10 Steps To A Successful MBA Application

Nupur Gupta of Crack The MBA explains what you need to prioritize as you get your MBA application ready

What should my MBA application timeline look like?

Dear BusinessBecause,

I'm an early career professional and have decided I want to apply to an MBA in two or three years.

The application process seems to have a lot of steps, and can feel overwhelming. My question is, how early do I need to start, and what steps should I prioritize?


The Answer


This week's Applicant Question is answered by Nupur Gupta, founder of Crack The MBA, and president of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC). 

There are 10 broad steps that go into preparing MBA applications, and applicants typically take 11 to 12 weeks to complete four or five MBA applications once they have taken the GMAT or GRE.

Please note the timelines stated below represent one potential way to approach your MBA application timeline. 

Please use my guidelines here to inform your view on considerations involved in the process and potential paths you may consider adopting.

Here are the 10 steps to consider as you build your application timeline:


1. Building your profile

This takes place over six to 36 months.

This step includes various aspects that contribute to the strength of your candidacy as an MBA applicant. These include academics, leadership, teamwork, and career progression. 

As an example, this may include your decision to participate in the social impact club at your college. For purposes of business school applications, decisions you make after high school tend to have the greatest relevance. 

This is not to say that your journey before that does not count, but only to say that post high school is generally considered the most important time frame for most applicants. This is the time when you make decisions most actively, as an adult.


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