Many aspiring Business School students struggle with their MBA school selection. There are many top MBA programs out there – so how do they choose? While there is no easy answer to this question, we have included a few factors to consider as you start narrowing down your list of schools:
– Consider the school’s student demographics. Look at the average GMAT, average age, undergraduate majors, average GPA, % international, gender distribution, etc. Get a sense of the incoming class and assess how you fit with their profile.- Consider the school’s career placement. The career office will typically publish statistics such as % of grads with a job offer, post-MBA salaries, job placement by industry, job placement by region, and top companies that recruit at the school. Assess whether these statistics are in-line with your post MBA career aspirations.
– Consider the program offerings at each of the schools – do your research. For instance, if you are passionate about Health Care then make sure your target schools have a strong Health Care curriculum, faculty, club offerings, etc.
– Consider your personal preferences. Do you prefer a certain region? What teaching style do you prefer? Do you want to focus on learning the core curriculum or would you rather have a program that allows more elective flexibility? For what type of student culture are you looking? These types of questions will help you to narrow your list of schools even further.
– Finally, and most difficult, consider your competitiveness at each of the schools. This one is tough, because it requires an honest assessment of your profile relative to your peers. Be realistic! There is rarely a school that meets all the criteria and fits your profile exactly – so look for those programs that provide the best overall fit. At Inside MBA Admissions, we are also happy to help. Feel free to sign-up for a complementary consultation with Jana.