Applying for a graduate school.

(This is based on my personal experience and my application for a Master in International Business for Hult.)

School hunting is an arduous task.

First there is the SEARCH.

You can either google schools that come to mind or MAKE A GMAT ACCOUNT.

I got the idea of creating a GMAT account from a friend who applied to a Singapore based business school. The GMAT is one of the requirements of business schools but the GMAT website also provides a number of services that you can avail for free if you have an account. One of these is the search engine tailored to filter your preferences for a business school. So if you’d prefer a Master or MBA in a certain region with a specified program or a joint degree, you can easily filter the hundreds of schools to those who provides programs suitable to your preference.

Next is the INQUIRY.

Since schools try their best to differentiate themselves, they create different standards, requirements, program specifics and duration or even specialized courses to be more appealing to prospective students. The trick is to ask the exact details of their programs so you can find out if they can meet your education preference. Get to know as much details like will a professor teach you or just the teaching assistant, are there scholarships, is the campus culturally diverse and the like so you’ll know where you’ll fit in.

Then there is the Online APPLICATION.

Every school has a different application process. Some need only an online application form and a good GMAT score, while some need the whole enchilada – transcript, recommendation letters, application form, TOEFL, GMAT, and a personal statement. For Hult I only needed a personal statement, a CV, recommendation letters and a completed application form since I was only applying for an MIB which didn’t require work experience or a GMAT score.

Then you’ll be INTERVIEWED.

The first few calls would just be a “getting to know you” kind of interview. These are short and casual interviews for prospective applicants. I received a lot of calls from Hult Admissions which made me more comfortable and made the application process easier. I also appreciated  the efforts they put in to get to know the candidates.

If you complete all the requirements you’ll be scheduled for a FINAL INTERVIEW.

I haven’t had mine yet. More on this as it unfolds…

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