A brief welcome message from Tyler Cormney, MBA Prep School co-founder.
The MBA Prep Steps™ program was developed by MBA Prep School's faculty of experienced MBA admissions consultants to provide applicants like you with a powerful, step-by-step approach for building an outstanding application.
MBA Prep Steps™ Program Overview
There are eight primary steps in the MBA Prep Steps™ program. The MBA Prep Steps™ are designed to be completed in order because the steps that come later draw on the insights and content you generate in earlier MBA Prep Steps™. Read brief descriptions of each MBA Prep Step™ by clicking on the topic headings below:
MBA Prep Step™ 1: Prepare to Apply (Prior to Starting the Program)
For the early birds who have more than twelve weeks before it's time to apply, the first MBA Prep Step™ explores the things you should do to make your candidacy that much stronger. We have divided this Prep Step into two time periods – things to do if you have 12 months or more before you will apply and other activities that can be done when you have six or more months before applying. In addition to self-awareness exercises and some basic application housekeeping, you will learn to think like an admissions officer in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses in your candidacy. After showing you how to diagnose opportunities for improvement in your applicant profile, we prescribe a series of steps that you can take to strengthen your candidacy before you apply.
MBA Prep Step™ 2: Discover Your Strengths
An outstanding application will clearly communicate your key strengths to the admissions committee; therefore, you need to begin the application process with a crystal clear picture of what your strengths are. In the first week of the MBA Prep Steps™ program, you will complete a thorough accounting of your key differentiators, character strengths, career history, and leadership capabilities. The things you discover about yourself will serve as the building blocks for a powerful application.
MBA Prep Step™ 3: Define Your Career Goals
The clarity of the career vision you present in your applications can serve as an elegant proof of your future potential. In this MBA Prep Step™, you'll investigate the intersection between your strengths, passion, and sense of purpose in order to define your career goals. The career goals you develop using the exercises in this section of the work plan will set you apart from other candidates competing for a spot in a top school.
MBA Prep Step™ 4: Select Your Schools & Identify Each School’s Fit Qualities
In this MBA Prep Step™, you'll learn how to look beyond the magazine rankings, the school's marketing messages, and the opinions of others. We will guide you through a research program and a list of due diligence steps that you can take to select the schools that are the best fit for you. To prove you are a better fit than your competition, you need to know what qualities the school values most and use that knowledge to shape and to customize every element of your application – especially your essays. We will show you how to identify the school's Fit Qualities – which you can think of as the highest common denominators among students who are accepted.
MBA Prep Step™ 5: Build Your Application Resume & Application Forms
Most schools will require you to submit a 1-2 page resume. Most books and articles about creating a resume are generally written from the standpoint of creating a resume for a job search. In the videos, you'll learn exactly what admissions officers are looking for in an MBA application resume and how to build a resume that will "wow" the admissions committee. In addition, the application forms provide another opportunity to strengthen your candidacy. We will provide you with tips on all the major sections of the forms and share a series of best practices so that your application forms will further your bid for admission.
MBA Prep Step™ 6: Write Your Essays
The essays you write for your MBA applications are the best way to differentiate yourself from other candidates, and this MBA Prep Step™ will provide you with the guidance you need to create impressive essays. We identified the essay questions that appear every year across applications and created this video series to teach you how to tackle the classic MBA essay questions. There are no shortcuts to creating great essays. To help you stay on track with your essay writing efforts, we have broken the writing process down into a weekly program that will take you from first draft to final draft for three separate sets of application essays. Armed with the insights provided in this MBA Prep Step™, you will embark on your writing process with greater confidence and a clearer idea of your writing objectives.
MBA Prep Step™ 7: Select & Support Your References
Selecting your references and supporting them along the way are critical aspects of a successful application. In this MBA Prep Step™, we provide you with the important Do's and Don'ts of reference selection. After you have selected your references, guiding them through the recommendation letter process we will recommend is the best way to ensure that great letters result. We will share a series of Reference Letter Best Practices so that you can maximize the quality of the reference letters that accompany your application.
MBA Prep Step™ 8: Prepare for Interviews (Premium Members Only)
Available only to our Premium Members. The admissions interview is the "final exam" in the application process. In this MBA Prep Step™, you will learn the basic including what you are going to be "tested on" and how to score top marks with your interview answers. In our the advanced interview prep videos, we offer a series of preparation exercises that will prepare you prove you are qualified for an MBA and prove you are a better fit for the school than your competitors. You will also have access to a series of Admissions Interview Best Practices that will make a noticeable difference in your performance on interview day.
Bonus Videos: Essay Insights™ Series (Premium Members Only)
As a special bonus, our Premium Subscribers also receive access to our Essay Insights™ videos, which provide a significant extra edge in your application essays. The first video in the series will show you how to use creative writing techniques to make your essays more engaging and memorable. Videos two through five take you through the process of writing a Leadership Essay from topic generation all the way to polishing the style and grammar of your final draft.