Action: Complete the "School Due Diligence" Workbook
Our School Due Diligence Workbook will guide you through the research necessary to ensure that schools you apply to will best meet your unique requirements.
Action: Interview Students and Alumni
Current students and recent graduates can be excellent sources of information when you are trying to select the schools you will apply to. Talking to current MBA students and recent graduates with similar career goals is especially beneficial. Tap into your personal network to find a few people from each program on your short list to interview.
Another way to find interview subjects is to reach out to officers of industry-focused clubs on campus such as the Private Equity Club, Real Estate Group, or Energy Club. An email exchange or brief call may reveal other clubs, conferences, and research centers that are aligned with your career interests.
Action: Select Schools to Apply to
All of the MBA Prep Steps are important, but this one is particularly critical. Where you go to school will have important implications to your future career and your future in general.
If you have followed the research steps and due diligence program in this MBA Prep Step™, you will now be able to select the schools that are the best match with your academic needs, career goals, and cultural expectations. You also now have the Content Building Blocks for a persuasive, elegantly tailored answer to the "Why Our School" essay and interview question!
Action: Register Online With Schools
The marathon's starting gun really sounds on the day you sign up for your online application accounts. This is your first step in creating an application!
Tool: School Due Diligence Workbook (PDF)
Tool: School Due Diligence Workbook (Microsoft Word)
Reference: GMAC's list of MBA Programs