Please use this guideline to help you meet September / October deadlines

IDEAL ROUND ONE MBA ADMISSIONS TIMELINE

 

While every applicant must follow her own schedule, many of my clients find these milestones helpful

Meanwhile, I am updating MBA deadlines here

 

MONTH

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

April

     

Tests 

Take TOEFL

Meet GMAT teachers

Form study groups

   

Research

Your future career options

Target schools

Potential recommenders

Alumni and current students

Potential recommenders

Visit

Spring (not during exams)

Contact current students

Student clubs

Career office

 

May

     

Tests

Finish TOEFL

Study GMAT

First GMAT?

Get transcripts

Research additional courses if GPA or quant ability is low

Research

Essay questions released

Future goals

Target schools – beyond curriculum

Alumni

Current students

Write

Resume

Life story

Goals outline

Mind maps

 

June

     

Tests

Another GMAT?

Start supplementary courses, if needed

     

Write

Polish resume

Continue life story

Goals essay draft

Brainstorm ideas for other essays

Personal profile to share with recommenders

July

         

Write

Finalize goals essay

Finalize life story

Brainstorm, outline leadership / accomplishment essays

Brainstorm, outline failure / mistake essay

Update personal profile for recommenders

Meet

Alumni

Current students

Recommenders

   

August

         

Write

Draft leadership / accomplishment essays

Draft failure / mistake essay

Brainstorm, draft personal / contribution essay

Brainstorm, draft strengths / weaknesses with recommenders

Register with school’s online application forms; begin filling in data

September

         

Write

Edit and polish essays

Solicit feedback from a few trusted mentors, alumni, current students

Meet recommenders

 

 

Sept / October

         

Submit

All round one materials

HBS: Mon, 19 Sep

Stanford: Wed, 2 Oct

Research (visit?) round two target schools

Take a deep breath

 Prepare for interviews

 

November

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare for interviews

Evaluate progress

Consider round two

 

 

 

 


 

 


- Updated by Vince on 20 Jan 2015

 

 


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