3 Steps to a Successful MBA Reapplication Effort

Reapplying to Business School? Take 2: ACTION!

Have you been dinged from your top choice MBA programs? Don’t despair – get back on that application horse and try again! (In other words, it’s time to put your best efforts forward again in the MBA reapplication process.)

Here’s what you should do:

1.      Analyze why you were rejected. Was there a problem with your MBA profile (like you not have enough work experience or your GMAT was too low)? Or were you competitive but your actual application was flawed (like you forgot to change Harvard Business School to Wharton in each of your application essays or your MBA resume wasn’t updated to reflect your current position or your essays were boring, didn’t answer the questions, or failed to show fit)?

2.      Determine what you can do to increase your chances of acceptance. Can you improve your profile (by adding another year or two of valuable work experience, retaking the GMAT, boosting your extracurricular/leadership roles, etc.)? Can you create an application that better presents your impressive qualifications? Can you do a better job staying organized and making sure that your application is letter-perfect and tailored for each program you apply to (i.e. not just change HBS to Wharton, but also ensure that your answers specifically answer Wharton’s questions and your goals reflect a perfect fit with the program)?

3.      Apply to different programs, if needed. After completing steps 1 and 2 above, you may find that the details of your profile and the quality of your application were fine, but that you simply weren’t competitive at the MBA programs that you’d chosen. In such a case, you’ll need to cast your net a little wider and apply to programs better suited to your qualifications.

Here are more questions for you to consider: Should you reapply next year, or would your profile benefit from more time (2-3 years) before reapplying? If this last attempt was already your second try, should you even consider applying a third time? Is it possible that b-school isn’t for you? Or maybe that you’d do better applying to a part-time MBA program, a Master’s program, or an Executive MBA program?

Please see MBA Reapplication 101 to review resources that will help you determine if reapplying to business school is right for you, and if it is, how to do so successfully to the top MBA program of your choice.

By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com and author of MBA Admission for Smarties, the premier admissions consultancy and essay editing company that has helped applicants around the world gain admissions to over 450+ top schools since 1994. Visit Acccepted.com for all your MBA admissions consulting needs today!

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