Testing the MBA field

“Applications are read carefully so students need to be meticulous!”

Feb 21, 2009 04:30 AM

Anna Piekarski


As applications are being prepared for MBA (Master of Business Administration) programs, university officials have one message they would like students to heed: be meticulous – these applications will be read carefully.

“A thoughtful application is very telling about how much they want this,” says Niki Healey, director of MBA recruiting and admissions at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

It is helpful advice, but alas, it’s about the only advice all institutions seem to stress. Those looking for the magic formula of grades, standardized test scores and level of work experience required will not find one generic answer.

While it may save time, preparing similar applications and applying to as many schools as possible is to be avoided.

“Unfortunately, there is a bit of a `Throw my hat in the ring everywhere’ mentality,” Healey says.

While the end result may be the same degree, the course to get there is different at every institution, so knowledge of the program is imperative to getting accepted.

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