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MBA Admission for Smarties [Kindle Edition]

Linda Abraham , Judy Gruen
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Going for an MBA? Show your management smarts by following this straight-talking advice that will direct you through the MBA admissions maze. Written by two leading experts in MBA admissions consulting, MBA Admissions for Smarties reveals vital, yet often-neglected steps that will save you from the needless disappointment of applying at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons, or to the wrong programs. Part 1 of the book lays the foundation for a successful application by mapping out the key factors to consider before you actually apply. It guides you through clarifying your goals for an MBA – and why it’s essential that you do so. It shows you how to research MBA programs to see if you are a good fit, and then teaches you how to evaluate your qualifications for your target schools. This section concludes by preparing you to choose the right schools for you, taking into account your uniqueness as an individual with a unique learning style. With that strong foundation the book then focuses on presentation – the nuts and bolts of the application process: Essential tips on writing with clarity, specifics and meaning. Key steps to maximizing the impact of specific essay types, such as those that ask about goals, leadership, overcoming failure, and personal influences. Secrets of crafting a strong MBA resume (it’s not a job resume) and gathering outstanding letters of recommendation that can tip the scales in your favor. Indispensable steps to prepare you to shine during your interviews. Finally, a special section with advice for special applicant groups: waitlisted, reapplicants, career changers, military, overrepresented groups and underrepresented minorities, as well as older applicants and younger applicants. MBA Admissions for Smarties is chock-full of specific examples including winning essays, resumes and letters of recommendation, as well as advice from admissions committee directors and other industry experts. If you plan to apply to a top MBA program, this book will become your best friend.

Editorial Reviews


"MBA Admissions for Smarties is a gem of a guide designed to help savvy business school applicants research and pick appropriate schools and present their application in the most compelling way to the admission committees." --Leila Pirnia, Founder, MBA Podcaster

"This is a highly comprehensive book that will be valuable to graduate school applicants and educational consultants alike. Filled with thought-proving questions and tons of examples, it's destined to become the ultimate handbook for MBA admission."  -- Maxx Duffy, President, Maxx Associates

If there is one thing that a prospective MBA student should take away from this book it is chapter 1. The question "what are your goals" should be such a simple thing to elucidate but it is the one question that applicants stumble over time and time again. -- Christie St. John, Ph.D., Sr Assoc. Dir of Admissions, Tuck School of Business.

"This book will help eliminate the initial fears and questions that many prospective applicants have about applying to b-school.  The level of detail allows the reader to use this as a reference tool to complete the perfect application.  Bravo!"--Christine E. Sneva,  Director, Admissions and Financial Aid, Johnson Graduate School of Mgmt.

About the Author

Linda Abraham is the founder and president of, the premier MBA admissions consultancy. She is also the co-founder, first president, and current vice-president of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants. Since 1994, Linda has advised thousands of clients applying to top MBA programs. Her expert personal coaching and editing, as well as the concrete, cogent admission tips she has written on the Admissions blog and in more than a dozen grad school admissions ebooks, have benefitted countless applicants. As a leading expert in grad school admissions consulting, Linda has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Sunday Times of London, MBA Podcaster, Beat the GMAT, GMAT Club, Poets and Quants, and other media outlets and web sites.

Judy Gruen joined as an editor in 1996, bringing broad experience in corporate communications, health care public relations, journalism and essay writing to her work with clients. Together with Linda Abraham, she has co-authored two ebooks: MBA Letters of Recommendation That Rock and Law School Letters of Recommendation That Rock. Judy’s essays on topics both serious and humorous have appeared in dozens of major media outlets and have been anthologized in several books. She is also the author of several award-winning humor books, including The Women’s Daily Irony Supplement.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Guide to get you started September 20, 2012
A helpful and to the point read and will give you a good overview of the application process and answer the common questions but not sufficient to be a power guide.

*** PROS: ***
Section on setting goals
Good self-assessment section
Research (how and where to learn about schools)
Addresses the common questions such as School Visit, R1 vs. R2, How many schools to apply to, etc
Each chapter has a good summary at the end
Goes into how AdCom's evaluate applicants
Writing Principles
15 essay examples that seem current
Very good LOR advice
Good bschool resume tips

*** CONS: ***
Overview of what schools are looking for is a bit weak and the intro is slow.
Specific essay topics section is short
Name - it is hard to take the book seriously
I would love to see more essay examples, esp specific ones or full packages

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised at all the new information! December 7, 2011
By Berlin
As someone who has been considering going for an MBA for quite some time, I assumed that I would know most of the content in this book, having done some research on various programs etc. I was quite pleasantly surprised though, to discover that the topics, advice and content in the book were well beyond my expectations, and illuminated many aspects of the MBA admissions process that hadn't even crossed my mind.

Smarties makes you really take a step back and look at the whole picture, with clear, step-by-step guidelines in each area of the MBA application process and specific tips and examples along the way.

I'm really glad I came across this book and would highly recommend anyone applying for an MBA to read MBA Smarties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful! December 6, 2011
I found this a really helpful guide-- it really is no-nonsense, straightforward advice. The authors include lots of examples and practical tips. I feel like I have a much better understanding of how to analyze my goals and get started with my applications! It's a great buy and I'd recommend it to anyone preparing for the MBA application process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard For MBA Admissions Guides July 4, 2013
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It's difficult to find non-recycled material in MBA admissions books/ebooks/articles. Just about everything I had read in the past seemed like it was just lifted from somewhere else and slightly modified. After about a year and a half of immersing myself in this pre-MBA world, I felt like I had read everything I could on MBA admissions.

I was wrong.

After I got through the first few pages of this book, I knew it was something completely different from what I had read in the past. Of course, there were some ideas that I had seen before, but there was so much new material and many answers for questions I couldn't find elsewhere (I'll be participating in a feedback session from a school I got dinged by last year - this book gave suggestions on how to approach that and even what to ask!)

Not only is it a valuable resource for just about any type of applicant (over-represented groups and military applicants take note - there are specific sections just for you!) but Linda backs up a lot of her advice with examples of essays that put her advice to work - so much so that after reading a few of her examples, I learned that I could be approaching my essays a bit more creatively so that they'd be more interesting to read but convey the same message of my prior essays. This style change led me to say what I wanted to say last time around even more efficiently so I had space to add even more - more than that, I felt that the new essay is much more fun to read.

The only thing I'd say that was a drawback to this book was the formatting. I purchased the Kindle version of this book and noticed some formatting issues on the first page of each chapter. It doesn't detract too much from the experience of the book, it was just something I noticed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book for MBA Admission May 18, 2012
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I just finished reading few chapters of "MBA Admission for Smarties" by Linda Abraham and Judy Gruen and must admit that it is a one of the best book available on market. Before reading this book, I had read one another book by renowned one (I don't want to name the book or author) but that book didn't appealed to me in such a fashion as "MBA Admission for Smarties" did. This book simply made me to think, think about why MBA, about my goals, etc.

I know all these are the very basic things for someone who is thinking about MBA but seriously I had never thought about why MBA? Yes, it was always in my mind that I want to go for social entrepreneurship but this book made me to think what functional location you wants in the organisation, what would be my short-term and long-term goals with respect to entrepreneurship stint? What would I be able to contribute to the organisation?

I liked the way authors described the whole book in stories related to the real life. I must admit that I can see myself or my condition in almost every story. I started thinking about MBA about 3years back but even after 3years I only knew that I want to work as a social entrepreneur but within social entrepreneur what would I be doing, I didn't know and hardly thought about it. It's really difficult to just read the bunch of advice without relating those to real life but this book has done a wonderful job by relating it to real life stories. This book made me to think "Goal is something you want to do, not study." Also, your goal must be credible and you must not only decide what industry you want to work for but also the function.

This book also made me to think why I do want to work as social entrepreneur? Where do I excel as a social entrepreneur? What unique I can bring to the class?
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I wished I had this publication as my first read preparing for the MBA. I like the explanation of the rankings, tips for a solid resume and the essay part is the best! Read more
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