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The MBA Application Roadmap: The Essential Guide to Getting Into a Top Business School

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Most applicants spend a great deal of time agonizing over their school list. This is viewed as a crucial first step that must be finalized before embarking on the process. Many applicants begin with a very long, ambitious list of schools and as they move forward some schools fall off, and others are added, for all kinds of reasons; the school list evolves, as does the applicant's story. Obviously, you need at least one school to start, but much of your list can be determined as you work through the process. As you become more invested in going to business school, and your story solidifies, you may decide to add additional schools. As you clarify your goals, you may consider schools that you had never looked at in the past. Similarly, this exercise may cause you to drop schools from your list. As you form your list, one important question to ask yourself is: How committed am I to going to school next year? Am I dedicated to one or two top-choice schools, or to going back to school- period? Some applicants are content in their careers, and will only go back to school to attend a top choice. This is a fine decision- just realize that applying to one school is a risky strategy, no matter how qualified you may be. Other applicants put together a broader list in order to maximize chances of success. This is a personal decision- just be honest with yourself when assessing where you want to be next year. It's also important to be aware of the different types of programs available. Depending on where you are in your life you may decide that a traditional 2-year, full-time program located across the country is just not an option. Fortunately, there are many alternatives, with more springing up regularly.

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Most applicants spend a great deal of time agonizing over their school list. This is viewed as a crucial first step that must be finalized before embarking on the process. Many applicants begin with a very long, ambitious list of schools and as they move forward some schools fall off, and others are added, for all kinds of reasons; the school list evolves, as does the applicant's story. Obviously, you need at least one school to start, but much of your list can be determined as you work through the process. As you become more invested in going to business school, and your story solidifies, you may decide to add additional schools. As you clarify your goals, you may consider schools that you had never looked at in the past. Similarly, this exercise may cause you to drop schools from your list. As you form your list, one important question to ask yourself is: How committed am I to going to school next year? Am I dedicated to one or two top-choice schools, or to going back to school- period? Some applicants are content in their careers, and will only go back to school to attend a top choice. This is a fine decision- just realize that applying to one school is a risky strategy, no matter how qualified you may be. Other applicants put together a broader list in order to maximize chances of success. This is a personal decision- just be honest with yourself when assessing where you want to be next year. It's also important to be aware of the different types of programs available. Depending on where you are in your life you may decide that a traditional 2-year, full-time program located across the country is just not an option. Fortunately, there are many alternatives, with more springing up regularly.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Firstbooks.com (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912301899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912301891
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While I am a GMAT tutor and naturally focus solely on that part of the quest for business school admissions, it's important to keep the test in perspective. As big of a challenge as the exam can seem, it is only part of the MBA application process. Other aspects of the process, such as essays, can be every bit as challenging and time-consuming.

There are plenty of books on the market to help you get from "I want to go to B-School" to "I'm in!" but it wasn't until I recently read The MBA Application Roadmap that I found one I could enthusiastically endorse.

Authors Stacy Blackman and Daniel J. Brookings have put together a concise handbook that gives you a plan and then walks you through the steps required to get there. Blackman is well-known for her admissions consulting service, and her experience is evident throughout the book.

Most striking in the first several chapters of the book is the emphasis on getting started early. Blackman and Brookings encourage you to give yourself several months to research schools, prepare for and take the GMAT, draft essays, and manage recommenders.

The authors start from the very beginning, explaining the various factors that should go into your school selections. In my experience (and in theirs), too many students decide on one or two programs simply because of familiarity or a top ranking. Researching more possibilities will not only expand your options, but will also come in handy when tailoring your essays to each school's admissions committee.

Nearly half of the book is devoted to application essays, and this is where you'll find the most valuable advice.
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This book is chock-full of great advice and tips for mastering the MBA admissions application process. It helps you think about your application from a whole different perspective. It provides a great roadmap for branding yourself and includes tips on each phase of the process from school selection to essay writing to interviews. I highly recommend this book to anyone embarking on the application process.
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This is the first book that I've read from front to back regarding the MBA admissions process. It is chocked full of great advice, anecdotes, and helps to demystify the process. It adequately puts forth what the MBA admission boards are looking for in an application, and how to *market* yourself without coming across as overly-confident or too flawless.

There are some essay writing tips that I'm fortunate to have read because it guided me away from committing certain follies in my essays that I had planned to commit! One being starting my essays with the intention to create a mystery.

If you're concerned with the content being too old (the book was published in 2009), rest assured that the content is still relevant, and I can imagine it being so for many years to come.

This may be minor, but I was surprised with how many chapters this book has. It struck me as being poorly structured, although it does not take much away from the quality of the content of the book.

The main shortcoming of this book is the lack of actual recommendations and essays. Perhaps it was not the goal of this book, but the addition of actual essays would have improved the usefulness of this book tremendously. As a result, I'm subtracting two stars. I had to refer to essays in "How to Get into the Top MBA Programs" by Richard Montauk to get the look and feel of actual essays and recommendations.
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I found the book to overpriced for its content. If you just need a very brief overview of the application process, this book may be Ok, but it gives you no application stratgies, other than some pep talk about - being yourself, be truthful about your weaknesses, and all that. I think other books from Avi gordon, Omari, Paul Bodine and Chioma are much much better, as they present clear application stretegies. Omari's book profiles the various MBA schools, and is a good place to look when you want to choose which schools to apply to. Paul, Chioma and Avi do a good job of strtegizing your app.
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