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The MBA Application Roadmap: The Essential Guide to Getting Into a Top Business School
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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.Read more ›
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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The MBA Application Roadmap: The Essential Guide to Getting into a Top Business School
Thank you for such an informative online booklet. Read more
I began looking into an MBA with several ideas of my own on how to proceed, and this book opened up my eyes to what i was missing and where i was misguided. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by ktpa
Awesome book! I purchased several MBA prep books and found this one to be by far the most helpful. One of the things I like most about it is that each chapter is a short, well... Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by jes