One of the first conditions for applying to any MBA program is a degree from a recognized, accredited academic institution.
When presenting your candidacy for an MBA program, you must give full details about your degree, such as your GPA, full transcripts of your courses and grades, years of study, and your class rank, if applicable. However, academic data is only one of the elements which will be considered in evaluating your candidacy.
What if you have not graduated with distinction or honors?
Many candidates believe that undergraduate distinction or, a degree in management or economics are preliminary conditions for admission to MBA programs. This is not true.
The truth is that the top-10 schools make special efforts to admit candidates with wide academic backgrounds. For example, only 19% of the 2010 graduating class at Stanford GSB held Business Administration or Economics undergraduate degrees. 35% had undergraduate degrees in hard sciences or in engineering, and 45% have degrees in social sciences.
At Ivy MBA Consulting, we identify the strengths and the weaknesses of your academic background, and evaluate how they interact with the other elements of your Candidacy File. Because our advisors have served as members of Admission Committees, we can predict what the reaction to your academic background will be, and will help you balance the other elements of your candidacy accordingly.
We have worked with successful candidates with a wide variety of academic performance. Even applicants with weaker “numbers” have achieved admission to the most competitive schools. Once again, we recognize that essays are critical in presenting the other parts of candidate’s personalities. Letters of recommendation and employment experience can also help counterbalance relatively weak academic achievements, if presented effectively.
So if I graduated second in my undergraduate class, am an “easy admit?” to my school of choice?
The truth is that outstanding academic achievement and high GMAT scores, in spite of their positive impact, shift the attention of the Admission Committee to other elements of the application. A candidate with very high numbers or an impeccable university transcript might face extra scrutiny over his ability to address social challenges, team work, or support in the community/extracurricular activities. It is important to remember that top MBA programs emphasize social and team interaction as well as outstanding personal academic achievement.
Is there a formula that schools use to evaluate my academic background?
Every school relates to your academic achievements in its own way, having an advisor who is a graduate of that school is a crucial advantage. An older candidate with a rich professional background but a weak academic past may be attractive to certain programs, but others may require academic strength regardless of the employment history and number of years since graduation Our in-depth school knowledge can help you navigate these conditions.