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5 Tips for Choosing an MBA School

Are you looking for an MBA program? Here’s a list of five things to help you decide.

Here are five things to think about before applying for an MBA programme:

Have you decided what program you want to apply to?

You have now decided to apply for an MBA; the first thing is to choose the type of program you are interested in. Do you want a full-time program or an executive program? Full-time MBA programs will require you to be present full time and cater to students, who may not have much of experience of business track record. Executive MBAs, on the other hand, allow students to complete the program while working. However, students who apply for executive MBA programs usually have more business experience, and most schools require this as well. Another thing to consider before choosing the type of program you would prefer is to think of your present job and what you expect to do after the MBA. Deciding how much time you can afford to take away from the working world is another way to gauge the program you should choose.

Location of the school

It is essential to know what you expect to do after your MBA when you choose the location of the school. If you intend to stay in Canada after your MBA, then it does not make sense to attend school in the U.S or Europe. However, if you are looking to move outside the country then starting with an MBA program in the country of your choice could be a great way to move there and get acclimatised to the working environment and build a professional network there.

What type of companies are you planning to work at after the MBA?

Many people choose schools based on the companies that recruit there. This is a significant factor to consider when choosing your school. Do some basic research to find out which schools the company you are looking into is recruiting from. Knowing which companies hire at the schools make it easier for you to choose.

What are your chances of getting in?

Your GMAT score is one of the main things that could decide whether you can make it into a particular school. Most business schools publish the average GMAT score of successful applicants, along with the range. It is important to get within 20 points of the average or be prepared to give a satisfactory explanation to the admissions officer.

Go with your gut instinct.

It is never a bad idea to follow your gut instinct when it comes to choosing a school. Every school is unique, and when you walk in, you may be able to know whether you fit in or not. Use this information to make a decision. Most experts recommend visiting schools, meeting with admissions and alumni officers, and talking to students and other people at the school to decide the best school for you.

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