3.10 Case Studies
Question: I am an IIT graduate. I am currently working for a foreign multinational. I am seriously thinking of going for an MBA in the US. I would like to know the qualifications of the prospective student at a top-tier MBA program in the US. Are there any tips for enhancing my chances of getting in?
Answer: The top-tier MBA programs in the US admit students who they believe will be highly successful and become distinguished business leaders of tomorrow. Having the alumni become the who's who of the business worldenhances the reputation and prestige of the MBA school. It is no coincidence that some of the world-renowned business and government executives come from the Harvard Business School, and some of the world-renowned entrepreneurs come from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. These schools admit students who have a record of demonstrated success in progressively challenging situations in the past, and who also have the vision and motivation for extra-ordinary success in the future. The schools use many data points to perform this assessment. It is up to you to provide all the necessary information and documentation in your MBA school applications.
Let us now look at the information required by the MBA schools, the purpose of such information, and what can you do to improve your chances of admission by focusing on the relevant issues.
These are typical requirements for consideration. There is no magic formula for picking the dimension on which you should focus the most. You must demonstrate extra-ordinary performance on ALL these dimensions. Depending on the school, there may be additional requirements. We recommend that you research carefully the specific requirements of the schools of interest. As we mentioned in the beginning, with respect to Harvard and Stanford, these schools have varying visions of what they want to be recognized for in the academic and business worlds. You would be well advised to craft your essays and perhaps even influence your Letters of Recommendation to align yourself with the visions of respective schools.
Beyond your record of demonstrated success and potential for success, these schools are most interested in students with a few years of work experience. Although there is no stated age range, most suitable candidates would be in the 25-31 age group. You need not have any prior formal education in business, but you do need a 4-year Bachelorís degree in any program from a highly regarded institution.
Applying for MBA programs is a considerable effort, but it is worth every bit in its rewards.