MBA Admissions Tips
Top 5 MBA admissions tips from Senior Director of Admissions
Originally published on TopMBA.com
If you’re looking to undertake an MBA in California, the chances are that the Graduate School of Management (GSM) at the University of California, Davis will feature on your admissions radar. The UC Davis MBA is on the up – climbing 18 places in QS’s 2014/15 regional rankings and now lying comfortably within North America’s top 50 and indeed, the US’s top 30.
MBA admissions tips
Here are some MBA admissions tips by Kathy Gleed, Senior Director of Admissions, adapted from a recent topmba.com article.
1) Eye-catching Essay(s)
Ensure that you have answered the prompt and are succinct in your response. We ask for the information that we believe is important in evaluating each candidate. That is the information we would like you to write about. If you have other information to share with us, include it in the optional essay. Writing skills are extremely important in your career, and a well‐written essay stands out for the admissions committee.
2) Inspire in the Interview
Treat the interview like you would a career interview. Dress appropriately and be prepared to give a succinct, high‐level overview of your career achievements. Most importantly, relax and be yourself. We want to build a relationship with you and, in so doing, you will be able to assess if UC Davis is a good fit for you.
3) Face-to-face ask for letters of recommendation
If at all possible, meet with the person to ask if they will write you a letter of recommendation. Share your résumé and a brief explanation of why you have decided to pursue your MBA.
4) Accomplishment focused CV/résumé
Use your résumé to highlight achievements and accomplishments instead of just listing your responsibilities. It should highlight all the positions you’ve held and your educational background, not present an exhaustive list of everything you’ve ever done.
5) Experience a day in the life through a school visit
We strongly encourage candidates to schedule an appointment to visit a class and meet with one of our admissions directors. With advance notice, we will set up time for you to meet with current students – our MBA ambassadors – to experience the culture and community of the UC Davis MBA program.