MBA Admissions Tips
Top 5 MBA admissions tips from Senior Director of Admissions

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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. 

MBA admissions tips

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.

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