When To Apply To MBA Programs

When you should apply to MBA programs — which year, and whether you should target Round 1 or Round 2 in that year — is an important decision.

In which year should you apply?

MBA programs prefer to admit candidates with 4-5 years of pre-MBA work experience upon matriculation because:

  1. They want students to have interesting experiences to share in classroom discussions
  2. Many post-MBA employers prefer 5+ years of pre-MBA work experience
  3. Students with 4-5 years of experience are likely to have a few leadership experiences, which prepares them well for further leadership development.

The admissions officers sometimes get a bit of advice from their friends in the career development office, too.

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In which round should you apply?

This depends on many factors, including:

  • Will the school see a lot of applicants with a similar profile to yours?
  • Have you completed the necessary preparation for making a quality application, like school networking?
  • Do you have enough time remaining to do your best work on the applications?

Watch this video to figure out when your best application round will be:

Originally appeared on Menlo Coaching.

With a broad-ranging 15-year tech career – including executive roles at startups (such as Adobe-acquired Efficient Frontier) and well-known companies (like Yahoo and Travelzoo) – David has hired, trained and developed dozens of young professionals in both Europe and the SF Bay Area. He started coaching MBA applicants in 2012 and is looking forward to helping you advance your career by winning admission to an MBA program.