Should I apply now for 2020?


Hello all!

I was initially planning on applying for MBA programs to start next year (fall 2021). I'm on track to get a promotion this summer so I wanted to have another year of work experience (I have 4 years now) plus a better title to apply for decent schools (Darden, Fuqua, maybe Columbia) next year.

However, I have heard from my friends starting this year that many schools are now extending their round 3 deadlines and in some cases are even giving admits to people that wouldn't have gotten in otherwise.

Which makes me think I should apply because maybe I could land a better school, even without an extra year of work experience. A problem is, I haven't taken the GMAT yet.

What do you think? I am working at a Big 4 firm now and would plan on transitioning into technology (Amazon, etc.) or technology consulting (Accenture, PwC...)

Hello all!

I was initially planning on applying for MBA programs to start next year (fall 2021). I'm on track to get a promotion this summer so I wanted to have another year of work experience (I have 4 years now) plus a better title to apply for decent schools (Darden, Fuqua, maybe Columbia) next year.

However, I have heard from my friends starting this year that many schools are now extending their round 3 deadlines and in some cases are even giving admits to people that wouldn't have gotten in otherwise.

Which makes me think I should apply because maybe I could land a better school, even without an extra year of work experience. A problem is, I haven't taken the GMAT yet.

What do you think? I am working at a Big 4 firm now and would plan on transitioning into technology (Amazon, etc.) or technology consulting (Accenture, PwC...)
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Duncan

My gut tells me that you will be able to get into a better school next year. 33% more work experience and a better job title plus time to really prepare for the GMAT... that all sounds like a lot more value to the cohort you will be part of.

PS Columbia feels like a stretch unless you work for one of their major hiring partners, but maybe Yale or Tuck?

[Edited by Duncan on Mar 30, 2020]

My gut tells me that you will be able to get into a better school next year. 33% more work experience and a better job title plus time to really prepare for the GMAT... that all sounds like a lot more value to the cohort you will be part of.

PS Columbia feels like a stretch unless you work for one of their major hiring partners, but maybe Yale or Tuck?
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laurie

In general I would agree with Duncan. However, it never hurts to reach out at this stage to get a sense of how they would feel about you as a candidate. If it's true that they're being more 'flexible' with whom they recruit, they should be able to let you know that you would be considered an attractive candidate (or not.)

A lot can change between now and next year, though, both in terms of your career progression and the competitive landscape for MBA applications. But in general more work experience + a promotion would make you more competitive.

In general I would agree with Duncan. However, it never hurts to reach out at this stage to get a sense of how they would feel about you as a candidate. If it's true that they're being more 'flexible' with whom they recruit, they should be able to let you know that you would be considered an attractive candidate (or not.)

A lot can change between now and next year, though, both in terms of your career progression and the competitive landscape for MBA applications. But in general more work experience + a promotion would make you more competitive.
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I will do this. Thanks. In any case I have registered for the GMAT so I will see where I stand in that sense.

I will do this. Thanks. In any case I have registered for the GMAT so I will see where I stand in that sense.
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