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2019 Forté MBALaunch

Deadline Extended: October 31


Have you decided to get an MBA but don't have the network to stay focused or don't feel prepared enough to make grad school a reality? Get focused with Forté MBALaunch, a 10-month program that pairs women seeking an MBA with a support network and provides a structured roadmap for applying to business schools.

MBALaunch is a balance of in-person and virtual events to keep you connected and get you prepared for your application. Our program begins in mid-January with our webinar series. In February and March, each city will have a one-day Kick-Off event throughout the United States, Canada, and the UK. You will continue to participate in online webinars and attend monthly in-person peer group sessions in your host city or via video chat.


  1. Cultivate a network of peers
    Connect with hundreds of women who have the same goal as you.
  2. Get intensive GMAT test prep
    Improve your score by 100 points on average with our GMAT study prep that includes two months of webinars and assignments on difficult testing areas, ranging from data sufficiency to reading comprehension.
  3. Build a winning application
    Mitigate your weakness with ten months of application prep and webinars that cover everything from financing your MBA to power networking.
  4. Practice your admissions interview skills
    Schedule advising appointments with admissions consultants and  business school representatives from leading business schools and take advantage of office hours with Forté experts.
  5. Receive immediate feedback
    Draw on the experiences of your peers and MBA alumnae advisors when writing your admissions essays and updating your resume.

Over 10 months, Forté presented topics in an extremely effective sequence that made me feel super prepared at each step. When it was time to ask my mentors and supervisors to write recommendations, I knew when and how to have those conversations, and what materials to provide in helping my recommenders prepare to tell my story.

— Becca Grad, 2017 MBA Alumna, Tuck School of Business

Application Fee Waivers

Arizona State University (W. P. Carey School of Business) • Babson College (F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business) • Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business) • Cornell University (Johnson School of Management) • Dartmouth College (Tuck School of Business) • Duke University (The Fuqua School of Business) • Emory University (Goizueta Business School) • ESADE • George Washington University School of Business • Georgetown University (McDonough School of Business) • Georgia Tech (Scheller College of Business) • HEC Paris • IE Business School • IESE Business School • Imperial College Business School • Indiana University - Bloomington (Kelley School of Business) • INSEAD • London Business School • Massachussetts Institute of Technology (Sloan School of Management) • Michigan State University • New York University (Stern School of Business) • Oxford University (Sa´d Business School) • Rice University (Jones Graduate School of Business) • Southern Methodist University (Cox School of Business) • The Ohio State University (Fisher College of Business) • University of Chicago (Booth) • University of Illinois (Gies College of Business) • University of Maryland (Smith School of Business) • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Carlson School of Management) • University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler Business School) • University of Notre Dame (Mendoza School of Business) • University of Rochester (Simon School of Management) • University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business) • University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business) • University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management) • University of Virginia (Darden School of Business) • Vanderbilt University (Owen Graduate School of Management) • Washington University in St. Louis (Olin Business School) • Western University (Ivey Business School) • Yale School of Management • York University (Schulich School of Business)

A sub-group of our sponsor schools offer fee waivers to candidates who complete the MBALaunch program. We will have the final list of schools that will waive the application fee for the 2019 Launchers in August 2019.

MBALaunch Sponsors & Partners