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Forté MBALaunch

Applications open September 10, 2020.

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Have you decided to get an MBA, but wish you had a support system to keep you focused, guide you through the application process, and help you make grad school a reality? Stay on track with FortÚ 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 that will keep you connected and get you prepared for your MBA application. The program begins in mid-January with our webinar series. In February and March, each MBALaunch city (located throughout the United States, Canada, and the UK) will have a one-day kick-off event. You will continue to participate in online webinars and attend monthly in-person peer group sessions in your host city.

Don’t live in one of our MBALaunch cities? No problem! Do it all from home (or your fave coffee shop) as a virtual MBALauncher. We will connect you to a peer group of other virtual MBALaunchers you will meet via video chat each month.

Have questions? Watch our MBALaunch: Steps to Success Q&A webinar to hear from past MBALaunch participants about their experiences.


  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 10 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.

Forté MBALaunch provided me with a solid foundation at the start of the application process, teaching me impactful ways to share my story. Additionally, my peer group was a constant source of support and encouragement throughout the process, from reading essays to celebrating admissions decisions with me long after the official program had ended.

— Ashley John, 2017 Forté MBALaunch Alumna, Rice University (Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business)

2019 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.