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MBALaunch Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Process & Requirements

  • How do I apply to the 2021 MBALaunch program?
    Begin by completing our online application in its entirety. You will need to submit the online application, your professional resume, and a recorded video essay or written essay. The 2021 MBALaunch application fee is $35. This application fee is non-refundable.

  • Do I need a GMAT or GRE score to apply to the MBALaunch program?
    No, you do not need a GMAT or GRE score to apply. There is a section in the application to add your score if you have one, but it is not required.

  • Do I need to submit both a video essay AND written essay?
    No, please submit either a video essay OR written essay.

  • Can I save my MBALaunch online application as I work through it?
    No, please set aside approximately one hour to fully complete your application. You will not be able to save an incomplete application on our website. We suggest updating your resume and writing or recording your essay prior to filling out the online application.

  • What are the differences between the application rounds?
    There is no major difference between the application rounds. If you apply in an earlier round, you will receive your admission decision sooner.

  • How will I receive my MBALaunch admission decision?
    You will receive an email with your admission decision. Please update your Forté profile to ensure you have not opted out of our emails. If admitted, you will receive an email with additional instructions on next steps to confirm your seat in the 2021 program.

General Program Questions

  • When does the 2021 MBALaunch program officially start?
    The MBALaunch program starts on January 12, 2021 with our first kickoff webinar.

  • When do the program webinars usually take place?
    Live webinars typically take place from 7:30-8:30pm ET on Tuesday evenings throughout the program. Webinars are subject to change based on speaker availability.

  • I have schedule conflicts with the webinars. Can I still participate?
    Yes. We record all webinars so they are accessible on demand in the online MBALaunch community. You are welcome to access the recording at your convenience that week and update your attendance in the online MBALaunch community.

  • Do you provide GRE prep in addition to GMAT prep?
    At this time, the MBALaunch program only provides GMAT prep. We partner with experts to provide seven GMAT prep webinars and seven additional online study sessions.

  • Can I still participate in MBALaunch if I am planning to take the GRE or the Executive Assessment (EA)?
    Yes, you can participate even if you aren’t planning to take the GMAT. MBALaunchers who plan on taking the GRE or EA may opt-out of the program’s GMAT prep module by either participating in an outside GRE/EA prep program or having an existing official test score equivalent to a 680 GMAT score or above.

  • Is MBALaunch GMAT prep sufficient for my GMAT preparation? Will I need additional study or courses?
    MBALaunch provides an introduction to all parts of the GMAT and includes strategies you may implement to do your best on the exam. We hold weekly webinars, provide homework assignments, and set up study groups through the first three months of the program, but our prep module is likely not sufficient to completely prepare you for the GMAT. Significant self-study and/or additional work with outside test prep companies will help you achieve your target score.

  • What if I have a question that hasn't been addressed on this page?
    We are happy to answer any questions you have about the MBALaunch program. Please email mbalaunchhelp@fortefoundation.org.