Getting Your MBA: Choosing a Business School
Where You Belong
MBA programs come in different sizes, and they have different specialties. Learn how to find the program that best meets your academic, professional and personal needs.
Find the right program
Naturally, you want to find an MBA program that will benefit your career. But your satisfaction during the program is equally important. When deciding where to apply, consider these key factors:
- How does the school match your background and academic needs?
- Where do the MBA graduates end up working?
- What’s the culture or “vibe” of the school?
School visits are ideal for understanding the culture of a program. You can typically tour the campus, visit classes and meet informally with current MBA students at lunch or social events. You should also attend receptions in your area where alumni/students will be present—the more people you meet, the more you’ll learn about the school.
Get help from the experts
The application process can be long and challenging, so seek support to keep you focused and realistic. Groups like the Forté Foundation, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and The MBA Exchange offer assistance with school selection, essay writing, interview skills, test-taking and more.
Take advantage of the resources around you to make sure you end up at the business school best suited to your goals and dreams. Then, explore the many options for paying for school.