As we begin to close out the applications for autumn 2018, we are working on the application for autumn 2019 for all programs. We do not expect any major changes between the 2018 and 2019 applications - you should be fine if you use the 2018 application guidelines for your planning purposes.
Graduate school is an optional advanced program that comes after undergraduate studies, where you focus on a specific topic or field of study. Some graduate programs are academic, where students are actively conducting research on a chosen topic. Others are professional, where students are focused on developing specialized skills for the workplace. Some programs are a combination of both.
When you start thinking about furthering your education, one of the biggest challenges is performing a graduate school search. After all, there are countless choices for programs, areas of the country, and cultures. Do you want to live in a big city and attend a large university? Small town and small university? Do you want to be part of student organizations? Are you looking to escape the snow or do you like the charm of winter?
Creating a compelling application for business school is like crafting a good story—you have to show off many different elements, but everything needs to work together to tell a single narrative. Your application should show off areas like leadership, work experience, academic aptitude, community involvement, and future plans. While every MBA program will require different elements to apply, here’s what the Fisher MBA admissions committee requires for each application:
You’ve spent a lot of time getting everything in order to apply to business school. From taking the GMAT or GRE to chatting with current students, you’re almost ready to hit "submit" and hope for good news. So, how do you set yourself apart from others and impress the admissions committee with a great application? Let me offer a few tips to help.
We started utilizing an online interview platform for all applicants to the Fisher graduate programs starting with the autumn 2018 cycle. We really like to get to know all of our applicants but given the volume of applications we receive, it is not possible to meet or speak to everyone. This platform allows us to get to know you much better than anything else you'll submit.
Some schools operate on a rolling admissions schedule, while others use rounds. Schools that use rounds expect that your application is complete and submitted by the posted deadline. All of the applications that were submitted by that deadline are reviewed concurrently. The next batch of applications will be reviewed after the next deadline has passed. For example, if a deadline is November 15 and you submit your application on November 16, you may have missed the chance to be reviewed in that round. Fisher uses a rolling admissions schedule.
Working with GMAC, we recently included a free mini GMAT quiz on our website. Because all of our graduate programs accept the GMAT as part of their application requirements, we wanted to help aspiring applicants to get a better idea of what the GMAT is like before they arrange to take it.