The Ideal Business School Candidate

Are you the Ideal Business School Candidate?

MBA Candidates

In 2015, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) published its Application Trends Survey, which included participants from 641 graduate management programs representing 306 business schools and faculties located in 35 countries worldwide. The findings relate to applications for graduate business and management programs in the 2015–2016 academic year.

One of the most intriguing questions asked the respondents to list three adjectives that best describe an ideal fit for their program. The result was the word cloud displayed below, which was built on the frequency of the adjectives submitted by respondents. Some of the most frequently used words, such as ‘Motivated’, ‘Driven’, ‘Passionate’, and ‘Ambitious’ paint a picture of a candidate who will be highly motivated to achieve excellence in both the program and his or her career.

An additional qualitative analysis of the descriptors showed that academic qualities also are extremely important. Programs seek candidates who are academically qualified and have high undergraduate GPAs and GMAT scores. Among full-time MBA programs (both one-year and two-year formats) the ability to collaborate was very important. Part-time MBA programs value work experience, whereas specialized business master’s programs look for academic and analytical skills.

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Ideal Business School Candidate