Author: Melissa Rapp

A guide to Goizueta’s MBA application

A guide to Goizueta’s MBA application

The MBA application process at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School shares elements with many other schools in that it is your opportunity to share your unique story with the admissions committee. Every aspect of the application is reviewed annually and has been crafted to help us assess the specific skills or characteristics we are looking for to craft a well-rounded, competitive, and supportive MBA class. Each of these skills or characteristics maps to one of the core values of Goizueta — courage, integrity, accountability, rigor, diversity, team, and community. Components of the application Demographic information: To applicants, this seems...

Peek behind the curtain: A real look at MBA admissions

Peek behind the curtain: A real look at MBA admissions

MBA admissions is an interesting business. We are tasked with creating classes every year that become a part of our school’s community and representatives of our school to the world for the rest of their lives. We endorse incoming students and hope they live up to their essays and letters of recommendation. Based on mostly self-reported information, test scores, transcripts, and an interview, we make life-altering decisions. We hold the bar; we are the gatekeepers, and if we get it wrong, it will come back around to us. I, personally, believe I have admitted people who will change the...

How to Crush Your MBA Interview

How to crush your MBA interview

Given the amount of information you provide in application materials, there must be something special about face-to-face interaction to make business schools include an interview as part of the MBA admissions process, right? Admissions is a holistic process, so how much does the interview really matter, and how can you make sure you do your best during the face-to-face time? From a logistics point of view, coordinating any volume of interviews and orchestrating schedules under a short, specific time frame is a challenge most MBA admissions offices would give up if they didn’t add value to the evaluation process....

5 ways to sink your chances of getting into a top-tier MBA Program

Make mention of MBA studies at work, your next family gathering, or next time you are hanging out with friends and you are likely to get plenty of advice. A quick Google search will provide plenty of additional tips and suggestions for crafting a great application and setting yourself apart on an MBA application. So, with so many resources cracking the MBA admissions code, how do great candidates get denied from top-tier business schools? Through my experience and conversation with colleagues, I have identified five key things that will torpedo your chances. Here they are: Looking to check a...

GMAT or GRE: What’s an MBA Applicant to do?

GMAT or GRE: What’s an MBA applicant to do?

When you decide to pursue an MBA degree, you are also deciding to prepare for and take a standardized test (GMAT or GRE). This may be your first test in some time. Combine this with performance pressure and the high expectations from yourself and others and you have a recipe for anxiety. Years ago, business schools started accepting the GRE in addition to the longtime business school standard test, the GMAT. While this optionality can be positive, having a choice can also lead to additional questions and/or anxiety. So what is an MBA applicant to do?  Goizueta Business School...