Tick Tock Tick Tock!!
The clock is ticking fast and the second round deadlines for the Masters in Management program are fast nearing. You will never realise how the days pass when you drown yourself in the application process. This calls for a well planned out schedule for each part of your application process.
Also, the Masters in Management program has quickly garnered a lot of popularity over the recent years. The number of applicants is increasing every year and so is the competition.
In this scenario, it is not only important to perfect your overall application, but also is extremely crucial to know when the application deadlines are for each round, for each school that you choose to apply.
You see, as the deadline approaches, the stress levels go high and there might be a chance that you might not be able to get all the documents ready on time. Typically, an application for a Masters in Management school requires you to submit your
- Atleast 2 Essays
- 2 LORs and
- 1 Statement of Purpose.
It requires a good amount of time, typically (2 months), to finalise all these drafts.
The last thing you would want is that you miss the deadline, because, in the further rounds, the competition only gets stiffer. Missing deadlines could cost you an admit and all your efforts would go down the drain! To avoid all this, be aware of the deadlines for each of your target schools and make this application process a smooth one.
In this blog, first we will go through the important Masters in Management Deadlines for some top schools. After that, we will explain how to go about in starting your application process so that you finish it on time. In the end, you also get some additional tips to keep in mind while applying for the Masters In management degree. Being MiM students ourselves and having undergone the same process ourselves, we know how much of a struggle it can be if there is not a clear go-to guide.
First off, here are the upcoming deadlines for some top Masters in Management Schools
|School Name||Round 2 Deadlines||Round 3 Deadlines||Round 4 Deadlines||School Review Link|
|1.||St. Gallen||December 1, 2017 – January 16, 2018||January 17, 2018 – March 7, 2018||March 8, 2018 – April 30, 2018||http://www.mim-essay.com/st-gallen-mim-review/|
|2.||HEC||January 9, 2018.||February 28,||April 17, 2018||http://www.mim-essay.com/hec-mim-review/|
|3.||IE||Rolling Admissions. They do not have a specific start and end date.||http://www.mim-essay.com/ie-mim-review/|
|4.||LBS||02 November 2017||11 January 2018||08 March 2018||http://www.mim-essay.com/lbs-mim-review/|
|5.||ESSEC||January 4, 2018||February 22, 2018||April 12, 2018||http://www.mim-essay.com/essec-mim-review/|
|6.||ESCP||January 8, 2018.||February 20, 2018||April 17, 2018||http://www.mim-essay.com/escp-europe-mim-review/|
|7.||WHU||April 15, 2018||http://www.mim-essay.com/whu-mim-review/|
|8.||ESADE|| 16th Jan, 2018|
| 13th Feb, 2018|
| 6th March, 2018|
|9.||CEMS||The 30 different schools in the CEMS Program each have their own deadlines.||http://www.mim-essay.com/cems-mim-review/|
|10.||Bocconi||25th Jan, 2018||28th Feb, 2018||22nd March 2018||http://www.mim-essay.com/universita-bocconi-mim-review/|
|11.||Duke|| 24th Jan, 2018|
| 7th March, 2018|
| 11th April, 2018|
|12.||LSE||Rolling Admissions. Admissions for the 2018 intake opened on 2nd October.||http://www.mim-essay.com/lse-mim-review/|
|13.||Imperial|| 5th Jan, 2018|
| 1st March, 2018|
| 4th May 2018|
|14.||RSM||Rolling Admissions. Admission closes on 15th May or whenever the program reaches its maximum intake limit of students.||http://www.mim-essay.com/rsm-mim-review/|
|15.||NUS||Admissions have ended on the 15th of July.||http://www.mim-essay.com/nus-mim-review/|
Once you are aware of the deadlines of these top schools, the next important step is to plan ahead, well in time for your application process. To make the process easier for you, we have a tried and tested plan that is sure to help you out.
MAKE SURE TO PUT IN ENOUGH TIME FOR APPLICATION
1. Choosing The Right School
Choosing the right school must be your first step when you initially are thinking about applying for your Masters in Management degree. Typically, you should spend about 2 weeks of time in doing adequate and relevant research on the schools you would want to apply.
Another point to keep in mind would be that you must ideally apply to 4 to 5 schools. Out of these, 2 to 3 can be applied to your dream schools and the rest you must apply to those schools where you will get an admit for sure. This way you are on the safer end!
2. Decide Your Time Line
Once you choose the school, it is crucial that you keep in mind of the various rounds of admissions. Typically, the second round starts from October to January. Applying in the early rounds gives you a benefit as the schools are trying to diverse their student profiles and there is usually less competition. The maximum competition is usually in the second round where most candidates choose to apply. The later rounds- the third and the fourth rounds are where late applicants apply and the overall application must be stellar to receive an admit in these rounds.
Do note that, the competition is quite tough from the second rounds. But don’t worry! With the right guidance and perfecting your essays, SoP and LoRs, you will be giving yourself a fair chance
3. Next, prepare for your GMAT/GRE
Management Aptitude Tests like GMAT and GRE require at least 4 months of prep depending on your strengths and weaknesses. The reason as to why these exams are important is mainly because these are international and all the students are judged on their aptitude on the same platform. Considering that MiM schools receive applications from all over the world, each university in each country follows its own grading mechanisms to grade students. GMAT and GRE serve as a common platform to really know the candidate’s aptitude.
Note: If you are someone who doesn’t wish to take up the GMAT/GRE, here is a list of schools that don’t require either of those exams as part of their application. http://www.mim-essay.com/business-schools-that-dont-require-gmat/
4. Analyse Your Application
Once you are done with your competitive exams, it is finally time to analyse your application and know your strengths and weaknesses in your profile. Some might have an abundance of internships or work experience but lack in extra-curricular activities while some have excellent grades and excellent GMAT/GRE scores but might lack in having some international exposure.
Make a list of all your achievements so as to focus on these more, in your applications. Here is a FREE brainstorming sheet that you can use to fill out all your details.
5. Craft Your Essays
Most schools require you to write essays and these require a lot of introspection from your side to give it the best shot. That is why, give yourself at least a month’s time to make your essays really stand out from the pool of applicants.
Remember that your essays must have your personal touch and express your views and achievements. Create multiple drafts and always seek an opinion of another person to review your essays.
6. Obtain Impressive LORs
Choosing the right recommender for your LOR is the first step in this process. Always choose a person who knows you well and has worked with you or provided you guidance. He/she must know your strengths and weaknesses well to properly right a recommendation.
It is advised that you approach your recommender atleast 30 days before so as to give them ample amount of time to craft that perfect LoR.
7. Conquer The Interview
If you get shortlisted for the interview round, then you are halfway forward towards your dream goal. Unlike your application process where you can re-edit your essays and LoRs, you only get one shot at the interview and it is imperative that you create a good impression about yourself.
Go through the common interview questions asked by the school and practice before an expert to know where you are going wrong.
You can check out our in depth blog on the Application Roadmap here. http://www.mim-essay.com/blog/mim-application-roadmap/
Well, the application process is surely a lengthy one. But do enjoy the process as once you get admitted, you are welcomed into a whole other family and a world of opportunities waits for you at the other end.
Do make sure that you are aware of the Deadlines for the Masters in Management Program for all the schools that you are applying to. Plan ahead in advance to strike gold in your attempt of getting into your dream schools. Best of Luck