MBA Admissions: Free Resources

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Resources While You Prepare to Apply

When you start your MBA application, you have a lot to think about. First and foremost: What do you want to do after you earn your MBA? The answer to that question will guide you in choosing which MBA programs to apply to and influence timing and a host of other critical elements. However, as you choose your target MBA programs you also have to consider your qualifications and your educational and personal preferences. To start that process explore the MBA resources provided below:

Planning Ahead

Resources to help you get an early start on your MBA application planning


MBA Calculator

Take our quiz to help assess your MBA admissions chances


B-School Selectivity Index

Use Accepted's Selectivity Index to discover the MBA programs where you are competitive and to easily compare business schools 

Researching MBA Programs

Resources to guide you through the research stage of the MBA admissions process


Guide To The Best MBA Programs

Download our guide to learn how YOU can find the right business school

When To Apply to B-School

Resources to help you determine when the best time for YOU to apply to b-school is

Competitive MBA Applicant

Download our guide to learn how to become a competitive MBA applicant


Navigating the MBA Maze

Download our guide to get 10 expert tips to getting accepted to an MBA program

MBA Goals

Learn how to demonstrate your direction and goals as required by your choice MBA program


Tips and techniques for studying for the GMAT, reducing anxiety, taking the exam and interpreting your results

GRE Tips

Tips and techniques for studying for the GRE, understanding scoring and time management

What Is B-School Like?

Listen to the real stories of MBA students as they share what it's really like at b-school


MBA Podcast

Hear from business school admissions directors and experts about business school and the application process

Prep for B-School

Download our guide to learn how to prepare for b-school as a college student or recent graduate

MBA and Entrepreneurship

Resources about entrepreneurship and the MBA including tips for applicants

Applying to B-School with Low Stats

Download our guide to learn how you can overcome low stats in the MBA application process

Overcoming Weaknesses

Resources to help you tackle your MBA application weaknesses head on

Deferred MBA Quiz

Take our quiz to help assess your Deferred MBA admissions chances

Resources For Your Application (Resume, Essays, Letters of Recommendation)

These guides, articles, podcasts, webinars, and videos provide outstanding insight into tactics and implementation so you submit an application that shines. Accepted provides sample MBA essays, writing tips, remarkable resumes, and letters of recommendation. You’ll discover them all below.

MBA Resume

Resources to help you construct a winning business school resume

Resume Guide

Download our guide to learn how to craft an amazing admissions resume

Choosing Essay Topics

Resources to help you create clear, vibrant, and compelling MBA application essays

Writing MBA Essays

Expert writing and editing tips that will impress the MBA admissions committee


Download our guide to how to answer the "why MBA?" question

Sample MBA Essays

Read sample MBA personal statements and application essays

Business School Essay Tips

Specific and actionable advice for tackling essay questions from the top business schools

MBA Five Fatal Flaws

Download our guide to learn the five fatal flaws to avoid in your MBA application essays

Overrepresented and underrepresented applicants

Advice for well-represented AND under-represented MBA applicant groups

MBA Letters of Recommendation

Learn about the purpose of letters of recommendation, how to choose recommenders and coach them

MBA Deadlines

Deadlines for all the top MBA programs, EMBA programs, and deferred MBA programs

HBS, Stanford, Wharton Webinar

Watch our webinar to learn how to get into HBS, Stanford GSB, and Wharton

Resources For After You Submit Your Application

You’re closing in on that acceptance. But you’re not yet an MBA student. You still have questions, and we’ve still got you covered. Yes, you submitted your MBA applications, but you’re not finished. Check out the valuable advice on interview prep, waitlist advice, reapplication, funding your MBA and more below.

Ace MBA Interview Guide

Download our guide to learn how to ace your MBA interview

MBA Waitlist

Tips for writing winning waitlist updates, how to secure letters of support and what not to do on the MBA waitlist

MBA Waitlist Mistakes

Download our guide to learn the 9 mistakes you don't want to make on an MBA waitlist

What Next

Resources to help you make decisions after MBA acceptances and rejections have been released

Reapplicant Advice

Resources to help you make your next application the one that gets you IN

Paying for Your MBA

Resources you need to figure out your business school financing

Resources for Executive MBA (EMBA) Applicants

Executive MBA programs are part-time programs targeted to seasoned managers and entrepreneurs whose rise to senior manager level is imminent, who are already in senior management, or whose entrepreneurial venture is se to "scale" to a level requiring formal management expertise. The road to EMBA acceptance can be complicated and unwieldy - especially if you've been out of the academic loop for a long time. Here we offer some resources to help you on your EMBA journey.

EMBA Programs

Resources to help you navigate the EMBA application process

Ace the EMBA

Download our guide to learn how to ace your EMBA applications

Top EMBA Program Essays

Specific and actionable advice for tackling essay questions from top EMBA programs

Meet Accepted's Expert MBA Admissions Consultants

Choose Accepted and get matched with your own personal mentor, handpicked specifically for you from our team of uncommonly talented professionals with over 80 years combined of direct admissions committee experience, including former admissions directors, published authors, and PhDs.

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Kelly Wilson

23 years of experience as executive director of admissions and assistant dean of admissions at top business schools

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Michelle Stockman

Michelle Stockman

Former staff member with the Columbia Business School admissions office, and broadcast journalist with 15 years experience coaching candidates

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Christie St-John

Christie St-John

25+ years of experience as admissions director and career coach at Dartmouth Tuck and Vanderbilt Owen.

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Natalie Grinblatt

Nearly two decades of admissions experience as former admissions dean/director at Michigan Ross, Cornell Johnson, and ASU Carey

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Esmeralda Cardenal

Esmeralda Cardenal

Nine years in admissions as former Yale SOM associate director of admissions, Michigan State director of MBA admissions, and Cardiff Business School consultant

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Kara Keenan Sweeney

Kara Keenan Sweeney

More than 15 years of experience in MBA admissions at Columbia Business School, INSEAD, and the Lauder Institute's joint MA/MBA and MA/JD programs.

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