Helpful Tips for a Successful Application for Admission

That’s a wrap! W&M MBA Admissions has just completed an exciting four months of recruitment travel and our focus has shifted to application season. The Mason School operates on admissions rounds, with five unique deadlines for candidate evaluation which allows us the most comprehensive snapshot of the potential cohort. Our Round 1 deadline on October 28 is fast approaching and we know many of you are busy putting the finishing touches on your applications. As you prepare to hit the submit button, the Mason School of Business Admissions team has a few helpful tips for you to consider:

  • Academic records – Remember to submit transcripts from all institutions you have attended.  This includes summer school courses, evening courses etc.  When you are completing your application, you will have the ability to upload or send us unofficial copies of your transcripts which will be used for application review. If you are admitted and make the good decision to enroll, your official transcripts will be required. They must come directly from the degree/certificate granting institution in a sealed envelope.
  • Standardized tests – William & Mary accepts both the GMAT and the GRE.  The GMAT remains the most common standardized exam for MBA candidates and many employers are now asking for GMAT scores in the interview process as well.  As with the transcripts, you can send us your unofficial score report along with your application for admission review, but you will also need to have the official score report sent to our office as well prior to your admissions decision. For our international students, remember to submit your TOEFL or IELTS scores as well.  TOEFL waivers are awarded, but only if you meet specific criteria.  Please refer to our international student website for the different ways these can be waived.
  • Letters of Recommendation – If you are applying in Round 1, we hope that you have already requested your letters of recommendation.  There are two keys to letters of recommendation.  First, be sure to ask early!  You want to make sure the individuals who are writing on your behalf have the time to effectively and adequately advocate for you.  It is also a good idea to meet in person to make the request and provide them a deadline as well as a copy of your resume to remind them of your major accomplishments. Second, ask the right person.  The title of the individual is not important. Your recommender should know you and your quality of work.  A direct supervisor, manager whom you have worked with from another department, or even a client for those who are self-employed or work for a family business are typically strong recommenders of your candidacy.
  • Essays – Your essays are your opportunity to show us who you are as an individual, your MBA aspirations, career goals and show your personality.  Your essay provides you the opportunity to distinguish yourself from others who may have similar academic and professional profiles.  We want to be able to see how you will fit within our program and we want you to show us how you feel you are a good match for us.  Be sure to take the time to prepare your essays and answer the question that is asked. There is no right or wrong answer as long as your essay answers the question that was asked, reflects who you are, highlights your professional goals and demonstrates why our program is the right fit for you.

Congratulations, you are now all set to hit SUBMIT! We look forward to exploring your candidacy and matching the wonderful credentials in your application to the amazing individuals we met on the road this travel season. October 28 is quickly approaching and the MBA Class of 2015 is waiting to be crafted. Best of luck from the MBA Admissions Team!

Can’t quite make the Round 1 deadline, no worries – MBA Admissions reviews applications over 5 very strong admissions rounds. Apply only when your application is complete and you are satisfied that you have presented your best work. Application Deadlines: Round 2 (January 13, 2013), Round 3 (March 3, 2013), and Round 4 (April 28, 2013). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis in Round 5 as space is available in the class.

Start your application today.


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Randy Tripp

Randy currently serves as the Associate Director of MBA Admission for the Mason School. After graduating from William & Mary with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology in 2005, Randy worked in the Undergraduate Admission Office at William & Mary for 5 years. After being away from W&M for a year and a half, he returned to the Mason School in May 2012 to serve in his current role.

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