Mad over MBA: Aiming for the Stars
Shivani Bhatt, 07 Sep 2018

MBA is by far the most sought after postgraduate program in the world for candidates seeking to give their professional career an exponential boost. Therefore, the application and selection procedure to the top programs for MBA abroad is highly competitive and requires immense dedication and perseverance from the applicants. In order to provide prospective applicants with an idea of basic applicant requirements for the specific programs, business schools publish their average class profile statistics. These statistics help the candidates determine where they stand in terms of their GMAT score, work experience, and GPA if they are thinking about applying for the program in question for MBA abroad.

 

We have listed the top 20 schools and their average class profile statistics in order to help students achieve their goals. The statistics include average GMAT scores, work experience, GPA, the GMAT score range and percentage of women in each program.

 

Based on the current class profile (2018 – 2019), we have listed the business schools.

QS World Rank

University

Country

Average GMAT Score/Range

Average Age

Average GPA

Work Experience

Percentage of Women

1

Harvard University

USA

610 - 800

27

3.71

41%

2

INSEAD

France

709

(570 - 780)

29

6 years

33%

3

London Business School

UK

708

29

5 years

39%

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

722

(690 - 760)

3.49

4.87 years

42.3%

5

University of Pennsylvania

USA

732

(500 - 790)

3.6

5 years

43%

6

Standford University

USA

737

(610 - 790)

3.74

4 years

40%

7

University of Cambridge

UK

696

29

6 years

39%

8

University of Oxford

UK

690

28

5 years

41%

9

London School of Economics and Political Science

UK

10

SDA Bocconi University

Italy

620 – 750

29

5.5 years

33%

11

University of California, Berkeley

USA

725

(640 – 780)

28

3.7

5 years

40%

12

HEC Paris School of Management

France

690

6 years

13

Northwestern University

USA

732

(590 – 790)

28

3.6

5.1 years

46%

14

The University of Melbourne

Australia

705

30

5.6 years

15

National University of Singapore

Singapore

662

32

7 years

34%

16

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

China

600 - 730

28

5 years

17

Copenhagen Business School

Denmark

645

3 years (minimum)

18

Columbia University

USA

724

(530 – 790)

28

3.5

5 years

41%

18

University of California, Los Angeles

USA

719

(680 – 750)

3.2 – 3.8

5 years

35%

20

University of Chicago

USA

730

(620 - 790)

28

3.6

5 years

40%

Apart from the basic eligibility requirements for one of the top programs for MBA abroad and the candidate’s academic and professional records, candidates are required to submit other supporting documents as a part of the application materials. These documents include the CV or resume, letters of recommendation and MBA essays. Sometimes an SOP or statement of purpose is required in addition to the essays.

 

MBA Abroad: CV or Resume

 

The resume of CV of an aspiring candidate for MBA abroad is a very concise document, which provides information regarding the candidate’s academic and professional history. This is generally a single page document which covers all prominent academic, extracurricular, and co-curricular achievements as well as subsequent professional experiences and records. The resume also acts a medium for the candidate to showcase his or her social skills like leadership, teamwork as well as analytical skills.

 

MBA Abroad: Letters of Recommendation

 

For most programs for MBA abroad, business schools ask for two to three referee contact details and letters of recommendation in order to understand aspirant’s various social, academic and analytical skills. These letters are either sent directly by the applicant or the business school asks the referees (from a list of referees suggested by the aspirant) to provide their recommendation.

 

MBA Abroad: MBA Essays

 

The application process for MBA abroad involves a specific number of essays which are to be submitted by the applicant. The essay questions generally revolve around topics such as goals, achievements, experiences, failures and some programs for MBA abroad require candidates to submit a video essay as an insight into the candidate’s personality. These essays help the Admissions Committee to judiciously gauge the candidates' suitability for the program and vice versa.

 

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