If you’re thinking about taking an executive MBA, you might ask, “Am I a good candidate?” Of course, the answer depends on which business schools you are applying to and what they are looking for.
However, most business schools focus on basic requirements: a bachelor’s degree, work experience, and a good GMAT qualification. Other aspects, such as extracurricular activities, can make your profile more attractive to a business school.
So make sure you bring these qualities together:
Work experience (important)
The most recognized MBAs are looking for a good candidate with at least two or three years of full-time work experience after graduating. Many applicants exceed this minimum.
Your competitiveness can be assessed by comparing your work experience with the average number of accepted students enrolled in the MBAs you are looking at. Numerous business schools publish the average age of the participants (some MBA profile listings also include this information).
If you have considerably less than average work experience, the business school will be able to examine other elements of your application to discover more highlights.
Standard test score (important)
The vast majority of accredited business schools will want you to take the GMAT for an executive MBA. They will analyze your qualification to see your aptitude for your MBA, especially in the main subjects. Some schools will require a minimum GMAT score as a prerequisite for submitting the application. Often, you can gauge your competitiveness by comparing your GMAT score with the average score of the admitted students. This usually appears on the website of the center (FIND MBA also provides this information for some business schools). If your GMAT score is significantly lower than the average, it should be offset by other highlights of your application.
In some MBAs, you can examine yourself from the GRE instead of the GMAT, and there are centers that have their own admission tests.
Finally, if you are not native English speaker, to choose to be a good candidate, you will probably have to take a language test, such as the TOEFL or IELTS (for MBAs)
Academic performance (important)
Beyond the work experience of a good candidate and score the standard tests, business schools will also review the average grade of the university career and other indicators, to see how you develop in an academic environment. For an executive MBA you are looking for a particular type of university degree, for example, four-year degree programs.
Although not always a requirement for business schools, activities that you have undertaken outside of work or college, such as volunteering or membership in a club, can reinforce your application and be a good candidate for an MBA
The personal interview (generally obligatory)
After studying your application, most schools will require at least one interview to be admitted to an executive MBA. They are usually made in person, although in some business schools are done by telephone or video conference.