Alumni Application Tips: applying made easy

October 31, 2021

Konstantin Kasapis explains why it’s ok not to provide all the required information at once.

When you intend to apply for an MBA program, you are likely to swallow hard upon looking at the application checklist for the first time: A CV, a motivational letter, letters of recommendation, diplomas and various other documents and forms are required—putting together and submitting an MBA application can seem like a never-ending journey, and many applicants hesitate to get theirs underway until they have organized all the necessary documents and are ready to send them all off at the same time, shortly before the application deadline. No need to worry, though: Taking the stress out of applying for an MBA program is easy.

Implement a strategy

In his novel “Momo” Michael Ende makes Beppo, the street-cleaner, say something very wise that can be applied to life in general: “You must never think of the whole street at once. You must only concentrate on the next step, the next breath, the next stroke of the broom.” As far as your online MBA application is concerned, this means: Say goodbye to the big brown envelope that you would  send off only after putting all the required documents in it. The online form allows you to get started anytime and complete as much or as little of your application as you like. The next time you log in, you can pick up where you left off and continue at your own pace.

It is a myth that you will make a bad impression if you do not provide all the required information at once. Quite the contrary—this step-by-step feature exists for a reason. Apart from making a conscious effort to help prospective students navigate the lengthy application process, business schools want to make it less likely for them to complete and submit their applications in a hurry at the very last moment.

Get the help of a program manager

This approach is very useful from a time management point of view. Moreover, it enables business schools to provide active support. Since program managers can check on the status of your application, they can also guide and advise you throughout the application process. To take advantage of this service, all you need to do is one simple thing—create your online application.

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