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Why Pursue an MBA Now?

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Most MBA applications will ask you the following question: Why is now the best time for you to pursue an MBA?


Before you come up with an answer to this question, you’ll need to do some serious soul-searching. Use the questions below to guide you in determining whether you should apply to business school now:

  • Why do you want to pursue an MBA? Do you have a solid post-MBA goal? If the answer is “no,” then now is likely not the right time to obtain an MBA. If you have solid direction and focused purpose, however, then you have an indication that now is the time to head to b-school.
  • Is your work experience similar, qualitatively and quantitatively, to that of accepted applicants to your target program? If it’s much less than the mean, then you may want to consider applying to b-school at a later date when you have more experience. If it’s significantly more than the mean, you may want to consider EMBA programs or programs like the TRIUM or Sloan Fellows programs, which are full-time program for mid-career professionals.
  • Have you reached a plateau in your current position? Has your learning curve flattened? If so, then now is probably a very good time to pursue an MBA. On the other hand, if you are expecting a year or two of growth, leadership, promotion, and increased responsibility, then you may prefer to wait.
  • Are significant others and family members supportive of your decision to pursue an MBA right now? Are there financial or health factors holding you back?

Once you answer these questions, you’ll have an easier time writing about why now is the best time for you to pursue a business degree. The admissions readers will be scouring your application for hints of your focus and maturity, as well as a strong sense of purpose. Let them know that you are solid MBA stock, and that your b-school dreams can’t wait another moment.


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