Ah, the GMAT. The first step to your MBA adventure in Canada.

You can think of the GMAT like the qualifying round of a bigger race. To get into any half decent program, you will need a 620+ plus score. A 650-670 should get you into the shortlist at many great schools such as Schulich, Ivey, Wilfred Laurier, etc. Rotman tends to be more selective, which means you need north of a 700 to stand a really good chance. Continue reading

Applying to MBA school in Canada

Starting from the top, here is the high level checklist of things I did after deciding to study in Canada. Each of these is really a category in itself and deserves more insight, which I’ll provide in follow on posts.

1, Build a study schedule for the GMAT (and yes, you do need one!)

2, Shortlist the univerities/schools you want to attend. This is a tough one, but applying to every school is not a good idea, especially once you see how much effort those pesky essays take. Plus each kind of program is different, 1 year, 2 year, part time, January or Fall start, and so on. Every List should include Schulich and Rotman, but there are many other programs such as those in Ivey, Ryerson and Queens that you can consider.

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There are way too many…

…websites, brochures, conferences, events about doing an MBA. Does not matter if its the UK, Australia, Canada or the US. They all want you to come to their school. And why would they not? Considering than an MBA candidate spends over 80,000 dollars over 2 years at one location is worth alot to the School, County, City, Country that you eventually go to as an international student. Not only that, you are most likely a person with above average smarts, strong work ethic, and perseverance (that last part comes after you pass the GMAT sometimes). So given that you bring brains, a ton of money and boost the local economy, why would’nt anyone want to spend gross amounts of marketing dollars to attract you over to their neck of the global forest? Continue reading

The story so far…

In 2008, I had decided to finally take that long awaited break from a 9 to 5 job, turn off the cruise control on my career and figure out if I really wanted to do an MBA and would it really help me grow and expand my career…. Notwithstanding the well meaning advice of uncles, aunties, parents, friends, it was quite clear that the MBA is conventionally regarded as a highly valuable degree and experience. The most natural thing it seemed for an invidual in South Asia with some decent work experience, a well regarded bachelors degree and some access to capital to do was to head to an Ivy League school in the US, burn through more money than was readily available and hope for a (really) well paying, maybe satisfying job at the end of it. Life, love, money all would follow. Or would it? Continue reading