Admissions Advice from Second-Year BC MBA Students

Wherever you are in the application process, you’ll want to consider these tips—offered up exclusively for prospective students like you, by current BC MBA students.

“Studying for the GMAT: If you’re a recent undergraduate, take standardized tests sooner rather than later, while you still have a ‘student mindset.’ If you’ve been out of school for a while, be sure to refresh yourself with self-directed online materials.”

“Preparing for an interview: Don’t be nervous. I know, easy to say, but when you think about it, all you’re expected to do is talk about yourself and your interests. Obviously, be aware of BC’s curriculum and culture, and how mutual interests align, but don’t be afraid to be candid. Additionally, have a clear understanding of short and long-term goals, even if they’re in flux.” (More advice for your admissions interview here.)

“What worked for me: Whenever I interviewed, I made a point of coming to campus and making sure I met with admissions staff, current students, and professors. Adding an interpersonal element to the application process and going the extra mile absolutely goes a long way and is noticed.”

Henry Cataldo, BC MBA ’16, President of the Graduate Consulting Club

“Writing the essay: Make sure to share why an MBA from Boston College in particular will help you achieve your short- and long-term career goals. It shows you’ve done your research about the school and can hit the ground running when you get here because you’re already familiar with BC’s clubs, coursework, and experiential learning opportunities.”

“Getting involved with BC: Schedule a class visit, a coffee chat, or attend an information session at the Boston College Club to learn more about the school. Come see what the first-year experience looks like. Take advantage of any opportunity you have to show Boston College you are interested and serious about the BC MBA.”

Jackie Ouellet, BC MBA ’16, Co-President of the Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) Leadership Team

“Constructing your essay: Be thorough and comprehensive in explaining what your career goals are and how an MBA is the right step towards achieving those goals. Think of it as a puzzle and articulate how everything fits together.”

“Utilize your interview: It’s a great medium for admissions to get to know your life stories, experiences, and goals. Use the admissions interview as a way of explaining aspects of your candidacy that your resume doesn’t.”

Akshay Joshi, BC MBA ’16, President of the Graduate Finance Association