Ace the MBA Application!

The comprehensive guide to getting into the business school of your choice!
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  • Lectures 39
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

This course is designed for applicants to the best MBA programs around the world. Structured as a series of short videos with powerful insights and expert advice based on crafting hundreds of successful applications, this comprehensive guide is all that you need to be able to nail this application process. In addition to collecting nuances and tips that are based on dilemmas faced by the best applicants, this course is also accompanied by a vast set of additional resources including videos and articles written by the topmost experts, to aid the student in their MBA application journey.

The course is intended for both first-time and re-applicants, and covers all aspects of the process including school research, test scores, resume, essays, recommendation letters, application form, pre-submission reviews, visiting the school, optional and re-applicant essays.

Applicants should take this course to have a companion who can guide them step-by-step through the process, and help them organize their thoughts and efforts to submit a stellar application.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just a willingness to learn what it takes to put together a competitive and successful MBA application

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Ace the MBA application and submit a strong and well-crafted application
  • Improve the quality of their essays and resume, and craft them as per the expectations of MBA Admissions Committees
  • Know and adopt successful strategies for differentiating their profile amidst a competitive pool of applicants, and be outstanding!

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for those who have decided to apply to a world-class MBA program and have an idea of which schools they wish to apply to
  • This course is not for those who want to understand whether an MBA degree is right for them or not
  • This course covers everything that applicants need to know to submit their application. It does not cover the process after decisions are received, such as being accepted, rejected or waitlisted

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Section 1: Start Here
Welcome to Ace the MBA - your one-stop guide to creating the perfect MBA application and getting into your dream school.
Section 2: Overview of Materials

Students will learn about the various materials that need to be prepared before submitting the MBA application.


In this module we discuss various phases in the MBA application process, and what key actions must be taken by the applicant in each phase in order to prepare a strong and solid application.

Section 3: Test Scores

Test scores are a significant component of the MBA application, and students will learn more about what each type of test seeks to evaluate, and how one can decide which tests must be taken by an applicant.


Students will learn some ways in which they can think about whether the GMAT or the GRE is the right test for them to take.


In this module we discuss how students can pick between TOEFL and IELTS for their MBA application.

Section 4: Your Story

Let's discuss how to enunciate clearly why you need an MBA degree, and how it can help you achieve your short and long-term career goals.


In this module we will discuss short and long-term goals, and how to frame them clearly and with the right amount of detail while presenting to MBA Admissions Committees. By the end of this module, students will be able to enunciate their goals clearly.


Re-applicants can learn how to tell a compelling story as to why they are strong applicants to the MBA program that they are reapplying to.

Section 5: Resume / CV

Learn what the main constituents of the MBA application resume are that make up the overall document!


Review the most recommended format for the MBA application resume, and what the key suggestions are to make it strong and impressive. Additional resources include an editable version that can be downloaded and used to craft your MBA application resume.


Let's learn how to use language effectively to bring out your story in the best manner possible through the resume. Additional resources includes a list of action verbs that you can use to write it in the most impressive way!


Let's review some additional tips to help you take your resume to the next level! The list of Do's and Don'ts is an effective summary of the key things to remember while writing a strong resume.

Section 6: Essays

This module describes the major types of essays that one would encounter in the MBA application process for most schools. This bird's eye view is helpful to understand what type of information or response is expected when an applicant sees a certain type of essay.


This module covers some strategies and best practices expected by AdComs from essays written by applicants. By the end of this module students will have a detailed and comprehensive understanding on how to get started and write the essays!


The Goals and Why MBA essay is the most common and important essay that can be found across application processes of most programs. Part 1 of this module addresses the Goals component of it, and how best to enunciate them in the essay.


Part 2 of this module addresses how to enunciate why the MBA degree is best for you, and why you wish to apply to a particular MBA program. By the end of this module students will be able to craft a strong Goals and Why MBA essay.


Students will be able to address key behavioral essays, including Achievement and Failure essays asked by many MBA programs. This module provides an insight into the kind of content that should be included in these essays.


Most MBA programs offer an Optional Essay. When must students take up this option, and when is it advisable to avoid writing it? This module addresses this in great detail.


Most MBA programs expect reapplicants to write an additional essay. In this module we address strategies for the reapplicant essay, and what type of content is most recommended for it.


This is a strong and useful summary to the Essays module, addressing important tips and Do's and Don'ts that will help students write impressive essays.

Section 7: Recommendation Letters

This module provides basic guidelines on what goes into writing strong recommendation letters for the MBA application. Students will be able to get started on the process with their recommenders by the end of this module.


Choosing the right recommenders is often a confusing and tricky process. This module helps shed some light on how to pick the best recommenders for your MBA application process.


Once the recommenders are identified, it is best to approach them in a way that shows commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism from the very beginning. This module helps students approach recommenders the right way, and set the right expectations.


This module offers guidelines and tips on how to draft some initial material or pointers for recommenders so that they can write strong, detailed letters with examples.


This module helps students take their recommendation letters to the next step by understanding how it can complement the rest of the application by addressing gaps in it and reinforcing skills.


This module offers some tips on how reapplicants can use the recommendation letters to boost their application.


This module offers some Do's and Don'ts as a summary of the Recommendation Letters module

Section 8: Knowing The School

Knowing the school well is critical while applying for an MBA program. This module offers specific tips on how you can organize your online research and focus on the right things.


MBA programs strongly encourage applicants to invest time in meeting with the Admissions Team, alumni or current students when possible, to learn more about the school and its culture and show their commitment to it. This module discusses this in more detail to offer insights into how students can do this effectively.


Building on the previous module, we discuss effective ways to engage with alumni and current students to learn more about the school and its culture.


Demonstrating to the school that you understand the culture of the school and fit well with it is an important part of the application. Students will learn how to navigate this process in this module.

Section 9: Application Form

Students will learn about the various sections of the MBA Application Form that need to be filled before submitting the application.


In this module we discuss strategies and best practices on writing the short essays often asked in the Application Form, and how they are different from the longer essays.


Students will learn about when and how to convert undergrad GPAs into the 4.0 point system


This module discusses some additional tips for completing the MBA Application Form

Section 10: Get it Reviewed

Getting materials reviewed by someone who knows you and/or the school is an important step before submitting the application. Students will learn how to identify the right set of reviewers for their application, in this module.


Once reviewers send feedback, it is important to distinguish between feedback that is meaningful, and feedback that is subjective and not necessarily applicable. This module discusses this in more detail.

Section 11: Good Luck!
Congratulations on successfully completing the Ace the MBA course! I hope this journey has been fun and useful, and that you have all the information that you need to send in your best possible MBA application. If you found this course useful, please leave us a review with any feedback you might have, and make sure to recommend it to friends and colleagues who might also be considering applying to an MBA program. Wish you best of luck with your application and much success!

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Instructor Biography

Sukhada Fadnavis, Mathematician, Educator, Pirate of the Caribbean

Sukhada Fadnavis is a Mathematician who is enthusiastic about online education. She has over six years of experience teaching mathematics to students at various levels. Breaking down complex concepts into simpler understandable modules is her favorite part of the teaching process.

Sukhada obtained her PhD in Mathematics from Stanford University and her Bachelors degree from Caltech.

Instructor Biography

Sriram Emani, MBA Admissions Consultant, Ed-Tech Startup CEO, Story-Teller

Sriram Emani is an alumnus of MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was a Siebel Scholar and Tata Fellow. Sriram has successfully helped hundreds of applicants from over 20 countries craft stellar applications to the Top 25 business school programs in the world. He specializes in helping applicants bring their unique story out to distinguish themselves.

Founder and CEO of award-winning arts education venture IndianRaga, Sriram has previously worked as a management consultant, strategy and bus dev fellow at Sony Music NYC and Lincoln Center, consultant with Disney Theatrical Group, and has been a guest speaker at NYU, KPMG, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, amongst others. Sriram is a Global Fellow with the International Society for the Performing Arts, a winner of the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge (Community Choice Award) and the US Creative Business Cup.

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