Many of us decide to continue studying beyond the completion of our undergraduate degree. This is usually opted by people who are more academically driven and want to try and specialize in the field they did their undergraduate in.
Whether you are planning to continue your studies in arts, law, business or natural sciences, the task of applying to a master’s course can seem daunting. Universities and colleges are more specific in their criterion this time around since it is a higher, more skilled degree they are proving. Browsing through their admission process you may feel demotivated or feel as though you aren’t good enough to apply.
We, at the MBA Center, have compiled a few tips guiding you through the admission process smartly.
Think about your course choice
This is an extremely important point. You may have already decided what you want to study at a masters-level. Most people think it is smart to just specialize in what they studied during their undergraduate years. Here you should consider two things: what your grade point average was and how you felt about your course work.
Maybe kids don’t know what they want to study when they are joining an undergraduate program. This is a great way to assess whether you like your field of study or would you have changed it had you got the chance to go back. Another thing you need to keep in mind is your GPA during your undergraduate. This is a great indicator of how well you handled the coursework during your studies and can be a great way to estimate whether you can tackle graduate-level work.
Writing your personal statement
Having a strong personal statement is important—especially when you are applying to an esteemed university that receives applications from qualified students all around the world. Your personal statement should convey the ways in which you connect with your chosen subject. Most admissions officers are looking for students who are passionate about their subject and can articulate their goals after joining the establishment.
While it’s true that extracurricular activities and work experience do make up part of the personal statement, you should never let those dominate your statement. Your focus should always be on your commitment to your chosen subject.
Apart from this, you should subtly work towards presenting yourself as someone who will contribute to the university campus community.
Evaluate your finances
Being a more specialized and tougher degree to approach, its no wonder that a master’s degree typically costs a lot more than a simple undergraduate degree.
If you’re sure you want to join a master’s program you need to consider figuring out how to cover tuition fees and your costs of living. If you feel as though you may not be able to afford the degree or the on-campus living accommodation, then you can always apply for a need-based scholarship. If your grades are impressive enough, the university may extend a merit-based scholarship of its own accord.
If you’re an international student, the costs of courses and scholarships will likely be different than those extended to domestic/local students. This information would be best known through the university’s website or their admissions office.
Mistakes to avoid
While we have compiled for a list of things you should focus on doing here are a few things we suggest you steer clear of doing in order to improve your chances of getting accepted.
A common mistake most people make while applying for admission into the university of their choice is withholding information regarding their qualifications. We suggest you be as clear in describing your qualifications so that the admissions tutor has a better way to assess your application instead of dismissing it on account of the lack of information.
Moreover, tips for international students — do not attempt to translate your documents. Its always better to state the original name of the qualification gained. This prevents a mix up of sorts due to miscommunication.
Lastly, make sure you are fulfilling any requirement the university has set out for you: information forms, interviews, tests, etc. This shows the admissions officer that you are someone who pays attention to details and does what they are asked to do.
Hubert (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Founder of MBA Center, an elite test prep and admission consulting organization collaborating with the best test prep centers in Europe and India. Over the last 24 years, Hubert has developed the World MBA Tour and co-founded ACCESS MBA. Hubert’s passion is teaching, though. Holder of a perfect 800, Hubert has trained thousands of GMAT students, written and developed over 50 TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, SAT, and GMAT prep books, software and e-learning platforms.
Hubert has the most impressive track record in the industry with 3,000+ MIM, MIF, MBA, EMBA, and Ph.D. students accepted in the best universities in the world such as Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, MIT, Columbia, Chicago, INSEAD, LBS, Oxford, Cambridge, HEC.