The MBA Application Process, Part 2: How to Build a School Short List

While you have likely heard of several of the leading MBA programs—including the ever-popular Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the United States and Europe have roughly two dozen “top” business schools. How do you decide which MBA programs to target for applications when you have limited time and want to optimize your chances of acceptance? And what do you do once you have finalized your list? 

In Part 2 of our nine-part series on the MBA application process, we will outline the three key factors to consider when choosing which schools to target (environment, goals, and practicalities) and how to use them to guide your research. We will also explain the ideal mix of business schools to apply to and how to research them in an efficient and effective way.