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Top 5 MBA Admission Myths

Today, a throng of MBA admission myths float casually throughout the Internet. While some sound outrageous, others are much more difficult to discount. Reputable sources can quash misleading MBA admission myths to help eradicate student jitters before they arise.

  1.  Students most come from a certain background to be admitted into an MBA. This is false. Former Business Week Editor John Byrne has established an MBA website and blog called Poets & Quants because MBAs comes from all walks of life. Harvard MBA Graduate Ruth Owades, whose bachelor's degree was in French literature, founded successful companies now featured in Harvard cases.
  2.  Work experience is necessary to be admitted into an MBA program. This is false, according to the Stanford Myth Busters. The school considers applications from qualified candidates ready to complete an MBA program, whether they're college graduates or mid-career professionals.
  3.  Applicants must meet minimum GPA and GMAT scores to get into MBA programs. This is false, according to UCLA Anderson Admissions. They review both scores along with a candidate's overall abilities to complete assignments. GPA and GMAT scores among admitted students are diverse.
  4.  A letter from the President of the country is better than a recommendation from someone with a lower-level position that knows you better. This is false. A recommendation from a colleague or client, who can provide precise details on your accomplishments, talents or skills, could do much better than a letter from someone with an impressive title that is unable to talk about you in detail as a person or professional, according to Chicago Booth.
  5. Smart students will feel comfortable in any MBA program. This is false. For instance, people who prefer a combination of theory and practice may feel uneasy in MBA programs based on case discussions, according to online community Beat the GMAT.

By taking the time to clarify rumor versus truth, today's potential MBA student should feel much more prepared to complete the best possible application. Applications that demonstrate motivation and talent to pursue an MBA as a way to embark in exciting and doable business projects should do well.