What We Are Looking For
Our MBA Admissions Committee is charged with the task of building not just an incoming class but a cohesive “micro-community." We look for well-rounded students from a variety of backgrounds, with diverse and stimulating life experiences.
We carefully review academic credentials, essays, resumes, references, and interview notes to select individuals who are a great fit. Therefore, it is paramount that you demonstrate your academic aptitude, showcase your leadership and teamwork experiences, highlight your involvement in community organizations or professional associations, and provide insight into the personal experiences that will enable you to add value to the Fisher community.
Accomplishments to Date
We have found past performance to be an excellent predictor of future performance. To ensure that we recruit top talent who will help us continue to grow our base of successful alumni and attract even more top performers for future classes, we want you to tell us about your experiences to date. We certainly look at the experience in and of itself, but we care most about what you were able to make of it.
Your resume will provide us with a sound overview of your past accomplishments. But be sure to offer concrete examples in your essay question to demonstrate how you landed that first job in banking, started your own business while still in college, or managed to get a feature film “in the can” for under $100,000.
The mission of an MBA program is to graduate future business leaders who will make a difference. We will look at your past leadership experiences and refer to your essays and letters of recommendation. We will want to hear about them all during your personal interview.
Leadership’s many facets include integrity, empathy, curiosity, endurance, vision, communication skills, and self-awareness. We will look for examples from your professional life, as well as insights into your leadership experiences, potential, and experience beyond your immediate job responsibilities.
Smarts and Teamwork
We will examine your overall academic ability, based on prior university records and the results of the GMAT or GRE, as well as the quality and nature of your work experience, to ensure that you will be able to excel in our MBA curriculum.
We are also interested in understanding how you interact with others. Team spirit and competence are critical to succeeding during your studies and in business. Show us that you have the ability to be in touch with your own and others’ emotions, that you are an able communicator who recognizes opportunities when they arise through interaction with others, and that you can stimulate the flow of ideas.
Personal Qualities and Characteristics
Your personal qualities and contributions will have an immediate and visible impact on your classmates and school environment. We want to understand the characteristics that have contributed to your accomplishments to date and what experiences have made you the person that you are today. We also want to understand the principles and ethical standards that are part of the intricate mix that makes you “tick” as an individual.
We strongly believe that diversity and differences in personality are critical to the dynamic and stimulating exchanges that are characteristic of our MBA community. Be sure to share with the MBA Admissions Committee what makes you and your background and accomplishments unique.