Many Bowdoin graduates will consider pursuing an MBA (Master’s of Business Administration) several years after graduation. Bowdoin students with strong early career success are competitive candidates for top tier programs across the country and around the world.
What are schools looking for?
Strong Academic Performance
A top tier MBA program is looking for a strong GPA from a competitive college or university. A slightly lower GPA does not eliminate the MBA option, however, as many programs are eager to recruit candidates from a strong institution like Bowdoin.
Early Career Success
If you are considering an MBA down the road, one of the key admission factors is early career success. A track record of achievement (promotion, increased responsibility, strong recommendations) is essential to a strong application.
Vision for Post-MBA Career
MBA programs are looking for candidates that express a clear vision of where they are headed in their careers. The more specific and well-conceived your plan, the greater the likelihood that you will stand out in the pool.
The Bowdoin Career Planning Library offers a number of books that speak to both MBA programs and preparing for the GMAT. All books can be checked out by visiting the Career Planning Library on the first floor of Moulton Union. Below is a sampling of the books available.
To sign up for a testing date in your area and for more information about the GMAT test and MBA’s in general, please visit mba.com, the official site of the GMAT. Generally you will want to take the GMAT in the spring or summer of the year you plan to apply for admission. By doing so, you create flexibility to retake the exam if you do not achieve the score you anticipated during your first sitting.
- Kaplan GMAT Premier Coursebook – A comprehensive review for each section of the GMAT and proven test-taking strategies and complete explanations. (2013)
- The Official GMAT Review Guide – The only study guide with more than 800 past GMAT questions – and their answers – by the creators of the test. (2015)
MBA School Reviews & Advice
- The Princeton Review – Best 300 Business Schools – More than 19,000 MBA students at top programs speak out about academics, student life, and career opportunities at their schools. Learn everything you need to know about the MBA landscape – hear it directly from Stanford, Wharton, Tuck, Michigan, UCLA and NYU admissions pros. (2014)
- The Complete Start-to-Finish MBA Admissions Guide – The MBA admissions process is fiercely competitive, and success is only gained by differentiating yourself from a sea of applicants. Filled with exercises and examples, The Complete Start-to-Finish MBA Admissions Guide takes you step by step through the entire admissions process, teaching you how to emphasize those aspects that set you apart so that you can secure that coveted letter of acceptance. (2013)
- The Business School Buzz Book – In this unique guide, view excerpts from surveys of students and alumni at almost 170 MBA programs to bring you the inside scoop on the specific programs. The survey comments cover the following areas – admissions, academics, employment prospects, quality of life, and social life. A number of prominent schools also have school specific review guides. Visit the Vault website to download your copy.
- The MBA Career Bible – An MBA isn’t just for finance and consulting. The Vault MBA Career Bible, gives you the inside scoop on a variety of hot industries, from fashion to nonprofit and government. Learn how your education and background fit in, with industry overviews, career path information, days in the life and interviews with industry leaders and future leaders. That said, all the traditional MBA-heavy finance services are still there, with details about how the recession has affected each industry. Visit the Vault website to download your copy.
- Forbes.com– Forbes offers rankings and comprehensive overviews of business schools from around the country. They include tuition, average GMAT score, and expected salary gain.