Applying for an MBA program is no easy task! You need to make sure you are organized and have all your papers in order. This is part 3 of an 8 part series on applying for an MBA program.
Why transcripts are important: The Admissions Committee at your prospective MBA program will want to see the work you’ve done your previous schools, and more importantly, how well you did it. Keep in mind that the Admissions Council will want official transcripts from all universities attended, not just the degree granting universities.
What you need: Official transcripts from each undergrad or graduate program you attended. This means you will need a transcript from a university or other institution even if you only went there for a short spring term or summer school session.
Don’t worry about your grades! At this point, there is not much you can do about your past grades. Your coursework is completed and your grades are set in stone. Instead, focus your energies on creating the best application you can – score high on the GMAT, write stellar essays, and send in a complete and accurate application.
- Get an official transcript!!! This is the most important thing to remember. Many universities will issue unofficial transcripts to students, and some universities issue transcripts that are official only as long as the envelope is sealed. Be sure you send official transcripts with your MBA application!
- Request your transcripts with plenty of time to spare – it may take several weeks from the time you request your transcripts until your prior university will be able to issue it to you.
- Be aware you may have to pay for your transcripts. The cost can easily be $5-20 per transcript. If you are sending applications to several MBA programs, this may add up quickly!
- Know where to have the transcripts sent. Some MBA programs prefer the transcripts to be sent directly to them, while others prefer they be sent with the rest of the application package. Do your research and have the application sent exactly where it should go.
Remember, your grades are already set in stone. At this point, just focus on getting an official copy of them to the MBA Admissions Committee and let the rest of your application speak for itself!
This is Part 3 of a series on applying for an MBA program. Please read the rest of the articles for more information!
- Applying For An MBA – Series Introduction
- Part 1: Application
- Part 2: Resume
- Part 3: Transcripts
- Part 4: GMAT Scores
- Part 5: Essays
- Part 6: Letters of Recommendation
- Part 7: Interview
- Part 8: Other Factors
For more information about selecting an MBA program, please check out my 8 part series: