In Part 1 of our Admissions Tips for Female MBA candidates, we discussed strategies to help female MBA candidates make the most of resources and events available for admissions. Read part 1 here. In part 2 we cover three examples of programs that provide female MBA candidates with more in-depth experiences and support.
Forté MBA Launch
Of the programs included in this article, Forté MBA Launch is the most inclusive. Designed for women of all backgrounds and industries, this pre-MBA program helps female MBA candidates navigate the MBA application process. Through a blended system of online modules, peer work sessions, and scheduled in-person programming, the Forté MBA Launch program provides resources, feedback and community to support female MBA candidates through the application process.
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MLT MBA Prep Program
If you are a female MBA candidate, and you identify as Black, Latino and/or Native American, consider the MLT MBA Prep program. Described as an intense, boot camp-like experience, MLT MBA Prep is a 10-month program designed to take MBA candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and prepare them for entry into top business schools. According to MLT’s statistics, 98% of their participants receive admission to a top 25 business school, with 80% of MLT participants attending a top 10 business school. Each MLT participant is matched with an MLT coach who provides monthly advice and accountability throughout the application process. MLT MBA Prep also provides participants with a community that expands beyond each cohort and across business schools.
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Riordan MBA Fellows
If you are a recent college graduate and live in the Los Angeles area, you may want to consider Riordan MBA Fellows. The Riordan MBA Fellows is an MBA prep program that partners with the UCLA Anderson School of Business. On the intensity scale, Riordan MBA fellows ranks closer to MLT MBA prep than Forté. Fellows are required to attend one Saturday session a month in person. Much of the content in these sessions are taught by UCLA Anderson faculty, giving participants a taste of business school course curricula. In addition to monthly sessions, fellows must complete a community service project with a team in their cohort. Fellows also have access to mentors who are current students at Anderson. It is important to note that of all the programs mentioned in this article, Riordan is the most expensive.
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This article listed 3 of the most well-known and effective pre-MBA application programs that provide support to female applicants. It’s important to note that while each of these programs endeavor to give each individual a measure of one-on-one coaching, you won’t necessarily get the depth, specificity and quality of support that you would find from certain admissions consultants. In these programs, counselors and advisors are juggling several students (sometimes 20-50 or more). This makes it difficult to provide very targeted support to your particular situation like you would find with an admissions consultant. However, these programs are still very helpful for women planning to go through the MBA application process.
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