Introduction

MBA (Master of Business Administration) has gained immense popularity and attracts a huge number of experienced professionals as well as freshers from a wide range of academic disciplines. The core courses in the MBA program are designed to introduce students to the various areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, operations management, etc. Students in MBA programs have the option of taking general business courses throughout the program or can select an area of concentration, though many institutes (especially in India) offer their own specialized courses, which means that the institute itself chooses the specializations for students.

Over the two years of MBA, you’ll study about various factors (laws, trends, markets, economies) that have an effect on businesses and the running of businesses. You will also be exposed to ‘real-life situations’ taught through case studies, in an attempt to introduce students to the practical side of business and keep them in touch with real life business problems and solutions. There are a number of subjects which broaden your perspective about business and methods to tackle hurdles in business administration.

To ensure a holistic development there are industrial visits, projects, presentations and several assignments given to students which help them to learn and understand the core concepts of MBA. Studying at good MBA institutes is a pleasurable experience and definitely something to remember. Meeting deadlines and completing projects becomes enjoyable. Most importantly, you make some excellent friends, and develop as an individual on the whole and gain a scientific approach to management.

Various MBA Specializations

Supply Chain Management

It includes subjects like inventory mgmt, warehousing and transportation of various materials and can be pursued by any stream graduates.

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Human Resource

Study diversity, mergers and acquisitions, labor markets and emerging economics and international leadership in this specialisation.

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Finance

One of the most popular and oldest specialisation. Subjects like costing, budgeting, International finance, Capital Management etc. are taught in this course.

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Marketing

This specialisation equips students with the skills and knowledge about consumer behaviour, advertising and various other marketing concepts.

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International Business

In-depth understanding of the organizational capabilities required for international operations,  international marketing, finance etc.

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Operations

Learn how to maintain process flows, develop vendor and inter-departmental relationships and deal with Production or Shop Floor Management.

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Information Technology

Manage the planning, design, selection, implementation, usage and administration of emerging and converging information and communications technologies.

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Health Care Management

It covers core business skills and practices but focusing on roles such as hospital administrators, medical practice managers and insurance-company executives.

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MBA Application Process

Step 1: When to apply for an MBA

Most of the business schools have more than one application round deadline and therefore the applicant has the option of applying to any one of the rounds. The disadvantage behind applying to subsequent rounds (other than round 1) is that there would be fewer seats available. However, students are advised to apply when they have a complete and well-prepared application. The earlier you start your preparations, the better it is. Most top schools receive up to 5000 applications a year for about 500 places in the program, and these start getting filled up quickly as the deadlines approach nearer.

We, at Collegepond, have counselled several MBA aspirants to get into B schools throughout the world, including the best and top ranked. With an unprecedented learning curve of successful MBA applications and a sea of experts, experience & expertise in placing students for MBA abroad, our counsellors will assist and guide you through the entire application process to ensure an easy and smooth admission into B school.

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Step 2: Standardised Tests for MBA

Almost every business school requires applicants to take standardized tests as part of the MBA application process. The score requirements vary from school to school and the type of MBA. In most cases, you will need to take the GMAT or the GRE. If you speak English as a second language, you will also need to take the TOEFL to demonstrate your fluency in English language.

GMAT
The GMAT is used exclusively by business schools to determine an applicant’s ability to perform graduate-level work in a business program. This standardized test is accepted by nearly 2,000 schools around the world. The GMAT consists of four sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Quantitative
  • Verbal
  • Integrated Reasoning

The GMAT is a computer-based test and can be taken at test centers around the world. It is one of the most difficult standardized tests to score well on. Significant preparation is required.

GRE
The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is used by graduate schools and business schools in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries to determine a student’s ability to do graduate-level work in the classroom. The GRE consists of three sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing

There are two versions of the GRE: a computer-based test and a paper-based test. Both can be taken at test centers around the world. The GRE is a very complex test and requires extensive of preparation.

TOEFL
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is specifically designed for individuals who speak English as a second language. It is the most popular test of its type and is accepted by more than 8,000 English-speaking business schools, colleges, and universities.

The TOEFL consists of four sections:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing

The TOEFL is administered on paper and on the internet through test centers around the world. Some schools have minimum score requirements that must be met to gain acceptance to an MBA program.

All these tests require practice and exhaustive preparation to score well in order to gain admission in good universities. We at Collegepond hold mock tests and help them to prepare for these standardized tests. Evaluation of mock test results and constructive feedback is given to each student which helps them to ace standardized tests.

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Step 3: Program and University Selection

While selecting an MBA one should keep various factors in mind because a wrong choice can ruin your career. Choosing a right MBA school is very important, but selecting a right specialization is equally important. Nowadays, recruiters look for people who are experts in their field and know how to contribute to the growth of the company. There are numerous options for students to choose as specialization in their MBA programme, but the most preferred ones among recruiters include Finance, Marketing, Accounts, HR, International Business, IT/System, Operations, Business Communication, and Foreign Trade. Students must keep the following factors in mind while selecting universities and MBA programs.

  • Credibility of the specialization and University
  • Choosing a specialisation in accordance with interest
  • Researching job opportunities in the sector
  • Getting into the best B-school for the specialisation

The counsellors at Collegepond help students to decide the most suitable University and program keeping in mind the student’s interest, aptitude and academic profile. Personal and interactive counselling sessions with students help them to make the correct choice of University and MBA program which will ensure a bright future.

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Step 4: Essays, Recommendations, Resume and Form Filling

As a part of the admission process, universities require MBA applicants to write essays, make a resume and supply letters of recommendation; documents which are vital to gain admission to the universities.

Writing impressive, succinct and professional essays can be a daunting and overwhelming experience but our specialized teams of editors will ensure that you have presented all the relevant information in your documents and are as per the university requirements. Furthermore, they will also assist in application form filling and will clear all your doubts, leading to a smooth and quick submission of your applications.

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Step 5: Interview Preparation

B-Schools conduct interviews to assess the candidates’ suitability for a program in management. Candidates are tested on parameters like initiative, team skills, task orientation, and willingness to learn, leadership capabilities, goal clarity and stress management. MBA interviews are similar to campus interviews and include questions regarding the candidate’s most recent academic profile, his work experience, general awareness, his career, extracurricular activities and achievements. They may question about your reasons for doing MBA, long-term career goals etc. We at Collegepond, help you to prepare for your interviews through our comprehensive understanding of what the interviewers are looking for.

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Step 6: Visa Counselling

Visa documentation is another cumbersome process since the visa process of each country is governed by a complex set of rules which changes from time to time. Bearing this in mind, our visa counselling and documentation process is loaded with precise and important information that would make this process very smooth and easy. Once you are selected from the interview stage, you may be required to furnish the necessary financial documentation to gain the final admit letter, which will later be used to procure the visa.  Every year, there have been instances wherein students are denied visas due to either non-aderance of their procedures or poor performance in the visa interview.

Therefore we, at Collegepond offer Visa Counselling Services to ensure that your dream of studying abroad gets fulfilled. Our counsellors will guide you through the procedure of filling the Visa application, preparing the documents and conduct several mock interviews to prepare you for the final day. Collegepond boasts a 100% success rate for visa year-on-year.

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Step 7: Predeparture Services

We provide predeparture guidance to students so as to provide an insight into the various facets of the student life that they are likely to experience when they embark on their journey abroad for further studies in a foreign land. With our pre-departure briefing, we intend to provide students who are ready to study abroad with loads of valuable information and insights that we think will help them in settling down in the new country. This ranges anything from climatic conditions to booking flights, from foreign exchange and mobile services to arranging accommodations and medical insurance providers. Whether it is planning for getting your accommodation on or off-campus or inputs to get part-time jobs, we will offer our assistance when required.

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Universities our students apply to

Our MBA results

Divya Shroff: USC - MBA (Fall 2013)

Ruchir Mashru: Babson - MBA (Fall 2013)

Varun Harwani: NYU - MBA (Fall 2013)

Khurram Zaveri: Columbia - MBA (Fall 2014)

Niddhi Parekh: Babson - MBA (Fall 2014)

Abhirath Anuwal: Yale University - MBA (Fall 2015)

Maulik Mehta: TAMU - MBA (Fall 2015)

Vidisha Kanchan: University of Tennessee - MBA (Fall 2015)

Jay Bhatt: UMCP - MBA (Fall 2015)

Saurabh Sekhsaria: NUS - MBA (Fall 2015)

Tanmay Shah: Hong Kong University - MBA (Fall 2014)

Chirag Gupta: INSEAD - MBA (Fall 2014)

Karan Khanna: Oxford - MBA (Fall 2014)

Neeraj Dalmia: LBS - MBA (Fall 2014)

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