How to make your Full-time MBA application stand out

23 March 2022

Explore how you can improve your MBA application with top tips from Assistant Business Development and Recruitment Manager, Laura Anderson, and Assistant Business Development Manager Rian Thomas. 

Applying to an MBA programme is a significant decision and you’ll want to make sure that you have all the information you need to enable you to submit a complete and competitive application.

Our Assistant Business Development Manager Rian Thomas and Assistant Recruitment Manager Laura Anderson, share their top tips for preparing to apply to the Full-time MBA and how to make an impact with your application so that you stand out.

Meet the team to understand more about Warwick Business School (WBS)

Investigate our CORE Values (Curiosity, Openness, Restlessness, Excellence), Change Maker ethos and what it means to be a WBS MBA participant. There are plenty of ways to engage with the team. You could come to one of our virtual or face-to-face open days, request a 1-2-1 consultation or meet us at an overseas fair. Speaking with the team and being able to ask your important questions can help you to understand if WBS is the right school for you.

Think about your personal and professional goals, and how an MBA is aligned with these

Take the time to understand what a WBS MBA can offer you. Many of our students look to take an MBA if they wish to change industry, country or feel as though they have hit a ceiling in terms of progression. Consider your personal motivations for doing an MBA and be prepared to bring out your inner Change Maker. 

Now that you have established your motivations, confirm your eligibility with our Recruitment Team

Send your CV to and a member of the team will provide a CV review. Once your eligibility has been confirmed you can start your application to the Full-time MBA.

How to make an impact with your application

  1. Demonstrate your key achievements, contributions and the impact you have had within your roles
  2. Ensure you evidence your successes with metrics and outputs
  3. Show how you have grown by bouncing back from set-backs and key learnings
  4. Be sure to use evidence from all aspects of your life, we want to learn more about you as an individual
  5. Reflect on your leadership style and future development goals
  6. Consider what is driving your decision to complete an MBA
  7. Think about what makes you a strong candidate for the MBA, what skills and qualities set you apart from your peers. 

Other things to think about

  1. As part of your MBA application, you’ll need to provide transcripts of your qualifications. These should be translated into English.
  2. You’ll also need to include answers to three of the essay questions (four if you wish to apply for a scholarship), your CV and details of at least two references, one of which must be from a current line manager.  
  3. Due to the competitive nature of the programme we would strongly recommended that you submit your GMAT or GRE score alongside your application. The selection committee take a holistic approach when reviewing applications and a strong GMAT score will support your application. As a minimum we are looking for a GMAT score of 650 or above.  

We look forward to receiving your application and connecting with you to support your future career goals.

Find out more about our Full-time MBA programme here.

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