Although there are some MBA programs that require little more than your name and a copy of your past transcripts, most programs are more selective.

This is especially true of the programs offered at top-tier business schools. The most common MBA application components include the following.

  • Application Form
  • Academic Records
  • Professional Resume
  • Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GMAT or GRE Scores

Many schools will also require or offer an optional interview as part of the MBA application process. This interview is usually conducted by alumni or an admissions committee. Students who do not speak English as a first language may also be asked to submit TOEFL scores to U.S., Canadian, and European business schools.