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Apply by June 1 for Extra Benefits

Tina Bassir, TMMBA Associate Director

There are three great reasons to apply to the TMMBA Program by June 1st. First, we will reduce the $1500 acceptance deposit by 50%. Second, you get to select your class day – choose between the Monday or the Wednesday section. (more about the class schedule) And third, start participating in TMMBA events and activities. From career services to guest speaker events, there are many options to expand your thinking and start building relationships with others in the TMMBA network.

It’s not too early to submit your application – we have already received new applications for the next class. (the next TMMBA class will begin in January 2014 with a week-long program immersion taking place in December 2013) We have a rolling admissions process which means that we begin reviewing your file as soon as we receive your complete application. In most cases, you’ll have an answer from the admissions committee within a month of when your application is complete. So the sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll have a decision. And the sooner you can begin planning for your future as a TMMBA student!

Don’t forget, we are here to help. We host Application Workshops every month, and we’re available to meet for an individual conversation to answer your questions about the admissions process. (View Application Requirements)

Monday Myths: Part II

Ally Wewers, TMMBA Program Coordinator
 
TMMBA Mythbusters

Happy Monday Mythbusters! Today we tackle two more common TMMBA Myths- one regarding leadership experience, and the other about the letters of recommendation. Take a look at last week’s Myth #s 1 and 2 for even more myth de-bunking. As always, leave us a comment or e-mail (tmmba@uw.edu) if you have any myths you need solving.

 Masters of Business Administration? I won’t be admitted unless I have managerial experience!

 

Truth: While it may seem contradictory, formal management experience is not required for admission into TMMBA. To us, applying for your MBA signals a desire to gain the tools necessary for effective leadership. We do strongly encourage showing examples of leadership in your application; whether it is in your career, in a volunteer capacity or in other areas. As criteria for admission, we look at leadership potential and the motivation to develop these skills.

Bottom Line: You may not have the title or the legions of direct reports, but that’s not a problem for your TMMBA application. Getting your MBA means you’re working towards becoming a leader- show us your potential in the TMMBA application.

 

Getting a CEO to write my letter of recommendation means a lot more than a lower level manager.

Truth: There’s no checkbox that we mark for “esteemed status” when we see your recommender’s name and title. We only require a recommendation from your current supervisor and a professional reference. To the admissions team, status and title don’t matter as much as quality of the recommendation. It’s not who you know- but who really knows YOU. We’d rather have Joe Smith- your colleague for seven years- write a thorough and detailed recommendation than a short, vague statement by Jeff Bezos.

Bottom Line: Don’t get hung up on the name and title of your recommender. Select someone who will give the most comprehensive insight about you as an applicant.

 

Still have questions about the application process? Take a look at the Application Requirements for more information. See you next week when we straighten out two more common admissions myths!

 

Monday Myths: Part I

Ally Wewers, TMMBA Program Coordinator
 
TMMBA Mythbusters

Who doesn’t love to start their Monday with a little myth de-bunking? At TMMBA, we want to help applicants get beyond the rumors and misconceptions to help them submit their best application. Over the next few Mondays, I will be posting some of the most frequent myths that we hear from applicants and prospective students, and in response-  the TMMBA truth.

 A perfect GMAT score guarantees I’m in.

 

Truth: Achieving the “holy grail” of an 800 (or even a 750-790) GMAT score doesn’t guarantee you anything, besides maybe bragging rights around your cubicle.  While the GMAT is a required portion of the application, the admissions team uses that number in conjunction with many other factors to determine if a student should be admitted. For TMMBA, we’re looking for more than just numbers and off-the-charts intellectual ability. It’s also important that you are well rounded both professionally and personally- showing the ability to interact with others, contribute to your class, and handle the rigors of the program.

Bottom Line: The GMAT is one component of the holistic selection process for TMMBA. A perfect score doesn’t give us any information about your interpersonal skills, leadership ability, or professional experience.

 

I have to wait until my entire application is completed online before hitting “submit”.

 

Truth: You can submit your application anytime that you have filled out your online profile, uploaded your resume and essays, and designated your recommenders. In fact, by submitting with an incomplete application, it helps us to keep in touch with you and get your application processed faster, once complete.

Bottom Line: If you’re waiting on your GMAT, recommendations, or an English proficiency test, click submit anyway! That way, we can get your file in order so it’s ready to be evaluated as soon as your final component is in.

 

Stay with us Mythbusters- next Monday we’ll tackle two more myths on our road to the TMMBA truth. In the meantime, let us know what questions you may have regarding TMMBA misconceptions. We’ll do our best to get the truth out there!