Graduate business school applications are up across the board, according to the Graduate Management Admissions Council. If you want to gain the competitive edge in this crowded marketplace, high-tech resources including MBA apps, ebooks and online tools can help you get started toward earning an MBA.
1. The MBA App: Whether you’re just beginning the MBA application process or are trying to decide if an MBA will meet your professional needs, the free MBA Apps can help. Developed by the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, it offers a frank and honest look to determine if an MBA is right for you, suggestions on how to fund your education and launch a successful MBA application. Gain real insight from UNC B-school admissions officers and MBA students, who can help you make up your mind and apply.
2. The Ten-Day MBA: This book ($16.30 on Amazon) distills real-life MBA lessons from top-tier schools into a guidebook for business owners and would-be entrepreneurs. If you’re applying for an MBA, The Ten-Day MBA (tip: get it as an ebook to read on your device) can help you conceptualize what your education would be like and identify an area of specialty, as well help you write a compelling personal essay to accompany your application.
3. Clear Admit MBA Planner App: The free app helps you review MBA programs at different schools, stay on top of school deadlines and organize the ancillary information you need to provide (e.g. letters of recommendation, transcripts and personal statements). The MBA Planner provides detailed information on top-tier business schools, including demographics, application essay questions, job placement, student salaries, admissions office contact information and more. Narrowing down your applications list has never been easier.
4. Grammarly: This subscription-based web tool will help you ace the essay portion of any application. Sign in to the web interface from your PC or mobile device, copy and paste your text in the input box and receive an instant grammar check that runs through 250 rules. In addition, receive detailed grammar and spelling corrections, review contextual word choice suggestions to improve your writing style and avoid unintentional plagiarism by having your text checked against 8-billion plus webpages. Grammarly costs $29.95 per month; an annual fee of $139.95 lowers the monthly cost to $11.66. And don’t forget about high-speed Internet deals so you can check your grammar quickly.
5. GMAT Study Apps: While the GMAT is not required for all business schools, it is still required for many. With a GMAT app, you can study while you commute, wait for an appointment or are en route anywhere, anytime. Apps to use include the free Beat the GMAT, which offers 300 flashcards, the free GMAT on Demand from Veritas Press, which offers 12 free GMAT study videos, and the Official Guide for GMAT Review app, which runs from $4.99 to $14.99.