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Judging from your experience, do you believe that MBA advisers can help hopeful students to secure admission into a top school?

Stephanie Kluth

Answer by Stephanie Kluth

MBA advisers can certainly help candidates narrow their MBA choices and find the best program. They have usually vast knowledge of the industry and can help streamline the process for candidates, especially if the candidate is working full-time at the same time they prepare for their MBA. The choice for an MBA program is ultimately up to the candidate, however. It is important that the candidate find the program which is academically and professionally suited to their goals in the short and long term. Admission to an MBA program is determined by the candidate's profile and overall application to the school. Once the paperwork is submitted, it is all up to the candidate.


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Head of Admissions, ESMT - European School of Management and Technology GmbH, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany, Tel. +49 30 21231 1402, email: mba@esmt.org

Answer by Peggy van der Wallen

They can sure be of help to avoid typical mistakes, and help candidates to prepare for essays, interviews. However, the candidates need to have the potential and drive to be successful in the interviews, bring good communication and presentation skills, and bring a track record that fits the school. In this regard the advisers cannot be of so much help, I think.


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Peggy van der Wallen, University of St. Gallen, Admissions Manager MBA

Sabine Prillmann

Answer by Sabine Prillmann

MBA advisers can prepare applicants for the whole admission process and the so-called "hard facts", that applicants have to deal with - but most important is to be "authentic" in the application process.


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Sabine Prillmann, WU Executive Academy, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien Vienna University of Economics and Business, Nordbergstrasse 15, 1090 Vienna, Austria, Tel. +43 1 313 36 4327, email: sabine.prillmann@wu.ac.at

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