Getting into business school: tips from students and professors

Insights from those inside business schools on how to win a place here

Getting into business school as a recent graduate is a competitive process, but it's very possible for hardworking and focused students to win a place. We've gathered some advice from current students and professors to help you on your way.

Tips from students

Tom Cahn, Masters in Management at London Business School

"The process was very rigorous with multiple application forms and interviews.

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), which is an important part of the process, was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.

It's tough and you need to study hard for it, but it's part of what helps London Business School get the best people."

Alex Doman, Masters in Management at London Business School

"The Masters in Management is open to recent graduates with a 2.1 degree or higher and there's no single formula for success.

But everyone will probably need to spend a couple of months studying for the entry tests and to prove they have an interest in business.

Then it's simply about being able to show you have the potential to excel."

Tips from professors

Dr. Sinéad Roden, Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Management at Cass Business School

"The cover letter is an important part of the application process, so do pay close attention to it.

Use it to show what your motivations are for wanting to study the course."

Robert Goate, Head of Admissions at BPP University Business School

"Essentially, we're looking for self-motivated, career-focused individuals who are prepared to learn from professionals and put the time in to become the best they can be."