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This guide to winning a spot in an MBA program is useful and charming – and those two qualities are more closely related than you think. As the title suggests, the book attempts to correct numerous misconceptions applicants have about getting into their target business schools. Some of those myths and self-delusions are pretty tenacious, and education consultants Evan Forster and David Thomas have to be equally pointed to puncture them. That’s where the charm comes in. Through vivid narratives of learning experiences (both their own and their clients’) and hearty dollops of humor, Forster and Thomas make the arduous process of applying to MBA programs seem less daunting. Along the way, they provide specific advice on everything from how to help the people writing your recommendations to how to fit in the worthwhile extracurricular activities you need to stand out from the crowd. Naturally, getAbstract recommends this sassy but savvy book primarily to those considering graduate education in business, but also to those running MBA programs, to their admissions staffs and to corporate human resources officers who want to help guide their employees’ careers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to get into a top MBA program,
  • How to learn about yourself through the application process and
  • How to avoid common mistakes when applying.

About the Authors

Evan Forster and David Thomas run Forster-Thomas, Inc., an educational consulting service.



Mastering the Master’s
So you want an MBA, but you don’t want to get it from just anywhere; it’s got to be from Harvard Business School (HBS) and nowhere else. Well, that’s “a suicide mission.” Pinning all your hopes on a single school, when so much of the admissions process is out of ...

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    Sharaf MOBASHIR 6 months ago
    It is great and help more in career
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    Juan Alonso Morga 2 years ago
    Very good tool for Bachelor's student
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      Sharaf MOBASHIR 6 months ago
      yes of course and for masters too
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    Paul Hornung 4 years ago
    I will definitly revisit this book during my MBA application process.
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    Nancy Musyoka 5 years ago
    Great Summary, invigorating to say the least!

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