LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 5, 2012) - With the 2012-2013 MBA application season underway, with Round 1 application deadlines coming up in October, the competition continues to be stiff for spots in the top business schools. To overcome the odds, here are some tips from author and business school consultant Stacy Blackman (www.stacyblackman.com). 

Top Five Tips:

These tips can improve applicants' chances of being admitted to a top MBA program in this competitive environment, according to Blackman (www.stacyblackman.com):

1) Consider taking the GRE - More and more schools are accepting this in lieu of the GMAT, and since GRE scores are not currently reported out for rankings, schools may be more likely to take a risk on a lower GRE score.

2) Research all types of programs - Business schools are changing leadership, revamping programs and reinventing themselves. International programs are blooming and there is an option for everyone. Do your research to determine what is best for you.

3) Overcome low grades - If your grades are low, prove that you can handle the academic rigor of business school by taking quantitative classes now. Start with Calculus and then take Accounting and Statistics. 

4) Remember that EVERYTHING counts - Every interaction or lack of interaction with your target schools will be considered. Be sure to manage your entire process with professionalism.

5) Don't wear too many hats - MBA programs want well rounded programs made up of specialists -- emphasize a couple important aspects of your background rather than trying to be master of everything.

"Keep in mind that MBA admissions is a holistic process," said Stacy Blackman. "There is no one attribute or accomplishment that will 'get you in.' In fact, applicants boasting 800 GMATs and 4.0 GPAs are turned away from top schools every year. Every aspect of your application is important but there is certainly room for imperfection. Ultimately, all of the pieces of your puzzle will form a complete picture that the admissions committee will evaluate."

About Stacy Blackman Consulting

Stacy Sukov Blackman launched her MBA admissions consulting company (www.stacyblackman.com) in 2001 and has since helped thousands of clients gain admission to the most selective business schools in the world, many with merit scholarships. Blackman is the author of The MBA Application Roadmap: The Essential Guide to Getting Into a Business School, and has published a series of online guides which contain in depth guidance on how to develop essays for top business schools http://www.stacyblackman.com/essay-guides/store/. Blackman has degrees from both the Wharton School and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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