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GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICANT RESOURCES

Our team at Bentley works with applicants every day to help them prepare for a graduate business education.

Be aware of application deadlines.
Applying earlier means receiving your admission decision earlier. That gives you more time to prepare for beginning your graduate studies. You can find the application deadlines for each program on the individual program pages.

Be sure to pick the right people to recommend you.
These should be people who can speak in detail about your ability to work in teams, your leadership style, and your work style. Someone with a senior executive title who does not regularly interact with you will be less meaningful.

Be careful to answer the essays as they are presented.
Too often we see applicants cut and paste essay material from other graduate school applications. This is not what we're looking for, and is likely to give us a negative impression of your overall abilities.

If your program requires an in-person interview, approach it like a job interview.
Here are few things to keep in mind:

  • Dress appropriately.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor.
  • Be on time.
  • Make eye contact with your interviewer.
  • Ask informed questions about the program.

More is not always better.
While you may want to showcase all of your accomplishments in an interesting way, padding your application with materials we haven't requested only slows the process down and does not necessarily add weight to your application.

Pay attention to TOEFL requirements.
For international students, we require a minimum of 100 on the TOEFL. Students that submit lower scores may be eliminated from consideration. If you score lower than the minimum, request an interview. Interviews can be conducted in-person or through Skype. Your goal during the interview is to demonstrate that your score might not be reflective of your abilities.

Prepare for your GMAT or GRE.
It's important to demonstrate that you take your application seriously. Providing test scores that meet our minimums is a positive way to show your commitment to our program.

Do not underestimate the importance of any element of the application.
We would not ask you to submit anything we don’t feel is relevant and equally important to evaluating your application for admission.

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