Obviously I am partial to the MBA admissions ebooks I have written or co-authored, but these ebooks are usually niche products, serving specific needs within the MBA admissions process or particular subsets among applicants. I see them as complements to the tried and true, old-fashioned physical books that are MBA admissions classics. Now, still several weeks before the applications appear, is a great time to go through these works, if you haven’t already done so:
- Omari Bouknight and Scott Shrum’s Your MBA Game Plan provides a valuable approach to the schools and their applications. Bouknight and Shrum’s four-cell strategy highlights the most important aspects of MBA admissions. The book also provides insightful summaries of the schools’ values and suggestions as to how you can use that information in your applications.. Unfortunately, the book was written in 2002, and while the basics don’t change some of the details do. Verify the information provided in the section entitled “Application Strategies for 30 Top Business Schools.” And then use it.
- Richard Montauk’s How to Get Into Top MBA Programs is still the encyclopedia for MBA applicants. And it is a classic having first appeared in the nineties and now appearing in its third edition. It does not have the practical feel of Great Application Essays or the school-specific information of Your MBA Game Plan, but it has a lot to say about almost everything touching on MBA admissions.
If you haven’t read these books, I recommend you do so if you are serious about joining the class of 2009 at a top business school.