Mastering B-school Apps: How to get into Harvard and Stanford Business School

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Mastering B-school Apps: How to get into Harvard and Stanford Business School

Kieran Carty
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“Blood streaming down my face, I turned away and started to run.”

You wouldn't think that was the opening sentence for an admissions essay to the best business program in the world. I certainly didn’t before I applied for Stanford GSB.

It is exactly this type of “insiders” knowledge that gate-keeps access to these elite schools and means that the admissions outcomes are still heavily based on who you know and knowing where to look.

Inside this book, you’ll find an explanation of what you need to do to excel on each part of the application written in plain English. Also included are all the resources, processes, and material I used to gain admission to both Stanford and Harvard Business School, such as:

  • My admissions essays for both Stanford and Harvard
  • GMAT/GRE test scores and study plan
  • Essay writing guides
  • Over 30 real interview questions
  • Links to over 50 scholarship opportunities

I hope you enjoy reading about how even non-traditional applicants can break into both Harvard and Stanford Business schools from a successfully admitted MBA candidate.

Table of contents

  1. Preface
  2. About me
  3. Pre-application preparation
  4. Application process and timeline 
  5. Application
    1. What makes an excellent application 
    2. GRE/GMAT
    3. Essay(s)
      1. My Stanford GSB Essay
      2. My Harvard Business School Essay 
    4. Recommendations 
  6. Interviews
    1. My GSB interview experience
    2. My HBS interview experience 
  7. FAQs
  8. Resources
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