How to Get In: Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?

We follow an application cycle in rounds. Candidates who submit by the round deadline know exactly when they can expect a decision – roughly 6 to 8 weeks after the deadline. We interview after the round begins, by invitation only. Applications are reviewed by the admissions team before heading to the admissions committee. We use an online application system and our decisions are communicated via this system.

8. Which firms recruit heavily from your school? Which firms hire the highest percentage of your graduates? 

A sample of firms that recruit at Broad include: BP America Production Company, Chevron, Dell, Delta Airlines, GMAC, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Motorola, Sears Holdings, Procter & Gamble, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Whirlpool.Companies that hire the largest percentage of our graduates include: Chevron, Sears Holdings, Motorola, Johnson & Johnson, Whirlpool, Intel and Dell.

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

A common mistake is an incomplete application or an application missing one or more required items. It delays the process for both the admissions committee and the applicant. Also, we strongly recommend that applicants read and follow application directions. And probably the biggest mistake an applicant can make is when he or she is not professional when engaging Broad M.B.A. Program Office personnel.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

The perfect Broad M.B.A. is a person who has a plan on how to achieve their post-M.B.A. goal by using their past experiences and the M.B.A. together. In addition, the perfect Broad M.B.A. has strong quantitative skills, is a leader, and has a passion for a graduate management education at Michigan State University's Eli Broad Graduate School of Management.