Overview On Procedure For An Indian To Pursue MBA In the States
The United States continues to be the world’s number one educational hub for pursuing MBA studies. The local environment houses many diversified elements and people thereby creating an ideal study destination for many students worldwide. Most of the MBA programs here are internationally recognized and have immense brand value. The procedure to get into a desired institute for one’s MBA course is not that difficult provided one is guided properly through. The following explains step by step the procedure for an Indian to pursue MBA in the United States:
Shortlist your choices on the basis of geographical priority – only look at the locations where you think you can adjust well. Next, shortlist further on the basis of ranking of the B-school. For rankings of B-schools in the States, students may use sources like Business Week and The Wall Street Journal. Take a look at their requirements. If you think that you can provide as per their requirements and on top of that you can offer much more, then finalize your choices.
Visit the B-school’s website. Call up their representatives if necessary. Gather as much as information as possible about their MBA program, the courses offered, duration of the course, residency details, approximate costs and fund required, health insurance and other relevant information. Also do enquire for scholarship programs (if any) else if funding is a bit on the problematic side then enquire about student loans and support for such issues. Calculate the estimated cost per annum (or per semester) according to your convenience and formulate a solid funding plan. Also list out the requirements that are necessitated by the university/institute for this well be needed for the next step – making your MBA application.
There are usually 2 standard aptitude test that one can take for admission into US MBA programs – GMAT and GRE. Depending upon the institute of your choosing, take the exams accordingly. Different institutes have their own criteria of acceptable scores for GMAT or GRE. Also, some universities and B-schools require that non-native English speakers take the English language proficiency tests either TOEFL or IELTS. Once again, take a look at the institute’s requirement for more details and take the test accordingly. Some institutes may choose to waiver these scores if they are convinced that your English speaking background is good enough. (Based on the medium of communication in your previous academic or working backgrounds)
Download the application form from the institute’s website. Fill the required the details. Create your MBA profile now separately by having distinct and clear sections like: Personal Bio-data, Academic transcripts (a history of your academic performance – score sheets of your 10th grade, 12th grade and university’s semester wise breakdown of your grades – a clear description of your SGPA and CGPA calculated per semester. If not in English, then a close English translation needs to be attached with along with the score sheets), GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS score reports, your work history (preferably supported with a CV and certificates strengthen your application), atleast two letters of recommendation and one very convincing Statement of Purpose (an essay on why you are perfect for this program).
Visit your local US embassy and enquire about the student VISA requirements for entry in to the US. F-1 is a student’s VISA which allows entry into the US for academic purposes. It is usually granted after submitting proof that one is confirmed to be admitted under the institute’s MBA program. The following steps may be followed for obtaining one’s student’s VISA:
1. Pay the SEVIS fee (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)
2. Pay the visa fee at the nominated bank
3. Complete the visa application form
4. Book a visa interview appointment
5. Attend your visa interview
6. Your passport is returned to you by courier
Keep photocopies of your passport and other valid identifications provided by the Indian Government with you at all times for official purposes in case the need arises.
And that’s all the steps required for application into the US. Simple to follow ensuring a quick and hassle-less procedure for admission into one’s dream school in the US.