So you have done your research, you know what program you want to do to combine your passion for analytics with business applications. Now what? How do you put your best application forward?
Well, we are here to help. Below are some tips to help you showcase your great skills and accomplishments.
1. Familiarize yourself with the application
Something that students often forget is that they can actually go in and out of the application. Just because you may start your application today, it doesn’t mean you have to finish it on the same day. So, take your time to read all the instructions and requirements; after all, filling out a grad school application is a process that requires time and careful attention.
2. Communicate effectively through the essay question
The 250 word essay question is also a mandatory aspect of the application, where we are looking to see if you can communicate your ideas clearly and concisely. Keep in mind that you can always type it on a word document and then cut and paste into the application. Also, remember that the suggested word count is a good measure to ensure that you write an effective answer. In this exercise, less is more.
3. Have academic references that add value
When choosing your references, make sure you ask professors who know you well enough to explain why you are a good candidate for the program. We will be asking them about your quantitative, computational and communication skills. While both references should be academic, applicants with few years of work experience can submit one academic and one professional reference. Remember to also give your referees a heads up once you have submitted your request, as sometimes reference request emails get lost in the pile. Once you’ve sent it, keep track and don’t be afraid to follow up with your referees or resend the request.
4. If you are yet to graduate, don’t worry about your final official transcript right now
Many of you are probably in your final year of your undergraduate degree. As such, we certainly don’t expect you to have a final official transcript. As long as you have submitted your unofficial transcript to-date, you are on top of the game. You’ll only be asked to submit your final official transcript if you get a conditional offer.
5. GMAT/GRE is optional, but encouraged for some applicants
While GMAT or GRE is not mandatory, it is encouraged for applicants who completed their degree outside of North America or applications with a degree that is not quantitative in nature. Although the overall score is important, we pay a special attention to the quantitative score.
6. Video interview and timed-written response will be by invitation
Our application process has slightly changed. Video interview and timed-written response will no longer be part of the application; instead, we will be reviewing the applications and shortlisting candidates to complete them. The invitation will go out to the e-mail you used for your Rotman account. This is not meant to be tricky! We want to have a better understanding of your verbal and written communication skills. Think of it as an opportunity to showcase your personality, professionalism and maturity. Just a word of advice, the system is smart and it can detect any attempts by applicants using the platform to manipulate the system. We are notified of all these attempts and they are flagged.
We hope these tips are helpful as you complete your application. If you have further questions, first check out the Master of Management Analytics website. We hold application help webinars closer to each of the application deadlines. Please visit our events page to see if there are any upcoming sessions. If you still have questions, you can always contact us.
This post was updated on Wednesday 14 October, 2020.
The Master of Management Analytics is designed to give students the advanced data management, analytics and communication skills needed to become an analytics professional.