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Chioma Isiadinso

Thousands of students apply for an MBA each year but often struggle with the complex and lengthy process this involves: the entrance exam, the essay, the face to face interview…

We asked Chioma Isiadinso, chief executive of Expartus, the business school admissions consultancy, and author of The Best Business Schools’ Admissions Secrets to share her top tips for each stage of the application process.

See Ms Isiadinso’s full answers via the links below and share your thoughts on Twitter @ftbized #FTMyMBA


When considering an MBA, or any graduate degree, you must weigh certain sacrifices, including the upfront costs of tuition and fees and the opportunity costs of time spent away from the workplace…

Campus visits

The ideal time to visit a business school is when the school is in session so you can sit in on a class and observe the teaching method, the level of student engagement and the quality of faculty instruction…

One-year v two-year

Deciding between a one-year and a two-year MBA programme is a personal decision that each applicant has to reach after careful consideration…

Admissions essays

There is no ‘magic’ essay topic that will put your application on the fast track to admission. What works well for one applicant might derail another and you need to be careful to choose topics that authentically tell your story…


Interviews can certainly be nerve-wracking but the work that you do beforehand can make the day go much more smoothly. First, you need to know your application inside out…

Entrance exams

The GRE has been enjoying a surge of popularity among MBA students. About 10 per cent of applicants took the GRE instead of the GMAT during the 2012-2013 admissions cycle…

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