When to apply for to be eligible for the scholarships

Application & Admission
  • Posted by vinitshah on 08/19/12 9:50am

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I will take my GMAT in the 1st week of september(expecting 700 plus score).I (23 years old) have completed my Bachelors in Engineering from Mumbai University(India) with score of 58%.Am I eligible for the course and scholarship(MSc in Finance) in Universities like IE, Warwick, Oxford, Grenoble,Rotterdam, Cranfield.

    Since I am targeting Academic year 2013-2014,when should I start applying to universities to avail scholarships?

    Thanks

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 08/19/12 12:10pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your question.

      Since I am targeting Academic year 2013-2014,when should I start applying to universities to avail scholarships?
      In most cases, you first apply for the respective program (e.g. a Master in Management program). You can find the deadline for your favorite programs on the websites of the schools. But in order to save your place I would recommend you to apply as early as possible. For program start in September 2013, for instance, I would apply in early 2013 if possible.

      Once you have been accepted for the program you have time to apply for scholarships. At least, this is the order of process as to my best knowledge. Again, I recommend you to carefully read the websites of your favorite schools. Under Financial Aid, you should find the deadlines for the scholarships. Given that many others will apply for the scholarships as well I would apply as early as possible for them.

      Maybe - you need to find this out by screening the schools' websites - you can even apply for the scholarship at the same time that you apply for the program.

      Am I eligible for the course and scholarship(MSc in Finance) in Universities like IE, Warwick, Oxford, Grenoble,Rotterdam, Cranfield.
      A GMAT of 700+ is an excellent score and admissions people will carefully screen your cv. But a top gmat score is not the only criterion when it comes to applying for a program. Here are some recommendations:

      • Check out first of the respective MSc in Finance accepts people with an academic background in non-business areas (as in your case). You can easily do this by using our Search Filter using the "Entry Requirements" selection. The MSc in Finance & Investments for example is restricted to people with a business background.
      • Be aware that your full cv will be taken into account when people decide about your acceptance. So, your academic grades will play a role but also anything else you did in terms of internships or extra-curricular activities.
      • For some programs you may write some essays that you send together with your application. My recommendation is: Take them seriously and make sure that you write good essays.
      • Once you are invited to an interview your personal performance also matters. For example, people may be interested in your expectations form a course and whether you have reflected your goals well.

      The next step for you is: Read carefully the admissions page of each of the mentioned programs to get a deeper understanding of what they expect.

      As a next step you can contact the school, say that you are interested in the program and whether it would be possible that you getin contact with an alumni or a current student. Then you can ask them all your questions and get insight information, for instance in the admissions process.

      Best wishes
      Thomas

      • Posted by vinitshah on 08/20/12 6:51am

        Thanks a lot.

        You people are doing such a wonderful job.