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The MBA or Masters of Business Administration is a degree aimed at preparing you to be a senior level manager or leader. There are more than 700 MBA programs in the world. As graduate management degrees, the emphasis is put on the understanding of how to utilize resources, teamwork, finances, and over-all business operations. There are a number of career paths for MBA graduates, including accounting, finance, human resource management, consulting, information systems, manufacturing, marketing, operations management, small business, government, education, health care, and not-for-profit. So you can see the opportunities are endless.
The reason most individuals pursue an MBA degree is because in order to be a good manager, you need to know not only the technical side of your organization, but more importantly you need to be able to organize the work of others, and make decisions that affect the major aspects of a business.
Academically, almost any undergraduate major prepares you overall for pursuit of an MBA. Some points that can make you more appealing to an admissions board include knowing your numbers, this means having a solid foundation in math and economics. Also, you will benefit from knowing, on some level, another language. Also, your undergraduate GPA is important, as well as your GMAT score.
Experientially, an average of 4 years of work experience in a business setting, gaining some real experience can make your MBA degree more worthwhile developmentally.
Also, a key note: those wishing to get into an MBA program that do not have such an extensive work history need to have superb academic credentials and an extensive record of extracurricular activities as well as clearly defined career goals.
The graduate management admission test, or GMAT is the admissions test associated with gaining admission to an MBA program. It can help gauge your academic success during your first year of graduate school. The GMAT consists of 3 sections, two of which are multiple choice (math and verbal), with the third being an analytical section. Your scores are important, but remember, each school weighs different aspects of the application differently.
More information on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
There are 151 schools in the United States that offer a M.D. degree, and 34 that offer a D.O. degree. Each year over 50,000 students apply for admission into these schools. This suggests that competition is tough. With that being said there are certain advantages that can give you to help push you to the top of the list. Building an advising relationship with the Pre-Professional Health Studies office beginning in your freshman year is your first step toward becoming a competitive applicant.
General Medical School Requirements
Medical schools all look at applicants differently; they put different weight on different aspects according to what the admissions panel sees as being most needed. Some characteristics are identified below.
- Completion of pre-requisite courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Psychology, and Sociology
- An overall and a math/science GPA of 3.5 or higher is preferred
- MCAT score in the 75th percentile and above is preferred
- Exceptional interpersonal skills
- Clearly defined motivation for a career in medicine
- Clinical and research experience
- Community service, both related and unrelated to medicine
- A Pre-Health Evaluation Committee letter along with recommendations from faculty and mentors
The Application Process for Medical School
For individuals pursuing an M.D., the centralized application for allopathic schools of medicine is the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). For those pursuing a Doctor of Osteopathic medicine degree, the centralized application is the Association of American Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS).
The MCAT, or the Medical College Admissions Test, is a 7.5-hour exam that consists of four sections: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. Each section is scored between 118 and 132, with the total score ranging from 472 to 528. Scores above the 75th percentile are considered competitive.
More information on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Temple Resources: Pre-Professional Health Studies
Pre-Professional Health Studies (PPHS) is a university-wide support service that provides direct guidance and support to Temple students and alumni who are interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. Preparing for professional school is a very demanding and detailed process, which involves a commitment to both academic and professional development. Organizing these details in a timely manner is important for successful preparation to professional school. PPHS provides advising support and follow-up advising services for students who seek admission to Medical school as well as other types of health profession programs including Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Optometry, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Podiatry and Veterinary Medicine.
The PPHS advising process includes one-on-one advising, group workshops, ePortfolio files, and opportunities for a Pre-Health Evaluation Committee interview and letter of recommendation. Understanding that most Medical schools prefer a committee letter from an undergraduate pre-professional health advising office, the PPHS ePortfolio process prepares Temple University students, in any of the nine career paths noted above, to be considered for a committee letter. Pre-Professional Health Studies works with pre-health professional students who are interested in careers in health care to help assess their preparation and provides advising in support of their health professional school application.
Admission into law school can be a difficult task. Chances are if you are thinking of acquiring an education in law and all it has to offer, you have a lot of questions. Hopefully this section will target key areas of uncertainty to assist you in making a proper choice.
The Application Process
The law school application process consists of many different tasks that you will need to complete in order to successfully be considered for application. Listed below is a step by step guide to help you identify what you need to do.
The Law School Admissions Test is a standardized test that lasts the better part of a half day and it is used as one part of the application process for students wishing to attend any one of the 201 law schools in the country. It measures three distinct areas of an applicant, their verbal skills, reading skills, and reasoning skills. Offered quarterly throughout the year, students have ample opportunities to sign up for it.
More information on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The first step towards applying to law school includes selecting about 5 to 6 schools to apply to. This means you will need to do some research on which schools you want to go to. Note, most schools have a rolling admissions policy, and offer fee waivers for the application costs, so check that out! Completing the research part needs to take place at least a year and a half before graduation. Key information you should consider includes, all raw information (coursework, admission policies, key faculty, costs, timeline and outcomes), their location, the median LSAT score and GPA of students who have been accepted into the program.
Second, make a list of schools that interest categorized on three levels.
- Level one are your Reach Schools, these schools consist of a LSAT score, and a GPA that are substantially above yours.
- Level two are the High Probability Schools, these schools have LSAT and GPA scores nearly above or below yours.
- Level three are the Safety Schools , these schools have LSAT and GPA scores way below yours, most certainly allowing you easy admission.
Temple Resources: Law School
Temple provides several ways for prospective law students to prepare for law school. The Temple Law Scholars Program allows students to gain provisional admission into Temple University’s Beasley School of Law while completing their undergraduate studies. Students in the program gain opportunities to seek legal internships, participate in Beasley’s School of Law Trial Advocacy Program, and other unique educational experiences. Prospective students should visit the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies for more information on the Temple Law Scholars Program.
Students can also reach out to the Pre-Law Society and faculty advisor Dr. Paul Crowe in preparation for law school. The Pre-Law Society provides opportunities for students of all majors interested in Law to cultivate the skills necessary to be accepted into law school and be successful in the law profession. Please visit the website of the Pre-Law Society for more information on how to join.