MBA PD Applicant FAQs


Are events mandatory? Yes, all events are mandatory. For Core Skills Seminar, Fellows who have conflicts with b-school admit weekends can request permission to miss the event.

Can I participate in MBA Professional Development (MBA PD) if I’m not in NYC? Yes, we have participants from all over the country. The majority of the program is conducted remotely, including assignments, webinars and coach calls. Two seminars are required, hosted at our partner companies in various cities. (Fellows are notified of cities and dates once confirmed after they are accepted into the program.)

Do I have to quit my job in order to participate in MBA PD? No, fellows participate in MBA Professional Development while they are still employed. Many fellows will quit their jobs during the MBA Professional Development experience, as they are starting business school in the fall.

Who are the MLT MBA-level partner organizations?*
Our current MBA-level partners include: 
A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Abbott Laboratories
AB InBev
Adobe Systems
Amazon
American Airlines
American Express Company, Inc.
Analysis Group, Inc.
AT&T
Bain & Company
Bain Capital
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bridgewater Associates, LP
Citi
Colgate-Palmolive Company
CoStar Group
Credit Suisse
DaVita
Dell Technologies Inc.
Deloitte
Dropbox
Education Resource Strategies (ERS)
Eli Lilly
ExxonMobil Corp.
Facebook
Fidelity Investments
Genentech
General Mills
GlaxoSmithKline
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Google
Humana
Intuit
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kimberly-Clark
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR)
LEK Consulting
LinkedIn
MARS
MFS Investment Management
Morgan Stanley
Nike, Inc
Omidyar Network
Pandora
Parthenon-EY
PepsiCo
Pfizer Inc.
Piper Jaffray
Procter & Gamble
Salesforce.com
The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.
The Bridgespan Group
The Broad Center
The Chartis Group
The Clorox Company
United Health Group (UHG)
Vanguard Group
Viacom
Wells Fargo
William Blair

*List subject to change

Do I have to accept a job at an MLT partner organization to qualify for MBA PD? MLT partners provide financial support to the organization in order to have access to you! MLT partners join us at seminars, webinars and events to provide fellows with relevant content on the various career paths fellows may want to pursue. MLT partners also interview fellows at various MLT events and on-campus. Although fellows are not required to accept offers from any specific organization, the organizations we partner with have made a commitment to hire diverse individuals from MLT. In addition, we want all applicants to MBA PD to be interested in networking and recruiting with at least one partner. If you receive multiple partners for employment, it is up to you to select the best fit for your career goals.

What are the costs associated with MBA Professional Development? There is a $60 non-refundable application fee. If admitted, fellows pay a $550 program fee (non-refundable) and an $150 event fee (refundable). You will be responsible for transportation costs associated with attending the required events, but your hotel and some meals on those trips will be covered.

Current MBA Prep Fellows are eligible for additional discounts if they apply on or before our Round 1 deadline. Contact us at mbapd@ml4t.org for more details.

Where are the seminars held? Seminar locations vary from year to year. Fellows are notified of cities and dates once confirmed. Core Skills is typically held Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon in April at a host partner. Career Transition and Leadership Seminar (CTLS) is typically held the Tuesday through Saturday after Memorial Day.

Can I be a part of MLT although I plan to pursue an executive or part-time MBA? Unfortunately, no. Our calendar and curriculum are based on several factors including partner hiring patterns and the flow of full-time programs. Part-time and executive programs may not fit into the established model.

Can I participate although I am not a US Citizen? All participants must be US Citizens or Permanent Legal Residents.

Can I participate even though I am not of African American, Hispanic or Native American descent? In order to participate, you must identify as an African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American. People who have a combination of any of these three ethnic groups are also encouraged to apply.

What makes a strong application for the MBA Professional Development Program? The selection committee is looking for individuals who demonstrate excellence in the following three areas:

  • Academic Achievement: Those with a 3.0 GPA or greater and a 550 or higher official GMAT score are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Leadership: Applicants should demonstrate leadership experience and potential.
  • Career Exploration and Progression: Applicants should be interested in networking and MBA-level recruiting with at least one of MLT’s corporate partners. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to their personal and professional path through participation in organizations, internships, and other activities. In addition, applicants should demonstrate an understanding of their post-MBA career goals.

How much work experience should I have when applying? Most business-school applicants have 3-5 years of solid work experience.

When will I be notified if I am admitted into the program? Round 1 decisions are communicated in late February and Round 2 decisions are communicated in early April or earlier.*

*Notification timing is subject to change. We will inform applicants of any delay in decisions.

What happens if I don’t get in? Can I re-apply the next year? No. Our program is only for candidates about to enter their MBA Programs in Fall 2020. You cannot re-apply to the program if you have already started your MBA program.


Technical Questions How do I start an application?
Go to mlt.smapply.org. Create an account, then go to MBA Professional Development Program and follow the prompts to apply. Click on tasks (e.g. “Preliminary Eligibility”) to access the respective form or upload section.

How do I upload my video response?
For the Video Response task, you can either upload the file directly to your application or attach a YouTube/Vimeo link. If you used Youtube, make sure your privacy is set to “Unlisted”. If you use Vimeo and have a password, please make sure to provide the password when you attach the link. If you upload your file directly to the site, make sure it is less than 50 MB (ideally, <25 MB) in size.

I am having difficulties with my application. What do I do?
For technical questions, please contact technical support via the links found within the application. For content questions, please contact MLT at mbapd@ml4t.org .    

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