Checklist for your Masters’ degree applicationChen Wan Lim
Whether you are applying for a spot in business school online, or via the traditional snail mailing method, be sure to fulfil all of the requirements before submitting. With intensifying competition for limited spots in popular business schools, especially for high demand courses, your application needs to at least satisfy all of the basic requirements without having the admissions committee asking you for additional information.
1. Basic personal information
Needless to say, all of the blank spaces within this segment about your personal information need to be filled. In some applications, applicants would need to declare if they have any criminal history (unresolved traffic offences included). Be sure to check, double check and even triple check all information, especially the contact details and it is easier if have the printable checklist.
2. Official Transcripts
If you are submitting an application offline, you will need to send photocopies of your past undergraduate certificates and any other academic transcripts deemed necessary for the applications. The university will most likely require those transcripts to be certified and you will need to request for true certified copies from your university. If the prospective university requires you to scan it over via email or have it uploaded onto their website, then you will also need to furnish them with true certified copies.
3. Other qualifications
Depending on the business school you are applying to, some schools would require you to have either GRE or GMAT scores. So be sure to take those exams if necessary and to furnish your prospective schools with the required documents.
4. Proof of English Language Proficiency
Again, depending on your education background and work experience, applicants might be required to furnish the university with proof of English language proficiency. Such proofs would be TOEFL, IELTS or the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) scores. Be sure that you fulfil the minimum score required for the course that you are applying for.
5. Supporting documents
Apart from the official documents stated above, some universities would require a personal statement essay to gauge your interests and the purpose of you applying for that particular course. The personal statement aims to address the intellectual interests you have in the course, academic objectives, professional objectives and possibly the area of research that you are proposing to undertake. Different universities have different guidelines and requirements for this essay – tailor each essay to each university.
6. Recommendation letters
Almost all universities require one or two recommendation letters and some require at least one referee to be from the academic background – this will most likely mean your undergraduate lecturer. Get in touch with your lecturer early to state your intent to apply for a Masters’ programme and have the letters ready before the due dates. This goes the same if your second referee is from your workplace.
7. Application fees
Most universities charge a non-refundable application fee. Depending on the university, most accept credit cards, cash cheques, banker’s draft, telegraphic transfers and direct debits. Do request for a receipt (although most are given electronically) for proof of payment.
Before you seal the envelope or hit the ‘submit’ button, be sure to proofread what you have written to ensure that all information is accurate. Do not send immediately and take your time to confirm that you have complied with everything the university requires.
If you have a postgraduate advisor, they will be able to provide accurate advice on each university’s requirements and to assist applicants in the application. For more information, contact STUDYMASTERS.MY to enquire about their assistance for your application.