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If you’re planning on going to business school in 2018, you’ve probably prepared your short-list of schools. In many ways, setting your mind on an MBA or Masters in International Business and deciding on a school is the hardest part. But don’t lose momentum—there are a lot of good reasons to apply sooner than you may think.

Candidates often wonder what is the best admissions round to apply in. Does a first or second round application really give you an advantage? At Hult, our upcoming December 15th deadline is one of the most important of the year. From exclusive scholarships to valuable peace of mind, here are the key reasons to hit “submit” on your application well before the holidays.

1. Demonstrate initiative and commitment to your top-choice school

MBA and Masters candidates are ambitious by nature. Applying early is a great way to show your commitment and stand out from the crowd. An early application is often a sign that you’ve selected this school as your top choice. This demonstrates your enthusiasm and value as a candidate before the admissions committee has even read your application.

Statistically, you’ll also have the advantage of competing with a smaller number of applicants for the greatest number program places. However, this isn’t an excuse not to make the best possible application you can. Students who apply early are often some of the strongest applicants, so make sure you put the work in to make your application stand out from the competition.

 2. Give yourself more time to plot your career trajectory

As an MBA or MIB candidate, you may be to a few years into your career. A successful early application gives you valuable time to handover your current role. And if you plan on returning after your studies, it’s an opportunity to get your boss’s buy-in. They may help you to fund your degree or plan accelerated career progression within the company based on the valuable skills you’ll gain.

Likewise, if you’re planning a career change after your studies, giving your current employer extra notice and ensuring you leave on good terms can be valuable too. Former employers can be strong advocates for your career progression, providing positive references for scholarships or job opportunities after you graduate.

3. Get your student housing and visa locked in

Depending on where your studies will take you, you’ll probably need to consider your living arrangements during your course. This may mean renting a new apartment or securing on-campus graduate housing. Getting the application process out of the way early puts you at an advantage for securing your first choice of accommodation.

At Hult, we offer students the opportunity to study in up to three locations, with global campuses in San Francisco, Boston, London, and Dubai, and rotation centers in New York and Shanghai. Applying and being accepted early helps you to secure a place at the campus of your choice. And if this means you’ll be studying away from your home country, you’ll have valuable extra time to arrange your student visa.

Depending on where you’re from or where you’ll be studying, the visa process can be complex and time-consuming. We have a dedicated team on campus to help with visa arrangements, but getting a head start on the process helps to ensure it goes smoothly, giving you valuable peace of mind.

4. Sort out funding and scholarships

Following a successful application, the next big step is arranging your finances. Applying and being accepted early can put you in a stronger position to secure scholarships through your school or funding through student financial aid programs. At Hult, we offer ambitious graduate-level candidates a range of scholarship opportunities for exemplary characteristics like academic excellence, social impact, and global experience,

An early acceptance also gives you more time to potentially negotiate funding through your employer, source post graduate student loans, or to save if you plan to self-fund your degree.

 5. Secure two degrees for the price of one

At Hult, one of the biggest reasons to get your application in by the December 15th deadline is our dual-degree scholarship. We recognize that successful early applicants are among the most ambitious, career-focused, and forward-thinking. That’s why we’re offering all candidate who apply by the 15th and are accepted a full-tuition scholarship for their second degree—worth $27,000 USD.

Along with your Global One-Year MBA or  Masters in International Business, you’ll be able to complement your studies with a U.S.-based Master degree on an accelerated six-month track. That means that in just 18 months—the same length as a traditional MBA—you’ll graduate from Hult with two degrees. You can choose from our:

  • Masters in Business Analytics in San Francisco
  • Masters in Finance in Boston
  • Masters in International Marketing in Boston
  • Masters in Disruptive Innovation in San Francisco

Find out more about our dual Masters degree programs on the website.

During your first year, you’ll develop your core business knowledge and hone your leadership skills through our rigorous one-year curriculum. Then you’ll build on your expertise with a second Masters degree through a further six months study at our Boston or San Francisco Campus.

“In a crowded job market, dual degree programs can help candidates stand out to employers. It’s a competitive advantage that makes a difference.”

Katharine Boshkoff, Vice President, Global Career Development and Alumni Relations

Curious about how to apply?

Want to learn more about our admissions process and exclusive dual degree scholarship? Download our brochure to discover everything Hult has to offer.

Already decided Hult is for you? Complete your application by December 15th and we’ll aim to have a decision for you within two weeks .