"I have learned a lot during the program and this contributed to my success at work, getting to the point that I was presenting to Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison this month. Not too many people from Oracle Europe can say they presented to Larry."
-- Attila (Hungary), eMBA graduate 2007
The admissions committee reviews every MBA application according to the following criteria:
- Academic achievements
- Work experience
- Command of English language
- Resume or CV
- Accomplishments & achievements
- Motivation letter
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal interview
- Written exam (for Hungarian MSc applicants only)
The Corvinus School of Management requires at a minimum for every applicant to have a completed undergraduate degree with proof of completion by the presentation of an official diploma of transcript. We also consider graduate-level degrees from all areas of study including transfer students from other MBA programs or graduates from other MBA or MBA equivalent from another university or college.
At the Full-Time MBA program we expect at least 2 years of relevant work experience. However, the average work experience for the Full-Time MBA students admitted to the program is more than 3 years.
For the Executive MBA program we require at least 3 years of work experience. However, the average work experience for the EMBA students admitted to the program is 6 years.
The evaluation of the work experience will be rated based on but not limited to the following criteria:
- Management skills
- Professional Experience
- Leadership Experience
- Significant results
The admissions committee also considers applicants who don’t have the above mentioned normal work experience, but rather non-traditional work experience and express exceptional drive and strong undergraduate performance.
Command of English language
To ensure a high level of interaction and group work opportunities it is important that every student in the MBA programs have a strong command of the English language. It is not necessary to take any of the available English exams or to submit your score as part of the application. However, the admissions office will asses each applicant's English abilities during their personal interview.
Resume or CV
An updated Professional Resume or CV is required. The resume should include all relevant information including but not limited to: academic credentials, degrees, accomplishments, professional experiences, and all other pertinent extracurricular activities.
All resume formats are accepted but the preferred format can be found at the EuroPass website.
Accomplishments & Achievements
Applicant who posses various accomplishments or achievements should list them in their CV or discuss them in their personal essay as they help to paint a better picture of the candidate’s competitiveness and success:
- Academic: awards, inventions, research, publications
- Professional: promotions, accomplishments, awards
- Community: social or charity work, events, mentoring
- Athletics: awards, competitions, achievements
One personal essay ("Motivation Letter") is required. The essay should be 2-3 pages discussing what personal or workplace challenges you will have to face in the near future. And how, according to your expectations, will the program help you meet these new challenges. The essay will be evaluated based on writing style, structure, and flow and will be used to determine if a candidate is a good fit for the program.
Letters of Recommendation
One letter of recommendation is required, while a supplemental letter of recommendation is recommended but not necessary. We request that the required letter or recommendation come from a work-related individual including but not limited to a recent colleague, business partner, or supervisor. The second letter may be from anyone of your choice excluding family members. Both letters should display the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses as it relates to their ability to work in a team environment and ability to contribute value to a business or situation.
After reviewing the applicant’s letters of recommendation, personal essay, application form, Resume or CV, and Undergraduate and Masters Degree achievements the committee, based on fit and merit, will contact a select group of qualified students for an interview with the Admissions Board. Candidates with rejected application receive a short memo about the school's decision.
Application interviews may be conducted in person at the University in Budapest, or in exceptional cases via Video Conference. The interview will test the candidate based on the 4 assets listed below:
- Perceived fit with the MBA program
- Command of the English Language
Written exam (for Hungarian MSc-MBA applicants only!)
For Hungarian students who submitted their application for full-time or part-time MSc-MBA program via Felvi.hu there is a written exam in Business and Statistics organized by the Faculty of Business Administration.
Pleas note, that no documents will be returned to applicants. The submitted application form and any enclosed documents become property of the school. Applicants are allowed to re-apply to the program at any time. In this case the applicant will have to submit a new application package with all required supporting documents. It is also recommended to highlight the changes that may concince CSM to accept the application.