Application Materials

You demonstrate that you’re smart, nice, accomplished, and aware in your application materials. Learn more about each of the components of your application:

Your application form provides background information. Your academic transcripts, test scores, and English language proficiency demonstrate that you are smart. Your resume demonstrates that you are accomplished. Your essays demonstrate that you are nice and aware. The letters of reference and interviews are designed to provide evidence of all four criteria.

Application Form

Complete and submit a Tuck application to be considered for admission. Exceptions are granted only for those who apply via the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. If you are unable to complete the Tuck application, please contact us

Nonrefundable Application Fee

Confirm your application by submitting a non-refundable application fee of $250 payable by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. The application fee is automatically waived for Tuck Business Bridge graduates and U.S. military personnel and waived upon request for applicants who have completed the Forté MBA Launch program. Please contact us if you have any questions about payment.

Academic Transcripts

Upload a copy of your academic transcript for every undergraduate or graduate institution you attended, including any transfer institutions or study abroad programs.

Submit all available pages of each transcript, including any pages that detail your institution’s grading scale. If your transcripts are not in English, upload both the original transcript and a certified translation.

Admitted candidates must provide an official copy of each transcript within 30 days after you submit your enrollment deposit.

If your institution issues only one official transcript, you may submit a copy validated by your school, a foreign affairs ministry, the Fulbright Commission, or a U.S. consular official.

Test Scores

Tuck accepts either the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations). Self-report both scores and percentiles in your application. Report all valid scores taken within the last five years.

Submitted applications must include self-reported GMAT or GRE scores in order to be considered complete; there are no waivers. Applicants are not required to submit official score reports until they are admitted to Tuck. Once enrolled, admitted students must submit an official score report within 30 days of enrolling. Test scores an applicant self-reports must be valid as of the date they apply. If test scores will expire prior to October 1 for Round 1 applicants, January 14 for Round 2 applicants, or April 8 for Round 3 applicants, the applicant must email us their name and applicant ID so Admissions can pull their official test score report.

We will verify scores for all admitted students.

There is no minimum score required to apply or to receive admission. If you fall short of your desired score, you may retake the test to improve your score. You may take the test multiple times; we consider your highest scores.

Visit www.mba.com for information on registering for the GMAT, and use code Z04-NH-64 to send GMAT scores to us. Visit www.ets.org/gre for information on registering or the GRE, and use code 4887 to send your GRE test scores to us.

English Language Proficiency

If you are a non-native English speaker, submit scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic), or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) to demonstrate English language proficiency. Self-report both scores and percentiles, if applicable, in your application. Report all valid scores taken within the last two years.

Complete applications must include self-reported TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores, unless you qualify for a waiver. You must submit an official score report before matriculating. We will verify scores for all admitted students.

You qualify for a waiver if you have recently lived for at least three years in an English-speaking country or if you received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where instruction is in English. You do not need to seek our approval or submit documentation to prove your eligibility for this waiver.

Visit www.ets.org/toefl for information on registering for the TOEFL, and use code 3351 to send TOEFL scores to us. Visit www.pearsonpte.com for information on registering for the PTE. Visit www.ielts.org for information on registering for the IELTS and use Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business to send your IELTS score to us..

Resume

Submit a resume outlining your professional, academic, and other relevant experience. We encourage you to limit your resume to one page and to activities and experiences occurring during and after your undergraduate studies.

Essay Questions

Your short answers and essays are an opportunity to articulate your candidacy for Tuck. The best responses are clear, succinct, forthright, thoughtful, genuine, and so distinctly personal that only you could have written them. We expect that your essays are completely accurate and exclusively your own. Use of essay writing services violates Tuck’s admissions policies.

Application Short-Answer Questions

  1. Share your short term goals. (50 words)
  2. Share your long term goals. (50 words)
  3. How did you arrive at these goals? (75 words)
  4. How will Tuck help you achieve these goals? (75 words)

Essay Questions

  1. Tuck students are aware of how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are and what you will contribute. (500 words)
  2. Tuck students are nice, and invest generously in one another’s success. Share an example of how you helped someone else succeed. (500 words)
  3. Optional: Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere (e.g., atypical choice of evaluators, factors affecting academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented by this application.
  4. To be completed by all reapplicants: How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally. (500 words)

Letters of Reference (LORs)

Request letters of reference (LORs) from two people who can comment on your qualifications for Tuck’s admissions criteria. The best letters come from references who can demonstrate that you are smart, nice, accomplished and aware. If possible, your current direct supervisor should write one of your LORs. If you cannot provide an LOR from a direct supervisor, include a brief explanation in the optional essay section. LORs from professors who did not supervise professional work, family members or personal acquaintances do not enhance your candidacy.

Your reference must be the sole author of your LOR. Drafting, writing, or translating your own reference, even if asked to do so by your reference, violates Tuck’s admissions policies and Tuck’s Academic Honor Principle. You are responsible for informing your references of this policy.

References who cannot write in English may write in a native language and have the LOR translated by an outside translation service. Do not translate the LOR into English for your reference.

You are responsible for notifying your references of your application deadline and ensuring your LORs are submitted on time. We review your application only if both LORs are received by your application deadline. Otherwise, we will move your application to the next admission round. If you would like to make changes to your list of references, please contact us at tuck.admissions@dartmouth.edu.

Our reference letter questions are distinctive and map directly to each of our four admissions criteria. We carefully crafted our questions to learn about you and assess your candidacy to Tuck. We prefer responses to our questions but will also accept responses to other questions including those posed by the Common Letter of Recommendation.

Letter of Reference Short-Answer Questions

  1. What is your relationship with the candidate? (25 words)
  2. How long have you known the candidate? (25 words)
  3. How often do you interact with the candidate? (25 words)

Letter of Reference Questions

  1. How does your organization measure success for someone in this candidate’s role? How does the candidate perform relative to these measures?
  2. Tuck students are smart. Please comment on the candidate’s intellectual ability and her/his response when encountering the limits of that ability.
  3. Tuck students are nice. Please comment on how the candidate interacts with others including when the interaction is difficult or challenging.
  4. Tuck students are accomplished. Please comment on the candidate’s impact on your organization’s results and the behaviors that made these results possible.
  5. Tuck students are aware. Please comment on the candidate’s recognition of her/his growth areas and response to feedback about these growth areas.
  6. Is there anything else we should know? (Optional)

Interviews

You have two distinct opportunities to interview with Tuck. Applicant-initiated interviews are available to all applicants and conducted on-campus only. Committee-initiated interviews are offered by invitation after an initial review of your application and may be conducted on-campus, off-campus or virtually. See Visit and Interview at Tuck for additional details and scheduling.