Application Materials

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

Your application form provides background information. Your academic transcripts and test scores demonstrate that you are smart. Your resume demonstrates that you are accomplished. Your essays demonstrate that you are aware and nice. The Letters of Reference and interview 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

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.

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.

Once enrolled, admitted students must ensure that their academic institution(s) send official transcripts directly to Tuck within 30 days of enrolling. We will verify transcripts for all enrolling students.

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. Self-reported test scores must be valid as of the date you apply. If your test score(s) will expire prior to August 2020 you must release your official score report(s) to Tuck prior to submitting your application.

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.

Applicants are not required to submit official score reports until they are admitted and choose to enroll at Tuck, unless their scores will expire prior to August 2020. Once enrolled, admitted students must have an official score report sent to Tuck within 30 days of enrolling. We will verify scores for all enrolling students.

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 for the GRE, and use code 4887 to send GRE 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.

Submitted applications must include self-reported TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores, unless you qualify for a waiver, in order to be considered complete. Test scores you self-report must be valid as of the date you apply. If your test scores will expire prior to August 2020 you must release your official score report(s) to Tuck prior to submitting your application.

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.

Applicants are not required to submit official score reports until they are admitted and choose to enroll at Tuck, unless their scores will expire prior to August 2020. Once enrolled, admitted students must have an official score report sent to Tuck within 30 days of enrolling. We will verify scores for all enrolling students.

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 IELTS scores 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 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.

Essay Questions

  1. Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck? (300 words)
  2. Tuck students recognize how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are. (300 words)
  3. Tuck students invest generously in one another’s success even when it is not convenient or easy. Share an example of how you helped someone else succeed. (300 words)
  4. 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. (300 words)
  5. 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. (300 words)

Letters of Reference (LORs)

Request Letters of Reference (LORs) from 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, accomplished, aware, and nice. 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.

You must submit two LORs unless you applied last year between July and April in which case we require only one new LOR from a new reference.

Your reference must be the sole author of your LOR. Drafting, writing, translating, or submitting 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.

Tuck has adopted the questions posed by the Common Letter of Recommendation.

Letter of Reference Questions

  1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (50 words)
  2. How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (500 words)
  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words)
  4. Optional: Is there anything else we should know?

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.