As the Christmas holidays are fast approaching, this period could be an ideal time to start thinking about your potential application to a Masters programme at Cass. Applicants who have clearly done their research before submitting their application often stand out. There are several things you can do to ensure that you make the most of your preparation time:
1) Pick the right course
This may seem obvious, but choosing the correct course will be the foundation block of your whole application. If your interests and future career ambitions do not fit in with your chosen Masters course, your application may not seem convincing, or you might find yourself on a course that does not fulfil your needs.
Before you make any hasty decisions, do some research on the area you wish to work in after you graduate. What topics are particularly relevant to the industry? Ensure that you have read the information about all our courses. Compare the modules and typical graduate destinations to be sure that you are choosing the best path. Finally, be sure that it is a course that you will enjoy!
Why not watch some of our videos highlighting different courses and student experiences?
2) Prepare your documents
Along with your application form, your supporting documents are a key component of your application. It will save some stress later if you start gathering your documents now. You will need to submit a CV, personal statement, degree transcript (interim transcript plus list of final year modules if you have not yet graduated), two references and, if applicable or available, proof of your proficiency in English, GMAT and any professional qualifications. Please see here for more information on supporting documents.
Use this time to get your CV up-to-date, and start drafting your personal statement. If you need to ask your institution to provide an interim transcript, ensure you give them enough notice in case they are busy. If you have already taken the IELTS, TOEFL or GMAT, find your score reports, as you will be required to upload these as supporting documents.
3) Start thinking about IELTS/TOEFL and GMAT
If you need to provide evidence of your proficiency in English but have not yet taken the IELTS/TOEFL test, now is a good opportunity to start preparing for the test. Do not leave this to the last minute, as it is not unusual for test dates in some countries to become completely booked up during the summer, and you would not want to be in a situation where you have to defer your offer due to not meeting our requirements in time. Please visit the IELTS and TOEFL websites for further information and tips on preparing for the tests.
If you wish to take the GMAT before submitting your application, there are many resources available on the internet to help you prepare. Please visit the GMAT website.
These are just a few tips to start you on your exciting journey towards your Masters degree. Whilst we do not have an application deadline date, some courses start to fill up and close around May. We therefore suggest applying early, as this will give you more time to fulfil any offer conditions. We are currently accepting applications for September 2014 intake.
As always, if you have any queries about our courses or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone. Our contact details can be found here. We look forward to hearing from you!