Knowledge of global MBA programs to help MBA applicants highlight their individuality and strengths.

An MBA requires significant planning and effort. Each business school has a distinct ethos with different application requirements and deadlines. The competition for admissions to leading, global MBA programs is intense. It is particularly difficult for international MBA applicants, whose educational and cultural frame of reference is so different to the institutions they apply to.

Our consultants will work with you every step of the way to offer customized inputs on your MBA applications, helping you gain a better understanding of what the process entails, culture of different business schools and what they look for in a candidate and programs characteristics. Every applicant has a story to tell and we help you dig deep to draw out those stories that will become the foundation of your application.


Ideal if you are looking for end-to-end assistance with your application. Our team-based approach simulates the MBA admissions committee’s process.

Getting to Know You

We start by understanding your professional and personal experiences to help you develop your story, target schools and articulate your goals.

Resume Development

We help you develop a strong business school specific resume that highlights your educational and professional achievements, and leadership qualities.

MBA School/Program Selection

We leverage our professional affiliations and network to help you identify MBA programs where the curriculum and culture are aligned with your goals and qualifications.

Recommendation Strategy

We advise you on choice of recommenders and provide guidelines to help recommenders write impactful letters.

Essay Development

The essay is a distinguishing factor of your application. We will work with you from the initial brainstorming and drafting stages to the final presentation of the different essays required by each program. We help you translate your experiences into impactful messages that truly reflect your strengths.

The Interview

Applicants often underestimate the interview, a crucial step in the admissions decision. After your application is submitted, we will walk you through the interview formats of different MBA programs.

Final Program Selection & Waitlist Strategy

Whether you are confused about which school to attend or how to approach an MBA waitlist, we will guide you through your next steps.


Ideal if you require help with a specific aspect of your application.

Pre-application Strategy

We help applicants understand whether an MBA is appropriate for their career path. After reviewing your background, we help you develop a personalised action plan in preparation for applying to business schools. This includes a comprehensive MBA pre-application preparation booklet.

Interview Preparation

We will walk you through the interview formats of different MBA programs, and conduct school-specific video-recorded mock interviews. Our interview specialist will provide detailed review and written feedback on key areas for improvement.

Ding Analysis

If you have been waitlisted or rejected by an MBA program, our consultants will conduct a comprehensive review of your previous application materials, and highlight factors that need to be addressed to strengthen your candidacy in the future.

Spot Review

Comprehensive review of applications materials for a single MBA program prior to submission. Our reviewers provide extensive feedback on various components of the application such as resume, application form and essays.

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78% Received Offers

to their top 2 choices

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Top Admissions Include

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89% Received Interview Invites

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Rahul* came to The Red Pen with a convincing profile. He graduated with a high GPA from IIT Mumbai, earned a GMAT score of 780 and had an accomplished 5+ years of experience in consulting. He had a depth of financial servicing and insurance consulting experience and held numerous leadership roles within his professional career….

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Although I was very nervous when I started my MBA application process, The Red Pen’s approach gave me the confidence to articulate my feelings and produce a successful application. Having an experienced lead consultant ready to guide me at different points in the process was instrumental in ensuring that every detail was thought through, that my experiences were well integrated, ... Read More and my overall story was highlighted. The end-to-end support, from brainstorming at the beginning all the way up to the final interview, was a great source of comfort in the midst of tight timelines.

-Harvard Business School, Class of 2021

The Red Pen had a very structured approach, with a specialist for each part of the application. Penning down my goals and how a business school fit in those was not an easy task for me. My lead consultant took the time to understand my story, reviews and refined the essays and helped me portray my story in a compelling manner. The practice Wharton Team-Based Discussion was also something I benefited from.... Read More I was quite anxious as group discussion was not really my forte. The Red Pen arranged a mock session with the shortlisted students and provided a flavour of the actual session, which helped soothe my nerves, and give my best shot at the actual TBD. I would definitely recommend The Red Pen’s services to all students applying to business schools.

-The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021

As someone who has been brought up in a traditional environment, going to college was a great experience which allowed me to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. After my undergraduate degree, I planned to start an e-commerce platform to sell groceries but had several troubles along the way, including a lack of market research and competitor awareness. This led us to shift to the B2B market, ... Read More where we provided groceries to restaurants and were relatively successful. However, this experience drove me to pursue a formal business education, since I realised a strong industry network and quality work experience is important for an entrepreneur. Since I come from an unconventional background, several people suggested against applying to top business schools in the US, but I was determined to share my story with the best in the world. The team-based approach, as well as my elder brother’s admission to an M7 business with The Red Pen, was why I chose to work with them. From building an impressive resume and self-reflecting for essays to identifying the right people for recommendations and preparing for interviews, I worked with experts from The Red Pen team and was able to present a strong case to the admission committee. Finally, I got into Columbia Business School, which was my first choice, and received two scholarships from the school that cover over 85% of my tuition fee. I cannot thank the team enough for being extremely supportive and patient and for helping me present my story well.

-Columbia Business School, Class of 2021


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