Last year, most of my clients were referred to me by past clients thrilled with their success. My boutique consulting approach is unique, and to ensure it remains that way, I only accept a limited number of clients per year. Contact me for a consultation to learn more about my personal approach. Client testimonials are below and additional references are available upon request.
"Drawing from his deep understanding of how to tailor a successful application package, Scott continually challenged me to craft the unique and authentic essays that opened the doors to the top MBA programs for me."
- Stanford GSB graduate
Harvard Business School
"I worked with a larger admissions consulting firm last year and did not have success. I was going to give up and do it myself until my friend put me in touch with Scott, who was a life saver! Scott LOVES what he does and working with Personal MBA Coach was the best decision I have made in my career. From the initial deep strategy brainstorming session to the 8th review of my HBS essay, Scott was deeply invested in my success. The level of detail he gets into is quite impressive and his energy and availability blow everyone else out of the water. I got into 5 of the 6 programs I applied to and will be starting at HBS in a few months. I have sent 3 friends of mine to Personal MBA Coach and they are all equally thrilled. Give Scott a call now and don't think twice."
- Harvard Business School, class of 2018
"I give my highest possible recommendation for Scott; I would and have wholeheartedly recommended him to my closest friends. The application process is incredibly time-consuming, stressful, and costly. After working with a big-name firm the previous cycle and ending up severely disappointed, I came to Scott disillusioned and skeptical about the whole process. Thankfully, his exceptional expertise, reliability, and professionalism put my concerns to rest. He won’t BS you or tell you simply what you want to hear, yet he’s also incredibly supportive and flexible as well. He was willing to tailor a package to fit my needs. The biggest takeaway for me was knowing/feeling that he was committed to my success (which I hadn’t felt with the consultant from the large firm). When I was admitted to 2 of 3 schools I applied for, he was just as thrilled as my closest friends."
- Wharton, class of 2016
Columbia Business School
"When doing my initial search for an admissions consultant, I was first drawn to the big-name consulting companies. Yet, after doing more research I realized that I did not merely want to be another faceless customer at one of these big firms. I knew that I needed the personalized support that Scott @ Personal MBA Coach provides in order to get through the application process in one piece. The whole application process, from b-school research to essay writing, is intensive, time-consuming, and stressful. I highly recommend Scott as the person ripe for the job to get you through it—with success. Truth be told, Scott gets into the minutiae of the entire application, including the 50 character explanations for my ECs in your undergraduate studies. From countless essay edits to much-needed mock interviews, Scott was there for me at every step.
Scott’s one-on-one support is exactly what I needed to conquer this arduous process and engineer an admission to my dream school of Columbia.
- Columbia Business School, class of 2019
Harvard Business School
"We all think we understand how to put together an application, but until one engages in the detailed revisions, it is difficult to understand the benefit of a professional such as Scott. Scott kept me honest and forced me to think outside the box. Getting the HBS acceptance was worth every minute, and I could not have done it without Scott!"
- Harvard Business School, class of 2013
"Scott did an excellent job of understanding my entire application and not simply the essays I wrote. I was very pleased with my results and look forward to starting at Wharton this fall."
- Wharton, class of 2012
London Business School
"Unsure of the differences between the European and the US business schools, I first reached out to Scott for guidance on where to apply. From the initial school selection strategy brainstorming to deciding which school to ultimately attend, Scott was invaluable. Most impressive, his guidance on the letters of recommendation were incredible. London is incredible and LBS is a great experience."
- London Business School, class of 2013
"I thought I had well defined goals and a decent story before I was introduced to Scott. He (very politely) had me redefine my goals in a context that made more sense and told a powerful story. The combination of professionalism and personalization is why I found the application process with Scott so rewarding. The benefits of working with a "niche player" should not be underestimated. Scott's passion was clear from day 1 and I was always able to reach him as questions arose. I wish I had him when applying to undergraduate schools!"
- Fuqua, class of 2014
"Having been out of school over ten years, the application process was something I initially dreaded. Luckily I was referred to Scott because he immediately put me at ease and talked through the process with me. Shortly after he started pushing me and in a matter of weeks we took my career and life story and turned it into an extremely strong application. Scott forces you to think differently and think outside the box, something crucial for this process. Additionally, Scott strikes the perfect balance between being a tough critic and a friendly supporter. I couldn't get one sloppy sentence by Scott without having him critique it, but it is that level of detail that led to my Wharton acceptance letter (and saved me hours of time)! Scott knows what works and even helped me get a fantastic scholarship to cover my whole tuition. The investment working with Scott is well worth it!
- Wharton Executive MBA, class of 2017
Harvard Business School
"With Scott's consulting I was accepted into three of my top four choices. He really knows what works and makes the process simpler than I thought possible. More impressively, he worked with me on an aggressive timeline and was always available when I needed him. I'm not sure if he sleeps, but I'm not complaining. HBS admit under my belt."
- Harvard Business School, class of 2012
"Applying to MBA programs can be a daunting task. Between writing the essays, preparing for interviews, and finally deciding on a school that fits, the entire experience is rigorous. Scott prepared me for every single step of the process. He guided me on targeting the programs I was interested in, helped me brainstorm and compose the essays, and trained me for the interviews. I am happy to say I was accepted to every single school I applied to; UCLA Anderson, NYU Stern, Georgetown McDonough, and USC Marshall. I would not have been able to accomplish this without Scott's guidance. His experience helped me complete entire applications in a matter of days with minimal stress. I highly recommend Scott if you are serious about being accepted to the best MBA programs available to you."
- UCLA Anderson, class of 2019
"The Personal MBA Coach Team has been instrumental in my MBA admissions journey. They truly made it possible for me to achieve my long term dream of getting admitted to a top business school.
The team's thorough knowledge of the entire application process and guidance on how best to position myself along with various nuances related to each school, The Personal MBA Coach really customized and supported me extensively throughout the MBA process.
I am a non-traditional MBA candidate, with a PhD and a little older than traditional applications that was discouraged by other MBA coaching and advisory services in terms of my aspirations of getting admitted to a full time program. But once I spoke with the The Personal MBA Coach, he provided a lot of support, and helped me build confidence to peruse the effort and defined clearly a working strategy for me specifically.
He and his team are thorough, diligent, pragmatic and realistic. With my profile he was very honest about what I need to work on to get to my target and how to go about it.
Unlike other MBA admissions advisory services, The Personal MBA Coach is truly personal and goes the extra mile to provide best in class service, advisory and support through out the process of MBA admissions. They are available and ready to answer any question and very flexible in terms of scheduling.
Scott has a deep understanding of each school and what is needed for them to tailor the application in the best way. Through out the process of working with Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team, I not only got admitted into the Full Time MBA program - at the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business, but also developed key insights about myself, becoming a better writer, interviewee and strategic thinker.
My sincerest thanks to the Personal MBA Coach and team and I strongly recommend working with this team if one truly wants to achieve their MBA goals and dreams."
- Chicago Booth, class of 2020
"I worked with Personal MBA Coach and thought the experience was worth every penny. I got into both the schools I had applied to (INSEAD and Columbia Business School). I worked with Scott and he was very responsive, gave excellent feedback and gave me as much time as I needed. I do not think my essays would have been as sharp without his help. He also helped me brainstorm ideas on how to make my story most impactful.
When it came to interview rounds, it was helpful to do mock interviews. In short, Scott was available throughout the process for anything I needed. I definitely recommend working with him."
- INSEAD, class of 2018
Harvard Business School
"If you are even considering working with an MBA consultant, be sure to talk to Scott first. From essay writing to letter of recommendation support to general application questions, Scott is always available and has great insights. The best part about working with Scott is how well he gets to know you early in the process. This helps not only when cultivating your story but also when writing essays.
Prior to working with Scott, I wondered how a single person would be able to do so much but he exceeded my expectations by miles. He challenges you to think carefully and methodically about your application and his ability to provide feedback on a holistic application is impressive. He is always available via phone and e-mail.
Thanks to Scott and his support, I will be attending my dream school, Harvard Business School, next fall.
- Harvard Business School, class of 2018
"Personal MBA coach was an incredibly smart and rewarding investment. Scott couldn't have been more helpful and supportive throughout the entire application process. He took the time to understand my whole story and helped solidify my ideas into a very compelling narrative. He also retained all the information I gave him about myself and my career goals, and was able to help me apply personal anecdotes in various essays where I wouldn't have even thought to include them. In addition, Scott was fully committed to me as an applicant. I had consultations with other admissions consulting companies but they seemed to be trying to fit me into their schedules. Scott was available anytime, throughout 2 rounds of applications, and worked around my schedule to make the most of our time and help me succeed. Finally, Scott is extremely friendly and personable. I was never intimated or anxious that I didn't have enough accomplished when we spoke. Rather, he would ask questions to probe ideas or stories out of me. He truly made this whole application process much less daunting and I can’t thank him enough for that. I would enthusiastically recommend Personal MBA coach and can’t speak highly enough of Scott. Thanks for everything!"
- Chicago Booth, class of 2017
"I did not realize how important it was to not just sound genuine but also interested in all of the details I had not considered about the schools. Scott identified which programs would be relevant for me, which ones to stress in my application, and how to package it all together. A great help! Icing on the cake after the essay editing."
- MIT Sloan, class of 2012
"Scott was absolutely instrumental to my success in the business school application process; there was no way I would have been as successful and comfortable without him.
From our very first conversation, it was clear that Scott had exactly the expertise, experience, and empathy I was looking for in an excellent MBA coach. Scott guided me through the entire process, including picking my target schools, setting milestones and deadlines, crafting my story, reviewing my applications, essays, and recommendations, interview prep, and even up to post-offer strategy.
Throughout the process, Scott was extremely available at all times of the day; there was not a moment that I was worried that he would not be available to me for an important part of the process. In addition, he pulled no punches; he was truly fully invested in my success and pointed out my strengths and weaknesses clearly and specifically.
Again, without Scott's guidance, the MBA application process would certainly have been a much harder and stressful process and there could very well have been a different outcome for me in the end."
- Wharton, class of 2020
Harvard Business School
"In a very short time, Scott helped me turn my mediocre essays into a successful application that secured me a spot at HBS. I have been here a year and love it. Thanks so much Scott!!"
- Harvard Business School, class of 2011
"Fabulous! As non-native English speaker, I was very worried about applications. Besides putting me at ease, Scott helped me in my crazy dream to attend a top US business school. I didn't know it was possible to get so close to someone personally who is on the other side of the world (11.5 hr time difference), but Scott made it work and got me into Stanford. Every single detail is scrutinized by Scott, even the thank-you letters after interview. My only regret is not listening to him when he said me to apply to fewer schools. I applied to 7 schools and got into 6 of them. Don't even think about using anybody else. Call Scott before he books up, you won't regret it."
- Stanford GSB, class of 2016
Columbia Business School
"After meeting with and chatting with over 7 MBA admissions consultants, ranging from the biggest brand names to the smallest independents, I decided to go with Scott, Personal MBA Coach, as my advisor for 8 schools. Not because he was the most optimistic or the most pessimistic, but because he seemed honest and like an easy guy to work with, with an equal to or better track record of success versus his competitors.
We agreed on some “safe” schools, some “matches,” and some “reaches,” and decided that a strategy of applying to 8 match-to-reaches with no safety schools would be an optimal strategy for my goals and risk tolerance. I applied to all of the M7+Tuck, and to my surprise received offers of admission to 3 of the 8 schools, with interviews and eventual waitlist at 2 more, which I chose not to pursue.
As a realist, I understand that a lot of your profile is set in stone. GMAT, GPA, Work Experience… but there is still a huge amount of room to market yourself in a certain way that Personal MBA Coach was key in. Knowing what pieces of my career and background to emphasize were part of this.
One additional reason I chose Personal MBA Coach over some of the larger companies was that he ensured me that whether it was interview prep, essay brainstorming, or essay revisions, he would be the only person I spoke and dealt with whether by phone or email. This ended up being absolutely 100% true. There are of course other good consultants out there, but Scott is extremely connected to the process and is able to identify trends that others cannot."
- Columbia Business School, class of 2018
"Coming from a small consulting firm, I was afraid that I didn't have the brand cache to get into a good business school. Working with Scott, I was able to describe myself and my experiences in a way that set me apart from many peers, including those at larger firms. Since I had very clearly defined post-MBA goals, Scott recommended the best programs that could help me achieve those goals. After two years at SOM I have my dream job and to be honest, Scott's intense interview preparation helped me not only for my business school applications but my job interviews!"
- Yale SOM, class of 2013
"I knew I wanted to work full-time while getting my MBA and not leave NYC, so that didn't leave many options. Plus, I love the village and only really wanted to go to Stern. My crazy work schedule makes me pretty difficult to work with, but Scott made it work while pushing me very hard along the way. Twice I thought I was done but Scott forced me to keep improving my essays. Leave it to the expert as I not only got in but I received a great scholarship."
- NYU Stern Executive MBA, class of 2014
Columbia Business School
"Thank you for the brilliant work on my application. I knew I had the experience but did not really know how to put it all together. Columbia has been a great experience so far and I could not have gotten here without the Personal MBA Coach expert help. I was pushed in ways I didn't know possible, but it was worth it in the end."
- Columbia Business School, class of 2013
"I applied from one of the most competitive categories in MBA – Indian Male engineer. My age was on higher side ( 30 yrs) and GMAT score of 730 was a little low for the competitive category of Indian Male engineers. I was also a reapplicant.
One of my friend recommend Scott to me. I worked with Scott on three schools. Got waitlisted in Kellogg and accepted in Tuck.
1) Scott is very professional, humble and straight forward. If something is lacking in the essay or some part of your profile needs work, Scott will tell you in a straight forward manner ( without sugar coating) . This is one of the best things a liked about him – he gives honest feedback.
2) His insights on what the admission committee of different schools seek is fantastic. Therefore, his recommendations on which school to apply for were very useful. Infact, I wasn’t even considering applying to Kellogg, but Scott recommended that I apply and I was waitlisted .
3) He will push you to self-reflect and think more about your experiences and stories.
4) One of Scott’s associate who is ex-kellogg interviewer took my mock interview. Her feedback on the mock interview was very helpful and she gave a detailed question-by-question feedback. She also coached me on how to answer the questions. My confidence post the mock interview increased tremendously.
Overall, I wouldn’t have done with Scott’s coaching and help. He helped me navigate through each part of the MBA application process and I got through my dream school – Tuck . Thank you Scott. I whole heartedly recommend Personal MBA Coach for MBA applications."
- Dartmouth Tuck, class of 2020