Submitting your MBA Application through Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM)

Top reasons to apply through the CGSM

The mission of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM) is to increase the ranks of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in business education and corporate leadership. Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who can show a “demonstrated commitment” to the Consortium’s mission is eligible to apply. The co-founders of BeSpoke are all Consortium alumni who have benefited from attending one of the member schools included in the Consortium.

Here are some top reasons why you should apply using the Consortium application:

1. Streamlined Application Process

Applying to business school can feel like a daunting task which requires a huge upfront investment! MBA prospects can apply to up to six of the Consortium’s member schools through the Consortium website which significantly lowers the cost of applying to business school. Through a tiered fee process, you can apply to 1, 2, 3 or more schools at rates cheaper than applying to each school separately. Finally, a single application reduces your chances of making a mistake.

2. Merit-Based Fellowship Opportunities

By applying through the Consortium application process, you will have the opportunity to be awarded a merit-based fellowship. Imagine being awarded a full-tuition fellowship to a top business program!

3. Networking Opportunities Galore

As a Consortium fellow, you will have the opportunity to not only tap into the network of your business school, but also take advantage of the extended Consortium network. To date, Consortium has teamed up with over 70 corporate partners and since 1968, there are over 9,000 Consortium alumni worldwide!

4. Invitation to Orientation Program!

Every summer, CGSM hosts a signature five-day closed event, The Annual Orientation Program and Career Forum (OP). This event brings together member schools, corporate partners, and students who will have the opportunity to hear from alumni panels and speakers from various industries. During OP, students can network with corporate partners and even land a summer internship offer before attending the first day of class!

5. Partnerships with Top MBA Programs

The Consortium has partnered with top MBA programs across the country, including:

  • University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business (Member 1993-2003; 2010-current)

  • University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA Anderson School of Management (Member since 2010)

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business (Member since 2001)

  • Cornell University, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Member since 2009)

  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business (Member since 1999)

  • Emory University, Goizueta Business School (Member since 2001)

  • Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business (Member since 2013)

  • Indiana University-Bloomington, Kelley School of Business (Member since 1966)

  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan Ross School of Business (Member since 1983)

  • New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business (Member since 1984)

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School (Member since 1973)

  • Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business (Member since 2017)

  • University of Rochester, Simon Business School (Member since 1968)

  • University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business (Member since 1968)

  • The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business (Member since 1984)

  • University of Virginia, Darden School of Business (Member since 1992)

  • University of Washington, Foster School of Business (Member since 2018)

  • Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School (Member since 1966)

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin School of Business (Member since 1966)

  • Yale University, Yale School of Management (Member since 2008)

Are you interested in applying to business school using the Consortium application? If so, contact the BeSpoke team today at The Consortium application process is unique and as Consortium alumni, the BeSpoke team can help you navigate the process as you embark on your path to admissions success!