Betsy Massar

After graduating from Harvard Business School, Betsy worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs and then Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank). She later lived and worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam for a decade, alternately as a securities salesperson and as a financial journalist and project consultant for Euromoney Institutional Investor.

After a lifetime abroad, once back in the U.S., she combined sales, marketing and writing/editing experience into positions in marketing and communications for both Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock) and for Franklin Templeton Investments. She has been helping candidates in their applications to business school since she was in her second year at Harvard, and formed Master Admissions in 2008.

Betsy has coached and edited writers with a wide range of talents, from those with only a rough facility with English to veteran newspaper journalists. She also has been published in a wide range of journals, including the International Herald Tribune, Institutional Investor, AsiaMoney, Global Investor, Fast Company, among others. Betsy is also a communications and resume coach at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has studied French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Vietnamese. Betsy is a graduate of Vassar College and is a lifetime member of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club, and was chosen as a notable HBS alumna in honor of the “50 Years of Women at HBS” initiative. She is a mentor for the Forte Foundation and on the board of the Harvard Club of San Francisco.

  • Working with Betsy was a fun boot-camp experience. I’m a procrastinator by nature so she kicked my butt a few times when I was too lazy to work. She was very straight forward about my written essays, when something was junk she didn’t let me hear the end of it! She really helped me figure out and put together my story when even I myself had no idea how impressive it really was. Some essays I had to revise 7 or 8 times before they were perfect. Her turnaround time was scary fast, sometimes I wondered if she ever left her computer. For my last school I only had a week to do the essays however Betsy was very accommodating and worked hard with me to get it perfected by the deadline. It must have been my best set of essays yet as I ended up receiving admission and a partial scholarship to a top 10 ranked MBA program.

    - P- Duke Fuqua- 3879

  • Working with Betsy was absolutely incredible. She helped me distill my non-traditional background into a cohesive story that clearly demonstrated why an MBA is the next logical step for me. She constantly challenged me to be thorough in my self-examination and helped me use each essay to craft a compelling argument. She prudently edited my work, always preserving my own voice and sentiment. Betsy was crucial to my offer of admission at Stanford GSB.

    - R- Stanford GSB- 3878

  • I just got the news I was accepted to Harvard. You are the first to know- I owe you that much. Let me catch my breath. Thank you so much!

    - S- Harvard Kennedy School- 3877

  • Betsy really took the time to understand my concerns, and I felt as if I were talking to a friend for advice rather than a consultant. She is very easy to talk to and puts in a lot of effort to understand who your are. She genuinely cares about getting to know you and making sure you are successful. While most consultants would just say this, Betsy demonstrated this through her actions. Although I had done a lot of preparation and research on my own, working with Betsy really made a big difference in improving the quality of my applications.

    - K- Chicago Booth- 3875

  • I would strongly suggest working with Betsy if you are looking for one-on-one attention, especially if you have a finance background or international experience. She took a very holistic approach to the process, was really interested in talking me through my highs and lows up to this point and true gut feel for why this school/why MBA. I did not have a very straightforward story (lay offs, international moves, liberal arts major with only ok GPA) and my GMAT was not stellar, but I feel that I was able to put my best foot forward in this cycle with Betsy’s guidance.

    Thank you for helping me put in the best application I could. And now I’m Hanover-bound –time to upgrade my winter wardrobe!

    - M- Tuck- 3873

  • Betsy! I miss you! Seriously, your lessons are relevant to every assignment and essay I have written in the last year. I owe you a debt of gratitude.

    - A- UC Berkeley Haas- 3871

  • Betsy has a gift! Working with her I actually enjoyed the application process. I wouldn’t have gotten in without Betsy’s help.

    - M- Harvard Business School- 3870

  • I once told Betsy she is “amazeballs”, well, because I believe she is. Betsy was both a mentor and a friend and helped me to continue to have faith in myself throughout the overwhelming process of MBA applications. She helped me explore my school options and put me in touch with people who could offer additional guidance. Because she took the time to really get to know me, Betsy helped me present my strongest self throughout my essays and was a large factor in my getting accepted to my top choice. Betsy, you will never know how truly thankful I am for all of your guidance! THANK YOU!

    - M- Michigan Ross- 3868

  • I knew I had a fairly unique story to tell, but that I also had some obstacles: a 66th percentile Quant score coupled with a Humanities undergrad and a meandering career path (academia, journalism, family business, no brand name corporations or traditional MBA-feeder industries on my resume at all). In the end, I batted a perfect .1000, gaining admission to every program I applied to and no less than 3 full-tuition scholarship offers. I could not have done it without Betsy. Brutal honesty + a deep knowledge of what adcoms at the various schools like + a great ear for sharp writing = exactly the kind of tough love you want from an admissions consultant.

    It’s not an assembly-line type of service. You don’t get emails back from a guy burning through a pile of apps and making them all sound “Harvardy” without even looking at the name at the top of the essay or from a stranger with dozens of other apps dropped on his desk by the boss. Betsy’s is a deep-dive, high-touch kind of service for people who are really serious about getting the most out of their consultant.

    - P- Yale SOM- 3866

  • I’m a non-traditional applicant, but she was really able to turn the technical parts of my job and my personal and professional stories into great b-school that made for great anecdotes in the essays (and even brought out my sense of humor in them too). The essays really turned into multi-dimensional stories instead of an essay that went simply from point A to B.

    Her true value came in pointing out what part of my story was unique and relevant to writing these essays. The back and forth brainstorming and discussions were invaluable to me.

    - D- Tuck- 3865

  • Betsy is a master at helping you get your story across to the MBA audience — with Betsy on your side, you will have addressed a key variable in the MBA admissions process.

    - S- Berkeley Columbia EMBA- 3863

  • I was in the zero admit club last year. This year I applied to 5 schools in Top 5-10. Interviewed at all 5, accepted at 4, with partial scholarship. I really appreciated our solid discussions, which really helped frame my answers properly. There were also patterns I didn’t notice/realize about myself, outside of the MBA process. I find myself having a much better thought clarity having come out of her guidance. All-in all I would recommend Betsy to anyone pursuing an MBA! It’s worth every penny!

    - S- UVA Darden- 3862

  • Right off the bat, I got a sense that Betsy had a more involved approach and certainly not the “cookie cutter one size fits feel” that I got from many others. I could not have picked a better guide; would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for an involved tailored approach and doggedness!

    Betsy’s turnarounds were fast and her inputs were incisive. Most importantly, she ensured that the essays always remained my own. She probed and nudged till I was able to convey my story in my own words in a forceful and convincing manner. I am very thankful to Betsy for her persistence — the essays remained mine and revealed what I really wanted to say.

    - K- Stanford Sloan Program- 3861

  • At first I didn’t believe these words on your website: “Together we review your work and life experiences and carefully elicit the tangible and measurable accomplishments that you may not have seen yourself.” But I am a believer now.

    - S- Duke EMBA program- 3860

  • Working with Betsy made the difference for me between just getting in to a safety school and getting in to every school i applied to, including the top master’s program in my field! I didn’t realize how much stronger my application could be – across all aspects, until consulting with Betsy. She helped me identify and articulate my most important selling points, resulting in much greater focus and clarity for my whole application. Betsy’s knowledge of the admissions process was vital to my success.

    - E- Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)- 3858

  • Working with Betsy was extremely productive and loads of fun! She made a huge effort to get to know the real “me.” I was very much impressed by her 24/7 availability and quick turnaround, especially as we worked intesively right through christmas and new year’s eve to reach round 2 deadlines. I not only obtained the “edge” I needed to get into my top choice schools (Wharton and Booth) but I also made a friend along the way. Thank you Betsy!! I don’t know how I would have managed without you!

    - A- Wharton- 3857

  • We did it! I’m in!

    - C- Harvard- 3856

  • Betsy helped me find my story. Like many MBA candidates I am a career switcher so demonstrating why I want to do an MBA and getting to the core message was difficult and took a lot of time. Betsy helped me bring it out through phone conversations and continuous feedback on my writing. This was an extremely frustrating process for me but somehow Betsy knew to dig deeper and she challenged me through every conversation and through every piece of writing I submitted to her.

    Eventually I made a real connection with my story and why I wanted to pursue an MBA at this stage in my life. This process not only helped me with essays but it also helped me develop a concrete plan for my future.

    - S- Duke Fuqua-3855

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  • Betsy was great through out my application process. She was my sounding board, my mentor, my counselor all at the same time. She calmed me down when I was stressed, she helped me focus on the big picture without forgetting the details. THANK YOU!

    - S- UC Berkeley Haas- 3854

  • Betsy doesn’t do half-measures, and she doesn’t accept sloppy work. From our first talk, she saw straight to the core of my applications, exposing the holes, and asking me to answer my most difficult questions. Betsy’s standards are tough, but combined with her sensitivity to my personal goals, and endless patience, they were exactly what I needed to get motivated, and kick my applications into gear.

    - A- NYU Stern- 3852

  • Working with Betsy was a fantastic experience! She is honest and told me exactly what I needed to hear, without sugar-coating. She never put words in my mouth, and was genuinely invested in getting to know me and helping me focus my career vision.

    - A- Harvard Business School- 3851

  • As I embark upon my MBA journey at UC Berkeley Haas, I realize that working with Betsy was the smartest and the most life-changing decision I could have ever taken. She will make you think hard about your goals, your aspirations and make you understand yourself much better. She will ask you so many insightful questions that while digging deep inside for those answers, you will discover yourself and your story and your essays will gain a concrete shape and an authentic voice. I had never thought that applying to a b-school could be such an enlightening process,but Betsy makes sure that every bit of interaction is an enriching experience.

    Everyone I talked to had told me that essays are the toughest part of the application. But with Betsy, the tough part never showed up. She has a magical way in which work seems fun, and before you realize it, the end product is ready to go, in its best form. Her way of working would keep me charged as her questions, and suggestions would go beyond mere B-school candidacy and delve more into a self-realization process where we try to find who we are and what we want from life

    - S- UC Berkeley Haas-3850

  • Working with Betsy was fantastic. She provided specific, valuable feedback, particularly on my work experience, that allowed me to address my weaknesses and highlight my strengths in a way that allowed the admissions committee to see the real me. She was also an excellent sounding board for any concerns, such as a limited quant in my background. With her help I was able to set myself apart from other traditional business school candidates gain acceptance to three top 10 business schools.

    - P- MIT- 3849

  • Working with Betsy was absolutely incredible. She helped me distill my non-traditional background into a cohesive story that clearly demonstrated why an MBA is the next logical step for me.

    - R- Stanford- 3829

  • Terrific news–I got in! Thank you again, so much, for all your help. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you.

    - N- Harvard- 3828

  • What I loved about Betsy’s approach was that she took the time to really get to know me—my personality, life experiences, and motivationsand helped me communicate my story. She provided me support when I needed it, but was never afraid to shoot straight. Her guidance turned a daunting process into a fun one. By the time I clicked “submit”, I knew I’d put my best foot forward regardless of the result.

    - R

  • Good news! I was admitted to Columbia Business School. Looking back I think my CBS app was the strongest out of the three by far; you were right that the application gets WAY better the more you work at it. As importantly, I believe you were a huge factor in my acceptance – I really can’t thank you enough for that.

    - M

  • I knew I had a fairly unique story to tell, but that I also had some obstacles: a 66th percentile Quant score coupled with a Humanities undergrad and a meandering career path (academia, journalism, family business, no brand name corporations or traditional MBA-feeder industries on my resume at all). In the end, I batted a perfect .1000, gaining admission to every program I applied to and no less than 3 full-tuition scholarship offers. I could not have done it without Betsy and her team. Brutal honesty + a deep knowledge of what adcoms at the various schools like + a great ear for sharp writing = exactly the kind of tough love you want from an admissions consultant.
    It’s not an assembly-line type of service. You don’t get emails back from a guy burning through a pile of apps and making them all sound “Harvardy” without even looking at the name at the top of the essay or from a stranger with dozens of other apps dropped on his desk by the boss. Master Admissions offers a deep-dive, high-touch kind of service for people who are really serious about getting the most out of their consultant.

    - P

  • I’m a non-traditional applicant, but she was really able to turn the technical parts of my job and my personal and professional stories into great b-school that made for great anecdotes in the essays (and even brought out my sense of humor in them too). The essays really turned into multi-dimensional stories instead of an essay that went simply from point A to B. her true value came in pointing out what part of ?my story? was unique and relevant to writing these essays. The back and forth brainstorming and discussions were invaluable to me.

    - D

  • Betsy is a master at helping you get your story across to the MBA audience — with Betsy on your side, you will have addressed a key variable in the MBA admissions process.

    - S

  • I was in the zero admit club last year. This year I applied to 5 schools in Top 5-10. Interviewed at all 5, accepted at 4, with partial scholarship. I really appreciated our solid discussions, which really helped frame my answers properly. There were also patterns I didn’t notice/realize about myself, but Betsy did. Outside of the MBA process, I find myself having a much better thought clarity having come out of her guidance. All-in all I would recommend Master Admissions to anyone pursuing an MBA! It?s worth every penny!

    - S

  • Right off the bat, I got a sense that Betsy had a more involved approach and certainly not the “cookie cutter one size fits feel” that I got from many others. I could not have picked a better guide; would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for an involved tailored approach and doggedness!
    Betsy’s turnarounds were fast and her inputs were incisive. Most importantly, she ensured that the essays always remained my own. She probed and nudged till I was able to convey my story in my own words in a forceful and convincing manner. I am very thankful to Betsy for her persistence — the essays remained mine and revealed what I really wanted to say.

    - K

  • Working with Betsy was absolutely incredible. She helped me distill my non-traditional background into a cohesive story that clearly demonstrated why an MBA is the next logical step for me.

    - R

  • Working with Betsy was a fun boot-camp experience. I’m a procrastinator by nature so she kicked my butt a few times when I was too lazy to work. She was very straight forward about my written essays, when something was junk she didn’t let me hear the end of it! She really helped me figure out and put together my story when even I myself had no idea how impressive it really was. Some essays I had to revise 7 or 8 times before they were perfect. Her turnaround time was scary fast, sometimes I wondered if she ever left her computer. For my last school I only had a week to do the essays however Betsy was very accommodating and worked hard with me to get it perfected by the deadline. It must have been my best set of essays yet as I ended up receiving admission and a partial scholarship to a top 10 ranked MBA program.

    - P

  • I just got the news I was accepted to Harvard. You are the first to know- I owe you that much. Let me catch my breath. Thank you  both so much!

    - S

  • Betsy really took the time to understand my concerns, and I felt as if I were talking to a friend for advice rather than a consultant. She is very easy to talk to and puts in a lot of effort to understand who your are. she genuinely cares about getting to know you and making sure you are successful. While most consultants would just say this, Betsy demonstrated this through her actions. Although I had done a lot of preparation and research on my own, working with Betsy really made a big difference in improving the quality of my applications.

    - K

  • I would strongly suggest working with Betsy if you are looking for one-on-one attention, especially if you have a finance background or international experience. She took a very holistic approach to the process, was really interested in talking me through my highs and lows up to this point and true gut feel for why this school/why MBA. I did not have a very straightforward story (lay offs, international moves, liberal arts major with only ok GPA) and my GMAT was not stellar, but I feel that I was able to put my best foot forward in this cycle with Betsy’s guidance.

    Thank you for helping me put in the best application I could. And now I’m Hanover-bound –time to upgrade my winter wardrobe!

    - M

  • Betsy! I miss you! Seriously, your lessons are relevant to every assignment and essay I have written in the last year. I owe you a debt of gratitude.

    - A

  • Betsy has a gift! Working with her I actually enjoyed the application process. I wouldn’t have gotten in without Betsy’s help.

    - M

  • I once told Betsy she is “amazeballs”, well, because I believe she is. Betsy was both a mentor and a friend and helped me to continue to have faith in myself throughout the overwhelming process of MBA applications. She helped me explore my school options and put me in touch with people who could offer additional guidance. Because she took the time to really get to know me, Betsy helped me present my strongest self throughout my essays and was a large factor in my getting accepted to my top choice. Betsy, you will never know how truly thankful I am for all of your guidance! THANK YOU!

    - M

  • As I embark upon my MBA journey at UC Berkeley Haas, I realize that working with Betsy and her team  was the smartest and the most life-changing decision I could have ever taken. They will make you think hard about your goals, your aspirations and make you understand yourself much better. They will ask you so many insightful questions that while digging deep inside for those answers, you will discover yourself and your story and your essays will gain a concrete shape and an authentic voice. I had never thought that applying to a b-school could be such an enlightening process,but they make sure that every bit of interaction is an enriching experience.

    Everyone I talked to had told me that essays are the toughest part of the application. But with Betsy and her team, the tough part never showed up. They have a magical way in which work seems fun, and before you realize it, the end product is ready to go, in its best form. Their way of working would keep me charged as the questions and suggestions would go beyond mere B-school candidacy and delve more into a self-realization process where we tried to find who I am and what I wanted from life.

    - S

  • Betsy helped me find my story. Like many MBA candidates I am a career switcher so demonstrating why I want to do an MBA and getting to the core message was difficult and took a lot of time. Betsy helped me bring it out through phone conversations and continuous feedback on my writing. This was an extremely frustrating process for me but somehow Betsy knew to dig deeper and she challenged me through every conversation and through every piece of writing I submitted to her. Eventually I made a real connection with my story and why I wanted to pursue an MBA at this stage in my life. This process not only helped me with essays but it also helped me develop a concrete plan for my future.

    - S

  • Betsy doesn’t do half-measures, and she doesn’t accept sloppy work. From our first talk, she saw straight to the core of my applications, exposing the holes, and asking me to answer my most difficult questions. Betsy’s standards are tough, but combined with her sensitivity to my personal goals, and endless patience, they were exactly what I needed to get motivated, and kick my applications into gear.

    Putting my first pre-Betsy drafts and my final applications side by side, the difference is clear. Although my initial message has stayed the same, the focus, force, and clarity of voice that finally brought my story to life, I owe to Betsy. Thank you Betsy, for never letting me settle, and for believing in a wild card like me. I simply couldn’t have done it without you.

    - A

  • Working with Master Admissions was a fantastic experience! They are honest and told me exactly what I needed to hear, without sugar-coating. They never put words in my mouth, and was genuinely invested in getting to know me and helping me focus my career vision.

    - A

  • Working with Betsy made the difference for me between just getting in to a safety school and getting in to every school i applied to, including the top master’s program in my field! I didn’t realize how much stronger my application could be – across all aspects, until consulting with Betsy. She helped me identify and articulate my most important selling points, resulting in much greater focus and clarity for my whole application. Betsy’s knowledge of the admissions process was vital to my success.

    - E

  • At first I didn’t believe these words on your website: “Together we review your work and life experiences and carefully elicit the tangible and measurable accomplishments that you may not have seen yourself.” But I am a believer now.

    - S

  • We did it! I’m in!

    - C

  • Working with Betsy was extremely productive and loads of fun! She made a huge effort to get to know the real “me.” I was very much impressed by her 24/7 availability and quick turnaround, especially as we worked intensively right through Christmas and New Year’s eve to reach round 2 deadlines. I not only obtained the “edge” I needed to get into my top choice schools (Wharton and Booth) but I also made a friend along the way. Thank you Betsy!! I don’t know how I would have managed without you!

    - A

Frances Hochschild

Frances Hochschild is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a background in both management consulting and finance. After working in strategic planning, as a management consultant, and as an investment banker, she switched to the administrative side focusing on firm management, recruiting, and human resources at Bain, Robertson Stephens, and more recently for private equity, investment advisory, and start-up companies. Frances began her career as an M&A analyst at Lehman Brothers. Based in the U.S., she has recruited employees globally and worked for Bain in Russia and South Africa. She was also a manager of strategic planning for Gap Inc. and has served as a human capital and strategy consultant for wide range of global companies.

Frances is an experienced resume coach, and is one of the Stanford GSB’s highest-rated mock-interview coaches. She received her undergraduate degree with a concentration in Economics at Harvard College, where she received the Manager of the Year award for her work with the varsity football team.

  • Working with Betsy was a fun boot-camp experience. I’m a procrastinator by nature so she kicked my butt a few times when I was too lazy to work. She was very straight forward about my written essays, when something was junk she didn’t let me hear the end of it! She really helped me figure out and put together my story when even I myself had no idea how impressive it really was. Some essays I had to revise 7 or 8 times before they were perfect. Her turnaround time was scary fast, sometimes I wondered if she ever left her computer. For my last school I only had a week to do the essays however Betsy was very accommodating and worked hard with me to get it perfected by the deadline. It must have been my best set of essays yet as I ended up receiving admission and a partial scholarship to a top 10 ranked MBA program.

    - P- Duke Fuqua- 3879

  • Working with Betsy was absolutely incredible. She helped me distill my non-traditional background into a cohesive story that clearly demonstrated why an MBA is the next logical step for me. She constantly challenged me to be thorough in my self-examination and helped me use each essay to craft a compelling argument. She prudently edited my work, always preserving my own voice and sentiment. Betsy was crucial to my offer of admission at Stanford GSB.

    - R- Stanford GSB- 3878

  • I just got the news I was accepted to Harvard. You are the first to know- I owe you that much. Let me catch my breath. Thank you so much!

    - S- Harvard Kennedy School- 3877

  • Betsy really took the time to understand my concerns, and I felt as if I were talking to a friend for advice rather than a consultant. She is very easy to talk to and puts in a lot of effort to understand who your are. She genuinely cares about getting to know you and making sure you are successful. While most consultants would just say this, Betsy demonstrated this through her actions. Although I had done a lot of preparation and research on my own, working with Betsy really made a big difference in improving the quality of my applications.

    - K- Chicago Booth- 3875

  • I would strongly suggest working with Betsy if you are looking for one-on-one attention, especially if you have a finance background or international experience. She took a very holistic approach to the process, was really interested in talking me through my highs and lows up to this point and true gut feel for why this school/why MBA. I did not have a very straightforward story (lay offs, international moves, liberal arts major with only ok GPA) and my GMAT was not stellar, but I feel that I was able to put my best foot forward in this cycle with Betsy’s guidance.

    Thank you for helping me put in the best application I could. And now I’m Hanover-bound –time to upgrade my winter wardrobe!

    - M- Tuck- 3873

  • Betsy! I miss you! Seriously, your lessons are relevant to every assignment and essay I have written in the last year. I owe you a debt of gratitude.

    - A- UC Berkeley Haas- 3871

  • Betsy has a gift! Working with her I actually enjoyed the application process. I wouldn’t have gotten in without Betsy’s help.

    - M- Harvard Business School- 3870

  • I once told Betsy she is “amazeballs”, well, because I believe she is. Betsy was both a mentor and a friend and helped me to continue to have faith in myself throughout the overwhelming process of MBA applications. She helped me explore my school options and put me in touch with people who could offer additional guidance. Because she took the time to really get to know me, Betsy helped me present my strongest self throughout my essays and was a large factor in my getting accepted to my top choice. Betsy, you will never know how truly thankful I am for all of your guidance! THANK YOU!

    - M- Michigan Ross- 3868

  • I knew I had a fairly unique story to tell, but that I also had some obstacles: a 66th percentile Quant score coupled with a Humanities undergrad and a meandering career path (academia, journalism, family business, no brand name corporations or traditional MBA-feeder industries on my resume at all). In the end, I batted a perfect .1000, gaining admission to every program I applied to and no less than 3 full-tuition scholarship offers. I could not have done it without Betsy. Brutal honesty + a deep knowledge of what adcoms at the various schools like + a great ear for sharp writing = exactly the kind of tough love you want from an admissions consultant.

    It’s not an assembly-line type of service. You don’t get emails back from a guy burning through a pile of apps and making them all sound “Harvardy” without even looking at the name at the top of the essay or from a stranger with dozens of other apps dropped on his desk by the boss. Betsy’s is a deep-dive, high-touch kind of service for people who are really serious about getting the most out of their consultant.

    - P- Yale SOM- 3866

  • I’m a non-traditional applicant, but she was really able to turn the technical parts of my job and my personal and professional stories into great b-school that made for great anecdotes in the essays (and even brought out my sense of humor in them too). The essays really turned into multi-dimensional stories instead of an essay that went simply from point A to B.

    Her true value came in pointing out what part of my story was unique and relevant to writing these essays. The back and forth brainstorming and discussions were invaluable to me.

    - D- Tuck- 3865

  • Betsy is a master at helping you get your story across to the MBA audience — with Betsy on your side, you will have addressed a key variable in the MBA admissions process.

    - S- Berkeley Columbia EMBA- 3863

  • I was in the zero admit club last year. This year I applied to 5 schools in Top 5-10. Interviewed at all 5, accepted at 4, with partial scholarship. I really appreciated our solid discussions, which really helped frame my answers properly. There were also patterns I didn’t notice/realize about myself, outside of the MBA process. I find myself having a much better thought clarity having come out of her guidance. All-in all I would recommend Betsy to anyone pursuing an MBA! It’s worth every penny!

    - S- UVA Darden- 3862

  • Right off the bat, I got a sense that Betsy had a more involved approach and certainly not the “cookie cutter one size fits feel” that I got from many others. I could not have picked a better guide; would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for an involved tailored approach and doggedness!

    Betsy’s turnarounds were fast and her inputs were incisive. Most importantly, she ensured that the essays always remained my own. She probed and nudged till I was able to convey my story in my own words in a forceful and convincing manner. I am very thankful to Betsy for her persistence — the essays remained mine and revealed what I really wanted to say.

    - K- Stanford Sloan Program- 3861

  • At first I didn’t believe these words on your website: “Together we review your work and life experiences and carefully elicit the tangible and measurable accomplishments that you may not have seen yourself.” But I am a believer now.

    - S- Duke EMBA program- 3860

  • Working with Betsy made the difference for me between just getting in to a safety school and getting in to every school i applied to, including the top master’s program in my field! I didn’t realize how much stronger my application could be – across all aspects, until consulting with Betsy. She helped me identify and articulate my most important selling points, resulting in much greater focus and clarity for my whole application. Betsy’s knowledge of the admissions process was vital to my success.

    - E- Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)- 3858

  • Working with Betsy was extremely productive and loads of fun! She made a huge effort to get to know the real “me.” I was very much impressed by her 24/7 availability and quick turnaround, especially as we worked intesively right through christmas and new year’s eve to reach round 2 deadlines. I not only obtained the “edge” I needed to get into my top choice schools (Wharton and Booth) but I also made a friend along the way. Thank you Betsy!! I don’t know how I would have managed without you!

    - A- Wharton- 3857

  • We did it! I’m in!

    - C- Harvard- 3856

  • Betsy helped me find my story. Like many MBA candidates I am a career switcher so demonstrating why I want to do an MBA and getting to the core message was difficult and took a lot of time. Betsy helped me bring it out through phone conversations and continuous feedback on my writing. This was an extremely frustrating process for me but somehow Betsy knew to dig deeper and she challenged me through every conversation and through every piece of writing I submitted to her.

    Eventually I made a real connection with my story and why I wanted to pursue an MBA at this stage in my life. This process not only helped me with essays but it also helped me develop a concrete plan for my future.

    - S- Duke Fuqua-3855

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  • Betsy was great through out my application process. She was my sounding board, my mentor, my counselor all at the same time. She calmed me down when I was stressed, she helped me focus on the big picture without forgetting the details. THANK YOU!

    - S- UC Berkeley Haas- 3854

  • Betsy doesn’t do half-measures, and she doesn’t accept sloppy work. From our first talk, she saw straight to the core of my applications, exposing the holes, and asking me to answer my most difficult questions. Betsy’s standards are tough, but combined with her sensitivity to my personal goals, and endless patience, they were exactly what I needed to get motivated, and kick my applications into gear.

    - A- NYU Stern- 3852

  • Working with Betsy was a fantastic experience! She is honest and told me exactly what I needed to hear, without sugar-coating. She never put words in my mouth, and was genuinely invested in getting to know me and helping me focus my career vision.

    - A- Harvard Business School- 3851

  • As I embark upon my MBA journey at UC Berkeley Haas, I realize that working with Betsy was the smartest and the most life-changing decision I could have ever taken. She will make you think hard about your goals, your aspirations and make you understand yourself much better. She will ask you so many insightful questions that while digging deep inside for those answers, you will discover yourself and your story and your essays will gain a concrete shape and an authentic voice. I had never thought that applying to a b-school could be such an enlightening process,but Betsy makes sure that every bit of interaction is an enriching experience.

    Everyone I talked to had told me that essays are the toughest part of the application. But with Betsy, the tough part never showed up. She has a magical way in which work seems fun, and before you realize it, the end product is ready to go, in its best form. Her way of working would keep me charged as her questions, and suggestions would go beyond mere B-school candidacy and delve more into a self-realization process where we try to find who we are and what we want from life

    - S- UC Berkeley Haas-3850

  • Working with Betsy was fantastic. She provided specific, valuable feedback, particularly on my work experience, that allowed me to address my weaknesses and highlight my strengths in a way that allowed the admissions committee to see the real me. She was also an excellent sounding board for any concerns, such as a limited quant in my background. With her help I was able to set myself apart from other traditional business school candidates gain acceptance to three top 10 business schools.

    - P- MIT- 3849

  • Working with Betsy was absolutely incredible. She helped me distill my non-traditional background into a cohesive story that clearly demonstrated why an MBA is the next logical step for me.

    - R- Stanford- 3829

  • Terrific news–I got in! Thank you again, so much, for all your help. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you.

    - N- Harvard- 3828

  • What I loved about Betsy’s approach was that she took the time to really get to know me—my personality, life experiences, and motivationsand helped me communicate my story. She provided me support when I needed it, but was never afraid to shoot straight. Her guidance turned a daunting process into a fun one. By the time I clicked “submit”, I knew I’d put my best foot forward regardless of the result.

    - R

  • Good news! I was admitted to Columbia Business School. Looking back I think my CBS app was the strongest out of the three by far; you were right that the application gets WAY better the more you work at it. As importantly, I believe you were a huge factor in my acceptance – I really can’t thank you enough for that.

    - M

  • I knew I had a fairly unique story to tell, but that I also had some obstacles: a 66th percentile Quant score coupled with a Humanities undergrad and a meandering career path (academia, journalism, family business, no brand name corporations or traditional MBA-feeder industries on my resume at all). In the end, I batted a perfect .1000, gaining admission to every program I applied to and no less than 3 full-tuition scholarship offers. I could not have done it without Betsy and her team. Brutal honesty + a deep knowledge of what adcoms at the various schools like + a great ear for sharp writing = exactly the kind of tough love you want from an admissions consultant.
    It’s not an assembly-line type of service. You don’t get emails back from a guy burning through a pile of apps and making them all sound “Harvardy” without even looking at the name at the top of the essay or from a stranger with dozens of other apps dropped on his desk by the boss. Master Admissions offers a deep-dive, high-touch kind of service for people who are really serious about getting the most out of their consultant.

    - P

  • I’m a non-traditional applicant, but she was really able to turn the technical parts of my job and my personal and professional stories into great b-school that made for great anecdotes in the essays (and even brought out my sense of humor in them too). The essays really turned into multi-dimensional stories instead of an essay that went simply from point A to B. her true value came in pointing out what part of ?my story? was unique and relevant to writing these essays. The back and forth brainstorming and discussions were invaluable to me.

    - D

  • Betsy is a master at helping you get your story across to the MBA audience — with Betsy on your side, you will have addressed a key variable in the MBA admissions process.

    - S

  • I was in the zero admit club last year. This year I applied to 5 schools in Top 5-10. Interviewed at all 5, accepted at 4, with partial scholarship. I really appreciated our solid discussions, which really helped frame my answers properly. There were also patterns I didn’t notice/realize about myself, but Betsy did. Outside of the MBA process, I find myself having a much better thought clarity having come out of her guidance. All-in all I would recommend Master Admissions to anyone pursuing an MBA! It?s worth every penny!

    - S

  • Right off the bat, I got a sense that Betsy had a more involved approach and certainly not the “cookie cutter one size fits feel” that I got from many others. I could not have picked a better guide; would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for an involved tailored approach and doggedness!
    Betsy’s turnarounds were fast and her inputs were incisive. Most importantly, she ensured that the essays always remained my own. She probed and nudged till I was able to convey my story in my own words in a forceful and convincing manner. I am very thankful to Betsy for her persistence — the essays remained mine and revealed what I really wanted to say.

    - K

  • Working with Betsy was absolutely incredible. She helped me distill my non-traditional background into a cohesive story that clearly demonstrated why an MBA is the next logical step for me.

    - R

  • Working with Betsy was a fun boot-camp experience. I’m a procrastinator by nature so she kicked my butt a few times when I was too lazy to work. She was very straight forward about my written essays, when something was junk she didn’t let me hear the end of it! She really helped me figure out and put together my story when even I myself had no idea how impressive it really was. Some essays I had to revise 7 or 8 times before they were perfect. Her turnaround time was scary fast, sometimes I wondered if she ever left her computer. For my last school I only had a week to do the essays however Betsy was very accommodating and worked hard with me to get it perfected by the deadline. It must have been my best set of essays yet as I ended up receiving admission and a partial scholarship to a top 10 ranked MBA program.

    - P

  • I just got the news I was accepted to Harvard. You are the first to know- I owe you that much. Let me catch my breath. Thank you  both so much!

    - S

  • Betsy really took the time to understand my concerns, and I felt as if I were talking to a friend for advice rather than a consultant. She is very easy to talk to and puts in a lot of effort to understand who your are. she genuinely cares about getting to know you and making sure you are successful. While most consultants would just say this, Betsy demonstrated this through her actions. Although I had done a lot of preparation and research on my own, working with Betsy really made a big difference in improving the quality of my applications.

    - K

  • I would strongly suggest working with Betsy if you are looking for one-on-one attention, especially if you have a finance background or international experience. She took a very holistic approach to the process, was really interested in talking me through my highs and lows up to this point and true gut feel for why this school/why MBA. I did not have a very straightforward story (lay offs, international moves, liberal arts major with only ok GPA) and my GMAT was not stellar, but I feel that I was able to put my best foot forward in this cycle with Betsy’s guidance.

    Thank you for helping me put in the best application I could. And now I’m Hanover-bound –time to upgrade my winter wardrobe!

    - M

  • Betsy! I miss you! Seriously, your lessons are relevant to every assignment and essay I have written in the last year. I owe you a debt of gratitude.

    - A

  • Betsy has a gift! Working with her I actually enjoyed the application process. I wouldn’t have gotten in without Betsy’s help.

    - M

  • I once told Betsy she is “amazeballs”, well, because I believe she is. Betsy was both a mentor and a friend and helped me to continue to have faith in myself throughout the overwhelming process of MBA applications. She helped me explore my school options and put me in touch with people who could offer additional guidance. Because she took the time to really get to know me, Betsy helped me present my strongest self throughout my essays and was a large factor in my getting accepted to my top choice. Betsy, you will never know how truly thankful I am for all of your guidance! THANK YOU!

    - M

  • As I embark upon my MBA journey at UC Berkeley Haas, I realize that working with Betsy and her team  was the smartest and the most life-changing decision I could have ever taken. They will make you think hard about your goals, your aspirations and make you understand yourself much better. They will ask you so many insightful questions that while digging deep inside for those answers, you will discover yourself and your story and your essays will gain a concrete shape and an authentic voice. I had never thought that applying to a b-school could be such an enlightening process,but they make sure that every bit of interaction is an enriching experience.

    Everyone I talked to had told me that essays are the toughest part of the application. But with Betsy and her team, the tough part never showed up. They have a magical way in which work seems fun, and before you realize it, the end product is ready to go, in its best form. Their way of working would keep me charged as the questions and suggestions would go beyond mere B-school candidacy and delve more into a self-realization process where we tried to find who I am and what I wanted from life.

    - S

  • Betsy helped me find my story. Like many MBA candidates I am a career switcher so demonstrating why I want to do an MBA and getting to the core message was difficult and took a lot of time. Betsy helped me bring it out through phone conversations and continuous feedback on my writing. This was an extremely frustrating process for me but somehow Betsy knew to dig deeper and she challenged me through every conversation and through every piece of writing I submitted to her. Eventually I made a real connection with my story and why I wanted to pursue an MBA at this stage in my life. This process not only helped me with essays but it also helped me develop a concrete plan for my future.

    - S

  • Betsy doesn’t do half-measures, and she doesn’t accept sloppy work. From our first talk, she saw straight to the core of my applications, exposing the holes, and asking me to answer my most difficult questions. Betsy’s standards are tough, but combined with her sensitivity to my personal goals, and endless patience, they were exactly what I needed to get motivated, and kick my applications into gear.

    Putting my first pre-Betsy drafts and my final applications side by side, the difference is clear. Although my initial message has stayed the same, the focus, force, and clarity of voice that finally brought my story to life, I owe to Betsy. Thank you Betsy, for never letting me settle, and for believing in a wild card like me. I simply couldn’t have done it without you.

    - A

  • Working with Master Admissions was a fantastic experience! They are honest and told me exactly what I needed to hear, without sugar-coating. They never put words in my mouth, and was genuinely invested in getting to know me and helping me focus my career vision.

    - A

  • Working with Betsy made the difference for me between just getting in to a safety school and getting in to every school i applied to, including the top master’s program in my field! I didn’t realize how much stronger my application could be – across all aspects, until consulting with Betsy. She helped me identify and articulate my most important selling points, resulting in much greater focus and clarity for my whole application. Betsy’s knowledge of the admissions process was vital to my success.

    - E

  • At first I didn’t believe these words on your website: “Together we review your work and life experiences and carefully elicit the tangible and measurable accomplishments that you may not have seen yourself.” But I am a believer now.

    - S

  • We did it! I’m in!

    - C

  • Working with Betsy was extremely productive and loads of fun! She made a huge effort to get to know the real “me.” I was very much impressed by her 24/7 availability and quick turnaround, especially as we worked intensively right through Christmas and New Year’s eve to reach round 2 deadlines. I not only obtained the “edge” I needed to get into my top choice schools (Wharton and Booth) but I also made a friend along the way. Thank you Betsy!! I don’t know how I would have managed without you!

    - A