MBA/MA in Design LeadershipThe MBA for Both Sides of Your Brain

The world's business challenges require visionaries that think like tomorrow's leaders, not today's. Learn the creative approach to strategic decision-making embraced by top designers and how to apply it to the most complex management challenges and opportunities for commercial leadership. Earn two degrees at the same time from Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art--recognized globally among the most innovative institutions.

Instead of thinking outside the box, learn to forget the box entirely.

Taking the GMAT or GRE

As with most business programs, the MBA/MA in Design Leadership program does require you to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or the the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). If you aren't used to taking exams like these, knowing what to expect and engaging in a bit of preparation can be very useful.

Step 1: Learn about the tests

Which test is right for you? Really, it depends on your own strengths. Before you decide which test(s) to take, spend some time and learn about each test.

The GRE helps admission offices guage your approach to the type of work you will have to do in graduate school. The questions on the test are grouped generally in three categories:

  • Verbal Reasoning (analyzing and evaluating written material)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (problem solving ability, especially in the areas of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis)
  • Analytical Writing (articulating complex ideas clearly and effectively)

The GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). More information can be found at

Many business schools feel that the GMAT is a predictor of success. While the GRE is used by many different kinds of graduate programs, The GMAT is specifically designed for business school applicants. It is administered by Graduate Management Admission Council, which is comprised of business schools from around the world. The GMAT tests students in the following four general areas: analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative, and verbal.

More information about the GMAT can be found at the official website,

Step 2: Prepare

Free online prep resources, including sample tests, solution explanations, and strategies, along with available books and other resources, can be found at Registration dates and procedures can be found there as well.

Free preparation software, including practice tests, questions, and a step-by-step preparation guide, can also be found online. Information about additional preparation resources can be found there as well.

A host of other preparation services are offered by various organizations. These include Princeton Review and Kaplan.

In addition, you can reference this Bloomberg BusinessWeek article compiling and evaluating a range of test prep services.

MICA nor Johns Hopkins University makes any claims regarding how these services may affect your score.

Step 3: Register and take the test

Visit the GRE or GMAT for test dates, locations, and registration procedures.

Good luck!