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Business Summer Programs - Help Please [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2008, 12:24
Dear Hjort,

I planning to apply to a Summer Business Program designated for college seniors and recent graduates in non-business majors. A few business schools offer this kind of a 4-weeks long program. I am looking at:

Stanford GSB Summer Institute for General Management:
http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/si/sigm/index.html

Chicago GSB Summer Business Scholars Program:
http://www.chicagogsb.edu/summerscholars/

NYU Stern Advantage Program :
http://w4.stern.nyu.edu/uc/sternadvantage/

(1) In general, what do you think of these programs, considering that I'm a recent graduate from a large state school (top 50 engineering school in the US), in terms of business knowledge and program value ?


(2) How do you view the benefit of attending one of the above three programs both to give me a mini-MBA experience and prepare me, after 2-3 years of work experience, to put a solid application for an M7 program ?


(3) Will attending STanford GSB, or Chicago GSB for the summer program add to my profile some sort of pedigree, compensating for my state school for undegraduate ?


(4) In the Chicago summer program's application, I have to write two essays answering two essay questions. The first one is about short-term and long-term goals and why I chose the school, a regular question. The second seemed strange to me and in fact it appeared in the chicago MBA application for last year:
"If the Admissions Committee were to interview one of your closest colleagues, classmates or professors, what aspect of your personal development would this person say is especially important for the Admissions Committee to know? "

How may I approach the question ? What is really meant by personal development ? can I talk about a personal quality like (passion and initiative - leadership and impact .. etc ) ? Or does it have to be a quality or characterestic that has been developing recently and my colleague shall mention the development process and story of this characteristic ? i am lost here.


Thank you
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Re: Business Summer Programs - Help Please [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2008, 19:28
I think it is a good idea to take a closer look at these programs.

Let me try to address your questions:

1) I think these programs have value as a way of testing the waters to see if graduate business education is something that really appeals to you and possibly as a signaling device on your resume to indicate that you have an interest in business that might not be suggested by your academic background. Often these programs are explicitly or implicitly targeted at humanities and social science (ex. economics) majors.

2) As suggested above, I do see the value of these programs as a way of interacting with other students interested in MBA programs in a B-school style environment. Since the setting is short and somewhat contrived, there are limits to what one should expect from the program. From an admissions perspective, I see the value of this as mainly tied to self-discovery: learning is important to you in a business education (which you can use in your essays), and providing a point of reference for questions of fit. This would be helpful in applying to a highly selective program but there are certainly other avenues to this insight.

3) I suppose there is a slight halo effect from attending one of these program in that it gives the attendee a legit reason to associate his/her name with a prestige brand. I really think it is up to the individual to decide how valuable this is. I find the subtext of this question interesting- do you feel that you need to compensate for your undergrad institution? Does that fact that your college was subsidized by the govt. really make a big difference to you?

4) Reasonable minds can differ, but to me "personal development" is really asking about change, such as how you adapted to a challenging circumstance and what this says about you as an individual.

Have you looked at the UCB and Dartmouth programs as well?
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