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# Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants

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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  10 Feb 2013, 09:16
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Hi Saisan,

Congrats on your admit! Is McGill your first choice or are you still waiting on other applications?

Thanks Temuod!

I have got a call from Schulich as well.... have still got some time to decide...but I have a slight bent towards Mcgill for some reasons...If you have something to chip in it would be great!!

I guess it all depends on your post MBA goals. Schulich has a great program and is very well known within Canada. But go outside of Canada and no one has ever heard of it wheras McGill enjoys a great worldwide reputation. If you want to stay in Canada post-MBA, both schools are top notch. If you intend to work outside of Canada, then go to McGill without a question.

I'm a McGill alumni and I am extremely satisfied with the education that McGill has provided me with and I strongly believe that it will be much of the same in business school. If it were me, I'd definitely choose McGill over Schulich regardless of my post-MBA goals but again, I'm biased so you might want to get the opinion of an outsider.

You might want to consider that Schulich is ranked #2 in the least satisfied students ranking in bloomberg businessweek. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/20 ... ness-index

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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  10 Feb 2013, 18:39
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saisankalp wrote:
temuod wrote:
Hi Saisan,

Congrats on your admit! Is McGill your first choice or are you still waiting on other applications?

Thanks Temuod!

I have got a call from Schulich as well.... have still got some time to decide...but I have a slight bent towards Mcgill for some reasons...If you have something to chip in it would be great!!

I guess it all depends on your post MBA goals. Schulich has a great program and is very well known within Canada. But go outside of Canada and no one has ever heard of it wheras McGill enjoys a great worldwide reputation. If you want to stay in Canada post-MBA, both schools are top notch. If you intend to work outside of Canada, then go to McGill without a question.

I'm a McGill alumni and I am extremely satisfied with the education that McGill has provided me with and I strongly believe that it will be much of the same in business school. If it were me, I'd definitely choose McGill over Schulich regardless of my post-MBA goals but again, I'm biased so you might want to get the opinion of an outsider.

You might want to consider that Schulich is ranked #2 in the least satisfied students ranking in bloomberg businessweek. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/20 ... ness-index

Nice input Tem, my inclination towards Mcgill was also coz of its worldwide reputation as a brand......However, when we talk about an MBA, things boil down to factors such as networking opportunities and locational advantage of being near the centre of all the action( I mean Toronto). Further, I believe to be successful in Montreal you need to have at-least intermediate skill with French. Learning french is always the way out, but practically speaking for me it would be difficult to gain the required level of expertise along with gruelling MBA studies.

Your least satisfied student B-school ranking might turn the odds towards Mcgill (Already favoured). I am only counting the negatives for Mcgill to you coz these are my concerns and I want to get past them before I finally choose Mcgill over Schulich. looking forward to you inputs

P.S.: I am surprised to see Rotman in that list too..Probab coz of poor career service centre.

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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  11 Feb 2013, 05:28
Hi all! I'm applying to Desautels as well Working on the apps now. I looked at most of the top Canadian MBA programmes and like Desautels the most

I'll be visiting next month- hopefully I get invited to interview, fingers crossed- but I am slightly concerned about the climate in Montreal (Never been to Canada before, come fm a tropical island!) Sub zero temperatures for months do not sound fun- has anyone lived there before and does the cold detract fm the overall experience of Montreal? I've heard so many good things abt Montreal but visiting a place and living somewhere can be very different!
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  11 Feb 2013, 14:09
You won't have any problems landing a job in toronto with a mcgill mba. As for being bilingual,i don't remember it being a problem for my anglophone friends during undergrad. Many of them landed jobs in montreal as it is a bilingual city. However, speaking french is a very good asset to have. You might want to consider taking some french courses and i think mcgill offers some.

I don't want to influence your decision in any way. It's your choice in the end. Remember i'm a mcgill alumni, therefore i'm biased :p
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  12 Feb 2013, 08:18
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Hi all! I'm applying to Desautels as well Working on the apps now. I looked at most of the top Canadian MBA programmes and like Desautels the most

I'll be visiting next month- hopefully I get invited to interview, fingers crossed- but I am slightly concerned about the climate in Montreal (Never been to Canada before, come fm a tropical island!) Sub zero temperatures for months do not sound fun- has anyone lived there before and does the cold detract fm the overall experience of Montreal? I've heard so many good things abt Montreal but visiting a place and living somewhere can be very different!

tcsing,

Im a Montreal native and I would say no, subzero temperatures (read -30C sometimes) arent something to fear - as long as you dress accordingly. January and February are a real pain to get through and seem to drag on forever (i.e. pale skin as far as the eye can see and vitamin D deficiency galore), but the rest of the year isn`t so bad. If anything, the change of seasons allow you to appreciate April through November a lot more. Overall, the climate is very liveable.

Good luck getting the interview.

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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  23 Feb 2013, 06:59
Any news from somebody accepted this year ?? I have a working experience of approximately 7 years ,my GPA is 70.48% (we do not use numbers in my country but I calculated it = 2.82) and I bombed up the GMAT less than 2 weeks ago by a 540 ; will retake in the end of March . Does anybody have data about the average GPA/GMAT scores accepted this year?
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  23 Feb 2013, 18:10
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Any news from somebody accepted this year ?? I have a working experience of approximately 7 years ,my GPA is 70.48% (we do not use numbers in my country but I calculated it = 2.82) and I bombed up the GMAT less than 2 weeks ago by a 540 ; will retake in the end of March . Does anybody have data about the average GPA/GMAT scores accepted this year?

TheNona,

There is plenty of information on McGill GMAT averages in these forums, just run a search (it's 668 for McGill). Information on the average GPAs of admitted students will be much harder to find. That being said, you'll want to get at least a 600 on the GMAT when you retake it in March. At that point my recommendation would be to focus on applying to HEC Montréal and Concordia John Molson (but then again I do not know your full profile).

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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  24 Feb 2013, 07:44
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TheNona wrote:
Any news from somebody accepted this year ?? I have a working experience of approximately 7 years ,my GPA is 70.48% (we do not use numbers in my country but I calculated it = 2.82) and I bombed up the GMAT less than 2 weeks ago by a 540 ; will retake in the end of March . Does anybody have data about the average GPA/GMAT scores accepted this year?

TheNona,

There is plenty of information on McGill GMAT averages in these forums, just run a search (it's 668 for McGill). Information on the average GPAs of admitted students will be much harder to find. That being said, you'll want to get at least a 600 on the GMAT when you retake it in March. At that point my recommendation would be to focus on applying to HEC Montréal and Concordia John Molson (but then again I do not know your full profile).

Carl

Unfortunately I will miss the deadline for HEC Montreal ( 15th March) , and Concordia is already my plan B .I will still struggle with a McGill application since there is a difference of one month between the deadlines of both JMolson (June 1st) and Desautels (May 1st) .But I still need to know more from a Montreal native like you bout the ranking and the reputation of JMolson ... is it promising to graduate from there or wait till next year and apply for HEC Montreal (In case MCGill is out of scope by all means).

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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  24 Feb 2013, 14:40
TheNona wrote:

Unfortunately I will miss the deadline for HEC Montreal ( 15th March) , and Concordia is already my plan B .I will still struggle with a McGill application since there is a difference of one month between the deadlines of both JMolson (June 1st) and Desautels (May 1st) .But I still need to know more from a Montreal native like you bout the ranking and the reputation of JMolson ... is it promising to graduate from there or wait till next year and apply for HEC Montreal (In case MCGill is out of scope by all means).

Nona,

Those are very specific questions. In order for me to even attempt to give you a suitable answer. I would need to know more about your current work experience and exactly what industry/function you're hoping to slide into after the MBA. How is your french, btw?

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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  26 Feb 2013, 01:53
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Hi TheNona,

I did a lot of research about McGill's MBA program before applying.
Their average GMA scoreT is 670 and average GPA was mentioned as 3.3 on many different sites.
To offset your GPA, you might want to aim for a 700+ GMAT. But then again, you have 7 years of work experience which puts less value on your academic credentials.

Good luck!
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  26 Feb 2013, 05:10
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TheNona wrote:

Unfortunately I will miss the deadline for HEC Montreal ( 15th March) , and Concordia is already my plan B .I will still struggle with a McGill application since there is a difference of one month between the deadlines of both JMolson (June 1st) and Desautels (May 1st) .But I still need to know more from a Montreal native like you bout the ranking and the reputation of JMolson ... is it promising to graduate from there or wait till next year and apply for HEC Montreal (In case MCGill is out of scope by all means).

Nona,

Those are very specific questions. In order for me to even attempt to give you a suitable answer. I would need to know more about your current work experience and exactly what industry/function you're hoping to slide into after the MBA. How is your french, btw?

Carl

Okay, so now that I know a little more about you (i.e. a Human Resources position interests you). I think Concordia's JMSB might be a fine fit for you, especially if you plan on working in Quebec. It is not as reputable as McGill or HEC (in my humble opinion), however it is a good school, and a lot of headway has been made in terms of the quality of education in recent years, notably in the JMSB department. If you do well on the GMAT (650+), I would suggest applying to McGill, but your undergrad GPA might end up hurting you. What is your mother tongue, what other languages do you speak?
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  26 Feb 2013, 08:23
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. If you do well on the GMAT (650+), I would suggest applying to McGill

Maybe even 600+?

Also, I found Desautels to be a very approachable school. You can introduce yourself by e-mail and ask if they would encourage you to apply (try directly to Jonathan). They have been very friendly with me in the past, and the most down-to-earth school I researched.
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  26 Feb 2013, 08:36
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Dear Every body I am really speechless towards your kind support . I contacted Jonathan and he encouraged me to apply but I must achieve a score of at least 600 on my retake .However , I will still have a plan B HEC Montreal (they advised me to apply and catch the deadline then update my score upon retake ) and JM Concordia .Hmmmmmmmmmm ... the next GMAT will be a life or death battle
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  26 Feb 2013, 08:39
TheNona wrote:
Dear Every body I am really speechless towards your kind support . I contacted Jonathan and he encouraged me to apply but I must achieve a score of at least 600 on my retake .However , I will still have a plan B HEC Montreal (they advised me to apply and catch the deadline then update my score upon retake ) and JM Concordia .Hmmmmmmmmmm ... the next GMAT will be a life or death battle

Did Jonathan also tell you to apply now and send an updated GMAT later on?
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  26 Feb 2013, 08:56
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CarlMtl wrote:
. If you do well on the GMAT (650+), I would suggest applying to McGill

Maybe even 600+?

Also, I found Desautels to be a very approachable school. You can introduce yourself by e-mail and ask if they would encourage you to apply (try directly to Jonathan). They have been very friendly with me in the past, and the most down-to-earth school I researched.

Ducksworth could very well be correct with the 600+; I know someone who was admitted with a 630. My suggestion was to achieve a high score on your GMAT to make up for your GPA. It's too bad the GMAT can be such a tough nut to crack. In my experience with the admissions process at McGill, it seemed like Jonathan put more emphasis on raw numbers than essays and the sort.

Case in point, the following is a verbatim discussion I had with Jonathan on the day of the interview:
Me: How could I improve my chances at receiving a scholarship?
Jonathan: Get a 750 on the GMAT.
Me: Really?
Jonathan: Yes.

That being said, I received a 35% scholarship with my admission (almost certainly due in large part to my 700 on the gmat).
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  26 Feb 2013, 10:39
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TheNona wrote:
Dear Every body I am really speechless towards your kind support . I contacted Jonathan and he encouraged me to apply but I must achieve a score of at least 600 on my retake .However , I will still have a plan B HEC Montreal (they advised me to apply and catch the deadline then update my score upon retake ) and JM Concordia .Hmmmmmmmmmm ... the next GMAT will be a life or death battle

Did Jonathan also tell you to apply now and send an updated GMAT later on?

No , I will apply after retake
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  26 Feb 2013, 18:04
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Case in point, the following is a verbatim discussion I had with Jonathan on the day of the interview:
Me: How could I improve my chances at receiving a scholarship?
Jonathan: Get a 750 on the GMAT.
Me: Really?
Jonathan: Yes.

That being said, I received a 35% scholarship with my admission (almost certainly due in large part to my 700 on the gmat).

But, makes sense, right? I mean, you will get a scholarship if they REALLY want you. And they will want you if you can bring something to the table: maybe a high GMAT, maybe diversity. You cannot really do much about diversity at this stage, but you can do a lot about your GMAT, so I guess that is the right strategy to improve your chances of receiving a scholarship.
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I decided not to waste time struggling with the HEC Montreal essay especially that some transcripts will take more time than expected to arrive by mail .I will focus on the GMAT keeping an eye on Desautels and JM only .Better safe than sorry
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  27 Feb 2013, 12:22
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I decided not to waste time struggling with the HEC Montreal essay especially that some transcripts will take more time than expected to arrive by mail .I will focus on the GMAT keeping an eye on Desautels and JM only .Better safe than sorry

Good luck nona, give it your best shot.
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink]  27 Feb 2013, 12:54
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TheNona wrote:
I decided not to waste time struggling with the HEC Montreal essay especially that some transcripts will take more time than expected to arrive by mail .I will focus on the GMAT keeping an eye on Desautels and JM only .Better safe than sorry

Good luck nona, give it your best shot.

Thanks temuod ...
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