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MIT Sloan Early Admission Initiative Announced  [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: MIT Sloan Early Admission Initiative Announced
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According to MIT’s website, the Sloan School of Management MBA Early Admission program is now accepting applications from enrolled students who will complete their bachelor’s or first degree by July 2019. Applicants who are admitted to the program are required to work for 2-5 years after graduating college before attending Sloan.

MIT is the latest school to offer early admissions, joining, among others, Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, Yale SOM, UVA Darden, Columbia Business School, and UPenn Wharton.

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Sloan’s Assistant Dean of Admissions, Dawna Levenson, sees this as a positive move both for incoming students and as a recruiting tool for MIT Sloan. “This is a wonderful new option for prospective students who want to proactively manage their future and make a difference. These are students who have already demonstrated the potential to be principled and innovative leaders who will make a positive impact on the world…We want to increase MIT representation in our own MBA program, and recruit qualified college seniors from other colleges to MIT Sloan as early as possible.” She also noted that the application fee is waived for all MIT Sloan Early Admission applicants.

Interested students must submit their applications by Monday, April 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm EST. They will be notified of the admissions committee’s decision via their online application on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, and must reply to their offers by Sunday, June 1, 2019.

A complete 2019 MIT application will be comprised of the following components:

  • Cover letter (300 words)
  • Resume
  • Video statement (60 seconds)
  • Academic transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation (1 must be from a professor)
  • Additional information
  • Test scores (not required for current MIT students who meet the eligibility requirements)
  • Interviews (a required step which will be scheduled by invitation only, after the completed application has been evaluated)
There will be a Virtual Information Session on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET. Prospective applicants will hear members of the MBA admission team discuss what makes MIT Sloan stand out, more about the MBA program, and how to apply.

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INSEAD MBA Class Profile [Class of 2020]  [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: INSEAD MBA Class Profile [Class of 2020]
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Here’s an inside look at who makes up INSEAD’s entering 2018-2019 class. Data taken from the INSEAD website.

  • Applications received: 2000+
  • Admits: 600
  • Average student age: 29
  • Nationalities: 94
  • Women: 33%
  • Average GMAT: 709
  • Percent with GRE: 2%
  • Average work experience: 6 years
Breakdown of Undergraduate Majors:
  • Business administration 34%
  • Engineering 29%
  • Economics 11%
  • Sciences 8%
  • Law and political sciences 6%
  • Humanities and arts 6%
  • Media and communication 1%
  • Other 5%
Previous Industries of Students:
  • Corporate 34%
  • Consulting 31%
  • Financial services 24%
  • Technology, media, and telecommunications 11%

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Financial Times Releases 2019 Global MBA Rankings  [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Financial Times Releases 2019 Global MBA Rankings
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This year’s Financial Times’ Top 10 Business Schools is made up of the same names as last year’s list. Although Stanford Graduate School of Business has stayed in the top spot, there was a lot of shuffling around of the other top 9. Most notably, Harvard Business School rose to the #2 spot after falling to 5th place last year.

Despite a lot of movement in the FT ranking, the mix of countries in the list has stayed stable. The UK continues to be a strong force. The number of schools from Australia, India, and Singapore is comparable to 2017 or 2016.

Top 100 Schools by Country

CountrySchools Per Country

(Based on School's Primary Campus)

Total100

United States51

United Kingdon11

China6

France5

India4

Singapore3

Australia3

Canada3

Germany3

Spain3

Switzerland2

Costa Rico1

Ireland1

Italy1

Netherlands1

Portugal1

South Korea1

The FT began its business school rankings in the late 1990s. Twenty years later, a total of 150 schools participated in this year’s FT survey. All participating schools met the FT’s entry criteria. For the 2019 edition, alumni of the class of 2015 were surveyed. Approximately 8,000 alumni completed the survey (38% response rate).

The ranking was comprised of 20 different criteria. Alumni responses were responsible for 8 criteria, with a total weight of 61%. School data accounted for 11 criteria, with a total weight of 29%. The research rank counted for the final 10%.

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Here are some of the highlights from the rankings:

  • This is the second year in a row that Stanford GSB not only takes the top overall spot, but also had alumni with the highest weighted average salary ($228,074, increased from $214,742) and career progress.
  • HBS ranked 1st as the school alumni would recruit graduates from. They also had the second highest weighted salary ($205,486) and rose 15 places to a joint 1st place in the research rank.
  • INSEAD, at #3, is the highest ranked MBA program in Europe. Their weighted salary of $179,661 was the highest for European schools and above the average of $137,900.
  • China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) rose from 8th to 5th place this year. This is the school’s highest position ever, and the highest FT rank ever attained by an Asian school.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a criterion for the first time this year. University of Virginia, Darden has taken the top spot for having a large portion of its core curriculum on the subject.
  • Fudan University School of Management (Shanghai) had the largest increase over pre-MBA salaries. There was a whopping 195% increase after graduation, with an average salary of $110,062.
  • University of Florida-Warrington was ranked top in value for money based on alumni salary, course length, tuition costs, and income lost during the MBA.
Top 10 B-Schools

2019 Rank3 yr. RankSchool NameCountryWeighted Salary ($)Salary Increase (%)

11Stanford Graduate School of BusinessUS228,074129

24Harvard Business SchoolUS205,486112

32INSEADFrance/Singapore179,661104

43UPenn WhartonUS197,267114

58CEIBSChina174,115183

65London Business SchoolUK169,675102

77Chicago BoothUS185,861126

810MIT SloanUS188,173107

98Columbia Business SchoolUS184,099114

1011UC Berkeley HaasUS188,746104

The Financial Time Work & Careers editor, Isabel Berwick, is promising to “re-examine” the FT rankings for relevance and also possibly develop additional rankings. Stay tuned for next year’s Financial Time Rankings and anticipate changes.

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Exploring London Business School’s Masters in Analytics and Management  [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Exploring London Business School’s Masters in Analytics and Management
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Interview with Gareth Howells, Executive Director of the MBA, MiF & Early Career Programmes at London Business School [Show Summary]
Harvard Business Review declared in 2012 that being a data scientist is the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Bloomberg Businessweek’s headline in May 2018 pronounced, “This Is America’s Hottest Job.” Let’s hear from the director of London Business School’s Early Career Programs about its response to surging demand for graduates in data analytics, its brand new master’s in analytics and management.

The Master’s in Analytics and Management Program at LBS: Everything You Need to Know [Show Notes]
Our guest today is Gareth Howells, Executive Director of the MBA, MiF & Early Career Programmes at London Business School. He graduated with a degree in Politics in 1995 from the University of Leeds. In 2004 he joined London Business School as Associate Director of the MBA Program, and has been at LBS in different and expanding roles culminating in his current position.

What is the master’s in analytics and management at London Business School? Can you provide an overview? [2:17]
It is our newest and most exciting program. We have four different early career programs which make up about 500 students, and we launched this new program last summer and are enrolling our first cohort for the Fall of 2019. There is a strong focus on analytics with a rigorous leading-edge curriculum and strong emphasis on experiential learning. The program is customizable as well.

Can you give us a bit of background on how it came into being and how it fits into the portfolio of early careers programs at LBS? [3:42]
We have 13 different degree programs at LBS, but early career programs are split into two groups. We have two general management and two specialized master’s – one in finance and this one in analytics and management. We came to this because data analytics is transforming the way the world does business. It is sector neutral. All businesses are switching on the power of data and responding to a data-driven world, and business school is nothing if it doesn’t create graduates and programs that speak to the needs of business.

We talked a lot to our recruiters who wanted this level of capability and we wanted to respond to that. There has been a real explosion of programs of this type. We wanted to leverage our own faculty, and London is the largest data center in Europe. There is a projected 250% increase in data jobs in the next five years so we wanted to meet those needs.

Business analytics master’s programs have been mushrooming around the world. What is distinctive about LBS’ program? [6:21]
We feel that the blend between analytics and management is unique. When we talked to recruiters, they said they see data scientists in an organization, mining the data and then handing it off to business managers to analyze. If you can develop those skills and capabilities in one candidate – mining data but then also translating the data, we would hire those students. We are trying to develop that skillset in one graduate as opposed to needing a data scientist AND a business manager. The curriculum is roughly 60% analytics, 40% management. It is a one-year program with an option to stay for a third term.

What kind of careers will graduates go into? [10:39]
We graduate 1200 students across all programs, and we have 200 recruiters on campus. With this new program, it is a specialist program with a wide variety of sectors and employers interested in hiring. We expect the consulting firms to be big recruiters, but the tech firms are roughly 20-25% of our pool as well. A lot of our graduate students from other programs are hired by many other sectors – accountancy firms, fintech, energy sectors, etc., and the universal feedback was that data analytics is transforming the world, but it’s sector neutral. We are excited about the wide variety of employers seeking and keen to hire from this program. We will graduate the first cohort in June/July 2020.

What are you looking for in the admissions process? [14:37]
There are a lot of similarities with all of our programs, and our application is quite detailed. First and foremost we are looking for dynamic and committed individuals wanting to make an impact – those who are intellectually curious, passionate, with a very high technical quant skill. We are typically looking for a quant-based undergrad background, but are open to different types of work experience. We are looking for a diverse class from around the world, and individuals with a global mindset. Since these are early career students, we are looking at potential as well. We have a series of essays where we try to understand more deeply the student’s motivation. We are looking at a minimum score of 600 for the GMAT. About 80-90% of our applicants take the GMAT, but the GRE is also becoming popular. We look at quant scores and once we’ve considered an application no one gets an offer without a face-to-face interview, which are conducted all around the world. We will try and interview you near your home town either by one of our alums or one of our staff/admissions managers. We sometimes do interviews by Skype. We ask for two references, transcripts, three essay questions, and an interview. Our target is to enroll 70-80 students in the first year.

What about relevant work experience? Is it optional? What is the maximum amount of work experience that you would consider? [19:38]
We typically get a blend. The max is two years, but our average tends to be one year. For the vast majority of students they have a series of different internships, though there are a few candidates with fulltime experience. When students go into electives there is a shared portfolio and they will be alongside MBAs, EMBA, and sometimes Sloan Fellows, since we want it to be a mirror of what the real world is like. Clubs are also for the entire set of students. The list of clubs keeps growing – currently we have 75 different student clubs that the school supports, including professional clubs, regional clubs, sports, and social clubs as well. We feel this is also a critical part of this program and the experience.

We put a huge emphasis on experiential learning as well. Two key parts of this program will be taking part in the London Lab program, where they will be with teams of 5-6 doing a live business consulting project based in London. We have a version of this for the current master’s in management program.

With global being so important to us, all students will also go on a Global Immersion Field Trip (GIFT), selecting among six different locations around the world, going away for a week with an immersive experience. Some recently planned trips for our other programs have been to Colombia, Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, and Cape Town to give students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in a completely different context. These two requirements are inclusive within the tuition fee and we’ve been running them for a few years.

What are the master’s in data analytics essay questions?[26:51]
We do have some minimum requirements, like having a quant background and some programming skills, but we will be getting hundreds of applications, many who will already meet the minimum requirements, so we need to get to know more about these students. The three questions are:

  • How does undertaking the program fit with their aspirations and goals? What do they want to do when they graduate – are they employable and can we help them?
  • What do they think their contribution will be to LBS while in the program? With such a huge emphasis on extracurriculars that we have we want to know how are they going to take advantage of them. We want active and not passive learners and are a community of over 2500 students in the heart of London. We want to have students who make an impact on each other and on the world of business.
  • Take us through a data-driven project you have been involved in. We want people who have some competency but more importantly a passion for analytics, the power and value of data. We ask for about 400-500 words. A big tip to anyone tuning in to this podcast: with some schools slashing essays you may think that we don’t read them, but we do. We need something that tells us more about the person and these essays often inform who we do interview and who we don’t.
Any discussion at LBS about a joint MiM/MAM? [31:17]
The short answer is no. With our MiM we have already increased the amount of analytics content, and students can still take their electives in analytics. It is about proportion. With the MAM we have a bigger diet in analytics and a slightly smaller bit on management. With MiM you have more management with some analytics. This is one of the most frequent questions we are getting – MiM vs MAM.

At the time the show airs, the next deadline will be March 4 and the last deadline is April 11, 2019. For Chinese applicants, the last deadline is Jan 24. Any advice for those interested in the MAM and still aiming for an application this year? [33:42]
First and foremost try and apply as early as you can. We’d rather people apply with a completed application rather than rushing it, of course. We want to know what the GMAT score is rather than you still be studying for it. Spend time and be thoughtful about the essays, but recognize the cycle is rolling on. After April 11th we will still consider late applications, but at that point the application really has to be super strong since we will have made the vast majority of our offers. We don’t want to be going above 70-80 students in this first cohort. Bottom line, there is still time, but with a later application after May 1st the chances of being admitted are reduced.

What about those planning ahead to apply next year? How can they prepare? [36:03]
Make sure that you do your research on the schools and the programs. Understand the differences. You’d be surprised that when we ask, “Why LBS?” how many people give quite generic answers. We understand people are applying to a number of schools, but we are impressed by people that have clearly done their homework and mention specifics about the programs, so do the research. Some people might just go to a rankings organization and apply to the top 5, but this decision should really be about fit. If you don’t get it right it is a costly mistake. Look at the essays and think about those. Too many people spend all their time focusing on the GMAT or GRE, and not enough on the essays. The tests are important, but it isn’t just about a high score, we take a holistic approach. Continue to embrace your internships, and be successful and be curious. Also, be excited about the work experience you are getting. Make the most of it.

What question would you like to answer that I didn’t ask? [44:11]
Not a question, really, but wanting more to reiterate that we put a huge emphasis on experiential learning, that London is our classroom, and global is in our DNA. Every school talks about being global, and they should, but our faculty come from 40 different countries and our students from 100 different countries.

We are really excited about this program and encourage listeners to take the opportunity to learn more about us. We run monthly events on campus to tour and meet current students, we have blogs, webinars, etc., and we would invite anyone to take a good look.

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: How Do You Get Accepted to INSEAD?
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INSEAD is the “Business School for the World.” But is it the business school for you?

If you’re an internationally-minded leader, you could be on your way to a first-class international MBA program – but first, you need to show the admissions committee that you belong. To help you understand what the INSEAD adcom is looking for, we’ve created a special, one-hour webinar just for INSEAD applicants.

In Get Accepted to INSEAD, Accepted’s founder, Linda Abraham, will share a proven strategy for your application, and guide you through each section of the INSEAD application package. You’ll learn how to make the most of your strengths, mitigate weaknesses, and show you belong at INSEAD. And because we know you’re busy, we’ve packed it all into just one hour.

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Northwestern Kellogg Announces New Dean
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President Morton Schapiro and Provost Jonathan Holloway have announced that Dr. Francesca Cornelli will begin her tenure as Northwestern Kellogg’s new dean on August 1, 2019. Prof. Cornelli will be replacing Kathleen Hagerty who has been serving as interim dean since September 1, 2018. Cornelli will be leaving her position as professor of finance, deputy dean of degree education and director of private equity at London Business School.

In the Kellogg news release, Schapiro states: “We’re proud to welcome Professor Cornelli to Northwestern University as dean of one of the world’s premier business schools. She’s uniquely suited to take our Kellogg School to the next level – and to continue building a genuinely global model for business education and scholarship.”

Shattering glass ceilings
Cornelli’s hiring gives Kellogg an important distinction. They are now the only major business school in the world to have two back-to-back female deans. This is not the first glass ceiling that Cornelli has broken: in addition to being the first woman to become a full professor at London Business School, she is one of a small number of female academics in finance – a traditionally male-dominated discipline.

More about Cornelli
Professor Cornelli is a highly respected and accomplished author and educator in the business world. She has conducted research in corporate governance, private equity, privatization, bankruptcy, IPOs, and innovation policy. Cornelli received her bachelor’s degree from Universita Commerciale Bocconi in Milan, Italy. She completed her master’s and PhD at Harvard.

In addition to her position at London Business School where she worked for 25 years, Cornelli has taught or held positions at Wharton, Duke Fuqua, the London School of Economics, the Indian School of Business, and the New Economic School in Moscow.

More about Kellogg
Kellogg has become a powerhouse in the past several years: the average GMAT scores for the class graduating in 2020 was 732, which is a 17-point improvement over the past five years. This score is similar to those at Wharton and Columbia Business School, and beat Chicago Booth by a single point. While many business schools have seen a drop of 6-8% in applications, Kellogg’s decrease was only 2.7%. They also set a record for the most women enrolled in a full-time MBA program – 46%.

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INSEAD MBA Criterion #4: Leadership Potential  [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: INSEAD MBA Criterion #4: Leadership Potential
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This is the last post in a 4-part series that examines INSEAD MBA’s admission criteria.

What is leadership potential?
INSEAD is not unique among MBA programs in desiring leadership potential in applicants. All do. It is unique in how it characterizes leadership and leadership potential.

The adcom has a two-pronged view of leadership:

So, in this framework it’s not enough just to have impact or to drive change – it’s what kind of impact and why you pursue it; what specific change – from what to what and why.

Let’s focus for a moment on the word “potential.” The adcom doesn’t just say “leadership” for the criterion. Potential is forward focused. You may have led a big project to success, but if your application indicates that you aren’t reflective, engaged, and interested in growth, your potential – future – leadership may be limited. So, this criterion must resonate with the other elements of your application to show (ideally) a mature, open, curious, intellectually agile, personally reflective nature. Such a nature will, when leading, provide quality leadership.

Demonstrating leadership potential
How do you show that you meet this criterion?

  • First, obviously, present experiences (through example, anecdote, and resume points) that clearly portray your leadership roles to date. These may be formal (where you were a designated leader AND met the responsibilities of the role) or informal (where you identified the need for and stepped in to tactfully provide leadership in a given situation, e.g. resolving a conflict among teammates).
    In presenting these experiences, keep “quality” on the radar screen and strive to weave in aspects of the experience that include this dimension.

  • Second, through essays, resume, interview, etc., discuss experiences that convey elements of leadership. For example, you might have maturely handled an ethical challenge that didn’t necessarily involve leadership, but still showed qualities, such as courage, moral compass, willingness to prioritize values, etc., that one wants in a leader.
    There are an infinite variety of such elements – they include things like ability to motivate and/or inspire people, ability to persuade, willingness to take a stand for a value or an idea, ability and/or willingness to make tough decisions and forthrightly address the consequences, openness to appropriate risk-taking, etc. Bring them to the foreground when you describe an experience in an essay. In the resume, sometimes you can work it in contextually.

  • Third, I’ll mention a factor too little used by applicants IMHO. When a good opportunity presents itself, mention (in essays and/or interview), a leader you admire and from whose example of leadership you are learning and growing. It may be someone you know at work, or a figure out in “the world.” No need to go on at length about such exemplars – but devoting a couple of lines in an essay or a sentence or two in an interview to such a mention is a great way to show leadership potential: you are thinking about leadership, you resourcefully gain insight from prevailing circumstances and apply it to your own situation, and you have the grace to elevate another.
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Kaplan Test Prep has been surveying business admissions officers for more than 10 years. These surveys provide MBA-hopefuls, as well as those involved in business school education, with the most current information about admissions.

2018 survey highlights
The 2018 survey reveals something that top U.S. b-schools haven’t experienced in years – a substantial drop in applicants. The 2018 survey of more than 150 business schools throughout the U.S. makes note of this decline and offers the following explanations for it:

  • 31% state that the decline in applications is caused by the concerns of many international students about the current U.S. political climate and who are therefore going elsewhere for their education.
  • 30% say that the drop is caused by the strong U.S. job market which is keeping possible students in the workforce.
  • 17% state that it’s caused by the high cost of obtaining an MBA.
  • 13% see the cause as the question of the value of an MBA.
  • 7% state that it’s the lack of 1-year programs in the U.S.
  • 3% say it’s due to an opinion that fewer jobs require an MBA than they did in the past.
The decline in international applicants seems to have long-term consequences: 74% of the schools surveyed are concerned that the current political climate in the U.S. will hurt the number of international students in the future. This is an increase of 6% (from 68%) in the 2017 Kaplan survey.

According to Jeff Thomas, executive director of admissions programs at Kaplan Test Prep, “Trends in MBA applications are almost always cyclical. When the job market is soft, you see an increase in applicants, as prospective students see the value in becoming more marketable and waiting out a weak economy. When the job market is robust, as it has been for the past two years, applications tend to be down. But even if the economy does take a downturn, an American political climate that discourages international students from coming may erode any normal application increase. We’ll continue to track this trend.”

See the full Kaplan report here.

What this means for applicants:
In a word, opportunity.

While you shouldn’t expect dramatic changes in application standards (at least not yet), a small drop in application volume means less competition. Furthermore, since the drop is most pronounced among international applicants, then if you happen to be an international applicant, your chance for serious consideration at schools previously just outside your reach has increased.

The survey asked admissions officers to name the biggest factor in the application drop. In reality, all the factors mentioned probably played a role. The strong job market most affects U.S. applicants. Whenever the job market is strong, application volume declines; when the job market is weak, two years spent earning a graduate degree that will increase one’s employability becomes more attractive.

The cost and value factors, which together total 30%, are flip sides of the same coin. As tuition continues its inexorable rise, value becomes more of a question for prospective applicants. GMAC data reveals that MBAs are overwhelmingly happy with their decision to pursue an MBA and feel that it paid off. However, for applicants staring at those intimidating tuition and loan figures, the cost is a real and discouraging factor in deciding whether to apply. At the same time, a decline in application volume may also make it easier for some to get grants and scholarships.

Again, for those of you committed to earning an MBA, this trend spells O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y.

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First, are your numbers really so bad? “Low numbers” for the purposes of this article, and for most applicants, are GMAT scores and GPAs at the lower end of or below the mid-80% range for a given school. It may be difficult to find average GPAs for your target programs, but if you have a 2.6, you know it’s low for almost any MBA program. Roughly, except for the most elite schools, a GPA below 3.0 warrants a deliberate effort to counterbalance.

Say, by these criteria, your numbers are low. What do you do?

what your recommenders write, ask them to confirm your quantitative ability.

[b]expressive and flawlessly written, of course. You also should select examples and anecdotes that highlight your communication skills. The opportunity the essays offer is also a pitfall, however – mediocre essays will only confirm concern about your verbal skills. So excellent essays are a must. Looking beyond the essays, ask recommenders to comment positively on your verbal skills. Finally, you can take a course online or at a local college that involves substantial writing, either business related or other – and earn an A.

[b]overrepresented in the applicant pool, as are white and Asian male investment bankers with high numbers. Thus, a GMAT in the lower 80% range and a 3.3 GPA may be a problem for them in applying to, say, Wharton, whereas a female Peruvian corporate finance associate with a 650 GMAT and 3.3 GPA from a top national university would be a viable applicant. If this Peruvian female had a 590 GMAT and a 2.7 GPA, that might not be the case, as questions would arise about her ability to master the coursework. In a sense, understanding your demographic profile is part of looking closely at the numbers and reading the nuances.

[b]leadership, and impact. Show through anecdotes and examples that you are a person who makes a difference on the job beyond what’s expected. Exceptional contribution and leadership as a volunteer or in another non-work activity also serve this purpose, though with the low numbers, strong work experience is still essential.

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[b]optional essay is often the place to make these statements. If you write the optional essay, make it short and straightforward. Provide a brief explanation, take responsibility, and focus on evidence of your talents that counters the impression made by the low stats. Also, explain (or, ideally, show through example and anecdote) that either you have dealt with the problem causing the poor grades, or the circumstances no longer apply.

Creating a thoughtful strategy to counteract the effect of low numbers can transform you from a non-viable to a viable applicant at the schools of your choice. However, it’s up to you to show the adcom that the numbers don’t define you.

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An article recently published by the Wall Street Journal recently reported that many undergraduate institutions are now tracking how quickly prospective students opened their emails, how long they kept them open, and whether they clicked on any of their links. They include these metrics in the applicant’s ‘demonstrated interest’ score, which, with the increasing number of applications, helps them determine who is more likely to accept their admission offer and enroll. This is important because different university ranking systems take into account an institution’s “yield,” that is, the percentage of admitted students who actually attend. As a former admissions director at Yale SOM and Michigan Broad, I would not be surprised if graduate programs, particularly business schools, are starting to follow similar stats.

For business schools,
knowing the level of interest of their prospective audience is crucial, and knowing
a candidate has demonstrated interest might just tip the balance toward
admission, particularly for borderline candidates.

So, how do you show “demonstrated
interest”? I have 5 tips for you:

  • Register your information on the school’s websites as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you are ready to apply. The earlier you register, the better.
  • Open every single email you receive from them, click through their links, and whenever possible, attend their online and in-person events.
  • Follow them on social media, and within reason, like and comment on their posts.
  • Visit them. Now more than ever it’s very important to show them that you are committed to attending their program. Before you go, prepare for your visit well, taking advantage of all they have to offer. Click here for more tips on how to prepare for your business school visit.
  • If you can’t visit, reach out to current students at clubs you are interested in and make it a point to attend any events near you.
  • After visiting or attending their events near you, send them a ‘thank you’ note.

If graduate schools are indeed tracking your interactions with them as part of their decision process, why not use that to your advantage? Follow these tips and you will very clearly show demonstrated interest to your schools, moving up a few notches in their favor.

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CGS (Council of Graduate Schools) has been conducting surveys since 2004, providing dependable information regarding international students applying to and attending graduate programs in the U.S. According to CGS’s 2018 International Graduate Applications and Enrollment report, the 240 schools participating in the International Graduate Admissions Survey reported receiving 4% fewer international grad school applications in fall 2018 than in fall 2017. This is the second year in a row that application volume has fallen. The number of international enrollees in U.S. grad schools declined by 1%.

Some reasons for this decline appear to be:

  • Insecurity about U.S. visa rules
  • Political climate regarding immigration
  • A strong U.S. dollar, which can make programs more expensive
  • Fewer scholarships provided by some countries, especially those with oil-dependent economies
  • Tense relations between the U.S. and China

Despite the tension in U.S.-China relations, the most international grad students continue to come to the U.S. from China and India. In the fall of 2018, 42% of first-time international master’s and certificate students and 34% of first-time international PhD students were Chinese nationals. Indian students accounted for 31% of first-time international master’s and certificate students and 13% of international PhD students.

Additional findings from the study:

  • The number of applicants and first-time enrollees from Sub-Saharan African countries increased by 28% and 5%, respectively.
  • Applicants from Mexico decreased by 4% between fall 2017 and fall 2018. This is the second year that the numbers of Mexican applicants declined.
  • The number of applicants from the Latin American and Caribbean areas rose 4% in applications and 5% in overall first-time enrollments.
  • The number of Canadian applications did not change from fall 2017 to fall 2018. First-time grad enrollment went up 6% for the same time period.
  • Middle Eastern and North African applications decreased by 14% between fall 2017 and fall 2018.
  • European grad applications fell 13% between fall 2017 and fall 2018.

Schools offering master’s degrees but not PhDs experienced the largest decline. They had a 15% drop in first-time international students in their master’s and certificate programs.

Programs that had been among the fastest-growing
experienced the largest decreases:

  • Engineering: -10%
  • Physical and Earth Sciences: -13%
  • Public Administration: -27%

According to the Daily Beast, the number of international students enrolled in U.S. graduate program accounted for approximately 20% of the total, or about 250,000 students in fall 2018.

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Interview with Imran Kanga, Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management [Show Summary]

Toronto Rotman wants to see a “spike factor” in its applicants. What is a spike factor? What’s Toronto Rotman’s spike factor(s)? How can you show a spike factor. What else does Rotman offer? What are its 3 other criteria for acceptance?  All questions covered and answered in this informative podcast interview with Toronto Rotman’s MBA admissions director, Imran Kanga. Pull up a chair!

All About Toronto Rotman and the Spike Factor They Seek in Applicants [Show Notes]

It gives me great pleasure to have for the first time on AST Imran Kanga, Director of Recruitment & Admissions for the Full-Time MBA Program at the Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto. Imran attended Ridley College for his bachelors and earned his International MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business in 2010. But he wasn’t finished at Schulich when he got his MBA. Upon graduation he became the Assistant Director of Marketing and Recruitment for the Schulich School of Business in India and managed the Schulich MBA program there. In December 2018 he became Director of Recruitment and Admission for the University of Toronto’s Rotman School.

Can you give us an overview of the Rotman MBA program, focusing on its more distinctive features? [2:11]

It’s a two-year, fulltime MBA. The first part is the core component, where students learn the basic business fundamentals and foundations. The second part allows students to choose from 15 concentrations, and some are quite unique to Rotman in areas like investment banking, business design, and innovation. It’s not required, but students have opportunity to specialize if they like in the second year. In terms of other unique initiatives, we have the Creative Destruction Lab, Design Works Lab, and Self Development lab that allows students to develop their leadership presence. We also have a flexible internship program. Students are required to have an internship, but can choose to do so not just in the summer, but the fall and winter are options as well. Employers like the flexibility to get students on board when they have a requirement for it, not just over the summer.

In January Bloomberg Businessweek proclaimed “Canada Says, ‘Give Me Your MBAs, Your Entrepreneurs.”  Not quite the diversity to the class because applicants are coming from countries that otherwise might traditionally apply to schools in the U.S. or U.K., so it is a tremendous opportunity for us, and enriches the experience for our students. Post-graduation students can live for three years in Canada on a work permit, which is also a great incentive.

Can you talk about the three labs you mentioned earlier? Can students do all three? [10:03]

The Self Development Lab is a space where students can go to develop their communication skills, leadership qualities, and presentation skills. It is a very high tech space that can detect things like nervousness, anxiety, how tired you are, or even how many times you say, “uh” in a conversation. It is available to students throughout the two years they are in the program.

The Creative Destruction Lab is a two-part course. Students have to take an elective in year one, followed by a year-long course in the second year. The lab itself is really a venture accelerator. We invite tech startups at seed stage and help them scale up. It is a partnership with the government (they provide grants), and there is some really great work coming out of this lab, in areas like space, quantum computing, AI, and fin tech. The lab provides mentorship to entrepreneurs and founders of these startups, funding, partners like VC firms, and access to management talent.

Business Design Lab is focused on business innovation and design. It has more to do with technology and how businesses are transformed with technology, and leans more toward the academic and research side. Students are selected to be a part of the lab in their second year.

In terms of what’s new in our lab space, TDBank is giving us $4M for Fin Hub, which is another lab focused on new and emerging areas of finance like fin tech, block chain, cryptocurrencies, and AI. Our faculty are thought leaders in this area, and we are really excited about this new opportunity.

Let’s turn to the application. Your site says that you are looking for four qualities: Intellectual Horsepower, Experience and Impact, Communication and Presence, and the Spike Factor. I’d like to focus on the last element, because I think the first three are easily understood. What does the Spike Factor mean to you? How would you describe it? [17:31]

The Spike Factor was initially developed by McKinsey to differentiate their candidates, and we were very excited to incorporate it into our assessment. It gives applicants the opportunity to share why they stand out – what makes them unique and really shine. It could be that they have participated in a lot of extracurricular activities, are part of community initiatives, are artists, musicians, have had cultural immersions – all of these factors could constitute a Spike Factor. For us it is important because it gives a different perspective on what the student brings to the class – what is something really unique or special about this candidate that would add a lot of value.

Rotman’s application includes a resume, a traditional essay, a short “reflection question,” a timed written reflection, and two videos before a by-invitation-only interview. What do you learn from these different elements? Why do you need each element to have a holistic picture? Why does Rotman include the following elements in its evaluation? [22:29]

Each element you mentioned links to one of the four components we were talking about. The resume speaks to experience and impact. The traditional essay goes to fit – why do you want an MBA and why Rotman. That shows us the student has done the research and knows what the program is about and what to expect. The reflection question asks students to list out 3-5 qualities that they see in themselves. This is for students to show their self-awareness, and that they can take a step back and assess their strengths and weaknesses, which is important to do before getting into the application. During the interview these qualities can be validated. The timed essay and video essay are meant to provide us with an authentic version of an applicant. The time-written essay gives a sense of who they are, and the answers don’t have to be lengthy. Can an applicant write a short paragraph and communicate ideas clearly? The video essay gives a sense of whether they can communicate ideas in a short period of time, think on the fly, and come up with clear and concise answers. We aren’t looking for perfection, but potential.

What distinguishes applicants who get interview invitations from those who don’t other than stats? [28:31]

We look at all the components of the application and one is not rated over the other – it is holistic. Applicants have to have done well overall in the application – someone with a 770 GMAT but lacking elsewhere is a red flag for us. We invite people who are strong across all the factors in the application, and stand out.

What can those invited to interview expect? [30:16]

Our interviews are done in person if possible. We do have admissions reps traveling around the world so that is our preference, but if not, we do Skype interviews. They are about 45 minutes and we are trying to dig a little deeper into the student profile – work experience, extracurricular activities, their entire application, and future aspirations.

What advice do you have for applicants sitting down to fill out their Rotman application and hoping to matriculate in Fall 2019? [31:17]

I would caution against international students applying in the final April round because it most likely isn’t enough time to get visas set and things like that.

What advice would you give to someone thinking ahead to a 2019-20 application? [32:36]

It is never too early to start thinking ahead. Start narrowing down the schools you want to apply to. If you have narrowed down to Rotman, do your research. Reach out to alumni, students, and faculty. We’d be happy to connect you with people who can tell you about their experiences and are available to answer any questions. Also take a step back and reflect on yourself, and then plan ahead by taking the GMAT or GRE and thinking about the application itself.

What do you see coming down the pike for the MBA program at Rotman? [35:24]

Given current trends I think we will see a lot more highly qualified applicants getting into the program. The MBA market is also shifting to a slightly older audience. Our dean was just reappointed for another five year term, so I expect to see a continued focus on relentless innovation. I can see a lot more labs and partnerships. I see a lot more diversity in the program as well.

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