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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Yes, People DO Get Accepted Round 3: From Rural Ohio to a Global MBA at George Washington



This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with MBA students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top MBA programs. And now for a chat with Molly Weaver…..

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad?

Molly: I’m a native of a rural farming town in Ohio called Versailles [ver-sales]. I often joke that it’s spelled the same as the region in France, but we mastered the enunciation. I went to undergrad at Miami University of Ohio and studied Mass Communication, with a minor in Special Education. Growing up, I spent many weekends attending sporting events at Miami. My grandfather played football there and was inducted into the Hall of Fame a few years before I attended. My father and three aunts also went to college there, and I was proud to carry on the family legacy.

Accepted: What’s your favorite non-school book?

Molly: That’s a toughie. Recently, I’ve noticed that every book I’ve picked up has had the word “girl” in the title. In the last few months I’ve read The Girls by Emma Cline, The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell, The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza, and The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. I think these thriller genre books have been a nice escape from my textbook and case study readings, but I wouldn’t put them at the top of my list.

Perhaps my all-time favorite book is C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. I actually read it in high school, and still have the book which is about twice its original size since I filled every page with multiple sticky notes. The book is a collection of 31 letters written by a demon named Screwtape, who advises his incompetent nephew, Wormwood, on ways in which to guide his current “patient” (a newly converted Christian man) towards evil through everyday temptations. C.S. Lewis refers to his work as “diabolical ventriloquism,” and it’s just that. While satirical in nature, the book is incredibly thought provoking and I find that I commonly revert to my insights and ‘lessons learned’ still today.

Accepted: If you could meet any famous person – past or present – who would it be and why?

Molly: Mother Teresa, hands down. Putting faith and religion aside, I’ve always been inspired by altruism and have spent a lot of time reading about how it can (or cannot) be applied in a business environment. Mother Teresa lived a life synonymous with the word, and I think the opportunity to recount her experiences and observe her worldview first-hand would be transformative.

Accepted: Where are you currently in b-school? What year?

Molly: I’m currently a first-year Global MBA candidate at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, DC.

Accepted: Why did you choose that program? How were you a good fit?

Molly: After graduating from Miami, I immediately moved to DC and have worked at two DC-based consulting firms over the last six years. When I decided that I wanted to pursue my MBA, I knew that I wanted to stay in DC, so that certainly narrowed down the number of potential schools. What set GW apart from other schools in the area was their campus culture and global vision. GW’s Global MBA program is a full-time, two-year program that extends beyond training in traditional business skills by focusing on application in a global context. One of the main drivers of my decision to attend GW was the “Consulting Abroad Program (CAP),” which is a required course that gives first-year students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience consulting for a client abroad.

Accepted: Are you currently working? How is it balancing work, life and a rigorous MBA program?

Molly: I consider my MBA to be a full-time job, and it certainly is. Prior to starting b-school, I had weighed the idea of continuing to consult for a limited number of hours per week. I ultimately decided against this, and I’m glad I did. B-school is a lot of work and requires a lot of time, energy and focus. Balancing school and my social life alone has proven to be quite the task, so I have a lot of respect for students who have taken on all three.

Accepted: Looking back at the application process, what would you say was your greatest challenge?

Molly: I enjoyed the application process because it was an opportunity to further explore my ambitions and it helped to clearly define my short and long term goals. Unfortunately, I didn’t come to the realization that I wanted to pursue my MBA until the third round of the application process. This timing not only added a sense of urgency, but it provoked a lot of uncertainty in terms of the likelihood that I would be accepted into my target schools. (Suffice it to say I probably spent a little too much time Googling acceptance-rates- per-round.) To that end, my greatest challenge was overcoming these mental barriers, enabling me to focus on the many reasons I was a qualified candidate. I’m proud to say that I was accepted into my top choice, and I hope that this can be a testament to the fact you’re not necessarily doomed if you wait until third round to apply!

Accepted: Lastly, can you share your top three tips for b-school success?

Molly:

1. It’s never too late, but don’t wait. Based on my previous answer, I want to make it clear that I’m not advocating for anyone to wait until the last minute to apply to b-school. The more time you allow yourself to work on letters of recommendation, essays and other application materials, the better.

2. Be true to yourself. It can be easy to fill in the blanks with things that sound good on paper. Maintaining a sense of authenticity will be especially helpful during the interview process, as well as when you start to form interpersonal relationships with professors and fellow students.

3. Be present. Be present in classes, in conversations with classmates, and every activity you engage in as part of your MBA program. The experience goes by quickly, and you can walk away having learned a lot more than what’s on the curriculum if you embrace every moment of the experience.

You can follow Molly via Twitter (@Molly_Weaver) or by connecting with her on LinkedIn. Thank you Molly for sharing your story with us – we wish you continued success!

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• Admissions Tip: BE YOURSELF!

Should You Apply to B-School Round 3 or Next Year?

• MBA Maze: Application Timing

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While business schools deeply value your academic background, GMAT, and work experience, they also ascribe significant weight to your extracurricular and community service activities. Why? Because they want to see that you are an individual who is not just focused on work, that you have other passions, and that you are well rounded.

Whether it be practicing sports, singing in your church’s choir, or helping at soup kitchens, community service and extra-curricular activities are extremely important for you as an applicant beyond their feel-good value. Why do b-schools care about these activities? They:

1. Create a more holistic picture of you. You are not just the two-dimensional person going to work every day and taking it easy on the weekends. It shows them that you have other interests, and that you’re not afraid to take (mostly unpaid) responsibilities outside of your job.

2. Reveal traits that would probably not come out in the rest of the application: your leadership, initiative, passion, and interpersonal skills. People that are used to acting to the benefit of others make for better team players, whether in the community or the corporate world. Those traits are indispensable in order to succeed at b-school and later on in your career.

3. Indicate you’ll be an involved student and alum. Individuals who have a track record of community service, once they are in b-school, are likely to be involved in clubs, school initiatives and later, the alumni association.

What if you haven’t volunteered or committed significant time to a non-professional activity and are planning to apply to business school this fall? Start today. You may think that adcoms will notice that this sudden increase in your extra-curricular commitments and community service coincides with the start of your application preparation, and you would be right. They’ll notice that, but they won’t hold it against you. If anything, your initiative will help you.

As the saying goes, better late than never. A little bit of community service is better than no community service at all. Why start right now? If you plan on applying to Round 1 deadlines, that would give you about three months of service or participation. By the time the schools invite you to interview, you’d have around six months under your belt. Those are six months of experience and anecdotes that can bring color to your interview. By your enrollment date, you would have done over a year of community work, an invaluable experience that would give you an advantage when you meet recruiters and start interviewing for internships.

What if you don’t get admitted this time around? What if you have to reapply? No one knows what the future holds and in spite of your hard work and dedication, there’s the chance that you will get waitlisted or, heaven forbid, denied admission. In this scenario, you would have 15 months of community service or non-professional commitment by the time you hit your application submit button next year, and that might make the difference the second time around.

So, go and serve. You’ll become a better applicant, and most importantly, a better person for it.

Do you want a professional guide to help you with your MBA application? Check out Accepted’s MBA Application Packages for general counseling, essay editing, interview prep,resume review, and more – one package for every aspect of your application!




Esmeralda Cardenal is a Former Associate Director of Admissions at Yale SOM, Director of MBA Admissions at MSU Broad, and consultant at Cardiff Business School in the UK. Since 2014, she has guided Accepted clients to acceptance in various graduate programs including MBA and master's in finance, business analytics, data science, sustainability, and public policy. Want Esmeralda to help you get Accepted? Click here to get in touch!

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: The Only Online Ivy League Executive MBA Program



Find out what’s new at Wharton’s Global EMBA program [Show Summary]

Wharton’s first-ever online Global MBA Program for Executives is here and Dean Peggy Bishop Lane is diving into everything this exciting program has to offer for students across the globe.

Interview with Peggy Bishop Lane, Vice Dean of the Wharton MBA Program for Executives [Show Notes]

Welcome to the 490th episode of Admissions Straight Talk, Accepted’s podcast. Thanks for tuning in. Before I dive into today’s interview, I want to invite you to download Ace the EMBA: Expert Advice for the Rising Executive. This free guide will complement today’s podcast and give you suggestions on how to choose the right Executive MBA program, differentiate yourself from your competition in a positive way, and present yourself effectively as a future business leader who will bring credit to any program lucky enough to have you. Download Ace the EMBA at accepted.com/aceemba.

It gives me great pleasure to have, for the first time on Admissions Straight Talk, Peggy Bishop Lane, the Vice Dean of the Wharton MBA Program for Executives. Dean Bishop Lane earned her PhD in Accounting from Northwestern University. She started her professorial career at NYU Stern and then moved to Wharton in 1997. She has been the Vice Dean for the MBA Program for Executives and an Adjunct Professor of Accounting since 2012.

To start, can you give an overview of the Wharton Global Executive MBA program, focusing on its more distinctive elements? [2:14]

Absolutely. I think the main thing to know is that we intend for this global cohort to look very much like our existing Philadelphia and San Francisco cohorts. It’s going to be the same curriculum with essentially the same faculty and the same admissions requirements. I hope that it’s actually more similar to what people already know about our program than it is different. 

Of course, what’s unique is that you don’t have to be in-person every other weekend as you do in Philadelphia and San Francisco. What we’ve created is a remote opportunity to do our program. With that said, it’s very important to us that it’s not fully remote because we know how important an in-person experience can be to the student experience. 

The truly unique part for us is the residential factor here, and we’ve got six different residential weeks that we’ve incorporated into the program. The first two are purposely very close together because we want the students to create some relationships and then solidify them very shortly after. Right now, our Philadelphia and San Francisco cohorts start together in Philadelphia and we’re going to start our Global cohort with them. So all three groups will start at the same time for about a week in Philadelphia, and our Global cohort will stay on a little bit longer to give them that opportunity to really get to know each other well. Then about three months later, we’ll bring them back together in San Francisco. They’ll get to see that campus and feel the connection to our group out in San Francisco for about a week as well. The third week to cap off their first year together will probably be in some location outside of the United State, but it’s still to be determined. Then we’ll have three more residential weeks in the second year so that they can keep those bonds really alive.



Are the last three residential weeks intended to be in Philadelphia, San Francisco, or somewhere else? [4:29]

The first one will be another one where they get to interact with our Philadelphia and San Francisco students. We just finished what’s called our Global Business Week, where we send our affiliates in San Francisco students to their choice of four different locations. We split them up, we mix them together, and we’re going to add a fifth location and then bring the global cohort into that. They’ll do that in September of their second year. Then they’ll close out that term somewhere outside the United States and then finish the program with a capstone experience in Philadelphia. They start here in Philly, and they end in Philly.

Are the residential weeks always one week long? [5:19]

They won’t always be a week. The first one is a little bit longer than a week. Some of the others will be more like five days.

The idea is that the program should be very similar to the programs in Philadelphia and San Francisco, except that a much greater portion of it is offered online. What makes it global? [5:40]

That’s a great question. It’s a number of things, really. 

First of all, we are hoping to attract a more global set of students. In fact, that’s really how this idea came to be. We had some questions in our admissions process during the pandemic from students who lived outside of the United States, and they asked us, “Do you think you’re going to remain online?” And we said, “Oh, no, we aren’t.” And then we thought, “Actually, that’s not a terrible idea,” especially as we learned that online education can really be done quite effectively. 

Over the next 18 months or so, we really solidified that idea and our hope is to attract students who can’t come to the United States every other weekend. We think that the student body will be more globally located. We actually have quite a great global representation in the current program, but most of the people are living and working in the United States. So we expect that to be different.

The other thing that we expect to be different is, because of the global audience, we expect the faculty to add a little bit more global content that’s a little less US-centric than it might otherwise be. 

The last element of this is that we’re going to require them to do a little bit more global coursework. They’ll have some more opportunities to do those global experiences than our current Philadelphia and San Francisco students do.

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Wharton has been a pioneer in Executive MBA education, is there something that people don’t realize about the Wharton Executive MBA programs? [18:24]

I think it might still be a myth although I hope it isn’t, but I’ll address it. It’s not a competitive program. I know a lot of people think Wharton is competitive and cutthroat, but that’s not at all how this program functions. The people who come into this program are really happy to be here and in so much admiration of what their classmates have already accomplished that it becomes a very close-knit community. We see students helping each other like in the classroom – if they have an expertise and their classmate is struggling, they help them out. Or even on a project and they take on a bigger part of the load because somebody else is swamped at work or they just had a baby. Those are the things that happen in their lives, and it’s really heartwarming to see them rally behind each other on a regular basis. I hope the myth is not still out there, but just in case it is, I want to put that one to rest.

Wharton requires either the GMAT, the GRE, or the Executive Assessment if someone has at least eight years of experience. How should applicants decide which test to take? [19:47]

That’s a great question. I don’t know if my answer is going to be that helpful to people, but I think they should take whichever tests make them the most comfortable. What we’re trying to get at with a test is the foundation for what you know. If someone is very nervous when they’re taking the test, then that’s not going to let them really show us what they know. Whatever test makes them feel more comfortable, if they can feel comfortable taking a standardized test, then that’s the one they should take. We’re not going to weigh one test more strongly than another test.

The Executive MBA program has two required essays and one optional essay. What do you hope to learn from the essay and the written materials in the application? [21:10]

The first essay is probably the most foundational. That is just to help us understand why you want to do this. What’s your goal, and how is a Wharton Executive MBA going to help you do that? The reason shouldn’t prove something to us. There are so many different great answers to that question. We want the candidate to just be themselves with us. Tell us how you really feel, what you’ve really thought, and, I think most importantly, show us that you have thought about it. What do you want to do with the knowledge that you’re getting and this network that you’re acquiring? How is it going to help you professionally and in your personal goals? That’s what we’re trying to learn from that first essay.

The second essay is much more specific. It’s about diversity of thought and voice. That one’s important because we want to signal that this is a very important aspect of someone’s contribution to the program and what they learn here and take out of the program. If that’s important to us, we want to make sure that the candidate has thought about that. How have they experienced this importance, this value of bringing a different voice into business and into a conversation? How have they experienced that in their life, either through their own personal experience or something that they’ve witnessed in their job that will help them to think about that process at school and then, more importantly, after they graduate?

There’s a third optional essay, and it really genuinely is optional. I think a lot of candidates think, “Oh, but I better fill out that third essay.” But you really only have to fill it out if you have something else you really need to tell us. Those first two essays and everything else in the application will get us the information that we need to assess candidates. But if there’s something else, some extenuating circumstance, something dramatic that happened in your life that explains more of what you’re talking about in the rest of your application, that’s when you use that optional essay.

If one is lucky enough to be invited to interview, what is the interview like? [23:51]

I’ve heard our students say that the interview was a lot of fun and very much a conversation. That’s what we want. We want candidates to be themselves, round out their application, and tell us a little bit more about the details. Let us put more of your personality and character behind what we see on a piece of paper. At the same time, we also want to make sure that we’re answering candidates’ questions. We want to make sure they have all the information so that they can make great decisions as well.

What would you say to applicants who want to apply to the Global Executive MBA program for its first cohort but are worried about the possibility of recession? [24:39]

Anytime you’re advancing your education, I think you’re preparing yourself for the future. I would say that’s going to be true as well in a recessionary environment. You’re investing in yourself, and two years from the time you start the program you’re going to be in a better off position to handle anything that your company or the economy will throw at you. I would say recession or not, investing in yourself is always a good move. Timing-wise, I think you have to look at your company and be speaking with the folks in your company about what is the right time. But I would say, from an overall perspective, preparing yourself for the next big thing is always going to be a good move.

If you were a potential applicant thinking ahead to a 2023 or 2024 application, what is the one thing that you would be doing now to prepare yourself to apply? [26:01]

I would say this is true if you’re applying now, but you’d have more time to do it if you’re applying a year from now. The most important thing is to talk to the people who support you. This is much more crucial in an Executive MBA environment, than it is in a full-time MBA environment because you’re working at the same time and you really need the support of your employer and the people that you work with. That includes your peers and your direct reports as well. I think having conversations with people is really important. 

The same goes for one’s family. You need their support too. Speak with your partner and your children, if they’re of an appropriate age so that they know why you’re studying at night and doing homework with them instead of helping them with their homework. Those are really important conversations to have well in advance of applying. 

I think that’s the most important thing but if you’re giving me a second one, then I would also say, especially for Executive MBA candidates, is to prepare for standardized tests. It’s been a long time for some of these people since they took a test. In business, we’re up, we’re down, we’re on the phone, we’re always on the move. Even just sitting down to study is a skill that might be a little bit rusty. However that preparation falls out, any kind of preparation is better than none for whatever test you’re taking. I think it’s a bad idea to go into a standardized test cold. I think it’s really good even to just use the prep material that the test designer gives you but it could go all the way to taking a test prep class. Anything that just gets the rust off of a person who may have not taken a test in ten years. 

What would you have liked me to ask you? [28:33]

If you had asked, “What does a typical Wharton Executive MBA student look like?” I would’ve said there isn’t one.

I think that’s really important for people to hear because they sometimes think that we are looking for a type, and we’re not. There are so many different types of individuals who can be successful in this program and really take the knowledge run with it. I don’t ever want someone to think that they couldn’t possibly be considered. We hear that from a lot of really great candidates, some of whom get pushed into applying by someone in their life and then they tell us later they weren’t even going to apply because they didn’t ever think they could get into Wharton. We’re looking for all kinds of people with all kinds of backgrounds, both in terms of academics, career trajectory, where you grew up, all of that. We love diversity in all kinds of forms, and I think that’s how we get it.

Where can listeners and potential applicants learn more about the Wharton Global EMBA program? [31:25]

You can find us on the Wharton website at executivemba.wharton.upenn.edu.



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The Global EMBA has 2 program options: EMBA-Global Americas & Europe which combines the strengths of Columbia University and London Business School; and EMBA-Global Asia, with Columbia University, London Business School, and University of Hong Kong.

Of course, all EMBA applications are about “fit.” The Global EMBA is too – just more so. This adcom really focuses on fit because the program is so intense. And the concept of “global leader” is a critical part of that fit. How to demonstrate it will be unique to each applicant; ensure that your essays reflect your own mindset and vision of global leadership. In addition, the culture of the programs features a high degree of entrepreneurial energy, so entrepreneurship-related qualities like fresh thinking and initiative will also enhance fit.

These adcoms also look for applicants who truly understand and will make productive use of this distinctive educational opportunity, which comprises multiple campuses and schools, each with its own focus and areas of excellence.

The three essay questions vary in approach, requiring you to present yourself effectively from different angles to create a holistic picture. There’s a classic goals essay, a “story” (behavioral) essay, and an open statement. The challenge is to employ a consistent individual voice while 

EMBA-Global application essays

EMBA-Global essay #1

Why do you wish to participate in the EMBA-Global programme? What do you hope to experience and how will participation in this programme help you to achieve your objectives? (maximum 500 words)

Here’s that goals question. First a note about the nuance of the question: notice the words “wish,” “hope,” “experience,” and “participate/participation.” These words imply an immersive, personal, community-minded, collaborative orientation. In the essay (and indeed throughout the application), show how you fit with this culture and these values.

Structure: I’ve found that it’s intuitive and logical to start the essay by discussing your goals – the objectives noted at the very end of the question. And indicate what motivates them. You can then naturally move into what you hope to experience from the program, because your professional goals create your need for the program. This part can (indeed should) include a personal component as well. To address participation, discuss elements both in and beyond the classroom where you will learn and contribute, including clubs, social interactions, etc.



EMBA-Global essay #2

Please describe a professional situation where you faced a particular challenge. What was the outcome and what did you learn from the experience about your own strengths and personal development needs? (maximum 500 words)

This is the behavioral or “story” essay I referred to in the introduction. Approach it as you would in relating an interesting work experience to a friend or acquaintance – straightforward narration with some expression of your feelings and/or thoughts at key points in the narrative. I suggest selecting a topic that’s relatively recent. Make it a situation with some significant stakes, and one that yielded meaningful insight, growth, and/or change for you.

Structure: Jump right into the story. Avoid preambles that give away the ending! This approach grips the reader and frees up space for detail, which will keep the reader engaged and let her get to know you more through the story. As you walk through what happened, highlight your actions and weave in those thoughts and feelings. Conclude with a short paragraph reflecting on what you learned about your strengths and development needs – tie these points back to the story.

EMBA-Global personal statement

Please tell us about yourself and your background. How do you embody the characteristics of a future global leader? The objective of this statement is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (maximum 500 words)

First, think. Selecting content is not easy when faced with such an open question. There is no one formula that will work for everyone. Some people might most effectively focus on aspects of their cultural milieu and its formative influence on their values and perspective. Others might focus on pivotal experiences during university, others yet on influential role model(s) or relationships. Many people will appropriately discuss more than one topic.

The adcom knows that every leader on the world stage will uniquely manifest the qualities that make him/her a “global leader.” There is no formula. So, rather than trying to fit your experiences to the concept of global leader, work the other way around: show how a singular global leader will grow from your experiences – which are inherently unique. In other words, these individual experiences will form the foundation of your future global leadership.

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EMBA-Global Application Deadlines for 2022-23

Early FallSeptember 13, 2022Late FallNovember 8, 2022Early SpringJanuary 17, 2023Late SpringMarch 7, 2023

***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***

Source: EMBA-Global website





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Yale School of Management’s Executive MBA fully reflects the character of the SOM and more broadly of Yale University: strong, vibrant community; intellectual vigor (and rigor!); and real-world engagement and impact. Yale EMBA’s unique “areas of focus” approach is central to its identity, and while it may not be for everyone, for the right people, it will be perfect. Make sure you are in the latter category before applying – and, if you are, allow this approach to organically drive your application. Thoroughly review the website, read the blog, and, if possible, interact with the adcom by visiting the school and/or attending an info session. I strongly recommend obtaining the offered pre-assessment. These efforts should inform your essays and will help you convey fit.

Yale School of Management Executive MBA application essays

Yale SOM EMBA essay #1

What is your motivation for applying for an Executive MBA at this point in your career? Please discuss your interest in the Yale SOM MBA for Executives program, your area of focus, and your professional and personal goals. (500 words maximum)

Starting off the question with why-now indicates that timing is so important to the adcom—this program should help you at a pivotal career moment, to make some significant advancement or transition—launch or leap. It also requires you to evaluate and interpret your career trajectory. Of course, fundamentally, your whole application in aggregate should answer this “why now” question. In this essay, address it explicitly.

Yale’s EMBA program is unusual in its emphasis on “areas of focus.” In the essay, integrate your reason for selecting your area of focus with your discussion of goals and how the Yale EMBA will help you achieve them.

With only 500 words to answer this multi-part question, keep the structure simple. A straightforward, effective way to structure it is to start with your professional goals, including both “what” (industry, function, positions, perhaps geographies) and “why” (what motivates these goals, what footprint do you hope to have)—including “why now” in this part of the discussion.

The question has an interesting twist in asking about your personal goals. These can be personal growth areas and/or explorations you wish to make for personal interest. They may or may not be directly connected to your professional goals. Most people will, understandably and appropriately, devote more space to the professional goals. But DO discuss personal goals as well. This part of the question aligns with Yale’s holistic perspective and is important for fit.

In discussing how the program will benefit you, be specific: describe what skills and knowledge you seek, and how the program will provide it. Yale’s “areas of focus” approach is unique; convey how and why this approach is ideal for your needs.

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Yale SOM EMBA essay #2

Cite a statistic that you find shocking. As a leader for business and society, what actions could you take to address this challenge, and what would be your guiding principles and values? (500 words maximum)

You might reasonably think that you should choose a statistic strategically linked to your career goals in some way. Or that will show some distinctive area of knowledge or experience you possess. Well, maybe. Or maybe not.

Just picking some random statistic that you really did find shocking when you heard it might be a bit unnerving for an MBA essay. I’ve seen it work. Why? Yale SOM’s intellectual dimension:  They appreciate people who are open to intellectual exploration and find interest in the world around them. In this question, the Yale SOM adcom is truly interested in the quality of your thinking and your curious nature, not just how advantageously you can portray your existing interests.

Use and write from the perspective of “leader for business and society” when you discuss prospective actions to take in addressing the challenge that arises from (or leads to) the shocking statistic. (And in citing “leader for business and society” the adcom clearly indicates an important aspect of “fit” they are looking for.) With that framework, you clearly must identify actions that involve mobilizing people beyond yourself and friends/family. While your actions, if described with meaningful specificity, will naturally reflect your “guiding principles and values,” still address this part of the question explicitly, with at least one sentence describing how they do.

Intended area of focus

Why have you selected this area of focus? Please describe how your current professional role relates to your chosen area of focus. (Word count: 150-250 words)

While you’ll discuss the Area of Focus in essay 1 vis-à-vis your goals, here you must link it to your existing work. For some people, that will mean emphasizing how it builds on their current role; for others it will mean emphasizing how it represents a turn or transition from the current role. The former situation is frankly easier and simpler; for the latter, which is more complicated, identify some aspects of your current work that will be valuable and relevant in the new direction. 

Optional information

If any aspect of your candidacy needs further explanation (unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, promotions or recognitions, etc.), please provide a brief description here. (200 words maximum)

Use this space if you have an extenuating issue to address or a point that needs clarification. It is not an invitation to write a whole new essay that goes beyond providing context.

For expert guidance with your Yale SOM EMBA application, check out Accepted’s MBA Application Packages, which include comprehensive guidance from an experienced admissions consultant. We’ve helped hundreds of applicants get accepted to Yale SOM’s EMBA program and look forward to helping you too!

Yale SOM Executive MBA application deadlines for 2022-2023

Round 1November 2, 2022Round 2January 30, 2023Round 3March 28, 2023

***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***





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For this week’s episode of Accepted Admissions Straight Talk, Accepted’s biweekly podcast, we interviewed Mark Babbitt, CEO and Founder of YouTern. Check out the full recording to hear our fascinating conversation about student internships.

01:09:00 – Introducing Mark to Admissions Straight Talk.

02:24:00 – YouTern’s background.  How did Mark come to found YouTern?

03:37:00 – The value of internships.  How do they help grads enter the workforce?

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09:17:00 – What makes YouTern different from other job boards? Mentorship!

11:40:00 – Do unpaid internships make sense?

18:16:00 – Internships can help clarify goals and answer the big question, “What to you want to be when you grow up?”

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Alumnus Lorenzo Fertitta (MBA ’93) and his brother Frank J. Fertitta III have given New York University’s Stern School of Business a $15 million endowment gift to create a new program exclusively for U.S. military veteran and active duty students who will be entering the school’s full-time MBA program next year. The school predicts that approximately 20 entering full-time MBA military students who are accepted into the Fertitta Veterans Program will receive scholarship assistance that reduces their tuition to $30,000 per year. Students qualifying for veteran benefits, including Yellow Ribbon funding, will continue to be entitled to receive those benefits.

The Fertitta Veterans Program is thought to be the only program of its kind in the U.S. Besides providing scholarship money, the program will also offer academic and professional support specially made for veterans to assist the transition from the military to business school and eventually the business world. The program will start in summer 2017 for students in the full-time MBA class of 2019. This specially designed summer session will include:

• An early start on some of the coursework

• Career programming including access to corporations and alumni

• Meetings with veteran alumni mentors

• Social activities

At the end of the summer session, veterans will be completely assimilated in the full-time MBA program, beginning with Stern’s week-long MBA orientation known as LAUNCH.

Stern already has a strong support system for its military students through scholarships and community. Stern’s Military Veterans Club provides an active and tight-knit community of MBA student support. The class that began in fall 2016 included the highest number of military students in its full-time MBA program ever.

The Fertitta family supports various local and military charities personally and through their ownership of Station Casinos and their previous ownership of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Military-based charities supported by the Fertitta family include:

• Veterans Village, housing and services for homeless veterans

• Fisher House Foundation

• Nevada Military Support Alliance

• Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

• Wounded Warriors Project

See the NYU press release for more info. For more about NYU Stern, check out Accepted’s NYU Stern B-School Zone.





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These essay questions show that the MIT EMBA adcom seeks applicants who have the judgment and practical skills to take on the challenges that will fly at them as they redefine and reshape industries and functions to meet the needs of the future. Applicants who push the boundary of what’s possible and provide principled leadership amidst a torrent of change. The essays (including Statement of Purpose) are your main means to show that you possess the qualities that indicate fit for the MIT EMBA. While the statement of purpose challenges you to succinctly create your applicant portrait, the three essay questions probe how your perspective, ideas, and thinking lead to specific impacts and outcomes. As always, MIT Sloan is interested in what you’ve done – actions you’ve taken and impacts you’ve created.

In an overall plan for the essays, the statement of purpose works as a positioner, an opening pitch, a frame. In each of the three essays, strategically select experiences that show different facets of your experience to give a comprehensive view. Also, if possible, discuss recent experiences in at least 2 of the essays, to allow the adcom to see you working at a high level and to show what you’ll bring to the table. A pitfall of the essays is potential overlap in topics and examples. Before drafting essays, I suggest mapping out your topics and examples to ensure you present different types of impacts and experiences and “allocate” your relevant examples/experiences optimally. Finally, MIT EMBA’s mission is stated at the start of the essay questions; keep it on the radar for context as you draft the essays.

MIT Executive MBA application writing prompts

MIT Executive MBA statement of purpose

Please provide a statement on your personal and professional qualifications. What is motivating you to apply to the MIT Executive MBA at this point in your career? (500 words or less)

This is your portrait – your candidacy at a glance. It should convey a vivid, immediate sense of you as a person and as a candidate for this program. It should go beyond just facts to present a point of view and a message (theme). Determine your message before drafting the essay, and be guided by it in selecting and elaborating the content details.

Beware of a potential pitfall: in discussing the qualifications (ideally reflecting accomplishments), do not repeat your resume in prose format. Select your examples thoughtfully, focusing on those that (a) are truly distinctive and relevant to the EMBA and/or (b) support your goals directly or indirectly, and (c) reflect your message. Make a short, meaningful point about each, such as the insight it lends or its influence on you. Don’t forget to include at least one personal (non-work) accomplishment!

For why you are pursuing the MIT EMBA, of course you’ll discuss your professional goals and objectives. Focus not only on what you want to do, but also why — your vision, what motivates this plan. Addressing “why now” should be part of this goals discussion. Finally, address how this program will help you realize your plans – note 2-3 specific attributes and components of the program and thoughtfully link them concretely to your needs. 

MIT EMBA application essays

Three essays are required. The two short-form essays, and one long-form essay will provide you with the opportunity to highlight recent experiences from your professional life.

MIT Executive MBA essay #1

Lasting impact can happen on large and small scales. Tell us about how you inspired your team, and what you learned about yourself as a leader, through a recent difficult time. (300 words or less)

The bulk of the essay will focus on action – your chosen story of leading/inspiring your team through difficulty to achieve a lasting impact. While the story should reflect MIT’s educational mission, don’t strain to find something that literally mirrors all the specific points (innovative, principled, generate ideas, advance management practice). Rather, your story can reflect the spirit of this mission. The key to making this a gripping, memorable essay is including a bit about your thought process as you narrate your actions – at a key point, why you made an important decision, etc. And note the word “recent” in the question – hence the experience should have occurred within the last couple of years.

MIT Executive MBA essay #2

MIT Sloan finds strength through diversity. We believe that a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and well-being is a key component of both principled leadership and sound management practice. We seek to create a community that encompasses all dimensions of diversity and fosters excellence within MIT Sloan. This includes diversity of identity, thought, role, and perspective.

Please describe a time when you contributed toward making a work environment or organization more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse. (250 words or less)

Again, MIT seeks evidence that you take actions and have an impact that are consistent with its values. They are interested in learning how you implement change in what essentially is culture: diversity, inclusivity, welcoming – a potential pitfall here is to use “warm and fuzzy” verbiage; MIT is interested in concrete changes that make a real difference. You should cite actual outcomes as a result of your contributions. With only 250 words, keep it simple: focus on telling the story. Be sure to clarify your own actions and note your thinking at 1-2 key points. In selecting your example, keep in mind your topics for essays 1 and 3, to ensure that all together you are representing strategically meaningful aspects of your experience.

MIT Executive MBA essay #3

Please tell us about a time when you introduced an idea that changed the way in which your organization approached a business challenge or opportunity. What factors did you consider, what barriers or obstacles did you face, and how did you measure success? (500 words or less)

This question requires you to address both thought (idea) and action (introduced…). MIT Sloan seeks people who have strength in both areas – who have vision and can execute that vision.

A suggested approach is to draft it straightforwardly, as a story: start with your idea and what prompted it, and then narrate your action – how you introduced the idea, and how you implemented it. Conclude with the results, clarifying the change in approach to the opportunity or challenge, and how you measured the success.

There are 2 ways to address the last part of the question. Option A: As you narrate the story, include and “zoom in” on factors you considered and the barriers/obstacles you encountered in the process; make them part of the story. Option B: narrate the story, and then in a concluding paragraph discuss the factors you considered and the barriers/obstacles faced.

For expert guidance with your MIT Sloan EMBA application, check out Accepted’s MBA Application Packages, which include comprehensive guidance from an experienced admissions consultant. We’ve helped hundreds of applicants get accepted to MIT Sloan’s EMBA program and look forward to helping you too!

MIT Executive MBA 2023 application deadlines

Round 1January 12, 2023Round 2February 9, 2023Round 3March 9, 2023Round 4April 6, 2023*Final RoundMay 4, 2023
*Recommended deadline for international applicants to allow time to finalize US student-visa.

Source: MIT Sloan EMBA website

***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***



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Do you need an MBA as an entrepreneur? [Show Summary]

What does it take to become an entrepreneur who drives impact and change? Is an MBA necessary? Inge Kerkloh-Devif, Senior Executive Director and Senior Vice President of the HEC Paris Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, shares her thoughts.

Interview with Inge Kerkloh-Devif, Sr. Exec. Dir. & Sr. Vice President of the HEC Paris Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center [Show Notes]

Welcome to the 492nd episode of Admissions Straight Talk. Thanks for tuning in. Are you trying to figure out how you should approach the four to eight applications that you’re planning to submit when applying to an MBA program? You can get tips and answers by taking Accepted’s free, short quiz – just six questions – at accepted.com/mapmba. By taking the quiz, you’ll get a sense of how well you’re approaching this critical process and gain access to relevant resources, both free and paid, that will provide you with an effective and efficient strategy for your MBA application effort. 

Our guest today, Inge Kerkloh-Devif, earned her masters in Marketing and Communications at HEC Paris in 2006. Since then, she worked in business in Paris and then became Executive Vice President of HEC Paris’s Executive Education Program, focusing on Global Business Development. In 2019, she moved into her current role as Senior Executive Director and Senior Vice President of the HEC Paris Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. In 2021, she added to her responsibilities the role of Co-Site Lead Executive at the Creative Destruction Lab in Paris in partnership with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.



Can you tell us a little bit about both HEC’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and the Creative Destruction Lab in Paris? [2:11]

Of course. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center is the whole ecosystem we have built as a school around innovators and entrepreneurs. As we say, we think, we teach, and we act around innovation and entrepreneurship. That means we do research on innovation and entrepreneurship. We have more than 20 programs we are teaching at the school to teach innovation and entrepreneurship to our students. And we have all of our incubator acceleration programs, so students are learning by doing. Entrepreneurship is really part of the DNA of the school. 

The Creative Destruction Lab, or CDL, was founded 10 years ago in Toronto, Canada at the Rotman Management School. They’re now partnering with 12 universities all over the world to offer this objective-based program from massively scalable, seed-stage science and technology-based companies. It’s really an acceleration program for deep tech. The program has an intake from more than 600 companies per year. We have one lab in Paris, we have one lab on climate, and one lab on space.

What’s the difference between deep tech and tech? [4:15]

Very good question. I think I can give 10 different answers to this. For us, we can see this really emerging more and more in engineering and scientific projects. Those are really long-term projects. We are working with scientists and engineers to get these projects to grow. For us, it’s specifically based on scientific and engineering projects to give this deep tech long-term projects. When I say we are working with scientists and engineers, they’re coming out of the laboratories. It’s very research-based. 

If I have a business idea, or maybe I don’t yet have a business idea, but I know that I want to be an entrepreneur at some point in my career, how can an MBA help me succeed? [5:33]

I think of these as two different stages. 

If you already have your idea or if you’re just joining an MBA, what we can see is very often, students are launching their business or their ideas a little bit after completing their MBA. They learn all the basics, they build their network, and then the business idea emerges a little bit later. So the MBA is first, and the business idea and growing it come after they graduate. 

But also we have some students who already have a business idea. At HEC, we offer a specialization in entrepreneurship. Even during your MBA studies, you can meet investors, learn from peers, and you can get access to this amazing ecosystem we have to grow your idea. 

Those are two different ways to do your entrepreneurship project when you come to an MBA at HEC.

Do you have any idea how many HEC grads start their own business either while at HEC or immediately after, and how many do it a few years down the road? [7:03]

Almost 25% of our grads have the plan to build their own business when they’re graduating, which is an amazing amount to be honest, because five or ten years ago, it was not this way. People were going into consulting or banking. Now people are more and more interested in building their own businesses. 

On campus, we have 400 projects per year that our students are building. That includes the MBA and Executive MBA students. Not all of them are growing and going further, but we have the HEC Incubator. We see that the projects that come to the Incubator have a survival rate of about 85% about three or four years down the road. It’s a very high figure. Most students are really pursuing their businesses once they have joined the HEC Incubator. We currently have 200 projects in the Incubator. 

What kind of support do students receive from the HEC Incubator? [9:10]

They have a very fancy office space because our Incubator is at Station F, which is the most important startup campus worldwide, and we have our 200 startups there. But the office space is a small part. I think the important part is we have a specific custom-made program, which is not a fixed program. They have an “à la carte” menu. They have office hours with our experts, our alumni, and our professors. We have 650 experts around our “Incubees,” so to say. They get custom-made support depending on their project. 

They also really benefit from our alumni network, which helps with many things beyond access to finance or funding but general business connections. I think it’s even more important to get business access to have those first customers. It’s not just about fundraising. They’ll really benefit from this ecosystem.

Some will say that entrepreneurs would be better off investing money in their entrepreneurial venture instead of getting an MBA and learning from the experience. How would you respond to that? [11:13]

We get this question quite often. I think there are a few answers to this. What we can see is the competencies students get during the MBA help them be very efficient in the business world. Especially during the pandemic and this uncertainty, people are looking more for MBA training. We really had increasing numbers of people joining the MBA during these uncertain times. 

We follow our MBA students a couple of years after they graduate and what we can see is they all have a ROI, or return on investment. They don’t ask if it’s worth it three or four years later. 

Last but not least, I think our network and community are priceless. Students are getting access to a big alumni community. We have 68,000 alumni all over the world. We have more than 80 chapters in different countries. Students immediately gain access to a global network. HEC’s 

How is deep tech entrepreneurship developing going forward? Can you touch on the conference you attended regarding this? [14:25]

We really see an exciting development in this. In Europe and in France, you have a lot of important engineering schools, and we can see more and more projects coming out of that. At HEC, we actually mix up those engineers with our business people. When we think about the future of tomorrow, there’s a lot of technology. Our economy and our world will benefit from future technology. Things like the climate crisis can be addressed through technology and innovation. 

The conference I attended was IAC, which is the International Congress for Astronauts that took place in Paris this year. I see entrepreneurs taking part in the space adventure. Obviously, there’s Elon Musk and SpaceX, but there are so many developments coming and out from entrepreneurs who are able to contribute to the future space adventure. Space will be part of our world tomorrow. We really see the momentum here in the present moment. We are really excited about combining this potential with our business students to be a part of building our future. This is what we’re seeing worldwide, especially in Europe and in France.

How is space exploration going to improve our lives? [16:59]

I think there are a lot of examples already. There’s been a lot in medical research. Even L’Oréal is doing some exciting research in space. I think this is what we can see today already having an impact, but in the future, it can have an impact on the climate, for example. The information we can get from space can give us innovation to solve the climate problems we are facing on earth. There are more and more solutions coming out of space that are helping us. One important impact is that we can get access to the internet worldwide. It’s step by step. 

I think there are a lot of things coming in the future, and I don’t know what we will discover once we are on the moon. I think there are a lot of things coming, but immediately I think research, communication, and information. And last but not least, we’ll probably get some help with the climate challenge. 

What is your favorite piece of advice for college students or adults out of college who have what they think is a great idea for a business? [18:36]

Interesting question. One thing we say is, “Make it happen, make it big.” That means you can have a small and beautiful idea, but look at it and be excited about the idea to grow it in order to have a big impact. When one of our students has an idea, we challenge them to make it happen and to make it big. Think about how your project, even though you need to start small, can grow and if there’s an opportunity to grow, how you can scale it in order to get a more important impact. 

We are really looking at all of our projects and asking what impact they have on business and society, so my second piece of advice is to ask, “Is this project able to positively contribute to business and also society?” We can see our students are looking for those results. Businesses can really help and have an impact tomorrow. If you start a business, you need to be responsible for what you’re doing with your business and the way you’re growing.

So make it happen, make it big, and look for the impact on the economy and society. Those would be the two answers I would give.

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One of the entrepreneurial mantras that I hear talked about is, “Fail fast and fail often.” What do you think about that? [28:09]

Obviously, you can learn from your failures, and you should always learn from them. Looking at it from a cultural point of view, failure is not the same in France compared to the United States. We don’t like failure so much in France. It’s a cultural difference. You can learn from failures but we focus on helping students be successful. It can be quite expensive to fail too. I think we try to help them to be successful but still encourage learning by doing and learning from failures.

What would you have liked me to ask you? [29:59]

You already asked me about the impact we have from entrepreneurship in tech and space. And the important question is how innovation, entrepreneurship, and tech entrepreneurship can be a part of the solution for a better future. This is a contribution we can give to our future world and economy and society. It’s very close to our heart at HEC. This is quite an exciting environment we are working in and it gives me a bit of hope saying, “There are a lot of solutions out there, let’s be a part of the solution.”

Where can listeners and potential applicants learn more about HEC’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center? [31:29]

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These short questions featured in Darden’s EMBA application generate a conversation of sorts. The Q&A becomes a dialogue between you and the adcom, almost like an interview. The conversation these questions produce encompasses Darden’s perspective and values and reveals how you view and align with them. This dialogue approach exemplifies and facilitates the website’s point that the adcom wants to get to know you through these mini-essays. I would add – they want to know you and how well you understand and fit with Darden.

Darden Executive MBA 2022-23 Short Answer Questions

Darden EMBA short answer question #1

Given that you will be forming lifelong connections with your classmates that extend beyond the classroom, what is important for your classmates to know about you that is not on your resumé? (200 words)

By asking you to consider your future Darden classmates, the adcom can gauge how well you understand and connect with both these prospective peers, and, by extension, the culture and values of the program, critical point for a program that is small and close-knit. It would be helpful therefore to show clear awareness of this peer audience.

And “not on your resume” indicates you should focus on non-work experiences or influences. The key to making this essay shine is to root the message in actual experience – and clarify what that experience says about you that is relevant to your Darden EMBA peers.



Darden EMBA short answer question #2

The University of Virginia promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. Review the University of Virginia’s Commitment to Diversity.

Consistent with this ethos, the Darden School of Business seeks to improve the world by developing and inspiring responsible global leaders. We are committed to developing the School’s ability to leverage our global diversity — the multitude of different experiences and backgrounds among our stakeholders from around the world — to achieve excellence in business education in today’s complex marketplace. We do so in the service of our mission, adhering to an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe all key stakeholders – students, faculty, staff, alumni – play a critical role in cultivating an inclusive environment, and every action – whether big or small – in service of this goal is important.

Please describe a tangible example that illuminates your experience promoting an inclusive environment and what you would bring to creating a welcoming, global community at Darden. (300 words)

This question calls for a straightforward story presenting a time when you concretely facilitated and/or created and/or supported and/or built an inclusive environment. Since the first essay will focus largely on non-work experience, it would be ideal to use an example for this essay that occurred at work, ideally relatively recently. This approach will allow the essay to do double duty: portray you both functioning at a high level within a significant role and also taking actions that align with Darden’s diversity values. This essay is also an opportunity to showcase your leadership impact with the right example. And that impact should be concrete (that word “tangible” should be constantly on the radar as you consider topics and draft the essay).

Darden EMBA short answer question #3

At this time, how would you describe your short-term, post-MBA career goal and how does it align with the long-term vision you have for your career? (200 words)

For your short-term goal, give the facts: what position(s), company or types of company, industry, location, expected scope of accountability. And for your long-term vision, summarize what you hope to achieve in terms of external impact; what you hope your footprint will be – this should be shorter and less-detailed than your post-MBA goal. Explain how your short-term goal prepares you for the longer-term career vision, both in practical terms and consistency of purpose.

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UVA Darden Executive MBA 2022-23 remaining application deadlines

Application deadline*Decisions released10 Jan. 202327 Jan. 202310 Feb. 202324 Feb. 202310 Mar. 202331 Mar. 202310 Apr. 202328 Apr. 202310 May 202326 May 202310 June 202323 June 202325 June 20237 July 2023

*Note: At UVA Darden, we offer monthly deadlines – from August through April – and we will continue to accept applications until the class fills. Each deadline functions as a discrete round – with a target interview period, decision release date and deposit deadline. All deadlines are focused on our class starting in August. 

Which deadline is right for you? Our general advice is to apply as soon as you feel like you can put together a strong application. With each passing deadline, fewer seats in our class will be available, and we will have less scholarship money to award. Most applicants will apply between October and March. However, we have monthly deadlines to provide you maximum flexibility.

Source: Darden EMBA website

***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***





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Related Resources:

School-Specific Executive MBA Essay Tips
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EMBA: The Ultimate Guide for Applicants

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[/*][*]Align your essay content to match the criteria, mission, and values of the school

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Applying to a European MBA program isn’t quite the same as applying to an American program. The programs themselves often have a different focus than U.S. schools, and adcoms therefore look out for different skills and qualifications. I’d like to direct you to the following resources on our website – blog posts that focus specifically on how to answer specific questions on specific European b-school applications. Please check them out and be in touch if you have any questions!

School-Specific Tips for European B-Schools:


For more advice, I recommend you check out these podcasts that feature interviews with adcom members from top European b-schools – it’s always good to get advice from the source itself!






By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted. Linda earned her bachelors and MBA at UCLA, and has been advising applicants since 1994 when she founded Accepted. Linda is the co-founder and first president of AIGAC. She has written or co-authored 13 e-books on the admissions process, and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News, Poets & Quants, Bloomberg Businessweek, CBS News, and others. Linda is the host of Admissions Straight Talk, a podcast for graduate school applicants. Want an admissions expert to help you get accepted? Click here to get in touch!

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You’ve finally finished your [url=https://www.accepted.com/mba/questions]b-school interview[/url] and are thankful to cross this experience off your application to-do list. However, as you wait to receive your acceptance letter, it’s appropriate to also send thank you notes to all of the people who helped you during the day.

Gratitude is key

A thank you email follows a lot of the same rules as other correspondence: a greeting, the purpose of the letter, the essential content, and a closing farewell. However, unlike other emails, a well-written thank-you starts and finishes with gratitude. Capably done, it can elicit an emotional response, create bonds, nurture the development of relationships…and in this case, further the case to accept you!

8 steps to creating a memorable MBA interview thank you letter

Following these tips will assure that your thank-you email is read, appreciated, and remembered. It will bring you one step closer to receiving that acceptance at your top choice MBA program!

[list][*][b]Start with an appropriate greeting.[/b]

Be sure to address the person formally. Use their relevant title, like Dr. Smith, Professor Jones, or Ms. Johnson. Unless the person encouraged you to use their first name in the interview, show respect and use the more traditional and formal form of address in written correspondence.

[/*][*][b]Offer your purpose for writing.[/b]

Right after the greeting, say something like,

“I’m writing to thank you for speaking with me on Monday.”

Or,

“I’m writing to thank you for the tour of the campus. ”

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[/*][*][b]Explain how their help or thoughtfulness affected you personally.[/b]

Make your statement of appreciation meaningful by illustrating specifically how you benefited from the experience. For example: “You were generous with your time, and your insights about the program provided me with a fuller appreciation of what I can gain once admitted.” Or: “I enjoyed the campus tour very much, and particularly appreciated your showing me the new Entrepreneur Idea Lab, which interests me very much.”

In addition to pointing out at least one thing that you learned from this individual, describe in specific terms what it meant to you. If you do this well, the reader will take your compliments to heart.

[/*][*][b]Show how you learned more about the program from the conversation.[/b]

Mention particular examples of how their conversation helped you better understand your target program and your goals. What did you discover about the program that you hadn’t known before? Did you find out about an exciting opportunity? Did the person share something they had in common with you that influenced how you view your own positions or goals?

[/*][*][b]Include information you had offered to provide or any final questions you have.[/b]

The adcom has noted any follow-ups needed from you, so this is also an ideal opportunity to provide it. Offering this in your thank-you note shows initiative and good judgment that you take seriously the adcom’s request for more information about you.

If any questions occurred to you after your interaction with the person, this is the place to ask. Don’t make up a question to have something to ask – you don’t want to appear insincere or make the note too long.

[/*][*][b]If you have any significant additional information, provide it.[/b]

Is there something you wish you had said during your interview but didn’t? Squeeze in this last-minute, but substantial point, in a succinct paragraph at the end of your note. This should be reserved only for information of substance, such as new publications, awards, or grades. Although you want to send your thank you note as soon as possible, it’s worth it to wait a day or two if you anticipate receiving meaningful updates.

[/*][*][b]Keep it brief.[/b]

We’ve suggested writing a number of important things, but they need to be done in crisp, concise language. And by all means, your last line should restate your authentic gratitude for their time and consideration.

[/*][*][b]Check your spelling and grammar.[/b]

After doing your own proofread, have someone else with a keen editorial eye also check for typos, spelling and grammar errors before you send it off. It can be very hard to catch them yourself if you have been looking at the letter over and over again. Any errors will reflect poorly on you, despite the sincerity of your ideas.[/*][/list]

NOW you can wait

Let’s say as you think back on your interview that you feel you made mistakes, had “unforced errors,” or missed certain opportunities. Please don’t dwell on any mistakes, real or imagined. You may not have answered every interview question perfectly. In fact, you’ll probably think of better ways you wish you could have answered some questions, worn a more sophisticated outfit, or expressed a more confident “Goodbye” as you left.

Just think positive thoughts about the outcome you wish for. You probably did better than you thought, and now it’s time to look ahead to the future and hope for the best.

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Find out how you can benefit from Stride Funding [Show Summary]

Tess Michaels shares [url=https://media.blubrry.com/admissions_straight_talk/www.accepted.com/hubfs/Podcast_audio_files/Podcast/495_Tess-Michaels_2022.mp3]what’s new at Stride Financing[/url], the innovative educational financing company she founded, and reflects on the impact that her Harvard Business School MBA has had on her impressive success today.

Interview with Tess Michaels, Founder and CEO of Stride Funding [Show Notes]

Welcome to the 495th episode of Admissions Straight Talk. Thanks for tuning in. I don’t usually plug Accepted services on this podcast, but Accepted is having a fantastic special, the last one of 2022, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share this news with Admissions Straight Talk’s listeners. You can save up to $1,000 on Accepted services between now and November 14th. You premeds looking to next year, now is your opportunity to lock in a package at this very special rate AND start your application early. For those of you with December and January deadlines interested in a few hours of invaluable editing and advising, you too can save. Go to [url=https://www.accepted.com/]accepted.com[/url], choose the type of service that’s best for you, and use coupon code SAVENOW. This special ends November 14th. 

I’d like to welcome back to Admissions Straight Talk Tess Michaels, Founder and CEO of Stride Funding. Tess graduated from Penn with a Bachelor’s in Applied Science and another Bachelor’s from the Wharton School in Global Impact Investing and Operations Management. While at Penn, she founded SOCEANA, a platform to democratize giving and promote corporate volunteerism, which was acquired in 2018. After graduating and being accepted to Harvard’s 2+2 program, she worked at Goldman Sachs as an analyst for two years, and then at Vista Equity Partners as a private equity associate. As soon as she arrived at Harvard Business School, she founded Stride Funding, which we’re going to learn a lot more about in today’s show.

Can you give us an overview of Stride Funding’s approach to student financing and how it differs from traditional student loans? [2:20]

Absolutely. As you mentioned, I was actually inspired by my own experience as a student when founding Stride. I was part of the 2+2 program at Harvard. I knew I was going to pursue my MBA, and candidly went through the back and forth of the question, “Is it worth it to go back to school?” That sticker price is just so hefty, and I realized a lot of my peers were in the same boat. I was even asking everyone, “If you could solve one thing, what would it be?” and everyone kept saying, “I want to go back to school, but the costs are prohibitive and I have no guarantee around the outcomes.” 

I became really fascinated with two concepts. One, how do we actually structure products to align incentives and naturally tie into the outcomes that students receive?

And secondly, how do we increase access? I found it so backward that despite going to a great school and great program, almost every lender asks for students to have co-signers. In fact, 92% of private loans require a co-signer which really just means being backed up by a wealthy parent or family member who has a clean credit score and can guarantee your loan. To me, that felt like such a backward system because the whole point of going to school is to do better than your family and to create future potential in your growth. I’m happy to walk through the ways that we’ve addressed this with Stride’s products, but that was really where we started.

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Was the Harvard Business School education valuable? [19:22]

I had the luxury of studying at Wharton for undergrad and then working in finance. For me, the classes that were the most helpful were the ones that I didn’t have exposure to before. Things like tech sales. It turns out so much of my job is really understanding how to structure deals and how to think about making the right approach with different types of partners across our ecosystem. Also, we had an actual class called Deals, where negotiation meets law and taught me how to think about credit structuring. Those were incredibly valuable. I also found a lot of the classes where we talked about not just the wins but also the failures that different entrepreneurs have had to be incredibly useful so that I did not repeat the same mistakes.

I think all of this really comes together in the way that they taught the business school class through the case method. That was completely different than what I experienced in undergrad, which was learning from a textbook or a PowerPoint deck. I found the case method to be fascinating because our peer set came from such different backgrounds. We had everything from people who were in the military to people who worked in the corporate arms of different companies across healthcare and energy and the like. For me, it was really interesting to be able to hear life lessons from folks who got to see it firsthand and to be able to absorb their lessons.

What do you see coming down the pipe for Stride? [21:25]

For us right now, we’re really focused on continuing to increase access for more students as we diversify our product set, expand into new types of programs, and go deeper with our existing students. We’re really thinking about education financing as one of the first big “purchases” that a student makes but how do we think about what else these students need going forward on their paths? There are really great tools like Mint to think about budgeting and financial wellness. What about when students open up a credit card? How do they think about the right features and benefits for them based on their financial position? A lot of this is through just really strong engagement and feedback loops from our own students to learn what else in their life roadmap Stride can support. At the end of the day, we don’t just want to be a provider, we want to be a partner with students.

What would you have liked me to ask you? [22:25]

One of the things that I think is really interesting to touch on is what I learned from the collaboration at HBS and how that’s impacted how I think about leading teams.

For me, what was really fascinating beyond just the case method was the types of ways that HBS got us to work in very high-functioning and tight-knit teams on a lot of different exercises. One of my favorites was the field class. They had us go abroad for 10 days and consult for a company. I went to Vietnam and consulted for a company that creates dairy products. It was totally out of my wheelhouse, but it was such an amazing experience. They taught us so much about understanding how to do launches with a team. You understand each other’s working styles. You really think about how each person is motivated and what they are trying to get out of the class. Some people wanted to just learn and be on the field while other people focused on getting the highest grade.

What are your motivations for being here, and how do you most effectively work with the team as far as knowing your skillset and being able to stay engaged? I think that’s really worked with my team. I myself have evolved a lot. I went from wearing a lot of hats to now having a full executive team. We tripled our team size over the last year. Now, if I’m the best in the room on any one topic, then I’m probably in the wrong room. I think so much of it is about knowing that you’re surrounding yourself with folks who have super high brilliance, low ego, and setting up the right environment for them to be open about how they work best, what they’re motivated by, and creating a conducive ecosystem for them. It’s been amazing taking those learnings and applying them to Stride.

Where can listeners learn more about Stride Funding?

Definitely check out the website at [url=https://www.stridefunding.com/]stridefunding.com[/url] and you can also email me at tess@stridefunding.com with any questions you have. I would also love to hear people’s thoughts on what we’re building, what else we could do, and how to really make a dent here.

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For most applicants, taking a standardized test is likely the least appealing part of applying to business school. At the onset of COVID in the spring of 2020, many Full-Time MBA programs created great flexibility with their GMAT or GRE requirement. In some cases, the test was waived altogether; in other cases, either the online exam or a broader set of tests was accepted by some business schools. Fast forward two admissions cycles, and we find that some programs have returned to requiring a standardized test of all applicants, while others have retained some flexibility.

What about you? Can you safely skip taking an admissions exam? Which programs require which test? Do they require it all?

The situation is very fluid.

Several prominent MBA programs in 2020 and 2021 went test-optional or offered test waivers. Many of them are continuing with this policy for the 2022-23MBA admissions cycle. Admissions offices are increasingly skeptical as to whether all MBA applicants need a GMAT/GRE score to predict that they will be successful in business school. Other programs are allowing applicants to submit the shorter Executive Assessment as an alternative to the GMAT or GRE, and some schools are accepting other tests like the MCAT or LSAT.

A review of US News Top 25 Business Schools indicates that only two of those ranked in the top 10 full-time MBA programs provide a standardized test waiver option this year – MIT Sloan and Michigan Ross. MIT’s waiver appears to be much narrower than it previously was, and Ross appears to have a similar waiver policy. Conversely, 14 of the 16 programs ranked 11-25 continue to have a test waiver option. (Due to various ties in the ranking, there are 16 schools ranked between 11 – 25.)

If you are targeting both schools that require a standardized test and others that do not, make sure you carve out the time to prepare for the test properly. You may decide to self-study, or you may find more success in enrolling in a test prep course. Either way, preparation is key to obtaining your best score.

Applying for a test waiver makes sense when: 

  • Your academic coursework demonstrates strong academic readiness.

    Your performance is strong, and you have also had several quantitative and analytical courses where you earned high marks. These courses could have been taken as part of your undergraduate or graduate program. Or, you may have taken these courses as preparation for your business school application.

  • You have developed analytical and quantitative skills through your work experience.

    Some of us have learned and applied new skills through our jobs, whether a new skill was developed on the job, or we earned a professional certification. You will have the opportunity to share this information with the admissions committee through your resume, essays, and interview.

In both cases, the test score isn’t needed to demonstrate your ability to perform academically in the MBA program.

Here are the MBA programs that continue to provide a test waiver option.

Full-time MBA programs in US News Top 25 that continue to offer test waivers

School2023

US News RankTest Waiver Option?Tests Accepted

CMU Tepper#16Yes

Candidates who demonstrate academic readiness.GMAT, GRE, EA

Cornell Johnson#16Yes

Candidates who have demonstrated analytical and/or quantitative abilities through their academics, work experience, etc.GMAT, GRE

Emory Goizueta#21Yes

Candidates who can show evidence they are prepared for graduate-level business coursework based on their academic background and work experience.GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT

Georgetown McDonough#22 (tie)Yes

Candidates who demonstrate an above average level of quantitative aptitude.GMAT, GRE, EA

Indiana Kelley#22 (tie)Yes

Candidates who submit other evidence of academic potential.GMAT, GRE

Michigan Ross#10Yes

Candidates who can demonstrate academic readiness without a test.GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT

MIT Sloan#5 (tie)Yes

Only if candidate's circumstances prevent them from safely accessing a GMAT or GRE exam.GMAT, GRE

Notre Dame Mendoza#25 (tie)Yes

More weight placed on other factors such as undergraduate GPA and course rigor.GMAT, GRE

NYU Stern#12 (tie)Yes - Deadline to submit waiver request was Nov 1, 2022.

Candidates who prove strong academic readiness. Dual-degree applicants may not request waivers.GMAT, GRE, EA, LSAT, MCAT, DAT

UCLA Anderson#17Yes

Waived for UCLA School of Law and UCLA Geffen SchoolGMAT, GRE

UNC Kenan-Flagler#19 (tie)Yes

Available for new applicants who can build a strong case for admission based on coursework, other advanced degree earned, professional experience in analytical or quantitative field, CFA or U.S. CPA, and strong test results from EA, LSAT, PCAT or MCATGMAT, GRE (strong EA, LSAT, MCAT or PCAT) can be used to build a case for a waiver.)

USC Marshall#19 (tie)Yes

Candidates who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, including math preparedness. Waived for USC medical student applying to the MD/MBA.GMAT, GRE

University of Texas McCombs

(#18)Yes

Minimum of three years of work experience and either an undergraduate or graduate program with a strong academic record, preferably in an analytical or quantitative nature.GMAT, GRE, EA

UVA Darden#14Yes

Particular regard will be given for indicators of academic and professional accomplishment.GMAT, GRE, EA, LSAT or MCAT

Vanderbilt Owen#25 (tie)Yes

Candidates who demonstrate multiple examples of academic and professional accomplishments are more likely to receive a waiver.GMAT, GRE, EA

Washington Foster#22 (tie)Yes

Candidates who demonstrate strong quantitative skills through their prior academic work and recent professional experiencesGMAT, GRE

***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify.***

Applying to business school with a test waiver may have implications beyond the admissions process. It might surprise you that top investment banks and consulting firms are also interested in the GMAT test score. While this is not what the test was designed for, these industries have long used the test score in their hiring process as a screening tool. Some have moved away from this usage, but not all. Ultimately, the decision to apply with or without a standardized test isn’t as straightforward as it may initially seem.

For the schools where you have the option to apply for a test waiver, consider how your score compares to the middle 80% score range for the most recent incoming class. (You’ll find this data in the Class Profile section of the school’s website.) In the end, submitting your application with a test waiver means that the school will have one less data point to use when selecting. You need to be admissible to the programs you are applying to, and you will also be competing against other talented applicants to get a seat in the MBA class.

If you know of other MBA programs that are accepting tests other than the GMAT or the GRE, let us know! Please email the information to blog@accepted.com with a source that we can confirm.

One implication of reduced reliance on test scores is increased reliance on other elements of your application including your essays, resume, short answer responses, and interview.

With or without test scores, your top-choice MBA is within your reach. Just as we have helped thousands of applicants get into the MBA program of their dreams, Accepted can help you, too, through professional assessment of your profile, expert honing of your application, and confidence-boosting, targeted interview prep. Check out our MBA Services Packages to get the personalized, one-on-one attention you need to GET ACCEPTED!



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Discover all you need to know about UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program [Show Summary]

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School is a leading MBA program located in North Carolina, an emerging business hotspot. Danielle Richie, UNC’s MBA Admissions Director, [url=https://media.blubrry.com/admissions_straight_talk/www.accepted.com/hubfs/Podcast_audio_files/Podcast/496_Danielle-Richie_2022.mp3]describes the qualities that make up the dynamic student body and shares her tips on how to get in[/url].

Interview with Danielle Richie, Dir. of Full-Time MBA Admissions and Student Recruitment at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School [Show Notes]

Welcome to the 496th episode of Admissions Straight Talk. Thanks for joining me. Before we get to our wonderful guest, you’re invited to take the free six-question quiz at [url=https://www.accepted.com/map-your-mba-quiz]accepted.com/mapmba[/url] to see how prepared you are to actually apply. You’ll also gain access to relevant other resources, both free and paid, that can help you develop an application strategy for acceptance. 

It gives me great pleasure to have for the first time on Admissions Straight Talk Danielle Richie, Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions and Student Recruitment at [url=https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/programs/mba/full-time-mba/]UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School[/url]. Danielle earned her Bachelor’s in Public Relations at Oswego and her Master’s in Communications at Syracuse University. She has worked in higher ed admissions and administration at Utica College, Syracuse University, Bentley University, and of course, UNC Kenan-Flagler, where she moved to in 2018 as Senior Associate Director for MBA Admissions and Recruiting. In November 2021, almost exactly a year ago, she became Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions and Recruiting.

Can you give an overview of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s full-time MBA program, focusing on its more distinctive elements? [2:27]

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We are a two-year MBA program at 62 credits. There are 15 core classes where candidates get the breadth of business. We have 12 concentrations that students can select from to gain more in-depth knowledge. These vary from business analytics to consulting, marketing, healthcare, real estate, and so on and so forth. You really get to create your own journey, if you will, with an MBA from Kenan-Flagler. We are STEM-designated, and it does not matter which concentration you pursue. You actually don’t even have to, and about 20% of our students will just do a general MBA and they’ll pick and choose from over 125 different electives to make up their program. We do require an internship between year one and year two. A lot of our students will do a “traditional internship” where they will apply and go on to work six to eight weeks in the summer with a company.

What’s new at Kenan-Flagler? [3:41]

There are a lot of exciting things going on at Kenan-Flagler. We had our groundbreaking ceremony in September for a new building that will open up in 2024. We’re very excited about that. We’re not looking to expand the MBA program, but the building that we’re in currently was opened in 1997. We do want to grow our undergrad business program by doubling it, so we are building that facility. Jamie Dimon from JP Morgan Chase came and was one of our guest speakers. 

We also just launched our Charlotte MBA Executive Program, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s about two hours from Chapel Hill and is an executive format that working professionals can use to earn their MBA. That’s in-person and is targeted to applicants from North Carolina as well as South Carolina because Charlotte is close to the South Carolina border. As Charlotte continues to grow, especially in the financial space, we saw that it was a great opportunity to offer the Charlotte MBA, as well as some executive development opportunities off campus.

Can you highlight the modular system? [5:31]

We call them mods and prospective students always ask, “What’s a mod?” A mod is essentially seven to eight weeks of classes that you take. You’re in Mod 1 when you start class. By October break, you’ll be taking your final exams, and then you start Mod 2 after you get back from fall break. In the spring, we offer Mod 3 and Mod 4. We tell our first year students it’s like drinking from a fire hose for Mod 1 because you’re going to be taking a lot of quantitative core classes and starting the recruiting process for internships and your job search, as well as just starting the [url=https://blog.accepted.com/unc-kenan-flagler-mba-essay-tips-deadlines/]MBA program[/url] and relocating to Chapel Hill. It’s a lot, but the modular format allows us and our students to focus on the quant to prepare them for their internship. In year two, they really focus on the electives and make the MBA their own.

Does the modular format continue in year two? [6:35]

It does. We also offer some classes that are on the weekends, so it’s not a full mod length, but it would be a weekend course. That’s more for our electives than it is for our core classes.

I noticed that roughly 15% of the graduating class went into healthcare. That’s obviously a strength of UNC. What are the opportunities, both curricular and co-curricular, for those interested in healthcare at UNC? [6:51]

Healthcare continues to grow. Where we’re located in Chapel Hill, life sciences is one of the three fastest-growing industries. UNC has a large healthcare system, plus the Duke healthcare system is close by. We have companies like GSK in the area, so healthcare continues to grow and it’s something that we always will need to have, but it’s always developing and we need to have leaders thinking about healthcare beyond the medical side. There’s a wide variety of course offerings that we have for students to take, whether they’re interested in healthcare analytics, healthcare marketing, or something else. There are courses in new drug development and challenges within healthcare. 

Pretty much, it’s a course focused on the system overview. We look at global healthcare as well, so it’s not just focusing here in the U.S., but we are giving an international lens. There’s the Center for Business of Healthcare, and that really leverages the diversity and the depth of health sciences across the UNC-Chapel Hill system.

We also have the MBA Healthcare Academy, which just launched, and that’s really focused on learning that connects students in academics, co-curricular activities, and social opportunities as well. We have a student-run conference that focuses on healthcare. In addition to that, there are healthcare career tracks. 

When COVID hit in March 2020, our campus shut down and our students were on their two-week spring break. When they came back for Mod 4, there was already an elective course being offered on COVID and how it’s disrupting healthcare as well as business needs. I sat in it just to experience what our students learn, and it was really interesting to put that business perspective on it.

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Kenan-Flagler touts both its experiential learning and STEM designation. Can you touch on those? [9:15]

I mentioned a little bit earlier that we require an internship. We call it applied work experience. It gives you the theoretical, and you can apply the practical. In addition to that, we have STAR, which stands for Student Teams Achieving Results. It’s a consulting-based experiential learning opportunity where students [url=https://blog.accepted.com/display-teamwork-in-application-essays/]work in small teams[/url] as consultants. They have typically three to four MBA students and about two undergrads, but they’re at the junior or senior level, so they’re upperclassmen. They get to work on a variety of projects. Once they get into their teams, they find out who they’ll be working with. They might be paired up with a company like Domino’s, whose CEO is an MBA alum from UNC, and they will work with them throughout a semester, they will pitch a solution on the project, and the company will go back and implement it.

It allows candidates to continue to build their resumes while they’re in the classroom, and it gives them an opportunity to have additional talking points when connecting with recruiters about some of their experiences. Lastly, which I think is really important, it cultivates relationships and expands their network. Some of these STAR projects have turned into job offers for candidates. It’s amazing to see the companies coming back to recruit our students. 

In addition to that, we have our global immersion electives where students will take a class and then they travel abroad for between 10 to 14 days. Each location is themed-based. Perhaps, it’s going to be real estate-focused in Argentina and Peru. It’s not a vacation, but a time to learn how business is done globally, which is going to help them in their career long term as well.

What don’t people know about Kenan-Flagler that you would like them to know? [11:36]

That’s a really good question. One of the things that we get asked quite often is, “Where’s Chapel Hill, North Carolina?” Sometimes, I think we’re at a disadvantage because we’re not in a large city like New York, Boston, Chicago, or even LA, but we are in a great accessible area. There is another school located right down the road from us in Durham, North Carolina, known as Duke. We also have NC State and Wake Forest University nearby.

There are a lot of recruiters who are coming to campus to recruit our students, so it’s not off the beaten path. In addition to that, it’s very accessible. Whether you’re looking to travel abroad or even to the East Coast or the West Coast, the airport is 20 minutes away. It’s a short drive to Atlanta. If you want to go to Charlotte, North Carolina, DC, or even New York, it’s very accessible. You can drive two hours one way and you’ll be at the Outer Banks. You can drive three hours the other way and you’ll be in the mountains in Asheville. There’s a little bit of everything, regardless of what you’re interested in. There’s a plethora of things to choose from without having the distractions or expenses of a large city.

Do you see UNC Kenan-Flagler accepting the Executive Assessment or other aptitude tests in the near future? [13:21]

We offer [url=https://blog.accepted.com/test-optional-mba-programs-everything-you-need-to-know/]standardized test waivers[/url] and if a candidate has taken a professional exam or the [url=https://blog.accepted.com/ace-the-executive-assessment-episode-483/]Executive Assessment[/url], they can submit that to be considered as part of the review process to see if they are approved for a test waiver or not. We are going to continue that process and accept those test scores, but there hasn’t been too much discussion yet if we will accept the Executive Assessment in place of GMAT or GRE. If someone is denied a standardized test waiver, they still will have to submit a GMAT or GRE right now.

Is there any difference in acceptance rate for those who receive test waivers as opposed to those who applied with a test score? [14:06]

There really isn’t. A lot of candidates ask, “Will I be at a disadvantage if I don’t submit my test score?” The answer is no. We will still consider candidates for admission and fellowships the same way as someone that does submit test scores. One thing that we ask candidates when they are applying for a standardized test waiver is [url=https://blog.accepted.com/why-mba-the-winning-ingredients-of-a-dynamic-mba-goals-essay/]what their career goals are[/url]. We know that there are some industries or functional areas that require a standardized test score so we want to make sure that we’re upfront. Even though you might be approved for a test waiver for our application, you potentially might have to still take a standardized test for recruiting. However, you can use the tools that you learn in the classroom, almost as GMAT or GRE prep, to take the test as well.

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What would you have liked me to ask you? [26:48]

I think you’ve covered a lot of what we look for in Kenan-Flagler. That’s really important because it’s [url=https://blog.accepted.com/focus-fit-episode-162/]all about fit[/url] when candidates are looking at MBA programs. You’ve touched base on a little bit of everything that we have so, I appreciate that. There’s really nothing that comes to mind that I wish you asked that you haven’t.

Where can listeners and potential applicants learn more about Kenan-Flagler full-time MBA program? [27:23]

You can check out our website at [url=https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/]https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/[/url].

We are also hosting events off campus as well as on campus. If any candidate has questions, please reach out to me and the fantastic full-time MBA admissions team. We’d be happy to help you as well as celebrate all the little short wins along the way in the application process.

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You know how you’re always reading that “all MBA programs are different” but after you’ve spent weeks and even months reading all of their websites, do they start to seem pretty much the same?

Well, not Carnegie Mellon Tepper. Tepper continues to march to the beat of its own drum. CMU is committed to the rhythm produced by a combination of leadership development and analytical skills. Unlike many other MBA programs that now allow students to enroll in electives from their first semester on campus, Tepper believes that students are better served by having a standard and fixed foundation in the fundamentals for the entire first half of that first year.

Tepper’s class composition is also significantly different from many of its peer programs. Tepper has just 192 students in its incoming class, while Wharton has 877 and HBS has 1,015. Only 4% of Tepper MBA Class of 2024 students majored in arts/humanities as undergrads. Does that mean that Tepper isn’t interested in people from humanities backgrounds? Not at all, but it does mean that any applicant from a humanities background needs to demonstrate their aptitude for complex, quantitative analyses to prove themselves capable of handling the challenging Tepper curriculum.



Tepper has a required written essay, a video goals essay, and an optional essay in its application:

CMU Tepper MBA application essay 

The Tepper community is dynamic and unique, with students who strive to be collaborative, supportive, and inclusive. Please provide an example of when you experienced or created an inclusive environment and how you will use that experience to help members of the community reach their full potential. (Maximum 500 words)

Tepper Together is the school’s strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B). The school values the “diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and ideas of its members and promotes a culture where each individual is valued, respected, has a voice, and is empowered to improve their own experience and develop a life-long network of support.” Think through your distinctive experiences to identify one in which you were part of a community where everyone felt included and valued for their background, experience, and perspectives. What did you learn from the experience? How have you already applied this learning in other situations? Looking ahead, how will you use this knowledge or these newly developed skills to impact your classmates and the broader Tepper community? Your distinctive story will be most effective if it is relatively recent and illustrates personal growth in this area – self-awareness is essential in this answer. Perhaps you had an “Aha!” moment that led to an intentional change in your behavior. Or, you may naturally be inclusive but can point to your personal growth through the experience. Be sure to include these examples in your essay.

CMU Tepper video career goals essay

You will have up to two minutes to describe your post-MBA career goals.

This essay is a typical goals essay; only you will respond via video instead of writing it. You will have two opportunities to record your video essay, so preparation is vital. Before officially responding to this essay, record yourself and review critically, focusing on your delivery and the content of your answer. Create a script or at least bullet points, and practice. Is English not your first language? Then practice enough to convey your answer without sounding too rehearsed. By all means, avoid reading your response.

As for the content of the essay, share what motivates and is important to you as you consider the next step in your career. Be as specific as you can be regarding the industry and function for your post-MBA position. Consider the type of organization you are interested in joining, and feel free to list some companies while indicating the list is not necessarily comprehensive. You will be exposed to new organizations and opportunities early in the program, and you want to convey your openness and flexibility to coaching when you begin working with your career counselor. Finally, paint a picture of your career for the longer term. How does the post-MBA goal fit into the bigger picture for the next 10-12 years? Convey your goals authentically and demonstrate to the admissions committee that you have a plausible plan, building on your existing skills and experience. Are you making a pivot? Think about transferable skills you can build on to make this move successfully.

CMU Tepper optional MBA application essay 

There is an optional essay for additional information about your candidacy that you may wish to share with the admissions committee.

Use this essay to convey important information that you may not have otherwise been able to convey. This may include unexplained resume gaps, context for recommender selection, etc. However, do not feel obligated to complete the optional essay.

If you are a re-applicant, use the optional essay to explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.

In addition to filling in information gaps for the admissions committee, use this essay to include connections you’ve made with members of the Tepper community that were enlightening or helpful in your understanding of how you will thrive at Tepper. You should go beyond name-dropping and be sure to share insights into the impact of your interaction.

Please note that college seniors applying to the Deferred Admission program will respond to different essay questions.

CMU Tepper at a glance

CMU Tepper average GMAT score: 691

CMU Tepper average GPA: 3.35

CMU Tepper acceptance rate: 29.7%

U.S. News ranked Tepper #16 in 2023.

Check out the Business School Selectivity Index for more stats.

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CMU Tepper 2022-23 application deadlines

Application deadlineAdmissions decisionsRound 1October 2, 2022December 7, 2022Round 2January 5, 2023March 8, 2023Round 3March 12, 2023May 3, 2023

Source: CMU Tepper website

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***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***





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