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# Calling all Said (Oxford) Applicants: (2016 Intake) Class of 2017!!

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Re: Calling all Said (Oxford) Applicants: (2016 Intake) Class of 2017!! [#permalink]

University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School has announced the application deadlines and essay questions for the MBA class entering in Fall 2016.

Stage 1
Application due: September 11, 2015
Decision released: October 16, 2015

Stage 2
Application due: October 30, 2015
Decision released: December 11, 2015

Stage 3
Application due: January 8, 2016
Decision released: March 4, 2016

Stage 4
Application due: March 18, 2016
Decision released: April 29, 2016

Stage 5
Application due: May 6, 2016
Decision released: June 10, 2016

Stage 6
Application due: June 10, 2016
Decision released: July 8, 2016

Applicants should note that you can apply in any of these six application stages. However, you are advised to apply as early as possible. If your college choice and college accommodation is important to you, Oxford Saïd recommends that you apply in the early stages (1-3).

Essay Questions
• How do you fit with Oxford Saïd’s mission? (Maximum 500 words)
• Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words)
If you are applying under the 1+1 scheme you also need to submit the following essay:
•  Explain why you see this as particularly beneficial for you and how it fits with your careers and personal development aims (Maximum 250 words)
Re-applicants will need to complete the essays mentioned above and another essay on the topic:
• What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (Maximum 250 words)

When reviewing your essays the Admissions Committee will be looking for evidence of the following: Good communication skills, leadership potential, analytical skills, fit within the Oxford MBA community, among other characteristics.

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GMAT Club and Oxford Admissions Team have joined hands to conduct Live Q&A sessions for Oxford applicants. There will be 3 such sessions in this application season in which members from Said (Oxford) Admissions team will dialogue with prospective applicants in GMAT Club Chat Room and answer their questions about admission process. Dates of these events are as follows.

Visit this thread to view complete schedule of Live Q&A sessions being conducted in 2015-16. live-q-a-with-b-school-adcoms-2015-season-174827.html
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The first session of Said (Oxford) Live Q&A series is happening on Tuesday, Aug 11, in which Mr. Aidan O'Halloran - MBA Recruitment Manager at Oxford - will chat with prospective applicants and answer their questions about Oxford's MBA program. So save the event in your Google calendar and be in the chat room at 8 AM Pacific Time with your questions.

Date: August 11, 2015.
Time: 8 AM Pacific Time
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Seriously ... am I the only one applying to Said?
I am in for R2, any one gunning for R1?

Also, any idea what iffffff ( ) ... we get through R1, then what is the date to pay the deposit. I am assuming it to be quiet early given the early date of decision. That is the reason why i am shifting my application to R2
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Hi everyone !

I am targeting R1.

Ankur,

If you get in R1 , you got to pay the deposit amount within 1 month of your decision date .
i.e if 16th Oct is the decision date , then you need to pay deposit by 16th Nov.
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veenasan wrote:
Hi everyone !

I am targeting R1.

Ankur,

If you get in R1 , you got to pay the deposit amount within 1 month of your decision date .
i.e if 16th Oct is the decision date , then you need to pay deposit by 16th Nov.

veenasan thanks a lot for the information.
I think I will apply in Round 2 only in this case.

All the best!!!
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We are starting the chat in 40 minutes approx. If you around, join us in the Chat Room.

https://gmatclub.com/gchat/

Narenn wrote:
The first session of Said (Oxford) Live Q&A series is happening on Tuesday, Aug 11, in which Mr. Aidan O'Halloran - MBA Recruitment Manager at Oxford - will chat with prospective applicants and answer their questions about Oxford's MBA program. So save the event in your Google calendar and be in the chat room at 8 AM Pacific Time with your questions.

Date: August 11, 2015.
Time: 8 AM Pacific Time
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Thank you for attending live q&a with Oxford admissions team on Tuesday. For those who could not attend this event, here is collection of important question/answers and chat transcript.

Also note that we will do two more chats with Oxford's team in this application season; please take a look at this post for dates and timing of these sessions.

"Once you register as a student you will be assigned a careers advisor based on the industry you want to work in. The careers advisor will work with you on your CV and alert you to specific opportunities. You will also have access to both the School's and the University's careers portals." - Teddy Sun, MBA Recruitment Manager, Oxford (Said)

Abhinay: Oxford comes across as a university which focuses a lot on equipping students to solve world scale social challenges. Is that kind of aptitude a key factor in deciding who gets accepted?
Teddy_Oxford: Hi Abhinay, that is correct. For our MBA we are looking for candidates who see themselves as an active contributor to society.

manugupta: Is there a profile evaluation which Said does before people apply?
Teddy_Oxford: Yes, you can access it here https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/programmes/degr ... eview-form

Solarus: If an applicant has a GPA which is below the minimum requirements, but a GMAT which is well above the average (30-40 points), would this be sufficient evidence to prove academic capability? Oxford has a posted minimum GPA requirement, however I'm not sure how strict this is.

Teddy_Oxford: If you have less than an equivalent to an UK 2.1 or 3.5 GPA we would be looking for mitigating circumstances. A high GMAT will help to strengthen other parts of your application but cannot be substituted for your undergraduate score.

km95134: Does Said require the official GMAC report at time of application or will it accept self-reporting?

Teddy_Oxford: You can self-report. We will check your score with GMAC when we process your application.

badhanc4u: My University awards GPA out of 10. So how to convert the same to 4 or is it ok to give it out of 10?

Teddy_Oxford: No, you will have to convert to a 4 point basis.

Narenn: in such cases does Oxford provide any guidelines on how to convert GPA to 4 point scale?

Teddy_Oxford: We do not provide a conversion table. However, if you are really stuck you can email us your score and we can give you a rough conversion. My email address is teddy.sun@sbs.ox.ac.uk

km95134: Question regarding academics, is it possible to cross-register or attend classes in other Oxford divisions?

Teddy_Oxford: You cannot register for any other courses (i.e. get credit for them) but you can audit most lectures apart from the medical ones.

Abhinay: What’s the impact on Said business school with the latest changes in the UK immigration policy? I reckon the shift in policies mean that most non EU nationals will have to exit the UK as soon as the study program is over. Is Oxford doing anything to still attract top talent from across the world regardless of this rule?

Teddy_Oxford: I believe students on Tier 4 Visas have 3 months after graduation. It is important to take that into consideration if your plan is to stay in the UK after graduation. Most major employers do provide sponsorship but smaller ones may not.

veenasan: Hi Teddy. Do you consider IR section in GMAT score for evaluation?

Teddy_Oxford: We take the IR section into account but it is less important than the main score.

veenasan: What number of students apply in R1 ? In which round do you receive the maximum number of applications?

Teddy_Oxford: we receive the most applications in R1-R3. It is recommended to apply for these rounds. If you apply later than R3 you will be restricted in terms of funding, college choices etc.

Narenn: Teddy, can you tell us about scholarships and other financial assistance provided to students? Typically how much of admissions cost they cover? Also does Oxford have tie up with any British banks to provide students with student loans?

Teddy_Oxford: we partner with Prodigy Finance for student loans (https://prodigyfinance.com/oxford-unive ... chool/loan). Other types of scholarships and bursaries are given based on merit and need.

km95134: Question regarding the 1+1 program, admission, Is acceptance mutually exclusive for both degrees? Would it be possible to get into the MBA program and not the MSc? Or vice versa? Must an applicant be admitted to both programs?

Teddy_Oxford: km95134 the applications are processed by two separate teams; if you get rejected from one you will still be able to attend the other.

GhanaBa: How does the school ensure diversity considering how difficult it is for some applicants from non-English speaking countries to perform well on the verbal sections of the GMAT? Is the scale for such applicants tailored? Can such applicants make up with good leadership skills?

Teddy_Oxford: GhanaBa we take that into consideration but you have to demonstrate strong English skills regardless by achieving 7.5+ on IELTs or 110 for TOEFL

Narenn: Teddy, can you comment on the Employment process of the school? What support do students get from Career Services dept, peers, and alumni?

Teddy_Oxford: Once you register as a student you will be assigned a careers advisor based on the industry you want to work in. The careers advisor will work with you on your CV and alert you to specific opportunities. You will also have access to both the School's and the University's careers portals.

Solarus: Hi Teddy, I was wondering about how Oxford feels about applicants reapplying the following year if they are unsuccessful?

Teddy_Oxford: Solarus you should explain how you have improved your application since. Have you asked for feedback on your previous application?

Abhinay: How big is Consulting as an employment opportunity coming out of an Oxford MBA? I have seen that McKinsey was one of the companies which hired the most number of students - But I have also heard that these recruits mostly in the renewable energy space? Is that true?

Teddy_Oxford: Consulting is the most popular career choice for our students. I believe people recruit into McKinsey as generalists.

saurabdey: Roughly what percentage of the batch gets through strategy or leadership roles with an work exp of 3+ years? Just need a rough estimate.

Teddy_Oxford: Do you mean C-suite roles? Most MBA graduates become mid-career professionals after graduation. It will take more than 3 years to reach those types of positions in large corporations. However, about 5% start their own companies, in which case they will be

Solarus: Is Renewable Energy a popular focus for students at Oxford? I am very interested in pursuing a career in the Renewable Energy sector following graduation.

Teddy_Oxford: Solarus it's somewhat niche. We do not have specific electives in this area. However, if that is what you want to do, you may find it interesting to connect with the engineering and environment science departments.

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i m planning to apply in R2.. wanted to know if indian students are exempted from givin IELTS...

Also, hw gud id Oxford for Marketing majors MBA.. n does it really help to do a 1 year mba program to aim an industry switch ?
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All the best to all applying for Class of 2017!

Meeting some amazing people and getting ready to start at Oxford this September.
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I'm in for R1.
Good luck to everyone!
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Hi All,

Anyone applying in R1?

I am facing some problem while previewing the file before submitting.
- The preview PDF file does not have “Career Development” sections of the online application form.
- Some part of the job description essay under “You at Work” section is truncated even though the character count is within the specified limit as shown in below snapshot.

Anyone facing similar problem ?
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veenasan wrote:
Hi All,

Anyone applying in R1?

I am facing some problem while previewing the file before submitting.
- The preview PDF file does not have “Career Development” sections of the online application form.
- Some part of the job description essay under “You at Work” section is truncated even though the character count is within the specified limit as shown in below snapshot.

Anyone facing similar problem ?

Hey everyone!
Heard back from the admissions team, looks like it is a problem with the Hobson server. Nothing to be concerned about. if all fields are filled in the online application form, then we can go ahead and submit even if the pdf data is incomplete.
Hope this information will be useful for others.

By the way, just submitted my application for R1. Within 45 minutes got mail from admissions advisor that my application is complete and that they will get back by 25th ! That was pretty quick .

Any one else applied in R1 ?
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Just got an interview invite from Oxford !! 1 week ahead of the actual interview decision date i.e Sep 25th.
Reason for early invite is because Oxford Head of Admissions is visiting India so we can schedule inperson interview.
Excited !

Anyone else who applied in R1 got interview invite ?
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