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#TuesdayTips by @uclaMBA Admissions: Tip #51 - Program [#permalink]

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New post 27 Jun 2017, 21:01
FROM NewsUCLA: #TuesdayTips by @uclaMBA Admissions: Tip #51 - Program
Here's the next tip in our new series of Admissions Tips by the UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions team.

Check back weekly on Tuesdays for a new #TuesdayTip here on our blog, or follow us at @uclaMBA on Instagram and Twitter.

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Join UCLA Anderson Students for a Coffee Chat This Summer! [#permalink]

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New post 29 Jun 2017, 16:01
FROM NewsUCLA: Join UCLA Anderson Students for a Coffee Chat This Summer!
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During the summer throughout the months of July through September, UCLA Anderson will be holding coffee chats to give prospective students an opportunity to engage with current students around the globe. As our students are all around the world for their summer internships, enjoy coffee and casual conversation as you learn more about the UCLA Anderson MBA program, recruiting, and student life!



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Our students will be hosting coffee chats in the following cities --

United States 

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Forth Worth/Dallas, TX
  • Los Altos, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New York City, NY
  • Orange County, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA

International

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Seoul, South Korea


Find out how the UCLA Anderson MBA can enhance your career and register now as space is limited -- more chats may be added throughout the summer so keep checking back!



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Meet UCLA Anderson Around The World: July 2017 Schedule [#permalink]

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New post 30 Jun 2017, 12:01
FROM NewsUCLA: Meet UCLA Anderson Around The World: July 2017 Schedule
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The UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions Team is on the road this Summer and Fall, hopefully in a city near you!  Take a look below at our July 2017 travel schedule* to find out where you can find us and make sure to visit us and say hi!

NORTH AMERICA

ASIA PACIFIC

LATIN AMERICA

EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST

  • Stay tuned for events in this region in the upcoming months


Current MBA students are also hosting coffee chats throughout the summer around the world -- Sign up for an MBA Student Coffee Chat in a city near you!

As always, there are still other ways to connect with us! You are welcome to visit us on campus for our Group Information Sessions, School Tours, and MBA Class Visits (when classes are back in session in the Fall), join us online for our online webinars and MBA Liveguide SessionsWe are looking forward to meeting you soon on campus, on the road, and online!

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*Dates and attendance subject to change. Check our UCLA Anderson Events webpage for the most up-to-date information



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#TuesdayTips by @uclaMBA Admissions: Tip #52 - Program [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: #TuesdayTips by @uclaMBA Admissions: Tip #52 - Program
Here's the next tip in our new series of Admissions Tips by the UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions team.

Check back weekly on Tuesdays for a new #TuesdayTip here on our blog, or follow us at @uclaMBA on Instagram and Twitter.

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Student Spotlight: Ali McCarty '18 - Entrepreneurship and Leadership a [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: Student Spotlight: Ali McCarty '18 - Entrepreneurship and Leadership at UCLA Anderson (Live Webinar)
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Tune in TODAY, Thursday, July 6 at 6:30PM PST for a LIVE webinar with a current UCLA Anderson MBA student! This week you will have the opportunity to connect with full-time MBA student Ali McCarty as she tells her story of her first year experiences, entrepreneurship classes, and leadership programs at UCLA Anderson.

PROFILE:

  • Name: Ali McCarty
  • Class: Class of 2018
  • Hometown: Ventura, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor's in Latin American Political Economics at Davidson College
  • Pre-MBA Experience: Strategy and Operations Consultant, Deloitte Consulting
  • Summer Internship: HR Associate, Capital Group
  • Anderson Activities:  President of the Admissions Ambassador Corps, Human Resources Anderson Career Team Coach, Entrepreneurship Leadership Development Program, Anderson Leadership Development Program, Women's Business Connection, Anderson Wine Club, Entrepreneurship Association


Register and view webinar here: UCLA Anderson Liveguide

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UCLA Anderson MBA Brochure - New! [#permalink]

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New post 07 Jul 2017, 10:01
FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson MBA Brochure - New!
Happy Friday from Sunny SoCal!

We wanted to let you know that our UCLA Anderson MBA Brochure has been updated -- make sure to add it to your summer reading list!

In this brochure, you can learn more about our curriculum, unique Applied Management Research (AMR) program, top career servicesfacultyclass profile, and more!



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Ask MBA Admissions Directors Questions at #TheMBATourChat Twitter Chat [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: Ask MBA Admissions Directors Questions at #TheMBATourChat Twitter Chat (July 11)
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UCLA Anderson admissions directors will be joining the upcoming "Ask Admissions Directors' Live Twitter Chat (hosted by The MBA Tour) to help answer any questions you may have about MBA programs. Follow and use the hashtag #TheMBATourChat on Tuesday, July 11 starting at 9am PST/12pm EST to get answers to commonly asked questions from prospective MBA applicants, and also have the opportunity to tweet us your specific questions, too!

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Advice about applying to MBA programs
  • Insider admissions information
  • How to stand out when meeting admissions officer
  • And more!
For any questions and to learn more, visit The MBA Tour's Twitter Chat blog post

Looking forward to tweeting you soon!





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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: New Essay Questions for the 2017-20 [#permalink]

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New post 13 Jul 2017, 17:01
FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: New Essay Questions for the 2017-2018 Application
This blog post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.

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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:
NEW ESSAY QUESTIONS RELEASED


When our new MBA application goes live on August 1st, you will find we have made some changes to our essay questions for this application year (for the full-time MBA Class of 2020) --  here are our newly released questions!

FIRST TIME APPLICANTS

 - Essay Question: Describe your short-term and long-term career goals. How can the UCLA Anderson experience add value to your professional development? (500 words max)

 - Short Answer Question: Describe how you would contribute to the UCLA Anderson community. (250 words max)

REAPPLICANTS

Reapplicants are those who submitted a completed MBA application within the previous two years (those who applied for the MBA program starting in 2016 or 2017). If you applied three years or more prior, then please answer the "First Time Applicant" questions.

- Reapplicant Essay Question: Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)

OPTIONAL

As in previous years, we also have an optional question for those who need some additional space to explain extenuating circumstances that are not evident in the application. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit a response to the optional question. The optional question can be answered by either first time applicants or reapplicants.

 - Optional Question: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)

It's never too early to begin thinking about your answers to these questions.  As you begin to brainstorm and write your essays, remember that your responses are the primary way for you to share your perspectives and plans with the admissions committee. The best essays are introspective, genuine and succinct in directly answering our questions and responding to our topics -- craft an essay that truly represents YOU. Whatever your target goals may be, your essay is the platform to distinguish yourself with your passion, clarity, planning and eloquence. Refining your career plans once you get here is fine, but first your application should make a compelling case for how you would use the UCLA Anderson MBA to build on your transferable skills to reach a distinctive future.

View our Admissions Requirements webpage for more information about the essay requirements, as well as the other elements of our application.



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Instagram @uclaMBA #TuesdayTakeover: James Hinckley '18 - Summer Inter [#permalink]

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New post 18 Jul 2017, 08:01
FROM NewsUCLA: Instagram @uclaMBA #TuesdayTakeover: James Hinckley '18 - Summer Internship @ Deloitte
Introducing you to today's Instagram #TuesdayTakeover student, James Hinckley! James will be taking over our Instagram account @uclamba for a whole day today to show everyone a "Day in the Life" of a UCLA Anderson student!

Check in throughout the day to our @uclaMBA instagram account to hear about a "Day in the Life" as an MBA Summer Intern!

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Name:
James Hinckley

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

Undergraduate Studies:
BBA Finance - Notre Dame

Pre-Anderson:
Finance at NBCUniversal and GE Capital


Summer Internship:
Deloitte Consulting



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LEARN MORE ABOUT JAMES: 


Academic Specialization: Strategy

Leadership@Anderson:

  • VP of External Affairs, Management Consulting Association
  • VP of A-Days, Anderson Admissions Corps
  • VP of Casino Night, Challenge for Charity
  • VP of MANbassadors, Womens' Business Connection
  • VP of Technology, Travel & Hospitality Association
  • VP of Admissions, Sports Business Association
  • ACT Coach, Consulting & Internal Strategy
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From the Dean’s Desk: Q&A with Director of MBA Admissions, Alex Lawren [#permalink]

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New post 26 Jul 2017, 11:01
FROM NewsUCLA: From the Dean’s Desk: Q&A with Director of MBA Admissions, Alex Lawrence
This post is part of a “From the Dean’s Desk” series, where we hear directly from our UCLA Anderson leaders across the school.

Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions for the Full-Time MBA Program Alex Lawrence ('99) recently participated in a podcast where gave his insider view into the UCLA Anderson MBA program and the admissions process.  Below is an excerpt of the interview -- for the full question-and-answer audio and transcribed podcast, click here

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Q. Can you give us an overview of Anderson’s full-time MBA program? [1:50]

A. It’s a great program in a fantastic location – Los Angeles – that offers so many opportunities. We have recruiting strengths in management consulting, finance, real estate, entertainment. Students have a flexible curriculum, and an amazing career services center. There are so many opportunities for those who attend Anderson and become part of the family.



Q. What’s new or changing at Anderson? [2:55]

A. We’re building a new building! Marion Anderson Hall – we’re breaking ground soon and we expect it to be ready in 26 months. It will be fantastic, building on what we already have.

We have a new leadership development program, which launched last year. And our social development specialization just launched.

We changed the start of the school year for first year students. Now we bring first year students to campus in August (instead of September). They appreciate the chance to get used to the environment earlier – they take one course and have an orientation before fall quarter starts at the end of September. It also means that recruiting and info sessions are spread out over an extra month and a half.



Q. You mentioned Anderson’s location – how is it an advantage? [23:20]

A. Many times people think automatically about media and entertainment, and that’s definitely a strength of being in LA, but it’s much more than that. The student experience is very rich – people are taking advantage of academic year internships in all industries. The classroom environment is exciting: we have lecturers who bring in their industry experience. And the Dean brings industry leaders to speak and meet with students.



Q. What do you wish people would know about Anderson? [52:25]

A. They don’t realize we’re not just an entertainment school. People here go into tech, finance, consulting… They start their own businesses. LA is an incredibly vibrant startup/small business scene. It’s more about what you want to do.

We have a worldwide alumni network and a strong brand.

Being in an environment where people are not just going to be part of the status quo is exciting.



Listen to the full podcast or read the transcribed discussion by visiting the Accepted blog



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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: MBA Application is LIVE! [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: MBA Application is LIVE!
This blog post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.

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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:
MBA APPLICATION IS NOW LIVE




The online application for our Full-Time UCLA Anderson MBA Class of 2020 is now live -- Click here to get started on your application

We strongly recommend that you read through our website, as it is filled with detailed information about our application requirements, round deadlines, decision release dates, and other very important information that will help you successfully navigate the entire application process.

For regular updates, helpful tips on the application process, program information, and student insights, we also recommend the following:

  • Continue visiting this MBA Insider Blog for regularly-scheduled blog posts
  • Follow the UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions Team on our social media accounts on Twitter & Instagram (@uclaMBA)
  • Check out our Events Calendar for a list of events around the world where you can meet Admissions staff and student/alumni representatives.
  • If you're in the Los Angeles area, experience UCLA Anderson on-campus: attend an information session, take a school tour, observe a class, and schedule a coffee chat with current students (starting in October)
Below are the application deadlines by round for our Full-time MBA program:

  • Round 1: October 6, 2017
  • Round 2: January 5, 2018
  • Round 3: April 12, 2018


Wishing you all good luck and please stay in touch with the MBA Admissions Office with any  you may have throughout the application process!

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FROM NewsUCLA: Meet UCLA Anderson at the Forté Forums this August!
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I encourage you to attend and connect with us this summer at the Forté Forums! These free pre-MBA events are hosted by the Forté Foundation and are designed for women considering an MBA. Whether you're applying this year or a few years from now, you'll have the chance to meet top business schools, hear from MBA alumnae in each city and get valuable application tips during the panels.

Here are five reasons to attend a Forté Forum, per the Forté Foundation:

  • Understand the MBA advantage, offering career advancement, expanded earning potential, and even opportunities to study abroad
  • Connect with a business school that's the best fit for you
  • Hear from top MBA businesswomen in various industries and career stages, including in the non-profit world
  • Network with standout peers to build a lasting support network
  • Discover how to finance your MBA
Our full-time MBA admissions representatives attending the Forte Forums (blue stars below) are actually Anderson alumnae, too -- I will be there to help answer your questions if you're attending the forums in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. My colleague (and fellow Anderson classmate from the Class of 2013), Ilana Van Allen, will greet you in Washington DC, Boston, and San Francisco. Ask us about our applicant/student/alumna experience and how Anderson can help you meet your goals.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

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Meet UCLA Anderson Around The World: August 2017 Events Schedule [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: Meet UCLA Anderson Around The World: August 2017 Events Schedule
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The UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions Team is on the road this Summer and Fall, hopefully in a city near you!  Take a look below at our August 2017 travel schedule* to find out where you can find us and make sure to visit us and say hi!

NORTH AMERICA

ASIA PACIFIC

LATIN AMERICA

EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST

  • Stay tuned for events in this region in the upcoming months


Current MBA students are also hosting coffee chats throughout the summer around the world -- Sign up for an MBA Student Coffee Chat in a city near you!

As always, there are still other ways to connect with us! You are welcome to visit us on campus for our Group Information Sessions, School Tours, and MBA Class Visits (when classes are back in session in the Fall), join us online for our online webinars and MBA Liveguide Sessions hosted by current students.



We are looking forward to meeting you soon on campus, on the road, and online!

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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Why Pursue An MBA Degree? [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Why Pursue An MBA Degree?
 This blog post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.

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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

WHY PURSUE AN MBA DEGREE?


MBA applicants come from a variety of industries and backgrounds, so it should not come as a surprise that applicants also have a myriad motivations for pursuing an MBA degree. Understanding what is driving YOU individually to pursue an MBA and learning how to communicate this will be a key component of your success in the competitive application process. Many times, the drivers are quite personal and nuanced; but the more you can understand your own goals, the better you will be able at making your case in your application through more compelling essays, stronger interviews and more supportive recommendations.

After reading thousands of applications, I have come to group applicant motivations into the following three overarching categories: Career Boosters, Knowledge Enhancers, and Growth Seekers. As you're trying to decide whether an MBA is right for you, read through the below to see if you see yourself identifying with any reasons:

(1) CAREER BOOSTERS
Many people come to the MBA program looking to change industries or functions, and in some cases both. From our experience at UCLA Anderson, over 90% of our students are contemplating a change of industry or function and over two thirds are looking to do a double pivot -–a change in both at the same time.

For another group, the goal may be to become their own boss or start a new company to challenge the status quo. In other instances applicants may be looking to advance in their current field by gaining the credentials of the new degree and open up new doors.

Keep in mind that an MBA can also help you boost your career in a "less traditional" business field. In fact, at UCLA Anderson we are seeing more and more MBAs switching from pursuing the traditional business staples of Finance, Consulting and Marketing to new areas in tech and product management related fields, and other less-known paths in real estate, entertainment, energy, health and social impact.

--> Some popular career-boosting reasons to pursue an MBA: switch industry and/or function, change company/roles, advance career progression, explore new business disciplines, get a higher salary, start your own business, increase job security

(2) KNOWLEDGE ENHANCERS
For some applicants one of the main motivations for business school is the prospect of acquiring knowledge in areas that are fundamental to their professional and/or personal growth. This includes the development of hard technical skills, but also soft skills (for example leadership, negotiation and team management,etc.).

Business school is the perfect setting for students to test themselves in a highly supportive and collaborative environment. At UCLA Anderson, we often talk about the value of being in a place where you will fit well but where you will also be stretched. This is the place where you will be encouraged to take risks and challenge yourself. You will be able to learn from renowned academics and successful practitioners. You will also learn from your collaboration with extremely talented classmates as you work on your cases and group assignments and also as you participate in competitions with diverse individuals from other programs and schools.

In addition to in-classroom learning, there is also a heavy emphasis on practical hands-on learning as you travel to other countries to learn and do research and ultimately participate in our MBA Capstone experience where your team will do a consulting project for an outside corporate client or work on launching your own business with the support of the school and faculty advisers.

--> Some popular knowledge-enhancing reasons to pursue an MBA: formal training in management, acquire leadership skills, learn a new specific business discipline, grow communication skills, gain hands-on experience in a safe learning environment

(3) GROWTH SEEKERS
Both professional and personal growth are other motivators for individuals to pursue an MBA degree -- and often growth can come in the form of and be supported by an expanded network you gain through business school. Our UCLA Anderson full-time incoming MBA class is comprised of over 360 students from over 40 countries and from every professional background imaginable. As a student in our program you will be intimately connected to the people in your section and in your year. You will also benefit from the mentorship of the upper class and ultimately you will become a member of a community 38,000 strong of alumni that have a vested interest in your personal success.

It’s the access to our extended network and the training and support you will receive to successfully navigate it that is a major reason for pursuing and MBA in the first place.
Ours is a strong community of people that are eager to do well but also do good and do work that matters.

--> Some popular growth-seeking reasons to pursue an MBA: expand network, take the time to self reflect on career path, gain access to industry leaders, get exposed to new experiences and opportunities.



Knowing “what you want to do and why” is often the first step before you can accomplish it. And even if your path is not a straight line, we know that all starts with developing a vision and gaining internal clarity so you can communicate your passion to those around that can support it. This is best time to engage in some soul searching and prepare yourself to “think in your next move”.



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Tune in TODAY, Thursday, August 17 at 6:30PM PST for a LIVE webinar with a current UCLA Anderson MBA student! This week you will have the opportunity to connect with full-time MBA student Guilherme Gomes as he tells his story as a Latin American student at UCLA Anderson pursuing entrepreneurship.

PROFILE:

  • Name: Guilherme Gomes
  • Class: Class of 2018
  • Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Undergraduate Studies: Universidade de São Paulo
  • Pre-MBA Experience: Founder & Partner - Jazz Side
  • Summer Internship: Bridgewater Associations - Senior Management Associate Intern
  • Activities@Anderson:  Entrepreneur Leadership Development Program; Director of Events - Entrepreneurs Association; Director of the Latin American Business Association Conference; AnderTech Business Association, Anderson Craft Beer Club, Anderson Ski & Snowboard Club


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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

WHICH ROUND TO APPLY IN


One of the first major decisions you'll need to make when applying to MBA programs is often when to apply.  UCLA Anderson, along with many other top business school programs, offers multiple application rounds within each academic year. Which round you choose determines when your application is due and when you find out if you're admitted -- the earlier your apply, generally the earlier the decision is made (though it's not always the case if you're waitlisted...more on that below).

The UCLA Anderson application is already liveand with our UCLA Anderson Round 1 deadline a little over 1 month away (October 6th), it's time to start thinking about what round you're planning on submitting your application.

Ultimately, the right time for you to apply is when you feel your application will be its best -- UCLA Anderson accepts top-quality applicants across all three rounds!

The pros and cons of each round below may help you determine which is the best round for you. That said, please remember that the relative competitiveness of each round varies, as the applicant pool changes from year to year.


APPLYING ROUND 1

Pros: In Round 1, all seats are available (for UCLA Anderson, that's about 360 in our full-time MBA class) so we have room to admit all of the qualified candidates that we come across.  Further, in Round 1 we have the full amount of merit-based fellowship funds left to distribute.  Applying early can also show the Admissions Committee that you're serious about attending our business school.  There is also still the opportunity to be put on the waitlist to be potentially re-evaluated in Rounds 2 and/or 3. And if you do not get accepted into our program, you will likely have have sufficient time to apply to another school's program in their later rounds.

Cons: Applicants may feel rushed to complete their application by a Round 1 deadline.  Without proper time management, individuals may not allot sufficient time to put together the highest quality application that they are capable of, and therefore may run the risk of hurting their chances for acceptance into our program.  Having insufficient time to self-reflect on short- and long-term goals, do research on MBA programs, and write the essay response may be evident on the application to the Admissions committee (especially the essay). Further, if you have not given sufficient time for your recommenders to complete their letters of recommendation, the quality of those crucial elements of the application may also be compromised.  You also will have the least amount of time to complete your GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS exams, and without proper planning, will likely not have time to re-take the exams if you're not satisfied with your first score.



APPLYING ROUND 2

Pros: Round 2 is the most popular round for applicants here at UCLA Anderson, with a majority of our applications received in this round. By applying in Round 2, you have additional time to complete your application and write your essay; plus your recommenders also have more time to finish their recommendations.  If you aren't happy with your score on the GMAT/GRE and/or TOEFL/IELTS, you will likely also have time to re-take the exam (we only evaluate your top score). Possibly the greatest advantage of applying in Round 2 is that you have more time to learn about our program by attending Admissions events. Perhaps you can even schedule a campus visit to meet with current students and observe a class! By having this time to get first-hand experience on our program, you may gain a better understanding of your own school preferences and MBA goals, all which will reflect in your application.

Cons: We receive the largest number of applications during Round 2, so competition is high (especially since we also have Round 1 waitlisted candidates still under consideration).  If you do not get accepted (which hopefully won't be the case!) you may not have sufficient time to apply to another program within the same academic year.




APPLYING ROUND 3

Pros: Perhaps the biggest benefit in applying in Round 3 is that you have the most time to enhance your application profile -- the additional time may allow you to get a promotion at work, take on a new project, and/or get involved in more leadership activities, for example. With more time to self-reflect on your goals, the application, and the essay question, applying in Round 3 may give you the advantage of giving you the most amount of time to put together the highest quality application possible for you. If you applied to other programs in earlier rounds, you will likely also be equipped with acceptance information from those schools. You will also have ample time to take (and potentially re-take) the GMAT/GRE and/or TOEFL/IELTS exams.

Cons: Since our class size is capped, fewer applicants are historically admitted in the last round simply due to the availability of spots in the class.  This makes this round the most competitive out of all. While you can still be placed on our waitlist, there are still likely many other individuals from earlier Rounds on our waitlist that you'll be still compared against.



Now that you have a clearer picture of the advantages and disadvantages of each round, below is a reminder of our application deadlines by round for this academic year:

ROUND

APPLICATION
DEADLINE DAY

DECISION
RELEASE DAY


1
 October 6, 2017
 December 15, 2017

2
 January 5, 2018
 March 29, 2018

3
 April 12, 2018
 May 24, 2018



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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Essays (2017-2018 Application Cycle [#permalink]

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FROM NewsUCLA: UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Essays (2017-2018 Application Cycle)
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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

ESSAYS




In 2017, we made some changes to our Essay section for new applicants. As a reminder, these are the essay requirements for the 2017-18 application cycle:

NEW APPLICANTS

 - Essay Question: Describe your short-term and long-term career goals. How can the UCLA Anderson experience add value to your professional development? (500 words max)

 - Short Answer Question: Describe how you would contribute to the UCLA Anderson community. (250 words max)

REAPPLICANTS

Reapplicants are those who submitted a completed MBA application within the previous two years (those who applied for the MBA program starting in 2016 or 2017). If you applied three years or more prior, then please answer the "New Applicant" questions.

- Reapplicant Essay Question: Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)

OPTIONAL

As in previous years, we also have an optional question for those who need some additional space to explain extenuating circumstances that are not evident in the application. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit a response to the optional question. The optional question can be answered by either new applicants or reapplicants.

 - Optional Question: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)


You may be thinking...What is the best way to approach answering the essay and short answer question?


The essay and short answer are designed to allow you to share different aspects of your profile and background with us.

The essay is more professionally focused so here are some tips:

  • The skills you gained and the qualities you've learned about yourself in your past career experiences will often influence your future professional goals; so take the time to self-reflect on what you liked and didn't like in your past job(s) to help understand where you see yourself in the future. It's important that we understand how your past experiences and transferable skills fit into your future goals. 
  • With this better understanding of your past, you can start by thinking about your long-term goals and work backwards to short-term goals, and then work backwards even further to what you would do at UCLA Anderson to achieve those goals.
For the short answer question, you might think about your areas of interest beyond work, past organizations and/or groups you have been involved in and see if you can continue and share those interests in the UCLA Anderson community, or perhaps explore new areas you'd like to get involved in as a part of your MBA journey. You can connect with our students and check out our Club Webpages to explore how our student club leaders can make an impact on campus. We pride ourselves on our student-led culture and the Admissions Committee looks for qualities of student contribution potential in applicants.

What if my career plans change once I start school? 

The Admissions Committee understands that our MBA program may expose you to other professional opportunities that, in turn, may change your goals. But for the purpose of the essay, we need to know that you can set a goal, research the paths to get there and develop a well-articulated plan on how you will leverage and grow your skills with an MBA from UCLA Anderson to help you get there.

When should I use the optional essay? Is it really optional?


For those of you that may have additional situations to address (for example, an unexplained leave of absence from work or context to the reason for a less-than-stellar course grade in college), you might consider using the optional essay to address those situations. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay. The essay is truly optional and should only be used to explain situations not evident on the application, not act as an extension to the main application essay.

How do I know my essay is ready to submit?

Once you are satisfied with a draft, it is advisable to have at least two people read and review it. You may also choose to share the essay prompt with them or not to see if they can guess the topic solely from your response. Here are our recommendations on who you should ask:

  • A person who knows you very well and can quickly conclude if the essay faithfully represents you, your values and your goals. 
  • A person who may not know you as well. This person should be able to give you an objective perspective on how the essay may come across to the admissions committee, who are unlikely to have met you before. Are your goals clear and concise? Can they tell how excited you are about UCLA Anderson? Is it evident that you've done the work to get to know the school?
By getting insights from people with varying levels of knowledge about you, you should be able to refine your essay(s) further. After another review for clarity & conciseness, typos, grammar, etc., you'll be ready to press submit!



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Meet UCLA Anderson Around The World: September 2017 Events Schedule [#permalink]

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The UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions Team is on the road this Summer and Fall, hopefully in a city near you!  Take a look below at our September 2017 travel schedule* to find out where you can find us and make sure to visit us and say hi!

NORTH AMERICA


ASIA PACIFIC



LATIN AMERICA


  • Stay tuned for more events in the future

EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST




As always, there are still other ways to connect with us! You are welcome to visit us on campus for our Group Information Sessions, School Tours, and MBA Class Visits (when classes are back in session in the Fall), join us online for our online webinars and MBA Liveguide Sessions hosted by current students.



We are looking forward to meeting you soon on campus, on the road, and online!

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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Test Scores [#permalink]

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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

TEST SCORES (GMAT & GRE / TOEFL & IELTS)


When preparing your MBA application, standardized tests may cause stress and anxiety, as they do for many prospective candidates. We hope the Q&As below will help provide some insights to alleviate stress so you can focus on studying and then acing the exams!



Q. Should I take the GMAT or the GRE?

A. At UCLA Anderson, applicants have the option to submit the GMAT or GRE with their application. Both exams are evaluated equally in the admissions process, so we encourage potential candidates to submit the test with which they feel most comfortable.



Q. How should I prepare for the GMAT/GRE?

A. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare for the exam. There are many forms of test preparation including prep classes, online practice exams, test books, and one-on-one tutoring. Given your learning style, you will want to select a method that works best for you -- no one method is right for everyone! Each exam assesses your verbal, quantitative, analytical writing and integrated reasoning ability. It is important to dedicate review sessions to each component of the test as the admissions team will evaluate your performance in each area.



Q. When should I take the exam?

A. If you are currently in an undergraduate or graduate program, it might be in your best interest to take the exam now since you are already in an academic mode and mindset -- it's surprising how quickly one can forget how to effectively study for an exam! However, your test scores are valid for 5 years and it is common for many applicants to take the exam multiple times before being satisfied with their overall performance. Even though we only evaluate your highest overall score, both the GMAT and GRE provide you with the option to select which test score you prefer to submit to the institution(s) to which you’re seeking admission. Regardless, we do not penalize applicants for taking an exam multiple times.



Q. Why do we require the GMAT or GRE exam?

A. While the admissions process is holistic, one area that we always evaluate is your academic ability. In addition to your undergraduate performance, the GMAT or GRE serves as an indication of your ability to handle the rigor of an MBA program. Also, a higher GMAT or GRE score can help strengthen your academic profile if you did not perform well in undergrad and do not believe it reflects your potential. Overall, our goal is to ensure that you will be successful in the MBA program and will be able to handle its academic rigor.



Q. Is there a required minimum score?

A. At UCLA Anderson, we do not have a minimum test score that you must reach. As you prepare for the exam, we recommend that you review our most recent class profile. Do not just focus on the average score, but rather on the range of our admitted students’ figures. This will help provide a realistic picture of what you need in order to be competitive. Remember, each component of your application is given equal weight and our review is holistic, so if your performance on the exam is not as high as you might like, you can demonstrate strengths in other areas (e.g., work experience, essay, undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, etc.).



Q. Who needs to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

A. For any international applicants who completed their education outside of the United States, you will also be required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS exam with your application, unless your education was solely taught in English in an English-speaking country. The purpose of this exam is to assess your English proficiency. Given the collaborative and interactive structure of the MBA program, we want to ensure that you will be able to contribute to classroom discussions from the very first day, and these exams help us evaluate this important fluency factor. You can learn more about the TOEFL/IELTS requirement on the UCLA Graduate Division webpage.



Hopefully these insights will help guide you as you prepare for GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and/or IELTS as a part of the application process. If you have any follow-up questions about our requirements or admission process, please see our admissions webpage, our FAQs, or email us directly at mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu.



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UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Work Experience [#permalink]

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APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

WORK EXPERIENCE




Work experience is a key component of most business school applications and it yet may be a topic surrounded by a fair amount of confusion.  The majority of business schools prefer candidates that apply to their programs with some work experience under their belts for various reasons; however, most applicants are less than a 100% certain on what constitutes "enough" and/or "good" work experience, on how it is going to be measured, or on how to make it sounds as meaningful as it should.

To help you along we have compiled a list of the top 10 questions we get about this topic from our years on the road answering your questions:

1. What is the Admissions Committee really looking for in my work experience?
Our admissions officers are looking at your overall career trajectory and the decisions you made along your career path. Promotions, title changes, and increased responsibilities will display your growth within an organization. If you have led projects or supervised individuals, let us know the number of people, and duration of time. Discuss your cross-functional experience, too, as this will show your increased business acumen and understanding of additional functions of business.

2. How do I communicate my work experience throughout the application process?
There are a few different places to do so. Your essay will allow you to connect your past work experience and skills to your future short- and long- term goals. The resume will allow you to quantify your accomplishments and set them in the appropriate context for evaluation. And ultimately, the interview will let you connect all the pieces and add your own personality and voice to make your application unique and memorable.

3. I noticed your average years of work experience for the Class of 2019 is 5 years. What if I have less or more years of work experience than 5 years?
UCLA Anderson does not require work experience to apply. However, the vast majority of students have some level of full-time work experience prior to starting the program, with the average being between 4 and 5 years. (See our class profile for details). It is not so much the quantity of your work experience, but the quality. The Admissions Committee cares more about what you have done during the time you have worked, and why you want to get an MBA. For some candidates, that could be 2 years of work experience, and for others it can be over 10.

4. When do I start counting my work years of work experience?
We consider your first full-time job post-college graduation as the start of your work experience and count it all the way to when you will leave work to start the MBA.

5. I have held several jobs in a few years. Is this going to be seen as a concern or red flag?
If you have changed jobs, be sure to discuss new responsibilities and leadership opportunities that you gained, especially in areas that have given you skills required for your post-MBA goals. If you feel it necessary, explain why you switched jobs, and how these experiences led you to your career goals. This is all part of your story and you should own it and be comfortable talking about it.

6. I don’t have any full-time work experience yet. Is there something I can do to strengthen my application?
Every year a few amazing individuals with minimal-to-no full-time work experience are admitted to the program. These individuals often bring to our class stellar academics and work ethics, and can often display leadership potential and the potential to succeed in an MBA program through their own individual accomplishments, such as internships, school, and/or participation with other organizations.

7. Do college internships count as work experience?
We typically do not count the college internships while in college as full-time work experience since many college internships are truly not “full-time”. That said, if you believe your internship is significant enough and is relevant to your professional career goals, you can always list them in your resume and provide the relevant details, level of responsibility and areas of oversight, and the Admissions Committee will take it under consideration as a part of your application profile. If you do not include an internship under your career history, you can also include it undet the Activities/Extracurriculars section of our application.

8. I don’t directly manage other people and/or projects. Is there something else I can do to show my leadership and management potential?
We understand that not all individuals are given the opportunity by their employer to directly manage people or projects, regardless of their ability or desire to do so. Sometimes your leadership roles can be something that you have sought out on your own through volunteering roles inside or outside your organization, especially when your formal job does not provide with direct opportunities to do so. Make sure you talk about those aspects of your life that highlight your ability to work well with others, think big picture and use your analytical and planning skills.

9. How should I format my resume to better communicate my work experience?
We have no standard resume format that we require, but please try to limit your resume to 1-2 pages maximum (is is very rare that an applicant would have a justifiable reason to go beyond 2 pages). We ask that your resume be up-to-date and formatted in a way that we can quickly find important accomplishments, milestones achieved, leadership roles, and career progression. Whenever possible, include adequate context and provide numbers to quantify the size/impact of your contributions, plus minimize the industry jargon in favor of plain English descriptions. Your resume is an opportunity to give the Admissions Committee a summary of your pre-MBA academic, professional, and extracurricular experiences.

10. How is non-traditional experience counted (e.g., Military service, self-employed/entrepreneur, lawyer, doctor)?
UCLA Anderson values diverse perspectives in the classroom, and we welcome applicants from both traditional and non-traditional backgrounds. We recommend that you focus on what you have learned in your past experiences and the skills you’ve gained in your non-traditional experience, and how those may be transferable to allow you succeed in an MBA program and in your post-MBA career goals. Non-traditional students may have work experience prior to the start of their undergraduate career, and we will note this on an individual basis. Military experience is considered work experience in the perspective of the UCLA Anderson Admissions Committee, as you have grown significantly in leadership and decision-making.

For more information on work experience, check out the Application Requirements section of our website.



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