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Former Wharton Adcom Director Speaks to Applying During COVID

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Here is the chat log from our recent chat session with Personal MBA Coach held on June 2 8am PDT | 8:30pm IST

Can you speak to Wharton from a reapplicant standpoint? I got dinged last R1 with no interview with 3 years WE (at matriculation) despite “competitive” stats… Will I be more competitive in that “4 years WE” bucket? Can I refine my prior narrative and story, or does admissions look for a major overhaul of your story?

The number of yrs of work is not always the key. It is how u r progressing at work and in your reflection in your application. I saw some1 get admitted into Wharton on his 5th try!

Hi MJ, my team was pretty much let go but I was retained in my job and given a promotion too. Is this something that will look good to adcoms? How do I spin this in my applications as being a specialist in my field?

Keeping a job is a good thing. But layoffs r do common that they are no longer viewed as a negative. If a recommended says u were retained because of your talents, that would be an asset.

Hi....Does wharton consider second mba applicants

Yes

How competitive do you think round 1 will be this year vs prior years

It is likely 2 b very competitive

Hi MJ , i have more than 10 years work ex in financial industry and looking for 1 year MBA in finance or executive MBA....as i am into financial services... what would be better and wjat should i aim for

Any of a number of top programs would work. The question is what u plan do going forward and what u hope to get out of a program academically.

Hi MJ....does Wharton consider applicants who have already done mba once...

It has historically done so - if u can make a good case for earning one - what will u gain that u didn’t the 2st timr.

Getting into MBA colleges,particularly Wharton, got any tougher? Will the Adcom look for something specific now? With online GMAT format, will the cut off be low? ( I know there is no official cut-off, but still it DOES make a difference). But to score on online GMAT is even tougher!

Admission is always relative to the numbers and strength of the applicant pool, Adcom r aware of differences between online and in person tests.not dure what u mean by wanting something specific now.

I also have mms in marketing from Mumbai University but now want finance degree with international exposure...is it okay ? Or will it be treated negative ?

As long as u can explain your rationale 4 a 2d grad degree. U should be fine.

Applicants who are older and have done mba before, does a 2 mba makes sense. How are such applicants seen as during admission or

A 2d mba can make sense if u r looking 2 add new competencies or skills to your profile and do provide an opportunity 4 an internship between yrs 1 and 2.

Hi MJ, I have 10 years of workex, 30 years, female, India. Working as a vice president in a fintech firm. Haven’t done my masters yet, CFA level 3 candidate for Dec-20. Does Wharton consider candidates on higher side of experience? Yet to appear for my GMAT.

Wharton does consider folks with your type of profile. Just make a clear case for why an MBA makes sense NOW.

Why is this year going to be tougher? Does that mean people should apply next year instead? Does this mean older mba applicant should think of embas as they get older and more experienced?

There is always room for great applicants in MBA programs. Age is not the determining factor in admissions.

Can any one provide me MBA application resume samples?

Check this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LawQvx7UZh8

Sample essays can be found on personalmbacoach.com

Admission is always relative to the numbers and strength of the applicant pool. Adcom r aware of differences between online and in person tests.not dure what u mean by wanting something specific now.

Thanks MJ. Adcom r aware? (you mean they know its more touch to score on the online exam?) That sounds really motivating somehow. I mean are they looking for less asians? or something of that sort? Maybe looking for more of native candidates?

Why is this year going to be tougher? Does that mean people should apply next year instead? Does this mean older mba applicant should think of embas as they get older and more experienced?

Next year may be tougher because of issues and certainty this year related 2 the virus.

If there were 3 things people forget to put in their essay and 3 mistakes people tend to do, what would those be?

The biggest mistake is to lack reflection or authenticity. It is not an issue of what is not included.

When sending transcripts, should it be for bachelor, masters or any previous degrees?

All of the above. :’l

Would you expect to see more international applicants in this fall or in January?

Yes.

Admission is always relative to the numbers and strength of the applicant pool. Adcom r aware of differences between online and in person tests.not dure what u mean by wanting something specific now.

Thanks MJ. Adcom r aware? (you mean they know its more touch to score on the online exam?) That sounds really motivating somehow. I mean are they looking for less asians? or something of that sort? Maybe looking for more of native candidates?

Yes. Adcom tend to view things holistically. Admissions is as much an art as a science.

As a member of Adcom, what trait/quality you like to see in the candidate ? (Indian male, IT candidate)

The same thing that we look 4 in all applicants. Be genuine, thoughtful, focused on not only why an mba now, but on how u will contribute to an mba program
And have sold goals post mba that r reasonable for your background. sometimes applicants expect a "vogue makeover" that is not always realistic. :-)

MJ, can you elaborate on " very competitive?" what percent increase are you seeing? Does quantity of applicants = a equal rise in quality of applicants? Any further detail would be appreciated...

Good questions. No way 2 predict how competitive admissions will be. It is a moving target. A rise in quantity does not always equal quality.:-)

If we apply to Wharton , directly after bachelors without having any job experience, how will my application be ranked among others?

It is not a matter of ranking. Professional experience first is generally preferred.

Will it be advantageous for students to apply this fall, with the on going pandemic situation. or should one wait?

Applying during an economic downturn has historically been a good to apply. Study as things improve and enter a stronger job market

Out of my total work ex i have one year work ex in IT ..but don’t have work ex letter as there was a bond but i did resign and inform the employer so i wont be able to hide this one year.... what should i do?

Not quite sure of your question. Definitely include j0ob on your application / resume. If u r asking about a recommendations. Then maybe a client, customer or community volunteer director could be an option.

Hi I’m Purva and I’m a lawyer.. I’m currently working in the socia sector and I have my own not for profit company. I want to change my field and specialize in sustainable energy .. what can I do to improve my profile?

Connect your goal to any prior work or community service involvement u have. Make sure it appears as well thought out and not just a sudden dream. :-)

What would be the visa scenario in USA..wud the students able to work in usa after the degree

Larger firms often sponsor international students 2 work in US post MBA., but there is no guarantee.

That is all from this chat, for more valuable chat sessions please visit the forum again and also you can follow me.

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