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Tuesday Tips: Columbia Business School Fall 2019 MBA Application Essay  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: Columbia Business School Fall 2019 MBA Application Essay Tips
ImageColumbia Business School has released the application and essay questions for applicants starting in 2019. What we have heard from the admissions committee at CBS is that authenticity is key, and they are looking for candidates who are a great fit for the program and have the academic background to handle the rigor.

Columbia is a fast-paced program in a fast-paced city. The kind of MBA student who is a good fit for Columbia and it’s setting in New York City will be those that plan to take full advantage of the unique opportunities offered by the setting.

It’s up to you to prepare your case for admission with thorough research into the school. Speak to current students, alumni and research the classes and faculty at the school to understand the full offering at Columbia.

Columbia is looking for students who have big plans for their lives, MBA or not. Before you get started with this set of essays it will be helpful to brainstorm your career objectives, strengths and weaknesses, and to think about your overall future dreams.

Columbia offers several flexible options for admission, from full time MBA programs starting in the Fall, to a January entry session and an excellent executive MBA program. Columbia also offers an early decision option for candidates that are committed to attend the school.

The Columbia admissions cycle is rolling, so the earlier you submit your application the earlier you will receive feedback. We recommend you try to submit your application as soon as possible, while maintaining high quality.

Stumped by the Columbia essays? Contact Stacy Blackman Consulting to learn how we can help.

Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

Examples of possible responses:

“Work in business development for a media company.”

“Join a strategy consulting firm.”

“Launch a data-management start-up.”

This is a deceptively simple question that requires you to condense your career goals into one clear career vision statement. As part of the question Columbia provides a few examples, which are concise and to the point.

If your goal is to work at an investment bank after graduation you could always just say: “Work in finance.” To try to add a bit more detail, consider adding a little more color. Something like: “Work in real estate finance for a private equity firm” tells the admissions committee far more about your interests and goals than just “work in finance” and sets the tone for the first essay.

Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

This a question that drives at your short- and long-term goals and plans. The word “imagination” conjures up your aspirational dreams, not just your practical plans. Those who seek a top tier MBA at a school like Columbia have big dreams. You will be exposed to people and opportunities that will expand your horizons. Think about your true passions, and feel free to explore your big dreams.

As you talk about your future you may need to refer to your past career and personal experiences. As you consider what to say make sure you are citing only relevant examples from your career. Think about the experiences you can describe that were truly pivotal and can support your future goals. Your goals should have some logical progression from your past, but you can (and should!) show you plan to change and adapt.

For example, perhaps you want to be a general manager of a company or division, and right now you have been working primarily in marketing. You might spend your time at Columbia learning about finance and strategy, being part of consulting projects and interning at a start-up to round out your experience and start on your general management path.

Most importantly, Columbia wants to know who you are and how you are different from other applicants. Don’t try to be an ideal applicant, instead reveal your real personality, motivations, goals, and plans.

Essay #2: How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? Please watch this short video featuring Dean Glenn Hubbard (250 words)

A theme of the linked video is that Columbia bridges theory and practice. Because of the location in New York City, Columbia is at the center of many industries including finance, media, fashion and technology.

Columbia specifically takes advantage of the location by employing adjunct professors from industry, encouraging internships during the school year for MBA students, and frequent lectures and mentoring from executives in various businesses.

The question posed here is how will you, specifically, use these resources that are unique to Columbia? Will you take classes from an industry expert you admire? Intern at a target company or within an industry that interests you? What other resources in New York City or within Columbia are particularly interesting to you?

A mix of personal and professional interests may be covered in this topic, and you may want to emphasize either one of those angles depending on the answers you present to the other core questions. Specifics, specifics and specifics help you set yourself apart with this essay.

Know yourself and know the school. As you address this question make sure your answer is tailored to your individual goals for learning and career along with your knowledge of Columbia’s academic and professional opportunities.

Essay #3: Please provide an example of a team failure of which you have been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (250 words)

The answer to this question can reveal quite a bit about how you work within a team, handle adversity, and turn around a bad situation. These type of behavioral essays work best with plenty of detail.

A structure like the STAR method is a good way to tackle any behavioral question. Make sure to set up the Situation, outline the Task you need to tackle, then describe the Action you took, and finally the Result of that action. Consider any team dynamics you want to describe and make sure to outline your own behavior.

Note that this a failure question, so your result may have been a bad one, and that’s perfectly acceptable for this essay. This question also provides a second chance for you. If the result of your story was not ideal, what would you change in retrospect? Did you learn anything that you have since applied?

Even if the failure was in the process and the result was positive, reflect upon how the team could have worked more productively along the way. Demonstrating the ability to reflect, refine your approach, and improve is a key signal of maturity.

Optional Essay: Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (500 words)

We recommend keeping this essay brief and only focusing on specific areas such as a low demonstrated quantitative abilities, lack of a recommendation from a current supervisor, gaps in work experience, or particularly low grades. It is best to explain the issue factually and succinctly, then explain how you have addressed the issue and why it should not concern the admissions committee in terms of your aptitude for the program and studies.

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Michigan Ross Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Michigan Ross Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines
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The Ross School of Business at University of Michigan has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions season.

Round 1
Application due: October 1, 2018

Decision released: December 21, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 7, 2019

Decision released: March 15, 2019

Round 3
Application due: March 18, 2019

Decision released: May 10, 2019

All applications are due by 11:59 EST on the day of the deadline in order to be considered within that round. Michigan Ross also encourages international students apply in Round 1 or Round 2 because of visa requirements and to ensure consideration for scholarships.

For more information, please visit the Ross MBA admissions website.

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Michigan Ross Streamlines Fall 2019 MBA Essay Questions  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Michigan Ross Streamlines Fall 2019 MBA Essay Questions
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The University of Michigan Ross School of Business has opened its application for the 2018-2019 admissions season, and this year’s app features slight updates to the required MBA essays, as follows.

Part 1: Short Answer Questions
Select one prompt from each group. Respond to your selected prompts using 100 words or fewer (<100 words each; 300 words total).

Group 1

  • I want people to know that I:
  • I made a difference when I:
Group 2

  • I was humbled when:
  • I am out of my comfort zone when:
Group 3

  • I was aware that I am different when:
  • I find it challenging when people:
“One of the things we heard from this year’s applicants was that they loved having the option to choose which essay prompt to respond to. So we’re keeping that feature but providing two options per short answer group rather than three,” Admissions Director Soojin Kwon explains on her blog.

“We kept the ones that seemed to provide the best platform for sharing something meaningful and unique about yourselves. We also made a minor tweak to the career goal essay to make it more straightforward, because that’s what we’re looking for — straightforward,” the director adds.

Part 2: Essay
Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this the right choice for you? (300 words)

Optional Statement
This section should only be used to convey information not addressed elsewhere in your application, for example, completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.

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If you’re interested in visiting the campus this summer, Michigan Ross does offer its Visit in Person program once in June and once in July. You may also find a Ross event near you throughout the summer and fall.

For more information about the Ross MBA program, please visit the admissions website.

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London Business School Fall 2019 Essay Questions  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: London Business School Fall 2019 Essay Questions
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The London Business School has confirmed that the essay questions for the 2018-2019 admissions season will remain the same as last year. They are as follows:

Required Essay
What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these? (500 words)

Optional Essay
Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (500 words)

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Admissions dates for the August 2019 entry have not been set yet, but LBS expects them to be similar to the current cycle:

Round 1: Mid-September 2018

Round 2: Early January 2019

Round 3: Early March 2019

Round 4: Mid-April 2019

SBC will update the deadlines once they are confirmed. The MBA 2021 application will open in early August. For additional information on applying, please visit the LBS admissions website.

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Duke Fuqua Announces Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Duke Fuqua Announces Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines
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The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions cycle.

Early Action:
Application due: September 12, 2018

Decision released: October 19, 2018

Round 1
Application due: October 10, 2018

Decision released: December 13, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 3, 2019

Decision released: March 18, 2019

Round 3
Application due: March 20, 2019

Decision released: April 29, 2019

A note to applicants: 

All deadlines are at 11:59 pm ET. The Early Action option is ideal for applicants who have completed their MBA research and have decided that this is the best program for them.

If your ability to enroll is dependent upon receiving merit-based scholarship assistance, you should apply during Early Action, Round 1, or Round 2.

International Applicants: you must apply during Early Action, Round 1, or Round 2 for visa processing.

Re-applicants: reapply during Early Action or Round 1.

The 2018-2019 Daytime MBA application will be available in late-July.

For more information, please visit the Duke Fuqua admissions website.

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Tuck School Plans to Drop Early Action, November Application Rounds  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuck School Plans to Drop Early Action, November Application Rounds
Earlier this month, Luke Anthony Peña, executive director for admissions at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, laid out plans on the Tuck 360 blog to “sunset” two of the program’s admissions rounds and rename the rest.

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“My colleagues and I want your Tuck application experience to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible,” Peña writes. “So the team and I looked at our admissions rounds, and one number jumped out…100. That’s the number of days between our November round application deadline, and when we give you a decision—the longest wait of any round at any of our peer schools!”

For the 2018-19 admissions cycle, applicants can bid farewell to the financially demanding Early Action round, as well as the lengthy-wait producing November round. Deadlines will now hit in late September, early January, and early April (exact dates forthcoming) and will no longer be named after the month. Expect to apply in Round 1, Round 2, or Round 3.

There’s a lot of excitement at Tuck School these days, including two things that will ease the financial burden of applicants:  a $15 million gift for scholarship funding that the school received in February, and the $250 million capital campaign. The top priorities of the campaign are new investments in students—increasing Tuck’s current scholarship abilities—as well as investments in support of faculty excellence, program innovation, and campus revitalization.

“I recognize that financing your MBA is an important consideration,” Peña writes. “If you want to be at Tuck, I want you to have the financial resources you need to be here. I’m thrilled that the campaign will bring us closer to that goal.”

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No Sure-Fire ‘Formula’ for MBA Admissions Success  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: No Sure-Fire ‘Formula’ for MBA Admissions Success
As you begin to work on your Round 1 MBA materials, we have some advice for you: don’t try to be “Joe MBA.”

One of the biggest mistakes we see applicants make is assuming that the surest route to business school admission is playing it safe and doing what “everyone else” does. We hear things like, “Well my friend went to Stanford and he wrote about how he wanted to launch a start-up, so I’m going to say that, too.” Or, “My co-worker who got into Kellogg last year isn’t that different from me, so if she says my materials are fine then I should probably shouldn’t change anything.”

Remember: no two people are the same, and that’s a good thing! The key to a successful MBA application is showing exactly what you — and nobody else but you — can bring to the program. So please don’t be afraid to let your originality and your true personality come through in your materials.

On that same note, if you honestly tend to spew out multiple three- and four-syllable words in a normal conversation, then it’s fine to do so in your essays. But if you have a trusted friend review what you’ve written and they remark that it sounds nothing like you, that’s a red flag.

Did you include a bunch of “big words” — or worse, buzzwords and industry jargon — because you thought it would make you sound like a dream candidate? We’d suggest making your responses less formal and having your friend review them again to ensure your unique voice is represented.

Here’s an easy way to judge whether or not you’re on the right track: read over your materials and ask if you’d want to be in class with yourself. Are you coming across as someone who’s interesting, has a lot to share with others, and would be a great addition to any MBA program? Or do you sound like Joe MBA — accomplished, sure . . . but also pretty darn boring.

Think of it this way:

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Until next time,

The team at Stacy Blackman Consulting

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Tuesday Tips: Michigan Ross Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: Michigan Ross Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips
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The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is a program that emphasizes learning both inside and outside the classroom, and is seeking candidates that are intellectually curious and able to accomplish their goals.

Ross is also a close-knit community and fit with the program is important to demonstrate in the application process. Visiting Ross or learning about the program through current students, alumni or faculty would be helpful before starting this set of essays.

Admissions Director Soojin Kwon explains on her blog that “one of the things we heard from this year’s applicants was that they loved having the option to choose which essay prompt to respond to. So we’re keeping that feature but providing two options per short answer group rather than three,”

Kwon goes on to say that: “we kept the ones that seemed to provide the best platform for sharing something meaningful and unique about yourselves.”

PART 1: SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS
Select one prompt from each group. Respond to your selected prompts using 100 words or fewer (<100 words each; 300 words total).

Group 1

• I want people to know that I:

• I made a difference when I:

Group 2

• I was humbled when:

• I am out of my comfort zone when:

Group 3

• I was aware that I am different when:

• I find it challenging when people:

Take note that these short answers are about getting to know you and your personality, not your collection of accomplishments. Some of the personal attributes most valued at Ross include community engagement and interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills.

When you think about your short answers you may want to write about an important extracurricular moment, a challenge you overcame, or an event in your life that highlights something unique about your background.

Looking at each group in turn, Group 1 might be an opportunity to talk about impact and action. It reads as a place to highlight accomplishments. The first prompt is entirely open-ended and allows you to talk about something you are proud of, a personal quality, or an experience. For the next prompt, you could describe when you made a difference to an organization, person or advanced a cause that is important to you.

Group 2 is more about your reaction to events in your life and your character. How do you interpret what happens to you and how do you handle adversity and discomfort? This is certainly a place to talk about some of the unique experiences in your life, like living outside your home country, working with people different from yourself, or facing a challenge at work or in your personal life.

Group 3 is an opportunity to highlight how you are unique as compared to other people you know. These questions ask for some self-awareness as you describe who you are and how others may view you. What makes you different from your peers? What is a particular challenge to you that may not be to other people?

PART 2: ESSAY
Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this the right choice for you? (300 words)

Admissions Director Kwon said in her blog post about the new essays that they “made a minor tweak to the career goal essay to make it more straightforward, because that’s what we’re looking for — straightforward.”

To meet the goal of a straightforward answer to this question you should your career goal in a sentence or two and use the remainder of the space to elaborate.

Answering “why” you chose your short-term career goal is crucial. As you describe your goal make sure you explain what has led you to pursue it, and why it resonates with you. The answer doesn’t need to be elaborate or dramatic, but it should be convincing and real. Note that the question highlights “all backgrounds and different career goals” that all thrive at Ross. If you have a unique background or goal it can be an asset to show how you will contribute to this environment where everyone thrives.

As Kwon advised last year, the admissions committee does not expect you to have all the experience needed for your career goals right now, but “We want to know that you understand the skills that are important for your desired career.

Recruiters assess whether you’re able to bring relevant skills/strengths to the table, so we do the same. Some of the skills and knowledge you’ll need will be developed during your time in the MBA program, but students are more successful in their career search if they understand the skills required to succeed in their chosen field.”

Finally, a successful essay will explain why Ross is the right program for you. Thorough school research will help you compose the best answer. Make sure you connect with current and former students personally if possible. You can still visit Ross this summer before round 1, but you may want to make your trip in the fall when you can meet students on campus.

If you cannot find people to speak to through your network of friends, family and colleagues, most MBA students are open and willing to speak to interested prospective students. To find current Michigan Ross students you can reach out through student clubs or the admissions office.

OPTIONAL STATEMENT
This section should only be used to convey information not addressed elsewhere in your application, for example, completion of supplemental coursework, employment gaps, academic issues, etc. Feel free to use bullet points where appropriate.

Take it directly from the Ross admissions director: “The optional essay should only be used if there’s something in your background that requires a brief explanation. It’s not the place to submit an essay you wrote for another school, or to tell us how much you love Ross.”

Think about anything that may raise questions while reviewing a resume, transcript or recommendations. Typically the kinds of gaps that raise questions are significant gaps in employment (more than a few months), anything below a C on your college transcript (particularly in quantitative coursework) and low test scores.

Stacy Blackman Consulting has worked with successful candidates to Michigan Ross for over a decade and can offer comprehensive strategic advice every step of the way. Contact us to learn more.

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Tuck School at Dartmouth Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuck School at Dartmouth Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines
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The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions season.

Round 1
Application due: September 24, 2018

Decision released: December 6, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 7, 2019

Decision released: March 14, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 1, 2019

Decision released: May 9, 2019

First Round Consortium
Application due: October 15, 2018

Decision released: December 6, 2018

Second Round Consortium
Application due: January 5, 2019

Decision released: March 14, 2019

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on the day of the deadline.  Stay tuned for the announcement regarding Tuck’s essay questions for the upcoming season.

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Chicago Booth Alumnus Dave Chenn Gives $10M for Key University Priorit  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Chicago Booth Alumnus Dave Chenn Gives $10M for Key University Priorities
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Chicago Booth School of Business alumnus Dave Liguang Chenn (MBA 2000) has gifted the university $10 million for several priority initiatives at both the University of Chicago and the Booth School of Business, the school announced this week.

The new University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong—slated to open in July 2018—will receive $3 million of Chenn’s total gift.  The Center houses Chicago Booth’s Executive MBA Program in Asia, College study abroad programs, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation, and faculty research projects.

Chenn’s gift will also provide scholarship support for both graduate business students and undergraduate students, with $2 million going to scholarships for full-time MBA students at Chicago Booth, and an additional $2 million directed toward the College’s Odyssey Scholarship Program for undergraduate students.

“This generous gift will have a transformational and lasting impact on areas of great need at the College and of high priority at the university and Chicago Booth.”—  Dean Madhav Rajan.

“The Center in Hong Kong is pivotal to the university’s and Booth’s Asia strategy. Scholarships allow us to attract the most talented students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. And the Innovation Fund supports ventures that have the potential to benefit society for years to come. We are deeply grateful for Dave’s vision and philanthropy,” Rajan added.

Finally, Chenn’s gift will provide $3 million to the UChicago Innovation Fund, which is managed by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Innovation Fund provides proof-of-concept funding to UChicago-affiliated ventures and technologies that have the greatest promise to drive societal impact. The Innovation Fund fills a critical gap in venture funding, providing early capital that is often unavailable, helping bring groundbreaking ideas to market.

“Since my graduation from Chicago Booth many years ago, I have always appreciated the values and the principles that had been taught in this fine institution and the many great lifelong friends I had met there,” Chenn said.

“I hope my contributions will help the university and Booth to attract the best students from around the world, and enhance their global impact, particularly in Asia, with the new campus in Hong Kong.”

A 2000 Booth graduate, Chenn is the founder, CEO, and managing partner of Oceanpine Capital, an equity investment management firm focusing on growth companies across all stages. He also is founder and chairman of China Century Group, a multinational company headquartered in Beijing, China, with business and subsidiaries in China, Southeast Asia, and the U.S.

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The Goizueta Business School at Emory University has released the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions season.

Round 1
Application due: October 5, 2018

Decision released: November 30, 2018

Round 2*
Application due: November 9, 2018

Decision released: January 25, 2019

Round 3**
Application due: January 4, 2019

Decision released: March 8, 2019 (domestic and one-year international)/

March 15, 2019 (two-year international)

Round 4
Application due: March 8, 2019

Decision released: rolling (one-year)/May 3, 2019 (two-year)

* Preferred deadline for One-Year MBA applicants, international applicants, and applicants interested in consideration for top named scholarship.

** Final deadline for general merit-based scholarships.

For more information about the Emory MBA program, please visit the Goizueta admissions website.

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Over the past couple of weeks, top MBA programs — including Harvard Business School, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Michigan Ross School of Business, Duke Fuqua, INSEAD and Columbia Business School — have started announcing their deadlines for the 2018–2019 application season.

While those September and October dates might seem far away right now, we assure you that the next few months are going to go by in a flash. We can also guarantee that many of your fellow applicants are already diving into the MBA process, especially since some schools, such as Columbia, LBS and HBS, have also confirmed their essay questions. You can expect that most programs’ full applications will be available online in the coming month or so.

So how can you go about getting your head in the game when the thought of pulling together application materials doesn’t exactly seem urgent just yet, especially for applicants in the US who recently ended a long holiday weekend?

First and foremost, it’s never too early to start a list of potential recommenders. You’ll want to consider managers and co-workers who know you extremely well and can speak to both your professional achievements and personal qualities.

You can also start thinking about your essay responses for schools who have released their questions . . . or for some of the more commonly asked queries, such as “What are your future career goals?” and “Why School X?”.

Even if you intend to wait a few more months to begin drafting responses, letting ideas brew in the back of your mind in the meantime can only help you come up with more possibilities for compelling themes.

Contemplate what makes you tick, what you’re truly passionate about, and what you honestly want to do in the future. Then consider the “whys.” Why does a certain cause speak to you? Why do you know you’d be happiest working in your target field? Why do you care so much about improving the healthcare system in your country?

By the end of summer — in the U.S. that would be Labor Day weekend in early September — you’ll be finalizing your MBA Class of 2021 materials. The best way to keep from becoming a huge ball of stress and anxiety in the process is to pace yourself, and there’s no time like the present to get going.

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The Stanford Graduate School of Business has published the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions season.

Round 1

Application Deadline: September 18, 2018

Notification Date: December 13, 2018

Round 2

Application Deadline: January 10, 2019

Notification Date: March 28, 2019

Round 3

Application Deadline: April 3, 2019

Notification Date: May 16, 2019

Candidates should note that all materials must be submitted by 11 a.m. Pacific Time on the day of the deadline to be considered for that round. The application will go live in June. For more information, please visit the Stanford GSB admissions website.

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The Yale School of Management has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions season.

Round 1
Application due: September 12, 2018

Decision released: December 5, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 7, 2019

Decision released: April 2, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 16, 2019

Decision released: May 21, 2019

Applicants should note there is no difference between Rounds 1 and 2 in terms of selectivity, though Yale SOM states it may be more difficult to be admitted in Round 3, where space availability may become an issue.

For more information, please visit the Yale SOM admissions website.

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The UCLA Anderson School of Management has posted the followingMBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions cycle.

Round 1
Application due: October 2, 2018

Decision released: December 18, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 8, 2019

Decision released: March 26, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 16, 2019

Decision released: May 21, 2019

Applicants  must submit their application by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on the day of the deadline in order to be considered for that round. The online application will be available starting August 1, 2018. For more information, check out the Anderson MBA admissions website.

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Bruce DelMonico, assistant dean of admissions at the Yale School of Management, has previewed the required essay for the 2018-2019 full-time MBA application. It remains unchanged from last year’s prompt.

Required Essay Question
Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

In his post, DelMonico noted the following: “This application essay question evolved from a conversation with Professor of Organizational Behavior Amy Wrzesniewski about how to get a better sense for what our applicants care about in the world. She notes, ‘Reading about future plans is helpful, but actions speak louder than words. What big commitments have applicants already made in their lives to date, how did they follow through on them, and what does this tell us about who they are? That is what is at the heart of this question’.”

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Having the opportunity to learn from the best and brightest minds in business is one of the top motivators for many applicants considering an MBA degree at an elite business school. The professors and lecturers you’ll encounter have worked in the trenches, and bring an incredible wealth of real-world experiences into the classroom setting.

In our new limited series of professor interviews on the SBC blog, readers will get to know a bit more about these brilliant academics, what fields most excite them, the trends they foresee, what they enjoy most about teaching at their respective universities, and how it all comes together with their students.

Today we’ll introduce you to Dr. Anne-Laure Sellier, Associate Professor of Marketing at HEC Paris.  Prior to joining HEC Paris, Sellier was a faculty member at the London Business School, and at the Stern School of Business of New York University. She also taught at the Columbia Business School.

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Her current research interests are in the area of time perception influences on decision-making, creativity, self-regulation, self-control, consumer happiness, cognitive biases, and generally in how emotions and cognitions interact in judgment and decision-making.

Education: Ph.D. in Management

Courses Taught: Creativity Accelerators, Consumer Behavior, Decision Making and Influence

What triggered your interest in your subject matter?
Creativity is our highest cognitive function and remains poorly understood. I am keen on pursuing creativity-related topics as there is so much to discover, and so much of the environment that we currently live on quite simply stifles creativity that studying the simple changes we can implement is very enjoyable.

My interest in time perception comes from another simple observation: we do not make decisions and evaluate things and people around us in a temporal vacuum. Considerable research shows that the timing of our thoughts dramatically influences the quality of the decisions we make. Equally critical to understanding how to make good decisions is to investigate when to make them.

Finally, my interest in social influence comes from the fact that we live in a world in which making decisions alone is remarkably rare. Others surround us and influence us, either directly (i.e., others are physically near us) or indirectly (e.g., we are surfing the Internet knowing that others are surfing the same platform).

We’ve known for a while that social influence has powerful influences on the way we think and behave. In a world more social than ever, it appears critical to understand the specific influences that a single person, a hundred people, or a million views can have on our decision making.

What’s changed since you entered the field?
Modern societies changed, with the technological revolution. The way we live, work, communicate, and meditate about the world (or simply waste time online) has dramatically changed in the past 15 years, and we don’t understand much of what the world will look like in twenty years from now, due to this rapid rate of change.

Our thinking gets obviously affected, and it is timely — in fact, urgent — to understand the benefits and disadvantages of this technological revolution.

Any surprising or unique applications of your field of study?
Of course! Scientific discovery is all about carving out applications that people would not have thought of ex ante, so they are by definition surprising. One finding, for instance, is that the presence of a clock in a room can take control out of people’s minds — they instantly feel that things happen in the world more randomly, which is a problem if these people are CEOs (as CEOs are hopefully feeling responsible for the actions they take).

What do you like about the school you are teaching at?
HEC has sensational students. Not only are they smart, they also typically received a renaissance education, which makes it rewarding to exchange with them on how to best solve business issues that they will be confronted with.

What can you do in the classroom to best prepare students for the real world?
Practice, practice, practice solving business issues with…themselves. It is one thing to understand good rational thinking in theory, and another to know how you make decisions (well or not) and how you make them when working in groups (you’re a different animal with others).

I try to make students aware as much as possible of these different selves they have, so they know how to navigate their own decision-making optimally after school (e.g., which type of company should they join? Which kind of team culture? Etc.).

What are you most excited about that’s happening in your field?
I’m excited about the fact that data has become easier and cheaper to get than ever, and that we can obtain it on an unprecedented large-scale. With big data and artificial intelligence, we are now able to empirically test certain predictions more convincingly than before. In psychology, this promises to make a tremendous difference.

Can you speak to interesting trends in your field?
The trend I am most excited about is that fewer research papers should get published, as the standards for research excellence are becoming more and more stringent. This means that slow research is coming back — they has been a tendency to publish away, too many papers, too quickly, with the major downside of encouraging the publication of marginally interesting findings.

Best advice for an aspiring business mogul?
Please orient your business as much as you can to solving the environmental crisis. This should be the higher-order goal of your business.

What’s the impact you want to leave on your students? … On the world?
Help them see what they feel they are to accomplish in their lives. Create value for the world, the most important being the preservation of our environment.

Thank you so much Professor Sellier for sharing your insights and experiences with our readers! You can watch Sellier’s fascinating TED Talk video on clock timers vs even timers— “What how you view time says about you”—at TEDxHEC Paris.

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Tuesday Tips: London Business School Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips  [#permalink]

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London Business School values independence and original thought. Other values clearly displayed by LBS are multiculturalism and an international approach to business.

This application is streamlined, with only two essay questions. In order to showcase all of your career accomplishments, extracurriculars and personal attributes you will likely need to maximize other parts of the application, like your resume and recommendations. Talk to your recommenders about the experiences in your background you might want to highlight through their letters, and use your resume to describe key moments at work.

Understanding the culture at London Business School will be important to answering the essay questions and preparing the rest of your application for admission. One of the best ways to get to know LBS is to visit campus, and/or interact with a London Business School Student Ambassador. Once you have a good sense of the school and how you will take advantage of the opportunity to attend LBS, you will be better prepared to approach the essay questions.

REQUIRED ESSAY
What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these? (500 words)

Self-awareness about your strengths and interests will help you refine what you truly want in your career. To take your research into your post-LBS options deeper it could be helpful to talk to colleagues and alumni who have MBAs in your field to identify various career paths. Make sure that your career goals are both realistic and aspirational. Think about the short term roles post-MBA that may lead to your most ambitious longer term goals.

Your past experiences have certainly informed your post-MBA plans, and touching on those most relevant will be helpful to setting the background for your current pursuit of an MBA. To make this essay more than a rehash of your resume, think about explaining the rationale for your decisions throughout the essay. Why did you pursue your past experience and what has been the impetus behind subsequent career choices? At this point, why are you choosing LBS?

As you speak with current LBS students and visit campus or other events, learn as much as you can about the programs, professors, and classes that may help you achieve your goals. What do you think you will learn at LBS and in your time in London that will lead to achievement of your career goals? The network you create during your MBA will open doors for you, and preparing for this essay can help you to make the most of the experience.

OPTIONAL ESSAY
Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (500 words)

In describing the LBS vision, continued business impact, the school describes the culture: “We challenge how things are done and we teach our students to constantly question and innovate. We believe in providing our students with the most diverse, world-class and rewarding business education in the world.” This open-ended question is a great opportunity to touch on a personal story and add color to your story to demonstrate how you will be part of this culture. This could be the ideal place to describe a unique background, experience or attribute that did not fit elsewhere in the application.

Diversity can be about where you are from, the culture you identify with, the people you grew up with, or your approach to life. If diversity of experience or attitude doesn’t resonate for you, consider when you have approached a challenge and innovated. When have you taken a new view or challenged conventional wisdom? Global perspective is invaluable as well. Think about stories that could illustrate how you have demonstrated any of these qualities that are valued by LBS.

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The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions season.

Round 1
Application due: September 19, 2018

Decision released: December 12, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 9, 2019

Decision released: March 27, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 10, 2019

Decision released: May 15, 2019

Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. CT on the application deadline date. All applicants are considered equally; however, the earlier you apply, the greater chance we can accommodate your interview preference. If you’re an international applicant, Kellogg encourages you to apply in Round 1 or 2 to allow time for your visa application.

For additional information on applying, please visit the Kellogg School MBA admissions website.

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The Bigger Picture: Say Yes  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: The Bigger Picture: Say Yes
When my kids were younger, and less independent, every single day was a master juggling feat. Carpools, shuttling across town in LA traffic, homework, doctor appointments, playdates, childcare. I remember making plans with another mom and trying to determine how the logistics would work for that day. Her kids were a bit older and she wisely said to me: “I always just say yes and then figure out how to make it all happen later.”

Wise words indeed.

I immediately adopted her strategy. Let me clarify. You only say yes if you want something to happen (which may seem obvious). And y would never say no just because you cannot figure out how to make it work. You say yes and then you figure it out. This is how my three kids could be at different schools, with different groups pf friends spread out all across the city, involved in a dizzying array of activities and social commitments, weekend retreats, sporting events and appointments.

Can’t this philosophy be applied to other aspects of our lives?

Taking a big trip

Switching careers

Applying to graduate school

Launching a new business

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When taking on any new initiative, be it a 4th grader’s after school schedule or launching a podcast, the devil is in the details. Those details are usually impossible to fully predict and plan for. It’s often better to take it one day at a time and figure it out as you go along. It’s far less intimidating and overwhelming that way. You may be working on publishing a book. But you don’t need to figure out how to distribute the book on day one. You don’t need to ponder how you will find an agent. You don’t need to figure out the cover design. Instead, focus on writing five pages, or two pages, or an outline of the first chapter. You will confront each additional challenge as it arises.

I figure that in life we shoot down a huge percentage of ideas and opportunities because we are not sure how we are going to pull them off. What if we start with the assumption that we can make it happen. The only question is: do we want to?

If you want to do it, then just say YES.

Say yes and figure it out later.

 

 

 

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