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Wharton School Announces the Fall 2019 MBA Essays  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Wharton School Announces the Fall 2019 MBA Essays
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This year, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has updated the MBA essay questions for the 2018-19 admissions cycle. First-time applicants and re-applicants are required to complete both essays.

Per the Wharton MBA admissions website, the Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level, and encourages you to be introspective, candid and succinct. Most importantly, be yourself.

Required MBA Essays
Essay 1: What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

Essay 2: Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. How will you use what you learned through that experience to contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)

Additional Question (required for all Reapplicants)
Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)*

*First-time applicants may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

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

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Georgetown MBA Program Increases Scholarships for Veterans  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Georgetown MBA Program Increases Scholarships for Veterans
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Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has announced it will increase Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program funding for veterans enrolled in graduate programs, starting in the fall of 2018.

Students will now receive $15,000 per year from Georgetown McDonough, which is matched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, for a total of $30,000 annually toward tuition and fees in addition to the Post-9/11 tuition benefits.

This is up from $10,000 in previous years. Additionally, the school no longer caps the program’s enrollment, allowing an unlimited number of eligible students to benefit from the funding.

“By virtue of being in Washington, D.C., we share a home with many members of the military community seeking to transfer their valuable training and experiences into the business world,” said Paul Almeida, dean of the McDonough School of Business. “We are proud to increase our Yellow Ribbon funding for these service men and women. Easing their financial access to our programs is one way we can thank them for their service.”

Georgetown McDonough graduate programs covered by the Yellow Ribbon Program include the Full-time and Evening MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, Executive Master’s in Leadership, M.A. in International Business and Policy, and M.S. in Finance.

To qualify for the program, the Department of Veterans Affairs specifies that participants must be 100 percent eligible for Post-9/11 benefits, not be on active duty or receiving transferred benefits from a spouse on active duty, be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and accrue a total tuition and fees amount that is more than the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum for an academic year.

Follow the link to learn more about the GeorgetownYellow Ribbon Program and details on how to apply.

Source: Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

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Will Lack of Community Service Doom Your MBA Candidacy?  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Will Lack of Community Service Doom Your MBA Candidacy?
If you’re applying to business schools in Round 1, the process of pulling your materials together will consume much of your life in the coming months. Of particular focus will be planning how to best position yourself.

If you’ve taken on leadership roles in volunteer organizations or have actively engaged with a nonprofit you’re passionate about, you’ll want to be sure you play up that angle in your materials.

But what if you’ve done nothing on that front? No volunteering, no extracurricular involvement — nada. Is your candidacy doomed?

Not necessarily. Admissions committees understand that it’s extremely hard for some people to have meaningful involvement in an organization outside of work. This is often the case for those whose jobs constantly keep them on the road, or whose typical workday doesn’t even afford them the opportunity for a full night’s sleep.

So the good news is that we have certainly seen compelling candidates be accepted to top programs even though they lack post-college extracurriculars.

However, if you weren’t involved in anything outside of class when you were an undergraduate, either, that might be a red flag. The MBA experience is about leveraging all facets of your life — not just what you’ve achieved on the job — to help your classmates learn.

So if you have no volunteer work or extracurricular activities to talk about, brainstorm what other relevant things you could share with fellow students in class. Think along the lines of travel or cultural experiences, or even a family situation. What else are you passionate about besides your job, and how has that passion manifested itself?

While it could look disingenuous to join a bunch of volunteer organizations in the months leading up to Round 1 deadlines, you could still see if your employer has any community-focused committees or sponsors any local events that you could get involved with in the near future.

Admissions committees are looking for well-rounded people.

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NYU Stern School of Business Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: NYU Stern School of Business Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines
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The Stern School of Business at New York University has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the full-time MBA program for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle. Applicants should note that the school has added a fourth round this year, in November.

Round 1
Application due: October 15, 2018

Decision released: January 1, 2019

Round 2
Application due: November 15, 2018

Decision released: February 1, 2019

Round 3
Application due: January 15, 2019

Decision released: April 1, 2019

Round 4
Application due: March 15, 2019

Decision released: June 1, 2019

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All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the day of the deadline to be considered in that round. International applicants are encouraged to apply earlier in the application cycle to facilitate visa arrangements and to have priority consideration for off-site interviews, if desired.

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NYU Stern School of Business Fall 2019 MBA Application Essays  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: NYU Stern School of Business Fall 2019 MBA Application Essays
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The NYU Stern School of Business has posted the following MBA essay prompts for the 2018-19 admissions cycle. This season, the school has expanded the EQ Endorsement requirement introduced last year and will now pose five questions to your endorsers.

Essay 1: Professional Aspirations
(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

  • What are your short and long-term career goals?
  • How will the MBA help you achieve them?
Essay 2: Personal Expression (a.k.a. “Pick Six”)
Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:

  • A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).
  • Six images that help illustrate who you are.
  • A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.
Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.

Essay 3: Additional Information (Optional)
(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

The EQ Endorsement 
NYU Stern calls IQ+EQ a core value of the school, and it seeks exceptional individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. Emotional intelligence (EQ) skills such as self-awareness, empathy, communication and self-management are at the core of our community of leaders.

  • You are required to submit two EQ Endorsements with your application.
  • One EQ Endorsement must come from your current supervisor. If you cannot include an endorsement from your current supervisor, you must provide an explanation in the online application.
  • The second EQ Endorsement may come from someone who knows you professionally and/or personally.
  • The endorsement must be from someone who knows you personally and/or professionally and can act as a persuasive advocate of your EQ strengths.
  • Immediate family members should not write your EQ Endorsement.
EQ Endorsement Questions

Your EQ endorsers will be provided with a definition of IQ + EQ and why it is important at NYU Stern, and will be asked to respond to the following prompts:

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization.
  • How does the applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles (if applicable)? Please provide specific examples. (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?)
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
  • IQ+EQ is a core value of NYU Stern, and we seek exceptional individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. Emotional intelligence (EQ) skills such as self-awareness, empathy, communication and self-management are at the core of our community of leaders. Please provide one specific and compelling example to demonstrate the applicant’s emotional intelligence.
  • (Optional) Is there anything else we should know?
When introduced last year, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions Isser Gallogly had this to say about the new requirement: “We believe these changes will help applicants more effectively communicate to the committee who they are as a person, which programs best suit their goals and how they demonstrate EQ.  Additionally, these changes are much more in keeping with the ‘social media’ style of communication of today’s applicant.”

“Applicants communicate with much more than words these days and visual elements now play a dominant role,” Gallogly said.

For more information on the this year’s NYU Stern MBA application, please visit the admissions website.

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Tuesday Tips: The Wharton School Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: The Wharton School Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips
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The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania has updated the second essay question in this set of essays this year. Wharton is seeking to understand who you are and what motivates you in this set of essays. Beyond your credentials and experience, will you fit in with the Wharton community? How will you contribute? Wharton values diversity and teamwork, and wants a class that will work well with each other.

As you consider how to approach this set of essays, get to know the Wharton community. Some possible ways to connect include campus visits, online research and the many admissions events around the globe. Wharton has a specific culture, and fit with that culture is an important part of the admissions criteria.

Essay 1: What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

This is both a standard career goals question and an inquiry into your personality and potential success in the program. Jordan Mock, WG’16 wrote a blog post with three excellent tips for this essay, in which he says, “Wharton is unique and your essay should reflect that.”

Be careful to answer the specific question in this career goals essay. Notice that you are not asked about your professional background or your key accomplishments outright. To answer the question asked, you will want to focus mainly on the future and what you are planning to pursue with your MBA degree. How will a Wharton MBA help you “connect the three career dots” that Jordan writes about?

To answer the question there is room to add color by using your background information where it is most relevant to your goals. Think about the key moments of your professional life that crystallized your goals for you, and focus on illuminating those decision points rather than reciting your entire resume. Anything unique in your background is always worth highlighting.

Understanding exactly how you fit in will help you describe what Wharton will do for you, as well as navigate interviews and other interactions with the Wharton admissions committee. Consider including specific information from your Wharton research in this essay such as Wharton faculty you would like to study with or unique educational opportunities at Wharton.

When you address your personal goals for the MBA make sure you are making the case for Wharton specifically. Consider what living in Philadelphia might be like, the many clubs and student activities, and leadership development opportunities like traveling to Antarctica with your classmates that may address some of your personal life goals.

Essay 2: Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. How will you use what you learned through that experience to contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)

Wharton is an intense academic environment, but also a strong community with focus on teamwork and learning from each other. As you select a topic for this essay, think about a time you demonstrated your collaborative approach to team problem solving. What have you done that can show how you will contribute to the community?

Your contribution to the Wharton community could be in the classroom, clubs or within small group projects. You might bring your experiences launching a new product to your marketing case studies. Maybe you will lend creative ideas to your learning team as you prepare a research project, because you have demonstrated creativity in your past accomplishments.

Perhaps you have shown a tendency to teach and mentor others, and you plan to help your learning teammates with skills that they may not have learned in their own past work.

Or you might contribute to the Media and Entertainment Club by leading a career trek or bringing a new speaker to campus because you have connections from a prior career experience. Think about what you have learned in your career and in prior academics that may help those around you at Wharton.

Additional Question (required for all Reapplicants): Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)*

*First-time applicants may also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

All re-applicants are required to provide information that supports your renewed candidacy. The most successful version of the re-applicant essay will provide tangible evidence that you have improved the overall package you are submitting this year.

Improvements like GMAT score or new quantitative classes are especially tangible and convincing, but a promotion, increase in responsibility at work, a job change or even a change of goals and mission can serve as reasonable updates.

A rejection or waitlist last year is a form of feedback, and may have led to soul searching for you. When you describe your changes make sure reflect your ability to take feedback and improve. Describe how you approached the reapplication process after assessing your own strengths and weaknesses as a candidate and making the appropriate efforts to improve.

If you are not a re-applicant you may use this space to address any areas of concern in your application. If you have a low GPA or GMAT, gaps in your resume, grades under a C in any quantitative courses (Wharton cares specifically about calculus, statistics and microeconomics – classes like finance and accounting are less indicative of core quant ability), disciplinary action in undergrad or anything else that you want to explain, this is where you would provide a brief explanation and any supporting evidence to show you have moved past the setback and corrected any concerns.

Contact Stacy Blackman Consulting for customized advice to give you that competitive edge in your Wharton application.

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Kellogg School of Management Fall 2019 MBA Essays  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Kellogg School of Management Fall 2019 MBA Essays
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Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management has posted the MBA essays for the 2018-19 admissions cycle, which remain unchanged from last year.

Essay Questions
For 2018-2019, the following two essays are required of all applicants:

  • Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value.  Tell us about a time you have demonstrated leadership and created lasting value.  What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)
  • Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 words)
Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:

  • Dual-degree applicants: For applicants to the MMM or JD-MBA dual degree programs, please explain why that program is right for you. (250 words)
  • Re-applicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)
All applicants have the opportunity to provide explanations or clarification in Additional Information:

  • If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word count)
Video Essay
Melissa Rapp, Director of Admissions for the Full-Time MBA Programs and the MS in Management Studies Program, is a huge fan of the video essay, which Kellogg introduced four years ago.

Rapp says it’s the best because, “It gives us the opportunity to hear applicants tell their stories in their own voices. It has taken the two-dimensional application process and made it three-dimensional for every candidate. We have pioneered this technology and are not looking back. Our Career Management Center and alums tell us that more and more companies are using similar technology for initial interviews so it’s good practice for future career moves too.”

Per the admissions website: The Video Essay is one component of the application and provides you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community – in an interactive way. You will respond to several short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

  • After submitting an application and payment, you will be able to access the video essay through the your application status page. One question will be a “get to know you” icebreaker type of question. The second question will be an opportunity to describe your plans for the future and how Kellogg will help you on that journey. The other questions will be randomly generated questions that will be similar to interview questions.
  • There are practice questions that you may complete as many times as you like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool to help you feel prepared.
  • We encourage you to practice so you are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions.
  • You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to give your response.
  • We estimate the video essays will take 20-25 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions.  You will need an internet connected computer with a webcam, microphone and an updated version of Adobe Flash in order to complete the video essay.
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Kellogg offers more insight in this section (see link above) on why the admissions team has a video essay component, what kinds of questions to expect, wardrobe suggestions, as well as answers to many technical questions related to the process.

The Kellogg full-time MBA application is now live. For more information on applying, please visit the Kellogg School MBA admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuck School Announces New Evaluation Criteria
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Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business knows exactly what it’s looking for in prospective MBA candidates, and you may be surprised to find out that “niceness” is at the top of the list.

“What we’re looking for is emotional intelligence, empathy, and respect for others,” explains Luke Anthony Peña, executive director of admissions and financial aid, in a statement outlining Tuck’s new evaluation criteria for MBA admissions.

“The pathways students take to Tuck are numerous,” notes Peña, “Yet we’ve found that no matter their path to Tuck, there are four attributes that our students consistently demonstrate. We’re now intentionally highlighting those four qualities for prospective students and inviting them to imagine themselves here.”

Thinking about applying to this elite business school? Here’s a brief snapshot of the four characteristics the admissions committee members are looking for; follow the link for the full description.

 SMART
Strong test scores and GPA are expected, but being a know-it-all is not. “On the contrary, being smart means practicing confident humility about what you do and do not know. (…)  You’re also curious, excited by challenges, and motivated to learn from others’ experiences and expertise.”

NICE
Nice sometimes gets a bad rap, indicating someone is a pushover or people-pleaser. But niceness is “quintessential” at this MBA program. “Nice Tuck candidates exhibit emotional intelligence. You layer compassion onto courage, and challenge others tactfully and thoughtfully…You act with respect and integrity, even when it’s not convenient or easy. You show empathy for the diverse experiences of others, while also sharing your own.”

ACCOMPLISHED
Tuck is looking for applicants who have made an impact, but don’t let that scare you. It’s not about the scale of your achievements–it is about making a difference on the job and in your personal life.  “Accomplished Tuck candidates don’t just go through the motions, don’t seek to win at any cost, and don’t wilt in tough moments. Instead, you practice good judgment in how to act, both in success and setback, and carefully consider which risks to take.”

AWARE
Self-reflection is important no matter where you’re applying to business school, but the adcomm team here is taking it to the next level. “Reflection is mandatory at Tuck. You need to understand your values, assess your experiences, and articulate how they’ve shaped your identity and character…Aware Tuck candidates envision what’s ahead. You connect your past experiences and present motivations with your future path, and chart a course forward.”

Stay tuned for the Tuck School’s updated MBA essays and reference letter questions in the coming weeks. The application for the Tuck Class of 2021 opens in early July.

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UC Berkeley Haas Fall 2019 MBA Essays  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: UC Berkeley Haas Fall 2019 MBA Essays
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The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley has announced the updated essay questions for the 2018-19 admissions season.

Required Essays
Essay #1: Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (300 words maximum)

Tip: A successful six-word story will pique the reader’s interest in the forthcoming explanation. Together, the story and explanation will share a specific and personal experience that helps the reader get to know you better, giving insight into your character, values, or how you would uniquely contribute to the Berkeley-Haas community. View sample six-word stories and video tips from the admissions committee.

Essay #2: Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goal, and discuss how it will put you on a path to a meaningful and rewarding career. (300 words maximum)

Optional Information
Optional Information #1: We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.

  • What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?
      • Did not complete high school
      • High school diploma or equivalency (GED)
      • Associate’s degree (junior college) or vocational degree/license
      • Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS)
      • Master’s degree (MA, MS)
      • Doctorate or professional degree (MD, JD, DDS)
2. What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

      • Unemployed
      • Homemaker
      • Laborer
      • Skilled worker
      • Professional
3. If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate.

      • Raised by a single parent
      • Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
      • Raised in a multi-generational home
      • Raised in foster care
4. What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?

5. If you have you ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else, please indicate.

      • Child
      • Spouse
      • Sibling
      • Parent
      • Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
      • Other
6. Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on other hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact.

(300 words maximum)

Optional Information #2
This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.

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The UC Berkeley Haas School of Business has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions cycle.

Round 1
Application due: September 27, 2018

Decision released: December 13, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 10, 2019

Decision released: March 14, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 4, 2019

Decision released: May 9, 2019

All applications must be submitted on or before the application deadline at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information, please visit the Berkeley MBA admissions website.

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Many business school applicants worry that they don’t have a strong enough quantitative background to be accepted into a top program. If your entire career has been spent in marketing, for example, how can you convince an admissions committee that you’ll be able to handle core classes like Finance and Accounting?

The good news is that business schools have no intention of putting together a graduating class made up of only bankers and accountants. They are well aware that a private equity analyst can learn a lot from a brand manager, and vice versa. So rest assured that adcoms are looking for qualified candidates from allindustries and functions in order to make up a diverse classroom.

That being said, adcoms do not want to admit someone who gives them reason to believe they may struggle with an intense MBA curriculum. Thankfully, even if your day-to-day responsibilities don’t include building financial models or “running the numbers,” there are still several other ways an adcom member can assess your analytical skills.

We’d suggest asking your recommenders to highlight any analytical work you’ve done — they might even be willing to review your career to date and help you remember quantitative aspects of past projects you may have overlooked. Along those same lines, you should consider rewriting your resume so that quantifiable results of your work are included wherever possible.

Adcoms will also be paying attention to your undergraduate grades (specifically in courses like Statistics or Calculus) and your quantitative GMAT score. Clearly there’s nothing you can do about your college grades at this point, but you can (and should) take the GMAT a few times if you don’t do well initially. Invest a lot of time (we’re talking 100+ hours) in preparing and studying, as your score can help prove that you can handle the toughest MBA courses.

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Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management is a close-knit community that values a diverse community and philanthropy. As Melissa Rapp, Kellogg’s Director of MBA Admissions, explains with a blog post on Kellogg’s Inside Perspective “Kellogg believes deeply in diversity and inclusion and we want to build classes that reflect a wide variety of backgrounds, industries, functions, geographies, and beliefs.

The more variety we can put in a class the better the experience is for you. The diversity of perspectives and opinions allow you to broaden your viewpoint and practice the essential skill of learning to collaborate with others who don’t think like you do. You, your experiences and your passions all make you unique and we want to learn about it all. Have the confidence and bravery to tell your story.”

To make sure you are perfect for Kellogg and can explain that in this set of essays, do your research on the programs, activities, clubs, classes and professors you are most excited about. While you are reading and conversing with students and alumni, keep looking for ways in which you will contribute to the community.

Kellogg now has a video essay as part of the application process, something that Director Rapp is extremely excited about. As she explains, the video essay allows the admissions committee to see the full three-dimensional view of the candidate. Relax and be yourself. You can always practice with the SBC video interview prep to make sure you are absolutely ready for the video essay.

REQUIRED ESSAYS

Essay One: Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value. Tell us about a time you have demonstrated leadership and created lasting value. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)

This essay focuses on leadership using a behavioral essay framework (the clue is “tell us about a time…”). The details about exactly what you did, said and learned in your leadership story communicate valuable information about how you approach issues and learn from experience. Director Rapp also says that “creating lasting value” is a key to this essay and you should think about what you have done that endures.

As you structure the essay, spend some limited time to set up the background of the story, and then use the majority of the space to describe specifically what you did, thought, felt and how you behaved. Use details to entice the reader and set yourself apart. A few well-placed specifics will add color without adding length to the essay.

You have wide latitude in your topic selection, as long as you demonstrated leadership and enduring value. It might be a time that everything went perfectly smoothly and you learned how to work with a group or inspire people to action. On the other hand, it could be a challenging situation where you learned what not to do! Don’t be nervous about showing weakness here, as long as the outcome demonstrates that you have left your mark on the organization.

If you choose a challenging situation the learning part of the essay will be crucial. Show you can and do learn from experience. Every leader has to learn and develop, and willingness to be open to feedback and improve will be an asset to your application.

Do not neglect mentioning teamwork, which is a core value of Kellogg’s culture. Your leadership experience is likely part of a team at work or in an extracurricular activity, and sensitivity to teamwork and collaboration in any leadership story demonstrates maturity and social skills.

Essay Two: Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 words)

This essay question is a hybrid of a classic career goals essay and a personal essay. Kellogg is interested in candidates who are able to integrate their personal and professional goals and show how a Kellogg MBA will serve both sides of life.

When you describe professional and personal growth in the past, make sure it is relevant to your plans to pursue an MBA at Kellogg. The story you tell in this essay should provide insight into your decision to pursue an MBA and allude to your future goals. Because this isn’t a question about your entire career and personal life thus far, you should choose only one or two main experiences to share.

The topic of this essay should also be an experience that demonstrated growth over time. Perhaps you started in an entry-level position at work and progressed into a management role. Or maybe you learned more about yourself by switching jobs and careers, showing progression in your understanding of your goals and aspirations.

For the personal angle of the essay you could focus on a passion outside of work that has developed over time and led to personal growth. It’s also possible to have both personal and professional growth in your career. Many people mature significantly in the time period between college and graduate school and typically work and life both contribute to that growth.

VIDEO ESSAY

The Video Essay is another component of the application and provides you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community – in an interactive way. You will respond to several short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

One question will be a “get to know you” icebreaker type of question. The second question will be ““What path are you interested in pursuing? How will you get there? Why is this program right for you?”

The other question will be a randomly generated question that will be similar to interview questions. Overall the video essay is an opportunity for the admissions committee to get a sense of who you are and your personality beyond your skill with the written word.

After you submit your application you will receive your actual video essay questions. Prepare as if you would for an interview, drafting the topics you want to cover and practicing your presentation. Writing some bullet points down in advance will help you remember and focus as you answer the questions.

The video should accurately portray your personality and demeanor. Extensive preparation will help you be comfortable and be yourself when you are recording the video, but should not create a feeling that you scripted and are “acting.”

Kellogg allows you to practice with the video format a few times before you submit your official video, and it would be useful to do some additional rounds of practice in front of the camera.

Dual-degree applicants: For applicants to the MMM or JD-MBA dual degree programs, please explain why that program is right for you. (250 words)

Doing your research on Kellogg MBA’s academics and resources will help you answer the question about why you need a dual degree to achieve your goals. If you are applying to the MMM program, you’ll have to show how the degree will prepare you more effectively for your career goals than the MBA alone.

Be able to articulate what is different about the Kellogg MMM program as compared to the MBA and other joint degrees. Know the classes you want to take, the professors you hope to work for, and how the MMM experience will be an asset in your future career.

Similarly, the JD-MBA at Kellogg is a highly competitive admissions process and will require a very clear explanation of what you will do with both degrees after school. Consider the unique attributes of the Kellogg JD-MBA program as compared to others, and also why you specifically need both a JD and an MBA to achieve your career goals.

Re-applicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)

In answering this question make sure you provide tangible evidence that you have improved the overall package you are submitting this year. Some of the most tangible improvements are a stronger GMAT score or grades from new quantitative classes you attended since the last time you applied.

Other steps that you can describe include a promotion at work, new volunteer activities, or increased responsibility at work or in your activities. If you don’t have something tangible and external to report, it’s reasonable to discuss how your career goals have changed or your personal aspirations have been refined as you revamped your applications.

Additional Information (Optional)

If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word count)

If there are any areas of concern, this is the correct place to address them. Strike an upbeat tone here and avoid excuses. Explain your issue clearly and focus most of the essay on the correction for the issue. For example, if you had a disciplinary issue in college, spend most of the essay demonstrating that you learned from the experience and have been an ideal citizen ever since.

Low GPA issues should be explained here, and if there is a grade of C or below on your transcript the admissions committee will want to know why and feel comfortable it is an outlier in your overall academic record. For academic questions make sure you emphasize your improved performance either later in your college career or in subsequent work or classes since college.

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Tuesday Tips: Yale School of Management Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips  [#permalink]

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The Yale School of Management has published the application essay for the 2018-2019 admissions season, and it is the same question as in last year’s application.

In his blog post, Assistant Dean of admissions Bruce DelMonico explains: “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’.”

While writing this essay keep in mind the Yale SOM’s mission, as explained by Dean Edward A. Snyder: “Yale SOM is persistent and disciplined in our efforts to connect to big issues, to integrate with Yale, to be distinctively global, and to work across all sectors. All of our efforts are guided by a strategy that accounts for how the world has changed over the last several decades and the implications for leadership. The success of our efforts depends entirely on extraordinary alignment and superior teamwork—internally and externally.”

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

As the Assistant Dean mentions, this question is about your past actions, not what you plan to do. Behavioral questions like this one (the tip off is “describe”) seek to understand how you actually operate in various situations. Think about what a commitment is to you. Was it a job or an organization that you were involved in?

Maybe your commitment was to a value or a person. Try to be as specific as possible about your commitment and why it qualifies as the biggest commitment you have ever made. What did you think or say when you were determining what to do? What did you actually do? How did you feel about the result?

You may decide to focus on a solo commitment, and that may be entirely appropriate since most MBA applicants are individual contributors. However, ideally you can demonstrate how you work with others as a leader and team member.

Yale is a program focused on making a difference in the world and the subject of this question will tell the admissions committee what you value, ideally something that impacts the greater community or world. Regardless of whether you choose an individual or team commitment, try to show how you have made a significant positive impact.

Because this is the only essay question in the application and should be used to highlight your personal qualities and leadership ability, make sure your resume and recommendations can answer any questions about your career and accomplishments.

The 500-word limit may be daunting. Instead of censoring yourself on the first draft and limiting what you write, start by describing each step in of your accomplishment in detail in terms of what you did, the reaction of others and your own reaction.

From there you can cut out anything that is too detailed or too superfluous to the story to maintain the 500-word maximum. Using an outside reader to help you determine what is most important to the story may help you streamline your essay.

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Cornell Johnson Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines  [#permalink]

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

Two Year MBA Program
October Round

Application due: October 10, 2018

Final Decision released: December 20, 2018

November Round

Application due: November 15, 2018

Final Decision released: February 20, 2019

January Round

Application due: January 3, 2019

Final Decision released: April 10, 2019

April Round

Application due: April 10, 2019

Final Decision released: May 30, 2019

Following your interview, final decisions, including invitations to join the waitlist, will be released on a rolling basis and posted no later than the date noted for the round in which you submitted your application.

One Year MBA Program
Early Action Round

Application due: September 10, 2018

Final Decision released: November 20, 2018

October Round

Application due: October 10, 2018

Final Decision released: December 20, 2018

November Round

Application due: November 15, 2018

Final Decision released: February 20, 2019

January Round

Application due: January 3, 2019

Final Decision released: March 20, 2019

Rolling

March 15, 2019*

*After January 3rd, applications will be received and reviewed on a space available basis with a final submission deadline of March 15, 2019. International students requiring F-1 visa sponsorship must apply by the January 3rd deadline.

Applications should be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

For more information, please visit the Johnson School MBA admissions website.

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The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business has decided to switch up the essay requirements for the 2018-2019 admissions season. The new application no longer features the photo prompt of the previous two cycles and instead asks two questions of MBA applicants.

As Admissions Officer Donna Swinford explains on the Full-Time MBA Admissions Blog, “At Booth, passions and ambitions serve as a compass in navigating our choice-rich environment. This year, you will find we want to get right at those motivations—to the things that inspire you and your post-MBA future.”

Required MBA Essays
Essay One: How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250 word minimum)

Essay Two: Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)

Response Guidelines:

      • Length: There is no maximum length, only a 250 word minimum. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.
      • File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.
      • Acceptable Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF or Word. We strongly recommend converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting.
      • Restrictions: We will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, multimedia, hyperlinks, etc. will not translate over.
Optional Question
Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? (300 word maximum)

Re-applicant Question
Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 word maximum)

For more information about applying to the Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit the admissions website.

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The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2017-18 admissions season.

Round 1
Application due: September 27, 2018

Decision released: December 6, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 3, 2019

Decision released: March 21, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 4, 2019

Decision released: May 16, 2019

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Time. For more information about applying to Chicago Booth, please visit the Booth admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: How to Pay for Your MBA
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Guest post from our friends at CommonBond
 Congratulations! You got into business school. The GMAT, video essays, and admissions interviews are (thankfully) behind you. In front of you are new friends, new skills and opportunities, and maybe even new stamps in your passport.

Before you start packing, though, you’ll need a game plan for funding your MBA journey. CommonBond was started by MBAs, so we’ve been there before. Below are some tips to help you figure out how to pay for business school and everything it entails.

Cost of Attendance (COA)
The first thing to figure out when deciding how to pay for b-school is your school’s cost of attendance. The COA includes tuition, room and board, and certain fees and is the legal maximum amount you can borrow in student loans. Check out CommonBond’s MBA Loan Calculator to figure out your school’s COA. In addition to the COA, you’ll also want to factor in other expenses and cushions like b-school travel, commuting, and relocation.

Funding Options
 There are a number of options to consider when figuring out how to fund your MBA. These include personal savings, scholarships/fellowships, company sponsorship, federal loans (e.g. Stafford, Direct Grad PLUS), private loans, and family loans, among others. Funding options carry different benefits and tradeoffs.

Some loans offer benefits like deferment, forbearance, employment protections, or no pre-payment penalties. Additionally, you’ll want to assess different loan provider features like interest rates, customer service, ease of process, reputation, and network/community.

At the end of the day, how you fund your MBA is highly specific to your personal situation. Here are just some additional considerations as you evaluate options:

  • Safety net retained: How much of your savings/emergency fund should you spend?
  • Expected future income: Does your debt load and type make sense given your expected post-MBA income? Can your estimated post-MBA salary support your monthly loan payments?
  • Future plans: Are you planning to start a business, or buy a home?
Federal Loans
There are two types of federal loans available to MBAs:

  • Direct unsubsidized loans: For graduate loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2018, this loan carries a 6.64% APR fixed rate.1 You can borrow up to $20,500 annually in direct unsubsidized loans.
  • Direct PLUS Program: For graduate loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2018, this loan carries a 8.07% APR fixed rate.2 You can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other financial aid received.
Federal loans carry with them certain government protections such as income-based repayment. If you’re planning to work for the U.S. government or a non-profit after b-school, you may also qualify for the government’s public service loan forgiveness plan.

Private Loans
Private loans are another type of funding available to MBA students and may carry lower rates compared to federal loans. They also feature some of their own unique benefits. Most private lenders offer both fixed and variable rate options.

With a fixed rate, your interest rate and monthly payments are fixed over the life of the loan; with a variable rate, your interest rate and subsequent monthly payments may fluctuate over time based on market dynamics. At CommonBond, our MBA Student Loan starts at 6.07% APR and is available without a cosigner.3 [i]

Private loans may also offer benefits beyond lower rates. For example, all CommonBond members get access to our award-winning customer care team and if borrowers run into financial difficulties, the CommonBridge protection program lets them temporarily postpone payments.

When to Apply
 If you’re taking out loans for b-school, you’ll want to lock down your funding at least a month before classes start. If you want to get started today with CommonBond and knock one more thing off your pre-MBA “to-do” list, apply for an MBA loan here.

If you have any questions throughout the process, feel free to reach out to our Care Team.

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1. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is based off a rate of 6.595%, and assumes a one-time capitalization of interest at the end of a deferment period, a 1.07% origination fee, a single disbursement, and full deferment (in which there is a 21-month in-school deferment and a six-month grace period).
2. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is based off a rate of 7.595%, and assumes a one-time capitalization of interest at the end of a deferment period, a 4.26% origination fee, a single disbursement, and full deferment (in which there is a 21-month in-school deferment and a six-month grace period).
 3. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is based off a rate of 6.04%, a one-time capitalization of interest at the end of a deferment period, a 2% origination fee, one single disbursement, and the full deferment payment plan option (in which there is a 21-month in-school deferment and a six-month grace period). All loans are eligible for a 0.25% reduction in interest rate by agreeing to automatic payment withdrawals once in repayment, which is reflected in the CB APR shown. Variable rates may increase after consummation and the variable rate includes the 1-month LIBOR of 1.98% as of May 25, 2018.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: UV Darden School Announces Fall 2019 MBA Essay Questions
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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has announced it will forgo its traditional single long essay question this year, and instead will ask applicants to answer multiple short essays for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle.

“We want to get to know all of the various facets of your background and personality,” the Darden admissions team explains.

Required Essay Questions
“Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personal, professional or both.”

(100 words)

“Each year, Darden connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to go with Darden? And why?”

(50 words)

“Darden strives to identify and cultivate leaders who follow their purpose. At this stage, how would you describe your evolving leadership style and please provide an example.”

(200 words)

“Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact.”

(200 words)

“What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why?”

(150 words)

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

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UV Darden School Announces Fall 2019 Deadlines  [#permalink]

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions season, and will now offer an Early Action deadline.

Early Action is for candidates who believe that Darden School is their first-choice school. These applicants have the opportunity to schedule their own interview and do not have to wait for an invitation.

Early Action candidates can interview beginning in mid-July through the end of September. Interview slots will be available online in early July and filled on a first come, first served basis.

Applicants living in the U.S. are required to interview on the Darden Grounds if they apply in the Early Action round. Candidates living outside of the U.S. and who apply in the Early Action round will have the option to interview via Skype during the open interview period.

Early Action
Application due: September 7, 2018

Decision released: October 17, 2018

Round 1
Application due: October 4, 2018

Decision released: December 12, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 10, 2019

Decision released: March 20, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 3, 2019

Decision released: May 8, 2019

All applications for the full-time MBA are due by 12:00 p.m. EST (noon) on the deadline day. For more information on applying to UV Darden School of Business, please visit the Darden admissions website.

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines  [#permalink]

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UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions season.

Round 1 (Early Action)
Application due: October 15, 2018

Decision released: December 7, 2018

Round 2
Application due: December 10, 2018

Decision released: February 1, 2019

Round 3
Application due: January 14, 2019

Decision released: March 15, 2019

Round 4*
Application due: March 11, 2019

Decision released: April 19, 2019

*If space is still available in the class, we will accept applications after the Round 4 deadline. Decisions on applications submitted after the Round 4 deadline will be released on a rolling basis.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the application date. For more information, please visit the UNC Kenan-Flagler admissionswebsite.

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