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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Don’t Be ‘Joe MBA’
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.

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.

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.

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.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Stacy Blackman’s 2016 B-School Application Survey
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2016 could be a life-changing year for you: You may already know that you’ll be headed to business school in the fall, or you might be planning to start your MBA journey now. Either way, exciting things lie ahead.

With Round One deadlines just a few short months away, we at Stacy Blackman Consulting want to check the pulse of this year’s crop of b-school applicants by polling them about their MBA plans.

So, here’s the deal: we’re asking for a favor. Please fill out our one-minute survey. We know how precious your time is—you’ll only have to “check the box” in response to a few simple MBA-related questions.

Then, keep an eye out for the survey results here on the blog, which will give you insight into how other prospective students are thinking about the application process.

Every participant has the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The survey is live now and will close at 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. So please, take a moment to share with us your thoughts and experiences related to the MBA application process.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Today’s MBA Applicants Know What They Want
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has released its 2016 mba.com Prospective Students Survey Report, which shows that business school candidates today consider applying to fewer program types and are more focused on a particular postgraduate career path.

On average, prospective students considered 2.8 program types in 2015, down from 3.1 in 2014. For their postgraduate careers, 71% of those surveyed cited a single industry of interest, compared with 58% in 2014.

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In addition, 61% of prospective students cited a single job function of interest, compared with 46% in 2014. The economy may play a role in this phenomenon as prospective students may perceive it to be easier to go after their “dream job” in this market compared with the post-recession years.

GMAC’s mba.com Prospective Students Survey, conducted throughout 2015, explores the global business school pipeline from the candidates’ points of view — analyzing the motivations, intended career outcomes and program choices shared by more than 10,000 individuals worldwide who responded.

“Each year graduate business programs set admission goals to engage students from around the world who are the most likely to succeed in their classrooms,” says Bob Alig, GMAC’s executive vice president for school products. “The insights provided within this survey report are timely and actionable and a valuable resource to schools seeking to grow their candidate pipelines.”

Additional key findings within the report focus on preferred program types, school selection criteria, career aspirations, timing, and social media.

Greater Interest in Specialized Business Master’s Programs: Globally, 50% of prospective students are considering only MBA programs, and slightly more than a quarter, or 28% , are considering both MBA and specialized business master’s programs.

One-fourth (23%) are considering only specialized business master’s programs, such as Master of Accounting or Master of Finance, which represents an increase since 2009, when just 15% of candidates were considering only specialized master’s programs.

In Western Europe, however, the pipeline has notably shifted toward specialized (pre-experience) business master’s programs, especially within the past seven years. In 2009, 49% of prospective students were considering only MBA programs and 22% were considering only specialized business master’s programs. In 2015, 36% were considering only MBA programs and 45% were considering only specialized master’s programs.

Prospective Students Seek Blend of Classroom and Online Learning: Most candidates considering graduate management education seek a blend of classroom instruction and online learning, regardless of program type preferred.

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According to the survey results, even candidates who prefer to enroll in an online MBA program still expect 10% of their course instruction to be delivered in the classroom to allow for networking and experiential learning opportunities. Those contemplating a full-time two-year MBA expect to experience 86% of their coursework in a classroom setting and want 14% of their courses delivered online.

Timing of Application Submission: Prospective students begin forming their short lists of schools one year prior to application submission, on average. A specific event or circumstance often triggers a prospective student’s consideration of earning a graduate management degree.

Most common events include: seeking a new job but lacking skills to be competitive for the positions sought (27%), reaching a plateau at work (17%), and lacking knowledge to do a job (17%).

Social Media Use Is Pervasive: Almost all (96%) prospective students use social media. Of those that do, 67% use it for activities related to the pursuit of graduate management education, such as getting program information, learning about upcoming events, connecting with current students, alumni, or faculty, and researching graduate management education.

Facebook and LinkedIn are the most popular social media sites used globally, with the exception of China, where the instant messaging platform Tencent QQ is most popular.

“For the first time, members of Generation Z are included in our analysis,” says Alig. “We found that Millennial and Gen Z candidates are more likely than past generations to have ‘stretch schools’ on their short lists. All things considered, these candidates want to get into the best program possible — an indication of their high level of aspiration.”

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2017 MBA Essays
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The Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina has posted the essay questions for the 2016-2017 MBA application season. They are as follows:

  • Essay One (Required)

    Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how your professional experience has shaped these goals, why this career option appeals to you, and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words maximum)
  • Essay Two (Optional)

    What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (300 words maximum)
  • Essay Three (Optional)

    If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)
  • Essay Four (Optional)

    Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? (300 words maximum)
For more information, please visit the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2017 MBA Application Deadlines
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The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has published the MBA application deadlines for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle. They are as follows:

Round 1 (early action)
Application due: October 14, 2016

Decision released: December 12, 2016

Round 2
Application due: December 2, 2016

Decision released: January 30, 2017

Round 3
Application due: January 13, 2017

Decision released: March 13, 2017

Round 4
Application due: March 10, 2017

Decision released: April 24, 2017

The first cycle, October 14, 2016, is the Early Action round. Early Action is an option for applicants who know for certain that they will attend UNC Kenan-Flagler if admitted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the application date.

For more information, please visit the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Harvard Business School Fall 2017 MBA Essay Question
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Harvard Business School has introduced a new essay prompt for the 2016-2017 MBA application season. It is as follows:

As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?

Per HBS: There is no word limit for this question.  We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here. Don’t overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.

For more information, please visit the HBS MBA admissions website. And stay tuned for our expert tips on how best to answer this revised prompt!

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Harvard Business School Fall 2017 MBA Application Deadlines
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Harvard Business School has announced the application deadlines for the 2016-2017 MBA admissions cycle. They are as follows:

Round 1
Application due: September 7, 2016

Decision released: December 7, 2016

Round 2
Application due: January 4, 2017

Decision released: March 22, 2017

Round 3
Application due: April 3, 2017

Decision released: May 10, 2017

Applications are due by 12 noon on the day of the deadline. Harvard Business School anticipates that many candidates will submit their online application materials very close to 12 noon on submission deadline dates. To avoid heavy server traffic and potential delays, HBS encourages candidates to submit application materials as early as possible.

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

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuck School Fall 2017 MBA Application Deadlines
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Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business has posted the MBA application deadlines for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle. They are as follows:

Early Action Round
Application due: October 5, 2016

Decision released: December 16, 2016

November Round
Application due: November 2, 2016

Decision released: February 10, 2017

January Round
Application due: January 4, 2017

Decision released: March 10, 2017

April Round
Application due: April 5, 2017

Decision released: May 12, 2017

Applications are due at 5 p.m. EST on the day of the deadline. Consortium applicants should also note the following tentative deadlines: First Round is October 15, 2016, and Second Round is January 5, 2017.

For more information, please visit the Dartmouth Tuck MBA program website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Stanford GSB Fall 2017 MBA Essay Questions
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The Stanford Graduate School of Business has posted the MBA application essays for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle. They remain unchanged from last year, and are as follows:

Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (Suggested word count: 750)

For this essay Stanford GSB would like you to:

  • Do some deep self-examination, so you can genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
  • Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
  • Write from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.
  • Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”
Essay B: Why Stanford? (Suggested word count: 400; 450 for applicants to both the MBA and MBx programs)

  • Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.
  • Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
  • Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.
  • If you are applying to both the MBA and MSx programs, use Essay B to address your interest in both programs.
For more information about applying to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, please visit the GSB MBA admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Push or Pull? The Decision to Leave the Military and Pursue an MBA
In the first of our new series of guest posts directed at military applicants, army veteran and Cornell MBA Peter Sukits shares candid, actionable advice for military veterans considering a transition to a full-time MBA program.
Pete is an aspiring career coach, author and finance professional living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served for five years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, and deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. After separating from active duty, he earned an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Through the process of transitioning, he learned many valuable lessons in the areas of expectations, mindset and preparation when undertaking the shift from military to academic and civilian life. We look forward to sharing his advice with you here.

There comes a time in many military lives, where those that wear the uniform wonder what it’s like on the other side – the civilian side to be exact. For some, it’s just a temporary, fleeting thought provoked by the latest shenanigans in training, policy or personnel. But for others, it’s a deliberate choice punctuated by reason and motivation. One of the most common routes for the latter is the pursuit of an MBA at a top-ranked graduate school of business.

This seems like a logical decision. You’ve led soldiers, marines, sailors or airmen – most likely in combat. You can make hard decisions and maintain a clear head in complex situations. All of these experiences are highly valued in MBA programs and in business. Unfortunately, there are a few other cold, hard facts at play here.

  • The above connection alone is not enough to convince an admissions committee that you are right for their program. Unlike the military, performance and credentials alone will not accomplish the mission.

[*]There are literally thousands of potential MBA students in the exact same shoes – MBA candidates that have already been in the business world and have a sense of the culture. You must stand out from the rest.[/list]

[*]The MBA program is also investing time, money and resources on you, and needs to have a sense of security that you were the right choice and that, most importantly, you will succeed once you exit its hallowed halls.[/list]
This leads to addressing one of the single most important questions you must answer for yourself prior to even applying:

Why an MBA?

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Sukits in Afghanistan

Remember, business school is not a destination in of itself, but a stepping stone on a greater journey. If all you have envisioned of your post-military life is attending the degree program or university, then you need to do some serious soul-searching for your motivators.

In general, are you “pushing” yourself away from the military because it just doesn’t align with who you are anymore or is there some new career opportunity “pulling” you towards it? Which should it be? Is there a right answer?

Allow me to introduce you to the business school equivalent of “Hooah” – and that is… “It depends!”

Rarely is the answer so easily conjured. There are certainly going to be elements of both dynamics going through your mind. However, the need to define goals – that career “pull” post-business school, is essential for you to get your new mission off the ground.

I remember when the importance of career pull first hit me.  I was at a prospective student weekend at one of my target b-schools. There I sat at a large round table with about a dozen other candidates, and a senior faculty member who was a former partner at a prestigious consulting firm. We all went around the circle, speaking a bit about our background and our post-MBA goals.

I was utterly shocked at the specificity of some of the statements. “…and I’m very interested in consulting, more on the M&A transaction side, with an emphasis on the consumer and retail industries, with a possible long-term career path in corporate investor relations…” Whether or not it all turned out this way is irrelevant. The point is that they had thought about it, and were prepared with that answer. It shows direction, the ability to plan, clear decision-making – all the things upon which military candidates pride themselves.

Presumably, these other candidates have been in the business world and know a thing or two about it, right? Maybe they even have first-hand exposure.

This is where your civilian counterparts may have a slight edge over you. They’ve been there. They’ve lived the business culture. Does that excuse you from developing your goals to that same level? Negative. Does the admissions committee expect you to have clear goals and tangible passion for your next career? Absolutely.

One the most beneficial tools in our collective military kit bag, is the backwards planning process. Start with the objective in mind, and work backwards from there. Is the objective in this case the MBA program? No. Your objective is the career “pull” that is motivating you towards the MBA. Business school is a stepping stone on a journey, remember? If all you’re doing is pushing yourself out of the service without a real pull towards something, you will be setting yourself up for failure.

What do you see yourself doing in five years, or even two years? What kind of work interests you and what industries would be the best fit given your unique skillset? This is where hard work and doing your homework will come into play (we will get into that in more detail in a future post). Outlining your short and long-term goals will not only be prominently featured in the essay section of the application, but will also show up in your interview.

Tasks to Prospective Students:

      • Learn as much as you can about the types of careers that MBA graduates go into post-graduation. You can easily find this data on any business school website. Each business school has resources like the example below:
      • Research these industries/companies online and familiarize yourself with their basic business models. Get a sense of what interests you.
      • Contact the veteran’s associations at the schools in which you’re interested, and speak with as many transitioned veterans as you can. Get their perspective on the big picture of careers and using business school as a path to their career.
      • Participate in military veterans workshops hosted by companies who are looking to hire military talent. Some of these are competitive, so you will need to apply and be familiar with the industry and the work that they do. Some examples include:
      • After completing the research and identifying your post-military goals, decide if the MBA is the right step for you. If so, center your list on schools that will best help you meet that objective.
      • Be flexible in your choices. No plan A survives first contact, and you must be able to pivot one way or the other if things change.
Last but not least: this list is not all-inclusive. This is not a formula, nor an exact science. There is a method, but also an “art” to transitioning as well. Use your instincts, be open-minded and stay positive.

We’ll have more military-to-MBA advice posts from Sukits coming soon, so stay tuned!
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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: SBC’s 2016 MBA Applicant Survey
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2016 could be a life-changing year for you: You may already know that you’ll be headed to business school in the fall, or you might be planning to start your MBA journey now. Either way, exciting things lie ahead.

With Round One deadlines just a few months out, we at Stacy Blackman Consulting want to check the pulse of this year’s crop of b-school applicants by polling them about their MBA plans.

So, here’s the deal: we’re asking for a favor. Please fill out our one-minute survey. We know how precious your time is—you’ll only have to “check the box” in response to a few simple MBA-related questions.

Then, keep an eye out for the survey results here on the blog, which will give you insight into how other prospective students are thinking about the application process.

Every participant has the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The survey is live now and will close at 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. So please, take a moment to share with us your thoughts and experiences related to the MBA application process.

Enter survey here.

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HBS 2+2 Program Now Has Single Application Deadline [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: HBS 2+2 Program Now Has Single Application Deadline
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Earlier this month, Harvard Business School announced a significant change to the application process for its 2+2 program. This deferred admissions program is designed for college seniors, who, if accepted, work for two years (or more) after their college graduations before entering the b-school.

Going forward, there will be a single deadline for these applicants—April 3, 2017—and one decision notification in mid-May.

In an update to the Director’s Blog, outgoing head of MBA admissions Dee Leopold notes that the change now offers the admissions team the opportunity to see applicants’ fall term grades and activities, and allows the team to review the entire pool at once.

While applicants can submit their materials earlier, Leopold stresses that this is not a rolling admissions process and no application will be considered prior to the April deadline.

“Many participants elect to work for three years and some for four,” adds Leopold. “You’ve heard us say this before and we’ll say it again: 2+2 probably should be re-named ‘Flex+2’…Your plans for employment need to be approved by us but we encourage a wide range of career exploration.”

Interview dates have not yet been set, though successful applicants can anticipate interviewing in late April-early May.

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What One MBA Applicant Would Have Done Differently [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: What One MBA Applicant Would Have Done Differently
Something unique and completely unexpected arrived in my inbox this week. With the author’s permission and encouragement, I share this letter in the hopes that some of my blog readers might benefit from it…especially anyone on the fence about the value of working with an MBA admissions consultant.

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“Dear Stacy Blackman,

I didn’t use your services, but after going through the entire application process on my own over this last year, I wish I would have.

As a point of context I am from the West Coast but I live in New York where I work as an economist at a large government agency. It has been a really interesting job where I have been able to work on large scale and high profile projects that have helped to shape the New York region.

It has been an ideal first job after I did my masters in economics at a top ranked policy school but I am ready to go back to school and try to switch careers into consulting. I am in my mid-late twenties and I have lots of volunteer experience here in New York – I am even the youngest deacon at my Manhattan based church.

The reason I wish I would have used your services is because I don’t think I completely capitalized on my profile. I didn’t end up with a terrible outcome – I will be attending a top 25 MBA program in the fall on a 90% fellowship and I am currently on the wait list at another top 25 program.

Many people would be envious of my position and I am excited about this new chapter in my life. I have a very generous offer from a very good school, but it is not the school I started out this process dreaming about. After going through the process completely alone, I am convinced that there must be a better way that would allow me to display my full potential and get my closer to my dream schools.

About a month ago I reached out through the website for a free consultation and was paired with Bill Chionis. At the time I had been admitted to the MBA program with a large fellowship, but I was thinking about turning it down and applying to schools again this coming fall with the hope that I could get into my dream schools. I wanted to know what he thought the possibilities were if I used your help the next year. Right after I hung up the phone I realized I had made a mistake by not reaching out to you at the very beginning.

The phone call made me realize how alone I had been throughout the process. I am not someone who came from an Ivy league background where everyone seems to know the ins and outs of the highly competitive MBA admissions process – or at least can talk to their networks about what they should do. I was completely alone and in the dark – reading up on every blog to figure out what I should do.

What I lacked was a person who could honestly and objectively look at my profile and help me communicate the whole of my profile. I needed someone who could look at my application materials, identify the holes and help me overcome them. I needed someone who could push me to take my application from good to great. I needed someone who could tell me what the programs were really like beyond all of the recruiting nonsense and sales pitches. After hanging up the phone I realized that these people exist and that they certainly exist at Stacey Blackman Consulting.

Would I have gotten into my dream school? Maybe. There are so many highly qualified people applying it is hard to tell. Do I think I would have had a much better shot at getting into my dream schools? Absolutely. Using your services would definitely have been worth the investment. The amount of time and guesswork they would have saved me would have undoubtedly made my applications significantly stronger and made my life through the process much less stressful.

This is likely not the typical email you receive – I am writing to tell you that I wished I would have gone to you last year. It’s a little strange. That said, I have a motive. I hope this email helps you convince someone else like me to take advantage of what you offer. It is an investment that really is worth it. From someone that did it on their own – it would have been worth every penny to get help.

Thanks! Even though I didn’t take advantage of it, I appreciate what you do!

Sincerely,

-B”

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Michigan Ross School Fall 2017 MBA Application Deadlines [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Michigan Ross School Fall 2017 MBA Application Deadlines
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The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has announced the application deadlines for the 2016-2017 MBA admissions season. They are as follows:

Round 1
Application due: October 3, 2016

Decision released: December 16, 2016

Round 2
Application due: January 2, 2017

Decision released: March 17, 2017

Round 3
Application due: March 20, 2017

Decision released: May 12, 2017

All applications are due by 11:59 EST on the day of the deadline in order to be considered within that round. International applicants are encouraged to apply in rounds one or two to provide enough time for visa processing.

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

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Michigan Ross School Names Scott DeRue as New Dean [#permalink]

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The Michigan Ross School of Business has appointed Scott DeRue as its next dean, effective July 1. DeRue will succeed Alison Davis-Blake, who one year ago today announced she would resign when her five-year term ends in June 2016.

Many in the Ross community are well familiar with DeRue, who is currently associate dean for Executive Education, director of the Sanger Leadership Center, professor of management, and faculty director of the Emerging Leaders Program.

According to the announcement made by the school, DeRue brings a blend of both academic and business success to Michigan Ross. His research focuses on how leaders and teams learn, adapt, and perform in complex and dynamic environments.

Prior to academia, he had a successful career spanning private equity investments, management consulting, and luxury yachts. As a professor at Michigan Ross, he has authored award-winning research, won teaching awards, and advised executives around the world on matters such as leadership and change management, culture, and team development.

“Since 2007 when I joined the Michigan Ross faculty, I have come to cherish the commitment to excellence and collaborative culture that define this school,” says DeRue. “We are already among the best business schools in the world, ranking top 5 in areas as diverse as leadership and management, entrepreneurship, accounting, operations, and supply chain management. Looking forward, I am thrilled to be working with our world-class faculty, staff, students, and alumni to build on that success and propel Michigan Ross into the future.”

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Michigan Ross Fall 2017 MBA Application Essays [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Michigan Ross Fall 2017 MBA Application Essays
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The University of Michigan Ross School of Business poses these two required essay questions and one optional statement in the Fall 2017 MBA application:

  • What are you most proud of outside of your professional life? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)
  • What is your desired career path and why? (up to 400 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.

This season’s MBA applicants may be interested in revisiting the advice Soojin Kwon, director of MBA admissions at the Ross School, offered last year when addressing a similar iteration of these questions.

For the first question, Kwon said, “The context … is less important than your reason for being proud of something. We want to understand what makes something important to you. It gives us a glimpse into how you think about and process things, and what your priorities and values are. This is how we assess fit – through alignment of your values with the values of our community.“

For the second question, the admissions director explained that, “The main purpose of the career path question is so we can evaluate whether business school makes sense. A ‘good’ answer isn’t about saying you want to go into a traditional business field. In fact, many of our students pursue a wide range of careers outside of traditional business fields (e.g., education, nonprofit, emerging markets). A good answer will describe your rationale for being interested in a particular path.”

Finally, the Ross School admissions team wants to see essays that are clear and succinct. “It’s not a word count test, nor is it a creative writing test. Don’t write two paragraphs of introduction before stating what you’re most proud of,” Kwon advised last season, adding, “You can even start with, ‘I am most proud of….’ Write as you would speak. To a real person. We, who read the essays, are real people.”

For more information about applying, please visit the Ross School admissions website.

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Jonathan Levin Named Dean of Stanford GSB [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Jonathan Levin Named Dean of Stanford GSB
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The Stanford Graduate School of Business has named economist  Jonathan Levin, former chair of the Stanford Department of Economics and a renowned expert in the field of industrial organization, as the next dean of the GSB, President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy announced today.

Levin will succeed Garth Saloner, who is stepping down after seven years as dean. Levin’s appointment is effective September 1, 2016.

Levin joined the Stanford faculty in 2000 and is the Holbrook Working Professor in Price Theory at Stanford University. He was chair of the Department of Economics from 2011 to 2014. He is also a professor, by courtesy, at Stanford GSB, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and director of the Industrial Organization Program at the National Bureau for Economic Research.

The new dean is known for his scholarship in industrial organization. Levin’s research has spanned a range of topics including auctions and marketplace design, the economics of organizations, consumer finance and econometric methods for analyzing imperfect competition. His current interests include Internet platforms, the health care system and ways to incorporate new datasets into economic research.

“Jonathan is an outstanding teacher, a skilled and innovative administrator and a brilliant scholar who has deep understanding of both the academic enterprise and the workings of industry and government,” Etchemendy said. “Importantly, he brings a vision for the future of management education that is rooted in his extensive scholarship on the evolving needs of a global business community. I have every confidence he will continue the school’s strong trajectory.”

For more information about Levin, please see Stanford’s news release announcing his appointment as the tenth dean at the Graduate School of Business.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Before You Post That Selfie…
Do you have a profile on any of the major social media platforms? Do you frequently tweet, upload pictures to Instagram or Flickr, or post updates on Facebook? If so, you might want to make sure your online presence won’t derail your MBA application efforts.

If an admissions team is leaning toward admitting you to their program, it’s possible that they could do a quick Google search on your name before making their final decision. If you’ve demonstrated bad judgment by posting pictures of yourself doing not-so-upstanding things or making offensive or otherwise politically incorrect comments, you’ve given them a reason to move your application to the ding pile.

You may remember when The New York Times reported on a high school senior who caused a stir at Bowdoin College after posting disparaging tweets about other attendees at the school’s information session. If some undergraduate admissions committees are using teenagers’ social media behavior against them, it’s possible that business schools won’t be any more forgiving with adults who should know better.

It doesn’t end with the admissions committee, either. Let’s say you are invited to interview with a local alum; that person might try to find out as much information about you as possible before your chat. Once you’re at school, potential internship and full-time employers could perform an even more extensive online background check. Your fellow classmates might do some digging, too!

So while you may believe it’s funny and harmless to post that selfie after you’ve tipped back one too many, think again. There’s a chance you could compromise your MBA candidacy because of a fleeting moment of indiscretion. If an admissions committee member comes across something that raises a red flag, they’ll likely move on to the next candidate.

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Final Days of SBC’s 2016 B-School Application Survey [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Final Days of SBC’s 2016 B-School Application Survey
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Hey everyone! Have you answered our survey yet? We at Stacy Blackman Consulting want to check the pulse of this year’s crop of b-school applicants by polling them about their MBA plans. The survey poses 13 super simple questions, such as “How many schools are you applying to?”, and the whole questionnaire should take less than a minute to complete.

Every participant has the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win a $100 Amazon gift card. What are you waiting for? The survey closes at 5 p.m. EST on May 25. That’s right, it ends tomorrow! So please, take a moment to share with us your thoughts and experiences related to the MBA application process.

Enter survey here.

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Emory MBA Program Fall 2017 Application Deadlines [#permalink]

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The Goitzueta Business School at Emory University has announced the MBA application deadlines for the 2016-2017 admissions season. They are as follows:

Round 1
Application due: October 14, 2016

Decision released: December 1, 2016

Round 2
Application due: November 11, 2016

Decision released: January 26, 2017

Round 3
Application due: January 4, 2017

Decision released: March 3, 2017 (Domestic) / March 10, 2017 (International)

Round 4
Application due: March 10, 2017

Decision released: April 28, 2017

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

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