Thursday, June 14, 2018

ハース・スクール・オブ・ビジネス(Haas School of Business)2018-2019 Deadlines

UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business moved back its round one MBA application deadline this year by nearly a week to Sept. 27. That is a full six days later than last year’s Sept. 21st cutoff, yet candidates will only get a final admissions decision from the school a day earlier than last year.

Haas set a round two MBA deadline of Jan. 10, with decisions due on March 14th. The round three and final cutoff date is April 4th, with decisions posted May 9th. All applications must be submitted on or before the application deadline at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

For Consortium candidates, the school released two rounds of deadlines. The first is Oct. 15, with decisions posted on Dec. 13th, while the second is Jan. 5, with decisions due March 14th.

Haas does not reveal a specific date for invitations to do an admissions interview. Those interviews are disclosed to candidates as the school’s admissions committee reviews the applications and then offers interviews both on-campus and in cities around the world.

The school also issued its required two essays for 2018-2019 applicants. They include:

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)

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)

Haas also invites applicants to submit optional information on a variety of topics to help admissions staff better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.

Haas Class Size: 284 

Last year’s class size rose from 252 to 284 students – the school’s largest class ever. This coming year, Haas is aiming to get closer to 300 students. 

Acceptance Rate: 12%
The program attracted 4,132 applications during the 2017-2018 cycle, another high that eclipses the Class of 2011’s mark of 4,064. Overall, the acceptance rate stood near 12%.

Average GMAT: 725
- Up eight points from the previous year and higher than Columbia Business Schol.

GMAT Range: 640 to 780. 

Average GPA: 3.71
- Much higher than the  3.62-3.66 range over the nine years.

Average TOEFL score: 110, with a mid-80% range of 104 to 115.

Tips for admission
1. Articulate both what you think you will get out of business school (the first 50%) and what unique passions or talents you will contribute to the Haas community (the second 50%). 
2. Also, every single application question and essay is precious real estate, so don’t waste a word. 
3. Understand the Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. 
4. Show passion and initiative.

ダーデン・スクール・オブ・ビジネス 2018-2019 MBA Deadlines

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is adding an ‘early action’ round with an open interview schedule for this year’s 2018-2019 MBA application season. The new option, which is non-binding, is for candidates who believe that Darden’s MBA program is their top choice and are ready to move forward with their application at the earliest point possible.

The early action deadline is Sept. 7th, with admissions decisions due on Oct. 17th–just a few days after the school’s regular round one deadline of Oct. 4. Applying in the early round allows candidates to schedule their interview without waiting to be invited. Darden will host open interviews for early action candidates between mid-July through to the of September. The online application for 2018-2019 went live today.

The new early round is just one of several admissions innovations launched by Dawna Clarke, the long-time admissions chief at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, who became executive director of admissions and financial aid at Darden last year. The school is also significantly increasing scholarship support for MBA students and hosting a fuller array of info sessions and on-campus visits for prospective students.

Darden’s round one deadline of Oct. 4 will allow candidates to get a decision on Dec. 12. The round two deadline is Jan. 10, with decisions due on March 20. And the third and final round cutoff is April 3, with decisions posted on May 8th. For the trio of regular round applicants, interviews are only available by invitation. The school does not post specific dates for sending invites but notes that candidates could get an invitation up until the decision date.

Applicants who live in the U.S. are required to interview on the Darden Grounds. If you live outside of the U.S., the school offers interviews via Skype. Candidates may have the option to interview during several West Coast Interview Days. In addition to the applicants also are expected to participate in a case discussion with a member of Darden’s top-ranked faculty.

This year, Darden also changed its essay approach, ending one long essay for five shorter questions so students can talk about multiple dimensions of their background with a greater emphasis on leadership and impact.

Darden Essays

1. “Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personal, professional or both.” (100 words)

2. “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)

3. “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)

4. “Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact.” (200 words)

5. “What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why?” (150 words)

- Fundraising for scholarships at Darden has increased 700% over the past two years. Innovations to the s school’s scholarship offerings include:

(a) The Batten Scholars Program: Sponsored by Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, this competitive program supports full- and partial-tuition scholarships for top students with interest and experience in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.

(b) New Batten Foundation Darden Worldwide Scholarships: Beginning in the 2018–19 academic year, the scholarship program will fund the course fees for all full-time students who participate in a Darden Worldwide Course.

(c) Madison and Monroe Scholarships: These prestigious scholarships will be awarded each year to top candidates.

(d) Darden Jefferson Fellowships Competition: Top candidates from around the globe will now have the opportunity to compete for a nomination for the prestigious Darden Jefferson Fellowship, directed by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. International candidates interested in the fellowship must apply in Darden’s Early Action round. Applications will be reviewed by the Darden Admissions Committee and considered for nomination to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. U.S.-based candidates interested in the fellowship should apply Early Action or in Round 1.

New Darden Showcase Events: Darden will offer several new showcases built to highlight its vibrant and engaging learning environment on Grounds. Prospective students are welcome to attend any of the events, and more will be added through the summer. See the full schedule.
New Admissions Events: Darden will host a series of admissions events in major cities on six continents and participate in the Poets&Quants’ CentreCourt MBA Festival in multiple cities. See the full schedule.

Last year’s entering class at Darden lived up to the school’s usual high standards. 
- Darden received 2,736 applications during the 2016-2017 cycle, up 10.8% from the previous year
- Last year’s incoming was 326 students, down from the 345 students who arrived in Charlottesville in 2016…but still larger than the 316 students who enrolled in the program four years ago.
- Overall, Darden accepted 24.5% of applicants, putting it in the same company as Chicago Booth, the London Business School, and Michigan Ross.

- The average GMAT was 713, one point higher than the 2018 Class and  a seven-point improvement over the last graduating class. 
- The mid-80% range of GMATs went from 650 to 760
- Domestic students had  an average score of 712
- International students  had  an average score of  715. 
- For the fourth straight year, undergraduate GPAs remained at 3.5, with the lowest reported average being 2.1 and the highest at 4.0.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ジョンソン・スクール Deadlines 2018-2019

MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Applying to Business School for the Non Profit Sector
The Cornell / Johnson deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions season have been shared by the admissions committee.
Candidates should note that applications must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on the day of the deadline. 

2018-2019 Cornell / Johnson MBA Deadlines

October Round
Application Deadline: October 10, 2018
Initial Notification: November 15, 2018
Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline: April 23, 2018
November Round
Application Deadline: November 15, 2018
Initial Notification: January 10, 2019
Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline: March 8, 2019
January Round
Application Deadline: January 3, 2019
Initial Notification: April 10, 2019
Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline: April 18, 2019
April Round
Application Deadline: April 10, 2019
Initial Notification: May 10, 2019
Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline: June 15, 2019
The admissions committee also notes:
Initial Notification Date: You will receive one of three initial notifications following a preliminary review of your application and materials: invitation to interview, waitlist without interview or denial of admission.
Decision Announcement: Final decisions are released on a rolling basis. Your decision will be posted to your Johnson Application page and you will receive an email message indicating that your decision is available.

ケロッグ・スクール・オブ・マネジメント MBA Deadlines and Essay Questions 2018-2019

kellogg mba deadlines and essays
The Northwestern / Kellogg deadlines and essay questions for the 2018-2019 admissions season have been shared by the admissions committee.

2018-2019 Northwestern / Kellogg MBA Deadlines

Round 1
Application Deadline: September 19, 2018
On-campus Interview Scheduled by: September 21, 2018
Decision Notification: December 12, 2018
Round 2
Application Deadline: January 9, 2019
On-campus Interview Scheduled by: January 11, 2019
Decision Notification: March 27, 2019
Round 3
Application Deadline: April 10, 2019
On-campus Interview Scheduled by: April 12, 2019
Decision Notification: May 15, 2019

2018-2019 Northwestern / Kellogg MBA Essay Questions

Essay 1

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)

Essay 2

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)

Additional Essays

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

This becomes available after applicants submit their application and application fee.
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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NYU Stern Reinstates November Deadline Amid Other Slight Shifts, Maintains Popular “Pick Six” Essay

NYU Stern application updates
NYU Stern School of Business today becomes the latest school to share its 2018-2019 MBA admissions deadlines and essay questions, including a few changes from last year. We caught up with Isser Gallogly, Stern associate dean, MBA admissions and program innovation, to get the latest. Here’s what we learned.
For starters, Gallogly and his team have decided to reinstate the November deadline they eliminated last year for the full-time, two-year MBA program. This means a return to a four deadlines: October 15th, November 15th, January 15th, and March 15th.
“Last year we gave it a shot without the November deadline, and we got some feedback from applicants that they like having it as an option,” says Gallogly. “We heard from some people that it can be nice—especially when they are working on a bunch of applications with October deadlines—to have our November deadline as an option.” So his team brought it back as a convenience for applicants.
Stern’s two specialized one-year MBA programs, focused on fashion & luxury and technology, will also feature four deadlines thanks to the addition this year of one in mid-February. The deadlines for the focused MBA programs will be September 15th, November 15th, January 15th, and February 15th.
NYU Stern application updates
Isser Gallogly, NYU Stern
Last year was the first year applications were accepted for these new focused programs. Since the programs run from May to May, Stern initially did not include a deadline past January. But feedback here revealed that some applicants would prefer an opportunity later in the spring to submit.
“We felt like we could add another deadline for people who needed a little more time and see how that goes,” says Gallogly. International students, though, should submit no later than the January 15th deadline to ensure adequate time for visa requirements, he stresses.
In another shift, Stern has removed an option it offered to applicants last year to be considered for multiple programs with the submission of a single application. As it turns out, 95 percent of last year’s applicants submitted a primary preference only. Given this, Stern has removed the option to be considered for multiple programs as well as the accompanying Program Preferences essay (former essay #2).
Popular “Pick Six” Visual Essay RemainsOne thing that has NOT changed this year is the popular Pick Six visual essay. This essay prompt, which Stern rolled out last year, invites applicants to submit six images they feel best express them along with six short captions. The images can include pictures, charts, infographics, and artwork.
“Everybody loves Pick Six—it’s amazing,” says Gallogly. “The team of admissions officers who read them really look forward to them because they can glean so much information. It really brings people to life in a way that a flat essay simply cannot do.”
Gallogly also thinks part of the value of Pick Six is that it encourages applicants to focus their energy on thinking about what to include, not on execution. “Plus, if you think of it in terms of a picture being worth a thousand words, it’s basically an essay that has a 6,000-word limit,” he adds.
Applicants have loved it, he continues, noting that last year’s admitted students come in quizzing each other about what they picked for their Pick Six. “It’s been big, big hit,” Gallogly says. “This could be one that stays with us for many years to come.”
EQ Endorsements Replace Letters of Recommendation
There’s been one final shift with regard to the NYU Stern 2018-19 MBA application, which is that applicants this year will be required to submit two EQ endorsements in lieu of traditional letters of recommendation.
The EQ endorsement debuted last year, part of the school’s continuing effort to evaluate candidates based on both intellectual and emotional intelligence—what it terms “IQ + EQ.” Applicants were asked to provide a testimonial illustrating a specific example of demonstrated EQ from someone who knows them well in addition to two traditional letters or recommendation.
“The EQ endorsement was as a big hit, and applicants gave us wonderful feedback about how much they liked being able to express their EQ and IQ in this way,” Gallogly shares. “And it gave us insight as readers of applications that we historically had not gotten.”
In fact, a number of applicants last year wanted their recommenders to be able to submit EQ endorsements as well. “That gave us the idea to integrate the two together,” Gallogly says. “We took the best of both and created one new thing.”
This year, Stern has included elements of prior recommendation letters—such as an applicant’s principal strengths—within the EQ endorsement guidelines and will require applicants to submit two EQ endorsements and no letters or recommendation. One EQ endorsement must come from a direct supervisor, but the second can come from anyone else the applicant chooses—a professional or personal contact, excluding family members.
For complete details on applying to any of NYU Stern’s MBA programs, click here.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Kellogg 2018-2019 MBA Deadlines

To celebrate the building’s lakefront location, Kellogg’s new 415,000 square foot Global Hub pays pays homage to the environment in two ways – the curved exterior walls reflect the wave movement on the lake, while the glass reflects the blues of the water as well as the sky.
Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management today (June 4) moved up its MBA application deadlines for each of its three rounds by a day this year.
The round one deadline for MBA applicants is set for Sept. 19th, with decisions released on Dec. 12th. The cutoff for round two applicants Jan. 9th, with decisions due March 27th. The round three and final deadline is April 10th, with decisions released by May 15th. When decisions are made, Kellogg will email applicants a link to their application status pages.
At Kellogg, every applicant is invited to interview. The school asks that candidates schedule an on-campus interview no later than two days after sending in their completed application. So round one applicants should schedule an interview by Sept. 21st. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. CT on the application deadline date.
Kellogg advises international applicants to apply in Round 1 or 2 to allow time for admits to apply for a student visa. The school also says that applying early puts candidates in an advantageous position for grants, scholarships or on-campus housing preferences. Candidates who apply in Round 1 or 2 can also take advantage of our admitted-student weekends.The school also tends to admit One-Year MBA and MMM students in Round 1 or 2 to accommodate the programs’ early start date.

Kellogg’s 2018-2019 MBA Application Deadlines

Kellogg RoundsApplication DeadlineInterviewsDecisions
Round OneSeptember 19, 2018September 21, 2018December 12, 2018
Round TwoJanuary 9, 2019January 11, 2019April 12, 2019
Round ThreeApril 10, 2019April 12, 2019May 15, 2019
The school has yet to release its new essay questions. Last year, Kellogg required applicants to answer two essay prompts:
“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)
The latest incoming class, the Class of 2019, produced an all-time high average GMAT of 732 – a four point improvement over the previous class. To put this average in context, it is two points higher than both Wharton and Chicago Booth, not to mention a full 10 points better than MIT Sloan. In fact, Kellogg’s incoming class ranks 2nd to just Stanford GSB (737) in the GMAT arms race. Even more, this average GMAT marks a huge leap for Kellogg historically. Just five years ago, the 2014 Class started up with a 708 average – nearly 25 points lower! The range of those scores goes from a low of 600 to a high of 780.
At the same time, the 478-member class mustered a 3.6 GPA, an average equal to Wharton and Chicago Booth. 42 is a common number in the 2019 Class. For one, the program received 42 more applications during the 2016-2017 cycle, going from 4,553 to 4,595. The school admitted 926 candidates, for an acceptance rate of 20.2%. At the same time, the class maintained a 42% representation of women. This marks the 3rd straight year where over 40% of its class is comprised of women. For the 2nd straight year, 35% of the class hailed from overseas, with U.S. minority students composing another 25% of the first-year class.
“Know what excites you prior to beginning the application process. I knew I was driven to change the broken food system and this passion guided how I thought about programs and communities I wanted to pursue. I didn’t know exactly what role I wanted after my MBA, and I think that’s fine, but having a filter around my industry domain has allowed me to best use my time while in school.” — Kathryn Bernell, Class of 2018 2018 Kellogg graduate who is pursuing her own startup
“While it is a stressful process, focus on being yourself and telling “your” story. Highlight the things that make you uniquely you. Show Kellogg what you can bring to the table that no one else can. Kellogg looks beyond your academic profile and work experience in search of the characteristics that make a great leader. Show us that you have what it takes.” — Meg Kelleher, Class of 2018 Kellogg graduate who will be working for McKinsey & Co.
“I highly advise applicants to tone down the technical language and jargon in the resume and essays. If possible, do a mock interview with a friend who knows nothing about your industry. Most of my interviewers were not familiar with product development process, and the interviews would be ineffective if I’d spent most of the time explaining the jargon. I also found it is very important to connect with students and alumni so you can have a feel about the culture. Ultimately, you will spend two years in the community and it really makes a big difference whether the school’s culture fits your personality.” — Yu-chu (Valerie) Chen, Class of 2019 MBA student at Kellogg

More Students Are Choosing Tech MBAs Over Traditional B-School Degrees

Tech MBAs are on the rise. But how do they differ from the traditional MBA? 
And who are they for? 

MBAs were once persona non-grata in the technology industry but, in recent years, tech companies have attracted more and more MBAs with offers of choice leadership roles.

Tech firms and tech-centric companies are among the most sought-after employers of business school graduates. To reflect this shift, more and more business schools have begun to infuse their curricula with coursework that addresses many of the hard skills the tech industry holds in such high regard.

Whereas traditional MBA programs are geared toward developing overall leadership and management skills, so-called ‘Tech MBAs’ are specifically focused on candidates who already employ technical expertise within a business context. The rise of Tech MBA reflects a growing demand for business leaders who can effectively combine their robust technical understanding with a talent for management.

Let’s take a closer look at three MBA programs focused specifically on grooming graduates for roles in tech.

The Johnson Cornell Tech MBA—Johnson at Cornell
Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management invites students with an entrepreneurial spirit to explore its one-year Tech MBA. The program requires that candidates have experience in design or software development combined with demonstrable leadership skills.

It’s divided into three semesters with distinct focuses: traditional business courses on Cornell’s Ithaca campus; an interdisciplinary solution-oriented tech project applied to a real-world business need; and a start-up project that requires the student’s business team shepherd their concept from idea to launch. The second and third semesters take place in New York City.

NYU Stern
At NYU Stern, the Andre Koo Tech MBA program is designed to deliver a rigorous real-world educational experience that provides students with a definitive career focus in technology.

At around 30 students per program, the aim is to maximize industry engagement through experiential learning and built-in live case studies with companies year round.

Nicole Imbriaco is a current student in the inaugural Koo Tech MBA class. A former trading analyst at Goldman Sachs, Nicole wanted to deepen her knowledge in data analytics through the program. She explained how pursuing this degree reflects the trajectory of her career path:

“The dual focuses of a traditional MBA and the more technical study attracted me because it’s the perfect combination that builds on the foundation I previously established with my undergrad degrees in finance and business analytics.

"From the beginning, I’ve had an interest in both the business and technology side, so the Tech MBA at Stern is the perfect fit in allowing me to increase my depth of knowledge on both areas simultaneously.” 

Technology Leadership MBA Track—Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business
Tepper offers a Technology Leadership MBA track to its MBA candidates in conjunction with its computer science school. The track focuses on strategy and management around cutting-edge technologies.

This program requires either significant work experience and related expertise in the technology sector or an undergraduate degree in computer science or engineering. The curriculum combines tech and business management courses and includes a capstone course which partners students with a business to work on a project which reflects their coursework.

As the role of tech in business spurs a need for leaders who can handle management and technology concerns with aplomb, MBA programs are poised to reflect this demand. It remains to be seen what form programs will take on as elements such as data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence become more integral to the business landscape in the years to come. 

Will programs retain a structure and curriculum that mostly reflects the traditional content of MBA education or will the make-up of the Tech MBA be the face of most all MBA degrees, full stop?