Sunday, June 17, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
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.
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.
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
2018-2019 Northwestern / Kellogg MBA Deadlines
2018-2019 Northwestern / Kellogg MBA Essay Questions
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Kellogg’s 2018-2019 MBA Application Deadlines
|Kellogg Rounds||Application Deadline||Interviews||Decisions|
|Round One||September 19, 2018||September 21, 2018||December 12, 2018|
|Round Two||January 9, 2019||January 11, 2019||April 12, 2019|
|Round Three||April 10, 2019||April 12, 2019||May 15, 2019|
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.
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?
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Sunday, June 3, 2018
|School||Deadline||Interview Notification||Decision||Essay Release|
|Indiana (Kelley)||March 1, 2019 (R3)||NA||April 30, 2019||Yes|
|IESE||March 1, 2019 (R3)||NA||April 30, 2019||Yes|
|Toronto (Rotman)||March 4, 2019 (R3)||NA||May 3, 2019||Yes|
|INSEAD (Sept. 20/19 Intake)||March 6, 2019 (R4)||April 5, 2019||May 10, 2019||Yes|
|Emory Goizueta||March 8, 2019 (R4)||NA||May 3, 2019 (2-year); Rolling (1-year)||Yes|
|Washington (Foster)||March 14, 2019||NA||May 15, 2019||Yes|
|Michigan Ross||March 18, 2019||NA||May 10, 2019||Yes|
|Duke Fuqua||March 20, 2019 (R3)||April 10, 2019||April 29, 2019||No|
|Dartmouth Tuck||April 1, 2019 (R2)||NA||May 9, 2019||No|
|Wharton||April 2, 2019||April 18, 2019||May 9, 2019||Yes|
|Stanford GSB||April 3, 2019||NA||May 16, 2019||Yes|
|Harvard||April 9, 2019 (2+2)||NA||TBD||Yes|
|Columbia||April 10, 2019||Rolling Decisions||Rolling||Yes|
|Indiana (Kelley)||April 15, 2019 (Final)||NA||May 31, 2019||Yes|
|Yale SOM||April 16, 2019||NA||May 21, 2018||Yes|
|UCLA Anderson||April 16, 2019||NA||May 21, 2019||Yes|
|INSEAD (Jan. 2020 Intake)||April 17, 2019 (R2)||May 17, 2019||June 21, 2019||Yes|
|Toronto (Rotman)||April 29, 2019 (R4)||NA||May 31, 2019||Yes|
|IESE||May 7, 2019 (R4)||NA||June 7, 2019||Yes|
|INSEAD (Jan. 2020 Intake)||June 5, 2019 (R3)||July 5, 2019||Aug. 9, 2019||Yes|
|INSEAD (Jan. 2020 Intake)||July 24, 2019 (R4)||Aug. 23, 2019||Sept. 27, 2019||Yes|