London Business School Deadlines, Essays for August 2015 Intake

London Business School has posted the four application stages and essay prompts for the upcoming MBA admissions season. Deadlines Stage 1 Deadline: October 3, 2014 Decision Notification: December 11, 2014 Stage 2 Deadline: January 5, …

scholarships for women at LBS

London Business School has posted the four application stages and essay prompts for the upcoming MBA admissions season.

Deadlines

Stage 1

Deadline: October 3, 2014
Decision Notification: December 11, 2014

Stage 2

Deadline: January 5, 2015
Decision Notification: March 26, 2015

Stage 3

Deadline: February 27, 2015
Decision Notification: May 14, 2015

Stage 4

Deadline: April 17, 2015
Decision Notification: June 25, 2015

Essays

The essay questions for the MBA class of 2017 are:

  • What are your post-MBA plans and how will your past experience and the London Business School programme contribute? (500 words)
  • How will you add value to the London Business School community? (300 words)
  • Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (400 words)

* * *
Admissions for the August 2015 intake will open in late August.  All applications are due by 17:00 GMT on the day of the deadline. If you require a visa to study in the UK, LBS encourages you to apply in Stages 1 – 3.

For more information, please visit the London Business School admissions website.

Posted in School News | Tagged , ,

MOOCs and the Future of Management Education

The growing number of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered at the top business schools is something of a hot button topic these days. Harvard Business School joined the fray this past spring, but rather …

The growing number of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered at the top business schools is something of a hot button topic these days. Harvard Business School joined the fray this past spring, but rather than using an existing platform such as Coursera to launch its courses, HBS elected instead to create its own proprietary digital platform, HBX.

In a new Harvard Business Review blog post, HBS graduate and former faculty member Pankaj Ghemawat takes a look at what business schools don’t get about MOOCs, which, he argues, is basically that the future of management education will be a combination of these new and traditional teaching methods, not a battle for superiority between them.

As an example, Ghemawat points out the difference in approach between HBS and the Wharton School, which last year announced it would offer a Wharton MBA Foundation Series that would allow students all over the world to learn the same material a first-year Wharton MBA student would. Harvard Business School, meanwhile, is using its MOOCs to target pre-MBAs.

Professor Ghemawat, who has also taught a MOOC for IESE Business School on the Coursera platform, sees the strengths of each of these approaches but calls them seriously incomplete.

“Both schools treat MOOCs as complements to their existing offerings, rather than as substitutes—complements that are disconnected from what goes on in their traditional classrooms,” says Ghemawat, who suggests a recombining of efforts would be more beneficial.

His post covers arguments from the traditional-minded elite business schools’ position, and offers thought-provoking counterpoints to each assertion. As we move further into the digital age of management education, a deeper understanding of the power and possibilities that MOOCs can provide is in order. I invite you to follow the link above to learn more of Ghemawat’s thoughts on the issue.

You may also be interested in:

Harvard Business School Offers its First MOOC

Harvard Business School Enters Online Learning

Weigh Trying a MOOC Before Your MBA

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , ,

5 Ways to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market

Distinguishing yourself from other applicants  is crucial in a competitive, post-MBA job market. Accenture recruiter Katherine LaVelle recently shared with Bloomberg Businessweek some of the characteristics she’s looking for in new hires. It doesn’t matter …

Distinguishing yourself from other applicants  is crucial in a competitive, post-MBA job market. Accenture recruiter Katherine LaVelle recently shared with Bloomberg Businessweek some of the characteristics she’s looking for in new hires. It doesn’t matter where you plan on working after b-school; if you’re not already cultivating these aspects of your personal and professional profile, now’s the time to begin.

1. Take advantage of change. LaVelle notes that today’s companies need business school graduates who can help them adapt in this age of digital and market transformation. IT is now essential to every role, she says.

2. Think globally. Cross-cultural awareness is mandatory these days, and all of the elite business schools include opportunities to participate in projects abroad. LaVelle looks for such experience in applicants, and says, “If they can’t complete a global assignment, they must at least show an interest in—and knowledge of—the global landscape.”

3. Never stop learning. The business landscape has undergone dramatic changes in the last decade, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Staying abreast of the latest developments in your field is critical for success, so take advantage of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at the top business schools, as well as any training opportunities your employer may offer.

“I value intellectual curiosity,” says LaVelle. “Applicants who pursue training programs or other education opportunities show that they’re committed to learning new skills and growing as professionals.”

4. Grow your network. Making meaningful professional connections can create as much value for you as your MBA degree. Many new businesses start as a result of a current professional connection, so seek out mentors, groom your relationships, and become a resources for others as well.

“I found it helpful to join a broad range of organizations at first–including groups that focused on capital markets, women in business, and everything in between–before narrowing my involvement, once I had a better sense of where I wanted to specialize, ” LaVelle explains.

5. Know what you want. While an MBA program will expand your horizons and open doors you never considered, having a clearly formulated goal is integral to success. Some flexibility is fine, as long as there’s a common thread linking what you’ve done so far with what you plan to do post-MBA.

Life may throw you several curve balls along the way, but a clearly thought-out career map will get you to your goals despite any roadblocks that crop up. As LaVelle notes, your career should tell a complete story and lead you to a clear destination–one that you have aspired to and believe is the best fit for your professional and personal life.

Posted in General | Tagged , , ,

Tuesday Tips: 2014 UCLA Anderson Essay Tips

Last year UCLA Anderson reduced the required essays to only one, following the trend started by Harvard. UCLA’s essays were previously focused on career goals and last year’s single essay only asked about short- and …

Last year UCLA Anderson reduced the required essays to only one, following the trend started by Harvard. UCLA’s essays were previously focused on career goals and last year’s single essay only asked about short- and long-term goals. This year the one required question adds an additional element to the question by asking a more open-ended question to get at applicants’ personal lives and values.

With over a decade of experience helping applicants just like you, contact us to learn how Stacy Blackman Consulting can help you define your best essay content.

Required Essay
UCLA Anderson is distinguished by three defining principles: Share Success, Think Fearlessly, Drive Change. What principles have defined your life and pre-MBA career? How do you believe that UCLA Anderson’s principles, and the environment they create, will help you attain your post-MBA career goals? (750 words maximum)

This single required essay is actually three essays in one. First you will need to think about the principles, or values, that have influenced your life and career. Second your post MBA career goals need to be defined to answer the final part of the question. Third, you will need to explain why an MBA, specifically an Anderson MBA, will help you achieve your goals.

When you reflect upon the principles that have defined your life consider telling one or two key stories to illuminate who you are. UCLA is looking for personal expression in this essay, and to understand how you are different from other applicants. Consider the turning points or moments that triggered reflection for you. Have you experienced a significant personal setback? What is your family background? Have you lived outside your home country? When did you face a turning point or make a big decision about your career? What were some of your proudest accomplishments? What moments have called upon your need to collaborate, lead or innovate?

For the second part of the essay briefly explain what you plan to do immediately after graduation, and then what you want to accomplish over the long-term with your career. A career path that focuses on demonstrated passions and interests throughout your life is going to be most compelling as you write this essay and each section should bridge seamlessly into the next.

For the part of the essay focusing on UCLA Anderson’s part in your plans, UCLA specifically requests citing specific classes, professors and programs. To express a bit more on the personal side it will be helpful to include the social and extracurricular aspects that attract you to the small and close-knit experience at Anderson. Be specific as you discuss the clubs and conferences that are unique to the UCLA MBA.

Optional Essay
Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words maximum)

It is important to focus on explanations rather than excuses in this essay. Potential extenuating circumstances may be a very low GPA, academic probation or using a recommender other than your current supervisor. Clearly explain the situation, and if it is a situation from the past, explain why you have changed. Providing evidence that you will not repeat the actions in question will be very important.

Posted in Application Tips, UCLA Anderson Advice | Tagged , , , , , , ,

USC Marshall 2014-2015 MBA Application Deadlines

The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business has announced the Fall 2015 MBA application deadlines. Round 1 Deadline: October 15, 2014 Notification Begins: December 15, 2014 Round 2 Deadline: January 15, 2015 Notification Begins: …

entrepreneurship at USC marshall

The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business has announced the Fall 2015 MBA application deadlines.

Round 1

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Notification Begins: December 15, 2014

Round 2

Deadline: January 15, 2015
Notification Begins: March 15, 2015

Round 3

Deadline: April 15, 2015
Notification Begins: June 1, 2015

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PST on the day of the deadline to be considered in that round. For more information, please visit the USC Marshall admissions website.

Posted in School News | Tagged , , ,

Emory Goitzueta 2014-2015 Essay Questions

Emory University’s Goitzueta Business School has announced the essay questions for the Fall 2015 MBA application. Required Essay Questions What is your short-term career goal and why is an MBA from Goizueta an important next …

school-emory-goizueta

Emory University’s Goitzueta Business School has announced the essay questions for the Fall 2015 MBA application.

Required Essay Questions

  1. What is your short-term career goal and why is an MBA from Goizueta an important next step toward that goal? (200 word limit)
  2. If your initial career plans are not realized, what else are you considering? (200 word limit)
  3. The Business School is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth. It is his legacy and the strength of his character that gives rise to our vision: Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Goizueta once said, “The cynics will tell you that the good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. I’m telling you, do it anyway.”

    Provide an example of the good you have contributed to an organization and the impact of your actions. (300 word limit)

  4. Complete one of the following statements. (250 word limit)
    • I am unique because…
    • My most memorable cross-cultural experience…
    • I am passionate about…
    • The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is…
  5. Please share with the committee and your future classmates an interesting or fun fact about you. (25 word limit)

Optional Essay: If you have additional information or feel there are extenuating circumstances which you would like to share with the MBA Admissions Committee (i.e. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance issues or areas of weakness in application). Please limit your response to 250 words.

Reapplicants

Applicants who have applied to Goizueta Business School in the past are required to answer the following questions:

  1. What is your short-term career goal and why is an MBA from Goizueta an important next step toward that goal? (200 word limit)
  2. If your initial career plans are not realized, what else are you considering? (200 word limit)
  3. Explain how you have improved your candidacy for Goizueta Business School’s MBA Program since your last application. (250 word limit)

You may also submit the optional essay if you wish.

You may also be interested in:

Emory MBA 2014-2015 MBA Application Deadlines

Posted in School News | Tagged , ,