Smith School of Business Boosts Military Outreach

Active-duty and veteran students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business now have a dedicated staff member to help them make a smooth transition to the classroom and ultimately end up in …

Active-duty and veteran students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business now have a dedicated staff member to help them make a smooth transition to the classroom and ultimately end up in their desired careers, the school announced this week.

“We created this role as a concierge service for our military students,” says Alexander Triantis, dean of the Smith School. “We love to have these students in the classroom, companies want them, and we just want to make it as easy for them as possible to navigate the military benefits process and assimilate into our strong community. We want to help them while they are here and help them be successful when they leave.”

In an effort to better serve this steadily growing market, the Washington, D.C.-area school recently appointed Richard Campbell as director of military and veteran affairs.

Campbell will work with admitted MBA students who are prior or current members of the U.S. Armed Services to welcome them to Smith’s strong military community and help them transition to business school and into the workplace. He will work as their personal agent in the corporate arena to help these students land the jobs they want, liaising with companies looking specifically to recruit MBA students with military experience.

Campbell will also guide students through the military’s educational benefits process. As a disabled veteran and Smith MBA graduate himself, Campbell has firsthand experience with the complexities of benefits paperwork and will be able to help students make the best use of their available resources.

He’ll also work with the school’s admissions team to identify outreach opportunities to bring military personnel to the Smith School. With campuses in Washington, D.C., College Park, Baltimore, and Rockville, Md., the Smith School is well situated to serve military students.

Campbell’s priorities include running a school-wide club for military students to strengthen the tight-knit community and provide networking opportunities. He is already heading up a once-a-month meeting of active-duty and veteran students and alumni.

“As a military person, you are really looking for that community and support that you know so well from your service,” he says. “The community aspect is really what students are interested in, and it’s one of the top reasons I landed at Smith as a student myself. My role will ensure that community only gets stronger and that military students achieve their goals while they are here.”

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Yale SOM Introduces Sliding Scale Application Fee

In an effort to make applying to the Yale School of Management more accessible for lower-income applicants, the program announced it will implement a sliding scale for its MBA application fee. Most applicants will pay …

In an effort to make applying to the Yale School of Management more accessible for lower-income applicants, the program announced it will implement a sliding scale for its MBA application fee.

Most applicants will pay the standard fee of $225, explains Yale SOM Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico, but applicants whose total annual compensation is under $20,000 per year will pay $175, and those earning less than $10,000 will pay $125.

The fee will be based on the compensation information applicants report in their application, says the admissions director, adding that Yale SOM will verify for those who are admitted and enroll, and the offer of admission will be contingent on successful verification.

The move is in step with the SOM’s mission of globalizing business, and DelMonico says, “We see this change as a way of ensuring that the application fee doesn’t become a barrier for those working in lower-wage regions and industries, or who are still in school or very early in their careers.”

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Yale SOM 2014-2015 Essay Question

The 2014-2015 full-time MBA application to Yale School of Management is now live, and here’s a preview of the essay question for the upcoming admissions season. “The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will …

Yale SOM case competition

The 2014-2015 full-time MBA application to Yale School of Management is now live, and here’s a preview of the essay question for the upcoming admissions season.

“The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent.” (500 words maximum)

 Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico explains that the change from two questions last year to a single prompt for the class entering Fall 2015 is an effort to focus on what really matters to the admissions team: finding out how applicants are making an impact in their professional and personal lives.

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What TOEFL Score Do You Need?

If you’re an international student applying to business schools in the U.S., you’ve probably asked yourself this question: what TOEFL score do I need to get in? You might have heard that making it to …

If you’re an international student applying to business schools in the U.S., you’ve probably asked yourself this question: what TOEFL score do I need to get in? You might have heard that making it to the 100’s will guarantee you admission, but you’ve also had friends who reached that score and were turned down from schools. Confused yet? We’d be too!

But before you give up hope, our friends at Magoosh TOEFL have good news for you! They’ve just released a new infographic that shows what TOEFL scores you’ll need to get into top graduate schools in the United States. It’s based off their research on the minimum scores required at top schools as well as what other students at those schools score on average. That means you now have a place to start and a goal to aim for when you decide to take the TOEFL. Cue sigh of relief!

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Oxford Saïd to Launch Newly Redesigned MBA Program

University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School has announced a major redesign of the one-year Oxford MBA, launching in September 2014, that will provide future leaders with the skills, knowledge, and personal qualities needed to meet …

Oxford MBA redesigned

University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School has announced a major redesign of the one-year Oxford MBA, launching in September 2014, that will provide future leaders with the skills, knowledge, and personal qualities needed to meet the world-scale challenges of the 21st century.

In the redesigned program, learning in the core areas will be enhanced with extended pre-arrival preparation materials and ongoing support courses. A wider range of electives will be offered, including a selection of inter-disciplinary and jointly developed courses that bring in knowledge from the wider Oxford community.

A review process of the MBA program began last year to ensure students were well-equipped for the career challenges that await. “The new Oxford MBA is now an even more powerful, rigorous and innovative programme with a range of exciting and valuable elements from which our students will benefit,” says Professor Peter Tufano, dean of Saïd Business School, who notes that program adjustments are ongoing in order to keep in step with changes in the external business environment.

At the heart of the redesigned MBA are three cross-cutting themes related to the world-scale challenges shaping today’s business environment:

  • the global rules of the game
  • entrepreneurship
  • responsible leadership

These themes are addressed in specific interdisciplinary modules and extend through the other parts of the program from core and elective courses, GOTO (Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford), to guest speaker sessions and student-run conferences and competitions.

“We believe that future business leaders will be confronted with these complex global issues and firms will require people who have a wide range of skills and abilities to navigate the challenging landscape of global business. Knowledge in these areas is relevant whether you are working in finance or social enterprise, in a big firm or small firm, anywhere in the world,” says MBA Program Director Dana Brown.

Another innovation of the program is the pairing of each student with an executive coach, matched to help them grow in the unique skill-set and career path they’ve chosen. Executive coaching is offered as part of a wider program of talent development initiated during the MBA Launch. Students have free rein to identify a topic for discussion with their coach that is important to them and that will be personally transformative.

Dean Tufano calls this major review an effort to “future-proof” the Oxford MBA. “The business world is currently experiencing a period of unprecedented transformation…This environment needs individuals who can inspire and influence a wide range of stakeholders, and who can demonstrate responsible leadership in the face of complex and often conflicting interests. We wanted to be sure that our MBA will fulfill the needs of today’s students working in this environment.”

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New Application at Cornell’s Johnson School Adds LinkedIn Feature

The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University recently announced the launch of a new admissions application for its one-year and two-year MBA programs, making it one of the most unique applications in the …

Cornell Johnson linkedIn application

The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University recently announced the launch of a new admissions application for its one-year and two-year MBA programs, making it one of the most unique applications in the marketplace.

Featuring a LinkedIn profile option and accessible on any device, the application allows b-school candidates to highlight their qualifications, career aspirations, networking capabilities, and portfolio work.

Prospective students have the option to populate portions of their applications directly from LinkedIn. The LinkedIn platform combined with the power of Salesforce helps Johnson admissions officers have a better understanding of prospects’ experience and talents, and stay closely connected to them throughout the application process.

“The LinkedIn feature gives an applicant the option to describe their experience and background as they would to someone they just met,” says Ann Richards, Johnson at Cornell Interim Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. “This modern platform gives our applicants the chance to provide a personal tagline and meaningful summary, point out skills, explain experience, differentiate from the crowd, and show how they build a network.”

Johnson’s new application for its Ithaca-based programs was inspired by the unique application process for the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program in New York City, which enrolled its first class in May 2014.

The LinkedIn feature and others aspects were designed to solicit thought-provoking content that illustrated students’ originality and expertise. To date, Johnson Cornell Tech MBA applicants have provided Prezi presentations, videos, and mobile applications as submissions, says Christine Sneva, Director of Enrollment and Student Services at Cornell Tech. Sneva led development of the innovative application, which received glowing reviews from the tech-savvy millennials, who used it.

“The application was innovative, especially the creative portion, allowing me to really show who I am and what I’ve done,” says Johnson Cornell Tech MBA student Kate Wright, MBA class of 2015. “Going to the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA campus to interview solidified that this was the program for me and got me excited about what Johnson is doing to disrupt higher education.”

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