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Oxford Saïd Fall 2016 MBA Application Deadlines, Essay Questions

University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School has announced the application deadlines and essay questions for the MBA class entering in Fall 2016. Stage 1 Application due: September 11, 2015 Decision released: October 16, 2015 Stage …

Said Business School at OxfordUniversity of Oxford’s Saïd Business School has announced the application deadlines and essay questions for the MBA class entering in Fall 2016.

Stage 1
Application due: September 11, 2015
Decision released: October 16, 2015

Stage 2
Application due: October 30, 2015
Decision released: December 11, 2015

Stage 3
Application due: January 8, 2016
Decision released: March 4, 2016

Stage 4
Application due: March 18, 2016
Decision released: April 29, 2016

Stage 5
Application due: May 6, 2016
Decision released: June 10, 2016

Stage 6
Application due: June 10, 2016
Decision released: July 8, 2016

Applicants should note that you can apply in any of these six application stages. However, you are advised to apply as early as possible. If your college choice and college accommodation is important to you, Oxford Saïd recommends that you apply in the early stages (1-3).

Essay Questions

  1. How do you fit with Oxford Saïd’s mission? (Maximum 500 words)
  2. Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words)

If you are applying under the 1+1 scheme you also need to submit the following essay:

  1.  Explain why you see this as particularly beneficial for you and how it fits with your careers and personal development aims (Maximum 250 words)

Re-applicants will need to complete the essays mentioned above and another essay on the topic:

  1. What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (Maximum 250 words)

When reviewing your essays the Admissions Committee will be looking for evidence of the following: Good communication skills, leadership potential, analytical skills, fit within the Oxford MBA community, among other characteristics.

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

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CMU Tepper Appoints New Head of MBA Program

The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University has appointed Kathryn (Kate) Barraclough as the new head of its MBA program, the school announced Wednesday. In her new position, Barraclough will provide strategic direction …

new director of MBA admissions at Tepper

The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University has appointed Kathryn (Kate) Barraclough as the new head of its MBA program, the school announced Wednesday. In her new position, Barraclough will provide strategic direction for the program in alignment with the school’s mission and values, and represent the program to current and prospective students.

Kate Barraclough brings an impressive and broad background, ranging from academia to financial services. Her achievements as a scholar, researcher and educational leader were fundamental qualities that led to her appointment,” says Robert Dammon, dean of the Tepper School.

Barraclough will work in conjunction with the Dean’s Office and the faculty responsible for the development and delivery of the MBA curriculum. She also will maintain direct responsibility for the various operating units of the program that oversee admissions, financial aid, student services, and career planning and employment.

“It is a privilege to be able to serve as the next head of the MBA program at the Tepper School,” says Barraclough. “With its dedicated faculty and enthusiastic, high-performing students, I believe that the Tepper School has shown a high level of excellence and powerful potential for continuing its legacy of pioneering ideas and new practices within the management education arena.”

Barraclough earned her Ph.D. and bachelor’s degrees in economics and commerce from the Australian National University, where she graduated with first class honors.

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Tuesday Tips: Wharton MBA Essay Tips

Wharton’s essay questions remain the same this year, with only one required prompt, an essay for reapplicants and an entirely open-ended optional question. Wharton has been experimenting with the admissions process for the last several …

Wharton’s essay questions remain the same this year, with only one required prompt, an essay for reapplicants and an entirely open-ended optional question. Wharton has been experimenting with the admissions process for the last several years and seems to have landed on a productive essay question that asks applicants to reflect upon their fit with Wharton both personally and professionally.

As you consider how to approach this set of essays make sure you are conducting thorough school research. Getting to know the Wharton community through campus visits, online research and the many admissions events around the globe will help you understand the personality of the school and the alumni network to write an effective set of essays.

Required Essay: What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

This is both a standard career goals question and an inquiry into your personality and potential success in the program.

Be careful to answer the specific question in this career goals essay. Notice that you are not asked about your professional background or your key accomplishments. To answer the question asked, you will want to focus mainly on the future and what you are planning to pursue with your MBA degree. At the same time, there is certainly room to add color by using your background information where it is most relevant to your goals. Think about the key moments of your professional life that crystallized your goals for you, and focus on illuminating those decision points rather than reciting your entire resume.

Understanding exactly how you fit in will help you describe what Wharton will do for you, as well as navigate interviews and other interactions with the Wharton admissions committee. Consider including specific information from your Wharton research in this essay such as Wharton faculty you would like to study with or unique educational opportunities at Wharton.

When you address your personal goals for the MBA make sure you are making the case for Wharton specifically. Consider what living in Philadelphia might be like, the many clubs and student activities, and leadership development opportunities like traveling to Antarctica with your classmates that may address some of your personal life goals.

Optional Essay: Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

If you think that your application materials and the required essay are enough to provide a complete picture of your candidacy you may want to forgo this essay. There is no need to submit additional material just to submit something – consider whether the admissions committee will appreciate the information or think you are wasting their time.

If you do choose to answer this question note that the essay can be used for any topic that you would like. If there is something about your personal background you did not cover in the required essay and it is relevant and useful for your application, this is the place to cover it. Perhaps you didn’t have room in the required essay to describe an important accomplishment or to tell a story about your life that is relevant to your pursuit of an MBA. Anything that you think will be an asset to your application is fair game as a topic for this essay.

Reapplicant Question: All reapplicants to Wharton are required to complete this essay. Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)

All applicants, including reapplicants, can also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

All reapplicants are required to provide information that supports your renewed candidacy. The most successful version of the reapplicant essay will provide tangible evidence that you have improved the overall package you are submitting this year. Improvements like GMAT score or new quantitative classes as especially tangible, but a promotion, increase in responsibility at work, a job change or even a change of goals and mission can apply.

A rejection or waitlist last year is a form of feedback, and may have led to soul searching for you. When you describe your changes make sure reflect your ability to take feedback and improve. Describe how you approached the reapplication process after assessing your own strengths and weaknesses as a candidate and making the appropriate efforts to improve.

If you are not a reapplicant this essay is a potential space to address any areas of concern in your application. If you have a low GPA or GMAT, gaps in your resume, disciplinary action in undergrad or anything else that you want to explain, this is where you would provide a brief explanation and any supporting evidence to show you have moved past the setback.

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Cambridge Judge Fall 2016 Application Deadlines

The Judge Business School at University of Cambridge has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the 2015-2016 admissions season. Round 1 application deadline: September 18, 2015 Round 2 application deadline: October 23, 2015 Round …

Cambridge MBA deadlinesThe Judge Business School at University of Cambridge has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the 2015-2016 admissions season.

Round 1 application deadline: September 18, 2015

Round 2 application deadline: October 23, 2015

Round 3 application deadline: January 8, 2016

Round 4 application deadline: March 4, 2016

Round 5 application deadline: May 6, 2016

We’ll bring you the updated MBA essay questions for Fall 2016 when they become available. Until then, please visit the Cambridge MBA admissions website for more information.

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Emory MBA 2015-2016 Deadlines, Essay Questions

Emory University’s Goitzueta Business School has announced the following MBA application deadlines and essay questions for the 2015-2016 admissions season. Deadlines Round 1 Application due: October 1, 2015 Decision released: December 3, 2015 Round 2 …

Emory Goitzueta horizontalEmory University’s Goitzueta Business School has announced the following MBA application deadlines and essay questions for the 2015-2016 admissions season.

Deadlines

Round 1

Application due: October 1, 2015

Decision released: December 3, 2015

Round 2

Application due: November 13, 2015

Decision released: January 28, 2016

Round 3

Application due: January 8, 2016

Decision released: March 3, 2016 (domestic) March 11, 2016 (international)

Round 4

Application due: March 11, 2016

Decision released: April 29, 2016

Essay Questions

1. Define your short-term post-MBA career goals. How are your professional strengths, past experience and personal attributes aligned with these goals? (300 word limit)

2. 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. Mr. Goizueta’s core values guide us in educating Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Provide an example of your leadership – professional or personal – and explain what you learned about yourself through the experience. (300 word limit)

3. Complete one of the following statements. (250 word limit)

    1. I am passionate about…
    2. The best piece of advice I’ve received is…
    3. The best day of my life was…
    4. A personal goal I want to accomplish is…

4. Share with the committee and your future classmates a fun or noteworthy 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.

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

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