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UCLA Anderson Requires 2 Recommendation Letters for Fall 2016 Application

The latest post on the MBA Insider’s Blog at UCLA Anderson School of Management reveals that the full-time MBA program will require applicants to submit two letters of recommendation for the class entering in Fall …

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The latest post on the MBA Insider’s Blog at UCLA Anderson School of Management reveals that the full-time MBA program will require applicants to submit two letters of recommendation for the class entering in Fall 2016.

It seems many applicants in previous years were submitting two letters anyway, so the program decided to make it official this season and will monitor how useful the extra recommendation will be to the admissions committee.

“The letters of recommendation are very helpful in providing a third party’s perspective on your leadership and management potential, readiness/fit for business school, interpersonal skills and teamwork abilities,” writes admissions officer Jessica Chung.

In addition to listing who you should and should not choose as a recommender, Chung also details what kind of information these champions for your b-school candidacy should share with the admissions team.

Finally, she stresses the importance of managing your recommenders and providing them with reminders of your strengths and past accomplishments to make the process just a little bit easier.

“It’s a small investment of time on your part,” Chung notes, “But your recommenders will absolutely appreciate your insight because it will make their job easier!”

We completely agree with the advice and suggestions shared by the admissions team at UCLA Anderson. As MBA admissions consultants, we’re always coaching clients on how to strategize and manage the MBA recommendation process, avoid choosing the wrong MBA recommenders, and decide whether they should juice up MBA recommendations with alumni and VIPS.

Letters of recommendation are one of the most influential components of your business school application, and you want yours to be as strong and compelling as possible.

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UCLA Anderson Reveals New Fall 2016 MBA Essay Question

The UCLA Anderson School of Management has updated the one required MBA essay question for the 2015-2016 admissions season. It asks: We believe that the best results are achieved when you share success, think fearlessly …

UCLA Anderson essay questionThe UCLA Anderson School of Management has updated the one required MBA essay question for the 2015-2016 admissions season. It asks:

We believe that the best results are achieved when you share success, think fearlessly and drive change. With this in mind, what are your goals at UCLA Anderson and in your short-term and long-term career? (750 words maximum)

According to admissions officer Craig Hubbell’s post on the MBA Insider Blog, “The best essays show that you understand our school’s culture and how to use it to optimize your future.”

When approaching this essay, applicants should think about their long-term goals and work backward to show how Anderson will help them reach those goals; brainstorm professional or personal events that demonstrate thinking fearlessly; and convince the admissions committee of their passion for UCLA Anderson.

The admissions officer shares several other tips for applicants as well, so if UCLA Anderson is on your short list of schools, take a look at his post and start thinking about how you’ll make a case for your candidacy. “Whatever your target may be, your essay is the platform to distinguish yourself with your passion, clarity, planning and eloquence,” Hubbell writes.

Below are the additional essay questions within the Fall 2016 application:

Optional Essay:
The following essay is optional. No preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay. Please note that UCLA Anderson only accepts written essays.

Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? Please use your best judgment. (250 words maximum)

Re-Applicants – One Required Essay:
Reapplicants who applied for the class entering in fall 2014 or 2015 are required to complete the following essay:

Please describe your career progress since you last applied and ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy. Include updates on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (750 words maximum)

The UCLA Anderson MBA application will go live August 1st.

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London Business School 2015-2016 Application Deadlines

London Business School has posted the MBA application deadlines for the 2015-2016 admissions season. Stage  1 Application deadline: September 25, 2015 Interview decision: October 21, 2015 Admission decision: December 2, 2015 Stage  2 Application deadline: …

LBS application deadlinesLondon Business School has posted the MBA application deadlines for the 2015-2016 admissions season.

Stage  1
Application deadline: September 25, 2015
Interview decision: October 21, 2015
Admission decision: December 2, 2015

Stage  2
Application deadline: January 5, 2016
Interview decision: February 3, 2016
Admission decision: March 23, 2016

Stage  3
Application deadline: February 25, 2016
Interview decision: March 30, 2016
Admission decision: May 11, 2016

Stage  4
Application deadline: April 21, 2016
Interview decision: May 18, 2016
Admission decision: June 22, 2016

All application deadlines are 17:00 GMT. All decisions are communicated via email and may go out at different times on the decision dates, often in the evening.

For more information, please visit the LBS admissions website.

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CMU Tepper Fall 2016 MBA Essay Questions

Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business has updated the two required essay questions for the 2015-2016 MBA application season. Essay 1    (Maximum 300 words) Describe a defining moment in your life. How has …

CMU Tepper application deadlinesCarnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business has updated the two required essay questions for the 2015-2016 MBA application season.

Essay 1    (Maximum 300 words)
Describe a defining moment in your life. How has it shaped you professionally?

Essay 2    (Maximum 300 words)  
Based on your research and interactions, describe how your strengths contribute to the Tepper School community. How will you benefit from being a member of the Tepper School MBA program?

Tepper School also offers an optional essay if there is additional information you wish to share about your candidacy. For more information, please visit the Tepper MBA admissions website.

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Fall 2016 MBA Essay Questions

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina has posted the MBA essay questions for the 2015-2016 application season. Although the questions remain unchanged from last year, essay two is no longer required. Essay …

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School essay questionsThe Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina has posted the MBA essay questions for the 2015-2016 application season. Although the questions remain unchanged from last year, essay two is no longer required.

  • Essay One (Required)
    Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how your professional experience has shaped these goals, why this career option appeals to you, and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words maximum)
  • Essay Two (Optional)
    What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (300 words maximum)
  • Essay Three (Optional)
    If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)
  • Essay Four (Optional)
    Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? (300 words maximum)

For more information, please visit the UNC Kenan-Flagler admissions website.

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CMU Tepper 2015-2016 MBA Application Deadlines

The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University has posted the following application deadlines for the Fall 2016 MBA admissions season: Round 1 Application due: October 5, 2015 Decision notification: December 15, 2015 Round …

CMU Tepper application deadlinesThe Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University has posted the following application deadlines for the Fall 2016 MBA admissions season:

Round 1

Application due: October 5, 2015
Decision notification: December 15, 2015

Round 2

Application due: January 4, 2016
Decision notification: March 23, 2016

Round 3

Application due: March 15, 2016
Decision notification: May 16, 2016

Round 4

Application due: May 1, 2016
Decision notification: June 1, 2016

Candidates should note that Round 4 is reserved exclusively for applicants to the part-time MBA program online or on-campus. No full-time MBA applications are accepted after Round 3.

For more information, please visit the CMU Tepper admissions website.

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