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Indian School of Business 2014-2015 Deadlines, Essay Topics

The Indian School of Business has announced the following deadlines and essay questions (found within the online application) as part of the 2014-2015 admissions season. Cycle 1 Deadline: September 15, 2014 Notification: November 15, 2014 …

The Indian School of Business has announced the following deadlines and essay questions (found within the online application) as part of the 2014-2015 admissions season.

Cycle 1

Deadline: September 15, 2014
Notification: November 15, 2014

Cycle 2

Deadline: November 30, 2014
Notification: February 15, 2015

Essay Questions

Essay 1: Innovation or doing things differently it is said is a key to future success. Could you substantiate or negate this idea based on your experience. Please provide examples from your own experience – either examples of your own innovation or examples of others whom you have worked with.  (300 words max)

Essay 2: Applying to and enrolling in a Business School is an important career decision. Critically look at your career to date, the choices you have made, the key influences behind those choices, your goals for the future and how you expect to benefit from the ISB experience in achieving your goals.  (300 words max)

Essay 3: One of the following (200 words max):

A) This experience completely changed my way of thinking.

Or

B) An instance when you went out of the ordinary to achieve something significant, but in hind sight feel you could have done better.

Or

C) Tell us about your role in a team that made a significant contribution to the organization

Or

D) Contribution to peer learning and engagement with the ISB student body are important aspects of the ISB experience. What contribution do you expect to make in this direction during the one year at ISB. 

Optional Essay: Please provide additional information, if any, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB. (200 words max)

For more information, please visit the ISB’s admissions website.

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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, …

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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)

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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.

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Tuesday Tips: MIT Sloan School of Management MBA Essay Tips

On its website, MIT Sloan highlights programs from Entrepreneurship to the Digital Economy. Innovation is key for MIT Sloan and the program seeks interesting students to build a class that can learn from each other …

On its website, MIT Sloan highlights programs from Entrepreneurship to the Digital Economy. Innovation is key for MIT Sloan and the program seeks interesting students to build a class that can learn from each other and continue the tradition of innovation.

When approaching this set of essays, your task is to remain focused on your overall application strategy and choose the key stories that can showcase your achievements at school, work and extracurricular activities while demonstrating that you will contribute to MIT Sloan’s mission.

Essay 1
The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice. Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)

The MIT Sloan application relied heavily on “behavioral essays” in the past. This year there is only one essay of this style, that requires you to describe your past accomplishments and experience on a specific level. These questions have typically focused on understanding how you work, think and act in a variety of situations. As you provide examples of past work and activities ideally you are highly specific about your thoughts and actions in the situation.

This question is seeking to understand how you develop and execute on ideas. A work or extracurricular example where you demonstrated the ability to generate strategy and execute upon it would be ideal here. How did you identify your idea? What did you do to develop it? What did you ultimately accomplish? This essay will demonstrate your intellectual capacity and curiosity, which are crucial attributes MIT Sloan is looking for in MBA admits.

Essay 2
Write a professional letter of recommendation on behalf of yourself. Answer the following questions as if you were your most recent supervisor recommending yourself for admission to the MIT Sloan MBA Program: (750 words or fewer)

• How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
• How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
• Please give an example of the applicant’s impact on a person, group, or organization.
• Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
• Which of the applicant’s personal or professional characteristics would you change?
• Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

MIT Sloan asked candidates to submit a cover letter for their MBA application for several years. This iconic essay challenged candidates every year to encompass career goals, reasons for an MBA and interest in MIT Sloan in a short professional style cover letter.

This year MIT Sloan returns to a typically professional format with a requirement to draft a letter of recommendation for yourself. You are placed in the role of your most recent supervisor and asked a series of questions that MBA programs typically ask of your professional recommenders. The wrinkle to this question is that your most recent supervisor may also be writing an actual letter of recommendation for you. MIT Sloan is one of the few MBA programs without a preference for your current supervisor as a primary recommender, so you could also avoid that scenario. Regardless, this “recommendation letter” should both reflect similar feedback as your actual recommendation letters and provide new information.

The key challenge in answering this question is the tone to take. Ideally you are measured about both your strengths and weaknesses, while showing confidence that you are accomplished and also that you are able to improve when you need to. The ideal tone is mature and logical, without overt bragging. Your actual supervisor may get away with more glowing terms when describing your work, but you will want to keep in mind that self-awareness and interest in improvement are assets to an MBA applicant.

Take note that several elements of this question focus on interpersonal skills. This is your opportunity to showcase leadership and teamwork. Self-awareness about your impact on others will come through here and demonstrates you know yourself and how you come across to your team, managers and peers.

The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us to know about you, in any format. If you choose to use a multimedia format, please host the information on a website and provide us the URL.

MIT Sloan’s entirely open-ended optional essay invites applicants to respond to the essay in any format desired. This allows you to do anything you need to with this space, including clarifying any concerns or highlighting interesting aspects of your background or profile.

This essay is an ideal opportunity to provide any information that you were unable to work into the other two essays and provide a new angle on your candidacy. If you have an unusual background, hobby or extracurricular experience, this may be an opportunity to provide that information to the admissions committee. With similar questions asked by other MBA programs in the past Stacy Blackman Consulting has advised candidates on everything from photo journalism projects to customized multimedia presentations. The format is far less important than the content, but it’s also true that images or presentations can provide a new perspective on your application.

Stumped by your MIT Sloan MBA application? Contact Stacy Blackman Consulting to learn how we can help.

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Emory Business School 2014-2015 Deadlines

Emory’s Goitzueta Business School has posted the deadlines for the upcoming MBA admissions cycle. Round 1 Deadline: October 1, 2014 Decision: December 4, 2014 Round 2 Deadline: November 14, 2014 Decision: January 29, 2015 Round …

Emory’s Goitzueta Business School has posted the deadlines for the upcoming MBA admissions cycle.

Round 1
Deadline: October 1, 2014
Decision: December 4, 2014

Round 2
Deadline: November 14, 2014
Decision: January 29, 2015

Round 3
Deadline: January 9, 2015
Decision: March 5, 2015 (domestic), March 13, 2015 (international)

Round 4
Deadline: March 13, 2015
Decision: May 1, 2015

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

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Tuesday Tips: 2014 Chicago Booth MBA Essay Tips

Chicago Booth is consistently rated in the top echelon of MBA programs in the United States and is known for a strong intellectual community. This application is designed to evaluate candidates on their ability to …

Chicago Booth is consistently rated in the top echelon of MBA programs in the United States and is known for a strong intellectual community. This application is designed to evaluate candidates on their ability to handle the Chicago curriculum, contribute to the community, and grow in their careers. This year Chicago has eliminated most of the essays in favor of the creative and popular PowerPoint presentation question.

Academic ability will largely be communicated through your GPA/GMAT, transcripts and other fixed data points, though intellectual curiosity can be demonstrated in the essays and the interview. Chicago will be looking for demonstrated leadership, team building skills and community involvement, as well as your fit with Chicago Booth and the perspective you will share with your classmates. All MBA candidates are ultimately looking for a degree that will enhance their career. Chicago Booth wants to know about your track record of success, expectations for the MBA, and plans for the future.

Chicago Booth’s open-ended creative presentation or essay confounds many candidates. Whether you choose to write an essay or prepare a presentation, take a step back from the unique format and think about the question strategically. The PowerPoint format simply gives you the freedom to express who you are in words, images, graphics or some combination. The best presentations will be simple, evocative and expressive. Remember, content is far more important than visual drama of presentation. Stacy Blackman Consulting has significant experience coaching applicants through the Chicago creative essay. Contact us to learn more about our strategic approach.

Presentation/Essay: Chicago Booth values adventurous inquiry, diverse perspectives, and a collaborative exchange of ideas. This is us. Who are you?

This creative essay offers you a blank slate to express yourself with any content you choose. When approaching the question focus first on content, and then on delivery.

As your one opportunity to showcase why Chicago Booth is the right place for you to pursue an MBA, think about how you want to present aspects of leadership, teamwork and intellectual curiosity. Perhaps there is a formative work project you would like to highlight. If there wasn’t enough opportunity to outline your core career passions in your resume or through recommendations, this could be a place to illuminate that detail. This is also the ideal opportunity to bring in any aspect of your overall story that may feel personal.

Keep in mind what Chicago Booth represents. Booth is a school with a tradition of intellectual rigor, non-conformity, and innovation. When you introduce yourself to Chicago Booth you can share anything from any context, from work to home to extracurricular activities. Think outside basic essay parameters to aspects like travel experiences or the unique relationships in your life.

If you decide to write an essay response, you have enough space to tell a story that describes something new about yourself. If you decide to prepare a PowerPoint in response to this essay question, refine your story to its key elements. While this year Chicago Booth permits any length of essay or presentation, in prior years the limit has been four slides. To keep a presentation visual and interesting, consider how you will format. Can you use photos? Drawings? If you use words, keep them clear and focused. Take every point up a level, so you are communicating a vision rather than a thesis.

Reapplicant Question: Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words maximum)

This reapplication essay question gives you the opportunity to focus on your thinking and development rather than any tangible changes you have made since you last applied. Of course, if you do have new accomplishments like a promotion or higher GMAT score that will be of significant value to your re-application. If you do not have any new, hard changes to your profile, this essay is an opportunity to show that you have done the work to evaluate your candidacy and have made changes this time around. The word reflection is explicit in the question, and the admissions committee will be looking for your thoughtful consideration of Chicago Booth, your future and your MBA plans.

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Judge Business School 2014-2015 Deadlines, Essays

The University of Cambridge Judge Business School has posted the essay questions and the five rounds of deadlines for entry in September 2015. Round 1 September 19, 2014 Round 2 October 24, 2014 Round 3 …

The University of Cambridge Judge Business School has posted the essay questions and the five rounds of deadlines for entry in September 2015.

Round 1

September 19, 2014

Round 2

October 24, 2014

Round 3

January 9, 2015

Round 4

March 6, 2015

Round 5

May 1, 2015

Essay questions

The following are the main essay questions on the Cambridge MBA application:

  1. What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200 words)
  2. What are your short and long term career objectives? What skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you to achieve them? What do you hope to gain from the degree and how do you feel it will help you achieve the career objectives you have? (please do not exceed 500 words)

For more information, please visit the Cambridge/Judge admissions website.

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