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Get Ready for MBA Application Videos

In an era where MBA applicants often come across as overly packaged and polished, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management decided to shake things up last year by introducing a video component to …

In an era where MBA applicants often come across as overly packaged and polished, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management decided to shake things up last year by introducing a video component to the application in an effort to see the unscripted side of candidates.

Until now, schools only had face time with the applicants they interviewed. Video technology allows every MBA hopeful a chance to add some color to the rest of his or her application and show the admissions committee the person behind the resume, recommendation letters and essays.

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Yale School of Management MBA Essay Tips

Yale is an Ivy League university with expertise across fields. The school now investing heavily in continuing to improve the business education at Yale School of Management. A new campus is slated for January 2014, …

Yale is an Ivy League university with expertise across fields. The school now investing heavily in continuing to improve the business education at Yale School of Management. A new campus is slated for January 2014, Yale continues to hire top talent in the administrative departments and faculty, and has innovated in the admissions process.

This year Yale SOM has streamlined the admissions process with only two essays coming in under 1,000 words total. Additionally, Yale has eliminated the English-language test requirement this year. The video interview is another new aspect of the admissions process that allows interviewers to review the applicant’s performance after the fact and compare across applicants.

Stacy Blackman Consulting has been working with a similar video interview platform as the one Yale is using and we are familiar with the technology and process. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you prepare for the Yale application and interview process.

Essay 1
What motivates your decision to pursue an MBA? (300 words maximum)

Think about this essay in terms of the inflection points in your career thus far. When you consider why you want an MBA at this time there is likely some consideration of your immediate professional goals, some reflection upon your interests and experiences thus far and a bit of aspirational thinking about the long-term future you envision for yourself.

Because this is a short essay and you will be submitting your resume as part of the application you can avoid reciting each job and accomplishment and focus on the moments that have impacted your decision. For example, you might want to highlight specific projects at work that have most excited you and shaped your future goals and discuss why. The key is to add some insight to your background and demonstrate how you are thinking about your future and how an MBA will assist you with your goals.

Essay 2
The Yale School of Management provides leadership education for broad-minded, rigorous, and intellectually curious students with diverse backgrounds; a distinctive integrated curriculum; connections to one of the great research universities in the world; and the broad reach of an innovative and expanding global network of top business schools.

What motivates you to apply to the Yale School of Management for your MBA? What will you contribute to Yale and Yale SOM? (450 words maximum)

This question offers you plenty of clues about why you might be the kind of student who would pick Yale SOM for your MBA. As you describe the reasons Yale appeals to you, don’t forget you are also selling yourself. Make sure you are coming across as an intellectually curious student with a diverse background and that you are interested in the integrated curriculum.

When you research Yale for this essay question it will be most useful to talk with current or former students or visit campus if your scheduled allows. Understanding Yale on a personal level with your own unique tastes and motivations will help you to make the best case for admission. You will need to know the programs and classes you are most interested in and why, what clubs and activities appeal to you, and the unique attributes of the Yale curriculum that will help you achieve your specific goals.

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Yale SOM Announces 2013-2014 Essay Prompts

The Yale School of Management has followed up on its recently announced deadlines by posting in the Yale SOM Community Blog the two essay questions required for the upcoming MBA admissions cycle. Essay 1 What …

Yale SOM essays

The Yale School of Management has followed up on its recently announced deadlines by posting in the Yale SOM Community Blog the two essay questions required for the upcoming MBA admissions cycle.

Essay 1

What motivates your decision to pursue an MBA?  (300 words maximum)

Essay 2

The Yale School of Management provides leadership education for broad-minded, rigorous, and intellectually curious students with diverse backgrounds; a distinctive integrated curriculum; connections to one of the great research universities in the world; and the broad reach of an innovative and expanding global network of top business schools.

What motivates you to apply to the Yale School of Management for your MBA? What will you contribute to Yale and Yale SOM?   (450 words maximum)

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Yale SOM applicants should note the school has eliminated the TOEFL requirement for graduates of non-English speaking universities. It also plans to officially introduce video questions for all applicants into the admissions process this year.

“Now we have technology that allows us to hear directly from every applicant,” explains assistant dean and director of admissions Bruce DelMonico. “I believe that video questions will give you the opportunity to really tell us about yourself and give us a fuller sense of your candidacy.”

The application for the Class of 2016 will go live in mid-July. For more information, visit the Yale SOM admissions website.

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Yale SOM 2013-2014 MBA Deadlines

The Yale School of Management has posted its MBA application deadlines for the upcoming admissions cycle. Round 1 Deadline: September 25, 2013 Notification: December 9, 2013 Round 2 Deadline: January 9, 2014 Notification: April 4, …

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The Yale School of Management has posted its MBA application deadlines for the upcoming admissions cycle.

Round 1

Deadline: September 25, 2013

Notification: December 9, 2013

Round 2

Deadline: January 9, 2014

Notification: April 4, 2014

Round 3

Deadline: April 24, 2014

Notification: May 22, 2014

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According to the school, the application for the Class of 2016 will be live in mid-July. For more information, visit the Yale SOM admissions website.

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Yale SOM Debuts New Case Competition

MBA students from the Yale School of Management have organized a new kind of business school case competition debuting on April 6th. The one-day only Integrated Leadership Case Competition (ILCC) brings together student teams from …

Yale SOM case competition

MBA students from the Yale School of Management have organized a new kind of business school case competition debuting on April 6th. The one-day only Integrated Leadership Case Competition (ILCC) brings together student teams from top U.S. business schools to tackle a Yale SOM online “raw” case that addresses a business ethics issue.

According to the school, Yale SOM pioneered a “raw” format for case studies in 2006.  Raw cases are web-based, open-ended, and multi-perspective presentations that can feature thousands of pages of relevant material that students must analyze, such as 10-Ks, analyst reports, news articles, stock charts, and interviews with key players—a format that reflects the way managers analyze information to make informed business decisions.

Inspired by Yale SOM’s integrated MBA curriculum and Leadership Development Program, the school explains that “ILCC student teams must include members from different disciplines and/or professional backgrounds, and student teams will be encouraged to draw on multiple disciplines and to consider different vantage points and multiple stakeholders when formulating their strategies.”

Teams made up of students from Yale SOM, the NYU Stern School of Business, the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will present to a panel of judges including Yale faculty, sponsors, and corporate leaders.

“This competition encompasses many of the key components we love about Yale SOM: small group work, data-rich raw cases, and complex problems that require comprehensive, creative solutions,” says Caitlin Sullivan ’13, Yale SOM Student Government president. “We’re excited to showcase these elements with our colleagues from peer business schools.”

Thomas Kolditz, professor in the practice of leadership and director of Yale SOM’s Leadership Development Program, will serve as a judge. “This is not only a great event for practicing good analysis, it’s a rich team leadership lab,” Kolditz says. “Participants will be given feedback on their leadership skills, teamwork, and performance. This competition will truly be integrated learning.”

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B-Schools with the Highest Debt Burden

For most b-school applicants, the high cost of an top-tier MBA program is an important consideration in the decision-making process. If that sounds like you, check out the latest ranking released by Bloomberg Businessweek of …

For most b-school applicants, the high cost of an top-tier MBA program is an important consideration in the decision-making process. If that sounds like you, check out the latest ranking released by Bloomberg Businessweek of the highest debt burdens facing MBA graduates, where the questionable first-place honor goes to….Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with an average debt burden of $87,398.

Here’s the bird’s-eye view of the dubious Top Ten:

1. Duke Fuqua

Program Cost: $109,844
Average Starting Salary: $111,812
Average Debt Burden: $87,398

2. University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School

Program Cost: $121,610
Average Starting Salary: $120,702
Average Debt Burden: $83,226

3. Yale School of Management

Program Cost: $115,321
Average Starting Salary: $104,147
Average Debt Burden: $82,293

4. Chicago Booth School of Business

Program Cost: $111,587
Average Starting Salary: $115,079
Average Debt Burden: $82,080

5. UV Darden School of Business

Program Cost: $95,900
Average Starting Salary: $109,335
Average Debt Burden: $80,528

6. Georgetown McDonough School of Business

Program Cost: $99,650
Average Starting Salary: $99,799
Average Debt Burden: $77,688

7. UM Ross School of Business

Program Cost: $100,389
Average Starting Salary: $111,047
Average Debt Burden: $77,607

8. Dartmouth Tuck School of Business

Program Cost: $117,930
Average Starting Salary: $115,302
Average Debt Burden: $75,081

9. USC Marshall School of Business

Program Cost: $103,300
Average Starting Salary: $97,921
Average Debt Burden: $70,340

10. Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

Program Cost: $113,100
Average Starting Salary: $116,605
Average Debt Burden: $69,962

According to the data note provided by Bloomberg Businessweek, the schools listed here provided the program cost and average starting salary numbers in fall 2012. Average Debt Burden data was collected in the graduate survey that was part of the 2012 Best Business Schools ranking.

Ultimately, taking on student loan debt is a personal decision. If an M.B.A. will lead to a career with a salary commensurate with the cost of the debt you are about to incur, the decision may be an easy one. However, if you’re worried about the MBA debt load that awaits you, read these posts to learn how to lighten your MBA debt load, and how to pay for your MBA.

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