Top Ten MBA Myths

Earlier this week on the MBA Insiders Blog, Mae Jennifer Shores, Admissions Director at UCLA Anderson School of Management, offered a post with the Top Ten Application Myths, which often hold true for other MBA programs as well.

Here are the myths as Shores sees them, as well as a debunking of each.

  • It is better to apply in Round 1 than 2.  The chances of admission are comparable in both rounds. Round 3 is more selective and allows less time for international students to process visas.
  • UCLA Anderson is a media & entertainment school. UCLA Anderson is widely recognized for its breadth and depth of curriculum across disciplines, including finance, marketing, accounting, general management, etc.
  • UCLA Anderson looks for a set profile of candidate. We seek a diversity of academic, professional, geographic, and personal backgrounds. Our program accepts many students who have neither studied business nor worked in consulting or investment banking.
  • There are minimums or cut-off scores for the GPA and GMAT. Both measures are evaluated jointly, along with measures of ability to handle quantitative coursework. The distribution of GPA and GMAT scores among admitted students is broad.
  • Work experience is a pre-requisite for admission. Candidates are evaluated on both demonstrated and potential leadership and management skills.
  • Candidates are assessed on their number and/or type of extra-curricular activities and community service. We seek well-balanced students who possess a broad perspective on life. Candidates may have less formal commitments that exhibit this balance.
  • Applications are pre-screened. All applications are read in their entirety. Admissions decisions are made across multiple criteria; it is the rare candidate who is denied based on one are of an application.
  • Applicants are evaluated relative to others with the same professional or geographic background. Applicants are evaluated relative to the entire pool. There are simply too many ways to disaggregate and assess candidate profiles.
  • I have a better chance of being admitted if I visit or interview on-campus. We are committed to fairness and equity and recognize that there are applicants who are unable to visit us for monetary and/or personal reasons.
  • Foreign students are not eligible for fellowships. International and domestic students, alike, are considered for merit-based fellowships.

 

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