MBA Admissions News Roundup


  • Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business announced that David A. Thomas will become Georgetown McDonough’s new Dean and William R. Berkley Chair starting October 1, 2011. One can learn more about Dean Thomas by watching a video that has been posted on McDonough’s website.
  •’s interview with Ankur Kumar, Wharton’s deputy director of admissions, reveals the full story behind the rise in female enrollment at Wharton School of Business. Kumar explains how the school worked hard to get to the point where 45% of the incoming class is women. Kumar spearheaded many new initiatives in the past two years to attract more women to visit campus and convince them to apply.
  • The Financial Times describes how the Anderson School of Management at UCLA has restructured its curriculum to help students stay career focused and become experts in their fields of interest. The incoming class in September will have the flexibility to acquire skills early in the program that will allow them to contribute in their specialty even during their internships.
  • Businessweek announced that Blair Sheppard will be stepping down as the dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business on August 1st. Sheppard will remain at the school and work in the fundraising and business development department for Duke’s new campus in Kunshan, China.  Duke Kunshan University is expected to open in 2012.
  • looks at how China Europe International Business School’s new dean, John Quelch, wants to transform the Shanghai business school into one of the top 10-ranked, research-focused business schools. Quelch plans on changing CEIBS by focusing on what he calls the “Four F’s”: Faculty, fame, fortune and fun. Although he struggles with recruiting faculty, Quelch feels fortunate that the Chinese government has given CEIBS “tremendous scope and freedom when it comes to curriculum design and delivery.” ~ Helping You Write Your Best



Georgetown McDonough 2012 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips.


The Georgetown McDonough 2013 MBA tips are now available.  Click here to check them out!

This Georgetown McDonough 2012 MBA Application tip post is one of a series of posts providing MBA application and essay advice for applicants to top MBA programs around the world. Check out the entire 2012 MBA Application Tips series for more valuable MBA essay advice. 

Georgetown McDonough 2012 Essay Questions

ESSAY ONE (Limit – 1 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)

State your short-term career goal immediately following graduation from the Georgetown MBA program.  What skills have you developed on which you will build?  What skills will you need to develop?

Show the reader that your past experience is a logical foundation for the job you want after your earn your MBA. Then acknowledge that there are skills and knowledge you need to acquire. Those items have to be attainable through the Georgetown MBA program. 

The sub text of this question: Are you realistic?

ESSAY TWO (Limit – 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)

State your long-term career goal.  How does the position you describe in Essay One serve as a building block for your long-term career goal?

What do you want to do five to ten years down the road?  Whatever it is, it should make sense given your goal in #1. 

These are real “connect the dots” questions. Most schools combine McDonough’s #1 and #2 into just one question.

ESSAY THREE (Limit – 1 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)

Describe the essence of who you are both personally and professionally.

This is a hard question. It’s hard to boil yourself down to a 1.5 page “essence,” but think elevator pitch. Think of Stanford’s “What matters most to you and why?” Think of something you have done that you are really proud of because it represents you at your best. That’s the story you want to tell. What character traits did you exhibit? That’s the analysis you want to do.

ESSAY FOUR (Limit – 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)

Service and community engagement are a way of life at Georgetown, following the University’s tradition of women and men for others. How have you demonstrated service to others?

You only have half a page for this question so pick one service commitment and tie it to Georgetown’s tradition of service.

OPTIONAL ESSAY ONE (Limit – 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)
If you are not currently employed full-time, use this space to provide information about your current activities.

Please see Laid off! How Will It Affect Your Application

OPTIONAL ESSAY TWO (Limit – 1 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)

Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included.

Please see “The Optional Essay: To Be or Not to Be.”

OPTIONAL ESSAY THREE (Limit – 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 pt font?)

If you would like to be considered for a Georgetown MBA Professional Achievement Scholarship, address your greatest accomplishment(s) in your chosen field and explain why you should be selected for this scholarship. Include any relevant professional awards/recognition received by your employer or industry.

For those of you who are seeking such funding, you will need to make your case in this essay.  Focus on your most impressive achievement in your field. Describe the challenges you faced, what you did, and the results. Quantify your impact if possible.

Georgetown McDonough 2012 MBA Deadlines

Deadlines                Decisions Released

Round One:   October 15, 2011      December 15, 2011

Round Two:   January 5, 2012        March 15, 2012

Round Three: April 1, 2012            May 15, 2012

If you would like professional guidance with your McDonough MBA, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our   Georgetown School Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the Georgetown MBA application.

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MBA Admissions News Roundup


  • If you are on a waiting list in Round 3 of the application process then the Chicago Booth School of Business has an update for you.  They are now finishing up the interview process and reexamining their applicants.  On May 18th you will be told whether or not you have been admitted, waitlisted, or denied. If you have already been waitlisted then you will also find out if you have been admitted from the waitlist on the 18th.  Booth will continue to look at the waitlist over the summer, but there is not a high chance positions will open up; however, it is possible.
  • The Wharton School’s Wharton Entrepreneurial programs (WEP) has given out its 2011 Wharton Venture Awards to Support Entrepreneurial Students.  These awards provide $10,000 to Wharton undergraduate juniors and first-year MBA students to work on their business ventures during the summer break.  Four awards have been handed out to the following business ideas:
    • Osus, Inc.: Weight-lifting you can wear. Created by Steven Dong and Corey Lerch.
    • Coursekit: Coursekit lets students follow classes—assignments, lectures, and exams—in one place while keeping in touch with classmates. Created by Dan Getelman.
    • Gamma Basics: GrayCAD is a software application that helps hospitals assess their radiation safety compliance during capital equipment upgrades. Created by Mike Kijewski.
    • Mooblue: Mooblue is a real-time bidding mobile ad exchange. Created by Nimit Maru.
  • Johns Hopkins Carey Business School recently announced that its dean, Yash Gupta, will be leaving to become chief executive officer of a Canadian telecom company.  Gupta was the founding dean of Carey Business School, which is so young that the school has yet to graduate its first MBA class.  However, due to Gupta’s hard work, he is leaving the school with a strong foundation—the charter class of the Global MBA program is made up of 88 students.  The school will soon begin a national search for a new dean.  Executive Vice Dean, Phillip Phan, will serve as interim dean.
  • Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business recently announced that they have a new dean.  David A. Thomas, a professor and former associate dean at Harvard Business School, will be taking over for George Daly, who is retiring after six years of working at McDonough.  Thomas has been at Harvard since 1990 working as a professor and director of faculty recruitment.  Georgetown President John DeGioia feels that as “a recognized thought leader in the area of strategic human resource management, David brings important academic and organizational leadership to his new role at Georgetown.” ~ Helping You Write Your Best

2011 Rankings: BW’s Best Undergraduate Business Schools


BusinessWeek‘s 2011 ranking report reveals that more than ever, college applicants are seeking a global experience, especially those who plan on pursuing an undergraduate degree in business. Undergraduate business programs are responding by creating more immersion options, overseas internships, and business-related study abroad opportunities. Some schools are even offering business courses that require students to go abroad. Many schools are implementing international experience requirements, maintaining that global exposure is essential in today’s market.

For example, Notre Dame Mendoza, BW‘s top pick for the second year in a row, offers study abroad options in Haiti, Egypt, and South Africa, among many other places, and encourages students to pursue business research projects abroad as well.

Below we have posted BW‘s top 20 undergraduate business schools.

Top 20 Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2011 (Last year’s position is in parentheses.)

1.      Notre Dame Mendoza (1)

2.      UVA McIntire (2)

3.      Emory Goizueta (7)

4.      UPenn Wharton (4)

5.      Cornell (5)

6.      Michigan Ross (8)

7.      Villanova (20)

8.      UNC Kenan-Flagler (14)

9.      MIT Sloan (3)

10.  Georgetown McDonough (23)

11.  Brigham Young Marriott (11)

12.  Richmond Robins (15)

13.  UC Berkeley Haas (6)

14.  Washington Olin (13)

15.  NYU Stern (12)

16.  Boston College Carroll (9)

17.  Texas McCombs (10)

18.  Indiana Kelley (19)

19.  Wake Forest (18)

20.  Babson (17)

You’ll notice there were quite a few significant shifts this year. Three new schools made it into the top 10—Villanova, UNC Kenan-Flagler, and Georgetown McDonough—ousting UC Berkeley Haas, Boston College, and Texas McCombs from their top 10 positions of last year. The only school new to the top 20 list this year is Georgetown, taking a slot away from Miami Farmer.

For more information on methodology, please see BW‘s article, “How We Ranked the Schools.” ~ Helping You Write Your Best

Top 20 EMBA Programs in North America

Top executive MBA programs in America are charging an arm and a leg —is it worth it? That’s the topic of a recent CNN Money Fortune/Poets & Quants article, “Executive MBAs: Great, if you can foot the bill,” which reports that if people are willing to pay the sky-high prices for an EMBA degree, they’ll likely graduate with a high paying salary and a positive attitude towards their educational experience.

Top programs, like those at Wharton, offer very similar curriculums to their regular MBA programs, yet are charging almost $65,000 more (for a total of more than $160,000). (Other top 10 EMBA programs charge slightly less, with Booth at $142,000, Kellogg at $153,900, and Columbia at $148,320.)

Studies show that 97% of EMBA graduates are “overwhelmingly satisfied” with their educations, despite the high tuition, and that the programs “met or exceeded their expectations when it comes to impact on their careers and their organizations.” According to the latest Executive MBA Council study, one-third of EMBA graduates received promotions at work; 44% received more responsibilities at work; and EMBAs in general reported an average 11.4% salary increase, from $127,955 to $142,534. And this is just following the great recession!

The article refers readers over to the new Poets & Quants for Executives website that ranks the 50 best executive MBA programs in North America based on a combination of ratings from The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and U.S. News & World Report. You can view a summary of P&Q ranking methodology on the bottom of this page.

You should read the full Fortune/P&Q article and review the full rankings for more information. In the meantime, here are the top 20 EMBA programs according to the new Poets & Quants for Executives website:

Top 20 Executive MBA Programs in North America

1.      Wharton

2.      Chicago Booth

3.      Northwestern Kellogg

4.      Columbia Business School

5.      NYU Stern

6.      Michigan Ross

7.      UCLA Anderson

8.      Cornell Johnson

9.      Texas McCombs

10.  USC Marshall

11.  Duke Fuqua

12.  UNC Kenan-Flagler

13.  Berkeley/Columbia

14.  Washington Olin

15.  Emory Goizueta

16.  Boston University

17.  Georgetown McDonough

18.  Thunderbird

19.  Rice University Jones

20.  Southern Methodist Cox ~ Helping You Write Your Best