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



UCLA Anderson 2012 MBA Application Questions, Tips.

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This UCLA Anderson 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. 

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UCLA Anderson 2012 MBA Essay Questions

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: Please be introspective and authentic in your responses. We value the opportunity to learn about your life experiences, aspirations and goals.

Required Essays:

1. What event or life experience has had the greatest influence in shaping your character and why? (750 words)

This question, in use for the second year, continues the Anderson tradition of starting with a non-professional question. This lead-off reveals the importance Anderson places on learning about you as a person. What motivates you? What has touched you?

Choose your greatest “Ah-ha!” moment. What happened? How has it influenced you? Why was it so important?  FYI, the answers to these least three questions in this order could be a great structure for your essay.

Please note that this question is not asking about your professional goals or your educational aspirations. It is asking about you and your character.

2. What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from UCLA Anderson specifically help you achieve these goals? (750 words)

UCLA’s is a pretty straightforward MBA goals question. What are you professional goals? Why do you want an MBA now? How will UCLA Anderson’s program and strengths help you realize your goals? As always be specific and make sure you answer all elements of the question.

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

If there are extenuating circumstances that would add perspective on or “explain” a weakness, you can discuss them here.

A few years ago, UCLA added the following: “Please do not submit redundant information in the Optional Essay.” Good advice for all optional questions. For more suggestions, please see The Optional Question: To Be or not To Be.

4. Reapplicant 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)

This the key question in every MBA reapplication: How have you enhanced your candidacy? Career progress is an obvious place to start and something you must address, but if academic were a weakness, then what have you done since you last applied that shows you can excel at Anderson? 

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

UCLA Anderson 2012 MBA Application Deadlines

Round      Due Date               Notification
Round 1    October 26, 2011    January 25, 2012
Round 2    January 11, 20112  April 4, 2012
Round 3    April 18, 2012         June 6, 2012

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MBA Admissions News Round Up


  • UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, in honor of its 75th birthday, was awarded a $25 million gift from John E. and Marion Anderson, longtime supporters and namesakes of the Anderson School. The gift is the largest in the school’s history and brings the total gift amount from the Andersons to nearly $42 million. According to an Anderson Alumni Relations email, “This remarkable gift will enable us to chart that future by investing in research that advances management thinking and practice, curriculum initiatives that prepare our students to become global leaders, and student support that attracts the most talented candidates from around the world.”
  • In September 2011 University of Chicago Booth School of Business will begin increasing the scholarship support it gives to U.S. military veterans who are admitted for study on the school’s full-time MBA program. An article in The Financial Times, “Chicago Booth Increases MBA Scholarships to the ex-military,” explains how all veterans who are deemed eligible will receive $10,000 a year in scholarship support for the two-year degree, and the Department of Veterans Affairs will then match this funding with an additional $10,000. Associate dean for student recruitment and admissions, Kurt Ahlm, notes, “We are delighted to offer this additional support to veterans because they bring a unique depth and maturity to the MBA experience, enriching Chicago Booth and their classmates.” 
  • According to the The Wall Street Journal article, “Bringing Creativity into B-schools,” business schools are increasingly looking to the arts for inspiration in their classrooms.  Watching films, painting in class, and reading comic books, are some of the ways that professors encourage students to think creatively. This new direction has led to certain schools offering courses, concentrations and even specialized arts management MBAs for students looking for more artistic job opportunities. An example of such a program exists at the University of Manchester in northern England, where the business school and the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures collaborate on a two-year-old joint master’s degree in arts management. In addition, Cambridge’s Judge School has an MBA where students can concentrate in culture, arts and media management.
  • In the last four years, the number of business schools accepting the GRE General Test for MBA admissions has quadrupled. Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced that more than 500 MBA programs around the world now accept the GRE. Recent additions to the list include: the University of Missouri, Temple University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Oklahoma. In fact, the GRE General Test is now being accepted by 52 percent of the U.S. News & World Report top 100 U.S. MBA programs.  International additions include INSEAD, Central European University Business School, and Caucasus University. ~ 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

A Few of the Mostest at

This is the time of year to look back at the most, best, (worst), etc. I am going to stick to the positive.

Top Ten Most Visited Accepted Admissions Almanac Posts of 2010:

In a nutshell, rankings and application tip posts rule. (I am only listing the current tip post when last year’s tip post also made the list):

  1. Financial Times Global 2010 MBA Rankings
  2. Forbes ROI MBA Rankings for 2010
  3. Harvard HBS 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  4. INSEAD 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  5. NYU Stern 2011 MBA Application Questions, Tips, Deadlines
  6. Common Application Essay Tips
  7. Columbia 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  8. 2010 MBA Rankings Released by BusinessWeek
  9. Kellogg 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips
  10. London Business School 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips

Three Most Commented Accepted Admissions Almanac Posts of 2010

  1. Harvard HBS 2010 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips (269)
  2. INSEAD 2010 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips (246)
  3. INSEAD 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips (60)

Keep ’em coming! (Please post your questions about this year’s applications on this year’s tips.)

Five Most Popular Articles on of 2010:

  1. Go for the Goals in your Statement of Purpose
  2. Tips for Writing Letters of Recommendation for Medical School
  3. 4 Must-Haves in Residency Personal Statements
  4. MBA Admissions: Low GMAT or GPA 
  5. Sample MBA Interview Questions

Most Popular Resources of 2010:

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On behalf of Accepted’s staff, this post is where I

Thank you, all of you Acceptees, for making 2010 our best year ever!

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