Indiana Kelley 2014 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

For more info, check out our Indiana Kelley b-school zone. These questions are a mix of straightforward (the goals essay) and imaginative (the personal or open-topic essays).  The adcom wants assurance that you have a clear professional focus and a solid plan for using the Kelley MBA resources.  Beyond that, they’re looking for engaging applicants who have something to contribute.  And you have a decision to make in selecting two questions out of three.  Consider which two questions, together, will give you the best means to (a) present a well-rounded profile and (b) showcase interesting and relevant experiences.

Essays:

Your essays will give us an idea of your personality, perspectives, and opinions and will let us know how closely your professional objectives match the objectives of the MBA program.

All applicants must answer essay number 1.

You must also choose two of the next three essay questions (questions 2 through 4).

Essay number 5 is optional.

Please limit each essay to no more than 500 words.

We encourage you to be informative, creative, and concise.

Mandatory:

1. Please discuss your post-MBA short- and long-term professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals?

This is a straight-forward MBA goals question. As always with this type of question, connect the dots. Let the reader see that your goals grow organically from your experience and are achievable given your past experience and an MBA from Indiana Kelley.

Choose two of the next three:

2. Describe a personal or professional challenge or set-back that you were able to overcome. What allowed you to persevere?

If you answer this question, choose a challenge or setback that will present a fresh dimension of your profile or convey a meaningful accomplishment (yes, setbacks and challenges can push you to do more than you ever thought you could!).  Keep the structure simple; don’t give away the end of the story in an introduction.  Rather, jump right in with the challenge or setback, narrate the story keeping focus on your actions and thought process, and at the end reflect on how the experience allowed you to persevere.

3. Suppose you had to choose three people—people alive now or people from another era—to travel with you on a cross-country automobile trip. Who would you choose and why? What would you hope to learn from them? (Think carefully about the company you want on those long stretches through Nebraska or Kansas.)

Have fun with this question and use it to show a non-professional side of you. What  books, movies, sports, artists, or thought leaders would you love to spend time with? Who from the past has fascinated you.  More important than the person you choose is why you picked these individuals and what you would like to learn in those endless stretches through Kansas and Nebraska.

4. Describe what there is about your background and your experiences that will contribute to the diversity of the entering class and enhance the educational experience of other students.

What is the distinctive stone or hue that you will add to the mosaic that is a Kelley class? Think about this diversity question broadly, not just in ethnic or professional terms. What are you going to add? Is it an enthusiastic commitment to Barak Obama, a local environmental cause, your church, or a hobby, sport, or art form? Is it an unusual personal background? Perhaps, overcoming distinctive challenges?  And then, how will this unique facet cause you to contribute?  Will it lead to involvement in a specific club or Kelley project? An active role in classroom discussions on a specific topic?  Interest in a particular program? Show your knowledge of Indiana Kelley as well as your  fit with this great MBA program.

Optional:

5. Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to answer this question.

It is almost impossible for three essays plus a bunch of boxes, a transcript, and a GMAT score to represent fully the uniqueness and talents of a truly impressive candidate. That comment has nothing to do with writing style and everything to do with the complexity of accomplished human beings. While I certainly agree that if you have nothing to say, you should say nothing, you should have something valuable to add in your optional essay.

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

Indiana Kelley MBA 2014 Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline Decision Notification
Early October 15, 2013 Late December
Priority January 5, 2014 Mid March
Third March 1, 2014 Late April
Final April 15, 2014 Late May

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Interested in a Business of Medicine MBA?

Indiana Kelley If so, you’ll want to check out Indiana Kelley’s Business of Medicine MBA program. The program meets for one weekend a month over the course of two years and is designed for doctors who are interested in leadership positions across the healthcare industry.

Some more details about the program:

• 50% of the curriculum is delivered online and 50% on-campus in Indianapolis.

• The program offers a hands-on, action-learning experience where students are introduced to real-life challenges in the healthcare system.

• The MBA program is designed to allow physicians to continue practicing while studying (meeting mostly during off-residency weeks).

See Kelley’s Business of Medicine Program page for more information.















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Consortium MBA Admissions Director Interview Available Online

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Thank you for attending our recent Consortium Strategy Q&As with Travis McAllister and the reps from participating Consortium schools UT McCombs, University of Wisconsin, UC Berkeley Haas, Yale SOM, Michigan Ross, CMU Tepper, Indiana Kelley, and Rochester Simon. The school adcom representatives each talked about what’s new at their schools and how their programs view Consortium applicants.

Here’s an excerpt that covers some info on Consortium member perks:

Linda Abraham: Maria asks is, “What is the most valuable aspect of being a member of the Consortium?”

Robyn Winstanley: One of the most beneficial aspects is that it does allow you the opportunity to create a whole additional funnel of corporate sponsors and relationships that you can develop for your future career goals. So within each business school that you ultimately choose to attend, of course you can work through the Career Management Center and then networking opportunities available through the alums of that particular business schools, but being part of the Consortium will also provide you an additional set of organizations that can be very useful to you, depending on what your future career goals are….

Obviously another large benefit is financially. We certainly encourage all students who believe that they can fulfill the values and mission of the Consortium absolutely to apply, as we’ve already mentioned the ability to receive a full-tuition fellowship….So a combination of both networking opportunities and the financial advantages are the two key things that I personally would highlight.

Jim Holmen: [R]emember that the Consortium has been around nearly 45 years. So when you join any Consortium member school, you become a member of their family of alums, but you are also part of the family of the Consortium alumni from all the member schools, and that significantly increases the pool of candidates that will be a part of your network of friends and colleagues.

Linwood Harris: I wanted to add the fabulous experience that students will actually gain by attending the Orientation program….You will get an opportunity to set your future career path on fire. And it’s a great way to connect with 300-400 students who are actually in the same shoes as you are, coming into this incoming class….Many of the students who actually come to campus in the fall, by attending that orientation program, they’ve already received some interviews and some great offers for internship before they even step foot into any class because of their relationship of being involved in the Consortium.

For the entire conversation, please view the transcript or listen to the audio file on our website. (This excerpt is from the second Consortium Q&A event we held. Here’s the link to the first.) You can also read up on Consortium-related news and advice by visiting the Consortium Zone.

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Indiana Kelley 2012 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips

Indiana Kelley 2012 MBA Essay Questions

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Your essays will give us an idea of your personality, perspectives, and opinions and will let us know how closely your professional objectives match the objectives of the MBA program.

All applicants must answer essay number 1. You must also choose two of the next three essay questions (questions 2 through 4). Essay number 5 is optional.

Please limit each essay to no more than two pages.

Please include the essay number and your name at the top of each page.

We encourage you to be informative, creative, and concise.

Mandatory:

1. Please discuss your post-MBA short- and long-term professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals?

This is a straight-forward MBA goals question. As always with this type of question, connect the dots. Let the reader see that your goals grow organically from your experience and are achievable given your past experience and an MBA from Indian Kelley.

Choose two of the next three:

2. Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced in your professional career. How was it resolved and what did you learn from the experience?

First realize that an ethical dilemma is not a choice between right and wrong. It is a choice between conflicting values or the lesser of two evils.  Briefly describe the dilemma you faced. Then describe the pros and cons of the available options and discuss how you handled the situation. Don’t forget the lessons learned.

3. Suppose you had to choose three people—people alive now or people from another era—to travel with you on a cross-country automobile trip. Who would you choose and why? What would you hope to learn from them? (Think carefully about the company you want on those long stretches through Nebraska or Kansas.)

Have fun with this question and use it to show a non-professional side of you. What  books, movies, sports, artists, or thought leaders would you love to spend time with? Who from the past has fascinated you.  More important than the person you choose is why you picked these individuals and what you would like to learn in those endless stretches through Kansas and Nebraska.

4. Describe what there is about your background and your experiences that will contribute to the diversity of the entering class and enhance the educational experience of other students.

What is the distinctive stone or hue that you will add to the mosaic that is a Kelley class. Think about this diversity question broadly, not just in ethnic or professional terms. What are you going to add? Is it an enthusiastic commitment to Barak Obama, a local environmental cause, your church, or a hobby, sport, or art form? Is it an unusual personal background? Perhaps, overcoming distinctive challenges?  And then, how will this unique facet cause you to contribute?  Will it lead to involvement in a specific club or Kelley project? An active role in classroom discussions on a specific topic?  Interest in a particular program? Show your knowledge of Indiana Kelley as well as your  fit with this great MBA program.

Optional:

5. Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to answer this question.

It is almost impossible for three essays plus a bunch of boxes, a transcript, and a GMAT score to represent fully the uniqueness and talents of a truly impressive candidate. That comment has nothing to do with writing style and everything to do with the complexity of accomplished human beings. While I certainly agree that if you have nothing to say, you should say nothing, you should have something valuable to add in your optional essay.

Indiana Kelley 2012 MBA Deadlines

Domestic and International
Applicants:

Deadline Notification
Early Nov 1 Mid January
Priority Jan 5 Mid March
Third Mar 1 Late April
Final Apr 15 Late May

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

Linda Abraham By , President and Founder of Accepted.com.

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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.”

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MBA Admissions News Round Up

  • A Financial Times article, “Masters in Management takes a three continent twist,” discusses the efforts of three international business schools to create a unique, collaborative Masters in Management program. The one-year pre-experience degree, called the 3Continent Master of Global Management, will be launched in September 2011 by Belgium’s Antwerp Management School, New York’s Fordham University, and India’s Xavier Institute of Management. 60 students (20 from each continent) will spend four months at each of the business schools, studying business topics as they relate to each school’s home continent.
  • Indiana’s Kelley School of Business hosted its second annual MBA Case Invitational for women last month. Four-woman teams gathered at the Kelley School from UCLA, Boston College, University of North Carolina, University of Southern California, and other participating schools. The competition focused on developing a business strategy for Global Gifts, an Indiana-based nonprofit Fair Trade store that supports global artisan co-ops. According to an email received about the event, “It is the only competition designed solely for female MBAs and it is an event the Kelley School was absolutely thrilled to host this year.” See the Kelley Women’s Case Invitational site for more information.
  • Long standing dean at Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Roger Martin, was just appointed to his third term as dean. He will now hold the position of dean until June 2014, 16 years after he began his post in 1998. Check out the Financial Times article “Roger Martin gets third terms at Toronto’s Rotman school” for more information.
  • According to another Financial Times article, “The growing appeal of healthcare,” business school students are showing an increased interest in the healthcare field since the U.S. and U.K. placed healthcare reform on the agenda. Experts say that this growth field “offers business graduates opportunities to solve complex challenges, work toward the public good and draw a substantial salary.” The healthcare industry is still not so popular, but the increase in company recruiting and student interest is significant: Last year 33 out of 426 Duke Fuqua graduates took jobs in the healthcare sector, up from just a few five years ago. At Indiana Kelley last year, 17 graduates took healthcare-related jobs, compared to six just two years prior.

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Multimedia Hits the MBA Application

More and more highly qualified applicants are applying to business school, which means that if you want to gain admission to a top b-school, you’re going to need to show some serious skill, that is, serious multimedia skills—at least that’s the recommendation according to a recent Financial Times article, “Express Yourself.”

High test scores, a strong academic record, impressive letters of recommendation, and killer essays may not be enough to gain you admission to your dream MBA program. Many schools are now introducing an optional essay, or “third essay,” often in the form of an electronic submission, including PowerPoint slides, PDF files, videos, CDs, DVDs, and links to personal websites or YouTube videos.

The thinking here is that an admissions reader can gain a better, more complete, picture of an applicant by taking a look at his or her creative abilities, rather than by simply reading an essay entitled, “Why I Want to Go to Business School.” Kurt Ahlm, senior director of admissions at Chicago Booth, explains that “while the other two essays are ‘valuable,’ they are also ‘somewhat programmed’.”

Also, it’s harder to cheat or plagiarize when it comes to multimedia submissions. 

Still, some schools believe that their current admissions process works just fine and that there’s no reason to complicate things by adding a new component. According to James Holmen, head of admissions at Indiana Kelley, “[T]he [application] process we have now works really well for us… My concern with the multimedia option format is: would [the admissions committee] be getting a good sense of who the applicants are and what they bring to the table, or would they be swayed by style over substance?”

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Indiana Kelley 2011 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips.

Indiana Kelley 2011 MBA Essay Questions

This Indiana Kelley 2011 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. You can access the entire series at http://blog.accepted.com/acceptedcom_blog/tag/2011-mba-application-tips. My tips for answering Kelley‘s essay questions are in blue below.

Your essays will give us an idea of your personality, perspectives, and opinions and will let us know how closely your professional objectives match the objectives of the MBA program.

Below you’ll find five essay areas. All applicants must answer number 1. You must also choose two of the next three essay questions (2 through 4). Number 5 is optional. Please limit each essay to no more than two double-spaced pages.

Finally, please include the essay number and your name at the top of each sheet.

We encourage you to be informative, creative, and concise.

Mandatory:

1. Please discuss your post-MBA short- and long-term professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals?

This is a straight-forward MBA goals question. As always with this type of question, connect the dots. Let the reader see that your goals grow organically from your experience and are achievable given your experience and an MBA from Kelley.

Choose two of the next three:

2. Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced in your professional career. How was it resolved and what did you learn from the experience?

First realize that an ethical dilemma is not a choice between right and wrong. It is a choice between conflicting values or the lesser of two evils.  Briefly describe the dilemma you faced. Then describe the pros and cons of the available options and discuss how you handled the situation. Don’t forget the lessons learned.

3. Suppose you had to choose three people—people alive now or people from another era—to travel with you on a cross-country automobile trip. Who would you choose and why? What would you hope to learn from them? (Think carefully about the company you want on those long stretches through Nebraska or Kansas.)

Have fun with this question and use it to show a non-professional side of you. What  books, movies, sports, artists, or thought leaders would you love to spend time with? Who from the past has fascinated you.  More important than the person you choose is why you picked these individuals and what you would like to learn in those endless stretches through Kansas and Nebraska.

4. Describe what there is about your background and your experiences that will contribute to the diversity of the entering class and enhance the educational experience of other students.

What is the distinctive stone or hue that you will add to the mosaic that is a Kelley class. Think about this diversity question broadly, not just in ethnic or professional terms. What are you going to add? Is it an enthusiastic commitment to Barak Obama, a local environmental cause, your church, or a hobby, sport, or art form? Is it an unusual personal background? Perhaps, overcoming distinctive challenges?  And then, how will this unique facet cause you to contribute?  Will it lead to involvement in a specific club or Kelley project? An active role in classroom discussions on a specific topic?  Interest in a particular program? Show your knowledge of Indiana Kelley as well as your  fit with this great MBA program.

Optional:

5. Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to answer this question.

It is almost impossible for three essays plus a bunch of boxes, a transcript, and a GMAT score to represent fully the uniqueness and talents of a truly impressive candidate. That comment has nothing to do with writing style and everything to do with the complexity of accomplished human beings. While I certainly agree that if you have nothing to say, you should say nothing, you should have something valuable to add in your optional essay.

If you would like help with your Indiana Kelley MBA application, please consider Accepted.com’s Indiana Kelley School Packages or our essay editing services.

Indiana Kelley 2011 MBA Deadlines

Domestic and International
Applicants:

Deadline Notification
Early Nov 1 Mid January
Priority Jan 5 Mid March
Third Mar 1 Late April
Final Apr 15 Late May
 
Consortium applicants

Deadline Notification
Priority Nov 15 Early February
Final Jan 5 Mid March

 

  By Linda Abraham, President and Founder of Accepted.com.

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eva (Feb 26, 2009 12:10:34 PM)
Sara: MBA admissions are mostly based on experiences. What do you think about the students who want to continue to the graduate school right after their undergrad? They basically will not have any work experience at all. Can such student still be considered? Can they still apply for an MBA in Darden?

SaraNeherDARDEN (Feb 26, 2009 12:13:15 PM)
Eva, We do have some students who come directly from undergrad. Admission to business school is based on your leadership ability and potential, your intelligence, and your work experience. The first two you can have at any age. The third, a college applicant can have via internships, strong extra-curricular activities, etc. Plus – there is no downside to applying. If you don’t get in now, we will give you feedback over the summer on how to improve your chances in the future.

ThirdRoundApplicant (Feb 26, 2009 12:14:58 PM)
Sara: I am already pointing out a weakness in the additional comments section and word limit is 150 words. I would feel very limited in explaining my reasons to apply in Round 3. Is there any other way I can accomplish this?

SaraNeherDARDEN (Feb 26, 2009 12:16:05 PM)
3rd Round, the “Additional Comments” section should be used with bullet points -it is not an essay. Just tell us what we need to know in the most concise way possible. A few sentences are sufficient.

Dan (Feb 26, 2009 12:20:44 PM)
Sara: How is the current economical situation affecting graduates? I guess job offers are not as good in salaries and numbers as previous years.

SaraNeherDARDEN (Feb 26, 2009 12:23:14 PM)
Dan, it is really too early to tell about salaries and offers for this year, but our second years are doing quite well in the job market. We had all of the top banks (that are left) and all of the top consulting firms, plus even stronger showings from previous years, in manufacturing and marketing. Great jobs are out there, companies are just slower to confirm this year – offers are still coming in now! For more information, consult our employment report on our career development center website.

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