UNC Kenan-Flagler 2014 MBA Essay Tips and Deadlines

UNC Kenan-FlaglerAre you a team leader? Are you committed to sustainable enterprise? Are you seeking resources and intellectual capital needed to shape both business and government? Are you a motivated, goal-oriented, innovative individual? UNC Kenan-Flagler adcoms are interested in seeing your multidimensional personality traits and capabilities. Your challenge: Prove that your goals mesh with the school’s goals and that your talents will contribute to the program’s collaborative nature.

My tips are in blue below.

We have three required essays and two optional essays. The essays for the 2013-2014 application season are:

Essays:

1. What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career success thus far? What are the other strengths that you would like to leverage in the future? (500 words maximum)

Rather than list Strength 1, Strength 2, and Strength 3, I recommend you start with one brief story that illustrates 2-3 of your strengths and shows you as a contributor and doer. Then analyze how those traits have contributed to your career success. Remember to describe your accomplishment in terms of impact and to quantify as much as possible.

Weave into your essay the response to the second questions — a trait that you would like to take advantage of in the future — into your conclusion.

2. Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how: your professional experience has shaped these goals; why this career option appeals to you; and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words maximum)

What do you see yourself doing immediately upon graduation and what would you like to do ten years from now? Describe why this path attracts you. What experiences have convinced you to pursue it? Why do you need an MBA, especially one with UNC’s approach to business education, to proceed down your chosen path. For more tips on writing about post-MBA goals, please see MBA Goals 101.

3. What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (500 words maximum)

Everyone has a story. What’s yours? What makes you tick? What would you like the admissions committee to know about you — you the human being, the individual? What hobbies and experiences will differentiate you from the IT guy, consultant, real estate developer, or banker that the adcom just read about? How will your perspective contribute to the classroom and community at Kenan-Flagler?

4. (Optional) If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)

This is pretty straightforward. Just answer it. You may also want to highlight professional preparation that you have already had in quantitative areas.

Essay Five (Optional)

Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? (300 words maximum)

My favorite: The optional essay. A gift allowing you to give the adcom one more reason to admit you.

If you would like professional guidance with your UNC Kenan Flagler 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 UNC Kenan Flagler application.

UNC Kenan-Flagler 2014 Application Deadlines

Application Due                                   Decisions Released
Round 1 (EA)         Oct 18, 2013 Dec 13, 2013
Round 2 Dec 9, 2013 Feb 3, 2014
Round 3 Jan 13, 2014 Mar 17, 2014
Round 4 Mar 14, 2014 Apr 28, 2014









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5 Reasons to Consider an Online MBA Program

Global BusinessThis is a guest post by MBA@UNC.

Earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), allows professionals to increase their earning potential and launch their careers to new heights. This versatile degree is designed to advance careers in the areas of finance, business, logistics, management and more. While a full-time program can be completed in as little as a year, you may find you do not have the time or resources to complete an MBA in a traditional setting. Today, more people are turning to online MBA programs — and with good reason.

Greater Flexibility

Online programs offer you greater flexibility. Instead of adhering to a specific schedule, most online MBA programs allow you to choose when you complete your course work. This flexibility means you can tailor your school schedule around your busy life, instead of the other way around. You can also complete course work from any location with a computer and an Internet connection, allowing you to travel or relocate all while you continue working toward your degree.

Keep Working

One of the major challenges of earning an MBA is financing it. If you are working to support yourself (and your family), you can’t afford to stop working to finish your degree. An online MBA is a great way to work and go to school without compromising either. An online MBA program can be accessed from anywhere you have the Internet, which means you will not need to put your career on hold by leaving your current position.

Real-Time Learning

If you continue working while attending an online MBA program, you will experience the benefits of real-time learning application. This means you can easily apply what you learned in class one day to the work you perform at your job the next day. This is often not possible with traditional MBA programs because many students need to scale back their hours or quit working altogether to effectively earn their degree.

Global Networking

Online MBA programs attract business professionals from across the country and around the world. During the course of your instruction, you will have the chance to collaborate these classmates, making global connections that can help you grow your career. In addition to networking with people who are earning the same degree as you, you will establish connections with students in other career areas, which can be useful in advancing your own career in the future.

Schools with Great Reputations

In the past, employers often looked upon an online degree as questionable. They felt employees couldn’t possibly receive the same level of education without the structure of a brick-and-mortar school and a set schedule. Today, however, there are many credible schools — including top-ranked universities — that offer MBA programs online. Employers are also more accepting of these degrees. As long as you choose the school and program carefully, you can still experience all the benefits of earning a top-tier, traditional MBA.

An MBA does not have to be beyond your reach. With the advances in technology and increased offerings from reputable universities, online degrees are growing in popularity and acceptance. If you have been trying to determine how you will earn the MBA you need but were unsure how to fit school into your busy schedule, an online MBA can be the perfect solution.

The MBA@UNC is an innovative online MBA program offered by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School that continues the school’s tradition of excellence embodied by each of our on-campus programs.







Military Benefits to Help Finance an MBA

Those who have served in the military have a range of options for financing their MBA education.

Active duty service members and veterans who are pursing academic opportunities can turn to benefits offered by the military. Many service members take advantage of benefits to finance their education, either while they are serving or shortly afterwards.

Active duty members can use their benefits to expand their opportunities for new assignments and promotions, and, in some cases, to gain access to an officer candidate program.

Veterans can use their benefits to secure higher-paying positions when transitioning to the civilian world. In 2011, the average starting salary of an MBA recipient was more than two times higher than the average starting salary of someone who only held a BA. A graduate degree like an MBA can help veterans and service members advance their careers by developing knowledge and leadership skills that will benefit both their civilian and military careers.

Those who have served in the military have a range of options for financing their MBA education. Education benefit programs include Chapter 33 Post 9/11, Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill and the GI Bill Kicker.

The Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill is typically for individuals with 90 days of consecutive active duty service on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Disabled veterans discharged from active duty after 30 days also are eligible. This benefit includes funds for tuition, as well as a housing allowance and a book stipend. Service members might find that the availability of funds is greater under this allowance.

The Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill provides an educational supplement on a monthly basis. The current maximum benefit for a full-time graduate student is $1,564 per month, while the current maximum monthly benefit for a part-time graduate student is $782. Most veterans who receive an honorable discharge from the service are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill. Basic eligibility requirements for the Montgomery GI Bill can be found on Military.com. In the event that the service member is unable to collect on hir or educational benefits, a family member might be able to collect in their place. All Montgomery GI Bill eligibility expires 10 years after the service member leaves the military.

The GI Bill Kicker, sometimes called the Army, Navy or Marine Corps College Fund, is offered to most enlisted service members who sign up for the Montgomery GI Bill program. The GI Bill kicker usually is offered as a bonus for taking specific high-need jobs in the military, such as positions in Special Ops, Communications, Military Intelligence and the Signal Corp. When a service member selects the kicker, his or her monthly benefit can increase by $950 per month.

The maximum possible lifetime benefit with the Montgomery GI Bill and the GI Bill Kicker is more than $87,000. These benefits could reduce the need for high-cost loans and debt. Veterans can determine their eligibility by completing the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Typically the process takes six–eight weeks. Active duty and veteran service members should always consult their education center and the Department of Veterans Affairs, respectively, to identify their funding options.

Earning an MBA can double one’s earning capacity while developing crucial skills for military and post-military success. However, tuition expenses at top schools can seem overwhelming at first glance. Fortunately, most veterans have a range of options to finance their graduate business education. To learn more about the options available to MBA@UNC students, visit our Veterans Benefits page. With options like Chapter 33 Post 9/11, Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill and the GI Bill kicker, active duty service member or veteran seeking a high-quality education from a respected institution will face fewer financial limitations to achieving their goals.

This blog post originally appeared on onlinemba.unc.edu.

The MBA@UNC is an innovative online MBA program offered by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School that continues the school’s tradition of excellence embodied by each of our on-campus programs.

What’s different is how we deliver MBA@UNC. Blending state-of-the-art social technologies, prestigious faculty and rigorous course content, MBA@UNC gives working professionals anywhere in the world the flexibility of an online program combined with the top-quality business education offered on UNC’s campus.







UNC Kenan Flagler 2013 MBA Essay Questions and Deadlines

The 2014 UNC Kenan Flagler tips are now available. Click here to check them out!
 
Are you a team leader? Are you committed to sustainable enterprise? Are you seeking resources and intellectual capital needed to shape both business and government? Are you a motivated, goal-oriented, innovative individual? UNC Kenan-Flagler adcoms are interested in seeing your multidimensional personality traits and capabilities. Your challenge: Prove that your goals mesh with the school’s goals and that your talents will contribute to the program’s collaborative nature.
 
UNC Kenan Flagler 2013 MBA Essay Questions
 
Essays

We have three required essays and two optional essays. The essays for the 2012-2013 application season are:

Essay One (Required)

What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career success thus far? What are the other strengths that you would like to leverage in the future? (500 words maximum)

Rather than list Strength 1, Strength 2, and Strength 3, I recommend you start with one brief story that illustrates 2-3 or your strengths and shows you as a contributor and doer. Then analyze how those traits have contributed to your career success. Remember to describe your accomplishment in terms of impact and to quantify as much as possible.

Weave into your essay the response to the second questions — a trait that you would like to take advantage of in the future — into your conclusion.

Essay Two (Required)

Please describe your short and long term goals post-MBA. Explain how: your professional experience has shaped these goals; why this career option appeals to you; and how you arrived at the decision that now is the time and the MBA is the appropriate degree. (500 words maximum)

What do you see yourself doing immediately upon graduation and what would you like to do ten years from now? Describe why this path attracts you. What experiences have convinced you to pursue it? Why do you need an MBA, especially one with UNC’s approach to business education, to proceed down your chosen path. For more tips on writing about post-MBA goals, please see MBA Goals 101.

Essay Three (Required)

What personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? How do these qualities or experiences equip you to contribute to UNC Kenan-Flagler? (500 words maximum)

Everyone has a story. What’s yours? What makes you tick? What would you like the admissions committee to know about you — you the human being, the individual? What hobbies and experiences will differentiate you from the IT guy, consultant, real estate developer, or banker that the adcom just read about? How will your perspective contribute to the classroom and community at Kenan-Flagler? 

Essay Four (Optional)

If your standardized test scores are low, or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (300 words maximum)

This is pretty straightforward. Just answer it. You may also want to highlight professional preparation that you have already had in quantitative areas.

Essay Five (Optional)

Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? (300 words maximum)

My favorite: The optional essay. A gift allowing you to give the adcom one more reason to admit you.

UNC Kenan Flagler 2013 MBA Deadline

Application    Due Decisions Released
Round 1 (EA) Oct 19, 2012 Dec 10, 2012
Round 2 Dec 7, 2012 Feb 4, 2013
Round 3 Jan 11, 2013 Mar 18, 2013
Round 4 Mar 15, 2013 Apr 29, 2013

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

Linda Abraham

By , president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.


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