August 23, 2008

UNC / Kenan Flagler Deadlines/ Essay Topics 2008-2009

UNC / Kenan-Flagler Deadlines 2008-2009

Round 1 (Early Action)
Application Deadline: October 24th, 2008
Interview Completed by: November 7th, 2008
Decision Release Date: December 15th, 2008

Round 2
Application Deadline: December 5th, 2008
Interview Completed by: December 19th, 2008
Decision Release Date: February 9th, 2009

Round 3
Application Deadline: January 9th, 2009
Interview Completed by: February 27th, 2009
Decision Release Date: March 23rd, 2009

Round 4
Application Deadline: March 13th, 2009
Interview Completed by: March 27th, 2009
Decision Release Date: May 4th, 2009

Early Action: Our first cycle, October 24, 2008, is the Early Action deadline. Early Action is an option for applicants who know for certain that they will attend UNC Kenan-Flagler if admitted. Early Action provides applicants with the certainty of learning their decision by December 15, 2008. Fellowship offers, if any, will be extended to Early Action applicants at the time of admission. Admitted applicants in the Early Action cycle will be required to submit a $2,500 non-refundable enrollment deposit by January 2, 2009, in order to secure a space in the class. Please see our Web site for more information about Early Action and to determine if this option is appropriate for you. You should not apply for Early Action if you are not prepared to commit immediately to attending UNC.


Essay topics for the 2008-2009 are as follows:

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

Essay 2 (required):
Briefly describe the career path you intend to pursue immediately after b-school. Explain why this career option appeals to you and why an MBA is appropriate at this time. (500 words)

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

Essay 4 (required):
What do you expect from your MBA program? How and when will you measure the return on your investment in the MBA? (500 words)

Essay 5 (optional): If your GMAT quantitative score is low, or if you have not had coursework in calculus, microeconomics, statistics and financial accounting, please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative MBA curriculum. (300 words)

Essay 6 (optional):
Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you in order to evaluate your candidacy? (300 words)


UVA / Darden Essay Topics 2008-2009

UVA/Darden’s essay topics for the year 2008-2009 are as follows:

1. What pivotal choices have you made in your life that have influenced your decision to pursue an MBA? (500 words)

2. From the following categories, describe the one that has taught you the most: a creative challenge, an ethical dilemma or an experience of failure. Why? (250 words)

3. Describe how you are a fit with the case study method. (250 words)


NYU / Stern Essay Topics 2008-2009

This year’s essay questions are as follows:

Essay 1
: Professional Aspirations (750 words, double-spaced)

Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Answer the following:

(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?
(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?
(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

Essay 2: Fit with Stern (500 words, double-spaced)

The NYU Stern collaborative community is one of our strongest assets. We seek individuals who are passionate about our community and committed to growing as leaders at Stern. Please answer the following questions:

(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? What actions have you taken to learn more about us?
(b) What is the most difficult piece of constructive feedback you have received, and what did you do as a result of it? How will this experience make you a better member of the Stern community?

Essay 3: Personal Expression (500 words, double-spaced, if written)

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative.

If you submit Essay 3 with your supplementary materials, please include a brief description of it here. Please do not submit anything that must be viewed or played electronically (e.g. CDs, DVDs, mp3s, online links), that is perishable (e.g. food), or that has been worn (e.g. used clothing). If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font.

Essay 4: Additional Information (optional)

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT and/or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4.

If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application.

If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

Online Application:

London Business School Deadlines/ Essay Topics 2008-2009

Application deadlines:

Round One
Application Due: 14 October, 2008
Interview Notification: 12 November 2008
Decision Notification: December 18, 2008

Round Two

Application Due: 06 January, 2009
Interview Notification: 12 February 2009
Decision Notification: March 31, 2009

Round Three
Application Due: 03 March, 2009
Interview Notification: 15 April 2009
Decision Notification: May 22, 2009

Round Four
Application Due: 30 April, 2009
Interview Notification: 03 June 2009
Decision Notification: July 8, 2009

All application deadlines are 17.00 London time.

London Business School Essay Topics 2008-2009

The London Business School essay topics for this year are as follows:

Question 1 (600 words)

In what role do you see yourself working immediately after graduation? Why? How will your past and present experiences help you achieve this? How will the London Business School MBA Programme contribute to this goal? Why is this the right time for you to pursue an MBA?

Question 2
(200 words)

Where do you see your career progressing five years after graduation and what is your longer term career vision?

Question 3
(500 words)

Please describe your experience of working in and leading teams, either in your professional or personal life. Include any specific challenges you have faced. Given this experience, what role do you think you will play in your first year study group?

Question 4
(400 words)

Student involvement is an extremely important part of the London Business School MBA experience and this is reflected in the character of students on campus. What type of student club or campus community events will you be involved with and why? How will you contribute?

Question 5
(150 words)

Describe any significant experiences outside of your home country. What did you gain from these?



Queens School of Business Deadlines 2008-2009

Application deadlines:

Round 1
Application Deadline: October 28th, 2008

Round 2

Application Deadline: February 2nd, 2009

Round 3

Application Deadline: March 13th, 2009


IIMB One year PGP Programme

One Year Full Time Postgraduate Programme in Management


  • Preparing for Value-based Leadership Roles in a Sustainable world

Target Group

  • Age Group: Average 29-30 years

  • Experience: Min. 7 years

  • Diversity – background/nationality

Admission Criteria

  • Academic Background (minimum graduation in any discipline)

  • Achievement

  • GMAT

  • Proficiency in English

  • Quality of Experience

  • Interview

  • SOP

  • Recommendation

Batch size

  • 60 – 75 Students in the First year (2009-10)


  • IIMB will endeavor to provide placements to all graduates


  • Optional

Academic Session (year)

  • 1 April 2009– 31 March 2010

Further Details will be available at the earliest.

August 17, 2008

Michigan / Ross Deadlines 2008-2009

Round One
Application Deadline: October 10th, 2008
Decision Notification: January 15th, 2009

Round Two
Application Deadline: January 2nd, 2009
Decision Notification: March 15th, 2009

Round Three
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2009
Decision Notification: May 15th, 2009


August 5, 2008

Cornell/Johnson Deadlines 2008-2009

Round 1
Application Deadline: October 6, 2008
Decision Notification: December 17, 2008

Round 2
Application Deadline: November 17, 2008
Decision Notification: February 4, 2009

Round 3 *#
Application Deadline: January 12, 2009
Decision Notification: March 18, 2009

Round 4
Application Deadline: March 23, 2009
Decision Notification: April 29, 2009

* Suggested application deadline for international applicants
# Last round to apply for scholarship consideration

Fall 2009 application will be out on or around 15 August 2008


August 1, 2008

Peg Jöbst, Senior vice-president of GMAC, fields questions about whose test scores will be canceled

Recent MBA students and applicants have had lots of questions since the Graduate Management Admission Council won a lawsuit against (, 7/1/08), a Web site that was allegedly providing live General Management Admission Test questions to VIP subscribers. The students want to know why GMAC never warned them that this service was against the rules. They also want to know whose scores will be canceled and what their ultimate punishment will be (, 7/13/08)>.

Peg Jöbst, senior vice-president of GMAC, recently responded to such questions from the public and from BusinessWeek reporter Francesca Di Meglio during a live chat event.

Read the edited excerpts from their conversation here