September 18, 2008

HBS: Online Appointment Scheduler for prospective students to plan class visits

Harvard Business School's has disclosed its new Online Appointment Scheduler for prospective students. This is to help prospective students to plan class visits and get the full case method experience

From the director on Official HBS blog: ... 2008-09-16
"Starting on October 6, we will offer information sessions, campus tours, and lunch with student hosts most days. Unlike class visits, these do not need to be scheduled in advance — just come to Dillon House and we will direct you".

For complete list of prospective student offerings, check out campus activities calendar at the link below:

September 11, 2008

Georgetown/ McDonough School of Business Essays/ deadlines 2008-09

Application Deadlines:

Round 1: November 7, 2008
Decision Notification: January 12, 2009

Round 2: January 16, 2009*
Decision Notification: March 23, 2009

Round 3: April 3, 2009
Decision Notification: May 18, 2009

* International applicants are encouraged to apply by the Second Round deadline. If you do not meet this deadline, apply as soon as possible thereafter.

NOTE: Scholarship Deadline: Jan. 16, 2009


Essay Topics:

All materials are to be word-processed. Please double-space your responses. Prepare each attachment offline in
separate document files and upload them individually in the appropriate spaces below. Please follow the instructions
regarding the length of each attachment and label each page with your name.

ESSAY ONE (Required)
Limit: 750 words

A) In one or two sentences, please state your short-term and long-term career objective(s).
B) How have your prior professional, academic, and personal experiences influenced your career plans?
C) Specifically, how will your participation in Georgetown’s MBA Full-Time Program contribute to your career

ESSAY TWO (Required)
Limit: 750 words

In your own words, how do you define leadership? Please provide a specific example (professional or personal) of a
time when you embodied the characteristics of a leader. Be sure to highlight the challenges you faced and the
results you achieved. What areas do you wish to develop in order to become a more effective leader?

ESSAY THREE (Required)
Limit: 750 words

What is the most significant change you have made to any organization with which you have been recently affiliated?
Please describe how you identified the need for change and how you managed the process of implementing change.
What were the results?

Limit: 1 Page

List in order of importance all community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you
have been involved during or after university studies. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, dates of
involvement, offices held, and average number of hours spent per month.

Limit: 500 words

Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you
have not addressed elsewhere. For example, you may comment on your academic record as an indication of your
potential for graduate management education, or you may explain any gaps in your work history. If you are not
submitting a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, use this space to explain why. Similarly, if you
are not currently employed full-time, use this space to provide information about your current activities.

RE-APPLICANT ESSAY – To be completed by all re-applicants
Limit: 500 words

How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? We are particularly interested in hearing about
how you have grown professionally and personally. In addition, please update the Admissions Committee on your
career goals and your reasons for wishing to pursue an MBA at Georgetown.


September 10, 2008

GMAC Sanctions 84 in 'Scoretop' cheating scandal

GMAC Issues Final 'Scoretop' Tally:

Of 6,000 test takers probed for alleged GMAT violations, 84 are sanctioned. Some have already enrolled or graduated

Few top business schools were spared. At No. 1-ranked University of Chicago, two students enrolled for fall admission were among those whose scores were canceled.

In all it found 72 test-takers who had access to live questions on Scoretop, and another 12 who posted questions to the site from memory after taking the test. The 72 who accessed live questions will be permitted to retake the exam immediately; the 12 who posted questions will not be permitted to retake the exam for a minimum of three years. In all, GMAC canceled 569 score reports sent to business schools on behalf of the 84 individuals

Read more: GMAC Issues Final 'Scoretop' Tally

September 8, 2008

GMAC Scoretop scandal claims nearly 100 test-takers

The b-school dreams of nearly 100 GMAT test-takers have been shattered, with GMAC cancelling their test scores in what is likely the final chapter in one of the worst b-school cheating scandals in recent memory.

Read more at the link below:
GMAT Cheating Scandal: Drawing to a Close

September 4, 2008

Berkeley / Haas Essays/ deadlines 2008-09, INSEAD Essays/ deadlines 2008-09

Berkeley/Haas’ deadlines for the 2008-2009 admissions season as below. Only applications submitted electronically will be considered.

Round 1
Application Deadline: November 4th, 2008
GMAT and TOEFL Taken Before: November 4th, 2008
Decision Release Date: January 28th, 2009

Round 2
Application Deadline: December 9th, 2008
GMAT and TOEFL Taken Before: December 9, 2008
Decision Release Date: March 18th, 2009

Round 3
Application Deadline: January 30th, 2009
GMAT and TOEFL Taken Before: January 30th, 2009
Decision Release Date: April 28th, 2009

Round 4
Application Deadline: March 11th, 2009
GMAT and TOEFL Taken Before: March 11, 2009
Decision Release Date: May 19th, 2009

Application materials must be received by midnight PST on the day of the deadline.


Berkeley / Haas Essay Topics 2008-2009

Listed below are the short answer questions, required essays, and optional essays for the Fall 2009 application.

Short Answer:

1. If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be, and how would you do it differently? (250 word maximum)

2. Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250 word maximum)

3. At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. Describe an innovative solution you have created to address a specific challenge. (250 word maximum)

4. What steps have you taken to learn about the Berkeley MBA program, and what factors have influenced your decision to apply? (250 word maximum)

Required Essays:

1. Give us an example of a situation in which you displayed leadership. (500 word maximum)

2. What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? Why do you want an MBA from Berkeley at this point in your career? (1000 word maximum)

Optional Essays:

1. Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven’t addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)

2. If you wish to be considered for the Haas Achievement Award (for individuals who have achieved success in spite of significant economic, educational, health-related and/or other obstacles), please use this space to address the obstacles you have overcome. (750 word maximum)


INSEAD Deadlines for 2008-2009 - September and January Intakes

Deadlines for September 2009 Intake:

Round One
Application Deadline: October 1st, 2008
Interview Notification By: November 7th, 2008
Final Decision: December 19th, 2008

Round Two
Application Deadline: November 26th, 2008
Interview Notification By: January 16th, 2009
Final Decision: March 6th, 2009

Round Three
Application Deadline: February 11th, 2009
Interview Notification By: March 20th, 2009
Final Decision: May 7th, 2009

Round Four
Application Deadline: April 1st, 2009
Interview Notification By: May 15th, 2009
Final Decision: June 19th, 2009

Deadlines for January 2010 Intake

Round One
Application Deadline: March 11th, 2009
Interview Notification By: April 30th, 2009
Final Decision: June 5th, 2009

Round Two
Application Deadline: May 27th, 2009
Interview Notification By: July 3rd, 2009
Final Decision: September 4th, 2009

Round Three
Application Deadline: July 22nd, 2009
Interview Notification By: August 28th, 2009
Final Decision: October 9th, 2009



Job Essays
1. Please give a detailed description of your job, including nature of work, major responsibilities; and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, number of clients/products and results achieved. (250 words)

2. Please give us a full description of your career since graduating from university. If you were to remain with your present employer, what would be your next step in terms of position? (250 words)

Personal Essays
1. Give a candid description of yourself, stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (400 words approx.)

2. Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date, explaining why you view them as such. (400 words approx.)

3. Describe a situation taken from school, business, civil or military life, where you did not meet your personal objectives, and discuss briefly the effect. (250 words approx.)

4. Discuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying at INSEAD and how will they contribute to your professional career. (500 words approx.)

5. Please choose one of the following two essay topics:
a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What did it mean to you? (250 words approx.), or
b) What would you say to a foreigner moving to your home country? (250 words approx.)

6. Is there anything that you have not mentioned in the above essays that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (200 words approx.) This essay is optional.

7. In case of reapplication, please use this page. Your essay should state any new aspects of professional, international, academic, or personal development since your last application. We would also like you to explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. This essay should not exceed 400 words.


September 3, 2008

Goizueta Deadlines/ Essays 2008-2009

The Goizueta Business School at Emory University deadlines for 08-09

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received after the final deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis. Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete.

Application Received By: November 1, 2008
Decision no later than: January 1, 2009

Application Received By: December 8, 2008*
Decision no later than: March 1, 2009

Application Received By: February 1, 2009**
Decision no later than: April 1, 2009

Application Received By: March 1, 2009
Decision no later than: May 1, 2009

*International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by December 8, 2008. However, applications received by the final program deadline will still be given full consideration.

**All One-Year program applicants and those who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by February 1, 2009.



1. List one of your most significant professional or organizational accomplishments.
Describe your precise role in this event and how it has helped to shape your management skills. Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.

2. Please complete/address two of the following statements.
Full-time candidates (Two-Year and One-Year Programs) must complete/address choice F as one of the two options. Please limit each response to one, double-spaced, typed page.

A. I have always wanted to....
B. My most memorable cross-cultural experience....
C. My family background is unique because....
D. The person who has had the greatest influence on my leadership style is... because...
E. The greatest lesson I have ever learned....
F. Of Goizueta’s core values (courage, integrity, accountability, rigor, diversity, team, community), which value resonates most with you and why?

3. What do you expect to accomplish in the Goizueta Business School MBA program?
How will your participation in the MBA program fit in with your experiences and responsibilities as well as your short and long-term career goals? Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.


Olin Deadlines 2008-2009

The Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School deadlines :

Round 1: November 3, 2008
Notified on or before: January 23, 2009

Round : January 5, 2009
Notified on or before: March 30, 2009

Round 3: March 2, 2009
Notified on or before: May 22, 2009

Round 4: April 20, 2009
Notified on or before: June 19, 2009

Round 5: Rolling Admissions*

*A complete application includes test scores and recommendations. If these items are received after the deadline date, the application will be considered in the next admissions round.

** All applications received after May 1, 2008 will be considered on a space available, rolling admissions (i.e., reviewed in the order received) basis


Cornell/Johnson Essay Topics 2008-2009

Cornell/Johnson essay topics:

Essay 1:Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you were able to add value to your organization. (400 word limit)

Essay 2: What career do you plan to pursue upon completion of an MBA degree and why? How will the Johnson School help you achieve this goal? (400 word limit)

Essay 3: You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. Please write the Table of Contents for the book. (400 word limit)

Essay 4: Complete this essay if there is other information you would like to add regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate GPA or test scores) does not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School. (Optional; 400 word limit)

Essay 5: Describe the measures you have taken to strengthen your application since you last applied to the Johnson School. (Required for all re-applicants; 400 word limit) :