July 30, 2009

IESE Application Deadlines 2009-2010

The IESE Business School application deadlines for 2009-2010 are as follows:

Round 1
Deadline: October 26, 2009
Notification: December 4, 2009
Commitment Fee: December 18, 2009

Round 2
Deadline: November 30, 2009
Notification: January 29, 2010
Commitment Fee: February 12, 2009

Round 3
Deadline: January 18, 2010
Notification: March 19, 2010
Commitment Fee: April 6, 2010

Round 4

Deadline: February 22, 2010
Notification: April 16, 2010
Commitment Fee: April 30, 2010

Round 5

Deadline: April 19, 2010
Notification: May 21, 2010
Commitment Fee: July 4, 2010

Round 6

Deadline: June 7, 2010
Notification: July 2, 2010
Commitment Fee: July 13, 2010

Link: Key dates and deadlines

July 28, 2009

Columbia Business School Essay Topics 2009-2010

Columbia Business School Essay Topics are as below:

Essay 1

What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School
help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit)

Essay 2

Master Classes are the epitome of bridging the gap between theory and practice at Columbia Business School. (View link) Please provide an example from your own life in which practical experience taught you more than theory alone. (Recommended 500 word limit)

Essay 3

Please provide an example of a team failure of which you’ve been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (Recommended 500 word limit)

Optional Essay 4

Is there any further information that you wish to provide to the Admissions Committee? (Please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.)

Required for Reapplicants

How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied and reiterate your short-term and long-term goals. Explain how the tools of the Columbia MBA will help you to meet your goals and how you plan to participate in the Columbia community . (Recommended 750 word limit).

Application Deadlines

July 26, 2009

Dartmouth/ Tuck Application Essay Topics 2009-2010

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Essay topics for the 2009-2010

1. Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you? (If you are applying for a joint or dual degree, please explain how the additional degree will contribute to those goals.)

2. Tuck defines leadership as “inspiring others to strive and enabling them to accomplish great things.” We believe great things and great leadership can be accomplished in pursuit of business and societal goals. Describe a time when you exercised such leadership. Discuss the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What characteristics helped
you to be effective, and what areas do you feel you need to develop in order to be a better leader?

3. Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you address it? What have you learned from it?

4. Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?

5. (Optional) Please provide any additional insight or information that you have not addressed elsewhere that may be helpful in reviewing your application (e.g., unusual choice of evaluators, weaknesses in academic performance, unexplained job gaps or changes, etc.). Complete this question only if you feel your candidacy is not fully represented
by this application.

6. (To be completed by all re-applicants) How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? Please reflect on how you have grown personally and professionally.

Although there is no restriction on the length of your response, most applicants use, on average, 500 words for each essay. There are no right or wrong answers. Please double-space your responses.

Essay Questions
Application Deadlines

July 22, 2009

Carnegie Mellon/ Tepper Application Deadlines 2009-2010

Tepper School of Business Application deadlines for the 2009-2010 are as below:

Round 1
Deadline: October 26, 2009
Decision Notification: December 21, 2009

Round 2
Deadline: January 4, 2010
Decision Notification: March 15, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: March 8, 2010
Decision Notification: May 03, 2010

Round 4

Deadline: April 26, 2010*
Decision Notification: June 04, 2010
Round 5
Deadline: June 1, 2010**
Decision Notification: Rolling

*April 26, 2010 deadline reserved for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, as well as FlexTime and FlexMode candidates. International applicants for the FullTime MBA program must apply by March 08, 2010.

**June 01 deadline reserved for FlexTime and FlexMode candidates.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Essay Topics

July 21, 2009

UNC/ Kenan Flagler Application Deadlines 2009-2010

The UNC Kenan-Flagler deadlines for the 2009-2010 are as follows:

Round 1 (Early Action*)
Deadline: October 23, 2009
Notification: December 14, 2009

Round 2
Deadline: December 4, 2009
Notification: February 8, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: January 8, 2010
Notification: March 22, 2010

Round 4
Deadline: March 19, 2010
Notification: May 3, 2010

*Requests for admissions decisions before the decision release dates cannot be granted.
All applications are due by midnight EST.
Decisions will be posted online by 5 p.m. EST on the notification release date.

Link: Deadlines

UVA Darden Application Deadlines 2009-2010

Darden School of Business Application deadlines for the 2009-2010 admissions season are as below:

Round 1
Deadline: October 28, 2009
Interviews Begin: November 30, 2009
Notification: January 28, 2010

Round 2
Deadline: January 7, 2010
Interviews Begin: February 8, 2010
Notification: March 26, 2010

Round 3
Deadline: March 31, 2010
Interviews Begin: April 22, 2010
Notification: May 12, 2010

All Applications are due by 11:59 PM (EST)

Essay Topics
Application Deadlines 2009-2010

July 16, 2009

Berkeley / Haas Application Essay Topics 2009-2010

Haas School of Business 2010 Essay Questions are as below:

Short Answer:

1. What are you most passionate about? Why? (250 word maximum)
2. Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250 word maximum)
3. At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. Describe a time when you created positive change in a group or an organization. (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 post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? How will an MBA from Berkeley help you achieve these specific career goals? (1000 word maximum)

Optional Essays:

1. (Optional) 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)

Link: Fall 2010 Essay Topics
Deadlines: Application deadlines 2009-2010

July 15, 2009

UVA Darden Essay Topics 2009-2010

Darden School of Business MBA Application Essay questions for 2009-2010 are as follows:

1. How have the changes in the global economy over the last 18 months affected you and your plan for the future? (400 words)

2. What will you contribute to an MBA program and what are your personal and professional expectations of the program you attend? (600 words)

School's application deadlines have not been announced yet.

July 13, 2009

Dartmouth/ Tuck Application Deadlines 2009-2010

The Tuck School of Business application deadlines for 2009-2010 are as below:

Early Action

Application Deadline: October 14, 2009
Decision Notification: December 18, 2009

November Round
Application Deadline: November 11, 2009
Decision Notification: February 5, 2010

January Round
Application Deadline: January 6, 2010
Decision Notification: March 19, 2010

April Round

Application Application Deadline: April 2, 2010
Decision Notification: May 14, 2010

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST.

Essay Topics

July 8, 2009

Stanford Class of 2012 Application is Now Available

According to post on the Stanford's Admission Blog, the application for the Class of 2012 is now available online

Admission Committee further informed, "We also may be extending interviews earlier this year." "As always, we encourage you to review our website soon and submit your application as early as possible within the round you choose to apply." advised the admission committee

For complete application information visit: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/mba/admission/

Deadlines & Essay Topics

INSEAD Essay Topics 2009-2010

The INSEAD application is now available online. This year’s essay topics for both the January 2010 and September 2010 intakes are as follows:

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.)

Link: http://www.insead.edu/mba/admissions/app_online.cfm
Lin : INSEAD Deadlines

UCLA Anderson Application Essay Topics for 2009-2010

UCLA / Anderson Application Essay Topics for applicants to the Fall 2010 entering class are listed below:

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


1. Describe the ways in which your family and/or community have helped shape your development. (750 words)

2. Describe the biggest risk you have ever taken, the outcome, and what you learned in the process. (500 words)

3. Describe your short-term and long-term career goals. What is your motivation for pursuing an MBA now and how will UCLA Anderson help you to achieve your goals? (750 words)

4. Select and respond to one of the two following questions. We would like you to respond to the question by recording an audio or video response (up to 10Mb maximum) for upload in the online application. (The supported file types for audio files are: .avi, .wav, .mp3, .wmv, .midi, .wma, .aiff, .au, .mp4; the supported file types for video files are: .mov, .avi, .wmv, .mpeg) If you are unable to submit your response via audio or video, then please prepare a written response, instead. (250 words)
(i) Entrepreneurship is a mindset that embraces innovation and risk-taking within both establish and new organizations. Describe an instance in which you exhibited this mindset.
(ii) What is something people will find surprising about you?

Essay 5 (Optional): Are there any circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words)


Re-applicants who applied for the entering fall 2008 or 2009 class are required to complete the following three essays. Upload them as one document if you opt to submit all of your essays in written format.

1. 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)

2. Describe the biggest risk you have ever taken, the outcome, and what you learned in the process. (500 words)

Essay 3 (Optional): Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? (250 words)

Applications deadlines are not yet announced. Deadlines are expected to be out by later this summer.

Link: Essay Topics

July 6, 2009

Oxford/ Said Application Deadlines 2009-2010

Said Business School Application deadlines for the 2009-2010 are as follows:

Stage 1
Application deadline: 09 October 2009
Interview Decision By: 30 October 2009
Final decision by: 11 December 2009

Stage 2
Application deadline: 15 January 2010
Interview Decision By: 05 February 2010
Final decision by: 12 March 2010

Stage 3
Application deadline: 02 April 2010
Interview Decision By: 30 April 2010
Final decision by: 28 May 2010

The deadline for receiving applications will be on the stated date at 23:59 in your local time zone.

Link: http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/MBA/How+to+apply.htm

July 5, 2009

Yale SOM Deadlines/ Essay Topics 2009-2010

Yale School of Management Application Deadlines for 2009-2010 are as follows:

Round 1
Application Deadline: October 8, 2009
Decision Notification: December 18, 2009

Round 2
Application Deadline: January 7, 2010
Decision Notification: April 2, 2010

Round 3
Application Deadline: March 10, 2010
Decision Notification: May 7, 2010

Yale School of Management Essay Topics for 2009-2010 are as below:


Please answer each of the four questions below with a short paragraph of no more than 150 words. This is an opportunity to distill your core ideas, values, goals and motivations into a set of snapshots that help tell us who you are, where you are headed, and why. (600 words maximum)

1. What are your professional goals immediately after you receive your MBA?

2. What are your long-term career aspirations?

3. Why are you choosing to pursue an MBA and why now? (If you plan to use your MBA experience to make a significant change in the field or nature of your career, please tell us what you have done to prepare for this transition.)

4. What attracts you specifically to the Yale School of Management’s MBA program?


Describe an accomplishment that exhibits your leadership style. The description should include evidence of your leadership skills, the actions you took, and the impact you had on your organization. (500 words maximum)


Choose one of the following topics and answer it in essay form. Please indicate the topic number at the beginning of your essay. (500 words maximum)

1. A central premise of our teaching about leadership at the Yale School of Management is that true leadership—leadership that helps to address a significant problem in a new way—is necessarily personal. It is only when personal passion aligns with meaningful aspirations that individuals are able to inspire others to act in support of an important goal or cause. What are you most passionate about, and how have you demonstrated a commitment to this passion?

2. What achievement are you most proud of and why?

3. What is the most difficult feedback you have received from another person or the most significant weakness you have perceived in yourself? What steps have you taken to address it and how will business school contribute to this process?

4. Describe a situation in which you devised and implemented a creative or unique solution to a difficult problem. What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?

5. Required for re-applicants: What steps have you taken to improve your candidacy since your last application?


If any aspect of your candidacy needs further explanation, please provide any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider. (250 words maximum)

Link: http://blogs.som.yale.edu/archives/461

Duke / Fuqua Application Deadlines 2009-2010

The Fuqua School of Business Application Deadlines for 2009-2010 are as follows:

Early Action*
Application Deadline: October 6, 2009
Decision Notification: November 24, 2009
Tuition Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline: December 10, 2009
Non-refundable Tuition Deposit Amount: $3,000 USD

Round 1
Application Deadline: November 12, 2009
Decision Notification: January 19, 2010
Tuition Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline: April 5, 2010
Non-refundable Tuition Deposit Amount: $1,500 USD

Round 2
Application Deadline: January 7, 2010
Decision Notification: March 8, 2010
Tuition Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline: April 5, 2010
Non-refundable Tuition Deposit Amount: $1,500 USD

Round 3

Application Deadline: March 9, 2010
Decision Notification: April 22, 2010
Tuition Deposit & Official Transcript Deadline: May 3, 2010
Non-refundable Tuition Deposit Amount: $1,500 USD

*The Duke MBA Early Action option is ideal for applicants who have completed their MBA research and have decided that The Duke MBA is the best program for them. Applicants admitted in the Early Action round must submit the non-refundable $3,000 tuition deposit along with official transcript(s) by December 10, 2009. In addition, any applications submitted to other schools must be withdrawn upon an offer of admission from The Duke MBA.

**Scholarship and Visa Recipients must deposit by April 16, 2010.

Note: Application and essay questions are not yet released by the school. Are expected to be announced later this summer

Link: http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/duke_mba/daytime/apply_daytime/

July 2, 2009

Harvard Business School: Class Profile of 2011

Class Profile of 2011*


Total MBA Enrollment: 942
Applications: 9,093
% Admitted: 12%
Yield: 89%

Class Composition

Female: 37%
US Ethnic Minorities: 23%
International: 36%
Countries represented: 70
Admits Within 3 Years of College Graduation**: 441
Undergraduate institutions represented: 270
GMAT Score Range: 490-800
Middle 50% GMAT Score Range: 700-760
Average GPA: 3.67


North America: 68%
United States: 64%
Asia/South Pacific: 15%
Europe: 11%
Central/South America: 3%
Africa: 2%
Oceania: 1%

Undergraduate Majors

Business Administration: 26%
Engineering/Natural Sciences/Technical Disciplines: 33%
Humanities/Social Sciences: 40%
Other: 2%

Pre-MBA Industry

Consulting: 23%
Consumer Products: 5%
Healthcare/ Biotech: 6%
High Tech/ Communications: 7%
Investment Banking: 11%
Investment Management: 4%
Manufacturing: 8%
Military: 3%
Non-Profit: 6%
Other Financial Services: 5%
Other Services: 8%
Venture Capital/Private Equity: 15%

* These numbers are subject to change
** Includes class years 2006-2009:
2009 - 1
2008 - 15
2007 - 131
2006 - 294

Note: According to the HBS Website
the above numbers are PRELIMINARY as of July 1. Any changes will be reflected in the FINAL profile, which will be posted when classes begin in September.