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Wharton adds a new question for Class of 2019 Application

Jun, 16, 2016

Well, Wharton added a new question!  My full analysis will come soon but here are the qs taken from the Wharton Blog: Essay 1:  What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words) Essay 2: Teamwork is at the core of the Wharton MBA experience with each student contributing unique elements to our [...]


MBA Interviews: Gauging Client Attitudes and Experiences About Interviewing

May, 25, 2016

Below is an edited version of a paper I wrote for INSEAD’s Executive Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change (For more about my experience at INSEAD, please here). I believe that it will be of interest to those who are  applying for MBA programs and for other MBA admissions coaches.  I explain why I think [...]


HBS Class of 2019 MBA Admissions Application

May, 18, 2016

In this post, I will be analyzing the essay question and key components of the HBS Application for the Class of 2019.   At this time, the online application is not live yet but the essay was released on the HBS Director’s Blog on May 11, 2016. In addition to discussing overall HBS application strategy and the required essay, [...]


Stanford GSB MBA Essays and Application for the Class of 2019

May, 17, 2016

In this post, I analyze the Stanford GSB MBA essays and additional information/resume/employment history/activities for Class of 2018 Admission. My analysis of Stanford GSB interviews can be found here. In addition to the Class of 2019 post, I also recommend reading and/or listening to my presentation, “So you want to get into Stanford GSB?” which was made to a Japanese [...]


Some brief pointers for editing MBA and other graduate school application essays

Apr, 22, 2016

 Chances are extremely high that when you initially write any application essay and even when you have a good working version of it going, it is likely to be over the word count.  If it is not over the word count, especially at the initial stage that itself is actually a problem.  In another blog post, [...]


Columbia Business School Re-applicant Essay

Apr, 22, 2016

For my main post on Columbia Business School MBA application for 2017 admission (January and August Early Decision and Regular Decision), see here. Based on my experience working with CBS reapplicants, Columbia is one of the most reapplicant friendly schools both in terms of the reapplication process for those who reapply within one year of their initial application [...]


Columbia MBA Essays for 2017 Admission

Apr, 22, 2016

Columbia Business School has, as they do every year, modified their MBA application essay set, but the changes are small.  The application is not up yet, but the questions for 2017 entry (J-Term Class of 2018 and August for Class of 2019) are.   You can find testimonials from my clients admitted for Columbia August and [...]


Admitted to an MBA program for 2016 entry? Complete a survey and win a prize!

Apr, 13, 2016

Could you spare a few minutes to complete a survey?  I’m a member of AIGAC, The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants. In June, we will hold our annual conference in Cambridge at HBS, Harvard Kennedy School, and MIT Sloan. While there, we will begin discussions of the survey. Further into the summer, we will [...]


IMD MBA Application Essays for 2017 Admission

Apr, 12, 2016

In this post, I discuss the application essays for 2017 admission to IMD.  There have been changes to the short goals questions, but the three main essay questions have not changed from 2016. While IMD had rather significant staff turnover in 2014, which I discuss here, I still highly recommend reading my February 2014 and September 2012 interviews with IMD’s [...]


Thoughts on the MBA Application Season 2015-2016 and Beyond

Apr, 11, 2016

With the results from MIT Sloan for Round 2 now in, I wanted to give my quick take on this past season.  For me personally, I worked with a reduced number of clients from the previous year because I was focusing on my part-time degree studies at INSEAD, so I had a somewhat lower headcount [...]


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