IESE MBA Application Deadlines have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year. IESE Business School, University of Navarra employs 4 rounds and has a unique Assessment Day that per the IESE website “is designed to gain more information about candidates and typically consists of a group of candidates spending an entire day with the Admissions Team. Although it is not a mandatory step in the admissions process participation is highly recommended. The objective of the Assessment Day is to get to know candidates better through their interactions with each other and with the Admissions Team.”

IESE MBA Application Deadlines

Round 1  –  October 7, 2014 Application Deadline; November 14, 2014 Assessment; 10 days or 2 weeks after AsD Decision Release w/AsD; December 12, 2014 Decision Release w/o AsD; 4 weeks after decision Payment Deadline

Round 2  – January 13, 2015 Application Deadline; March 7, 2015 Assessment; 10 days or 2 weeks after AsD Decision Release w/AsD; March 27, 2015 Decision Release w/o AsD; 4 weeks after decision Payment Deadline

Round 3  – March 3, 2015 Application Deadline; April 25, 2015 Assessment; 10 days or 2 weeks after AsD Decision Release w/AsD; May 8, 2015 Decision Release w/o AsD; May 30, 2015 (Full Deposit)

Round 4 - May 19, 2015 Application Deadline; June 20, 2015 Assessment; 10 days or 2 weeks after AsD Decision Release w/AsD; July 3, 2015 Decision Release w/o AsD; July 15, 2015 (Full Deposit)

Assessment Day Locations

Barcelona October 17, 2014

Barcelona November 14, 2014

Barcelona February 6, 2015

Barcelona March 6, 2015

Barcelona April 24, 2015

Barcelona June 19, 2015

Visit the IESE MBA Admissions website for more information about MBA admissions.

Northwestern Kellogg MBA Essay Questions have been released for the 2014-2015 admissions year following up on the previously released Northwestern MBA Application Deadlines. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University has reduced the number of MBA essay questions from three to two and words from 1350 to 900 in comparison to the number of essay questions asked last year.  Kellogg will continue using video questions that first appeared in last year’s application.

Northwestern Kellogg MBA Essay Questions

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Mandatory

  1. Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will…. Challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you’ve had. How were you tested? What did you learn? (450-word limit)
  2. Leadership requires an ability to collaborate with and motivate others. Describe a professional experience that required you to influence people. What did this experience teach you about working with others, and how will it make you a better leader? (450-word limit)

Dual-degree Applicants

For applicants to the MMM or JD-MBA dual degree programs, please explain why that program is right for you. (250-word limit)

Reapplicants

Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250-word limit)

Additional Information

If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word count)

Video

The Video Essays provide MBA applicants with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what they will bring to the vibrant Kellogg community – in an interactive way. Each applicant will complete two short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

  • After submitting a completed application, each applicant will be asked to complete two Video Essay Questions. One will be about the candidate’s interest in Kellogg and the other will be a “getting to know you” type of question.
  • There are 10 practice questions which candidates can complete as many times as they like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool and help applicants feel prepared.
  • There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions. We encourage applicants to practice so they are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions.
  • Candidates will have 20 seconds to think about their question and up to 1 minute to give their response.
  • We estimate the Video Essays will take 30 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions.

Visit the Northwestern Kellogg MBA Admissions website for more information about MBA admissions.

Northwestern Kellogg MBA Application Deadlines have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University has moved its First Round MBA Application Deadline up in comparison to last year’s First Round MBA Application Deadline.

Northwestern Kellogg MBA Application Deadlines

Round 1  –  September 24, 2014 Application Deadline; December 17th, 2014 Notification Decision

Round 2  – January 7th, 2015 Application Deadline; March 25th, 2015 Notification Decision

Round 3  – April 1st, 2015 Application Deadline; May 13th, 2015 Notification Decision

Visit the Northwestern Kellogg MBA Admissions website for more information about MBA admissions.

Columbia MBA Application Deadlines have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year in addition to Columbia having released its MBA Essay Questions. Notably, Columbia Business School has moved back its Early Decision MBA Application Deadline by almost a week from last year’s Early Decision MBA Application Deadline.

Columbia outlines its MBA Application Process  Early Decision is intended for MBA applicants who consider Columbia their first choice; a $6000 nonrefundable deposit is due within two weeks of admissions.  Columbia Business School also employs a rolling admissions process both in its Early Decision and Regular Rounds meaning applications are reviewed in order received.  Thus, it is advantageous to submit your application as early as possible within each round to both show your commitment to Columbia and to avoid losing your spot to a similar candidate from the same demographic, country, or professional group.

Columbia MBA Application Deadlines

Early Decision  –  October 8th, 2014 Application Deadline; 10 weeks Notification Decision

Merit Fellowship  – January 6th, 2015 Application Deadline; 12 weeks Notification Decision

Regular Decision  – April 15th, 2015 Application Deadline; 12 weeks Notification Decision

Visit the Columbia MBA Admissions website for more information about their MBA admissions processes and requirements.

Cambridge Judge MBA Essay Questions have been released for the 2014-2015 admissions year following up on the previously released Cambridge Judge MBA Application Deadlines.  Cambridge Judge Business School has reduced the number of MBA essay questions from three to two in comparison to the number of essay questions asked last year.

Cambridge Judge MBA Essay Questions

1.  What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200-word limit)

2.  What are your short and long term career objectives? What skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you to achieve them? What do you hope to gain from the degree and how do you feel it will help you achieve the career objectives you have? (500-word limit)

Visit the Cambridge Judge MBA Admissions website for more information about their MBA admissions requirements.

Like most things, different studying techniques work best for different types of people. Our friends at Magoosh have put together an Exam lifehack infographic to make sure you safely avoid any test-day nightmares.  This infographic complements other Magoosh infographics in previous posts, such as Minimum TOEFL Score – What do you need? and Which MBA Test GMAT or GRE?  Adopting some or all of these techniques will help you in improving GMAT scores and GRE scores.

The infographic includes study tools and tips, some of which you probably didn’t consider before but that are crucial to keeping you sane all the way up to your test date. So, take some time to browse this list of exam lifehacks and master the 18 unexpected tips you’ll need for a higher test score!

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Chicago Booth MBA Essay Questions have been released for the 2014-2015 admissions year following up on the Chicago Booth MBA Application Deadlines posted last week.  The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has reduced the number of MBA essay questions in comparison to the number of essay questions asked last year. The remaining question is both open-ended and contextualized.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay Questions

From the Chicago Booth MBA Essay Questions website:

Presentation/Essay: Chicago Booth values adventurous inquiry, diverse perspectives, and a collaborative exchange of ideas.  This is us.  Who are you?

Essay Guidelines:

  • Be reflective. We’ve learned a lot about you throughout the application, but what more should we know?
  • Interpret broadly.  “Who are you?” can be interpreted in many different ways.  We encourage you to think critically and broadly about who you are, and how your values, passions and experiences have influenced you.
  • Determine your own length.  There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length.  We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.
  • Choose the format that works for you.  You can design your presentation or compose your essay in the format that you feel best captures your response. However, please consider the specific technical restrictions noted below.
  • Think about you, not us.  Rather than focusing on what you think we want to hear, focus on what is essential for us to know about you. Simply put, be genuine.

Technical Guidelines

  • File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.
  • Accepted Upload Formats:  Acceptable formats are PDF, Word and Powerpoint.
  • Multimedia Restrictions: We will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, video, music, etc. will not translate over.
  • Preserve Your Formatting: We strongly recommend converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting to ensure that everything you see matches what we see.

Reapplicant Question: Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300-word limit)

Visit the Chicago Booth MBA Admissions website for more information about their MBA admissions requirements.

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Cambridge Judge MBA Application Deadlines have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year. Cambridge Judge Business School has  moved its 1st round MBA Application Deadline up by almost a month and added another round that is closer to its first round deadline last year. Cambridge Judge Business School is a one year MBA programme.

Cambridge Judge MBA Application Deadlines

Round 1  – September 19, 2014 Application Deadline; October 24, 2014 or October 27, 2014 Interview Days

Round 2  – October 24, 2014 Application Deadline; December 5, 2014 or December 8, 2014 Interview Days

Round 3  – January 9, 2015 Application Deadline;  February 16, 2015, February 20, 2015 or February 23, 2015 Interview Days

Round 4  – March 6, 2015 Application Deadline; April 17, 2015 or April 20, 2015 Interview Days

Round 5  – May 1, 2015 Application Deadline; May 29, 2015 or June 1, 2015 Interview Days

Visit the Cambridge Judge MBA Admissions website for more information about their MBA admissions requirements.

Chicago Booth MBA Application Deadlines have been released for the upcoming 2014-2015 MBA admissions year. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has moved up its first round MBA Application Deadline into late September and moved its second round MBA Application Deadline up a couple of days from last year‘s deadlines.

Chicago Booth MBA Application Deadlines

Round 1  –  September 25, 2014 Application Deadline; December 18th, 2014 Notification Decision

Round 2  – January 6th, 2015 Application Deadline; March 26, 2015 Notification Decision

Round 3  – April 7, 2015 Application Deadline; May 21, 2015 Notification Decision

Visit the Chicago Booth MBA Admissions website for more information about their MBA admissions requirements.

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