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MBA Admissions Mashup: Interviews, Diversity, and the Flexible Curriculum

MBA Admissions Mashup

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week we’re exploring diversity in b-school, revisiting Chicago Booth’s flexible curriculum as well as offering up a couple of admissions tips from Dartmouth / Tuck and Northwestern / Kellogg.

It should come as no surprise that a diverse MBA program offers a rich and vibrant experience. Many b-schools are continuing to make the extra effort to attract candidates from all backgrounds — and making great strides at it as well! At UC Berkeley Haas, the Diversity Symposium is just one of the ways that the program cultivates diversity. Haas Full-time MBA Raphael Chines notes that during the event students  “heard what diversity means to members of the administration, faculty, and student body, and why it is critical to the success of any organization, and a student panel of LGBT students and allies revealed how Haas’ welcoming environment creates a space for students to safely take risks and learn from one another. I walked away from the day with not only an appreciation for how Haas treats diversity, but also a deeper understanding of the importance of diversity generally.”

You may recall that last week, Chicago Booth Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Admissions Kurt Ahlm imparted the pros of Booth’s Flexible Curriculum. Well, this week, another blog post on the Booth Admissions blog takes student and alumni accounts to continue making the case for the flexible curriculum. “The experience unites all Booth students in their ability to explore their passions from day one. A large part of this exploration is preparation. Whether you are looking to switch careers, prepare for your internship, start an entrepreneurial venture, or deepen your existing expertise in a given field, you can select the courses that meet your individual academic and professional goals.”

Many business schools have already begun interviewing candidates. At Dartmouth / Tuck, anyone can be interviewed. The Tuck admissions committee encourages all applicants to initiate their interviews (the earlier the better!). And, as such, the Tuck 360 Blog has offered up a couple of tips to help you prepare for your interview. One of the more important tips…Relax! “Tuck interviews are meant to be a conversation. We look at them as an opportunity to not only get to know you better, but also for you to get to know us too. On the flip side, don’t relax too much.”

Often it’s hard to get any insight into how the adcom is going to assess your application. Northwestern / Kellogg’s Director of Admissions Melissa Rapp took to the Kellogg Insider Perspective Blog to explain just how “leadership” is weighed / taken into account. “It is important to note that leadership experience means different things for different types of candidates. For example, someone with a military background will present different accomplishments than someone with a few years as a junior analyst or a teacher. What showcases your leadership is going to depend on the path that you’ve taken and the organizations that you’ve been a part of – and we take both into account when assessing applicants.”

That’s all for now! Catch you next time on another MBA Admissions Mashup!

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Posted in: Admissions Tips, Application Tips, Interview Tips, MBA Admissions Mashup, Weekly Columns

Schools: Berkeley / Haas, Dartmouth / Tuck, Northwestern / Kellogg, U. Chicago Booth

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