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UNC / Kenan-Flagler 2011-2012 Essay Topics

The UNC / Kenan-Flagler admissions committee has confirmed that the 2011-2012 essay topics will remain unchanged from last year’s application essay questions.  Here are the prompts for the three required and two optional essays: Essay 1: What are the 2 or 3 strengths or characteristics that have driven your career... Read more »

Columbia Business School Inaugural EMBA Saturday Program Now Underway

Columbia Business School (CBS) is the first top business school to launch a Saturday-only Executive MBA (EMBA) program, and the initial cohort of students has now begun classes. The EMBA Saturday program, specifically designed for professionals who want to pursue an MBA with no interruption to their current positions, will... Read more »

UVA / Darden 2011-2012 Essay Topics

The Darden admissions committee has released the first of its essay topics for the 2011-2012 application season.  Here is what Darden has posted so far: Essay 1: Share your perspective on leadership in the workplace and describe how it has been shaped by the increasing influence of globalization. (500 words... Read more »

Trivia Tuesday: Intercontinental Recruiting at INSEAD

Another week, another installment in Clear Admit’s Trivia Tuesday column! Today, we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to INSEAD to share an excerpt about the program’s recruiting process. INSEAD is one of the most unique MBA programs that Clear Admit covers, not least because its student... Read more »

$4 Million Alumni Gift Creates New Professorship of Management at Cornell’s Johnson School

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University earlier this month announced the creation of a new endowed management professorship thanks to a $4 million alumni gift. The gift, from the estate of Barbara Collyer and Frank Collyer ’48, will establish the Lewis H. Durland Professorship of... Read more »

Admissions Tip: Visiting the Campus

As many applicants are finding out at this time of year, conducting thorough research on MBA programs is an essential step in formulating a list of target schools and crafting convincing essays. Surfing the web and speaking with friends and mentors are great starting points in identifying programs of interest.... Read more »

Analysis of INSEAD Personal Essay 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.

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. (600 words maximum) INSEAD has expanded the word limit for this essay from 400 to 600 for this... Read more »

Analysis of INSEAD Personal Essay 4: a) Discuss your short and long term career goals and b) How will studying at INSEAD help you achieve your vision?

a) Discuss your short and long term career goals. (300 words maximum) and b) How will studying at INSEAD help you achieve your vision? (250 words maximum) INSEAD has made some changes to its Essay 4 for this season; the school now asks for distinct short- and long-term professional objectives,... Read more »

Analysis of INSEAD Personal Essay 3: Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed. Discuss what you learned.

Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed.  Discuss what you learned. (400 words maximum) While the wording of this question has changed extensively since last year, shifting from personal objectives not being met to a more straightforward request that the applicant discuss a failure,... Read more »

Analysis of INSEAD Personal Essay 5: a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What insights did you gain? OR b) Describe the ways in which a foreigner in your country might experience culture shock.

Please choose one of the following two essay topics: a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What insights did you gain? (250 words maximum) or b) Describe the ways in which a foreigner in your country might experience culture shock. (250 words maximum) This sort of question is designed to... Read more »

Analysis of INSEAD Personal Essay 2: Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date (if possible specify one personal and one professional), explaining why you view them as such.

Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date (if possible specify one personal and one professional), explaining why you view them as such. (400 words maximum) This is another fairly straightforward question that has appeared on the INSEAD application for a number of years running.... Read more »

Analysis of INSEAD Job Essay 2: Please give 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?

Please give 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 maximum) This is a tall order for a 250 word essay, so brevity and efficient use of... Read more »

Analysis of INSEAD Job Essay 1: Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/ products and results achieved.

Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/ products and results achieved. (250 words maximum) While the essays for most programs begin by addressing the overall progression of the applicant’s career up... Read more »

Analysis of INSEAD Job Essay 3: If you are currently not working, what are you doing and what do you plan to do until you start the MBA programme?

If you are currently not working, what are you doing and what do you plan to do until you start the MBA programme? (250 words maximum) This question is a new addition to the INSEAD application, and is truly a sign of the times. Acknowledging the challenging economic climate and... Read more »

GMAT Tips: Breaking Down a GMATPrep CR Explain a Discrepancy Problem

Today’s GMAT tip comes from test prep firm ManhattanGMAT. In this article, they provide helpful tips for how to identify and answer “explain a discrepancy” questions in the Critical Reasoning section of the GMAT.  Read on to see what they have to say! This week, we’re going to tackle a... Read more »

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