Monthly Archives: August 2008

INSEAD Names New Dean of MBA Program

Last week INSEAD announced it has named named Professor Jake Cohen as the new Dean of the school’s MBA program, effective September 1. Cohen has been with INSEAD for more than five years as a professor, and has also served as Director of the school’s joint research program with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Cohen currently teaches a variety of finance, accounting, and business law courses at INSEAD’s campuses in France and in Singapore. He founded the Business Foundation program, a pre-matriculation program that prepares the incoming MBA class for INSEAD’s quant-heavy subjects. Before INSEAD, he was a Senior Teching Fellow at Harvard Business School.

Cohen will succeed Professor Antonio Fatás, who has served as the Dean of the programme since 2004.

To learn more about INSEAD, visit the Veritas Prep INSEAD information page. If you are just starting your application, find out how Veritas Prep MBA admissions consultants can help you get in to INSEAD.


NYU (Stern) Application Deadlines for 2008-2009

NYU’s Stern School of Business has released its online application for the 2008-2009 admissions season. Here are Stern’s deadlines for the coming year:

NYU (Stern) Application Deadlines
Round 1: November 15, 2008
Round 2: January 15, 2009
Round 3: March 15, 2009

Stern’s deadlines (esp. Round 1) come a bit later than most other top schools’ deadlines. That will give you some nice breathing room in terms of workload if Stern is one of your target MBA programs.

To get a feel for your chances of getting into Stern, try Veritas Prep’s Business School Selector, a fun tool that serves as a good starting point when researching which MBA programs you want to target.

INSEAD Application Essays and Deadlines 2008-2009

INSEAD has released its application for the 2008-2009 season. The following are INSEAD’s deadlines and essays for the coming Sep. 2009 intake, with our italics in comments:

INSEAD Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 1, 2008
Round 2: November 26, 2008
Round 3: February 11, 2009
Round 4: April 1, 2009

INSEAD Application 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)
  3. (No changes since last year. INSEAD is unusual in that it explicitly separates out applicants’ job-related and personal-themed essays, and this practice remains for 2008-2009. Question #2 is interesting because they really want to see that your career is on an upward trajectory, and that you’re not pursuing an MBA just to bail out of a dead-end job.)

INSEAD Application 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)
  2. Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date, explaining why you view them as such. (400 words)
  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)
  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)
  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)

    b) What would you say to a foreigner moving to your home country? (250 words)

  6. (Optional)Is there anything that you have not mentioned in the above essays that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (200 words)
  7. (For reapplicants) In case of reapplication, please use this page. Your essay should state any new aspects of professional, international, academic, or personal development since your last application. We would also like you to explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. (400 words)
  8. (Again, no changes since last year, but note INSEAD’s emphasis on cultural awareness and the value of mixing international cultures. More than just about any other business school, INSEAD puts a very deliberate focus on the value of an international perspective.)

For more advice on applying to INSEAD, visit the Veritas Prep INSEAD information page.

Veritas Prep Provides MBA Admissions Tips for Forbes

Earlier this week Tara Weiss at Forbes interviewed me for a piece she was doing called Tips For Getting Into A Top Business School. It was the third time Tara has interviewed me on the subject of MBA admissions, and I really enjoyed our talk once again.

In the interview I told her about how many of our admissions consulting clients are afraid to discuss past failures or weaknesses in their applications. If you don’t have any weaknesses or failures to discuss, then what makes you interesting?

I know one applicant who pursued a pro sports career, only to have to give it up and go on to a successful “normal” career and then apply to business school. Pretty interesting, but she was extremely reluctant to talk about her whole sports experience. “But I don’t want them to think I’m a loser who didn’t accomplish my goals,” she argued.

Do you think that everyone at Harvard or Wharton has achieved every one of his or her goals? Do you think that the admissions office at those schools believes that’s the case? Of course not! An applicant without any failures or faults or like a movie plot with no conflict — not very interesting or believable.

For more MBA application advice, see an interview that Tara did with me and Omari Bouknight earlier this year.

More on the Uptick in MBA Applications

In what has become a common theme in the media, The Economist recently wrote a piece showing further evidence of an upwsing in MBA applications in the face of a slowing economy. The piece takes a look at business school applications as a predictor of future economic performance, saying, “Worryingly for those betting on a swift economic recovery, business schools reckon that next year could yield an even bigger crop of applicants.”

According to a chart cited in the article, three-quarters of MBA programs are expected to reprt an increase in applications this year — approaching the record levels seen in 2001-2002, right after the dot-com bubble. Adding on to the effect of a slowing economy is the continuing surge in applicants from India and other developing markets.

As far as the GMAT is concerned, the Graduate Management Admission Council expects at least a couple more years of strong growth for the exam. Registrations are expected to rise to 249,000 this year, yet another record.

If you’re already planning on applying, don’t depair. Stay the course, do your best to ace the GMAT, and then focus all your energy on perfecting your mba application. Don’t worry about timing the market… Just focus on making your application as strong as it can be.

Cornell (Johnson) Application Deadlines for 2008-2009

The Johnson School at Cornell Univerity won’t release its 2008-2009 MBA application for a couple more weeks, but the school has released its deadlines for the upcoming year:

Cornell (Johnson) Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 6, 2008
Round 2: November 17, 2008
Round 3: January 12, 2009
Round 4: March 23, 2009

For advice on applying to Cornell, visit the Veritas Prep Cornell (Johnson) information page.

MIT Sloan 2008-2009 Application Now Live

MIT Sloan applicants, get ready! The school’s online application is now live for the 2008-2009 admissions season. Last month we posted our analysis of MIT Sloan’s 20082-2009 admissions essays.

In other news, Sloan announced that it will roll out a new course in ethics, moving away from the case study approach in this area. While the topic of ethics isn’t as hot on business school campuses as it was a couple of years ago, it’s clear that top programs have no forgotten about the importance of ethics in a graduate business education.

Hopefully this will always be the case as other management education philosophies and fads come and go.

For advice on how to tackle your Sloan application, visit the Veritas Prep MIT Sloan information page. And for more information on deadlines, visit our business school admissions deadlines page.