Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Brandeis University School of Business offers personalized attention from staff to students interested in joining the world of big business. The school focuses on finance and economics, and has an international approach to education and career development.
Quick Facts and Stats
- The school opens its doors to more graduate students than most other schools with a total of 482 students enrolled.
- The tuition costs to attend one full year at the business college are $42,094.
- The average GMAT score for accepted students is 585, and the average GPA for students entering the graduate school is 3.3.
- The school population is made up of 47% women and 53% men.
- The average post-graduate salary for students who complete the program is $66,962.
Because the school focuses on personal attention for students, the culture consists of a more relaxed atmosphere with a great opportunity for personal growth. … Read full post
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In a recent US News article, Get Ready for MBA Application Videos, a burgeoning trend in b-school applications is highlighted: the video interview. Unlike traditional interviews conducted face-to-face or even their more modern counterparts, interviews conducted via video conference software such as Skype or FaceTime, these interviews are recorded by the applicant and viewed during the application review process by admissions committee members.
In a previous Kaplan GMAT blog post, MBA Admissions Decisions: A Fly on the Wall, I linked to an interesting exposé on the admissions process at one of the world’s top b-schools: The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Much to the delight of Rotman, when the PR rain comes, … Read full post
The Indian School of Business (ISB) appears to have somewhat narrowed the focus of its essay questions since last season. It again asks candidates to explain what differentiates them from others, but this year, it specifically requests two examples and characterizes what kinds of qualities it seeks, rather than leaving the query more open-ended. The ISB has also shifted its question about applicants’ post-MBA goals to focus less on the goals themselves and more on why its program is the right one to prepare candidates to achieve their ambitions. Applicants are no longer required to submit a video essay about what they believe “life” to be (we imagine a large number of candidates were relieved to see that prompt dropped), and a request for additional information that was mandatory last year is now optional. Overall, the ISB seems to want to get at the heart of who its applicants are… Read full post
We often write about the admissions process on this blog. After all, this is the #1 issue on the minds of the bulk of our readers since most of you are in the throes of preparing for the GMAT, which is a critical factor of a b-school application package. And, as I am are sure you can all appreciate by now, there is certainly much, much more beyond the just the GMAT in composing and submitting the strongest graduate school application possible.
While anyone can easily get a list of requirements for submission to an MBA program, the hard part is developing and polishing them. Yet, arguably, the hardest part might be the unknown. We nearly sweat blood developing applications and when we finally send them off, the process is taken completely out of our hands. We have no more control. We have no idea how our application will be … Read full post
NSEAD apparently has not felt the pressure to alter its essay questions or requirements this season, as many U.S. business schools have done. Except for reversing the order of some questions, no changes have really been made to the school’s queries or allotted word counts. The program’s six “motivational essay” prompts are the primary ones, and we will examine those in depth in this analysis, but applicants must also provide two to three shorter “job description essays” that generally require (or allow, depending on your perspective) candidates to provide a fuller picture of their current positions and career progression to date than a resume or CV might provide. We will briefly address these essays first.
Job Description Essays
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. (250 … Read full post
By asking candidates to submit three essays of 250 words each, the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin, has drastically streamlined its essay questions this year compared with last year—and in concert with what many other MBA programs are doing this season. Then, the length requirement for Essay 1 alone was 800 words, and applicants had roughly 600 words for the school’s three-part Essay 2. Overall, McCombs’s questions appear to have taken a more personal tone, asking candidates to introduce themselves to the student community, explain what they can contribute to the program other than professional qualities and describe how they expect to develop during their two years in the MBA program. Gone are any explicit references to short- or long-term goals and one’s career history, so the applicant’s more internal aspects and soft skills are highlighted instead.
1. Imagine that you are at the Texas … Read full post
Though the Road to Business School events are over, there is plenty to learn still available from these helpful fairs. We rounded up some of the best advice from the events and have posted them on Kaplan GMAT’s Youtube Channel for all to see.
Today, get inside opinion from some of the best business school available on how to create a successful application. Learn key tips on what to do and what not to do on your application. Also find out how to think about your business school application, and what it means to you. This is a must watch for any student currently preparing for the GMAT and/or making decisions on what schools to apply for.
As we have seen several top MBA programs do this year, the Yale School of Management (SOM) has reduced its essay requirements for the current round of applicants. During the 2011–2012 application season, the school asked candidates to respond to six questions using 1,600 words; in 2012–2013, this was condensed to four questions and 1,050 words; this season, the SOM poses just two questions, for which it allots only 750 words (300 for Essay 1 and 450 for Essay 2). This reduction should not be taken as an indication that the admissions committee is less interested in what applicants have to say, however. Instead, the school is in the process of incorporating a video component into its application in which candidates will respond orally to typical essay-style questions in a spontaneous manner, without knowing the questions in advance. We therefore encourage you to make the most of your essays, for … Read full post
What exactly UCLA Anderson is trying to achieve with its incredibly straightforward approach to application essays is hard to figure out. The school wants to know that you have purpose in pursuing your MBA—and in applying to Anderson in particular—and to understand any pitfalls in your candidacy (via the optional essay), but other than that…? Anderson does not seem to want to get to know its applicants’ personalities or give them an opportunity to differentiate themselves via their essays. So, to stand out to the school, you will have to showcase your personality in your resume and interview and encourage your recommenders to highlight your personal characteristics where appropriate. Anderson may be fighting it out with Darden to have the admissions committee that wants to learn the least about its candidates through their essays and, just like Darden, may be inadvertently causing committed applicants a great deal of anxiety, because … Read full post