Since we don't get the opportunity to interview every WP MBA applicant in person, we introduced a new element into the application process this year - the video "essay." It is not so much an essay as a two-minute peek into your personality. It is your chance to introduce yourself (at least your virtual self!) to the Admissions Committee in a way that can showcase your communication skills, presentation skills, and individuality. It adds that missing third dimension to a rather two-dimensional application process.
On the application checklist, you might think securing transcripts would rank among the easier steps to "check off" - on the contrary, we find that this step can be confusing so I am going to explain a few things which will hopefully help to eliminate some confusion.
I know, I know - the thought of taking a standardized test after years of being away from the classroom can certainly be daunting. One of the responsibilities of the admissions team is to evaluate whether a candidate (YOU) has the academic aptitude that is required to complete the rigorous coursework in the MBA program. Many times an undergraduate academic record is not the best indicator or predictor of success in the MBA classroom - you may have graduated college without ever taking a math class, for example. Or, perhaps your grades in quantitative courses were sub-par because you were working to pay for school and couldn't put in as much studying time as you would have liked OR you were a college athlete OR you were just less motivated and mature than you are today (we have never heard anyone claim that one :) ). That is where the GMAT or the GRE can come to the rescue.
While this may not be the first thing you think about when getting ready to apply for the MBA program, it probably should be. If you think about it, the letters of recommendation are the only application requirements that are not exclusively within your control to provide to us.
Since we process applications on a rolling admissions basis, it is always advantageous to apply early - as applications are submitted and become complete, we will review them and make admissions decisions. The application is now live for both spring semester (January 2015 start) and autumn semester (August 2015 start). The deadline to apply for the January start is October 15, so you still have plenty of time to get ready.
The Autumn 2015 application is now live with one major change this year - a brief video essay.
We know you are all anxious to start working on your MBA applications for next fall. We are in the process of making changes to the new application for Fall 2015 and anticipate that it will go live here on Monday, July 14th.
Please come back to this blog throughout the next several months on announcements and tips/strategies for applying to the Fisher MBA program for Fall 2015!
As an enhancement to this year's online application, you now have the ability to scan and upload your own unofficial copies of your academic transcripts. This will expedite your application review process, as the admissions team will not have to wait for official transcripts to arrive in the mail before reviewing your candidacy for the MBA program. A few key things to keep in mind:
Beginning this year, the MBA program is accepting either the GRE or the GMAT to be considered for admission to the Working Professional MBA program. That being said, the GMAT is the only standardized test that was specifically designed to help predict success in core MBA classes. If you have not taken either test and you are debating about which one to take, we do prefer the GMAT. If, on the other hand, you have already taken the GRE, by all means feel free to submit those scores with your MBA application.
Although the next application deadline is not until May 15, many of you may be getting ready to submit applications for the Autumn 2013 start term. We often get questions about the status of your submitted application and whether we have received all of your materials. A few things to remember: