Posts tagged ‘business school’

October 15, 2010

Got Cambridge MBA Interview Invitation

It is an amazing day and my first MBA application has the interview result. I got the invitation and i will go to the university of Cambridge to attend the campus interview. I’d like to take a close look at the campus and the start-up hubs around the university.

will update the coming Cambridge MBA interview.

September 28, 2010




再碰上10月份是很多MBA的第一轮申请的deadline,要赶着申请。每个学校的essay都需要相应的做一些调整,in addition 每个学校的on line application都有不少差别,这部分填写不能出差错。


June 5, 2010

Tepper Business School, Carnegie Mellon University (I)

CMU is the university where Dr.Lee Kaifu(李开复) got his computer science PhD degree. Dr.Lee is an amazing person and a role model for all chinese students, especially those who are in the major of computer science.  I studied computer science and have followed Dr.Lee’s news and stories since i was a university student.  After his dazzling career with the most prestigious high-tech companies, Dr.Lee chose to found his own company, Innovation Works, a VC-style company that help young entrepreneurs to found their own companies. Dr. Lee is the captain of the ship and he is the mentor of all these ingenious software programmers and entrepreneurs. It’s said that Dr. Lee and his company received thousands of CVs everyday and even a lot of young talents are willing to work with him and in his company without getting pay. No doubt about his influence in China within IT industry and among university students.

CMU is a well-known university in US, even though it has small campus and student enrollment. Also it has fewer colleges than other top-ranking universities. However almost all the majors provided by CMU are ranked highly in specialties ranking.  The most famous is its World No.1 computer science major

So what about its business school, Tepper business school? I have a description from 3rd party about Tepper attached below. With my computer science background, I was immediately drawn to Tepper’s analytical approach and management science, which it invented and introduced first among all business schools.  Tepper is the school I’d like to apply to. Even though its essays for 2011 enrollment haven’t been released yet, i have finished my first drafted answers to its old essays. I will give an analysis in next session.


Carnegie Mellon’s MBA program is highly analytical, as quantitative rigor is integrated throughout the entire curriculum. The school’s proper name—Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration—invokes images of a program turning out leaders for the manufacturing sector. Although this is partially accurate, the school is also well-known in finance circles, where Carnegie Mellon grads’ quantitative skills are also highly prized.

While many schools have a minimum math requirement for applicants, Carnegie Mellon expects its applicants to have at least completed one college-level calculus course along with another high-level course in calculus, statistics, or linear algebra. Don’t worry, you can take a course part-time before enrolling, but realize that quantitative skills are something that will have to come through in your application no matter what discipline you want to pursue. Also, more than half of each full-time class holds an undergraduate degree in a technical major. Make sure that you’re capable of keeping up with applicants that have computer science and engineering backgrounds (if you don’t have one yourself). This capability will mostly be represented in your GMAT score, your undergraduate studies, and your previous work experience.

The school’s emphasis on analytical abilities is apparent in its core curriculum. Required courses in Probability and Statistics, Decision Models, and Operations Management have the usual dose of quantitative lessons. But classes such as Finance and Economics also have a heavy dose of analytics. One unique feature of the program is its mini-semester system. Students have four mini-semesters a year, instead of the more typical two-semester system. Starting in the spring semester of their first year, students can begin taking electives at the business school as well as at Carnegie Mellon’s other schools. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge in such fields as biotechnology or computer science while earning your MBA, explore and consider discussing these opportunities. They provide great ways for you to demonstrate fit and enthusiasm for the flexibility of Carnegie Mellon’s program.

Carnegie Mellon also touts its practical, hands-on approach to learning, exemplified by its Management Game, a highly involved computer simulation that runs from the last mini-semester of the first year through the first semester of the second year student teams each run their own simulated business, making decisions affecting operations, finance, marketing, and labor relations. Admitting a level of realism to the game, each team is assigned a board of directors, comprised of local business leaders. Teams also practice contract negotiations with local labor leaders and consult with law students at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Management Game requires not only superior quantitative skills, but also strong communications and teamwork abilities, both of which the school also looks for in its applicants. If you are an applicant coming from engineering or an otherwise technical background, be sure to bring out the teamwork dimension in you application. Carnegie Mellon values strong thinkers, but values most those strong thinkers who can turn in- sights into action.

Nearly half of the 2002 graduates pursued careers in finance, especially corporate finance in the manufacturing sector. Healthcare is also a popular choice for graduates (including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology). Carnegie Mellon alumni are also active entrepreneurs, and the school looks for entrepreneurship traits in its applicants. If you have entrepreneurial aspirations, discussing them in your essays and during your interview can be a great way to establish fit with what the school looks for in its applicants.

You won’t find any majors at Carnegie Mellon, or any academic departments for that matter. The school promotes an interdisciplinary approach to learning, encouraging faculty members from different fields to teach courses together. The result is a fairly broad approach to management education. While students can choose from concentrations in 12 different subjects, most tend to choose multiple concentrations, further broadening their learning. While Carnegie Mellon’s deep analytical focus makes it very different from other general management programs such as Harvard or Darden, keep the school’s interdisciplinary philosophy in mind as you build your application story.

May 16, 2010

Social Networking is amazing

Social networking (through internet) is amazing in that our contact withs anyone in the world cann’t be limited. Blogging is certainly a wonderful way of social networking to access others thoughts and experience.
Through a few clicks i accessed to a few current chinese MBA students at Berkeley. I believe they enbrace the idea to share their thoughts and learning experience through their blogs.

I’d like to share their links here and their study and life with Berkeley Haas Business school for sure are very interesting and tempting.

楠木: ;
Haas Tech Club:

I should seriouly try my best to give a shoot for Haas.

Come accross a post about career advices which is really meaningful. Refer to

As for career advice, Qi was like an encyclopedia of idioms and metaphors-

* Chance favors the prepared. (Always work hard.)
* Opportunities are like buses – if you miss one, there’s always the next one. (So don’t worry and always look ahead!)
* No bus will take you straight to your end goal. Think about “will this bus get me closer?” instead of “will this bus get me there?” (Think about your career in phases, and work towards intermediate goals which will help you get closer to your long-term goal. I really, really liked this metaphor.)
* Keep your head above the cloud, and your feet on the ground. (Have the big vision, and work hard consistently.)
* Make yourself uncomfortable. (Push yourself out of your comfort zone – if you’re comfortable, you’re not learning.)
* Be good at letting things go. (Be willing and open to sharing.)

May 16, 2010

To Be the Early Bird

There is a saying that “the early bird catches the worm”. 早起的鸟儿有虫吃!I truly believe it and have always started earlier than my peers.
So even though the application process hasn’t been started yet, it’s always essential to think about application essays. Different schools have different essay topics but the core questions are “why MBA”, “why now” and “why my school” plus experiences such as “leadership”, “team player” and “unique event”. The following are essays from three of my targeted schools. Sometimes I really feel overwhelmed when facing these questions which are like digging a hole in my heart to find my genuine desire and nature. Also to answer well these questions takes time but, after all, it’s worthwile.

School A
1. Discuss your post-MBA career goals and how your work experience has influenced these goals. Include in your discussion: “Why an MBA at this time?” and “The industry or functional area you plan to pursue at the completion of your MBA.” (Maximum 750 words)
2. Describe a team experience in which your leadership and interpersonal skills directly affected the outcome of the project. How will this experience impact your contribution as a team member at the Jones School? (Maximum 750 words)
3. Choose one of the following three essays (Maximum 750 words):
* Describe a defining moment or event that changed your life. Include its impact on you and how it may have altered your view of the world.
* If you took out a one-page advertisement of yourself in a magazine, what would it look like, and what would the headline be? In which magazine would it be, and why?
* What literary character best represents you, and why?
4. Optional: Is there anything else that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (1 page)

School B
Short Answers
1. What are you most passionate about? Why? (250-word maximum)
2. Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250-word maximum)
3. At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. Describe a time when you created positive change in a group or an organization. (250-word maximum)
4. What steps have you taken to learn about the Berkeley MBA program, and what factors have influenced your decision to apply? (250-word maximum)
1. Give us an example of a situation in which you displayed leadership. (500 word maximum)
2. What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? How will an MBA from Berkeley help you achieve these specific career goals? (1000 word maximum)

School C
1. Describe how your past educational and career choices have informed your decision to pursue an MBA now. In both the short-term and the long-term, what do you hope to achieve with the UBC MBA that you can’t achieve through your experience alone? (500 word limit)
2. One of the core tenets of the Sauder School of Business is a collaborative culture. Discuss one or two examples from your professional experience that highlight successful collaboration. In particular, describe your role in ensuring that success. (500 word limit)
3. Please answer ONE of the following TWO questions:
a) A key hallmark of the UBC MBA is its diversity. Outline an event that highlights your successful experience dealing with people of diverse cultural, educational, or work backgrounds. (250 word limit)
b) Complete the following statement: “One thing that people may be surprised to know about me is…” (250 word limit)

Continue with essay topics from another top 2 schools.
School S
* Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why?
o The best examples of Essay 1 reflect the process of self-examination that you have undertaken to write them.
o They give us a vivid and genuine image of who you are—and they also convey how you became the person you are.
o They do not focus merely on what you’ve done or accomplished. Instead, they share with us the values, experiences, and lessons that have shaped your perspectives.
o They are written from the heart and address not only a person, situation, or event, but also how that person, situation, or event has influenced your life.
* Essay 2: What are your career aspirations? How will your education at Stanford help you achieve them?
o Use this essay to explain your view of your future, not to repeat accomplishments from your past.
o You should address three distinct topics:
+ your career aspirations
+ the role of an MBA education in achieving those aspirations
+ and your rationale for earning that MBA at Stanford, in particular.
o The best examples of Essay 2 express your passions or focused interests; explain why you have decided to pursue graduate education in management; and demonstrate your desire to take advantage of the opportunities that are distinctive to the Stanford MBA Program.
* Essay 3: Answer two of the four questions below. Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. What was the outcome? How did people respond? Only describe experiences that have occurred during the last three years.
Option A: Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations.
Option B: Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization.
Option C: Tell us about a time when you motivated others to support your vision or initiative.
Option D: Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.

School H
* What are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? (600-word limit)
* What have you learned from a mistake? (400-word limit)
* Please respond to two of the following (400-word limit each):
1. What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience?
2. What is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you?
3. Tell us about a time in your professional experience when you were frustrated or disappointed.
4. When you join the HBS Class of 2013, how will you introduce yourself to your new classmates?

School W
1. Required for Full-time and Evening MBA Applicants (750 words maximum)

Applicants with a plan for the future and a good grasp of what is expected of them as MBA students are the most likely to succeed as MBA graduates. We know plans change and that people often pursue an MBA to create new career options. That said, we ask that you give us a clear statement of your current career plans. Your essay should answer all the following questions: What do you expect to do immediately after completing the MBA program? What steps have you taken to assess the viability of your post-MBA goals given your experience to date combined with your intended MBA study plans? What do you anticipate will be the primary challenges to achieving your career goals? What is your lifetime career goal? What unique aspects of the Foster MBA Program would contribute the most towards achieving your short term and long term goals?

2. Full-time MBA Applicants: PLANS FOR INVOLVEMENT (500 words maximum)
We consider a high level of involvement in student organizations, networking and career efforts to be a hallmark of the Foster MBA experience. Please describe your anticipated level of involvement as an MBA student beyond the MBA course requirements. In what specific organizations or activities will you participate? Where do you expect to make the greatest contribution to the overall MBA experience at the Foster School of Business? What aspects of your past or current life provide insights into your ability and willingness to consistently deliver more than the minimum effort required?

3. Required for Full-time and Evening MBA Applicants (500 words maximum)

Answer one of the following:

1. Describe a situation in a work environment that either severely strained your relationship with co-workers or challenged your personal values. How did you resolve the situation?
2. At this point in your career what do you consider your most significant professional accomplishments? How have these particular accomplishments affected the career choices you have made?

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