Applicant Bulletin: New MBA Courses Announced, And Top Schools Shake Up MBA Essay Questions

From new programs at Georgetown and Rochester Simon to a more reflective approach to the MBA essay, here’s what's going on in September

September is back-to-school season—and that means a ton of MBA news for you to sink your teeth into, whether you’ll be enrolling on a program, or just readying your application.

Here are the essentials that you need to know about this month:


Columbia Business School announces deferred MBA admissions for undergraduates

On August 8th, Columbia Business School announced that they would be launching deferred admissions for undergraduate students interested in the Columbia MBA.

The news was revealed on an Accepted.com webinar by admissions director Emily French Thomas, according to Poets and Quants, and will be followed by a formal announcement this month.

As is the norm with deferred admissions programs, the program is designed for college seniors who will apply and be accepted prior to graduation, then work for a few years before arriving for their MBA at Columbia.


Rochester Simon becomes the first US b-school to offer a STEM-designated MBA

The Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester will soon be the first US business school with a STEM-designated full-time MBA in its roster.

The federal government’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) designation program allows international graduates to remain in the US for an additional 24 months after graduation on top of the usual 12, in order to bolster the number of qualified workers in STEM fields.

STEM designations tend to go to more specialised degrees or narrow concentrations within larger MBAs—the success of Rochester Simon in achieving this for their full-time MBA program opens up opportunities for incoming first- and second-year international students.


Check Out These 9 STEM-Designated Masters In Data Analytics

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Georgetown McDonough launches Flex MBA option

The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University recently announced that they would be launching a Flex MBA alongside their Full-time MBA Program and Evening Program offerings.

The program will be taught by the same faculty and follow the same core courses as the Full-time MBA, with the same degree conferred upon completion.

The major differentiating factor is flexibility: the new course will allow students to choose the duration of their degree (from 28 to 60 months), the mode of delivery, and it will even offer hybrid electives to let you access education from anywhere in the world.


Macquarie Graduate School of Management launches online Global MBA on Coursera

The new online Global MBA from Australia’s Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) went live on online learning platform Coursera at the end of August. Aiming to cater to professionals with a wide variety of career aspirations, the course is exclusively offered on Coursera for roughly $24 thousand US dollars, making it an affordable alternative to many full-time MBAs around the world. Macquarie and Coursera hope that this collaboration will help to keep business education relevant in the future of flexible learning.

“300 million people are entering the workforce in the next 10 years who will all be vying to succeed in a rapidly changing economy" says Coursera's CEO, Jeff Maggioncalda. "Coursera is working with Macquarie and other leading universities to not only make degrees more accessible but to also be more relevant preparation for the future of work."


Did you see this? Coursera CEO: Why It's Time To Move More Degrees Online 

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Top business schools make MBA application essay changes

Among top schools including Wharton, Columbia, and Chicago Booth, essay questions have changed to more behavioral measures, encouraging candidates to exhibit their ability to self-reflect.

For example, Columbia’s question asks candidates to provide an example of a team failure they were a part of, and what they would do differently if they could revisit it.

MIT Sloan have also shaken things up this application cycle, asking candidates for an outline of the internal structure of their company and department, in addition to a cover letter and video statement.


In case you missed it, here's last month's bulletin: Kellogg MBA Admissions Tips, Campus Tours & The Forté Forum Is On Its Way

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