カテゴリー別アーカイブ: MBA出願戦略

【2020年度 MBA 入学用出願締め切り日】: IMD

IMD MBAプログラムへの出願の際に必要なテストスコアはGMAT もしくはGREスコアのみでしたが新たにTOEFL or IELTSスコアの提出が求められることになりました。
https://www.imd.org/mba/admissions/one-year-mba-program-admission-criteria/

TOEFL/IELTS: the entire program is taught in English. If English is not your native language and you have not previously studied in English, then you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTs score. There is no minimum requirement. Ideally, we recommend 108+ on the TOEFL (IBT) or an IELTS score of 7.5 or above. Our TOEFL IBT Code is – DI (C301).

IMDの出願締め切り日や結果発表日は以下の通りです。
https://www.imd.org/mba/admissions/one-year-mba-program-admissions-process/

2019 Application Deadline Interview Decision Final Decision
February 1
February 15
March 29
May 1
May 15
June 26
August 1
August 15
September 26

 

Should You Take the GMAT or the GRE for Business School?

Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Managementサイトより”Should You Take the GMAT or the GRE for Business School”と題した記事をご紹介いたします。
https://business.vanderbilt.edu/news/2018/07/12/take-gmat-gre-business-school/

2020年の留学に向けた準備も始まっておりますが、Affinity英語学院では本格的なテスト対策を開始する際には以下の組み合わせオプションを共に受験生の方々と考えております(一部のMBAプログラムではIELTSやGREスコアの提出を認めていないプログラムもあります)。

・TOEFL &GMAT
・IELTS & GMAT
・TOEFL& GRE
・IELTS ‘&GRE

MBA受験界においては長年に渡り、TOEFL & GMATの組み合わせを主流とする考えが定着していましたが、今ではIELTSやGREスコアの提出を許可するビジネススクールが増えました。よって、ここAffinity英語学院ではIELTSやGREスコアを使って出願するアプリカントの方々も増えており、志望校合格を果たしているケースも決して少なくはありません。

本日のポイントは、自分のバックグラウンド等に合ったテストを選ぶことから、出願準備をスタートすることを念頭に考えていきましょう!

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“Should You Take the GMAT or the GRE for Business School?”

Everything you need to know about the entrance exams for business school

Years ago, there was only one answer to what exam you should take when applying to business school: the Graduate Management Admissions Test, commonly known as the GMAT. Over the past few years, the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, has become accepted at more business schools as well.

Preferences for the GMAT vs. the GRE vary from school to school, and even program to program. After all, MBA, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Marketing, and Master of Accountancy are looking for slightly different applicants, so it stands to reason that they have slight different guidelines for test scores as well.

No matter what business schools or program you’re applying to, here’s what to keep in mind as you choose a test and prepare to take it.

You don’t have to take both tests.

The GMAT is pretty much accepted universally at all business schools. However, admissions committees have come to realize that applicants may also be applying to other non-business graduate schools that require the GRE and do not accept the GMAT. For this reason, more than 1,200 business schools now accept the GRE to help applicants avoid taking both tests.

“If you have a GRE score because you’re applying to other graduate programs, we don’t want you to have to take both the GRE and the GMAT,” said Consuela Knox, Director of Admissions Operations & Diversity Recruiting.

Your GRE score will probably be converted.

Educational Testing Service (ETS), the company behind the GRE, offers a conversion tool to translate GRE scores into equivalent GMAT scores. This conversion allows admissions committees to accurately compare scores from applicants who took different tests using the same scale. If you’re submitting a GRE score, know that there’s a good chance it will be converted during the admissions committee process.

Not every business program prefers the GMAT.

More quantitative programs, such as MBA and Master of Science in Finance (MSF), usually do prefer the more quant-heavy GMAT exam. However, other programs, such as Master of Marketing, actually like the way the GRE emphasizes verbal reasoning and creativity. Others, such as Master of Accountancy, don’t necessarily have a preference between the two exams.

“There’s more quantitative work on the GMAT, so given that the MSF program involves more quantitative courses, that makes a difference,” said Cherrie Wilkerson, Assistant Dean for Young Professional Programs. “(However,) for the Master of Marketing, they favor the GRE because it’s more qualitative and verbal-based and it makes more sense for students who are choosing the marketing function…a quant score doesn’t measure (creativity).”

All the sections are important.

High scores on one section don’t compensate for low scores in another. Some programs — such as MBA or Master of Science in Finance — will place more emphasis on the quantitative scores, while other programs like Master of Marketing will look more closely at your writing and reasoning sections. However, a really high score in one section will not offset a really low score in another, no matter what program you’re applying to — and admissions committees for business schools normally don’t superscore (which involves taking the highest scores from multiple tests), so keep that in mind.

It’s about whether or not you will succeed in the program.

In many cases, admissions committees are looking for reasons to admit applicants — but they won’t be helping the school or the student if they admit candidates with low tests scores who will struggle with the academic load, or (even worse) fail out. “Ultimately, you have to be able to handle the academics in the program…we’re looking at all the parameters we have to make sure you will be successful in the program, whether that’s GRE, GMAT, GPA, etc.,” Knox said. 

“You want a student to be successful when they get here. If they’re not over 50 percentile, they’re going to struggle, and we’re taking their money and their time…that’s where we are at the end of the day: Can we help this student in their career? If they can’t do the quant work in most of our programs here, they’re just not going to be successful,” Wilkerson explained.

Remember that the test is just one part of your application.

Admissions committees for every business school program evaluate candidates holistically, so if you didn’t get your ideal score, remember that you still have your essays, rec letters, and the interview ahead of you. As long as you’re within the school’s middle 80% range of test scores, you still have a good shot at getting in. “The test score is one component among many,” Wilkerson emphasizes.

MBA Interview Workshop held in Tokyo during January 2019

Affinity英語学院は2019年1月14日(祝・月)にAdam Markus氏、John Couke氏と共にMBA Interview Workshopを開催いたします。

各エキスパートの指導経験から多くを吸収していただき、来るべき面接試験を突破いただけるよう関係者一同応援しています。

MBA Interview Workshopの詳細につきましては、下記をご一読ください。
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Interview preparation is a very, very important part of the MBA application process. We’re happy to announce that we will be co-hosting an interactive MBA Interview Workshop with our colleague Adam Markus and John Couke during the month of January.

Proactive Interview Preparation:
In the first part of the workshop, we will describe and practice (in groups and with instructors) a method of interview preparation that many applicants have used to gain admission to the world’s top MBA programs.

Our objective is that you become better at preparing for MBA interviews, by focusing on your own stories and key points and practicing those, rather than working from a script. At its core, proactive interview preparation is based on thinking about your message, no matter what the question. You don’t know what you will be asked, but you do know your message. Being ready for the unexpected is thus incorporated into the very method itself because you don’t focus on preparing for answering specific questions, but rather for knowing things you want to discuss about yourself.
For more about proactive interview preparation, see http://www.adammarkus.com/mba-application-interview-strategy-4/

Active Listening:
We will then focus on enhancing your ability to listen and engage with others during an interview. While it is important to know what you want to say, it is equally important to focus on having a conversation during an interview. Based on our experience, interviewees don’t always actively listen enough. Sometimes they just focus on speaking and speaking too much at once. By focusing as much as on what the other person is saying as on what you want to say, you can better connect with an interviewer, which is critical for making a positive impression. For some kinds of interviews, such as Wharton’s Group Interview, active listening is critical because you have to engage with other members of your interview group.

Contents:
1. General Introduction: what is being assessed
2. Active Listening Group Exercises
3. Strategies – Small Talk: looking comfortable, connecting
4. Strategies – self-introduction
5. Non-verbal communication
6. Practice
7. Why MBA now
8. Strengths and weaknesses
9. Story-telling
10. Wrap-up (key messages and Q&A)

Recording: We encourage you to audio record the workshop. To protect your personal information please do not reveal anything about yourself that you would be uncomfortable having recorded by others. Therefore, changing the name of your company, clients, etc. is highly advised during participatory parts of the workshop.

受講料:27,000円(税込)※入学金は不要です。

担当
Adam Markus(Graduate Admissions Guru)
John Couke(MBA Admissions Consultant)
Tetsuya Iijima(CEO of Affinity English Academy)

日程:2019年1月14日(月・祝)13時15-16時45

定員:30名(最少催行人数20名)

会場:エッサム神田2号館 (東京都千代田区神田鍛冶町 3-2-2)
http://www.essam.co.jp/hall/pdf/essam_access_2.pdf

お申込み:Email: info@affinity-english.com

【告知協力】「Cornell MBA 在校生・卒業生によるウェビナー」のお知らせ

Cornell MBA 在校生・卒業生による、MBA 受験生の皆様を対象としたウェビナーを開催します。参加をご希望の方は下記お申込用URLからお申し込み下さい。

コーネル大学ジョンソン経営大学院は、近年ではNYCにあるコーネルテックを中心にテック分野に注力しているほか、従来からのファイナンス・サステナビリティといった強みに加え、ホテルスクール・リアルエステート分野との連携など、総合大学ならではの豊富なカリキュラムを提供している米国トップスクールの一つです。

ウェビナーでは、事前に皆様より頂いた質問や興味のある分野について、以下の在校生・卒業生から直接回答をさせて頂きます。来年度以降の出願を検討されている皆様も、ご気軽にご参加ください。

日本人在校生は、2018年度は計4名(うち1名、US Citizen)在籍。少人数で運営しているため至らぬ点もありますが、どうか暖かく見守っていただけますと幸いです。

日時

  • 2-YEAR MBA

第一部 9月15日(土) 午前10時~11時 (日本時間)

・大貫冬斗(私費、男性、Class of 2019、ホテル業界)

・井上泉(社費、男性、Class of 2018、自動車業界⇒M&Aコンサル)

・鈴木あゆみ(私費、女性、Class of 2019、スタートアップ経営者)

第二部 9月22日(土) 午前10時~11時 (日本時間)

・大貫冬斗(私費、男性、Class of 2019、ホテル業界)

・堀内晴(社費、男性、Class of 2018、証券会社)

・太田和彦(私費、男性、Class of 2016、不動産デベ⇒戦略コンサル⇒スポーツビジネス)

※第一部・第二部どちらかに参加頂くことになります。

  • Tech MBA

9月17日(月・祝) 午前10時~11時 (日本時間)

・鈴木あゆみ(私費、女性、Class of 2019、スタートアップ経営者)

・新免卓也(社費、男性、Class of 2018、総合商社)

※海外からご参加いただくことも可能です。

※2-YEAR MBA、Tech MBAの両方のセッションにご参加いただくことも可能です。

※各回、最大10名程度を想定しております。尚、12月頃にも同様のウェビナー開催を予定しております。

お申込用URL https://goo.gl/forms/a7ag651Y1ZqPIxMi2

※当日参加予定の在校生・卒業生のバックグラウンドについては、在校生サイトMBA Student Voiceにて詳細を公開しております。ご確認の上、お申込ください。

問い合せ先:
・大貫冬斗 (2Y MBA, Class of 2019) / fo53@コーネル.edu
・鈴木あゆみ (Tech MBA, Class of 2019) / as3785@コーネル.edu

コーネルMBA日本人在校生サイト: https://johnson-japan.jimdo.com

 

キャリアの棚卸しとレジュメの作成

明日からは8月を迎えますが、2nd Round出願へ向け、GMAT/GREを初めて受験する方々も多いのではないでしょうか。この時期は、出願校の選択、出願時期、キャンパス訪問、エッセイや推薦状を中心とする書類作成の手順などに関する相談を承らせていただいております。

そこで、本日は出願準備に際して最初に着手する書類となるレジュメについて述べたいと思います。

ご存知の通り、出願用レジュメから、入学審査官は主に出願者

1)リーダーシップ
2)コミュニケーション力
3)キャリアの発展状況

を確認します。

例えば、皆さんがリーダーシップ(スキル)を考える際には、共通の目標に対して専門家を含む関係者を纏めた経験、現状の課題解決へ取り組む過程でチームの課題を発見したこと、作業の優先順位を決め、成功へと導いたことなど、それぞれが様々な事例(ネタ)をお持ちのことと思います。さらに、後輩社員(職員)の教育指導を担当したなどのエピソードもレジュメ用コンテンツの候補となります。また、社内で勉強会を立ち上げ、運営しているといった実例も可です。

■jargon(ジャーゴン)

ある職種の関係者のみでしか通用しない用語(他の職種の方々には意味が伝わらない言葉)をジャーゴンと呼びます。レジュメ用コンテンツを書き纏める際には、そうしたジャーゴンを除いてください。

レジュメを作るためにも、自らのキャリアを棚卸し作業が必要です。

まずは下記3項目ごとに分けて、その作業をスタートさせていきましょう。

1) 学生時代の活動と実績

2) 課外活動(趣味等の経験も含む)

3) 職業実績

以上簡潔ではありますが。この時期にレジュメを作ることで、今後、学校関係者(在校生や卒業生)とコミュニケーションを取っていく上での自己紹介(PR)ツールとしても活用いただけます。

「テスト対策に時間を割いてきたので、キャリアの棚卸し作業等をスタートさせていない・・・」という方は、ご相談をお寄せください。

出願計画と目標設定:MBA受験後半戦を迎えるにあたり

出願準備も折り返し地点を過ぎ、まずはレジュメの作成に着手する受講生の方々が増え始めてきました。さらには、学校説明会への参加を通して情報収集作業も活発になってきました。

志望校合格という成功を収めるためにも、これから先取り組むべき目標を考えていきたいと思います。こうした目標を考えることは、作業の優先順位を決定する際に役立ちます。

・現時点でのテストスコアの把握

・今後の学習計画及び受験計画の把握

・出願に必要なテストスコアの確認

・出願校の選定

・エッセイ課題の確認

・推薦課題の確認

・推薦者との打ち合わせ

・推薦状の英訳作業のフロー

・アプリケーションフォーム内の設問内容の確認

・レジュメの作成

・キャンパス訪問の有無(実行する際は訪問時期)

・卒業生、在校生とのコンタクト

・説明会への参加(8月以降)有無

・MBAフェア/MBAツアー(イベント)への参加有無

スコアメイキングに注力する日々を送る受験生も少なくないとは思いますが、これらの達成すべき目標を把握し、具体的な出願計画に落とし込む作業をスタートさせましょう。

【2019年9月入学用出願締め切り日】Univ. of California, Berkeley (Haas)

UC Berkeley, Haas Schoolの出願締め切り日が発表されました。
https://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions/deadlines.html

■ Round 1
Application due: September 27, 2018
Decision released: December 13, 2018

■ Round 2
Application due: January 10, 2019
Decision released: March 14, 2019

■ Round 3
Application due: April 4, 2019
Decision released: May 9, 2019

All applications must be submitted on or before the application deadline at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

【2019年9月入学用出願締め切り日】U of Chicago (Booth)

Booth Schoolの出願締め切り日が発表されました。
https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions

Round 1
Application due: September 27, 2018
Decision released: December 6, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 3, 2019
Decision released: March 21, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 4, 2019
Decision released: May 16, 2019

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

 

【2019年9月入学用出願締め切り日】Cornell Univ. (Johnson)

Cornell, Johnson Schoolの出願締め切り日が発表されました。
https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Programs/Full-Time-MBA/Admissions/Important-Dates

October Round
Application due: October 10, 2018
Final Decision released: December 20, 2018

November Round
Application due: November 15, 2018
Final Decision released: February 20, 2019

January Round
Application due: January 3, 2019
Final Decision released: April 10, 2019

April Round
Application due: April 10, 2019
Final Decision released: May 30, 2019

Following your interview, final decisions, including invitations to join the waitlist, will be released on a rolling basis and posted no later than the date noted for the round in which you submitted your application.

【2019年9月入学用:Campus Visit & Interview】North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

新学期が始まる9月には、各校でキャンパス訪問対応がスタートします。
今回はNorth Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)のサイトを参考にしながら、
キャンパス訪問等に関する機会について一緒に考えていきましょう。
https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/admissions/mba/interviews-visits

Prospective students are encouraged to visit our Chapel Hill, North Carolina campus! You may visit us with or without a scheduled interview. We welcome visitors to participate in our Campus Visit Program on select Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the academic year from early September through mid-April. You will have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the following activities:

  • Attend an MBA class
  • Join a group of MBA students for lunch and Q&A
  • Take a tour of the McColl Building, the home base for UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Program
  • Meet a member of the Admissions Committee and attend an admissions information session

■ 確認事項:訪問を予定する全てのビジネススクールが、Kenen-Flaglerのように月、火、木曜日にキャンパス訪問ツアーを開催しているは限りませんので、各校の(ツアー開催)予定日を必ず確認しておきましょう。

Partners:  Your spouse or partner is welcome to attend the campus visit program with you, with the exception of the class visit (limited to prospective students due to space constraints).

You may want to contact one of our MBA Ambassadors prior to your visit.
■自らとバックグランドが類似する方を選ぶなど、積極的にコンタクトをしてみてはいかがでしょうか。日本人在校生とのコンタクトも大切ですが、その一方で異なる観点からMBA教育の経験談に触れてはみてはいかがでしょうか。

Note that in addition to the regular Campus Visit Program, we offer several special events on campus throughout the year, including Open Houses and Women’s Workshop. Check our Admissions Events calendar for dates and registration information for these special events

Admissions Interviews

Admissions interviews are an important component of our holistic application review process. All candidates who are offered admission to the MBA program will have a completed admissions interview on file.

Candidates may self-register for an on-campus interview during the Campus Open Interview Season, or will be considered by our admissions committee for an interview during our Invitation-Only Interview Season after submitting an application.

Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Campus Open Interview Season since this is the only way to 100% guarantee an interview.

  • Interviews are conducted by members of the Admissions Team.
  • We use a “blind” format which means the interviewer will have access to your resume, but not to your full application.
  • Interviews last around 30-minutes and typically have a conversational tone.

■通常は出願書類の審査をパスした出願者に面接の招待(Interview Invitation)が送られ、面接プロセスへと進みますが、Cmapus Open Interviewはキャンパス訪問することにより面接を受ける機会を得ることができます。

書類のコンテンツに先んじて、アドミッション関係者に対して自らの存在を印象付けていく先手必勝の機会です。

Campus Open Interview Season: September 10 to October 31, 2018

Registration will be available in late summer.

All prospective candidates are invited to complete their admissions interview on campus during our Campus Open Interview Season. While you may register for an interview without an application, you are required to start your application prior to the date of your scheduled appointment. An application start only requires selecting an application round; you do not need to have filled out the application further.

Interviews are offered select Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, on a space-available basis during Campus Open Interview Season. Advanced registration is required, a minimum of nine (9) days prior to the date you would like to interview.

■キャンパス訪問の時期
・出願者から「キャンパス訪問の時期は?」と相談を受けることも多々あります。
アメリカの場合、11月以降は感謝祭休暇の時期も考慮しなければなりません。
そう考えますと、10月末頃までの期間を検討されてはいかがでしょうか。

Invitation-Only Interview Season: After October 31, 2018

Once the Campus Open Interview Season ends or reaches capacity, all further admissions interviews will be by invitation only. Invitations are extended to selected candidates via e-mail. Those invited to interview will receive specific instructions for how to schedule an interview on campus, via webcam, or with an alumnus (conducted by trained alumni in select locations outside the United States).

  • There is not a specific interview notification date. You may receive an invitation to interview via e-mail at any time after you submit your application, up until the day of the admissions decision release (see important application dates ).
  • If you do not receive an invitation to interview by the decision release date, your admissions decision will be either “deny” or “waitlist”. Any candidate accepting a waitlist offer who has not yet interviewed will be invited to do so prior to the next round’s decision release date (or after the Round 4 decision release date for Round 4 applicants).
  • Both U.S.-based and international candidates are encouraged to interview on campus whenever possible. Our Campus Visit Program, offered in conjunction with most campus interviews, is an excellent introduction to life as a UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA student. We understand that travel to campus will not be feasible for everyone so there is no penalty for choosing a webcam or off-campus interview. All interview types are weighed equally by the Admissions Committee.