Articles by Jeremy Shinewald

  • Take Responsibility in Your Optional Essay

    Take Responsibility in Your Optional Essay

    by on April 5th, 2014

    Business school candidates who have an obvious weakness in their profile—such as a low GPA or GMAT score or a prolonged gap in work experience—often worry that they are destined to attend a virtually unknown business … Read More

  • The Part-Time MBA: Pros and Cons

    The Part-Time MBA: Pros and Cons

    by on March 20th, 2014

    We often get questions about part-time MBA programs and their value. We thought it would be good to take a look at some of the pros and cons of this MBA option. As for the pros, the one candidates cite most frequently … Read More

  • Alumni Help: What If I Don’t Know Any Alumni?

    Alumni Help: What If I Don’t Know Any Alumni?

    by on February 27th, 2014

    We at mbaMission find that because the overall pool of MBA candidates is so anonymous, many applicants believe that any negative difference, however minimal, that exists between them and other candidates could represent … Read More

  • Advance Your Personal Goals NOW!

    Advance Your Personal Goals NOW!

    by on February 26th, 2014

    We have noted before in our Mission Admission series that it is never too late to improve your business school candidacy by engaging in community activities. Today, we send a similar message with regard to personal … Read More

  • How to Decide on Safety Schools for MBA

    How to Decide on Safety Schools for MBA

    by on February 16th, 2014

    For many business school candidates, Round 3 is a time to sit back, relax and wait for the MBA admissions committees to make their decisions. However, for others, the third round is a time to be conservative and apply to … Read More

  • Using a Famous Quote in Your MBA Application

    Using a Famous Quote in Your MBA Application

    by on February 3rd, 2014

    Many ask us if using a famous quote in your MBA application is a good idea. Beginning an essay with a famous or eloquent quotation is a common practice and one that business school candidates can use to capture a … Read More

  • 2013-2014 Indian School of Business Essay Analysis

    2013-2014 Indian School of Business Essay Analysis

    by on October 31st, 2013

    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 … Read More

  • 2013–2014 Wharton Essay Analysis

    2013–2014 Wharton Essay Analysis

    by on September 19th, 2013

    Wharton’s essay prompts for this application season may seem a bit perplexing. At first glance, the two questions seem rather similar. However, the first is basically a question about what you hope to get from your … Read More

  • 2013-2014 McCombs Austin Essay Analysis

    2013-2014 McCombs Austin Essay Analysis

    by on September 13th, 2013

    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 … Read More

  • 2013-2014 INSEAD Essay Analysis

    2013-2014 INSEAD Essay Analysis

    by on September 12th, 2013

    INSEAD 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 … Read More

  • 2013-2014 Yale SOM Essay Analysis

    2013-2014 Yale SOM Essay Analysis

    by on September 2nd, 2013

    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 … Read More

  • 2013–2014 Duke Fuqua Essay Analysis

    2013–2014 Duke Fuqua Essay Analysis

    by on August 22nd, 2013

    Last year, the admissions committee at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business radically revamped its essay questions—showing some creativity and flair by asking candidates for a list of 25 random things about … Read More

  • 2013–2014 UCLA Anderson Essay Analysis

    2013–2014 UCLA Anderson Essay Analysis

    by on August 19th, 2013

    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 … Read More

  • Northwestern University (Kellogg) Essay Analysis, 2013–2014

    Northwestern University (Kellogg) Essay Analysis, 2013–2014

    by on August 14th, 2013

    The Kellogg School of Management recently announced that it is adding a video interview component to its application process so that the admissions committee can get a feel for candidates’ “spontaneous” side. … Read More