As we enter the final leg of the admissions for Fall’12, B-Schools across the Globe have made some drastic changes setting the precedent for the future admissions; a few schools have also modified their programs, while some have introduced new programs to accommodate the growing demands and changing Global scenarios.
One of the most appealing trends and possibly a warning for all future applicants is the startling revelation by UCLA- Anderson which has rejected more than 50 applicants owing to plagiarism. While most schools are wary and aware of the issue, this is one of the very few instances where a B-School has made it amply clear about being original and genuine. A few years ago, Penn State’s Smeal College of Business had rejected multiple applicants for the same reason and in the past few years almost all top B-Schools have started using a complex plagiarism detecting software to screen flawed application essays. So, think twice before copy-pasting from sample essays and LORs on the internet! These incidents further emphasize on what Jamboree has been advocating to its students for years – follow a personalized and original approach while writing your application essays.
One of the other major trends this year has been introduction of new programs and updating the current course offerings by the Business Schools. Entrepreneurship and Leadership seem to be the flavor of the season and there are exciting options available now for those looking at these specializations such as Clemson University’s new MBA with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship, University of Rochester’s “ Simon Leadership Fellows Program” that intends to develop leaders through Community service and SDA Bocconi’s new MBA with a specialization in Luxury Business. Also, keeping in mind the demand for executive MBAs, a lot of schools are adapting by offering newer and improved courses such as Michigan Ross which has launched an EMBA program in Los Angeles; SUNY-Binghamton’s new Course in New York is another new addition. HHL Leipzig- Germany, EADA- Spain have opted to go global by offering International EMBA programs. There are some schools which have amended their existing program. For example, Temple University’s EMBA has been now cut to 16 Months from the previous duration of 22 months. There is also a one of a kind MBA offered by Oxford which is called Oxford 1+1 MBA which allows MS Students to combine and apply for an MBA.
There’s also some exciting news for Indian students – University of Chicago- Booth School of Business’ India Specific Scholarship, and SDA Bocconi’s new PGPB offering in Mumbai.
Overall, most, if not all, B-schools are looking to expand their horizon to appeal and cater to the new breed of Management students and we can only expect more good news in the coming months.
Like always, we will keep you posted on the updates and latest news that you need to know.