Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fall 2014 Application Changes

The application season for Fall 2014 entry is upon us.  Our Full-Time MBA application will be available in early August and we are launching some changes that we hope will improve the process for all applicants.

First off, we are requiring only one essay:  In a personal statement, discuss your accomplishments, short- and long-term career goals, and how an MBA is suited to that career path (500 words).

The optional essay is still in place and the topic has not changed:  Is there anything you want to tell us in regard to your application?

The final change is that we are requiring two Professional References instead of two written Recommendations.  I know this will be a relief to many of you!

Why did we make these changes?  The Admissions Committee deliberated for some time and we collectively felt that it was important to streamline the application process.  The new essay allows candidates to focus on their specific reasons for getting an MBA from Terry and that is the information we most need to learn from them.  Recommendations are the aspect of the application process that applicants have the least control over, so we decided to remove this anxiety-inducing barrier.  We trust that you can provide us with reliable references, but we don’t want the recommendation to delay the review of your application.  Your supporters are very busy people, busier than ever these days, and the Committee decided that we could gain equally valuable information from calling a reference as from a written recommendation.  It will save every one time and provide us with more useful information.

All that said, we are excited about the next application season and we hope you apply to Terry! If you have any questions, please contact us at terrymba@uga.edu.

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