Chat with MBA Admissions — September 8, 2011
Thanks for joining us to talk about the Rady School and our MBA program. We look forward to your questions.
I'm curious about the internship component -- is the career center able to help facilitate connections from outside San Diego? Are there any options for international exchange?
MBA Career Connections, our career center, has a broad base of corporate contacts and connections. Of course, these are particularly strong in San Diego and then in the Bay Area. However, the contacts are all over the country (and beyond), and we have many employers receiving resume books, posting internship and job opportunities. Also, the University of California, and UCSD itself, have a wide range of exchange relationships which Rady students can take advantage of.
What are the criteria to qualify for admission grants/scholarships?
There is no separate application required in order to apply for merit based or need-based fellowships. However, if you would like to be considered for a need-based fellowship please provide a response to the optional essay question (essay number 4) in the application. Our Fall 2012 online application should be going live tomorrow morning
I will be visiting San Diego this fall -- what should I know about maybe listening in on a class, meeting current students, or touring the campus?
All of these are possibilities - and are a good way to get a feel for the Rady School, our student culture, and the learning experience. Email MBA Admissions directly to schedule a visit - we'll give you options on possible classes to attend and connect you with a current student host.
I'd like to have a better understanding of the calculus requirement and whether there are any other requirements we need to be aware of before enrolling in Fall'12.
We require a year of college level calculus with a "B" grade or better before matriculation into the program. If you're unsure whether the math background you have meets this, please be in touch with MBA Admissions and we'll look at your specific situation. If you don't have that background now, we encourage you to look at how you can gain an appropriate level of preparation before school starts next fall. We do offer a Math for Management summer program that can be a supplement to your existing math background.
If you haven't had any calculus, I'd encourage you to find a local community college that does a math assessment and see what your current skill level is. Then perhaps look at whether there is a community college class or two that would help you better prepare. Math for Management can be a good supplement if you have some of the math prerequisite, but not a full year- unless your quantitative skills are pretty strong (which we'd see from your score on the quant section of the GMAT), it may not be enough by itself. We're happy to consult with you directly about this.
On grants/scholarships- is it on a first come first serve basis or are decisions made upon all applications are submitted?
We begin making fellowship decisions as soon as we begin admitting students to the Fall 2012 class. You will know whether you are being offered a fellowship at the time you receive an offer of admission.
I am Indian by origin, which makes me an international student. What would be my requirements for the MBA course?
The only different admissions requirement for international students is the completion of a test of English language proficiency (UCSD accepts several of the tests - options are listed on our website). Otherwise, we consider international applications in exactly the same way as domestic.
I have an engineering background with 2.5 years of work experience in the IT industry as a Quality Analyst. What would be the benefits of enrolling in an MBA program?
If you are interested in moving out of more strictly technical roles and into management and leadership roles, an MBA can be of great value in making that transition. Rady's focus on innovation and the commercialization of new ideas and new discoveries is a very good fit for those with tech backgrounds and an interest in how technology transforms business.
Regarding what you’re looking for in a GMAT score, what’s the cutoff?
We don't have a specific minimum, and we do look at all the components – not just the overall score. As we look at those components, we'll be cross-referencing with your academic records: ie, if your quant score is on the low side, we'll be checking what math course you've taken; if your writing score is lower, we'll be looking for coursework that would have required writing, etc. We do expect to see above average performance across the board and to understand your overall level of preparation.
My undergraduate degree is in history and political science, and I work in government. Am I barking up the wrong tree?
No, I don't think so. Liberal arts majors (and I'm a former English major myself!) often have real strengths in reading and analyzing complex materials and in writing that are just different from the former engineering student you might be sitting beside. Our goal in looking at your math preparation is to ensure that you're ready for class. Economics, Quantitative Analysis, Finance, Accounting - and, for that matter, marketing classes like Market Research and Pricing - all involve math. It's not that we want math whizzes - it's that we want to ensure you've got enough of a comfort level that you'll get beyond the equation and see that important concept or principle. We're always delighted to see the liberal arts background and to see people whose work backgrounds reflect a variety of perspectives and experiences.
One more comment on math and related questions: one thing we do is arrange entering students in assigned study teams during the core curriculum. In doing that we look at the various kinds of experiences and strengths that the individuals bring with them and create groups that will support each other's learning. I would say that typically the engineers and math-types are more comfortable in the fall term, during some of the foundational courses that are relatively quant-based. Then comes the winter term, when marketing and other courses involve more reading and analyzing of cases and writing about them - and the liberal arts majors often find themselves in the lead.
By when are admission decisions are made and when is the latest we will know?
We typically are able to provide an admissions decision within 4-6 weeks of when we have received a completed application (including the various additional pieces like recommendations, scores, and transcripts).
If I submit the application in early May, when do I expect to know the result?
Typically, it takes approximately 4-6 weeks to receive a decision. However, at this time, students are receiving their decisions faster than that.
I'm trying to understand the basic difference between the Full-Time and FlexMBA. Can you please give me a brief summary?
The FlexMBA is designed for working professionals, and is delivered in Evening and Weekend formats. The fundamental curriculum is the same - our FlexMBA is not a shortened or truncated version of the program as some part-time programs are - and you receive the same MBA degree. The experience feels a bit different - Flex students are going back to work between classes and using what they learn immediately, so the classroom discussion can be more directly about the application of things learned. FT is a real immersion - a chance to step away from your current career and be a full-time student. If you're unsure what best fits your needs, we're happy to consult with you individually.
Thank you everyone for joining us this afternoon. We enjoyed answering your questions, and look forward to speaking with you again. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us directly at: MBAadmissions@ucsd.edu