Chat with MBA Admissions — June 19, 2012
Our Fall 2013 application will be available in early September of this year. However, in the meantime, you might consider preparing for your GMAT exam and identifying the who you would like to write your letters of recommendation.
I recently found out about UC San Diego's FlexWeekend MBA. I checked out some of the requirements, but wanted to ask where can I start.
Are you looking for timelines, or did you have questions about the application requirements. With regards to timing, our final posted deadline for the Flex MBA programs beginning fall 2012, is July 6th, and we will accept applications thereafter on a space available basis.
We ask for transcripts from all academic institutions you've attended, your resume, and a TOEFL score report for international students who have not studied for one year or more (full-time with a B-average or better).
What are some other good tips to consider while preparing for the application process?
If you haven't already taken the GMAT, I would definitely recommend preparing. We don't have minimum scores that we look for - more like averages. Our incoming Full-Time MBA students tend to average about 680 on their GMAT. Also, I would recommend making sure that your resume is up-to-date. The format isn't important, but the content definitely is. When you start considering whom to ask for letters of recommendation (of which we require two), really think about who knows you well enough to provide us with a good picture of your strengths. It's even better if they can provide specific examples of your teamwork and benefits you've brought to your organization. I would also take advantage of all the opportunities we offer to connect with current students and alumni. They will be able to provide you with further insight on the environment here at Rady, and that will help you answer one of the application essays that asks why Rady is the right school for your MBA program.
Another note about the GMAT - if you haven't already checked it out, go to www.mba.com. They have a plethora of information about preparing for the GMAT.
How does the curriculum at Rady compare to other business schools as far as quality of education?
The program at Rady is small enough that we're able to provide the kind of one-on-one assistance throughout the entire application process. In regards to the curriculum at Rady, we're unique in that our focus is on innovation and how innovative ideas reach the marketplace. This ties in nicely with our connection to UC San Diego and the industries in and around San Diego (eg Tech, Biotech, Pharma, Wireless Health, etc). There is a strong entrepreneurial spirit that runs through the program, which you can see illustrated by our Lab to Market classes (http://rady.ucsd.edu/mba/curriculum/labtomarket/). We also do not force our students to pick a concentration. 57% of our curriculum is made up of electives (http://rady.ucsd.edu/mba/curriculum/electives/) that are completely of your choosing - you can choose to pick electives all in one concentration (ie Marketing) if you like. I would recommend, if possible, coming to visit us and sit in on a class to get a better idea of the environment. If you're interested in the full-time program, you can take advantage of this opportunity in the fall. FlexMBA classes run year round, so you can actually visit a class this summer - if you're interested in the FlexEvening or FlexWeekend program. Please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com if you'd like to visit us.
What is the percentage of candidates who received fellowships? What are the major criteria to receive fellowships?
A good percentage of our incoming full-time students received fellowship money. Everyone who applies is considered for a merit based fellowship that is heavily dependent on your GMAT score. You can also be considered for a need based fellowship by answering optional essay #4 in the application. Fellowship funding is dependent on a case by case basis. In the past, students have received anywhere from 20% - 50% of their tuition costs in fellowship money.
I won't have a GMAT score because of my PhD degree. What kind of experiences would you consider favorably then? Would fellowship be given to full-time only students or both full-time and Flex programs?
In order to waive your GMAT score, we would need for you to send us a copy of your PhD transcripts showing the conferral of your degree. Also, your PhD would need to be in a technical, scientific, or quantitatively-based discipline at an accredited U.S. institution. If your PhD meets the criteria, then we will look at your academic accomplishments, your undergraduate transcripts, etc to see if you qualify for a merit based fellowship. We also offer a Postdoc fellowship for our FlexWeekend students. You can see more information about this here: http://rady.ucsd.edu/mba/flex/costs/postdoc-fellowships.pdf.
Thank you for joining us today. We hope this was helpful for you, and we welcome you to contact us directly with any further questions at MBAadmissions@ucsd.edu.