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    UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Academics

    November 15th, 2017

    This blog post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.


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    APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

    ACADEMICS

     

    We want all our MBA students to benefit from the rigorous academics here at UCLA Anderson and to help others learn, as well.  So we carefully screen all applicants to ensure that they have the "academic horsepower" to thrive here based on their past performance in school.  For this, we analyze the whole undergraduate record and for those who also have prior graduate degrees, we examine those, too.  Naturally, we take into account the full context of each applicant's academic profile so that our evaluation is a balanced assessment of past accomplishments in the classroom.  

    When you submit scans of your transcript with your application, rest assured that our years of experience give us the context we need to analyze your records properly. We know the relative rigor of schools around the world and the difficulty of different majors. International applicants are evaluated in terms of their country's own system, so for example we would not try to convert grades to the American 4.0 scale.  What we look for in each file is a record of above-average achievement, and if there are weak spots then we seek offsetting strong points (e.g., a trend of grades getting better over time). Quantitative coursework is a plus since the MBA program core is quant-based, but we need a variety of backgrounds in the class including liberal arts majors. Overall the applicants we tend to like are those who consistently performed above their peers in similar schools and concentrations.

    If your academic profile could use a boost, you can take additional coursework in MBA-related fields (such as accounting, statistics or finance) and add that additional transcript to your application.  Professional certifications such as a CPA or CFA, or a whole graduate degree, can help too.  Just remember that there are many different elements to a successful application and we look at everything so you do not necessarily need superstar academics as your strong suit in order to get admitted. 

    On a logistical note, please do not send us hard-copy documents unless we request them (generally this will happen along with an interview invitation).  The scans you upload with the application are sufficient for our preliminary evaluation.  Please see our application requirements website for more information on academic evaluations and other aspects of the application.  

    The academic environment at UCLA Anderson is fast-paced and challenging, and we welcome those who are well-prepared to come join in for the benefit of all!

     

    Check back for more "Application Insider" blog posts that will cover information and tips on the many aspects of applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program!

     

    Stay in Touch: Introduce Yourself
    Follow the Admissions Team @uclaMBA:  Twitter and Instagram
    Questions? Contact us at: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu

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    Student Spotlight: Lindsey Cash ’18 – Consulting and Tech (Live Webinar)

    November 14th, 2017

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    Tune in Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00PM PT for a LIVE webinar with a current UCLA Anderson MBA student! This week you will have the opportunity to connect with full-time MBA student Lindsey Cash as she describes her experiences at UCLA Anderson, including the resources she leveraged to land an internship in Technology, her international Capstone AMR master's project, and her club leadership positions outside of the classroom! 

    PROFILE:

    • Name: Lindsey Cash
    • Class: Class of 2018
    • Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
    • Undergraduate Studies: Information Technology Management – University of Notre Dame
    • Pre-MBA Experience: Senior Consultant – Deloitte Consulting
    • Summer Internship: Apple
    • Clubs@Anderson:  
      • Anderson Technology Business Association (AnderTech) – Vice President, Marketing & Communications
      • Admissions Ambassador Corps – Vice President, Prospective Student Affairs
      • Anderson Wine Club – Co-President
      • Anderson Eats
      • Women's Business Connection
      • Anderson Volleyball Club

      

    Register and view webinar here: UCLA Anderson Liveguide 

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    Stay in Touch: Introduce Yourself
    Follow the Admissions Team @uclaMBA:  Twitter and Instagram
    Questions? Contact us at: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu

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    Instagram @uclaMBA #TuesdayTakeover: Denice Gonzalez-Kim ’19

    November 14th, 2017

    Introducing you to today's Instagram #TuesdayTakeover student, Denice Gonzalez-Kim! Denice will be taking over our Instagram account @uclamba for a whole day today to show everyone a "Day in the Life" of a UCLA Anderson student!

    Check in throughout the day to our @uclaMBA instagram account to hear about a "Day in the Life" as a UCLA Anderson MBA!


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    Name:
    Denice Gonzalez-Kim

    Hometown:
    Los Angeles, California

    Undergraduate Studies:
    UCLA – Global Studies & Public Affairs

    Pre-Anderson: 
    School on Wheels

    Post-MBA Goals
    Management Consulting



    LEARN MORE ABOUT DENICE

    Academic Specialization: Consulting and Global Management

    Leadership@Anderson:

    • Admissions Ambassador Corps 1st Year Rep

    Clubs@Anderson:

    • Management Consulting Association
    • Women's Business Connection
    • Net Impact
    • Anderson Public Speaking Club
    • Anderson Wine Club
    • Anderson Eats

     


    Stay in Touch: Introduce Yourself
    Follow the Admissions Team @uclaMBA:  Twitter and Instagram
    Questions? Contact us at: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu

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    Instagram @uclaMBA #TuesdayTakeover: Brett Sanchez ’19

    November 7th, 2017

    Introducing you to today's Instagram #TuesdayTakeover student, Brett Sanchez! Brett will be taking over our Instagram account @uclamba for a whole day today to show everyone a "Day in the Life" of a UCLA Anderson student!

    Check in throughout the day to our @uclaMBA instagram account to hear about a "Day in the Life" as a UCLA Anderson MBA!


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    Name:
    Brett Sanchez

    Hometown:
    Park City, Utah

    Undergraduate Studies:
    University of Utah – Finance

    Pre-Anderson: 
    Goldman Sachs – Associate

    Post-MBA Goals
    Investment Banking



    LEARN MORE ABOUT BRETT

    Academic Specialization: Finance

    Leadership@Anderson:

    • Director of Investment Banking Career Night – Investment Finance Association
    • Admissions Ambassador Corps 1st Year Rep

    Clubs@Anderson:

    • Investment Finance Association
    • Entrepreneurs Association
    • Outdoor Adventure Club
    • Anderson Wine Club
    • Anderson Eats

     


    Stay in Touch: Introduce Yourself
    Follow the Admissions Team @uclaMBA:  Twitter and Instagram
    Questions? Contact us at: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu

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    UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Resume

    November 3rd, 2017

    This blog post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.


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    APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

    RESUME 

    The resume is an important part of your application. You should think of your resume as a fresh and evolving marketing document that showcases your value and your potential. We are talking about your “value proposition” in MBA speak. Your resume needs to highlight your pre-MBA accomplishments and relevant skills, list your education and extra curricular involvement.  You are trying to demonstrate your accomplishments, career progression, leadership potential, not just list duties or responsibilities.

    Here are some recommended Dos and Don’ts to help guide you as you prepare your application:

    • While we require no specific resume format we recommend that your keep your resume clean, relevant and recommended no more than 2 pages in length.
    • To more effectively convey your accomplishments, leadership and progression consider using the S-T-A-R framework:.
      • First, state the SITUATION ? mention the challenge/obstacle you had to overcome.
      • Second, describe the TASK ? describe the purpose
      • Third, address the ACTION you took and the skills it required to solve the issue.
      • Fourth, provide the RESULTS ? summarize the outcome in a quantifiable manner to show your direct impact.
    • If you have received additional responsibilities, have management experience or obtained a promotion, make sure to clearly show this progression and the additional skills acquired.
    • Your extracurricular involvement helps round out your professional experience and often serves as an indicator of how involved you will be as a student or alum. List your most meaningful undergraduate and post-grad involvement in the additional section of your resume (include the name of the organization, your position or role and dates of involvement).
    • Do not just list your official job description for each role. Be strategic in your choices and make sure they show what you have learned and achieved.
    • Try not to use industry-specific jargon. You want your reader — regardless of their background — to understand what you have done.
    • Remember to be concise and choose relevant information.
    • Make sure you are highlighting your successes and transferable skills to show how you can make an impact and contribute to our community.
    • Last but not least, don’t neglect the basics. Proofread and avoid careless typos or grammar mistakes. Attention to detail is key here.

    Hopefully these guidelines will help you streamline your thought process as you write your resume and prepare your application!

     

    Check back for more "Application Insider" blog posts that will cover information and tips on the many aspects of applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program!

     

    Stay in Touch: Introduce Yourself
    Follow the Admissions Team @uclaMBA:  Twitter and Instagram
    Questions? Contact us at: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu

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    Student Spotlight: Vitor Coelho ’18 – From Brazilian Engineer to Finance at Amazon (Live Webinar)

    November 1st, 2017

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    Tune in Thursday, November 2 at 7:30PM PT for a LIVE webinar with a current UCLA Anderson MBA student! This week you will have the opportunity to connect with full-time MBA student Vitor Coelho as he tells his career-switching story from engineering in Brazil to technology finance, where he was able to leverage his MBA to land an internship at Amazon!

    PROFILE:

    • Name: Vitor Coelho
    • Class: Class of 2018
    • Hometown: Brasilia, Brazil
    • Undergraduate & Masters Studies: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
    • Pre-MBA Experience: Senior Project Engineer in Oil Industry
    • Summer Internship: Amazon – Senior Financial Analyst Intern
    • Clubs@Anderson:  
      • Anderson Technology Business Association
      • Anderson Wine Club
      • Latin American Business Association
      • Investment Finance Association

      

    Register and view webinar here: UCLA Anderson Liveguide 

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    Stay in Touch: Introduce Yourself
    Follow the Admissions Team @uclaMBA:  Twitter and Instagram
    Questions? Contact us at: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu

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    Instagram @uclaMBA #TuesdayTakeover: Carolyn Wright ’19

    November 1st, 2017

    Introducing you to today's Instagram #TuesdayTakeover student, Carolyn Wright! Carolyn will be taking over our Instagram account @uclamba for a whole day today to show everyone a "Day in the Life" of a UCLA Anderson student!

    Check in throughout the day to our @uclaMBA instagram account to hear about a "Day in the Life" as a UCLA Anderson MBA!


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    Name:
    Carolyn Wright

    Hometown:
    St. Paul, Minnesota

    Undergraduate Studies:
    American University – International Studies

    Pre-Anderson: 
    Dentons US LLP – Legal Recruitment Coordinator

    Post-MBA Goals
    CPG Operations



    LEARN MORE ABOUT CAROLYN

    Academic Specialization: Operations and Human Resources

    Leadership@Anderson:

    • Section Vice President of Alumni Relations
    • Director of Business Development – Sports Business Association
    • Admissions Ambassador Corps 1st Year Rep

    Clubs@Anderson:

    • Sports Business Association
    • Women's Business Conection
    • Anderson Wine Club
    • Strategy and Operations Management Association

     


    Stay in Touch: Introduce Yourself
    Follow the Admissions Team @uclaMBA:  Twitter and Instagram
    Questions? Contact us at: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu

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    UCLA Anderson Application Insider: Core Qualities We Look for in Applicants

    October 26th, 2017

    This blog post is part of our "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.


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    APPLICATION INSIDER TOPIC:

    CORE QUALITIES WE LOOK FOR IN APPLICANTS

     

    As you progress in evaluating MBA programs and preparing your application, it's important to ensure your values align with a school. No two admits are alike, but at UCLA Anderson, our students all share certain values that we look for in order to build an open-minded, diverse and talented class.  Your work experiences, life choices and opportunities may differ coming onto campus but you will be united by your core qualities as future leaders: the desire to share success, think fearlessly and drive change.

    When evaluating your application for these qualities, the admissions committee will review the various elements of your profile to see your strengths and contributions to the class in addition to areas for growth where you would benefit from our program and community. Maybe your GMAT score is not the greatest but your strong undergraduate grades show your academic potential better. Perhaps academics are not your strong suit but you have shown skill leading others in your workplace or community. Even if you haven't been to our campus, your essays clearly demonstrate the effort you've made to connect with our students and understand the unique combination of resources that will help you achieve your goals. Your past experiences and plan for the next two years give us a good idea of the type of community member you will be — both at school and in the years beyond graduation.

    As an applicant, you should take a step back and review your profile to see if it conveys our core qualities in the following areas:

    • Academic Horsepower: UCLA Anderson is a rigorous school, and to think fearlessly and drive change, students first have to be grounded in business fundamentals through our core curriculum. Test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS) are one measure of your potential academic success, undergrad grades are another, and better yet, you'd have strength in both. We also take into account the rigor of your undergraduate school and your major there, as well as other academic achievements, as we always look for the context of your accomplishments.
    • Student Contribution: Sharing success means that we need activists who will create opportunities and changes that benefit all. So prior leadership on-campus during your undergraduate studies and/or in the workplace is a good sign, as is community involvement. All students need to add something special to the class, so we look for those who will bolster the diversity of voices here from different backgrounds, regions, and interest areas, perhaps through leadership roles in our Anderson Student Association (ASA) and 40+ clubs.
    • Employability: Accelerating your career is one of the top reasons to do an MBA, so how prepared are you to achieve your goals? Transferable job skills to carry from past to future roles are key, and so are personal skills such as communication, coachability, interpersonal skills, and perseverance in the face of challenges. Your career progression to date is one indicator, as we like to see people taking on greater responsibility over time and driving change within their organizations. As always, we evaluate progress in the context of the time you had and in terms of a bridge to the future.
    • Focus: Developing a compelling future plan is the hardest part of an MBA application, yet it is an element you can still change now (as distinct from the past). It all starts with doing your homework — on yourself and on the school. Do you understand how the MBA is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform yourself professionally? Why is UCLA Anderson in particular a great place for YOU to thrive personally? We understand how plans can change once you get to business school and are exposed to more opportunities, but we have to know that you can focus and build a plan when needed to accomplish your goals, whatever they may become.

    Through each of these areas, we can compile a complete picture of you and how your core qualities align with our community here at UCLA Anderson.

     

    Check back for more "Application Insider" blog posts that will cover information and tips on the many aspects of applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program!

     

    Stay in Touch: Introduce Yourself
    Follow the Admissions Team @uclaMBA:  Twitter and Instagram
    Questions? Contact us at: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu

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    Instagram @uclaMBA #TuesdayTakeover: Adam Spar ’19

    October 25th, 2017

    Introducing you to today's Instagram #TuesdayTakeover student, Adam Spar! Adam will be taking over our Instagram account @uclamba for a whole day today to show everyone a "Day in the Life" of a UCLA Anderson student!

    Check in throughout the day to our @uclaMBA instagram account to hear about a "Day in the Life" as a UCLA Anderson MBA!


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    Name:
    Adam Spar

    Hometown:
    Princeton, New Jersey

    Undergraduate Studies:
    Cornell University – History

    Pre-Anderson: 
    Civic Entertainment Group
    and Americorps

    Post-MBA Goals
    Product Management in Entertainment Tech (VR/AR)



    LEARN MORE ABOUT ADAM

    Academic Specialization: Media & Technology

    Leadership@Anderson:

    • Admissions Ambassador Corps 1st Year Rep 

    Clubs@Anderson:

    • Anderson Technology Business Association (AnderTech)
    • Entertainment Management Association
    • Entrepreneurs Association
    • Innovation & Design at Anderson
    • Public Speaking Club
    • Anderson Eats
    • Anderson Surf Club
    • Outdoor Adventures Club
    • Jewish Business Students Association
    • Admissions Ambassador Corps
    • Ally of: Women's Business Connection, Black Business Student Association, Out@Anderson

     


    Stay in Touch: Introduce Yourself
    Follow the Admissions Team @uclaMBA:  Twitter and Instagram
    Questions? Contact us at: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu

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    Don’t Just Visit, Get the Full Campus Experience!

    October 21st, 2017

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    Now that our students are back from their summer internships and well-earned breaks, the campus is back to its usual level of energy and excitement. We invite you to preview the MBA experience by participating in our MBA Campus Experience program. Our Campus Experience offerings may include General Information Sessions (GIS), school tours, class visits, coffee chats, and lunches. These events are great ways to learn more about the MBA program, our culture and individual experiences through the recruiting process and club involvement.

    • General Information Session (GIS)
      Learn about what sets us apart as a leading MBA program, pick up tips on how to successfully navigate the admissions process and get answers to your questions. Sessions are held generally on Mondays and Wednesdays (at 5:00 PM) and are hosted by a second-year student ambassador or an admissions officer.
    • School Tour
      Stroll through our beautiful campus and surrounding grounds with a student ambassador to see how our students make the most of our world class facilities. Tours are offered generally on Mondays and Wednesdays during the academic year at 4:00 PM.
    • Class Visit
      Join our students in an actual full-time MBA class and experience the collaborative environment among our students and faculty. Classes are generally held Monday through Thursday during the academic year (beginning the 2nd week of the quarter) except for final’s week.
    • Coffee Chat or Lunch
      Learn first-hand from a current student all about our culture and opportunities at UCLA Anderson. Grab your own favorite beverage or food and join the conversation. Student coffee and lunch chats are offered at varying times Monday through Thursday.

    If you can’t join us in person on campus, remember that you can connect with us online at an Admissions Webinar hosted by a student ambassador or admissions officer on most Thursdays from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM and/or watch one our featured students on a Liveguide webinar session as they share highlights of their personal MBA journeys.  

     

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    Questions? Contact us at: mba.admissions@anderson.ucla.edu

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