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WHAT DOES UBC SAUDER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS LOOK FOR IN AN MBA APPLICANT? 

Based in Canada, UBC Sauder School of Business offers a full time 16 month MBA program which is based on the foundation of ‘responsible leadership’. Ranked among top b-schools in Canada and worldwide, it is a dream school for many and so to find the best talents it has a very rigorous process which values the candidates on the basis of –

Academics: The fast paced MBA program demands a minimum B+ average in undergrad and a strong GMAT/GRE

Mature Leader: As the foundational value of Sauder remarks, you need to highlight stories of a responsible, mature leader in work.

Motivation & Fit: You need to express the motivation for pursuing a MBA program and how Sauder fits in the picture

WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS AT UBC SAUDER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS LOOK LIKE?

Applications to the full-time MBA program are accepted on a rolling basis. While there are deadlines, students are encouraged to apply whenever their application is complete. The program also notes that students should apply early because it may reach its capacity before the final application deadline. There are four rounds for application deadlines, falling between October and April, and the admissions decision generally follows within a month or two. Applicants are required to submit transcripts for an undergraduate degree, GMAT or GRE score, two requests for references, one written essay, a video interview, and a timed written response. In addition, students who do not speak English as a first language or graduate from an English language university must submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores or an acceptable grade from the University of Toronto English Language Program.  Work experience is not required, but candidates generally have at least two years of it. Lastly, all admitted candidates will be invited for an interview.

WHAT IS THE GMAT SCORE REQUIRED FOR SAUDER’S MBA PROGRAM?

550 GMAT/ 155 GRE with at least a 50th percentile in the quantitative and verbal sections of the test, and to gain a competitive edge you need a robust GMAT of 650 at least.

WHAT IS THE NUMBER OF YEARS OF WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR SAUDER?

A specification of minimum 2 and to stand out and gain a competitive edge, at least 3 to 5 years of work experience is good.

MBA admissions tips

Essay(s): Sometimes candidates overthink the essays. These are not trick questions, there is no hidden meaning, and certainly no ‘right’ answer. The best response is the one that is authentic to you! Before starting to write the essays, it is essential to understand the gaps in your profile that a B-school will help you fill, and have clarity on why you want to go for a certain B-school. Get familiar with the core values and culture of the school and try to see how you can fit in well. 

Interview: MBA interviews are primarily conducted by alumni. Among other things, they are assessing your fit with their culture and defining principles. Applicants who can articulate why they are specifically interested in a B-school and how it’s culture appeals to them will be best prepared.  Interviews are conducted blindly, meaning the only thing your alumni interviewer knows about you is what is on the resume you submitted to Kellogg.

Letter(s) of recommendation: The purpose of LOR is to provide a strong premise to your essays. Do choose recommenders who can share specific examples about your background, achievements, contribution and impact to the organization. Don’t choose recommenders based purely on title.

CV/résumé: The résumé is often the first document that admissions officers review. It provides a snapshot of your candidacy in one page. Take the time to clearly articulate your accomplishments, highlighting the skills or experiences that are most relevant for business school.

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Hello I am Shantanu, INSEAD MBA Class of December 2017. I coach you to become a top notch MBA applicant. Doing MBA is a business in itself, you put in investment and hope to get good return but while writing application, do you showcase that you are aware of it? I help you with dimensions such as Self Awareness, Market (Applicant) landscape and Strategy, making your application (Essays, LORs, Resume) unique and differentiating your application from thousands of DINGS. We share with you successful and unsuccessful applications to make you realise the difference, which a lot of people lack. Our motto is “I am not a Ding”.

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