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Financial Aid – A New Perspective

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I have been frequently pointing out that a students admission process should not start with the premises that he will go for studies only if financial aid  is available.

Since this is the season when a student is in the process of applying I will explain this in more detail.

Let us examine the mind of  a normal student aspiring to study in America.

1. He wants to go to the best Ranked University.

Well who doesn’t?

2. He wants to get financial aid to cover his expenses at least partially if not fully.

Tell me a person without this desire.

3.He wants complete security of job placement after the completion of studies.

Every body is or should be  concerned about it.

The hierarchy of these wants need not be in the order it is mentioned.This will change according to the students circumstances.

1. If a student can afford the expenses his demand for admission in a ranked university becomes primary requirement.

2. If the student cannot afford the costs his requirement for financial aid takes precedent over admission in a top ranked university.

Every applicant can be put in one of the following situations in the grid

  Desires Finances Qualifications
1 Admit in a
Ranked School
Can Afford it Has perquisites
for admission
2 Admit in a
Ranked School
Cannot Afford it Has perquisites
for admission
and financial
help
3 Admit in a
Ranked School
Cannot Afford it Does not
have the
required
perquisites

# 1 is I’m OK you are OK situation

# 2 is  I’m not OK you are Ok situation

# 3 is I’m not OK  you are not OK situation

Situation # 3 causes a lot of frustration. Why? Because at this stage the applicant cannot do anything about his credentials.

There are chances that   conflict in #1 and #2 may be resolved under certain circumstances.

So my suggestion is that every applicant should put himself in  one of the three slots mentioned above and then work out a strategy as to how to succeed.

About Costs or Financial Help

I have been emphasising  in my mails that getting financial help is very difficult and not readily available unless you adopt some professional method of selling yourself.

However I have also been saying that if a student is determined he can always find ways to overcome the situation.

There are several other means to finance your study please probe them

There are certain schools offering international students some kind of financial help.

However this will be applicable only  if you fall under situation #2 above.

Good Luck

NBS

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Doctorate Degree Programs focused on Quantitative Finance / Derivatives

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  School Program  Specialization Location
1. Berkeley – Haas School  PhD Finance   Berkeley,CA
2. Boston College – Carroll School  PhD Finance  Econometrics Chestnut Hill, MA
3. Boston University   PhD Mathematical Finance Boston, MA
4. Carnegie Mellon    PhD Mathematical Finance Stochastics, Financial Economics Pittsburgh, PA
5. Claremont Graduate University – Drucker School PhD Financial Engineering   Claremont, CA
6. Cornell University     PhD Operations Research   Ithaca, NY
7. Florida State University         PhD Financial Mathematics   Tallahassee, FL
8. Illinois Institute of Technology – Stuart School  PhD Management Science     Derivatives, Corporate Finance, Investments Chicago, IL
9. Purdue University     PhD Mathematics with Focus on Computational Finance      West Lafayette, IN
10. Rutgers University         PhD Finance   Newark, NJ
11. Stanford University      PhD  Finance Dynamic Asset Pricing     Stanford, CA
12. Stanford University  PhD Statistics     Financial Mathematics Stanford, CA
13. University of Arizona – Eller       PhD Management with Concentration in Finance    Tucson, AZ
14. University of Alabama – Culverhouse   PhD Finance   Tuscaloosa, AL
15. University of Houston – Bauer School PhD Finance Fixed Income, Derivatives, Quants Houston, TX
16. University of Nebraska Lincoln   PhD Business Administration       Econometrics Lincoln, NB
17. University of Chicago  PhD Finance       Chicago, IL
18. University of Florida   PhD Quantitative Finance     
19. University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School   PhD Finance     
20. Vanderbilt University – Owen School  PhD Finance   Derivatives, Statistics, Differential Mathematics  

Getting into a Top MBA Program

Why a Top MBA?

Unlike graduates of medical schools and law schools, there is no licensing exam required to practice business in the United States. In addition, the quality of accredited schools offering MBA degrees varies tremendously. This is a degree you can obtain part-time in 4 years, in an executive program in 1 year, via correspondence courses, and from schools with near 100% acceptance rates.

As a result, the value of your MBA degree is directly related to the prestige of the university and business school which grants it. A recent study of the value of MBA programs concluded that “if you don’t get into a leading business school, the economic value of the degree is really quite limited.” The study examined consultants at McKinsey & Company and investment bankers at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and found that those without MBA’s performed as well, or better, than business school graduates. The fallacy of the study was that it did not recognize that it is much harder to get such a job without an MBA degree. Intellectual horsepower and potential – rather than business knowledge – is the primary criterion top consulting firms and investment banks look for. If someone possesses a Ph.D. in economics from MIT or a JD from Harvard – quite common at such firms – then that obviously serves as a more than adequate intellectual proxy for even a top two-year MBA.

The required curriculum at most business schools consists of courses such as finance, accounting, statistics, organizational behavior, strategy, economics, communications and technology. Schools may have a larger or smaller set of “core” courses, and many give these subjects different names. But overall, MBA programs have more similarities with one another than they do differences, and most of the same subjects are taught from the same textbooks, using many of the same cases.

Thus, the academic content of a business school education – much like a law school or medical school education – does not vary greatly between programs. But due to the tremendous variation in the standards of institutions conferring the degree, an MBA has the most value in the marketplace when it is from a school that is highly respected. In addition, the lifelong professional network which comes from going to business school is more valuable when it is from a school where graduates typically go on to the most successful careers.

Ranking the Rankings

There is no other academic degree which is ranked and analyzed by so many publications and organizations as the MBA. While the general public and the business world have intuitive ideas of which the most famous and prestigious programs are, many of these rankings have highlighted improvements in other programs and presented them as viable competitors. Nonetheless, the traditional top schools perform the best across the best-regarded rankings.

US News and BusinessWeek

US News & World Report and BusinessWeek are the most well-known and respected MBA rankings, and have each been published for more than 10 years. New rankings from the Financial Times, Forbes, the Economist and the Wall Street Journal have come out in the last few years. Each ranking has strengths and weaknesses.

US News is generally considered the best ranking for prospective MBA applicants, as their system is the most transparent, and their rankings always come closest to peoples’ common sense perception of relative prestige. This is no accident, since their ranking heavily favors “peer assessment”, which is essentially “prestige”, as one of their key factors. There are three schools which have been ranked #1 by US News in the past ten years – the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School, and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

BusinessWeek is considered the next most useful ranking for applicants, since they collect a great deal of data and weight their ranking toward student feedback. Yet, none of Harvard, Stanford or MIT has ever been ranked #1 by BusinessWeek. Instead, the only schools to achieve the top position in their ranking are the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Business School Highest Ranking in US News Highest Ranking in BusinessWeek
Harvard Business School

1

3

Stanford Graduate School of Business

1

4

MIT Sloan School of Management

1

4

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

2

1

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

3

1

Outside of these five schools, no other school has ever been ranked #1 in either of these rankings. BusinessWeek displays some variation, but has generally had each of these schools in or near the top 5. In US News, they have consistently been the top five schools every year the ranking has been published.

Other Rankings

The newer rankings, The Financial Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal, are essentially specialty rankings which weight specifically chosen criteria very heavily to produce different results. The end results have some similarities with US News and BusinessWeek, but also produce many curious outcomes for individual schools and are more useful for the data they collect than the rankings they produce. A summary of the methodology issues with these rankings:

Ranking Methodology Problems
Financial Times Focuses on self-reported salary data several years post-graduation Unreliable and incomplete data: self-reporting bias
Forbes Focuses on self-reported salary data several years post-graduation; focuses on ROI Unreliable and incomplete data: self-reporting bias; penalizes schools with high entering salaries (inversely correlates program quality and applicant salary)
Wall Street Journal Based entirely on recruiter satisfaction Recruiters who tend to be unsuccessful at attracting interest from students at top schools tend to give those schools poor marks (inversely correlates program quality and graduate choices)

These methodology problems produce some questionable results, such as the Wall Street Journal ranking Stanford outside of the top 40, Forbes ranking MIT Sloan outside the top 15, and the Financial Times ranking Yale and NYU ahead of Kellogg. As such, the top business schools don’t pay as much attention to these rankings. Stanford’s dean even commented, quite justifiably, that doing poorly in the Wall Street Journal ranking was probably a better indicator of the quality of a program than doing well!

The Top Programs

Harvard, Stanford, MIT Sloan, Kellogg and Wharton stand out consistently amongst their peers, and have historically been considered the most prestigious MBA programs. They are also considered the best programs today. Two other notable programs are the University of Chicago and Columbia Business School. In fact, the deans of Harvard, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia and Chicago, meet regularly to share benchmarking information, and generally consider each other to be peer schools.

The reason that Columbia and Chicago are generally considered just below the other five is because they carry somewhat less prestige, as reflected in a couple of key statistics. Columbia used to have a 46% acceptance rate as recently as 10 years ago, far higher than any other top school, admitting nearly half of all applicants. Meanwhile, Chicago consistently has a much higher acceptance rate than any other top school (above 25-30%) and through much of the last 10 years maintained a 50% yield – in other words, nearly half of the people offered admission to Chicago choose not to attend. Nonetheless, these two schools are considered among the most prestigious after the top 5, and are even ranked in the top 5 in some finance-heavy rankings. Siebel’s “Siebel Scholars” program recognizes the top MBA students in the United States by awarding $25000 scholarships to the top five students at each of Harvard, Stanford, Sloan, Wharton, Kellogg and Chicago.

After these seven schools, other well known and highly regarded programs include:

  • Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
  • Haas School of Business, University of California-Berkeley
  • Yale School of Management
  • NYU Stern School of Business
  • Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  • Anderson School of Business, UCLA
  • Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Collectively, there are about 15 schools in the United States with a claim to “top 10 status” in one area or another.

Additional Statistics

Top MBA programs by subject area – one of the best ways to think about the top five MBA programs is to consider that they are all excellent in nearly every discipline, but are #1 in different specific subject areas:

Business School US News #1 in 2006 for… BusinessWeek “top-rated” in 2005 for…
Harvard Business School – Management – Finance
– Management
– Entrepreneurship
Stanford Graduate School of Business – N/A – Management
– Entrepreneurship
MIT Sloan School of Management – Information Systems
– Production/Operations
– Supply Chain/Logistics
– Finance
– Management
– Marketing
– Entrepreneurship
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania – Finance
– Accounting
– Finance
– Management
– Marketing
– Entrepreneurship
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University – Marketing – Management
– Marketing

Yield – that is, the % of students who accept offers of admission. While some less prestigious programs may have high yields because of a highly targeted audience, the top programs are certainly competing with one another for many of the same students. In other words, the typical explanation for someone turning down an offer of admission at one top business school is because they accepted the offer of a school they would rather attend. Since top candidates receive more offers of admission, their choice of program is a factor which can be used to gauge the quality of each program. The yields of the top schools (2004 figures) are:

School Name

Yield

Acceptance Rate

1

Harvard

85%

12%

2

Stanford

83%

9%

3

MIT Sloan

75%

18%

3

Wharton

75%

15%

5

Columbia

71%

13%

6

Kellogg

66%

16%

7

Chicago

58%

28%

Endowment – this is kind of like the market capitalization of a business school, in a somewhat silly way. If a school has many graduates who have gone on to become very wealthy, it should have a lot of money in its endowment fund. If the school is well-managed, that fund should grow and help it attract more successful students. These are the top 10 schools by endowment (BusinessWeek, 2001):

School Name

Endowment ($ millions)

Endowment per student ($ 000)

1

Harvard

1100

628

2

MIT Sloan

402

560

3

Stanford

387

530

4

Kellogg

380

152

5

Wharton

338

216

6

Michigan

267

138

7

Darden

255

523

7

Yale

255

607

9

Chicago

207

87

10

Tuck

167

420

The reason the per-capita endowment figures for schools like Chicago and Kellogg are so low is because they spread their resources amongst a large number of full-time and part-time students. Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Wharton do not have part-time programs.

Famous Alumni – so who goes on to fame and fortune with an MBA degree? Besides George W. Bush, the nation’s first MBA president (Harvard ’75), the most prominent MBA’s are CEO’s of the world’s largest companies. MBA Jungle analyzed the Fortune 200 to see where their CEO’s went to school. The list, once again, has the top schools well-represented, and shows Harvard’s strength historically:

School Name

# of Fortune 200 CEO’s

1

Harvard

20

2

MIT Sloan

5

3

Stanford

4

3

Columbia

4

3

Chicago

4

6

NYU Stern

3

7

Kellogg

2

7

Darden

2

7

Goizueta

2

7

Indiana

2

7

Texas

2

In the past 100 years, Harvard has been the most popular destination for those interested in an MBA. Of course, the MBA was a completely different animal just 20 years ago. Back then, most students went directly out of college, and the competition and prestige were nothing like it is today. It is worth noting that only 79 CEO’s in the Fortune 200 had MBA degrees at all – but the MBA accounted for more than two-thirds of all graduate degrees held by these CEO’s. Although Wharton only had 1 CEO in the Fortune 200, they have historically had more, and this particular ranking is always in a state of flux.

The rest of this document will focus on the top 5 programs, but the same principles apply to the admissions process at most top 10 or top 20 programs.

Keys to Admission

Your GMAT score, undergraduate GPA, and the number of years of work experience you possess are the primary quantitative indicators used by business school admissions committees. Here is how the top 5 schools stack up on those measures:

Business School

Median GMAT

Median GPA

Mean Work Experience (Years)

Stanford

710

3.5

4.0

MIT Sloan

700

3.4

5.3

Harvard

700

3.6

4.4

Wharton

710

3.5

5.8

Kellogg

700

3.4

5.2

As of this writing, this means that more than half of all students attending these schools scored in the top 5% of all GMAT test takers worldwide. It also means that somewhat less than half did not. The GMAT is the primary indicator of raw intellectual ability considered by admissions committees, since it is standardized, and offers an objective – albeit incomplete – measure of ability between students from different colleges and majors. If you are lower than your target school’s average on any of these measures, it should be compensated by all of the other areas. In other words, if you expect to get in to Wharton with only 2 years of full-time work experience, you should have a very high GMAT score and GPA amongst other things.

Retaking the GMAT – this is only useful if your highest score is below your target school’s median. Retaking the GMAT to get a 730 when you already have a 710 is reasonably meaningless and shows you to be focused on the wrong things. Of course, getting a 720 after previously scoring a 670 may greatly help your candidacy. While most schools say you can take the GMAT as many times as you want, you should never take the test without proper preparation, as the entire process can be quite arduous. Prepare by taking practice tests – particularly CAT simulations – and if you find that you are not scoring 700+ with regularity, you should consider taking a course to prepare.

Although admissions committees at top schools say that a low GMAT score won’t keep you out, those who get in with scores in the low 600’s are almost certainly exceptional cases. If you are the average candidate without any internationally impressive accomplishments, a low GMAT score almost guarantees you a dreaded “ding” letter. On the other hand, for the candidate who is average in all other respects, a 790 isn’t much different from a 740 from the school’s point of view. Most schools will admit two otherwise similar candidates with disparate but high GMAT scores based on characteristics other than the GMAT. As for the people who get in with scores from 650 to 700, admissions can be frustratingly random – even more so than for everyone else.

While the overall GMAT score is what will be counted most heavily, the quantitative score is more important for applicants with non-technical backgrounds while the verbal score is examined more closely for applicants from foreign countries and those with science or engineering degrees. Schools are merely looking for the assurance that a candidate will be able to both crunch numbers and communicate well. Assuming that the overall GMAT score is alright, only a seriously low score on the section that will be examined most closely for a given candidate would be a liability. For example, if you are a native english speaker and have good grades from an Ivy League college in Literature, they probably won’t be too concerned about a low score on the verbal section, and just consider it an aberration. However, a low score on the quantitative section – regardless of how strong your combined GMAT score is – could be a major liability. The AWA score is not important for most applicants, and is not factored into the overall GMAT score anyway. In some cases, the actual text of the AWA section might be compared to an applicant’s essays if the schools are skeptical about either’s authenticity.

How the GPA is evaluated – top business schools are not as focused on undergraduate grades as other professional programs. If you have a 99th percentile LSAT score, and a 4.0 GPA in Political Science from Princeton, you will almost definitely get into Yale Law School. If you score 9.2 on the MCAT and graduate with a 3.4 in music, you will almost definitely not get into Johns Hopkins Medical School. On the other hand, if you graduate first in your class in finance at NYU, get a 780 on the GMAT, and work at Boston Consulting Group for three years, the admissions committee at Stanford Business School could decide they’ve already let in enough people like you, and the spot could go to someone with a 3.2 GPA in English who worked in a NGO in Africa. The bottom line is that if you are still in school, you should try to get the very best grades you can, but afterwards you just have to live with them. If you did poorly in undergraduate, good graduate degree grades help offset the impression that you’re incapable of getting good grades, but they don’t undo the damage your GPA does to the school’s average. Thus, letting you in becomes a very context and timing-driven judgment call.

Essays – there are typically two to seven essay questions in each application, with between 2000 and 3000 words required in total. While the first application will take you the longest, and you can cut-and-paste many paragraphs into subsequent essays, overall the differing nature of school’s questions will require you to spend many days on each package to create a satisfactory product. The essays are your primary opportunity to convince the school to let you in. They will evaluate you on two dimensions: what you will bring to the school as an MBA student, and what you will bring to the school as an alumnus. The second criterion is obviously the most important. Schools are trying to select the applicants they believe will be the most successful in their careers based on their backgrounds and accomplishments to date. Put another way, the 10-20% of applicants who get into a top business school are the ones who least needed the top MBA degree to succeed in their careers. Ironic, but true.

Of course, most of the applicants to top schools are reasonably successful in their careers already, so your essays need to distinguish you from others in your peer group. Your peer group – those applicants who are most like you – is who you are competing against primarily. For example, any top school could fill up their entire class with analysts from consulting firms with high GMAT scores and GPA’s. But they won’t. Instead, they will have a certain number of spots for such applicants, and someone who was a sculptor would not be competing for one of those spaces. This makes some peer groups more competitive than others in any given year. Most schools will say that every candidate competes against every other candidate, and from a certain point of view this is true. Someone could be a consultant, and even though they have already let in more consultants than they would like, he could bring something so special to the class from other experiences that they decide to let him in too. But in such a situation, the candidate likely won’t get in on strong numbers alone.

Your essays also give the school a sense of your personality. They want to see how you work your argument and the reasons they should admit you into your writing – while still answering their questions directly. They want you to be able to list and explain your accomplishments without being boastful or off-topic. These are, of course, the same skills you will need to be successful in your career after graduation.

Many people have taken to using admissions and essay consultants, and most schools will tell you that they discourage this. It is our opinion that the vast majority of successful candidates do not use paid essay editing services, and the majority of those who do use such services do not get in. This makes sense, of course – the people that need those services the most are the weakest candidates, and they’re on their own when it comes to a final interview. But beyond that, admissions consultants are invariably not the kind of people that a candidate to a top school wants advice from. Most did not ever attend a top business school themselves, and those few that did were essentially not successful enough to find reasonable jobs afterwards – and thus got into the essay editing business. We encourage you to get someone else to look at your essays and make suggestions, but pick someone who isn’t being paid on the basis of how much of your time they take, or how many changes they suggest you make. Perhaps there’s nothing wrong with your essays at all!

On the other hand, you should collect as much information and advice on the admissions process as you can, but always take it with a grain of salt. An unsuccessful applicant may not always be right about why they didn’t get in, but alumni of a given school can usually give you a pretty accurate picture of what it takes to get in. Written information sources are also essential, and this guide assumes that you’ve probably already picked up Richard Montauk’s excellent book, “How to Get Into The Top MBA Programs”. Although his advice is more generic – and thus applicable to any MBA program, but not customized for the truly best programs – you need to learn everything about the process. You should use that book with this guide to tune your application for top 5 schools.

Recommendations – these are most certainly the least important part of your application, but you shouldn’t discount them. They should reinforce what their rest of your package says, and provide the opinion of a real person who knows you very well and can answer the school’s questions directly and honestly. Every school will tell you this, and you should listen. The truth is that school’s know that many applicants write their own recommendations and just get their recommenders to sign and send them.

When to apply – the earlier the better, in general. Schools have either 2 or 3 application deadlines (rounds) and round 3 is almost always incredibly difficult to get in. This is just because statistically, there are very few spots left open by the third round. While some people believe that round 2 can be best for candidates without extremely strong backgrounds, it’s our belief that the first round is the best if you can get your application up to a desirable standard of quality in time.

The Interview – Harvard, Sloan, Stanford and Wharton all interview candidates by invitation only. This means that if you receive an interview – and at Harvard and Sloan, nearly all accepted candidates are required to interview – then this is your last and best opportunity to convince the admissions committee that you are someone they would like to have at their school. At Kellogg, all applicants are required to interview, so this changes the dynamic of the session significantly. Instead of the interview being an opportunity for you to address any weaknesses and convince them to let you in, it is merely another data point taken with the rest of your application. Put another way, a strong interview at Kellogg can’t get you in – but a weak interview can, and will, keep you out.

Conclusion

Attending one of the top business schools in the United States is really an amazing experience that we would recommend to anyone. Our classmates from business school are some of our closest friends, and the value of the network after graduation is immeasurable. We believe that you will be best served by attending the very best school you can get into, so never set your sights too low for reasons of expense, geography or other hassles.

Take a risk, and apply to some great programs – you won’t regret it.

Good luck!

Harvard Business School

Harvard University

Boston, Massachusetts

http://www.hbs.edu

HINTS

Harvard is obsessed with leadership, and they are looking for indications of leadership ability in each of their candidates. This can be in the form of managerial work experience, extracurricular activities, or initiative taken in other forms. What is more important than demonstrated leadership is to convince them that you have the capability for taking on great responsibility and taking charge of a situation in the future. Harvard is considered the #1 general management school by US News (and most of the world), so personal well-roundedness is key.

FAMOUS ALUMNI SAMPLE

George W. Bush, President, United States of America

Louis Gerstner, former Chairman, IBM Corporation

Rajat Gupta, former Worldwide Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

Jeffrey Immelt, CEO, General Electric Company

Jeff Skilling, former CEO, Enron Corporation

ADMISSIONS STATISTICS

Application Rounds: 3

Class Size: 910

Applicants: 8,893

Waitlist Size: NOT RELEASED

Waitlist Acceptance Rate: NOT RELEASED

FINANCIAL AID

Annual budget: $54,800

Guaranteed loans available for all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

BusinessWeek Profile

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/harvard.htm

Harvard MBA Admissions

http://www.hbs.edu/mba/index.html

Kellogg School of Management

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu

HINTS

Kellogg believes that teamwork is what builds great organizations, and the ability to work with, and co-exist with others in the business school environment is their primary screening criterion. Kellogg is ranked as the #1 school for marketing, so communications ability and softer skills are more valued here – and expected – than at other top programs. As was mentioned earlier, the interview has a different nature at Kellogg than at other schools, and they want to see if you are the Kellogg “type”, and excited about their program specifically.

FAMOUS ALUMNI SAMPLE

Michael Borman, President, Blue Martini Software

Leland Brendsel, CEO, Freddie Mac

John Hoeven, Governor, State of North Dakota

James Keyes, CEO, Johnson Controls

Locke Burt, Senator, State of Florida

ADMISSIONS STATISTICS

Application Rounds: 3

Class Size: 625

Applicants: 6,039

Waitlist Size: NOT RELEASED

Waitlist Acceptance Rate: NOT RELEASED

FINANCIAL AID

Annual budget: $52,533

Guaranteed loans available for all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

BusinessWeek Profile

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/kellogg.htm

Kellogg MBA Admissions

http://www.kellogg.nwu.edu/admissions/index.htm

MIT Sloan School of Management

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

http://mitsloan.mit.edu

HINTS

Sloan wants to admit a class of innovators. What is most important is to convince the admissions committee that your career will involve having a great impact on your organization or industry, and that you have the creativity and courage to take it on great challenges. Sloan is ranked the #1 school for technology, operations management and quantitative analysis, so strong business analytical skills are expected, but communications ability is what distinguishes successful applicants.

FAMOUS ALUMNI SAMPLE

Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations

Carly Fiorina, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard Corporation

William Clay Ford, CEO, Ford Motor Company

Benjamin Netanyahu, former Prime Minister, Israel

John Reed, Chairman, New York Stock Exchange

ADMISSIONS STATISTICS

Application Rounds: 2

Class Size: 319

Applicants: 2,940

Waitlist Size: 208

Waitlist Acceptance Rate: 15%

FINANCIAL AID

Annual budget: $55,310

Guaranteed loans available for all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

BusinessWeek Profile

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/sloan.htm

Sloan MBA Admissions

http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford University

Stanford, California

http://www.gsb.stanford.edu

HINTS

With the highest average GMAT score in the world and the lowest acceptance rate, Stanford is the most difficult business school to gain admission into on the basis of numbers alone. That being said, they have a very diverse class mix and a balance curriculum that emphasizes both hard and soft skills. The key to admission is convincing the committee that you are bringing something unique to the class. While Stanford is not ranked #1 in any sub-specialty, it is strong in many areas.

FAMOUS ALUMNI SAMPLE

Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corporation (dropped out after 1 year)

John Donahoe, former Worldwide Managing Director, Bain & Company

Philip Knight, CEO, Nike Corporation

Scott McNealy, CEO, Sun Microsystems

Charles Schwab, Chairman, Charles Schwab Corporation

ADMISSIONS STATISTICS

Application Rounds: 3

Class Size: 378

Applicants: 5,253

Waitlist Size: 243

Waitlist Acceptance Rate: 9%

FINANCIAL AID

Annual budget: $48,012

Guaranteed loans available for all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

BusinessWeek Profile

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/stanford.htm

Stanford MBA Admissions

http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/mba/

Wharton School

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

http://www.wharton.upenn.edu

HINTS

The Wharton School is ranked as the #1 school in finance and accounting, and their emphasis is definitely on business fundamentals. Although the class has the same number of years of work experience as at other top programs, the average age skews a little higher, and thus maturity is definitely valued by the admissions committee. The admissions committee at Wharton is looking for talented, hard-working individuals that have achieved a great deal but are not arrogant about it.

FAMOUS ALUMNI SAMPLE

Reginald Jones, former CEO, General Electric Company

Shaun O’Malley, former Chairman, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Louis Platt, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard Corporation

Donald Trump, CEO, Trump Organization

Gary Wilson, Chairman, Northwest Airlines

ADMISSIONS STATISTICS

Application Rounds: 3

Class Size: 771

Applicants: 7,274

Waitlist Size: 371

Waitlist Acceptance Rate: 23%

FINANCIAL AID

Annual budget: $59,728

Guaranteed loans available for all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

BusinessWeek Profile

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/wharton.htm

Wharton MBA Admissions

http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba

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What should I look for before selecting a program?

· Eligibility criteria
· Financial implications
· Availability of financial aid for the program
· TOEFL/GRE/GMAT/SAT scores required
· Recognition and validity of the program
· Job opportunities on completion of the program
· Future career prospects.

Which University should I join?

Very good question! You need to evaluate every University individually and observe the following:
· Does it offer the program of your choice?
· Is it recognized or accredited?
· Admission and Academic Requirements
· Minimum TOEFL/GRE/GMAT/SAT/ scores required
· On campus and off campus jobs
· Job opportunities on completion of the program
· Financial Aid/Scholarships/Assistantships offered
· Campus Life
· Proximity of the campus to the nearest city etc.

What other criteria in an institution should an International  student look for before deciding to apply to it?
If you are keen on teaching assistantship at least in second or the third semester you should choose University with large Undergraduate population and which also offers Undergraduate courses. Many students make mistake by applying to the
smaller Institutes that offers only graduate courses.

Where do I get all this information?
Come to Admission Source with its vast experience and access to up-to-date information on foreign Universities, which is essential before applying. It is very difficult for a student to gather such information all by himself in absence of such information a student can land in a wrong program or in a wrong college or in a wrong city that could seriously affect his career. Admission Source will help you select the right program and college with the assistance of latest information we have on foreign Universities, thereby saving you precious time and money. And
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You name it we have it. Engineering, Management, Computer Science, Mass Communication, Fashion Merchandising, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Clinical Nutrition, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry are just some of the 600 programs, which Admission Source offers.

What is the Universities Admission source can get admissions? Please ask for the List of Universities. Our students are admitted to only top universities. Unlike others we only apply to universities, which are ranked.

How the systems of applying with Admission Source really work and how successful are we?

The system of applying to Universities abroad is very complicated and takes a lot of time, money and load of paper work. To address these difficulties we have devised a Common Admission Source Process. Our experts are aware of what the Universities are looking for and do the total marketing of the student application.

Why should I apply through Admission Source when I could apply on my own?
Sure. You could apply on your own as well to your desired list of Universities. But you have nothing to lose when you apply through Admission Source. For our working is so managed that the cost of applying directly shall also work out to same amount as applying through us. In addition you get all the backup facilities from us. Admission Source, being a not for Profit Organization, gives the best value.

Are Admission Source Universities fully accredited and recognized?

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What are the Standardized Tests?

Standardized Tests are tests conducted by the Educational Testing Service, USA also called the College Board, ETS. There are several tests for students at various academic levels, some of them being TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT. Standardized Tests.

Specifically, when should one ideally take the standardized Tests?

Students seeking admission in the Undergraduate courses are advised to take SAT and TOEFL latest by November of the year in which they enter 12th standard, preferably in July. Student seeking admission in Graduate course in September should take GMAT and GRE in or before November of the previous year. Taking this test only in December of the previous year will restrict the number of Universities in which you can apply.

Are there any Universities in the United States that would not require or waive the Standardized Tests?

TOEFL is a non-escapable examination for International students from countries other than whose mother tongue is English. However Admission Source has been successful in tracing certain US Universities that would not require you to have the scores of these standardized exams other than TOEFL at the time of your admissions, but they would require you to appear for these exams during the first year of the study. These Universities are less in number and may be limited to only certain programs and courses of study.

What is acceptance rate and how does it influence a student in selection of a University to apply?

Students often think that Universities that are hard to get in are necessarily better than the other ones. This is a major myth among students. Some US Universities are so big and philanthropically funded that they could take in as much as 30,000 – 40,000 students a year. This means they would take in an applicant if he/she meets the minimum admissions criteria and academic standing. Yet these Universities remain to be one of the best in the world today. Other Universities may be small and acutely funded resulting in smaller class and a less number intake.
Thus they wish to pick only the best from the total pool of applicants, and here you “find yourself rejected” and admiring all your life if only you could get into that school. Choosing Universities could be so difficult and students many times realize later on in their life, how much it counts to choose the right University for you. Remember “Harvard” or “Princeton” may be the worst of the places you could go for your personal student profile.

What are the various stages of application process for admission in US University and their time frame?

If you are interested in applying in the Fall Semester in 2004 the following should be your timetable:
Initial contact with University: JUNE – SEP, 2003
Taking entrance test: APRIL – DEC, 2003
Sending the complete application form: OCT – FEB, 2003
Receiving of admission letter: APRIL 2003
Visa application: JUNE 2003

Can there be a break in continuity in education before one seeks admission in MBA, MA, and MS?

YES, unlike in India when the general practice is for student to go directly from B.A/B.Com/B.Sc to M.A/M.Com/M.Sc/ MBA a large number of US students take up employment for a year or two immediately after the Under-graduation, and come back to University only later for their Master’s degree.

Do International students have options in funding their education?

Yes. There are proven and tested possibilities of funding your education without stress.

BANK LOANS: Many local banks in your hometown would be ready to provide you with a bank loan for the entire length of your studies abroad. If you have a relative living in America and who is willing to stand guarantee you can easily get a loan from an American financial institution. In addition ASSISTANTSHIP OR SCHOLARSHIP are available for Graduate Applicants as discussed below.

How easy is to get such finance assistantship from US Universities?

The position was quite easy till a few years back when many bright Indian students apply for admission in Graduate course received an offer of teaching assistantship along with the offer of admission. This has become quite rare in the last two to three years. Universities now days send only the letter of admission and expect student to enroll first without any financial assistantship and then take the chance in the second semester. Therefore if you propose to seek admission in the Graduate course in a US University you must prepare to pay the tuition fee and also meet your living expenses for at least one year. Otherwise your academic record should be exceptionally outstanding.

What are the types of financial assistance extended to students of US Universities? Yes.
There are proven and tested possibilities of funding your education without stress US University grants three type of financial assistance:

(I) The First one is for Under Graduate Students. Scholarships and work-study possibilities are there.
(ii) The Second is fellowship or scholarship for Graduate Students. This is a direct aid. In addition to the wavier of the tuition fees, this type of financial assistance will make available sufficient amount to the student, which will cover his living expenses. This is based on merits and does not require any reciprocal service by the student to the University except an obligation to continue to maintain a meritorious scholastic record.
(iii) The Third type of assistance also for Graduate Students. It is available to a number of Indian.

STUDENTS IN US.

A teaching assistance. It will require you to assist a senior professor in his teaching functions or to take class for Undergraduate students or assist them in their laboratory assignment.

How much will be the monthly living expenses of an Indian student in USA?

This amount will vary with the location of the University and will depend upon whether it is a big city like New York, Chicago, and Atlanta or is a relevant smaller city like Phoenix, Cincinnati or a University town like Amherst, Purdue.

But since the price of essential food items such as milk, bread and eggs are uniform almost the difference is in the different level of house rents payable in different places. Many Universities themselves provide accommodation to the large number of students enrolled in them. Typically two to four students combine together to rent a house, each student getting an independent bedroom but sharing the other facilities. Since food cooked at home is much cheaper than the restaurant food, the home make cook by turns and share the total kitchen cost. As a thumb rule one may say that the accommodation will cost each student $200 to $250 per month. Book, travel postage etc. round will cost of $50 to $70 per month. Food will cost around $100 per month. Even one can earn around $300 per month by doing odd jobs during spare hours within the University campus.

How much is the annual tuition fees in US?

There is a wide variation in the tuition fee charged by US Universities ranging from $5000 to $30,000 for a full academic year covering 9 months. In fact the annual tuition fee in some of the reputed Universities in US is as little as $7500. Generally speaking the tuition fees is the least in Universities funded by the state governments while it is higher in private institutes. Foreign students have to pay the tuition fee as a resident of other state in USA.

What is the starting salary that a graduate degree holder can hope to get in USA?

This will depend upon your subjects and whether you take up an employment with a private company or a government or with local bodies. Generally speaking the starting salary ranges between & 30,000 to 60,000 per annum.

Can an Indian student study MBBS in USA after completing 12th standard here?

There is no Undergraduate Medical College in USA. You must complete your BS degree and then take a test known as Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). It is only on the basis of your academic records in Undergraduate course and your marks in MCAT that you can apply for admission to a medical college for doing MD.

Can a MBBS degree holder from India seek admission for higher studies in USA?

No. It is almost impossible for them to get Visa for further studies. But one can seek admission in MS/MPH or Ph.D. for which you will have to take GRE and TOEFL.

To how many colleges should one apply to ensure the admission?

This will of course depend upon the credentials you are carrying in terms of your GPA, and your scores on TOEFL, GRE or GMAT or SAT. A student who for example has been a top student of a reputed institute with a overall grade point average of above 3.5 and score over 2300 out of 2400 in GRE may perhaps choose just one top institute such as Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley or Purdue University and should be certain of admission in it. The above is of course an exceptional case. Typically an International student writes to about 20-30 institutes asking for their application form and finally applies to around 10 institutions for admission. He gets admission offers from 5 to 6 from them.

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The University of Chicago

Graduate School of Business

BW Ranking 1

Location Illinois
Full-Time Enrollment N/A
Avg. GMAT 703
Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.1
Estimated total (not annual) program cost N/A
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) N/A

Concentrations

Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Strategy

The University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School

BW Ranking 2

Location Pennsylvania

Full-Time Enrollment 1,615

Avg. GMAT 714

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.9

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $88,090

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 21%

Concentrations

Accounting, Actuarial Science, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, Insurance, Marketing, Operations Management, Public Policy, Real Estate, Strategy

Harvard University

Harvard Business School

BW Ranking 4

Location Massachusetts
Full-Time Enrollment 1,819
Avg. GMAT 711
Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.5
Estimated total (not annual) program cost N/A
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 15%

University of California, Berkeley

Haas School of Business

BW Ranking 8

Location California

Full-Time Enrollment 505

Avg. GMAT 707

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.5

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $73,267

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 18%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Corporate Social Responsibility, E-commerce, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, Industrial Management, International Business, Leadership, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Media/Entertainment, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Portfolio Management, Public Administration, Public Policy, Real Estate, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Technology

Dartmouth College

Tuck School of Business

BW Ranking 11

Location New Hampshire
Full-Time Enrollment 490
Avg. GMAT 710
Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.6
Estimated total (not annual) program cost $81,805
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 20%

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kenan-Flagler Business School

Location North Carolina
Full-Time Enrollment 567
Avg. GMAT 664
Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.3
Estimated total (not annual) program cost $72,765
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 47%

Concentrations

Consulting, Entrepreneurship, , Real Estate, Supply Chain Management

Stanford University

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Location California
Full-Time Enrollment 764
Avg. GMAT 720
Avg. Work Experience (years) 4
Estimated total (not annual) program cost N/A
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 10%

Concentrations

General Management

Columbia University

Columbia Business School

Location New York
Full-Time Enrollment 1,242
Avg. GMAT N/A
Avg. Work Experience (years) 5
Estimated total (not annual) program cost $81,896
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 17%

Concentrations

Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Media/Entertainment, Operations Management, Real Estate

Cornell University

S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management

Location New York
Full-Time Enrollment 554
Avg. GMAT 679
Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.9
Estimated total (not annual) program cost $38,800
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 36%

Concentrations

Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing

University of California – Los Angeles

UCLA Anderson School of Management

BW Ranking 12

Location California

Full-Time Enrollment 710

Avg. GMAT 704

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.7

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $72,188

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 29%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Media/Entertainment, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Real Estate, Strategy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Sloan School of Management

BW Ranking 7

Location Massachusetts

Full-Time Enrollment 752

Avg. GMAT 702

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.7

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $84,728

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 20%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, E-commerce, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Industrial Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Portfolio Management, Real Estate, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Tax, Technology

Northwestern University

Kellogg School of Management

BW Ranking 3

Location Illinois

Full-Time Enrollment 1,310

Avg. GMAT 702

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.1

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $82,230

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 24%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, , Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, International Business, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Media/Entertainment, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Public Administration, Real Estate, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Technology

New York University

Leonard N. Stern School of Business

BW Ranking 14

Location New York

Full-Time Enrollment 815

Avg. GMAT 700

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.9

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $79,200

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 22%

Concentrations

Accounting, E-commerce, Economics, Entrepreneurship, , Finance, General Management, International Business, Leadership, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Technology

Carnegie Mellon University

Tepper School of Business

BW Ranking 16

Location Pennsylvania

Full-Time Enrollment 302

Avg. GMAT 696

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.3

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $84,576

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 29%

Concentrations

Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategy, Supply Chain Management

Duke University

The Fuqua School of Business

BW Ranking 9

Location North Carolina

Full-Time Enrollment 810

Avg. GMAT 696

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.8

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $78,700

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 36%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Operations Management

Emory University

Goizueta Business School

Location Georgia

Full-Time Enrollment 346

Avg. GMAT 690

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.9

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $75,652

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 34%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Media/Entertainment, Operations Management, Real Estate, Sports Business, Strategy

University of Southern California

Marshall School of Business

BW Ranking 21

Location California

Full-Time Enrollment 439

Avg. GMAT 685

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.1

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $78,000

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 36%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Media/Entertainment, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Portfolio Management, Real Estate, Strategy, Supply Chain Management

Georgetown University

Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business

Location District of Columbia
Full-Time Enrollment 468
Avg. GMAT 665
Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.1
Estimated total (not annual) program cost $72,000
pplicants Accepted (Selectivity) 41%

Concentrations

General Management

University of London

London Business School

Location United Kingdom

Full-Time Enrollment 635

Avg. GMAT 682

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.6

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $80,457

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity)

Concentrations

Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Strategy

University of Washington

Business School

Location Washington

Full-Time Enrollment 210

Avg. GMAT 679

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.2

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $55,056

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 30%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Portfolio Management, Public Administration, Real Estate, Strategy, Technology

University of Oxford

Saïd Business School

Location United Kingdom

Full-Time Enrollment 225

Avg. GMAT 677

Avg. Work Experience (years) 6

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $59,000

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 48%

Concentrations

Entrepreneurship, Finance, Strategy

University of Virginia

Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

BW Ranking 15

Location Virginia

Full-Time Enrollment 647

Avg. GMAT 677

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $82,000

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 41%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, , Finance, General Management, International Business, Leadership, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Portfolio Management, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Tax, Technology

INSEAD

INSEAD

Location France
Full-Time Enrollment 882
Avg. GMAT 702
Avg. Work Experience (years) 5
Estimated total (not annual) program cost $56,000
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity)

University of Michigan

Stephen M. Ross School of Business

BW Ranking 5

Location Michigan
Full-Time Enrollment 856
Avg. GMAT 701
Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.3
Estimated total (not annual) program cost $84,048

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 28%

Concentrations

Yale University

Yale School of Management

BW Ranking 19

Location Connecticut
Full-Time Enrollment N/A
Avg. GMAT 701
Avg. Work Experience (years) N/A

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $85,370
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 22%

Concentrations N/A

University of California, Davis

Graduate School of Management

Location California

Full-Time Enrollment 117

Avg. GMAT 673

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.5

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $68,858

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 30%

Concentrations

Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Technology

University of California, Irvine

The Paul Merage School of Business

Location California

Full-Time Enrollment 186

Avg. GMAT 670

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.7

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $72,901

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 44%

Concentrations

Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Public Policy, Real Estate, Strategy

Georgia Tech

College of Management

Location Georgia

Full-Time Enrollment 140

Avg. GMAT 669

Avg. Work Experience (years) 3.5

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $52,056

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 38%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Strategy

University of Texas at Austin

McCombs School of Business

BW Ranking 20

Location Texas

Full-Time Enrollment 510

Avg. GMAT 669

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $72,400

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 37%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Portfolio Management, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Technology

University of Notre Dame

Mendoza College of Business

Location Indiana

Full-Time Enrollment 320

Avg. GMAT 667

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.3

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $68,090

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 49%

Concentrations

Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Portfolio Management

University of Rochester

William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Location New York

Full-Time Enrollment 397

Avg. GMAT 667

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.5

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $79,422

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 36%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration, International Business, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Public Policy, Strategy

Boston University

School of Management

Location Massachusetts

Full-Time Enrollment 302

Avg. GMAT 663

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.6

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $67,125

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 34%

Concentrations

Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Care Administration, International Business, Leadership, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Strategy

The Ohio State University

Fisher College of Business

Location Ohio

Full-Time Enrollment 261

Avg. GMAT 662

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.7

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $67,564

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 49%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Portfolio Management, Real Estate, Strategy, Supply Chain Management

Purdue University

Krannert School of Management

Location Indiana

BW Ranking 18

Full-Time Enrollment 261

Avg. GMAT 661

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.5

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $60,620

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 42%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing and Technology Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Strategy, Supply Chain Management

HEC School of Management, Paris

HEC School of Management, Paris

Location France

Full-Time Enrollment 180

Avg. GMAT 657

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $48,142

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 22%

Concentrations

Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Strategy

University of Cambridge

Judge Business School

Location United Kingdom
Full-Time Enrollment 110
Avg. GMAT 680
Avg. Work Experience (years) 6.6
Estimated total (not annual) program cost $54,000
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 19%

IMD

International Institute for Management Development

Location Switzerland
Full-Time Enrollment 90
Avg. GMAT 680
Avg. Work Experience (years) 7.2
Estimated total (not annual) program cost $60,700
Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 27%

Concentrations

Entrepreneurship, General Management, Leadership

Queen’s University

Queen’s School of Business Web sit

Location Canada

Full-Time Enrollment 54

Avg. GMAT 656

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5.9

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $56,205

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 66%

Concentrations

Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing

York University

Schulich School of Business

Location Canada

Full-Time Enrollment 471

Avg. GMAT 656

Avg. Work Experience (years) 7

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $45,000

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 50%

Concentrations

Accounting, Arts Administration, Consulting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Public Administration, Real Estate, Strategy

Arizona State University

W. P. Carey School of Business

Location Arizona

Full-Time Enrollment 183

Avg. GMAT 655

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.4

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $52,228

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 34%

Concentrations

Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate, Sports Business, Supply Chain Management

The University of Iowa

Henry B. Tippie College of Business and School of Management

Location Iowa

Full-Time Enrollment 123

Avg. GMAT 655

Avg. Work Experience (years) 3

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $47,382

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 43%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, International Business, Marketing, Operations Management, Strategy

Washington University in St. Louis

Olin School of Business

Location Missouri

Full-Time Enrollment 258

Avg. GMAT 654

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.3

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $73,310

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 54%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Leadership, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Strategy, Supply Chain Management

Tulane University

A.B. Freeman School of Business

Location Louisiana

Full-Time Enrollment 133

Avg. GMAT 653

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.1

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $68,625

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 65%

Concentrations

Finance, General Management, Leadership, Marketing, Strategy

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

College of Business

Location Illinois

Full-Time Enrollment 202

Avg. GMAT 652

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.2

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $54,000

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 49%

Concentrations

Finance, General Management, Marketing, Operations Management

University of Georgia

Terry College of Business

Location Georgia

Full-Time Enrollment 124

Avg. GMAT 651

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.2

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $52,728

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 32%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Insurance, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Real Estate, Strategy

University of Maryland, College Park

Robert H. Smith School of Business

Location Maryland

Full-Time Enrollment 221

Avg. GMAT 651

Avg. Work Experience (years) 5

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $72,888

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 39%

Concentrations

Accounting, Consulting, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Technology

The Pennsylvania State University

The Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business

Location Pennsylvania

Full-Time Enrollment 150

Avg. GMAT 651

Avg. Work Experience (years) 4.5

Estimated total (not annual) program cost $57,496

Applicants Accepted (Selectivity) 33%

Concentrations

Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Portfolio Management, Strategy, Supply Chain Management

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
No Spring Admission
Deadline

The ME Department accepts applications for September only and the deadline for applying is December 15 of the previous year.
What documents are necessary for applying to ME?
The applications consist of four parts: The biographical section, 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts of all college level grades and a “Statement of Objectives”. All applicants are required to submit GRE scores (general test only) and international students are required to submit a TOEFL score of 577 or better for the paper-based exam, 233 or better for computer-based exam or 91 or better for the internet-based exam. All applicants are required to submit a $70.00 application fee.
Where should I send my application?
ME Graduate Office
MIT, Room 1-112
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Stanford University

Deadlines

No Spring Admission
Autumn or Fall
With Aid (fellowships): December 5 . No Aid: January 16
ME Supplementary Form is required
Two original, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended full time for one year or more are required. Send them to:
Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Admissions Office
Stanford University
440 Escondido Mall
Building 530, Room 125
Stanford, California 94305-3030
University of California – Berkeley

Deadline
No Spring Admission
Next Admission Cycle: Fall Semester 2007 ONLY
Both Departmental and University applications must be electronically submitted by the following application deadlines:
Applications available on line on or about September 2006 at the Graduate Division website
Departmental Questionnaire information is located at http://www.me.berkeley.edu/Grad/Areas/ME_Questionnaire_L.htm
Deadline for application submission is Midnight, Pacific Standard Time, December 15, 2006. Submit your application early. We do not accept late applications for any reason.
Supporting data, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE and TOEFL scores should arrive no later than January 9, 2007.
Applications for Fall 2007, including the statement of purpose and recommendation letters, must be submitted on-line. Do not download or print the supplemental application form pdfs. The Mechanical Engineering Department has its own online process for the recommendation letters. All admissions data should be submitted online except original transcripts. We require one (1) official transcript from each college or university you have attended.
Test results for the General GREs must be directed to 4833 (the Berkeley institution code) and to 1500 (the Department of Mechanical Engineering code).
Applicants from countries in which English is not the official language must take the TOEFL and score at least 570 on the paper and pencil test, 230 on the computer-based test, and 68 on the Next Generation TOEFL (iBT). The institution code for Berkeley is 4833. There is no Department code for the TOEFL.
Mail to:
University of California at Berkeley
Department of Mechanical Engineering
6189 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1742
California Institute of Technology

Deadline

No Spring Admission

Mechanical Engineering January 1

Application Checklist: Have you

Completed the application form (be sure to press the ‘submit’ button to complete the process)
Included application fee information
Uploaded a Statement of Purpose
Requested test scores be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the California Institute of Technology (Institutional Code 4034) . A subject code is not required.
Submitted one copy of your transcripts from each college of university attended or uploaded a copy of your transcripts electronically
Requested at least three letters of recommendation
If applicable, submitted additional documents such as abstracts, resume, list of publications, etc.

Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies
Mail Code 230-87
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Application Deadlines
Term of Admission Deadline
Fall Term (September) May 1 (January 5 for financial aid consideration)
Winter Term (January) October 1

Admission Requirements
There are no specific minimums, but we are generally looking for students who are strong in at least three
of the four areas below:
• Average GPA in the 3.2-3.5 range on a scale of 4.0
• GRE scores in the 80-90th percentile (The GRE is a standard requirement for all applicants)
• Letters of recommendation
• Statement of purpose
International students must also take the TOEFL, IELTS or the MELAB. (Applicants who have earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English exclusively are exempt.)

University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Deadlines

For Fall admission: March 1

For Spring admission: October 1
For Summer admission: March 1

These deadlines do not apply to transcripts and letters of recommendation. We do encourage applicants, though, to have test score results to us by the above deadlines. Files will be held until all documentation is complete.
Files from international applicants which are still incomplete by December 1 (for Spring admission) and July 1 (for Fall admission) will be denied.
Files from applicants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents which are still incomplete by January 1 (for Spring admission) and August 1 (for Fall admission) will be denied.
Required
An unofficial minimum grade point average of 3.25 (A = 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study is required and a 3.5 (A = 4.0) for any previous graduate work completed.
Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test are required of all applicants.
All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 613 (paper-based), 257 (computer-based), or 104 (iBT).
Applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL if certain criteria are met. Based upon the previous preparation of the student, prerequisite courses may be specified by the advisor, but the credit may not be applied toward a degree
Cornell University

Application Deadlines

Mechanical Engineering — Fall, Jan. 1 (for M.S./Ph.D.); April 1 (for M.Eng.); spring, Nov. 1*
*Only in unusual cases are M.S./Ph.D. students admitted in the spring

Tuition: Usually endowed

M.S./Ph.D. and Ph.D.
three recommendations
GRE general test

Georgia Institute of Technology

Application Deadline
Main Campus with Financial Aid
Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Main Campus without Financial Aid
Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

DEGREE TYPE OFFERED
M.S.
Ph.D.

DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Masters
Bioengineering – ME
Mechanical Engineering
Paper Science & Engineering – ME
Doctoral
Bioengineering – ME
Mechanical Engineering
Paper Science & Engineering – ME

ADMITTANCE TERMS
Fall
Spring
Summer

TOEFL REQUIREMENTS
Institute Code: 5248
Department Code: 68
Minimum score required:
Paper-based: 580
Computer-based: 240
Internet-based: 94

GRE REQUIREMENTS
Institute Code: R5248
Department Code: 1502
General Test: Required

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
A grade point average of at least 3.0 is desirable

CONCENTRATION / RESEARCH AREAS
Acoustics and Dynamics
Automation and Mechatronics
Bioengineering
Computer-Aided Engineering and Design
Fluid Mechanics
Heat Transfer, Combustion and Energy Systems
Manufacturing
Mechanics of Materials
MEMS
Tribology

CONTACT INFORMATION
Office of Student Services
School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0405
Phone: 404.894.3204
Fax: 404.894.4545

Purdue University–West Lafayette

School of Mechanical Engineering Supplemental Information Form

Deadline for International Applicants
Fall Entry: May 15 (if outside the U.S.); June 15 (if in the U.S.)

Spring Entry: September 15 (if outside the U.S.); November 1 (if in the U.S.)

Princeton University

Application deadlines

for admission to the 2007-2008 academic year are 31 December 2006 for North American applicants and 1 December 2006 for all other applicants.

No Spring Admission.

We encourage you to apply online as there are a very limited number of Hardcopy applications available. PDF applications can be printed at

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

The Department offers admission to the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering programs for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Deadlines

For Fall semester admission is December 15 of the previous year.

Only applications received by December 15 will be considered for financial support.
For Spring semester admission is October 15 of the previous year. Applications received after October 15 will not be considered for Spring semester admission.

It is required that you also provide the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a photocopy of your application materials to expedite the admissions process.

Carnegie Mellon University

Deadlines

For the Fall semester, all applications must be received by January 15th.

Applications for the Spring semester must be received by October 15th.

Guide for Minimum Standards for Accepting Graduate Applicants
(Keep in mind admissions is very competitive)
GPA Suggested minimum 3.00/4.00 (please convert your measurement to the 4.0 scale)

GRE and TOEFL Scores
Suggested minimum on Verbal GRE: 400

Suggested minimum Quantitative: 600/800
Analytical Writing: 4.0/6.0.

Suggested minimum on TOEFL: 600 out of 677 or 250 out of 300
(The above standards are based on averages of admitted applicants utilizing the new test.)
If you are taking the new iBT TOEFL, the following recommendations (for minimums) are being used for skill scores.
Reading = 18; Listening = 18; Speaking = 16; Writing = 16
Total score range = 74-100

The GRE school code for Carnegie Mellon is 2074 and the Department of Mechanical Engineering department code is 1502. The TOEFL code is 68.

Graduate Admissions
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Scaife Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Northwestern University

Deadlines

No Spring Admissions

December 31: Deadline for receipt of on-line applications by the graduate school
February 1: All application materials must be received from international applicants
April 15: general deadline for students to accept offers of admission.

Supporting documents for the online application should be sent directly to the ME Department in the address given below.

If any documentation must be sent separately from your application, please clearly mark your name and date of birth on all materials.
Ms. Pat Dyess
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2145 Sheridan Road
Northwestern University
Evanston. IL 60208, USA

Penn State University–University Park

Deadline

For fall semester admission is January 15.

University of Texas – Austin
DEADLINES:

For the FALL semester, ALL application materials must be received by JANUARY 15.
For the SPRING semester, ALL application materials must be received by OCTOBER 1.
For the SUMMER semester, ALL application materials must be received by JANUARY 15.
* Deadlines are for priority consideration. The Mechanical Engineering Program functions on a rolling admissions basis. If all your materials are complete, your application will be reviewed despite missing the deadline.
STEP 1: APPLY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
The University of Texas at Austin’s Graduate & International Admissions Center uses the online Texas Common Application. This website not only has the application, but it also has a great deal of useful information for applying to school at Texas universities. Gather the following materials:
Application to the University ( Texas Common Application)
Application Fee ($50 for US students; $75 for International students)
GRE & TOEFL scores (Sent by E.T.S.; Photocopies are NOT accepted)
Official Transcripts of Previous Academic Work (Photocopies are NOT accepted)
Send all materials to:
Graduate and International Admissions
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, Texas 78713-7608
Step 2: APPLY TO THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
After you have submitted the above information, download the ME Department’s Supplemental Application (MS Word) or Supplemental Application (PDF). If you use the PDF format please print out, legibly fill in with pen, and send it by postal mail only – not as an email attachment. If you use the Word format please type your responses in, save it, and send it as an attachment to gradofc@me.utexas.edu. Gather the following materials:
Cover Letter – Please state which items are being enclosed with this cover letter, which items have been sent to Graduate & International Admissions (GIAC), and when we can expect any remaining items.
Application to the Department
Statement of Purpose- In reviewing applications, evidence of creativity, initiative, motivation and other characteristics indicative of the applicant’s potential as a scholar and contributor to society are considered. Please communicate any additional comments on your activities, accomplishments, goals and research interests that give evidence of these characteristics and that might be helpful in evaluating your application to the Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering. The personal statement may be at most two typewritten pages.
Three Letters of Recommendation- At least two of these letters must be from academia. Our professors prefer that the recommender not only write a letter, but also fill out the recommendation form which is available on page 23 of the Graduate Brochure or can be downloaded from GIAC.
Send all materials to:
The University of Texas at Austin
Mechanical Engineering Department
ATTN: Admissions Coordinator
1 University Station, C2200
Austin, Texas 78712-0292

Virginia Tech

Mechanical Engineering Department normally expects applicants to have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 (4.0 scale) or better for either the B.S. degree program or the last 60 hours of course work. Students applying to Mechanical Engineering must take the GRE and students whose native language is not English, must also take the TOEFL unless they have completed 30 hours at an English speaking university. The minimum acceptable score for applicants is 620 (260 computer based). Students will likely not be competitive with scores below a 450 and a 700 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE, respectively. Test scores more than 2 years old should be re-taken. Scores of students recommended for acceptance are often higher. Research experience and the three letters of recommendation are a significant part of the evaluation of the application.
The department does process applications on a rolling basis.

To be given FULL consideration for admission and assistantships/ fellowships, applications must be received by

Deadline

January 15th for the fall term and Oct. 1st for the spring term.

ALL application materials should be received by the deadlines for admission. Applications are on-line via the web site: http://www.grads.vt.edu/admissions/ applying/index.html#online; paper-based applications are no longer available. Due to technical difficulties, the Graduate School has been unable to get the on-line application updated. Please be aware there are discrepancies beyond our control. See the check list below for the materials the ME Department requires.
The application fee is $45.
A COMPLETE application should be mailed in ONE large envelope to:
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Coordinator
100T-1 Randolph Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0238
A complete application for the ME Department includes:
A printed copy of the on-line application
3 letters of recommendation (In signed/sealed envelopes if the references do not use the on-line recommendation form.)
Official or copy of transcripts from undergraduate and graduate universities
Official or a copy of test scores (GRE’s & TOEFL for international students)
Statement of Research and Professional Objectives form
Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members whose research areas most interests them by sending a resume and a cover letter (email is acceptable and preferred by most faculty).
You will be able to view the status of your application at: https://banweb.banner.vt.edu/pls/bprod/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon.

University of Maryland

The minimum requirements of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for acceptance into the Graduate program are:
Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited college or university (or equivalent from a foreign institution)
At least a 3.0 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale)
At least 3 letters of recommendation strongly supporting the applicant’s admission into the Graduate Program
An essay or statement of goals and experiences
A total score greater than 1200 combined on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the General GRE and greater than 4.5 on the Analytical Writing section
For international applicants: at least a 577 (paper-based) or 233 (computer-based) score on the TOEFL exam
In 2004, the Department of Mechanical Engineering received over 515 applications. Of these, 19% were accepted. For the applicants accepted the average undergraduate and graduate GPA were, respectively, 3.54 and 3.74, and the average total GRE General Test score was 545 Verbal, 750 Quantitative, 4.57 Analytic.. For international applicants the average TOEFL score was 620 (equivalent to a score of 260 on the computer-based TOEFL).

Deadline

Application Deadlines for the Fall Semester
International Applicants February 1. All U.S. citizens must submit applications by May 15.
Application Deadlines for the Spring Semester
International students June 1. All U.S. citizens must submit applications by October 15.
All application materials should be submitted to:
Enrollment Services Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
0130 Mitchell Building
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742
University of Pennsylvania

What is the minimum GRE and TOFEL score required for admission?
The minimum GRE score is a combined score of 2000 out of a possible 2400 (800+800+(133.33 * 6.0)=2400). Foreign students whose native language is not English are required to submit an official TOEFL examination score of 250 or 600 (depending on which test was taken) better unless they have spent at least three years at an academic institution in an English speaking country.
The GRE reporting code is 2926 (school code) along with 1502 (department code). The TOFEL reporting code is 2888.
Candidates may apply for admission to the School of Engineering by completing the application form which consists of: biographical information; a personal statement; two official letters of recommendation; two official transcripts and statement of class rank and grade point average from each university or college attended. Each application must include a non-refundable $70 application fee.
To insure full consideration, the application for admission, the application fee, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other required documents must be received by the appropriate office at least two months prior to the anticipated first semester of enrollment.

Deadline

While we prefer receiving applications for admission to the M.S.E. program by January 2 for the fall semester, we will process applications (assuming that there are openings) as late as June 1.
Visit the School of Engineering & Applied Science Penn “Express App” Web site where you can fill out an application for admission directly.
If you have any questions please contact :
Maryeileen Banford
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
University of Pennsylvania
229 Towne Building
220 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6315
E-mail: banford@.seas.upenn.edu
Telephone: (215) 898-2826.

Rice University

Deadline
Your application must be received by February 1 if you are applying for financial aid. It is best to apply early since on average we admit 25 students, and, of those, approximately ten receive fellowships. Graduate fellowships (the only form of financial aid the department offers) are awarded by the department and not Rice. Upon acceptance you may receive admission only or a fellowship (admission with an award of tuition plus a stipend).

Columbia University

Deadline
MS only Fall February 15 and Spring October 1
MS leading to PhD and PhD only Fall December 15 and Spring Oct 1
University of Notre Dame

Deadline
Fall February 1.Spring November 1
The TOEFL is required for international students. If you’re taking the TOEFL CBT the minimum score is 250. If it is available in your country and you are taking the TOEFL IBT, then the minimum score is a total of 80 points, with a minimum of 23 on the Speaking section. Individual departments may require higher scores, and these IBT minimums are subject to change.
University of Southern California
Washington University in St. Louis
Arizona State University
Lehigh University

Deadline

The deadline for fall semester applications is July 15. The spring semester deadline is December 1. The deadline for financial aid for the 2005/2006 academic year is January 15.
Preliminary application is required.
North Carolina State University

Deadline
Spring July 15
Summer December 15
Fall March 1
Michigan Technological University

Deadline

Application Deadline for Fall (August) 2007: 15 June 2007
(US transfer or Canadian: 1 August 2007)
University of Colorado – Boulder

Deadline

Fall admission
Application deadline January 15
International application deadline December 1
Financial assistance application deadline January 15
Spring admission
Application deadline October 15
International application deadline September 1
Financial assistance application deadline October 15

Illinois Institute of Technology

Deadline
Armour College of Engineering, College of Science and Letters
Domestic Applicants Spring2007 / Summer2007 / Fall2007
MS Jan. 6 / May 15 / Aug. 7
Ph.D. Oct. 15, 2006 / April 15 / May 1
Financial Consideration for full-time Master’s/PhD Sept. 1, 2006 / N/A / Feb. 15
International Applicants Spring 2007 / Summer 2007/ Fall 2007
General Application Deadline Oct. 15, 2006 / March 15 / May 1
Financial Consideration (Master’s/ Ph.D.) Sept. 1, 2006 / N/A / Feb. 15

University of Missouri – Rolla

Checklist

Requirements

Deadline

Applications for admission should be submitted by the following dates:
Domestic International Financial
Fall July 15 June 15 March 1
Winter December 15 November 15 October 1
Summer May 1 April 1 X
Documents to be sent to…
Admissions Office
University of Missouri-Rolla
102 Parker Hall
1870 Miner Circle
Rolla, MO 65409-1060
USA
Graduate Application for Admission
OFFICIAL transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
OFFICIAL GRE scores (V+Q > 1100 & AW > 3.5 required for admission)
OFFICIAL TOEFL score (> 570 required for admission)
Three letters of recommendation
$50.00 fee in US currency (CANNOT be waived or deferred)
Financial statement and statement of purpose
2. Documents to be sent to …
Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
University of Missouri-Rolla
1870 Miner Circle
Rolla, MO 65409-0050
USA
Application for Financial Support (pdf)
Copies of transcripts
Copies of GRE scores
Copies of TOEFL scores
Copies of journal and refereed conference papers (must be in English)
Three letters of recommendation

Brigham Young University

Deadline

Admission and Entry
Semesters of entry and application deadlines:
Fall, spring, summer, January 15 (U.S. and international); winter, September 15 (U.S. and international).
Entrance examinations: All applicants must submit scores for the GRE general examination. International applicants must also submit TOEFL scores.
Prerequisite: BS degree in mechanical engineering or an allied discipline with approval; 3.0 GPA or above in last 60 hours for regular admission.
University at Buffalo – State University of New York

FAQ

Please send all the material supporting your application (e.g. Letter of Reference etc.) to the following address only:
Graduate Program
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo
318 Jarvis Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4400
Telephone: (716)645-2593 x2238
Fax: (716)645-3875
Email: maegrad@eng.buffalo.edu

Deadlines
Domestic Applicants
Fall
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is August 1st
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is January 15th
Spring
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is December 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is September15th
International Applicants
Fall
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is March 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is January 15th
Spring
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is December 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is September 15th

Drexel University

Deadlines
International Students Fall only June 13

University at Buffalo – State University of New York

Explore

Please send all the material supporting your application (e.g. Letter of Reference etc.) to the following address only:
Graduate Program
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo
318 Jarvis Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4400
Telephone: (716)645-2593 x2238
Fax: (716)645-3875

Email: maegrad@eng.buffalo.edu

Deadlines
Domestic Applicants
Fall
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is August 1st
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is January 15th
Spring
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is December 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is September15th
International Applicants
Fall
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is March 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is January 15th
Spring
For students NOT requesting financial aid application deadline is December 15th
For students requesting financial aid application deadline is September 15th
University of Pittsburgh

Deadlines
March 1 – Fall
July 1 – Spring
February 1 – Summer
Clemson University

Deadline

Applications must be completed by July 15 (April 15 for international students) for August enrollment and November 15 (September 15 for international students) for January enrollment.

International applicants will be considered for Ph.D. program only.
Applicants for August enrollment whose files are completed prior to January 15 will be given preferential consideration for financial aid

in the form of research and teaching assistantships or University fellowships. Assistantship support may also be available for students considering January enrollment.

University of Houston

Application Checklist
1 official copy of transcript
2.GRE scores
3 Letters of recommendation
Financial Aid and Statement of Purpose form
$75 Application fee (cannot be waived)
TOEFL scores
Financial backing letter
1 passport sized photo
Send ALL application materials to :
Director of Graduate Admissions
Mechanical Engineering, N215D
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-4006
Phone: (713) 743-4505
Fax: (713) 743-4503
Email: megrad@uh.edu
University of Utah
Deadlines
Fall December 1
Spring August 1
Summer December 1
The institution code for the University of Utah is R4853. The department code for Mechanical Engineering is 1502
Admissions Office
250 Student Services Building
201 S 1460 E, RM 250S
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057
USA
Phone: (801) 581-7283
Fax: (801) 585-7864
Web: http://www.sa.utah.edu/admiss/
email: graduate@sa.utah.edu Student Services Office
Department of Mechanical Engineering
50 S Central Campus Drive, MEB 2110
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
USA
Phone: (801) 585-9293
Fax: (801) 585-9826
Web: http://www.mech.utah.edu/
email: harlow@mech.utah.edu

Oregon State University
Please send to the Office of Admissions the following application materials.

You should submit all of these materials to the Admissions Office in one package; they will forward the department copies to us.

Deadline

For consideration for graduate teaching and research assistantships, please submit your full application by January 15th.
Completed application form—original plus 2 copies.

Non-refundable $50 application fee—check or money order in U.S. dollars, payable to OSU. Applications without this fee will not be processed.
Official transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate academic work—3 photocopies of each transcript. International applicants must provide a certified English translation of their academic transcripts.
Statement of objectives and particular fields of interest—2 copies.
Three letters of professional reference, on official letterhead and addressed to Mechanical Engineering. If you have a master’s degree, a letter from your major professor should be included.
International applicants also need to provide the following:
• Two photocopies of your TOEFL score, taken within the past 2 years. (TOEFL scores over 2 years old can be used only for conditional admission consideration.)
• Completed financial certificate and bank statements.
In addition, all applicants whose undergraduate degree is from a university outside the United States must submit GRE general test scores.
These scores should be sent directly by ETS to:
Graduate Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering, Rogers Hall 204,
Corvallis OR 97331
For all other applicants, submission of GRE general test scores is optional; however, applicants desiring full consideration for financial support (scholarships, fellowships, etc.)

are strongly encouraged to submit these test scores (for this purpose, a photocopy can be submitted in your admissions packet).
The minimum entrance requirements are as follows:
Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
A combined GPA of 3.00 on the last 90 hours of graded undergraduate work plus all work completed thereafter.
International students: minimum TOEFL score of 550.
International students: financial clearance from the OSU Office of International Education.

San Diego State University

Application Procedure

Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants: May 1
International Applicants: May 1
Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants: November 1
International Applicants: October 1

University of North Dakota

ALso Check

Deadline

Fall March 1.

University of Idaho

Deadlines
Priority Application deadlines:
Fall Semester (August to December) – February 1
Spring Semester (Jan to May) -September 1
Summer Term (Begins mid may) – February 1
Please submit all admission documents to the Graduate Admissions Office.
University of Idaho
Graduate Admissions Office
PO Box 444266
709 Deakin Rm 137
Moscow, ID 83844-4266

Santa Clara University

Applicants who apply for a degree or a certificate program and who have earned their degree(s) from outside the United States are required to have their foreign transcript(s)

evaluated by a member agency of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) that provides foreign academic credential evaluation services.

It makes sure that your non-U.S. academic credentials are properly recognized.

Deadline

Fall /Winter / Spring
MS Monday August 13 / November 6 / March 2
PhD Monday August 13 / November 6 / March 2

University of Nevada-Las Vegas
International Students

Deadline

All application materials must be in to the Graduate College by May 1 (Fall Semester) or October 1 (Spring Semester)

unless the department to which you are applying has an earlier deadline, or you are also applying for a Graduate Assistantship.
Department Deadline Fall June 15 and Spring November 15
TempleUniversity

Application Deadlines
All master’s degrees, U.S. applicants . Fall semester -July 1.Spring semester -November 15
All master’s degrees, international applicants .Fall semester -April 15 .Spring semester -October 15
Ph.D. in Engineering, applicants .Fall semester -February 15
All financial aid applicants -February 15
Admission Requirements
An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 is required. An overall 2.8 GPA is acceptable provided the student’s last two years of courses have produced a GPA of at least 3.2. The departmental admissions committee will decide each case on an individual basis. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be waived upon written request from applicants with two or more years of engineering employment. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid are required to take the GRE. The TOEFL examination is required of international applicants.
Binghamton University

Deadline

Applicants for the next fall semester who wish to obtain TA/GA/RA/fellowships positions are strongly encouraged to submit their application by late December.
Applicants for the next spring semester should submit their application by early October. Some programs do not offer admission for the spring; others have spring admission

but without departmental funding.
Deadline
MS, MS/PhD, or PhD
Fall 15th January
Spring 15th October
Mailing your Supplemental Materials:
To ensure speedy handling, please write the words “Electronic Submission” on the outside of the envelope and mail it to:
The Graduate School
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000*
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
*For courier service, use 4400 Vestal Parkway East, Couper Administration Building, Room AD 134.
San Jose State University

Deadline

Fall May 1
Spring November 1

University of South Carolina

Deadline
For international applications:
Fall May 1
Spring Oct. 1
For applications from within U.S.A.:
Fall July 1
Spring Nov. 15
Minimum GRE scores are 450 verbal, 700 quantitative and 500 analytical (or 3.5 analytical writing).

International applicants must also submit TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam scores.

The minimum score for TOEFL is 600 paper-based or 250 computer-based and the minimum score for IELTS is 7.0.

OTHER UNIVERSITIES OFFERING MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM

(Details will be posted Shortly)

Johns Hopkins University

University of California–San Diego

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Texas A&M University–College Station

Ohio State University

University of California–Santa Barbara

University of California–Los Angeles

Duke University

University of Florida

University of Washington

Case Western Reserve University

University of California–Davis

Stevens Institute of Technology

Tulane University

University of Alabama–Huntsville

University of Miami

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

University of North Carolina–Charlotte

Wayne State University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Colorado State University

Oklahoma State University

Southern Methodist University

University of Kansas

University of Oklahoma

University of Rochester

University of Tennessee

George Washington University

Kansas State University

Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge

Northeastern University

Tufts University

University of Kentucky

SUNY–Stony Brook

University of Cincinnati

University of Connecticut

University of Illinois–Chicago

University of Iowa

University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Washington State University

Boston University

Syracuse University

University of Arizona

University of Delaware

Vanderbilt University

Rutgers State University–New Brunswick

University of California–Irvine

Yale University

Iowa State University

University of Virginia

Michigan State University
Auburn University

 

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