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Don’t forget the video essay!

Since we don’t get the opportunity to interview every WP MBA applicant in person, we introduced a new element into the application process this year – the video “essay.” It is not so much an essay as a two-minute peek into your personality.  It is your chance to introduce yourself (at least your virtual self!) to the Admissions Committee in a way that can showcase your communication skills, presentation skills, and individuality.  It adds that missing third dimension to a rather two-dimensional application process.

The video essay is completed through a different system than the one you use to submit your online application yet it is still a required part of the application process.  We are noticing that many of our applicants are showing “incomplete” for the video essay – you can complete this part either before you submit your online application or right after, but in either case, please don’t forget it!

We look forward to “meeting” you soon!



Quick application checklist

Since we process applications on a rolling admissions basis, it is always advantageous to apply early – as applications are submitted and become complete, we will review them and make admissions decisions. The application is now live for both spring semester (January 2015 start) and autumn semester (August 2015 start).  The deadline to apply for the January start is October 15, so you still have plenty of time to get ready.

Here is your quick checklist:

1) Request an official copy of any transcript you have from an undergraduate or graduate institution where you received any credit.  A scanned or electronic copy of an official transcript is all you need to submit for application review purposes.

2) Register to take the GMAT or the GRE.  The GMAT is still our preferred test for the MBA program if you have not yet taken either test; however, we will accept the GRE and you will not be at any disadvantage if you choose to take the GRE.  You may be able to waive out of the test if you meet certain requirements.

3) Request individuals to serve as your references.  We require TWO letters of recommendation.  We prefer letters of recommendation from current or previous supervisors, followed by letters from colleagues, clients, professors, or anyone you may work with on a professional board or community organization.

4) Update your resume.

5) Start thinking about and drafting your personal statement and completing your video essay.

6) International students only – register for the TOEFL or IELTS.

Stay tuned for more advice on application requirements in upcoming posts!

Application for Autumn 2015 now live

The Autumn 2015 application is now live with one major change this year – a brief video essay.

In an effort to get to know you a little bit better through the application process, we are asking you to record a two minute video response to the following prompt:

Share something interesting about yourself that we would not otherwise learn from your application.

The online application includes a link to the video essay platform.  You will be given specific, step-by-step instructions for completing the video essay.  While you do not have to complete the essay the first time you log-in to the video platform, we do request that you complete the essay prior to submitting your final application to the WP MBA program.

Have fun with this – it is an opportunity to showcase your personality in a way that doesn’t always come through your written personal statement.  We look forward to getting to know you.

Good luck!