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  1. 1. EducationUSA can help you every step along the way. 5 Steps to U.S. Study 1.Research Your Options 2.Finance Your Studies 3.Complete Your MBA Application 4.Apply for Your Student Visa 5.Prepare for Your Departure
  2. 2. Let’s Begin
  3. 3. What’s an MBA?
  4. 4. When to do an MBA?
  5. 5. Why an MBA?
  6. 6. What’s the difference between an MBA and an M.S. in….
  7. 7. MBA Majors
  8. 8. Unusual MBA Majors
  9. 9. MBA Tracks  Full Time MBA: 2 years  Part Time MBA: 12-18 month  Executive MBA: 1-2 years  Accelerated MBA: 12-18 months  Fast Track MBA: 4+1 years  Evening/Weekend MBA: 2 years or more  Online MBA: 1-2 years
  10. 10. MBA Learning Methodologies  Open Discussions  Case Studies  Group Projects  Presentations  Research Papers  Capstone ( Capsim-Consultation Project)
  11. 11. Evaluate MBA Programs  Location  Program Length  Opportunities  Weather  Diversity  Business Career Services  Alumni
  12. 12. Qualities of a Successful MBA Candidate
  13. 13. Team Player
  14. 14. Detail Oriented
  15. 15. Communication Skills
  16. 16. Analytical Skills
  17. 17. English Proficiency (especially academic writing)
  18. 18. A Student Who is Capable of Completing the U.S. Program Financially
  19. 19. Assess your own strengths and weaknesses. Have I Got What It Takes?  Applications are reviewed holistically - There is not a single disqualifying factor in any given application.  Make Yourself More Competitive. Stand out.  Address any hindering weaknesses – If you did not have outstanding academic performance, you may want to consider accumulating relevant experience or (re)taking the test to increase your chances.  Change of Career – Not always a disadvantage. Is there anything in your current career that has peaked your interest in or prepared you for a new field?  Gaining Work and Volunteer Experience – Always gives you a competitive edge when relevant. It is oftentimes required because of the unique perspective it allows you to bring to the table.
  20. 20. Every little piece counts. And every university is different. The MBA “Application Package” for the U.S.  Application Fee and Form.  Statement of Purpose and other Essays  2-3 Recommendation Letters  Official Academic Records/Transcripts in sealed envelope  Exams (GRE, GMAT) Scores sent from testing agency.  TOEFL iBT (or IELTS) Results sent from testing agency.  Writing Samples, Research Papers, Portfolio, Other  Curriculum Vitae or Resume  Interview
  21. 21. Statement of Purpose  Brainstorm Ideas  Create two lists of instances (Personal & Professional )  Selection of characteristics (Leadership, entrepreneur ship,…)  Match Characteristics with instances  Outline  Write  Proof read
  22. 22. Recommendation Letters  A recommendation is a personal account of one’s accomplishments, academic/ professional qualities, and experiences that are related to the program.  Rather than certificates, a recommendation letter backs-up a student’s claims and presents a complete picture of the candidate, based on what they have witnessed regarding your development and achievements accomplished.  “I recommend Mona for study in the USA.”
  23. 23. Who to Ask? 2-5 People who know you well. Be selective.  2 Bosses, supervisors, employees, or colleagues - Recommendation from someone in the field you wish to pursue. Someone who can provide evidence of your professional abilities and potential.  1 Teachers, professors, tutors, or deans – People who have known you for 2+ years and can attest to your academic abilities, regardless of their professional stature.  Never ask family or friends, unless the university application specifically asks for this.
  24. 24. Prepare your Recommenders 2-5 People who know you well. Be selective.  Talk to them about the program  Provide background information  Send your application items  Ask if they can talk about certain project or achievement  Tell them which schools you’re applying to  Tell them about deadlines  Instructions on how to submit
  25. 25. GMAT  Graduate Management Admission Test by GMAC  Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)  Assesses analytical writing and problem solving  Official Website: https://www.mba.com/africa  Preparation: Manhattan, Veritas, Kaplan  Free preparation software: https://www.mba.com/africa/the-gmat-exam/prepare- for-the-gmat-exam/test-prep-materials/free-gmat-prep- software.aspx
  26. 26. GRE  Graduate Record Examination (CAT) by section  You can skip questions and go back  Owned and administered by ETS  Assesses verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking  Website: https://www.ets.org/gre  Preparation: Manhattan, Barron’s, Princeton, Kaplan  Free preparation materials:  https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/?WT .ac=grehome_greprepare_d_150213v
  27. 27. TOEFL  The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level.  ITP & iBT  iBT is a computer based test  Section: Reading, Writing, Listening, & Speaking  Free Preparation Materials: https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/
  28. 28. Resume  1 page or 2 pages maximum  Focus on achievement and avoid job description  Skip jargon  Go the extra mile  Show progress  Show leadership  Show extra curricular activities
  29. 29. Interview  Interviews will be on the phone or video  Dress and act formally  Smile even if it’s a phone interview  Show interest by asking questions  Do your homework  Some questions you may encounter:  Tell me about yourself (Practice your elevator pitch)  What is your biggest weakness?  Tell me about a time you failed  Describe a poor manager you've had  Tell me about an ethical dilemma you faced
  30. 30. MBA Fellowship at Stanford  Fellowship Eligibility  You must be a citizen of an African country  You must have completed, or be in the final year of completing, your university studies.  Evaluation Criteria  Commitment to developing Africa  Demonstrated financial need is preferred  Merit, determined by the three criteria used to consider candidates: intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions that will add to the class.  Link: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/programs/mba/financial-aid/types- aid/stanford-africa-mba-fellowship
  31. 31. Onsi Sawiris MBA Scholarship  Fellowship Eligibility  · GPA : 3.5 / Very Good or above (Overall grade)  · TOEFL: iBT: 100 or above  · MBA - GMAT: 650 or above (taken within 5 years)  Evaluation Criteria  Extracurricular Activities Have been involved or are currently involved in extracurricular activities.  A minimum of three years working experience.  Be planning to start their studies in the U.S.A in the year 2019.  Be Egyptian nationals, who are residents of Egypt (preference will not be given to dual nationality applicants).  Have not lived more than 3 years abroad.  Be committed to coming back to Egypt for two years directly after the successful completion of the degree.  Scholarship link: http://www.onsisawirisscholarship.org/graduate-scholarship/
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  33. 33. Take your research seriously. You have many free tools to help. Search Tools and Resources Global network of centers and thorough website/app. EDUCATIONUSA AMIDEAST Information on testing, test prep, and fields of study. U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT Unofficial rankings for graduate programs in the United States. PETERSONS Fantastic tools and resources for graduate study, incl. GRE. CHEA Database of accredited American education institutions. NACES Information on credential evaluation. NUMBEO, FOREIGN CREDITS, ETC. Cost of Living comparison, GPA calculator, and more.
  34. 34. Our Slideshare Account EducationUSAEgypt
  35. 35. Our Facebook Community EducationUSA Egypt
  36. 36. www.youtube.com/EducationUSA Thank you and Good Luck! EducationUSACairo@amideast.org EducationUSA-Alexandria@amideast.org 19263
  37. 37. Q&A Ask your questions about GRE or GMAT exams.

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