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How to Apply to "1-Year" Programs - Defining 1-Year, Finding the Top Accelerated Options, Bearing the Burden of Proof, Career Goals, Bearing the Burden of Proof, Maturity.

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  1. 1. How to Apply to "1-Year" Programs
  2. 2. How to Apply to "1-Year" ProgramsOne trend were seeing these days is the desire ofsome candidates to dispense with the frills and justhammer out their MBA in the quickest time possible.Obviously, this means that were talking "1-year"programs a lot.As is so often the case, we figure well bring part ofthat conversation online. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  3. 3. Here are some of the things we’re sharingwith clients:• Defining “1-Year.”• Finding the Top Accelerated Options.• Bearing the Burden of Proof, Career Goals.• Bearing the Burden of Proof, Maturity. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  4. 4. Defining “1-Year.”Have you ever had one of those debates with someoneabout what counts as a year?In the NBA, a "year" is a nine month season that actuallyspans two calendar years, from October to June.A fiscal year means something different from a calendaryear. The 2012 U.S. News and World Report comes outin 2011, as does the 2012 Accura MDX.Its hard to keep it all straight and the same is true foraccelerated MBA programs. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  5. 5. Some are indeed a year. Some are 10 months. Someare 13. Or 16. But when people say they are looking fora “1-Year” program, they are often referring to all ofthese.So for purposes of this post and for any discussions youmight have with our first, a “1-Year Program” means a“program without a traditional summer internship.”[Updated: We added “traditional internship” to the above paragraphso as to avoid confusion. Some programs do indeed offer a versionof an internship, but typically not of the length of a more typicalsummer internship. For instance, one of the two INSEAD intakesoffers a 6-week internship.] MBA Admissions Consultant |
  6. 6. Finding the Top Accelerated Options.For whatever reason, gathering together a robust list ofall the top accelerated options is not as easy as youwould think in this Information Age.I suspect that will change now that so many people areflocking to such programs and there will be money to bemade for some enterprising soul who will build a websitedevoted to accelerated MBA programs.For now, we encourage people to frame their researchthusly: MBA Admissions Consultant |
  7. 7. Start in Europe.The culture of European programs is such that 1-yearprograms are not uncommon, as they are in the U.S.INSEAD is well known for featuring a blistering pace as partof its 1-year program. IE, SDA Bocconi, HEC Paris, Oxford,Cambridge, and IMD all feature a 1-year option only.ESADE has the option for a single year rather than two. Infact, the only popular b-schools in Europe that do NOT offera 1-year option are IESE and LBS. All in all, if you want tomove fast through this process, the continent of Europe isan ideal place to start your search. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  8. 8. Look to the big U.S. players.Dont get hung up on speed and then sacrifice quality bychoosing a school who has just recently thrown togetheran accelerated program as a way to boost applications.Look for programs in the U.S. that have been doing thisfor a while and doing it well. Kelloggs 1-year program isvery good, Columbias J-Term is a great option, and evenJohnsons 12-month program is a strong bet (althoughthis one favors candidates who already hold an advanceddegree of some kind).Emory is probably the only other U.S. program that offersa one-year option that we recommend. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  9. 9. Florida, Babson, and Arizona are other programs thatmight fit the bill if you are really in a jam, but we think thatis where you start getting into trouble.(If you are deep into your career, you might want to alsoconsider the Sloan Fellows programs at MIT andStanford, but that is a topic for a different post.) MBA Admissions Consultant |
  10. 10. Bearing the Burden of Proof, Career Goals.We tell all applicants that the bear the burden of proofwhen it comes to things like career goals, school fit, andoverall appropriateness of the degree path.In other words, dont assume everything speaks for itselfand dont ask the admissions officer to play detective -explain everything in the most detail and in the strongestterms possible.This is especially true for 1-year program applicants. Bythe very nature of the program, you are saying "I dontthink I need an internship to get where Im going." MBA Admissions Consultant |
  11. 11. Okay ... why is that?Do you have special training? A job lined up?Your own network that will handle the recruiting burden?You HAVE to give them some sort of certainty that youvegot the job part of this figured out, even as you increasethe degree of difficulty of your own recruiting process.This is why you often hear that 1-Year applicants aregoing back to their current company or returning to theirown business or otherwise not even really going throughthe recruiting process. It doesnt have to be that extreme,but you have to prove beyond a shadow of doubt that youcan take care of yourself out there. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  12. 12. Bearing the Burden of Proof, Maturity.The other areas where you are guilty until proveninnocent is in the area of maturity.Blame Generation Y or Facebook or whatever you want,but the truth of the matter is that b-schools (typically runby people in their 30s and 40s) think that todays crop of20-something applicants are lacking in social intelligenceand EQ, which means you have to prove youve got agood head on your shoulders.This is exacerbated in a 1-Year program context. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  13. 13. Theres no time to sort of feel your way into it or slowlyget up to speed with the culture - its a sprint to the finishand they want to make sure the students can handle it.You often see 1-Year programs favor slightly olderstudents because those folks typically have more lifeand work experience and therefore should be able toassimilate more easily. But old or young, your job whenapplying to a 1-Year program is to show you are friendly,collaborative, confident, and ready to hit the groundrunning.This is extremely important and we really cant stressenough how much you need to pay attention to EQ inyour applications. MBA Admissions Consultant |
  14. 14. Overall, 1-Year programs can be a great option for taking amoney-saving, time-saving, no frills approach to an MBA.But make sure you ask yourself the questions b-schoolswill be asking: •Why are you in such a hurry? •What about the internship? • How are you going to land on your feet? •Are you ready for this? •Will you miss something important? MBA Admissions Consultant |
  15. 15. If you can be honest with yourself about those questionsand the program still nets out as the right fit, you will knowyou are well on your way to satisfying any and all concernsheld by the admissions office. Now go out there and nailyour applications to 1-Year programs before the rest of theworld catches up to you.If you are interested in a free initial consultation, please Our boutique approach pairs you withone of the principals of our company, meaning you will be working withsomeone capable of walking you through the above steps andperfecting your application.Finally, make sure to download our free How to Apply to HBS guide.