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Get an inside look at how top business schools assess MBA applicants. Interviews with MBA Admissions Directors and students from the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Strategies and tips on how to craft a successful MBA application and best present yourself. Straight talk on how to get accepted to MBA programs like Wharton, MIT Sloan, Insead, London Business School, and many, many more.

The Touch MBA Admissions Podcast Darren C. Joe

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Get an inside look at how top business schools assess MBA applicants. Interviews with MBA Admissions Directors and students from the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Strategies and tips on how to craft a successful MBA application and best present yourself. Straight talk on how to get accepted to MBA programs like Wharton, MIT Sloan, Insead, London Business School, and many, many more.

    #177 How I Got into the Wharton MBA / MA Lauder Joint Degree Program with Hunter Dong

    #177 How I Got into the Wharton MBA / MA Lauder Joint Degree Program with Hunter Dong

    Hunter Dong shares his best application tips for getting into the Wharton MBA / MA Lauder Joint Degree in International Studies program. How did Hunter pull together his diverse work experience working for the Hinrich Foundation in the Philippines, his family business in pharmaceutical packaging and IBM as a Data Scientist to make an ultimately winning case to Wharton and Columbia? Hunter walks us through his entire preparation process, from initial school research to the final team-based discussion interview. Don't miss this episode packed with clear, practical advice from a just admitted applicant.
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    Hunter's work experience and reasons for pursuing an MBA/MA in International Studies (2:25) Hunter's positioning strategy (9:10) How Hunter focused on students and professors as sources of information to craft his application (15:00) Hunter's advice for Wharton's team-based discussion (TBD) interview (19:25) Hunter's essay timeline and editing process (29:45) Lauder application tips (35:40) Preparing a "briefing guide" to recommenders (42:23) How Hunter demonstrated leadership qualities to adcoms (45:20) Why Hunter chose to attend the Wharton / Lauder program (47:30) About Hunter
    Hunter Dong will be starting his joint MBA/MA degree at Wharton and Lauder this Summer. He previously worked as a Senior Consultant and Data Scientist at IBM. Hunter got his B.S in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University.
    Episode write-up: https://touchmba.com/how-i-got-into-the-wharton-mba-lauder-hunter-dong
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    #176 Use the 5 Senses to Make Your MBA Application Stick

    #176 Use the 5 Senses to Make Your MBA Application Stick

    After helping four MBA applicants with their resume and essays, Darren realized he was repeating similar advice. In this episode, Darren shares how you can use the five senses - sight, sound, smell, taste and touch - to make your application more three dimensional.

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    #175 AGSM MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Dr. Michele Roberts

    #175 AGSM MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Dr. Michele Roberts

    Dr. Michele Roberts, MBA Academic Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at University of New South Wales (UNSW), discusses what makes the AGSM MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.
    Program Highlights (3:20) | Admissions (31:00) | Careers (47:30)
    About Our Guest Dr. Michele Roberts is the MBA Academic Director of AGSM at UNSW, looking after all its MBA Programs. Michele teaches MBA courses in Marketing Management and Foundations of Management. Prior to academic life, Michele worked as a Marketing Manager at a Fortune 500 company in London and Melbourne. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Marketing and a PhD in Marketing & Public Policy from the University of Western Australia.
    Full write-up on what makes AGSM unique: https://touchmba.com/agsm-mba-program-admissions-interview-michele-roberts 
    Get free, personalized school selection help at Touch MBA: https://touchmba.com

    • 53 min
    #174 Mannheim MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Kai Stenzel & Sofia Syed Nasir

    #174 Mannheim MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Kai Stenzel & Sofia Syed Nasir

    Chief Market Officer Kai Stenzel and Admissions Manager Sofia Syed Nasir discuss what makes the Mannheim MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.
    Program Highlights (3:50) | Admissions (25:15) | Financing & Working in Germany (35:40) | Careers (48:30)
    About Our Guest Kai Stenzel is the Chief Market Officer for Mannheim Business School where he has worked for over 6 years. He is responsible for Marketing, Admissions, Career Development, and Alumni Relations. Kai got his MBA from Mannheim Business School and Essec Business School.
    Sofia Syed Nasir is the Admissions Manager for Mannheim Full-time MBA, Mannheim Business School. She got her Masters in International Business from Grenoble Ecole de Management.
    What is unique about the Mannheim MBA? Ranked #1 MBA in Germany by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Economist Ranked #1 in Business Administration by German HR professionals 14 years in a row (Wirtschaftswoche University Ranking) Targets and consistently ranks top 10 worldwide for ROI 1 year MBA starts in September with ~60 students per intake Admissions looking for collaborative mindset, teamwork abilities, and unique point of view that could benefit other classmates  10 core courses taught in terms 1-2; electives, social sustainability project and business master project offered in terms 2-4; students can extend with a term 5 to get a management analytics certificate, study abroad or pursue a business idea or internship 80% of graduates stay in Germany to work Graduates get a job seeker's visa that lasts 18-months  Mannheim MBA fast facts, show notes and more at:
    https://touchmba.com/mannheim-mba-program-admissions-interview-kai-stenzel-sofia-syed-nasir

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    #173 The Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Alex Jones

    #173 The Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Alex Jones

    MBA Recruitment Manager Alex Jones discusses what makes the The Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.
    Program Highlights (4:10) | Admissions (19:30) | Financing & Scholarships (33:40) | Careers (37:30)
    About Our Guest Alex Jones is the MBA Recruitment Manager for The Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London, where he has worked for over 8 years. Alex got his Bachelors in Communication from the University of Leicester and his Masters in Media Production from Birmingham City University.
    What is unique about The Business School MBA? 1 year MBA starts in September with ~90 students per intake City's campus is in the heart of London’s financial district, which helps with career-related events, meetings and recruiting Core curriculum is taught in 4 blocks through the first 6 months of program: 1) strategy & organization 2) the financial environment 3) creating management advantage and 4) knowledge and policy, followed by a week-long international consultancy, electives and business mastery project Looking for minimum of 3 years professional experience and experience working multicultural teams with international outlook Hosts week-long London Symposium elective that gives a behind-the-scenes look into the economic drivers of London Has an MBA Expeditionary Society, which includes MBA and EMBA students, and explores leadership through stretch experiences, delivered by renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington MBA alumni can take one free elective each year Under revised UK visa system, international students can get 2-year post-study work visa to look for employment in UK Ranked #2 globally for corporate strategy by Financial Times (2020) Ranked #1 in the UK for Entrepreneurship by Poets & Quants and Inc Magazine's 2021 50 Best MBAs for Entrepreneurship Episode summary, show notes and more at: https://touchmba.com/the-business-school-city-university-of-london-mba-program-admissions-interview-alex-jones

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    #172 Melbourne MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Anastasia Georgiou

    #172 Melbourne MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Anastasia Georgiou

    Anastasia Georgiou, Director of Admissions at Melbourne Business School, discusses what makes the Melbourne MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.
    Program Highlights (4:38) | Admissions (19:00) | Scholarships (31:20) | Careers (34:00)
    About Our Guest Anastasia Georgiou is Director of Admissions at Melbourne Business School. Anastasia has worked in higher education and admissions for over 20 years.
    What is unique about the Melbourne MBA? What are its key advantages? Highest ranked Australian MBA by Financial Times, Economist and QS Offered Australia’s first MBA program starting in 1963. Melbourne Business School is 55% owned by Australia’s leading companies and 45% by the University of Melbourne Melbourne was ranked the world's most livable city for 18 years straight and is the multicultural capital of Australia MBA can be completed in 1 or 2 years Well-known for marketing and finance, and has recently set up Centres for Business Analytics and Sustainability & Business Prides itself in offering a high-touch MBA experience for 40 students/year Episode summary, show notes and more at: https://touchmba.com/melbourne-mba-program-admissions-interview-anastasia-georgiou

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