If you’re looking to undertake an MBA in California, the chances are that the Graduate School of Management (GSM) at the University of California, Davis will feature on your admissions radar. The UC Davis MBA is on the up – climbing 18 places in QS’s 2014/15 regional rankings and now lying comfortably within North America’s top 50 and indeed, the US’s top 30.
Here are some admissions tips by Kathy Gleed, Senior Director of Admissions, adapted from a recent topmba.com article.
During spring break, I went to Switzerland as part of my International Study Trip class. In a size of 35 people, this group started from Zurich, Basel, crossed the country’s capital city Bern, and then ended up at the International organizational hub, Geneva.
Nice summer weather, a panoramic view of the bay through the big office windows, guiltiful ice cream time in the afternoon at Embarcadero, coffee run and morning walk with my colleagues, happy hours with GSM alumni who work in the city… My three-month internship at State Street Global Advisors in San Francisco leaves no regret to me in this summer.
One year down and one to go. With a year left, you would think that there is still an outrageous amount of material to learn before becoming a full-fledged MBA. You’d be right to think that, but here’s the kicker. If you also thought yourself a proficient student of business with vast potential and the ability to succeed in any industry of your choosing, you would be right again.
First and foremost, congratulations are in order. You’ve been granted the opportunity to earn a degree only 2% of the population holds. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that many of you will also be getting your first summer vacation in years.
One of the most awesome things about UC Davis is that the school identity is literally what you make of it. We have roughly 50 people in each of our graduating classes, each with different goals, interests, skills, and talents. In our school, we’ve been given a blank slate to play
As a student Ambassador in my second year of b-school, I get asked a lot of questions. From responding to email inquiries from around the world, to hosting the casual visitor during class, to having lunch with nervous prospective students right before their big interviews with Earl, I can safely say I’ve heard it all.
Group projects are the worst aren’t they? Remember back in undergrad when you always got put with the worst teammates? There was always one person that was only able to meet at 6:00am every other Saturday.
I am writing from the other side. That’s right. I made it. Graduated. Took that MBA bull by the horns and held on tight for two years until the program flung me violently off into the real world – and into my dream job.
The first challenge I faced in B-school was communication in English.
Communication is key in day-to-day business. This is a fact. This is also a challenge. As an international student who speaks English as second language, I’m pleased with how much progress I’ve made in such a short amount of time.