4. How much does prior work/internship experience weigh into your decision making? What's the typical or expected amount of work experience from an applicant?
We appreciate applicants with a diverse set of work experiences, both nationally and internationally. On average, applicants to our program have five years of work experience, but a minimum of two years. Students join us with work experience in business but also in engineering, the sciences, education, government, the military, and even in the not-for-profit domain. Experiences come in many forms, including work, travel, and personal development. Share your unique experiences with us, so that we understand who you are, why the W. P. Carey M.B.A. fits your needs, and how you see yourself leveraging this experience in the future.
5. What sets you apart from other schools? What can students gain from your school that they might not be able to find anywhere else?
The W. P. Carey School of Business has one of the highest-ranked M.B.A. programs in the country. The school has 300 faculty members who consult with organizations worldwide and then bring that knowledge to the classroom. Our M.B.A. program is relatively small, so no class exceeds 50 students. This intimate setting fosters a strong exchange of ideas and collaboration, where a customized and personalized experience is highlighted. Students appreciate our flexible curriculum that allows them to choose among many electives in their second year. Students can choose to specialize in supply chain management, finance, marketing, information systems, or real estate. They can also take electives across functional areas to round out the M.B.A. curriculum experience. We are a small program nestled in a large university context, which means access to an enormous alumni base, great research, education centers, and entrepreneurial activities. Because we also have a large undergraduate program, we attract many employers across virtually all industry segments to our campus, with more than 1,900 companies coming to recruit graduates at all levels last year. There is a lot happening at Arizona State University. We are recognized nationally and internationally for our research and innovative approach to education. This approach allows us to attract top students into our programs.
We seek students who are interested in leading organizations, have the ability to work well with and through others, and are invested in success of the organization, as well as the community they are serving. We seek applicants who are very bright and interested in building their leadership potential in our program. Every student admitted to our M.B.A. program is personally interviewed. Every student is assessed and builds his or her emotional intelligence. Every student is evaluated by his or her peers in an effort to develop team-related competencies. Students who are open to feedback, willing to accept personal accountability for decisions and able to support their decisions with data and documentation would do well in our program and with our corporate recruiters.
6. What do you look for in recommendation letters? How important is it that the letter's writer has worked regularly with the candidate in an office or school setting? Do you put much weight on letters from prominent public figures who may not know the applicant well?
Letters of recommendation should be written by managers and supervisors who have direct and firsthand knowledge of the applicant's skills and abilities. The letters should mirror key points in the essays and résumé and endorse your candidacy to the program. Sit with your recommenders, provide them with your résumé, and speak specifically about why you are asking them to write a letter of recommendation. You will be surprised by how much the letter quality is improved with this simple step.
7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?
We have four major deadlines per year, with the first in early fall. Generally, we have two deadlines in the fall and two deadlines in the spring. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure successful admission and consideration for scholarship dollars and graduate assistantships. Once the application is complete, the applicant will be reviewed for consideration to conduct an in-person interview. If invited and the application is complete, an applicant can expect a response in four to six weeks.