GME: Today & Tomorrow Fall 2019

Anatomy of a 360° View of Applicants

ET: We do not compare GPAs from different undergraduate institutions. When we look at GPAs we look at how the candidate performed within their own educational environment. If we know the highest GPA attainable is a 4.0 and someone has a 3.7, that seems good; but then we look beyond the GPA to see what types of classes the candidates took. Did they challenge themselves with higher level courses? This gives us an idea that the person is intellectually motivated and can handle more challenging work. In all cases, however, we do require that the student earned a degree from an

Technology has helped to personalize and democratize the review process for candidates. If a candidate cannot travel to campus for a person-to- person meeting, we have other means, including video call and conferencing software and commercially-available video interview packages, for connecting. Many of your peer institutions are becoming test-agnostic when it comes to GMATs or GREs, or dropping the requirement altogether. Where does Northeastern stand on this trend?

assessment of candidates and give us additional perspective that is very helpful. What percentage of your full-time MBAs have work experience, and is it a requirement? ET: While not a requirement, we have a strong preference for prior work experience. On average, our full-time students have four years of work experience. Maybe 5-7% come directly from undergraduate school but in those cases, they tend to be students who’ve completed several internships or might work throughout their summers or entire semesters. These

ET: We still require test scores, especially for our full-time MBA program. We accept the GMAT or the GRE. Our full-time program is a smaller program (between 60- 70 students). Much is invested by the faculty and career center around these students, and we want to maintain the

students must have very strong academic records, credentials and test scores as well. Does Northeastern check social media profiles, such as LinkedIn, in reviewing candidates? ET: We will look at LinkedIn profiles. The truth is, many candidates ask to connect with our

...we like to remain flexible and look at candidates as individuals. Perhaps the only common denominator is that we look for students who can contribute to the class in a meaningful way and strengthen their skills to be successful in the business world.” EVELYN TATE

integrity of that program. The quantitative, verbal and analytical writing sample are all indicators of the

accredited school. For our international candidates, we ask that transcripts are evaluated by World Education Services so we can assess if the degree is comparable to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. A number of schools including USC Marshall recently dropped letters of recommendation as an application requirement. Do you still see merit in recommendations? ET: Yes, we do; in fact, we ask for two letters of recommendation. We believe these letters can augment our knowledge of candidates, especially in providing information we might not see elsewhere in the essays, personal statement or experiences. Most recommenders are frank in their

admissions folks on LinkedIn, so it is natural for us to view their profiles. LinkedIn provides a great deal of information about candidates. While we don’t use LinkedIn formally, it does support what candidates have sent in with their applications in most cases. It also is a great way to see how our applicants present themselves to the professional world. Though we currently don’t ask for a candidate’s LinkedIn URL on our application, we might move in that direction in the future. We also use LinkedIn to market to prospective candidates. Is Northeastern experiencing a rise in late cycle applicants? That seems to be an emerging trend.

candidate’s aptitude to succeed in our program. That’s why we continue to require the GMAT or GRE for our full- time program. For the part-time MBA program or certificate programs, there’s more flexibility. Individuals with 10+ years’ work experience can take classes in one of our graduate certificate programs and then can transfer to our part-time MBA program without taking the GMAT. But in order to be able to determine their success in a part-time program, we do require they take some of the more quantitative classes while in the certificate program. How about GPAs? Do you factor in where the applicant went as an undergraduate?


GME: Today & Tomorrow | Fall 2019

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