Interested in the case method? If you plan to study in Canada, you have one option: Ivey Business School of Western University, the only school in the country that teaches using the lecture-free approach invented at Harvard.
“In the Ivey MBA classroom, we teach you how to think — how to make decisions with too much or too little information, how to influence critical decision-makers, and how to motivate them to buy in to the solution,” says Ivan Langrish, senior communications manager at Ivey, located in Canada’s largest city, Toronto. “The classroom simulates the real challenges faced by business leaders as you’re called on to analyze data, develop alternatives, make and defend your recommendations and execute. You’ll practice business in a risk-free environment every day, learning from your mistakes and building your confidence.”
As with the case method, Ivey also takes pride in three applied learning opportunities quite unlike any others found in similar one-year MBA programs, Langrish says: its Field Project (IFP), its LEADER Project, and its international study trip.
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Essay 1 –
What are your short-term career plans immediately post-MBA, and why is an Ivey MBA essential to those plans? (250 words)
This essay continues from years past. It reflects Ivey’s continued focus on understanding its applicants’ career objectives and determining how well the school could help these applicants fulfill these objectives. Some applicants make the mistake of assuming that this is a regulation essay that is more of a formality – simply mentioning broad career goals and overall reasons for how Ivey fits in with those will do. Absolutely not! Ivey is particular in ensuring that you are clear about what you wish to achieve, why an MBA is even important to achieve that objective, and why you are choosing Ivey, and not some other school that is similar to Ivey. For international applicants, reasons for applying to Ivey gain even more importance.
To prepare well for this essay, understand in-depth your career plans, and scrutinize, evaluate, and question them. This essay is brief, so it will not call upon you to express that entire detail into the essay, but the understanding helps! Expressing as much as this essay asks in just 250 words will be very difficult otherwise. Similarly, gain an understanding of the program you are applying to – why this program/school? If you are smart, you will also be able to relate the first and the second parts of your answer into a seamless whole, rather than simply listing out common features of the Ivey MBA.
Essay 2 –
What is the most important issue that you’ve ever changed your mind about? (250 words)
A completely new, and refreshing essay from Ivey, this one! It replaces the earlier essay topic that used to ask why your Ivey classmates would want to work with you on group projects at Ivey. While that essay is gone, the spirit behind it remains – Ivey values awareness, flexibility, and collaboration. Keep that in mind across the Ivey MBA essays 2017 set.
For this new essay, first focus on the word most. Ivey is not asking you to list simply any example here, but the most powerful, impactful one you have. Further, don’t let the description of changing your mind be trivial (e.g. realizing that hard work matters, or collaboration matters, or others’ opinions matter, as three examples) but deep. Describe the issue, and not just what changed your mind about, but also why. What was the process of introspection that led to this change?
Again, in 250 words, you have a job at hand of making impact with this essay, but with focus and effort, it can certainly be done!
Video Essay –
You will have an opportunity to practice your video essay prior to recording it. You must submit your video essay in KIRA in order to be able to submit your completed application.