Saturday, January 28, 2012

LSE courses that do not require GRE or GMAT

Masters courses without GMAT, GRE requirement at LSE 

So many students keep asking if they ever had a chance of getting through to studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science. While graduate admissions at LSE are completely merit-based (and of course the quality of your overall application), we wonder why would a student want to think that they didn't have a chance at all.

The interesting question that comes up often times is if there are programmes at LSE that can be studied without appearing for a GRE or a GMAT test. We strongly do believe that students who really prefer studying at the like of LSE, London Business School (LBS) and such other top UK Universities should really be willing to take up and score well in the test. Nevertheless, there are some course options at LSE that we have been able to identify (as on date) that may not require you to have a GRE and a GMAT score:

MSc Urbanisation and Development (at LSE. GMAT,  GRE requirement: None)
MSc Media and Communications (at LSE. GMAT,  GRE requirement: None)
MSc Media and Communications (Research) (at LSE. GMAT,  GRE requirement: None)
MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions (at LSE. GMAT,  GRE requirement: None)
MSc Development Studies (at LSE. GMAT, GRE not required. But will be considered if submitted)
MSc Development Studies (Research) (at LSE. GMAT, GRE not required. But will be considered if submitted)
MSc Development Management (at LSE. GMAT,  GRE requirement: None)
Diploma in Accounting and Finance (at LSE. GMAT,  GRE requirement: None)

When you apply online for LSE courses (MSc level), you can make a choice of three programmes that you may wish to study. It is not essential to use all three choices though. Make sure that you apply early as LSE has rolling admission. The sooner the course fills up, the course is closed down for further applications.

Just for information:
LSE has examined and provided the academic direction and support to a wide range of degrees and diplomas offered by the University of London International Programmes. The LSE, as a college of the University of London, is responsible for all academic aspects of the qualifications offered.

Human Psychology makes us believe that students looking at LSE generally tend to check London Business School (LBS) and unfortunately, there are no programmes at LBS that do not require either GRE or GMAT.

Studying at a top Institution is tempting. However, changing your course choice for not believing that you could do well on GMAT or GRE is not much appreciated. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

US University Essays and Mistakes

Students are often stumped when they hear about essays. Essays are an integral part of the US admission process and nearly all Schools pay extreme importance to it. Most importantly, essays allow you to put forth your thoughts, compensate for any irregularities or downsides during your academic studies and / or work.

Some non-typical mistakes that students make while considering to submit quality essays are listed here:
  1. Reviewing sample essays: When you start reading others' work (generally online), remember that 1000s of others are also reviewing the same. You will begin to lack originality. Essays must be right from your thoughts, past experiences and future plans (goals). You will invariably end up losing too much time if you start reading others' essays. Further, you will keep comparing your completed essays with what's available in the market and it sure will present more dilemmas whether your work's come out better than others'. Keep it natural. Then edit them, proof-check them. As long as it matches to what you are thinking, go ahead and submit them. You want to end up in a class of students and lecturers who understand you!
  2. Stubbornness on reducing the size: Academic essays generally come with a word limit (eg. not more than 500 words). You do not have to essentially consume all the words. It's tempting, but you can do away with this thought as long as you feel your essay is clear and to the point. It always happens that discarding information that you've written is painful and the art of writing well is to know what to remove. Never hesitate discarding useless or repetitive information
  3. Picking from personal statement / SOP: Often students end up writing a personal statement (statement of intent, statement of purpose). Essay questions are formed in a way where answers are required to be your own, unique in it's own way and requires clearly answering the question raised. Picking everything from your personal statement does not help. You may end up not answering the main question at all. Justify writing each essay separately
  4. Procrastinating writing difficult essays: Delaying writing the most difficult essays is foolish. Rather, once you finish the most difficult ones, the others (lesser engaging or difficult essays) become automatically easier and run with a flow
  5. Displaying weaknesses: Students are often hesitant in displaying weaknesses. The best is to accept them and write about them. If you have not paid attention (ever) to what your weaknesses are, take time to evaluate and assess them. It's best to tell the school (where you will be studying) about what you've come to learn
  6. Flowery Language: No. Keep them simple. Reduce the size of the sentences after you've written your essay. Writing rosy words don't help and by far does not raise your chance of getting through with admission. Essays that are simple, to the point and natural are winning
Really your target should be to end up in a school which accepts you the way you are and changes you for the better rather than anticipating that you are an Einstein and talks about the Physics that you helped evolve that changed the world! The word's 'natural'--stick to it!

Monday, January 16, 2012

MS in US. MBA in US. Steps to apply to USA - Admission Process

US Admissions need a track of deadlines, fees, application process, documentation, writing of essays, personal statement, requesting referees to send out recommendation letters, scholarship information and much more. 
There's a clear step-wise US admission process written out by ILW. Hope this is helpful.