By Andy Medlin, former Weekend Executive MBA admissions counselor.
Hello from Admissions!
As the Weekend Executive MBA Admissions Counselor, I assist prospective students through the stages of their research and application process. At Fuqua we take an individual and personalized approach to the admissions process for the MBA programs that are for working professionals, including the Weekend Executive MBA. As a result, I work with interested candidates before they submit their application to answer questions about the program, assess their candidacy and provide feedback on how their applications may be strengthened.
Why do we do this? Participating in one of our MBA programs is a tremendous commitment of your time and resources, and involves the participation of your employer and others close to you. Even the application process itself is very time consuming. We want you to go into this process well informed about our school and the Weekend MBA program in particular.
Since I joined Fuqua’s Admissions Department in 2011, I’ve had the pleasure of counseling hundreds of working professionals as they try to find an MBA program that is a good fit for them. These individuals are from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and careers. Everyone has unique questions, however some of the most common are:
- Do I have the type of work experience that you look for in a candidate?
- Is my academic profile competitive, and how can I better prepare for the academic requirements of the program?
- How rigorous is the program and what are the time commitments outside of the classroom?
- Are there others with a similar background that have gone through the program or are currently enrolled?
- Do you have any tips on how I could best present myself through the various pieces of the application?
To help answer these questions, I strongly encourage you to reach out to me early in your research process. Emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org is usually the best way to start, and then we can schedule a time to chat over the phone or in person. It’s always helpful if I have your resume for these conversations so that I can better understand your background and professional experience.
I also encourage you to attend the various events that we host for prospective students who are interested in learning about our MBA programs for working professionals. Events include informational luncheons and meet and greets that are held around the world, and open houses here in Durham. The events are hosted by my teammates in our Office of Admissions, so you’ll be able to have your questions answered face-to-face. At the luncheons and open houses you’ll also get to meet alumni and/or currents students to ask them questions and gain insight into the student experience. It is my pleasure to help you to navigate the admissions process, and I look forward to working with you.