Are you a good fit for the Questrom School of Business?

We chatted with two key members of the Questrom School of Business admissions team: Dana MacFaun and Liz Wagoner. Dana is the Director of Graduate Admissions for Questrom’s Residential Programs and Liz is the Director of their Online MBA Admissions. They talk about the importance of finding “a good fit” in the admissions process, what they look for in MBA applications, and how they curate diverse cohorts.

In short

What “a good fit” means at Questrom

At the Questrom School of Business, it’s absolutely essential that students are a good fit for their program of choice. Dana and Liz dive deeper into how students should go about choosing their program and what “a good fit” means to them.

Dana points out that “there are so many great schools, and at the end of the day we all have to teach the same core foundational information…What I think might make programs a better fit for people…comes down more to some of the other aspects, right? So, things like the mission of the school, the culture at the school, the types of coursework, maybe electives or specializations…that’s where schools start to take different turns and different paths.” (07:53)

Basically, she thinks “a good fit” means that a student is able to fulfill all their personal and academic needs in a certain program. 

Liz adds that she thinks about fit in two ways: “Is the candidate a good fit for Questrom, and is Questrom a good fit for the candidate?” (11:19) She believes that the application process truly goes both ways and stresses the importance of candidates reflecting on their objectives and doing their research beforehand.

Questrom admissions: Online vs. in-person

Questrom School of Business’ online MBA program and residential MBA programs are very different. Although they both “get you an MBA from Questrom, they have different formats and different things that they’re geared towards.” (04:52) Dana and Liz discuss what they look for when assessing applications for these respective programs:

The first major difference is that Questrom’s online MBA program is designed for students with more professional work experience. When considering prospective students, admissions is “definitely focusing on that professional experience…and looking for those who want to move up in their career.” (03:19)

Liz also explains that students who are looking to make a shift in their career would not be well-suited to their online MBA program. They look for “those students who kind of just never got the MBA the first time around and are well into their career, well-established, but know they need those core business skills to really continue to move up and be successful.” (03:27)

On the other hand, Questrom’s residential MBA programs can be a great fit for students who want to make a career change. They also require a lower degree of work experience.

“We’re also looking at work experience, but they may be more career-switchers. They may be a little bit earlier in their career than they might be in the online MBA, for example. They might be closer to their undergrad experience, where academics might be even more reflective of how they are as a student,” Dana explains. (04:20)

How Questrom admissions curate diverse cohorts

Diversity and inclusion are two values that the Questrom School of Business holds dear. Dana explains that although they assess all applicants the same way, they also make a concerted effort to create cohorts that encompass a wide variety of student backgrounds.

“What we want to do is ensure that we’re bringing in people that will thrive in our environment [and] add value and perspective to the class, Dana says. “And there are many ways to do that, right? It could be geographic diversity…We also want to make sure people have different backgrounds in other ways…different industries…different life experiences.” (23:23)

Liz adds that diversity is equally as important in Questrom’s online MBA program as they have “domestic candidates that live overseas, and we have international candidates that are living in the US, and then we have people that are living in their native country.” (25:03) She also emphasizes that diversity at Questrom goes beyond just country of origin, but also extends to factors like life experience. 

Overall, if you study an MBA program at Questrom you can rest assured that you’ll be part of a diverse community with lots to learn from one another.

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