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Isb Alumni Essays


ISB has a full-time resident faculty of 48 professionals. In addition to its resident faculty, the school hosts over 120 visiting faculty throughout the year who are often affiliated with other MBA programs, such as Wharton, Kellogg and Sloan. ISB also features a Media Hub and five Centres of Excellence, which support research on areas ranging from analytical finance to entrepreneurship development.


ISB faculty members utilize a variety of teaching methods including seminars, simulations, and case studies. The PGP is broken into eight terms of approximately six weeks each. Pre-term and orientation activities, which are social and recreational in nature, commence in mid-April. Students also have the option of taking three modules covering statistics, accounting and other quantitative methods during pre-term. Classes begin in late April, and students graduate in mid-April of the following year.

During their first four terms, students are divided into study groups and undertake a series of core courses together. These courses are designed to give students a solid foundation in business principles including finance, marketing, strategy, operations, and investment IT management. The fourth core term crosses over with electives, as students can begin to direct their studies by choosing from the school’s more than 80 electives for the remaining terms. By selecting specific combinations of courses, students can create concentrations or majors for themselves in one of six categories: entrepreneurship, finance, information and technology management, operations management, marketing, strategy and leadership, with four additional industry specializations in healthcare, manufacturing, public policy, and infrastructure. Students can opt to take 18 to 21 elective credits, but must take at least six related credits for a concentration or specialization. Under faculty guidance, students also can enroll in ISB’s Independent Study Program, which gives them the opportunity to focus on topics that are not as well represented by the school’s selection of electives.

To further prepare its students for reentry into the workforce, ISB offers several practicum courses, including the Experiential Learning Programme (ELP) and the Faculty Initiated Research Project (FIRP). The ELP gives students the opportunity to work with established businesses on a range of issues they are facing, which may include matters of market positioning, new product development, creating growth strategies, and talent management. This for-credit experience allows students to work in teams of four to five and gain insight into real-life business considerations and present recommendations to the businesses with which they have been matched. Moreover, many companies view this program as a pre-recruitment exercise.

ISB also maintains over 40 exchange partnerships with other business schools in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Other MBA Degree Options

In addition to its one-year PGP, ISB offers a 15-month Post Graduate Program in Management for Senior Executives targeted at applicants with at least 10, and generally 15 or more, years of work experience. The school also offers the fully funded Fellow Program in Management, which is designed to foster the potential of innovative academic researchers so that they can later secure faculty positions at leading international business schools. Finally, ISB maintains a Management Program for Family Business, which offers 15 months of business training tailored to students who will become leaders of their family businesses, and various executive education programs.

Recent college graduates with less than two years of work experience hoping to attend ISB in the near future have the option to apply for the Early Entry Option. Students accepted through the Early Entry Option are granted advanced admission to ISB’s one-year PGP upon completing two years of professional work experience prior to matriculation.

Concentrations at ISB

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information and Technology Management
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Strategy and Leadership
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Policy
  • Infrastructure

Degree Offerings at ISB

Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)

Post Graduate Programme in Management for Senior Executives (PGPMAX)

Management Programme for Family Business

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When it comes to seeking the best advice for writing essays in you MBA application, alumni provide the most genuine, candid and practical tips. While individual components of essays such as language, content, storyline, flow and fit with the b-school are important, there is something else which makes a set of essays stand out from others.

Here is a compilation of what some ISB alumni say as answer to “The most important factor(s) to be kept in mind while writing essays for ISB is……..”

“1. Be yourself. Different people will give different suggestions. But the essay should say clearly what you are…. and not what you wish to be.

2. Give the essay to an 8th standard student to read. If he can understand exactly what you wish to say, means it is a good essay”

By, Varun Kumar Jain, ISB Co 2008

“The most important factor to be kept in mind while writing essays for ISB is to make sure that the personality attributes and traits that you want to showcase come out very clearly and unambiguously. Also, essays should flow like a short story that can influence the reader in a much more impactful manner and leaves him with a desire to know more about you as an individual….”

By, Mohit Sharma, ISB Co 2008

“The most important factor is that each essay should highlight a particular strength in your personality, which should be in sync with what your overall story.”

By,Varun Khullar, ISB Co 2008

“I believe it’s important use the essays to position oneself as an achievement-driven and unique individual with integrity and the ability to make a difference in challenging environments. It is important to ensure that the essays are articulated in a lucid manner without exaggerating skills and achievements. A well structured essay which avoids spurious achievements, demonstrates clarity of thought and showcases relevant skills and experiences can go a long way in impressing the admissions committee.”

By,Kunal Soni, ISB Co 2008

“I am not sure of the most important but I can think of a few important criteria. If you have to select one, pick the topmost.

1. Qualities – I think the GMAT, past academics and work exp shows your intelligence. Use the essays to bring out your personal qualities through the essays – your leadership skills, your team work, your fun side, etc which will sort of differentiate you as well as make the admissions committee feel good about you and give enough to talk to you about during interview.

2. Truth – I think it’s a very bad idea to lie about the facts or portray yourself as someone who you are not. I think it would be evident in the interview process anyway. If not during admissions, by recruitment time it will. A small stupid lie can destroy your application.

3. Confidence – The essays should show some sense of confidence in yourself as well as the content. The same should follow in the interview. Make sure it doesn’t come off as arrogance. Some of the “what you will do in a particular situation” essay questions are more about your thought process and point of view rather than the “right” answer.”

By,Samir Desai, ISB Co 2008

“…….to make the essays look natural. Do not make them look like they are artificial. Do not lie or make up facts while you are writing the essays. Use your vocabulary skills to the right extent and don’t overdo it. “

By,Abhinav Jain, ISB Co 2008

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