Forum: Application & Admission (5 Comments)


  • Posted by - Giovanni - on 5 December 2013 - 4:00am

    Hi Thomas,

    I'm an Italian student on track to complete his bachelor at Bocconi. I wanted to do my MSc at ESADE, and I was more importantly willing to do CEMS because of all the benefits this has. My GMAT score is 650. I have good GPA (4.00 in US terms), but I've not done many extracurricular activities (I am part of a student association at my university and play basketball for its team, in a semi-pro league).

    How likely could I be accepted into CEMS? Do you think my GMAT would be too low and a discriminant? I have applied now for their fifth round of application, but I'm worried I might not get accepted.

    Thanks for your kind help!


    • Posted by - Giovanni - on 13 December 2013 - 10:35pm

      Thanks a lot for your suggestions.

      I have been offered an interview for ESADE MIM + CEMS, and will have to do it on Thursday. Do you have any piece of advice on how to do it and what to prepare for?

      Your help would be highly appreciated.



      • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 16 December 2013 - 12:18pm

        Hi there,

        congrats! I would make sure that you have good answers to questions about your decision for ESADE CEMS.

        • Why did you choose ESADE?
        • Why a Master in Management?
        • Why CEMS?
        • How do you want to finance it?
        • How would you contribute to the success of the class if they take you?
        • What do you want to do afterwards?

        Also, reflect a bit on leadership. Why is it important and do you think this will gain importance and why?

        They might also ask you about a case or a small business problem and how you tackle that. But it is difficult to prepare for that. Some books for people who apply for a consulting firm include case study problems - if you find one, you can use this for preparation. But you should do well even without that.

        Best wishes

        by Thomas Graf

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 5 December 2013 - 1:21pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your question. I am very confident that the GMAT will not kick you out. 650 is average for the ESADE Master in Management - so your score is fine.

      best wishes

      by Thomas Graf

    • Posted by - Giovanni - on 5 December 2013 - 4:05am

      Also, I forgot to mention I have International Exchange experience in the US and Campus Abroad experience (program offered by my university) in Shanghai.

      Thank you!