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#66 Arizona State W.P. Carey MBA Admissions Interview with Ruthie Pyles – “Business is Personal”

“You have people here that are going to challenge you, that are going to be your advocates and going to give you that personal attention. We have such a commitment to quality… not only a strong academic foundation but also to our outcomes – ensuring that you are well-connected, that you have incredible faculty, students and staff that are truly dedicated to you.”

About Our Guest

Ruthie Pyles is Director of Graduate Programs Admissions and Recruiting, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. Ruthie spent over 2 decades in the entertainment industry and the past 15 years working in higher education. She got her Masters in Communication Management from USC.

What is relatively unique about about the WP Carey MBA? What are its key advantages?

  • Top-ranked program for supply chain management; also well-known for strategic marketing & services leadership and finance
  • Top-ranked online program; #1 online MBA program for U.S. veterans
  • W.P. Carey prides itself on working intimately with students before and during the MBA program to help students achieve their career goals; the Admissions Team even offers applicants guidance during their application i.e. help with resumes and essays
  • W.P. Carey has a generous scholarship policy – 80-90% of applicants are awarded scholarships

Potentially a good fit if:

  • You are looking for a strong return in investment
  • You are looking for a high-touch, constantly evolving program and strong relationships with the MBA office, top-notch faculty and classmates
  • You want to live in the sunny Southwest US, gateway to Central and South America

Listen on for the insider’s scoop…

Touch MBA’s Arizona State W.P. Carey Fast Facts

Program Highlights (3:25)

  • 1 intake / year in Aug
  • Length: 21 months
  • Campus in Tempe, Arizona, which is in the greater Phoenix area – Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the US with 300 days of sunshine a year
  • 70-80 participants/intake
  • ~5-8 nationalities/intake, class is ~30% international
  • 7 specializations with including Supply Chain Financial Management, Supply Chain Management, and Supply Chain and Health Sector Management
  • Students ranked manufacturing/logistics highest
  • Optional international electives during summer
  • 13 student clubs
  • Rankings: #87 Financial Times 2014, #27 US News 2015, #67 Bloomberg Businessweek 2014, #59 Economist 2014
  • #3 Faculty by Financial Times 2014
  • Accredited by AACSB
  • Dual Degrees / Joint Programs: MBA/JD, MBA/Masters in Accountancy, MBA/MD, MBA/Masters in Information Management, MBA/Masters of Legal Studies, MBA/Master of Architecture

Admissions (20:52)

  • 4 deadlines Oct – Apr
  • 339 applications received, 74 enrolled, 33.6% acceptance rate
  • Avg GMAT: 673 (90% range 615 – 710), Avg GPA: 3.46 (90% range 3.0 – 3.9)
  • GMAT preferred, but GRE accepted
  • Avg age: 28, Avg work experience: 5, no minimum work experience
  • Min TOEFL: 550 (paper), 80 (internet)
  • Interviews done by Admissions Staff, Careers Staff or Student Ambassadors

Financing (38:15)

  • Full-time MBA Tuition: $53,000 for Arizona residents, $84,000 for non-residents
  • 80-90% of full-time participants awarded scholarships
  • Scholarship amounts range from 25% to full-tuition
  • Scholarships are merit-based and awarded with offer

Career (41:32)

  • W.P. Carey MBA – Full-time placement report (Class of 2014)
  • 91% of graduates had jobs within 3 months of graduation
  • Average Salary (Bonus): $98,093 ($19,085)
  • Graduates in 2010 experienced 94% increase in salary after 3 years
  • Top 5 regions graduates worked in: Southwest 57%, West 23%, Northeast 11%, Midwest 4%, South 2%
  • Top 5 industries: Technology 43%, Manufacturing 19%, Financial Services 13%, Pharma/Healthcare 4%
  • Top 5 function: Operations & Logistics 47%,Finance/Accounting 19%, General Management 13%, Consulting 13%, Marketing / Sales 2%
  • W.P. Carey has 90,000 alumni (22,500 graduate) worldwide

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