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  • Scholarship Case Competition a Great Opportunity to Showcase MBA Skills

    The Illinois MBA Scholarship Case Competition will be a great opportunity for prospective students to practice the skills that will allow them to be successful in a top MBA program and beyond. In addition, participants have the opportunity to compete for a full scholarship to the Illinois MBA program.

    On Friday, February 4, 2011, the Illinois MBA program will host a Scholarship Case Competition at Accenture's Chicago Headquarters. Students invited to participate in the competition will have the opportunity to compete for top prizes, including a full scholarship to the Illinois MBA.


    In a case competition, you will compete with others to come up with the best solution to a business problem.  Case competition problems are usually based on actual situations occurring at real organizations.  The case will typically provide background information on the company and industry, description of a specific problem or decision point and some quantitative data (financial statements, market research data, copies of internal memos, etc) to facilitate the decision making process.

    In the Illinois Scholarship Case Competition, you will be evaluated based on your:
    •    Understanding of the main issue of the case
    •    Ability to analyze the supporting exhibits and draw meaningful conclusions from the data
    •    Ability to clearly articulate your conclusions and reasoning behind them
    •    Ability to accurately and articulately answer questions from the judges

    There is a lot of overlap between the skills needed to do well in a case competition and those needed at a top MBA program like Illinois.  Our curriculum requires critical analysis, structured problem solving and excellent presentation skills.

    The skills utilized in the Case Competition aren’t only important in an MBA program.  They are the skills recruiters look for as well. In fact, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was just ranked in the top 3 of all schools in a recent survey of recruiters conducted by the Wall Street Journal.

    We hope students will take advantage of the opportunity to practice these skills by participating in the Scholarship Case Competition.  As a reminder, you must submit your application to the full-time program by December 1, 2010 to be eligible to participate.

    As always, please contact us with any questions.