Interview with Lee Milligan - Admissions Manager for the CBS FT MBA

F1GMAT: What are some of the advantages of having Copenhagen Business School in the heart of Denmark?

lee MilliganLee Milligan(Copenhagen Business School): Copenhagen is annually ranked as one of the World’s top 3 Liveable Cities by the renowned lifestyle magazine.  Denmark also has one of the world’s most competitive economies, with reputed internationally orientated Danish companies companies such as Carlsberg, Vestas, Maersk, Novo Nordisk, Leo Pharma and many multinational companies.  Combine this with the fact that Copenhagen is internationally diverse, extremely safe, clean, diverse, open-minded, a centre for innovation and design and you have a great reasons to be here. 

On top of this the city is manageable with bicycles being the main form of transport along the bike lanes which can be found on every street.  A place where preserving the environment is engrained in society.  As English is spoken fluently by every Dane is also an easy place to adapt to both culturally and work-wise.  Ultimately it is a thriving and highly developed city at the heart of one of the worlds’ strongest and most innovative economies

F1GMAT:  Can you give our readers a demographic snapshot of the CBS Full-time MBA program (Class of 2010)?

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What are some of the unique courses offered in CBS Full-time MBA program? How will these courses help future managers?

Lee Milligan(Copenhagen Business School)

Leadership Discovery Process: Exercising Leadership engages one’s whole being. During the MBA, you will take a journey of personal and professional development with numerous opportunities to explore what leadership is and to develop your capacity to exercise it effectively and responsibly.

The objectives of the Leadership Discovery Process is to develop an understanding of yourself, learn your true leadership style, and appreciate the differences in others and to enhance your ability to work with others in high-performing teams

Entrepreneurship Mindset: We do more than let you dream, we stimulate you to broaden your mind in search for the right opportunities. We teach you how to analyze them, study and develop them into practical business concepts. We help you to build a business model with tailor-made entry-and-growth-strategies. We motivate you to start your own business.

Strategy Project: The Copenhagen MBA concludes with an integrated client-based strategy project. This is the final challenge of the program. Teams of MBA participants, under the guidance of faculty and experienced executives, conduct an integrated strategy study for an internationally oriented company in Denmark and the Øresund region.

The strategic project reflects the MBAs’ ability to utilize relevant theories, models and methods of the various modules taught and apply them in a concrete strategic problem formulation of own choice. In addition, the MBAs are expected to display the ability to identify a strategic problem area in a business/organization, select and adapt the relevant empirical data plus structure as well as complete a complex problem consideration and analysis within a limited time frame. Lastly, all results and conclusions must be well documented and presented in a well-argued, brief and precise manner.

F1GMAT:  Is it mandatory to learn Danish to actively participate in class discussions for the MBA programs? Is there any pre-MBA courses offered to students?

Lee Milligan(Copenhagen Business School): Every single aspect of the program is conducted in English.  We have professors from 10 different nationalities teaching on the program this year.  Outside of the classroom all Danes speak a very high level of English and it is very often the business language.  What we do offer is free Danish lessons alongside the program, sponsored by the business school and the local community.  As each year around 50-60% of our students find employment in Copenhagen after their MBA, we recommend them to take this opportunity.

F1GMAT: What are some of the entry criteria for CBS Full-time MBA program?

Lee Milligan(Copenhagen Business School): We have a rolling applications process, meaning the earlier your application the better.

a.    An online application form, with 2 very important essays http://cbs.topapply.com
b.    CV – details of current and previous jobs, educational background.
c.    GMAT – minimum 550 or CBS test.
d.    2 references – at least one must be from employment.
e.    Original Copies of University transcripts – obtained from your university stamped and signed.
f.     Digital photo

Once we have received the full application the Admissions Board decides if it will go to the interview stage.  There will be one or sometimes two interviews via telephone / skype or here at the school.  You will hear within 14 days of the interview if you have been accepted by the admissions Board or not.

About Lee Milligan

lee MilliganLee Milligan has been the Admissions manager for the Full-time MBA program at Copenhagen Business School for the last 4 years.  Originally from Liverpool in the UK, he has worked and studied in Japan, Holland, Sweden, the UK and for the last 8 years in Denmark.  A passion for all things international and for Copenhagen itself means that he really is working in his ideal role.

Lee Milligan
Admissions Manager for the Full-time MBA
Tel +45 3815 6022
Email: lm.mba@cbs.dk


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