Hello Potential Applicants at AGSB (Ateneo Graduate School of Business)!
If you’ve found my blog, you’re no undoubtedly searching for information about the school. I have a previous blog post that has been getting lots of visitors which result in me getting a ton of email questions. Most of them are the same so I’m just gonna make one post about it which will make your lives a little easier. So here are the most frequently asked questions about applying to the Ateneo GSB.
1) How much is the Tuition?
– Please see below for photos of my previous bills. It’s difficult to give you an amount because IT GOES UP every semester. The tuition fee (just for the class) when I started was around 9k per class. It doesn’t seem like a lot but it’s the miscellaneous fees that really get you.
The photos shown are for the Standard Program. In each scenario, I enrolled for two (2) classes with three (3) units each. Left Photo 24K is Term3 (March 2013 to July 2013). Right Photo 25K is for the upcoming Term 1 (August 2013 to November 2013). It goes up every year. If you do the math, it’s about Php12,600 per class now. That’s excluding additional expenses like xeroxing books, parking pass, food, etc. If I recall correctly, when I first started it was at around Php11,000.
2) How is the Entrance Exam?
– Oh my gosh so easy. Basic reading comprehension. A little bit of abstract logic. English grammar stuff. Algebra and a bit of trigonometry. I don’t know anyone that has failed. You don’t need to study in advance, you just need to watch the time. The test is not hard, they just don’t give you a lot of time to finish. Don’t worry too much, goodluck!!
**May 6 2014 update – I’ve been getting dozens and dozens of questions about the exam. It’s similar to a standard college entrance exam. Please don’t worry about it too much. I can’t answer your questions about the exact math or exact reading problems because I honestly don’t remember. Those that have taken the exam – feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section so that others may benefit from your advice. I stand by the fact that it is not difficult, you are just constrained by time. Time is your biggest challenge, not the exam itself.
**November 7 2014 update – I will stop answering emails and messages that ask about the entrance exam. I still keep getting the same questions over and over again about the precise math or reading questions. Again, it’s your standard entrance exam. I have a suspicion that it is the same as the undergraduate ACET. Also, again, I don’t know anyone who has failed. Sorry guys, I already listed above what I know and recall from the test. If you email me about the entrance exam, the above will still be my answer.
3) How is the interview?
I didn’t do the interview na. I don’t know anyone who has done it. I can’t help with this. Although I can’t imagine that it would be different from a job interview.
4) Do you really need 2 years working experience prior to enrolling?
I know some people in school who are straight from undergraduate. Some with only 1 year working experience but it depends on their admissions council. They are getting stricter now. Honestly, I recommend you have work experience. The classes will make more sense.
5) What is the minimum # of classes I can enroll per semester?
– At least one. Many students enroll at least two just to make it worth it. You can also take semester leaves which means you stop for a sem if your work gets too demanding. There are 3 semesters in a year. Term1 is Aug to Nov. Term2 is Nov to Mar. Term3 is Mar to July. You have 6 years to finish the entire program.
6) What are the class schedules like?
If you are taking the Standard Program – When you start, the classes are 1.5 hours long. Once a week. When you get to the main classes, the core subjects, they are from 6-9pm, weekdays. Or 9am-12nn / 1pm- 3pm saturdays. All classes are 1x a week. Semester runs for 15 weeks. Some classes have a 15 minute break, some don’t. The Executive and Accelerated Program (REGIS) – 1x a week for 4 hours/day.
7) I work a lot and have to stay late at the office sometimes. What if I have class? Are the professors strict?
– The professors know the students are working. The programs are set up to be ideal for working students so the teachers do give consideration, especially when the student gives them advance notice. However, yes, some professors are strict. Use your leaves wisely, you only get 3 absences otherwise you get dropped. Just think of it this way, you made a commitment to go to school, if you can’t fulfill that commitment then you might want to change some things (select a saturday class, stop going to school that term, etc).
8) Where do I see the available classes?
– The actual schedule of classes is on the student portal. However, that is not open to the public. You have to get into school and have a student account before you can access that information. However, if you want to know what a standard MBA class flow is, here is the chart that can also be found on their website.
9) Will you be my friend in school?
– OF COURSE. Please don’t hesitate to approach me if you see me in school. I would be more than happy to say hello and chat.
10) WAIT. I have more questions!!
– No worries. Send me an email and I will try my best to get back to you. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I will try to answer as many questions as I can. Please don’t be upset if I don’t get to yours right away.
All the best on your application!! 🙂
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