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Last Updated May 26, 2017 by

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Admissions Director Soojin Kwon Shares the Skinny on Ross’s New Application Essays

Soojin Kwon, who leads MBA admissions at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, began her most recent Director’s Blog by suggesting that things are quiet on campus right now—only to reveal big news about planned changes to its approach to essay questions this year. Soojin Kwon, Ross director of admissions The two are connected, of course. It’s the relatively quiet time—when students jet off for global immersion courses around the world or gear up for summer internships every bit as far flung—that the Admission Committee can finally catch its breath, review its process, and really examine what’s working and where... Read more »

Last Updated May 24, 2017 by

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$20 Million Alumni Gift Expands Social Sector Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has received a $20 million alumni gift that will expand social innovation and entrepreneurship research and programming, the school announced earlier this week. The gift comes from Tandean Rustandy, MBA’07—founder of a successful Indonesian ceramic tile manufacturing company—and the school’s Social Enterprise Initiative has been renamed the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation to reflect his generosity and its expanded mission. “The Rustandy Center will provide a rigorous setting for students, faculty, and colleagues to confront pressing challenges through social enterprise and innovation,” University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer said in a... Read more »

Last Updated May 23, 2017 by

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Bain, LinkedIn Partner to Help Get More Women to the Top in Business

Despite outnumbering male college graduates and making up 40 percent of the classes at several top MBA programs, women represent just 25.1 percent of senior managers and executives at S&P 500 companies and a paltry 4.4 percent of CEOs, according to Catalyst, a nonprofit organization promoting inclusive workplaces for women. What gives? Leading consulting firm Bain & Company partnered with LinkedIn in late 2016 to answer that very question—and come up with recommendations for how to effect change. Together, Bain and LinkedIn conducted a survey of 8,400 men and women on LinkedIn who work for U.S. companies and hold at... Read more »

Last Updated May 19, 2017 by

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Fridays from the Frontline: Johnson MBA Immersion Program Helps Build Confidence Through Skill Acquisition

A hallmark of the Johnson Graduate School of Management, which is part of the larger Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, is its intensive immersion program. In the spring of their first year, Johnson MBA students take part in a hands-on semester of integrated course and field work focused on a particular industry or functional role. Johnson currently offers seven immersions—in Capital Markets and Asset Management, Investment Banking, Managerial Finance, Strategic Operations, Strategic Marketing, Digital Technology, and Sustainable Global Enterprise—as well as a Customized Immersion that allows students to create their own intensive courses of study. As part of the Johnson... Read more »

Last Updated May 18, 2017 by

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Is Trump Rhetoric Driving Prospective International Business School Students to Canada?

Graduate management education has become increasingly global, but fewer prospective business school students from outside the United States cite America as their most preferred study destination than have in the past, according to a recent report from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Anti-immigrant rhetoric and uncertainty around potential changes to student and work visas—coupled with growing numbers of high-quality programs in other parts of the world—have driven the decreased appeal of U.S. programs, GMAC’s data suggests. More prospective students than ever—nearly three in five (59 percent)—intend to apply to programs outside of their country of residence, according to the... Read more »

Last Updated May 17, 2017 by

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Business School Whisperer Edward Snyder to Take Sabbatical from Yale SOM

Yale School of Management (SOM) Dean Edward Snyder today announced his plans to take a sabbatical starting August 1, 2017, the school reports. Though he will continue to work on strategic projects, he will step away from daily management responsibilities. Anjani Jain, who is currently senior associate dean for the MBA program, will serve as acting dean. Yale SOM Dean Edward Snyder Snyder has been at the helm at Yale SOM since 2011, having been reappointed to a second five-year term in January 2016. In announcing his reappointment, Yale University President Peter Salovey praised Snyder for the impressive gains the school had... Read more »

Last Updated May 17, 2017 by

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Are Specialized Master’s Programs Cannibalizing MBA Programs?

Business schools have been launching increasing numbers of non-MBA business master’s degrees—but not without worry that these very offerings could be gobbling up prospective applicants to their MBA programs. Responding to these concerns among its member schools, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) added new questions to its 2017 mba.com Prospective Students Survey to find out. Based on analysis released yesterday of responses from more than 11,000 individuals who registered on mba.com between February and December 2016, schools may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. “We have heard schools asking, ‘Are we cannibalizing our own MBA programs?’” says... Read more »

Last Updated May 16, 2017 by

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Darden Adds New August Deadline for Future Year Admissions MBA Program

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is offering college seniors a rare second chance to make a first impression—announcing this week that it has added an August 1st deadline for its Future Year Admissions MBA Program. The program, first announced last summer, is geared toward undergraduate students in their final year of study or students who have gone on directly from college into a fifth-year master’s program. It originally featured a single May 1st deadline, but Katherine Alford, who leads admissions for the new program, shared in a video yesterday that the school has added a second deadline to give... Read more »

Last Updated May 10, 2017 by

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Stanford Seed Program Builds on African Success, Expands to India

Like many children in Nigeria, Femi Oye grew up looking on as his grandmother prepared food for his family. Like many women in Nigeria, tragically, Oye’s grandmother was diagnosed with respiratory problems—the result of indoor air pollution caused by the fumes created as she cooked. Mamma Kike, as Oye called her, died as a result. But thanks to her grandson’s entrepreneurial spirit and Stanford Seed—a project of the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)—millions of others have been spared a similar fate. Losing his grandmother gave Oye the resolve to create a simple, inexpensive cooking stove that would burn ethanol... Read more »

Last Updated May 9, 2017 by

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NYU Stern Launches Two New One-Year MBAs: Tech and Fashion & Luxury

INSEAD, watch out. New York University Stern School of Business is getting into the one-year MBA game—and leveraging its New York City location in a major way. Stern announced yesterday that it will launch two new May-to-May MBA programs, one in tech and a second in fashion and luxury. In just 12 months, students in these programs will complete a foundational business core, a specialty area core, and electives. Along the way, they will work on real-life business projects for companies in tech or fashion and luxury respectively, gaining the experience and building the relationships that will land them jobs... Read more »

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