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Last Updated Apr 1, 2020 by

Why a Flexible MBA Program is Essential for Working Professionals

Sponsored Content Earning an MBA while working full time can be challenging. It means between 26 months to five years of taking classes at night and on weekends while still putting time in at the office and making career moves. The good news is that an MBA comes with many rewards—both professionally and personally. Not only does part-time MBA study allow you to take the knowledge you learn at school and immediately put it to work the next day, but it helps you reduce many opportunity costs found in a traditional two-year full-time MBA. The key is your willingness to... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 27, 2020 by

Amazon Shakes Up B-School Recruiting for MBAs

Amazon has started recruiting MBA talent from a broader base of business schools and conducting interviews virtually, shaking up their longstanding practice of sending company reps and executives to select leading b-school campuses.  Instead of only hiring MBAs from elite business schools, the tech giant is now reaching out to more than 80 MBA programs across North America. Albert Kim, the head of Amazon student programs in the Americas, told The Wall Street Journal, the company has “worked hard to scale our recruiting efforts to help us engage and assess talent around the world.” Larger Landscape, Same Target While Amazon’s... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 25, 2020 by

Consulting & UK Top London Business School MBA Employment Report

The London Business School MBA Class of 2019 was, once again, highly diverse.  The 492 graduates of the Class of 2019 represented 62 nationalities and women comprised 38 percent of the group.  Altogether, they averaged five years of pre-MBA work experience, though professional experience ranged from 2 to 13 years.  Their post-MBA employment choices carried through their diversity of backgrounds and interests: Overall, 92 percent of the LBS Class of 2019 accepted a job offer somewhere within three months of graduation. Graduates accepted roles in 41 different countrie. They chose to work in a range of industries, with consulting (40... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 19, 2020 by

Emory Goizueta Introduces Early MBA Admission Program

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School has joined other leading programs in opening up an early admissions option for college seniors.  Prospective students from any institution can secure their spot in the One-Year MBA, Two-Year MBA, or Evening MBA class in the spring, and then defer matriculating for two to five years to gain work experience. How the Early MBA Admission Program Works Those interested in early admission to the Goizueta MBA should apply during their senior year of undergraduate study. Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2020, and admissions decisions will be made by May 15, 2020. Once accepted,... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 13, 2020 by

UVA Darden Alumni Career Services Critique Career Books

From the business section of the bookstore, UVA Darden Alumni Career Services shared their reviews of what career-oriented books the b-school community should pick up and which ones they may prefer to pass on. The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger Jen Coleman, executive director of The Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services at Darden, conditionally recommends The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. Those who enjoy a Cinderella story may wish to pick it up for a few hours of entertainment, but overall, she says, it is not... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 12, 2020 by

MBA News You Need: Financial Aid at HBS, Berkeley Haas Video Essays, and More from Georgetown, Michigan, and UT Austin

Each week we collect MBA news from leading business schools to give you a quick overview of the latest trending topics. In this week’s MBA News You Need digest: HBS highlights financial aid opportunities; Berkeley Haas offers advice for their new video essays; Georgetown McDonough discusses how its MBA program empowers women; Michigan Ross talks about its new Food, Friends, and Culture (FFC) series for cultural awareness; and UT Austin McCombs introduces new Dare to Lead program produced by Brene Brown. HBS Manager of Financial Aid Explains Opportunities for Funding The price tag for a Harvard Business School MBA can... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 7, 2020 by

China Cancels GMAT, GRE, IELTS, TOEFL Exams

In light of the impact of the coronavirus (there have been more than 20,000 confirmed cases and 425 deaths at the writing of this article), China canceled the GMAT, GRE, IELTS and TOEFL exams for the month of February.  The goal behind the cancelation is to help contain the spread of the coronavirus in public areas. This means that Chinese students seeking to enter programs in the fall may now be delayed. Moreover, universities and schools across the globe could deal with matriculation planning issues in the coming months. Full refunds are being offered to students who had planned to... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 6, 2020 by

Haas Alum Discusses Inclusion and Accessibility on Business School Campuses

Alvaro Silberstein MBA ’17 chose to attend the Berkeley Haas School of Business not only for its proximity to Silicon Valley and educational strengths, but also because the school had a proud history of helping students with disabilities. Silberstein, who has used a wheelchair since the age of 18 due to a spinal injury, told Financial Times in a recent article, “Coming to Haas from another country, Chile, with a severe disability and living independently without my family for the first time, it helped me a lot to be in an environment that was professionally competitive, but human at the... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 5, 2020 by

MBA News You Need: Northwestern Kellogg Deferred MBA, Berkeley Haas App Advice, & more from Yale, Cambridge, & Texas

Each week we collect MBA news from leading business schools to give you a quick overview of the latest trending topics. In this week’s MBA News You Need digest: Northwestern Kellogg announces their new deferred MBA enrollment program; Berkeley Haas offers tips on letters of recommendations; Yale SOM talks about its redesigned Power and Politics course; the Cambridge Judge admissions team offers up MBA interview tips; and UT Austin Texas McCombs reviews its second annual diversity and inclusion conference. Northwestern Kellogg Announces Deferred Enrollment Program Current undergraduate students and master’s candidates without work experience can now apply for the Northwestern... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 30, 2020 by

Northwestern Kellogg Professor Explores Value of Super Bowl Ads

Every year, millions upon millions of dollars are spent on Super Bowl ads. The average reported entry cost for just a 30-second commercial is $5.6 million, and that doesn’t include any production costs. For 60-second and 90-second commercial spots, the costs can reach as high as $10 to $20 million! No matter how big your brand, that’s a staggering price tag. Any company could develop a stellar digital marketing campaign or engage with premium influencers for that same price and probably still have money left over. Those millions could also be used to update their product and services or even... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 29, 2020 by

MBA News You Need: Chicago Booth’s Deferred MBA, Berkeley Haas Application Advice and More from Dartmouth, Georgetown & Michigan

Each week we collect MBA news from leading business schools to give you a quick overview of the latest trending topics. In this week’s MBA News You Need digest: Chicago Booth offers five reasons to choose their Deferred MBA program; Berkeley Haas outlines MBA application advice for explaining your career goals; Dartmouth Tuck re-launches its alumni Lifelong Learning program; Georgetown McDonough announces its first MBA Entrepreneurship Fellows; and Michigan Ross recaps its Winter Wellness Week. Chicago Booth Explains Why You Should Apply for their Deferred MBA Undergraduates contend with a number of major decisions during their senior years. It can... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 24, 2020 by

Inside the Updates to Dartmouth Tuck MBA Core Curriculum

The new refined curriculum at Dartmouth Tuck began in earnest last summer with the arrival of the Class of 2021. The goal was to improve the core curriculum with more integrated courses and programs to lay a better foundation for future learning. The update began after a multi-year review conducted by students, faculty, recruiters, alumni, and staff. The result: a “refined core curriculum” focused intentionally on the career journey of students. Read on for details about the enhancements and their impact. Earlier Fall Term One significant change to Tuck’s first-year MBA curriculum was a much earlier fall term. Now, starting... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 22, 2020 by

Meet the Students of IU Kelley’s #1 Ranked Online MBA Program

What’s it like to attend the #1-ranked online MBA program in the U.S.? It’s interactive, engaging, and welcoming. Don’t let the word “online” fool you. The Kelley Direct Online MBA includes live case studies within every in-residence week, global and domestic immersions, an extensive curriculum, and quality student experiences. It’s an extremely customizable MBA experience that offers the flexibility of being online. To get an inside look at this experience, we caught up with two current IU Kelley students who are preparing to graduate in 2020: Courtney Tam and Jenica Acome. Courtney Tam, Kelley MBA/Masters in Entrepreneurship & Innovation ’20... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 22, 2020 by

MBA News You Need: GMAC CEO on Graduate Management Education, Inside the HBS PRIDE Community, Stanford GSB on Networking, Social Impact at Wharton, and More from UCLA Anderson

Each week we collect news from the MBA space to give you a quick overview of the latest trending topics. In this week’s MBA News You Need digest, the GMAC CEO looks back at the state of graduate management education throughout 2019; HBS interviews three students from the PRIDE community; a Stanford GSB alumna offers networking advice; Wharton discusses seven opportunities for social impact; and UCLA Anderson offers MBA interview tips. GMAC CEO Reflects on Graduate Management Education The conversation surrounding graduate management education has been focused on the change in supply and demand for the last few years. This... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 20, 2020 by

New STEM Track in Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Program

Starting in the Fall of 2020, Michigan Ross will offer its Full-Time MBA students a new STEM-designated track. The new track focuses on quantitative management and business analytics across industries and is ideal for students interested in pursuing STEM-related business careers. “Our new STEM track will leverage the world-renowned general management curriculum at Ross to prepare students from a variety of backgrounds to be leaders in the business world of today and tomorrow,” explained Dean Scott DeRue. Completing the STEM Track To complete the STEM pathway, students must complete 18 credit hours within the track. Required electives span disciplines including... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 17, 2020 by

HBS Breaks Down 7 Skills for Managing Teams

What does it take to manage a team effectively? In one of Harvard Business School’s most recent Business Insights blog posts, they breaks down the seven key skills needed to rally your employees and work toward common goals. Whether you’re a newly elected leader or a seasoned executive, you can benefit from developing these management tools, which are crucial to success. 1. Clear, Effective Communication The best leaders know how to articulate strategic goals while also outlining the necessary work and processes to get there. The goal should be to remove confusion and ensure that everyone is aligned. 2. Emotional... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 16, 2020 by

Cornell Johnson MBA Class of 2019 Employment Report

The Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management recently shared the employment report for their Two-Year MBA Class of 2019.  Of the 282 graduates, 264 sought full-time employment post-MBA. Of those individuals seeking job opportunities, 94 percent received offers within three months of graduation, and 93 percent accepted. According to David B. Capaldi, the director of the Career Management Center, these impressive stats, in part, have to do with the strength of career services and support at Johnson. He said, “One of the strengths of our team is the fact that the industry advisors all have work experience from the industries in... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 15, 2020 by

MBA News You Need: HBS Professor Examines Availability of H-1B Visas, Yale SOM Hosts Affinity Week, and More from Columbia Business School, Chicago Booth, and Georgetown McDonough

Each week we collect MBA news from leading business schools to give you a quick overview of the latest trending topics. In this week’s MBA News You Need digest, an HBS professor examines the availability of the H-1B visa, Yale SOM discusses its Affinity Week events, CBS announces new home for its Leadership Essentials program, Chicago Booth highlights its Civic Scholars program, and Georgetown McDonough names its 2019-2020 Poland Real Estate Fellows. HBS Professor Examines Availability of H-1B Visas WILLIAM R. KERRDimitri V. D’Arbeloff – MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School professor William Kerr examines... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 10, 2020 by

Certificate in Sustainable Business Launched at Georgetown McDonough

Georgetown McDonough MBA students interested in embracing environmental, social, and governance programs now have the option of a new MBA Certificate in Sustainable Business. The Certificate, available to both Full-Time and Flex MBA students starting this season, will prepare graduates to address the social and environmental challenges facing the business world. They’ll understand how to integrate sustainability into all business functions and continually respond to shifts in consumer demand, employee interest, industry volatility, and more. Earning the Certificate Students who choose to enroll in the Sustainable Business certificate program will be required to take 10.5 credit hours of MBA core... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 9, 2020 by

Wharton Director of Admissions Debunks 10 Myths About the MBA Program

If you’ve considered applying to Wharton’s MBA program, you’ve probably been inundated with information—not all of it true. To clarify fact from fiction, Blair Mannix, the Wharton MBA Director of Admissions, recently wrote a blog debunking the 10 most common myths about the application process. Read on for a summary of what she had to say. Myth 1:  A Background in Finance or Consulting Is Necessary Wharton students come from a wide range of backgrounds, including non-profit, military, government, energy, and technology. They are an increasingly diverse community. Myth 2: Round 1 Offers the Best Chance of Admission Round 1... Read more »

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