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Last Updated Jan 12, 2021 by

MBA Admissions Tips & Advice from HEC Paris MBA Director & Star Applicant

Sponsored Content  Two women very familiar with what it takes to be successful in MBA admissions, particularly at HEC Paris, offer advice on each stage of the admissions process at the leading program. The HEC Paris MBA Director of Marketing, Sara Vanos, and a star MBA applicant, Kendra Bills, share their experiences in this special feature. Sara Vanos (left) & Kendra Bills (right) Sara Vanos joined HEC Paris in 2014, following her roles in MBA recruiting at Toronto Rotman. Sara currently serves as the Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Sales across the MBA programs at HEC Paris and earned an... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 11, 2021 by

Episode 143: Wire Taps—Northwestern Kellogg or NYU Stern for Social Impact?

As applicants and candidates alike weigh their b-school strategies, Alex Brown and Graham Richmond share related MBA admissions advice in our new podcast episode of Wire Taps. See which profiles from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire they discuss below, then tune in. One military applicant already submitted some apps but hasn’t yet found success: Another MBA hopeful needed some advice about timing: Finally, the third profiled candidate needs help choosing between Northwestern Kellogg and NYU Stern for social impact: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 143: Wire Taps—Northwestern Kellogg or NYU Stern for Social Impact? Play Episode Pause... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 10, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines, January 11-15, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 2 is Underway The majority of leading MBA programs have their Round 2 application deadlines this week and last week, as Round 1 decisions have now been released. Sunday, January 10, CMU / Tepper has its Round 2 deadline. Monday, January 11, Cambridge / Judge has its Round 3 deadline. Tuesday, January 12, Chicago / Booth has its Round 2 deadline. Wednesday, January 13, Emory / Goizueta has its Round 2 deadline. Thursday, January 14,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 6, 2021 by

Episode 142: Balancing B-School, Work & Family

Sponsored Content Admissions, B-school & Children – we cover the ABC’s of pursuing an MBA while raising a family in this special podcast feature. Graham Richmond welcomes someone who not only earned an MBA, but who did it while raising a family and working full time.  She is also the associate dean of admissions and marketing for a leading MBA program!  Our special guest today is Shelly Heinrich from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business. Shelly Heinrich, M.Ed., MBA, Assoc. Dean, MBA Admissions and Director of Marketing Heinrich leads the MBA Admissions team in both its marketing and operational strategy... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 4, 2021 by

Episode 141: Wire Taps—Duke Fuqua, UCLA Anderson or Northwestern Kellogg for Tech?

Happy New Year! Alex Brown and Graham Richmond are here to help you kick off 2021 with some sound MBA admissions advice in our new podcast episode of Wire Taps. See which profiles from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire they discuss below, then tune in. One applicant likely needs to retake the GMAT: Another MBA hopeful is looking to pivot in their career: Finally, the third profiled candidate needs help choosing between UCLA Anderson, Duke Fuqua and Northwestern Kellogg: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 141: Wire Taps—Duke Fuqua, UCLA Anderson or Northwestern Kellogg for Tech? Play Episode... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 28, 2020 by

Episode 140: Wire Taps—Can I Negotiate a Scholarship?

In this week’s podcast episode of Wire Taps, we focus on two MBA hopefuls weighing the timing and strategies of their applications as well as a candidate choosing between programs. Preview the profiles from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire below and then tune in for advice from our admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown. One applicant is already looking ahead to next year: An accepted candidate needs help weighing their options: Finally, the third profiled applicant is looking to continue their career in investment banking: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 140: Wire Taps—Can I Negotiate a... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 21, 2020 by

Episode 139: Wire Taps—Dartmouth Tuck with Scholarship or Northwestern Kellogg without One?

This podcast episode of Wire Taps tackles the full range of the admissions cycle, from choosing where to matriculate and strategizing Round 2 applications to thinking ahead to next year. Preview the profiles from MBA DecisionWire and MBA ApplyWire below and then tune in to hear Graham Richmond and Alex Brown offer keen admissions advice. An accepted MBA candidate needs help choosing between programs: An applicant is worried about their GMAT: Finally, the third profiled applicant is seeking advice on how to prepare for next year: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 139: Wire Taps—Dartmouth Tuck with Scholarship... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 17, 2020 by

Episode 138: Stanford GSB’s 2020 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report

Today’s podcast is about the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) report that was recently published by the school.  Loyal listeners of the podcast may recall that back in 2019 in Episode 69, we spoke about the school’s inaugural DEI report, which offered key background and insights on the school’s initiative. We once again welcome Professor Sarah A. Soule and Lori Nisihura MacKenzie to discuss the 2020 DEI report, related results and more.  Isabel Andrade, a second-year Stanford MBA student, joins the conversation about diversity as well. Before you tune in, here’s a... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 15, 2020 by

Episode 137: The Two HBS Grads Disrupting Student Loans, Health Insurance, and More

Sponsored Content There is strength in numbers—and that is exactly what Nikhil Agarwal and Chris Abkarians count on to secure better MBA student loan rates for MBA candidates through their company, Juno. By utilizing competition among banks and analyzing the subsequent deals that become available, Juno (formerly LeverEdge) is able to get members significantly reduced interest rates and creates the most value for its student members. This innovative business has helped MBA students with $100 million in loans, resulting in $26 million in savings as compared to federal loan options available. Juno Co-founders, Chris Abkarians (left) and Nikhil Agarwal (right)... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 14, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Admissions Decisions, December 14-18, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 1 Decisions continue to roll out.  Many leading MBA programs are now releasing their Round 1 decisions. It’s important to note that some schools start releasing their final decisions a day or two before their stated decision release dates. Monday, December 14, UNC / Kenan-Flagler is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions. Wednesday, December 16, UPenn / Wharton and MIT / Sloan are scheduled to release their Round 1 decisions. Thursday, December 17, Berkeley... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 14, 2020 by

Episode 136: Wire Taps—Duke Fuqua with Scholarship or Full Ride at Michigan Ross?

While many MBA applicants are currently strategizing for Round 2, other lucky ones already need help choosing a business school. Our admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, offer all-encompassing advice in this new podcast episode of Wire Taps. Preview the profiles from MBA DecisionWire and MBA ApplyWire below and then tune in to hear their takes. The first applicant has several concerns, but an interesting story: An accepted MBA candidate needs help choosing between programs: Finally, the third profiled applicant is seeking advice on how to strengthen his quant record: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 136:... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 7, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Admissions Decisions, December 7-12, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 1 decisions continue to roll out.  Many leading MBA programs are now releasing their Round 1 decisions. It’s important to note that some schools start releasing their final decisions a day or two before their stated decision release dates. Tuesday, December 8, Yale SOM is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions. Wednesday, December 9, Northwestern / Kellogg, UVA / Darden and CMU Tepper are scheduled to release their Round 1 decisions. Thursday, December 10,... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 7, 2020 by

Episode 135: Wire Taps—Coming from the Military, Am I Targeting the Right Schools?

In this podcast episode of Wire Taps, our admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, discuss three MBA hopefuls trying to plan their application strategies. Preview the profiles from MBA ApplyWire below and then tune in to hear their advice. The first applicant is building a career in the military, and needs help with school choice: Another MBA hopeful is looking further down the road: Finally, the third profiled applicant is also looking for advice about target programs: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 135: Wire Taps—Coming from the Military, Am I Targeting the Right Schools? Play Episode... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 7, 2020 by

Inside the Career Center at HEC Paris

Career workshops, mock interviews, industry connections, recruiting relationships—these are just a few of the services that the Career Center team offers to enable HEC Paris students pursue their dream career paths. Seventy-two percent of students in the MBA Class of 2019 secured their post-MBA positions through school-facilitated opportunities such as on-campus recruitment, the HEC Paris network, and HEC-initiated internships or job postings. Marie Courtois, Director, HEC Paris Career Center To find out how the HEC Paris Career Center has created such a dynamic network to support students, we recently spoke with Marie Courtois, the Center’s Director. Marie talked to us... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 30, 2020 by

Episode 134: Wire Taps—Does My GMAT Score Disqualify Me?

Our admissions experts Alex Brown and Graham Richmond dig into some vibrant candidacies this week in another podcast episode of Wire Taps. Preview the profiles pulled from MBA ApplyWire below and then tune in to hear their advice. The first applicant needs to refine their long-term goal: Another interesting candidate just needs to get her GMAT score competition-ready: Finally, the third profiled applicant is looking for a career in music: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 134: Wire Taps—Does My GMAT Score Disqualify Me? Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode Rewind 10 Seconds 1x Fast Forward 30 seconds... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 30, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions, November 30-December 4, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 1 Interviews Ongoing, Decisions Rolling Out! Round 1 interviews continue as programs begin to roll out their final Round 1 decisions. It’s important to note that some schools start releasing their final decisions a day or two before their stated decision release dates. Wednesday, December 2, CEIBS is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions. Thursday, December 3, Chicago / Booth is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions. Friday, December 4, Michigan / Ross... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 27, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Deferred Chicago Booth Scholar Reflects On Application Process

The future may feel extra uncertain right now, but one thing young professionals can do is lockdown their seat in a leading MBA program through a deferred option. Catherine Wain, who anticipates graduating from Chicago Booth in 2024, shares her story behind applying early. Deferred Chicago Booth Scholar Reflects On Application Process By Catharine Wain, Chicago Booth MBA ’24 Over one year into her deferment through the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, Catharine Wain shares why she chose Chicago Booth and how she’s taking advantage of the deferment time both personally and professionally. What attracted you to the Chicago Booth Scholars... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 23, 2020 by

Episode 133: Wire Taps—Don’t Sell Yourself Short, Add More Schools!

We are back with another episode of Wire Taps, bringing you keen advice from our MBA admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown. This week’s featured applicants have at least one thing in common: they should consider more business schools! Preview the prospective MBAs’ profiles below, then tune into this week’s episode. The first applicant needs an MBA to launch a business: The second MBA hopeful is looking to enter organizational development / change management consulting: Finally, the third profiled applicant has a background in advertising: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 133: Wire Taps—Don’t Sell Yourself Short,... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 20, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: 4 Things to Know about the MS/MBA Biotech at Harvard Business School

At the crossroads of business and biotech, you may find yourself drawn to the MS/MBA program at Harvard. The program confers an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master of Science from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School. A member of the first cohort of the program, Nora Rabah, shares her experience in this week’s Fridays from the Frontlines. 4 Things to Know about the MS/MBA Biotech at Harvard Business School By Nora Rabah, Harvard MS/MBA Candidate Since emigrating from Syria at the age of five, I have personally experienced the uphill battle of... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 16, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions, November 16-20, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 1 Rolls On!  Round 1 decisions continue to roll out as final Round 1 deadlines are almost completed. Monday, November 16, HEC Paris has its November Round application deadline. Wednesday, November 18, Cornell Johnson has its initial notification deadline for its October Round. Friday, November 20, INSEAD is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions. HEC Paris is scheduled to release its October Round decisions. How “The Wires” Can Help Visit MBA LiveWire for the latest “buzz”... Read more »

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