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12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School – Step 8: MBA Application Essays ‒ Your Contribution To The MBA Program And Fit

Jun. 12th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

  There are several themes that recur in essay questions that business schools ask so we’ll provide some MBA essay tips for these. Earlier in this series, we looked at three common themes around ‘Why an MBA now?”, “Why this MBA?”, and “What’s your career vision?”. Admissions committees also want to ensure they’re admitting positive […]

12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School – Step 7: MBA Application Essays ‒ Addressing The Most Common Questions

Jun. 9th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Once you’ve spent the required time identifying your target schools’ admissions criteria, self-reflecting and identifying some of your key traits, and focusing on the personal narrative you want to depict in your applications, it’s time to dive into the essay questions. There are several themes that recur in the essay questions that business schools ask. […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 4: Your Academic Record – GMAT, GPA, and GRE

May. 19th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

An MBA emphasizes studying business and often the “M” in MBA, which stands for “Master’s”, is overlooked. Any self-respecting business school will want to ensure that you have the academic aptitude to handle a graduate degree. You’ll need to be skillful in math, critical reasoning/logic, and language. Therefore your academic results are important components of […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 2: Plan your Timing

Apr. 30th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

On average, leading business schools organize three or four rounds of admissions in the 12 months before matriculation (with the exception of Columbia Business School and a small handful of other schools who have rolling admissions and review applications as they’re received). Common sense suggests you should apply only when you’re ready, but let us […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 1: Do Your Research

Apr. 20th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions was asked by The Economist to write a multi-part series explaining how to improve your chance of getting into a top business school. Our experts from Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, London Business School, Chicago Booth, IE Business School, Kellogg, and UC Berkeley Haas have contributed to this series of articles. Below is an […]

Exclusive Interview with INSEAD’s Current Director of Marketing, Admissions, and Financial Aid, Conducted by INSEAD’s former Director of Admissions

Mar. 4th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

In an interview with INSEAD’s Pejay Belland (Director of Marketing, Admissions, and Financial Aid for Degree Programmes), Fortuna learned about some of the latest program updates and admissions tips for INSEAD in 2015. We’re delighted to share Pejay’s responses to our questions from the interview, conducted by Caroline Diarte Edwards, who served previously as INSEAD’s […]

MBA Admissions Essays – all you need to know (featured in The Economist)

Mar. 6th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Tackling application essays for business school is a daunting prospect. They are a critical part of your sales pitch to a target school. Your application may well be read by a bleary-eyed administrator who has already waded through hundreds of files that day – with only yours keeping him from turning in for the night. […]

First Steps on the Road to Business School (featured in The Economist)

Feb. 6th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions has been asked by The Economist to write a four-part series explaining how to improve your chance of getting into a top business school. Our experts from Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, London Business School, Chicago Booth,  IE Business School, Kellogg and UC Berkeley Haas are answering readers’ questions over the course of the coming weeks. Part one: […]

Top B-Schools Make Changes to MBA Admissions, but the Strategy for Success Remains the Same

Dec. 6th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

Did your chances of securing a place at one of the world’s top business schools just improve? Well yes, … and no. Several of the top US full-time MBA programmes have reported a significant drop in applicant numbers in the last 12 months, including the Columbia Business School with a 19% drop, and NYU Stern […]

Selectivity, Yield, and MBA Admissions Math

Nov. 20th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

Beyond the headlines of the latest Bloomberg Businessweek MBA ranking, there is a tremendous amount of data for potential business school applicants to analyze. From class size, cost, and curriculum to community spirit and careers, the survey responses from more than 10,000 graduates provide invaluable perspectives on the search for the right MBA fit. The Rankings History, […]

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