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MBA Interview Tips: the M7 landscape to Your Prep Strategy

Sep. 28th, 2022 | by: Malvina Miller Complainville

If you receive an MBA interview invite from an M7 business school, it’s a clear signal the school believes in your potential. At the same time, competition is fierce, and the interview has never been more important. Nowhere is this truer than with the M7 MBA programs, or the top 7 graduate schools in the country based […]

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What is the Average Age to Get an MBA? | Fortuna Admissions

Sep. 26th, 2022 | by: Melissa Joelson

Your boss has an MBA from a top business school. So does your boss’s boss. As does needless to say the CEO of your company. You want to move more quickly up the ladder. Or maybe you’d like to make a career switch. For one or all of these reasons, you’ve decided you want to […]

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MBA Application Tips: “What Other Schools Are You Applying To?”

Sep. 23rd, 2022 | by: Melissa Joelson

“What other schools are you applying to?” If you haven’t encountered this nerve-wracking question on your b-school application form, then get ready to encounter it during your MBA admissions interviews. It’s not a trick question (even if it feels like one) but requires an understanding of what schools are seeking in choosing to ask it. […]

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Texas McCombs New Video Assessment: What to expect & how to prepare

Sep. 20th, 2022 | by: Sharon Joyce

Texas McCombs has made several notable and candidate-friendly changes to its MBA application, including the debut of a video assessment. Key changes to the McCombs MBA application include: Singular essay question New video assessment Standardized test waiver (GMAT, GRE, or EA) McCombs Admission Connection – optional but highly encouraged McCombs lauds its new MBA video […]

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Michigan Ross MBA Essays for 2022-2023: Tips & Strategy

Sep. 15th, 2022 | by: Sharon Joyce

The Michigan Ross MBA essay questions are among the shortest – both by word count and number of questions posed – among top business schools. In a recent webinar, Ross Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions, Taya Sapp, shared reasons for the program’s unique approach to learning more about candidates. In previous application cycles, applicants were […]

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What’s the Difference Between the GMAT and GRE? | Fortuna Admissions

Sep. 12th, 2022 | by: Rachel Erickson Hee

Deciding which standardized test to take for business school used to be easy. There was only one game in town, and it was the GMAT. Whether you loved or hated sentence correction or data sufficiency, you had to master them to get into business school. Then, in 2006, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business decided […]

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Carnegie Mellon Tepper MBA Essay for 2022-2023: Tips & Strategy

Sep. 8th, 2022 | by: Catherine Tuttle

One of the smallest among the top 20 business schools, Carnegie Mellon Tepper boasts a close-knit culture and pioneering approach to management curriculum (a “management science” model over the case method, that’s now integrated within all the leading business schools). As such, the admissions team is looking for evidence of self-reflection and your ability to […]

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Sep. 4th, 2022 | by: Heidi Hillis

To craft the best career vision for the MBA, you must present a coherent narrative that persuasively links your personal reasons for pursuing an MBA with your past experiences as well as your short- and long-term goals. Once you’ve begun to explore your career vision (see part 1 in this series, How to Create a Career […]

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Advice for Consultants Pursuing an MBA

Aug. 23rd, 2022 | by: Matt Symonds

Have you slogged long hours at the office to keep the boss happy and meet client deadlines? Pulled all-nighters in college to accumulate credits and maintain your dean’s list standing? Aced your job interviews and secured a spot at an A-list consulting firm? Distinguished yourself as a career wunderkind who’s risen to the senor ranks […]

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UCLA Anderson Essay Strategy for 2022-2023

Aug. 22nd, 2022 | by: Jessica Chung

Over the last few years, UCLA Anderson has amended its required essays with ever-slimmer word counts, challenging applicants to be as direct and incisive as possible. Two years ago, it made the bold move by wiping the slate clean and replacing its slate of essays with a singular question, with a mere 250 words to […]

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Tips for MBA Campus Visits: What to Know & How to Prepare

Aug. 17th, 2022 | by: Melissa Jones

The majority of business schools are welcoming back prospective candidates to visit campus in-person after more than two years of virtual events. This is great news for applicants, as nothing can give you a better sense of the vibe and culture of a program than a visit to its campus. Although not mandatory, taking the […]

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London Business School Essays for 2022-2023: Tips & Strategy

Aug. 1st, 2022 | by: Emma Bond

The application for London Business School is now open, with a round one deadline of September 9, 2022. Meanwhile, the MBA essays for LBS remain the same.  As former Senior Manager of MBA Admissions at LBS, I believe that very best versions of Essay One will give the Admissions Committee insight into what has motivated your […]

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