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MBA Advice for the Entrepreneur: INSEAD Grad Mike Davis

Sep. 13th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

Mike Davis was running three successful startups from a rented office in Manhattan when he decided to pursue the MBA. Before co-founding the student lender MPOWER Financing, where he’s currently Chief Investment Officer, Davis founded more than a dozen startups, served as Director of Innovation and Strategy at Avon, and earned his MBA from INSEAD. […]

Advice on a Non-traditional Path to an MBA: LBS Grad Paul Heslop

Sep. 12th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

In his role at the United Nations (UN), London Business School grad Paul Heslop is responsible for peacekeeping efforts in 17 countries, clearing thousands of mines and other explosives, and defending multi-million dollar budgets to the UN Security Council. While his story is as unique as they come, Paul delivers invaluable advice for any nontraditional […]

Essential MBA Admissions Tips From The Gatekeepers At Stanford GSB, Berkeley Haas

Sep. 11th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

“What I’m really looking for is what have you done and how has that mattered in any organization you’ve touched,” says Stanford GSB Admissions Director Kirsten Moss. “I like to get practical – some people aren’t great test takers. So, what have you done with your smarts?” Moss’s remarks on the qualities she seeks among […]

MBA Trend Alert: Americans head to Europe

Sep. 10th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

We’ve seen a dramatic increase in interest for the top European business schools from the US market over the last 18 months, which made us curious if this was a broader industry trend. What we heard back from heads of MBA Admissions affirms that, yes, they are seeing a significant spike in US applicants pursing […]

The Harvard Business School Essay & What HBS Really Wants

Aug. 29th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

With the Harvard Business School round one deadline around the corner, Fortuna’s Karla Cohen offers her insights on what HBS really wants. Whether HBS is on your list of target schools or not, Karla’s incisive advice is invaluable for anyone in the throes of crafting a standout MBA essay. In a revealing and candid article […]

INSEAD Tips: Application Deadline, GMAT Scores and MBA Admission Requirements

Aug. 16th, 2018 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Fortuna Admissions’ Caroline Diarte Edwards was the Director of MBA Admissions at INSEAD for seven years. Below she shares her top insider tips and INSEAD MBA admissions requirements for applying to INSEAD. INSEAD top 10 insider admissions tip #1 – Do I have a chance of admission with little international experience? INSEAD is proud of the […]

How to Navigate the new MIT Sloan Org Chart Requirement

Aug. 10th, 2018 | by: Heidi Hillis

This year, MIT Sloan became the first top tier MBA program to ask applicants for an organizational chart that outlines the “internal structure of your department and company.” Sloan’s application requirements already buck the M7 standard by sidestepping traditional written essays and soliciting a cover letter and video statement. MIT Sloan offers applicants a sample for reference, and […]

Fixed vs. Variable Rates: Which MBA Student Loan is Right for You?

Jul. 30th, 2018 | by: MPOWER Financing

Let’s face it, business school can be expensive, and many students find themselves needing to take out at least one student loan. With so many options out there, it’s important to make sure you’re choosing the loan that’s right for you. Of course, in order to make an informed decision, you may need to make […]

Stanford GSB Essays 2018-2019 – Analysis & Strategy

Jul. 24th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

When he introduced the “What matters most to you and why” admissions essay in Stanford GSB’s MBA application over 14 years ago, did former GSB Dean of Admissions Derrick Bolton Stanford have any idea that it would become such an iconic and enduring question? Whether Stanford is among your short list of target schools or not, […]

New MBA Essay from Berkeley Haas – Analysis & Strategy

Jul. 20th, 2018 | by: Sharon Joyce

At first glance, it seems that Berkeley Haas went from three required MBA essays to two, preserving its poetic “six-word essay” question and distilling its prompt around post-MBA goals. But the notable addition is a focused and unique series of optional essay prompts that seek to uncover the less visible forces that shape applicants’ opportunities, decisions, […]

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