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MBA Essay Writing Tips: How to Craft a Powerful Story

Nov. 16th, 2020 | by: Sharon Joyce

Your business school essays are about bringing your story to life and providing context to your application by connecting the dots. You’ll want to capture an admissions reviewer’s attention with your story and authenticity, persuading them to learn more by inviting you to interview. To get there, your essays should convey a strong sense of […]

MBA Interview Prep: What to Wear on Video

Oct. 19th, 2020 | by: Karen Hamou

Did you see this selfie of the business school dean that went viral in June? As ESMT Berlin Associate Dean Nick Barniville prepared to preside over a virtual MBA graduation via laptop, he posted a photo of himself (at left) in a tuxedo top with shorts and flip-flops below. Nowadays, most of us embrace mullet dressing […]

Register Now: CentreCourt Specialized Masters Event, Oct 13 & 14

Oct. 12th, 2020 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

This two-day virtual event is essential viewing for anyone interested in Specialized Masters Programs, from MiM and MFin to Masters in Business Analytics, Accounting, Information Systems, IMC, or Supply Chain. At CentreCourt Specialized Masters – taking place this Tuesday & Wednesday (Oct. 13 & 14) ­– you can engage directly with the admissions gatekeepers at […]

How to Customize Your MBA Application

Oct. 8th, 2020 | by: Amy Hugo

It’s tempting to want to plug your winning story into play for each business school on your list once you’ve done the hard work of reflecting on where you’ve been, where you want to go and how business school is going to get you there. If it’s good enough for Columbia, it’ll be equally compelling […]

CentreCourt MBA Festival is Essential Viewing

Oct. 1st, 2020 | by: Matt Symonds

This is your invitation to join the CentreCourt MBA Festival on October 6 & 7! CentreCourt brings together the Admissions Directors, Career Services Directors, and Deans from over 25 of the world’s top 35 business schools in a dynamic virtual format. Register now to secure your place. Whether you’re targeting a place next year and […]

5 Tips for Maximizing Virtual MBA Admissions Events

Sep. 29th, 2020 | by: Julie Ferguson

Generally speaking, online MBA events have replaced in-person admissions events and campus visits. Before the global pandemic, my advice to applicants was to visit campus in order to assess the personality of the school, get to know the community, and see if the program is a right “fit” for them. Now that the bulk of […]

MBA Admissions Etiquette: 5 Essentials & Mistakes to Avoid

Sep. 21st, 2020 | by: Brittany Maschal

I have a few MBA applicants who talk to me like we are buddies, and we are not. I fear that if they communicate with anyone else in the business school admissions process (admissions officers, alums, student ambassadors, etc.) in the same way they communicate with me, they will seriously harm their chances of admission. […]

MIT Sloan Video Statement Tips & Strategy

Sep. 18th, 2020 | by: Brittany Maschal

Just as MIT Sloan eschews the M7 convention throughout its MBA application process (requiring a cover letter and org chart in lieu of traditional written essays), its MIT Sloan video component is unlike the others. Instead of seeing how you’ll field a series of randomly selected questions, MIT Sloan wants a one-take video statement in which […]

MIT Sloan Org Chart: How to Tackle It

Sep. 17th, 2020 | by: Heidi Hillis

In 2018, 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 (see our related blog on How to Tackle […]

Brand building & Storytelling for the MBA: Your How-To Guide

Sep. 2nd, 2020 | by: Curtis Johnson

We all have a personal brand, regardless of whether or not you intentionally manage it (and if you don’t, let this be your impetus to start). In short, your personal brand encompasses what you represent, what you stand for and what comes front of mind to people when they see your name. What traits, qualities […]

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