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MBA Financing Myths

Mar. 8th, 2018 | by: College Coach

Working in college finance for the past 17 years, I have heard just about every rumor out there in terms of how to get a deal on your degree. MBA candidates, in particular, tend to have a mind for finance and are acutely aware of making the most of their investment. In service of maximizing […]

6 Tips On Asking A Business School For More Money

Mar. 6th, 2018 | by: College Coach

  Negotiations play a large role in the world of business, and the art of the deal will – no doubt – be a subject of much discussion during your MBA program. And while your negotiation skills will surely improve over the course of your studies, you may get a chance to test those skills […]

Choosing Between MBA Admissions Offers

Mar. 1st, 2018 | by: Heidi Hillis

Are you in the rare and enviable position of receiving offers from two of your dream schools? Maybe you’ve been offered a sizable scholarship, but not from your top choice program. Deciding whether to accept an offer from a safety school or apply again in the next cycle is another flavor of nerve-wracking. Given that […], Fortuna Admissions

Top 4 Tips for Financing your MBA

Feb. 21st, 2018 | by: MPOWER Financing

If you’re applying to MBA programs, it’s probably not a surprise that it is a major financial commitment. Not only will you forgo two years of potential earnings, but you’ll also have to pay for accommodations, supplies and tuition. On average, this means giving up approximately $200,000 in earnings while paying about the same amount […], Fortuna Admissions

One Action That Will Dramatically Improve Your MBA Application

Feb. 19th, 2018 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Making good on a resolution that’s truly life-changing takes both courage and introspection. If yours is to apply for an MBA this year, you’ll also need determination and a great strategy to develop your business school application. Are you ready? I’ve reviewed thousands of applications during my career in MBA admissions, from serving as head […], Fortuna Admissions, HBS Interview

How to Ace the HBS Interview: An Insider’s Advice

Feb. 13th, 2018 | by: Karla Cohen

You have just 30 minutes to impress the HBS Admissions Committee in your MBA interview. Here’s what the school is looking for, along with six top tips to make the best possible impression. (Update: HBS Interview Prep is among the new special services offered by Fortuna Admissions.) Last month, Harvard Business School released interview invitations to […], Fortuna Admissions, FT global MBA ranking 2018

FT MBA Rankings 2018 Analysis – Business School Rankings

Feb. 8th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

Stanford‘s ascent to #1 in the FT Global MBA Ranking 2018 is sure to make headlines. GSB graduates are reporting remarkable salary figures – the first time a b-school has published average alumnus salary over $200k three years after graduation, so this result isn’t surprising. The FT rewards weighted salary (20%) and salary increase (20%) […]

MBA Resume Best Practices (part 2): Four critical dos and don’ts

Feb. 2nd, 2018 | by: Jody Keating

This second article in a two-part series on Crafting a Standout Resume for the MBA Application highlights essential dos and don’ts every applicant should know. Most applicants are too modest in their resume because they don’t want to “brag.” But taking the time to reflect, then succinctly articulate your professional value add is crucial for […]

How to Craft a Stand-out Resume for Your MBA Application

Jan. 23rd, 2018 | by: Jody Keating

Let’s face it: Chances are that there’s someone applying to your target school with the same job title. Applying to a top tier business school means you’ll be competing with many high-achieving wunderkinds with like profiles, especially if you happen to be working in consulting, tech or finance. That’s why your resume needs to demonstrate […]

This Season’s MBA Essay Changes, and How to Tackle Them

Jan. 17th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

According to legend, novelist Ernest Hemingway was challenged by fellow writers to tell a full story in six words. His response, penned in a few minutes on a bar napkin, won him $10 from each challenger: 
“For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” UC Berkeley Haas showed some literary panache in setting this challenge to MBA applicants […]

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