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Business School Essay: The Do’s and The Don’ts

Business school admissions committees are going to use the essay section of your application to really get to know you and make a connection. They want to know who you are and why you belong in their school.The essays are your best chance to sell the person behind the resume. They should tie all the pieces of your application together and create a comprehensive picture of who you are. Here is a list of do's and don'ts to keep in mind as you

The Pros & Cons of Social Media Networking for MBA Applicants

By Avi Gordon, Founder of MBA Admissions Studio Part of the holy grail of a good application to business school is to show why the particular nature of the b-school you are applying to fits with you and what you want out of your MBA. That is, each program has a slightly different ’signature’ in terms of curriculum, type of students, faculty interest, clubs and extramurals, internship-recruitment opportunities, alumni network and so on, and the

Business School and The Avocado

By Avi Gordon, Founder of MBA Admissions Studio In my book ‘MBA Admissions Strategy’ I offer the following advice: ‘Proofread to show your hunger’ (that is, hunger for admission, a real desire to be selected.) Typographic or other careless errors in your text immediately clues Adcom in as to how (un)careful you were with your text, and this tells them not only how organized and detail-oriented you are — whether you are a ‘finisher’ — but also

The Common "Criticism-Weakness-Failure" Essay Question

By Avi Gordon, Founder of MBA Admissions Studio The ‘criticism-weakness-failure’ essay is common in MBA Admissions essays because it is a test of an applicant’s maturity, self-knowledge, honesty, and ability to learn from mistakes. It is, in other words, the biggest indicator of real leadership ability and potential. Sample questions are: Tuck 3. Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you

The Common “Criticism-Weakness-Failure” Essay Question

By Avi Gordon, Founder of MBA Admissions Studio The ‘criticism-weakness-failure’ essay is common in MBA Admissions essays because it is a test of an applicant’s maturity, self-knowledge, honesty, and ability to learn from mistakes. It is, in other words, the biggest indicator of real leadership ability and potential. Sample questions are: Tuck 3. Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did

From the Military to an MBA

Strong young military leaders often make the successful leap to Corporate America, with the MBA providing the tools. In this show you will hear from more than a dozen deans, soldiers, students and experts about the military-friendly schools, how to find available benefits, you’ll learn about the resources and the challenges. In our companion show, Military MBA: From the Military to Corporate America: Fitting In you will hear how to make th...

Access MBA Panel

Our very own MBA PodTV host Mia Saini moderates an admissions panel on "How to be admitted to a Top MBA" at Access MBA in New York. Mia investigates those topics swimming around in your head on MBA admissions. Learn the value add of an MBA, the best time to apply, and the biggest mistakes candidates make when writing essays, studying for the GMAT, and in the MBA interview.

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Preparing For Your MBA: Taking Classes Before Coming to Campus

Let’s face it: getting into the MBA program of your choice isn’t always easy. This may be especially true for younger people with less work experience, or would-be applicants with liberal arts or science backgrounds – valid pursuits, but not directly linked in an admissions director’s mind to making someone B-school ready. And once you’re in, will you be able to keep up with the math wizards sitting next to you in class? The best way to ensure

What NOT to do on Your Application: Avoiding MBA Application Pitfalls

It’s amazing how many business school applicants make avoidable application mistakes. It’s unfortunate, but hardly surprising, that these avoidable mistakes can result in an application being rejected. In fact, submitting an error-riddled application just makes life easier for MBA admissions committees. If they can put your application in the “no” or “maybe” pile, it frees them up to focus on the well-researched, substantive submissions –

Deciding Whether to Pursue a JD and an MBA

Joint degree programs are proliferating and one of the most popular are the programs offering to join a graduate business degree (MBA) with a law degree (JD) for a joint JD/MBA. More and more schools are offering these combined programs in response to strong student demand driven by the potential for substantial savings of time and money. We talk to the experts to find out what the real value of these programs are, when a dual degree makes the...

MBA Admissions Panel

On today's show, we bring you coverage of a live event, “MBA Admissions and the New World Order”. How is the "new world order" affecting business schools? Has the MBA curriculum changed as a result of the economic downturn? How are schools coping with the economy? Panelists also answered audience questions about the panel topic, as well as general questions about their programs, admissions, and career prospects for graduates. The June 30th...

What Not To Do On Your Application

It's amazing how many business school applicants make avoidable application mistakes and it's unfortunate that these avoidable mistakes can result in your application being immediately rejected. You have one chance to get it right. We've interviewed 3 deans of admission, 2 of them from an acclaimed college in Chicago and the prestigious Duke University, and 2...

International Business School Panel

International exposure is becoming an important calling card in this highly competitive economic climate. Since the name of the game is to set yourself apart, whether you’re applying to MBA programs or hitting the job market, global experience divides you from the pack. Other reasons are time and cost. European schools typically offer an alternative M.B.A. program that is shorter than those in the U.S. Less time in school means less tuition...

MBA Podcaster Day in the Life Series

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MBA Admission Authors

Whether you’re just starting to think about applying for an MBA or if you’re almost ready to mail in those applications, you likely have many questions about the choices you have to make before you eventually find the perfect school. Fulltime or part-time MBA program? eMBA? iMBA? Europe or the US? A name school or not? How are your GMAT scores? Leadership abilities? Are you unique enough? In this show, we have rounded up five top authors...

Getting an MBA Later in Life

Are you ever too old to go for your MBA? If you’re feeling like the clock is ticking and you’re over thirty-five… this show is for you. You may already have a healthy salary but a nagging feeling that you can do better and move higher up the corporate ladder. Is it worth going back to the classroom this far down the road? We will get advice from so-called older MBA’s, directors of MBA and EMBA programs, and an expert job-seeker....

Getting Into a Top 10 MBA Program

To get into a Top 10 MBA program you need sky-high GMAT scores, a perfect GPA from an Ivy League school, fluency in five languages, a Nobel prize, and have already started your own successful company. Well, not quite. Though it may seem that way, the top schools are not full of super heroes. They want to know who you are as a person, how you have overcome obstacles, and why you want that top-tier degree. Getting that prized acceptance letter from...

Business School Admissions Panel

Listen in on an Admission Panel with top business schools around the country. Admissions Directors from NYU Stern, Columbia and Wharton will field questions on a range of topics, all with one goal in mind: how you can beat the odds and gain admittance to their schools.

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Re-Applying to Business School After Being Rejected

There's been an uptick of MBA applications and that means more competition. As more candidates are vying for the same number of seats at business schools, more applicants are unfortunately getting rejected. Some schools encourage you to reapply while others don't. This time, we'll learn from admissions officers about the re-application process, where you can find feedback, and how you can recover from rejection and re-energize your application...

Top 10 Tips for Getting Into Business School

Graduating from a top MBA program can mean a higher salary, wider name recognition, and greater career opportunities. Doors open and you have a certain level of pre-existing credibility. That's also why top schools are tough to get into; everyone wants it. If you're reaching for a top MBA program, we have 10 great tips on getting you in. On our show are two admissions directors from top MBA programs and an admission’s consultant.

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