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Demystifying Online MBA and Full-Time MBA Rankings


Guest Blog Post by Erica Moss of MBA@Syracuse. original post here Who are the major players when it comes to MBA rankings and what do they care about most? These are the two questions we tackle in our infographic, “Demystifying Online MBA and Full-Time MBA Rankings,” because behind every ranking is a detailed methodology that takes into account a variety of criteria such as student services and admissions selectivity. In an increasingly

IMD and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Join Forces on Executive Program


Press Release from IMD IMD and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Join Forces on Executive Program to help experienced functional managers make the shift to business leadership positions IMD and Tuck announce collaboration, starting with the Transition to Business Leadership program to be held at Tuck at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., and in Lausanne, Switzerland in spring 2015 – one module at each location. Lausanne, Switzerland

This Week’s Business School Events

Monday Oct. 27 HBS Info Session, 4:00-5:00 PM EST in Aldrich 109. No registration required Columbia Business School 12:30-1:30pm Uris Hall - Room 142. Register Here Stanford GSB, 10:45am- 12:15pm , McClelland Building, Room M109. Register Here Wednesday Oct. 29 UCLA Anderson Info Session 5:15pm PST in Suite B-201 Gold Hall. Register Here Rotman Online Info Session 9:30-10:30am EST. Register Here Thursday Oct. 30 Wharton's

Business Schools Still Not Sold on the Importance of the GMAT’s Integrated Reasoning Section


guest blog post by Russell Schaffer of Kaplan Test Prep  New York, NY (October 9, 2014) — According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 survey of admissions officers at over 200 business schools across the United States*,  60% say that an applicant’s score on the GMAT’s Integrated Reasoning section (launched in June 2012) is not currently an important part of their evaluation of a prospective student’s overall GMAT score.  This represents a slight

This Week’s Business School Events


MONDAY OCT. 6  MBA Information Session: Harvard Business School Aldrich 109, 4:00 pm no registration required TUESDAY OCT. 7 Introduction to Health Enterprise Management (HEMA): Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, 5:15pm RSVP Info Session with President of CEIBS: Barcelona/Madrid, 6:00pm learn more WEDNESDAY OCT. 8  MBA Information Session: UCLA Anderson School of Business 5:15pm Register THURSDAY OCT.

Cheating MBA Rankings


Just how important are all those MBA rankings?    Business school applicants are constantly bombarded with the latest MBA rankings from Business Week, USA News & World Report, Financial Times, Forbes, and more. Our "Rankings Rule" for business school applicants has always been this: rankings are a great place to start your research, but a terrible place to base your final decision. After all, how do we know that business

Canceling your GMAT Score


The GMAC recently announced that right after completing the GMAT, test-takers now have the option to cancel their score once they have previewed them. These are unofficial scores, that include your Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal, and Total, and you will be given 2 minutes to decide whether you would like to cancel or accept your scores. Sounds daunting, but if you are prepared ahead of time, this should not be a difficult

Companies Seek MBA Grads Who Can Code


Steve Jobs was once quoted for saying "everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think." Step aside software engineers, MBA grads are learning to code now too! “We’ve got a lot of MBAs graduating and going off to be high-tech product managers. If you look at that world, there are a bunch of big tech companies that insist that anyone in that role be technical—understand code well enough to

Upcoming Business School Webinars and Online Q&A Sessions

Mark your calendars! A few business schools are hosting online info sessions about their MBA programs:   JULY 30: Harvard Business School Q&A Topics:   AUGUST 7: UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business MBA & EMBA Info

If at First You Don’t Succeed on the GMAT…


The classic comic W. C. Fields said, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point being a damn fool about it." Relatedly, the modern humorist Stephen Wright said, "If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you." Obviously, both of these are playful takes on the timeworn platitude: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." As positive and optimistic as that banality tries to be, it's

Big Data and MBAs

"Big data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it..." - Dan Ariely Big data is Big now. A few schools in the USA have started programs in Business Analytics. IBM and HEC Paris are collaborating for the 1st European MBA in Analytics. Read More about Big Data: Mining a Seam Practical Advice to Obtain a Big Data

Cornell’s Tech MBA

For the first MBA class at Cornell's New York tech campus the slots are halfway filled up. Unlike other MBA programs this program is a 1 year intensive. Instead of a traditional internship this program requires that its students work in a start-up environment. You can read the complete article in Businessweek "How Much Space is Left in Cornell's First MBA Class at its NYC Tech Campus?" Is the wave of the future the intensive MBA?

The Economist Launches GMAT Tutor for iPhone, a Comprehensive and Mobile GMAT Prep Course

iPad App

The Economist recently announced the launch of an iPhone app called GMAT Tutor (, which allows students to prepare for the GMAT by focusing on their individual learning needs. The app offers 100 hours of content and over 5,000 practice questions. GMAT Tutor employs patent-pending artificial intelligence so the more time students spend learning with the program, the more

2013 FORTÉ Forum

This fall, Forté is coming to cities across North America, making a stop in London with our Forum event series.  The Forté Forums are an intimate and interactive event specifically for women who are pursuing their MBA. Top women business leaders share candid advice drawn from their own career experiences. They’ll be joined by admissions officers from leading business schools, who will answer questions and give advice about the admissions

Will Facebook Destroy Your Admissions Chances?


When Kaplan Test Prep released the results of its survey of business school admissions officers, revealing that 32% of business school admissions officers performed internet searches on applicants, 27% visited an applicant’s social media (Facebook, Myspace, etc.) page, and 10% had found something online that negatively impacted an applicant’s admission chances, applicants around the world collectively shuddered. Not only do we have to consider

Clear Admit Releases Revised 2013-2014 School Guides to Columbia, Harvard, Kellogg, Stanford, Wharton and more!

We are excited to announce the first release of the Clear Admit School Guides, updated for 2013-2014!  Praised by both admissions officers and applicants, the School Guides profile top business schools in detail, addressing programs from the perspectives of students, faculty, alumni and the popular press.  The latest editions of the Chicago Booth, Columbia, Harvard, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Stanford, Tuck and Wharton guides, among a number

Going Global Boosts MBA Admissions Chances


If you are applying to one of the best business schools in the world, a great way to differentiate yourself is through global work experience. Most candidates I have worked with who have had meaningful international experience get a lot of attention from top-ranked MBA schools. Now I want to emphasize that the key point is  meaningful global experience. That means a two-week trip to Costa Rica doesn’t count. I mean something more like a

Against the Odds: Indian MBA Hopefuls Must Prep for Uphill Battle


Indian candidates face fierce competition on their quest to MBA admission abroad. But that probably isn’t news to you. India alone offers up the highest number of foreign MBA applicants (43%), followed by China (27%) then the US (6%) according to a 2012 study by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Applicants “from China and India are more than four to five times likely to be turned down for admission than either domestic applicants

MBA Admissions: Does Extracurricular Equal Extra Credit?


YES! Don’t underestimate the value of non-academic, non-work activities! These activities that you participate in – hobbies, sports, volunteering, etc. – do tons to liven up your otherwise one-dimensional application. Here are some reasons why you should bulk up your extracurricular quotient: • Extracurricular activities add life and texture to your application. As mentioned a moment ago, MBA applications can appear flat and

Sixty-Two Percent of Prospective MBA Students Say That Business Schools Have Significant Responsibility in Regards to the Economic Crisis

Worldwide MBA event organizer Access MBA conducts international survey with 2,000 participants on the role of business schools in times of financial instability New York, New York – May 13, 2013 – International business education organization Access MBA presented a survey on the responsibility of business schools in times of economic crisis today at the Warwick New York Hotel, demonstrating popular opinion on the role of MBA programs in

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