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Getting Into Kellogg School of Management

With so many quality colleges in Chicago, MBA Podcaster takes you to Evanston, IL to get a behind-the-scenes view of one of the most prominent business schools in the world: Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. Join Linda Abraham, founder and president of, as she provides expert application advice specific to Kellogg. Linda shares how you can put your best foot forward and how to attack each of the essay questions. You'll...

Getting the Last 50 Points on the GMAT

You’ve been putting hours upon hours studying for your GMAT, but you can’t seem to get your score to that higher level. Watch "Getting the Last 50 Points on the GMAT" where we explore how to boost your score to those last 50 points, and you’ll find out it’s not just a matter of studying harder! Joining us is Brian Galvin, Director of Academic Programs at Veritas Prep, a GMAT prep prov...

Getting the Last 50 Points on the GMAT

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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

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

MBA 2014 – READY, SET, GO!


Why am I nagging you to get moving on your MBA application prep? Not just because those Round 1 deadlines creep up with wicked stealth and speed (last year, HBS broke the September barrier). But also because there is so much you can still do between now and then to improve your candidacy (sometimes a lot, sometimes on the margins, but margins matter). Also, preparing now will enable you to apply to more programs earlier, and therefore to

10 Tips for Getting Into a Top MBA Program

Connect with Your Inner Rock Star

By Betsy Massar, founder, Master Admissions The business school application scares most people. Sure, it looks simple enough – fill out a few forms, take a standardized test, send transcripts, answer some essay questions, get recommendations, and voilà, you’re in. If only. As the founder of Master Admissions, a veteran of the investment banking and investment management worlds, a graduate of Harvard Business School and resume coach at

Clear Admit Releases Updated School Snapshots for 2013-2014, Offering Free Summaries of 27 Leading MBA Programs

Clear Admit announced the release of their 2013-2014 School Snapshots, free overviews of 27 of the world’s top MBA programs packed with essential information to help early bird applicants learn about their target schools. Last year, MBA hopefuls downloaded tens of thousands of inaugural-edition Snapshots as a critical “first step” in their MBA application journeys. The Snapshots provide objective, concise information on each program’s faculty,

Tips for Tackling Team Interviews


With the emerging trend of group interviews at schools like Wharton, applicants need to understand that team interviews require a different set of skills than individual interviews.  I liken individual interviews to blind dating.  With individual interviews and blind dating, both parties are trying to figure out if they want to spend more time together. Personality, passion and concise, yet interesting stories will pique the interest of the

Should You Apply to B-School Round 3 or Next Year?


The answer, as is often case in MBA admissions, is…it depends. The chances of gaining acceptance decrease as the rounds progress. That means that acceptance rates during R3 are generally lower than during R1 and R2. Similarly, grants and scholarships are harder to come by later in the admissions game. Now, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t apply. Your chances of acceptance = 0 if you don’t apply. They are >0 if you do

MBA Alumni: University of Georgia, Terry College of Business

Jenny Strange, 2011 MBA graduate from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, offers insight for current MBA applicants who have taken a longer break between their undergraduate and graduate careers. She discusses how to take advantage of student life, details her internship process, and how she built a professional network in business school. Jenny answers the following:

What made you decide to get an MBA?...

MBA Alumni: University of Georgia, Terry College of Business


MBA Alumni: University of Maryland, Smith School of Business

Stephanie Bauer, a 2003 alumni from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business, details her decision-making process when it came to choosing the right MBA program for her. She discusses why she chose to attend business school, the benefits of a part-time MBA program, and how to build a good network. Stephanie answers the following questions about the Smith School of Business:

Why did you choose your school?...

MBA Alumni: University of Maryland, Smith School of Business


MBA Alumni: College of William & Mary, Mason School of Business

Edmund Amoye, 2012 MBA graduate from the College of William and Mary, discusses the Mason School of Business program in our latest MBA Alumni segment. He details his background, balancing school and family life, and why Mason School of Business was a good fit for him. Edmund answers the following:

What made you decide to get an MBA?

What’s your advice on choosing a business school?

MBA Alumni: College of William & Mary, Mason School of Business


MBA Alumni: UCLA Anderson School of Management

Ruben Pranata is the Sales Operations and Cross-Product Solutions Manager at Google, and was a 2006 grad of University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. In this MBA Alumni video, Ruben answers the following questions for UCLA Anderson applicants:

What’s your advice on choosing a business school?

How was your internship experience?

MBA Alumni: UCLA Anderson School of Management


MBA Alumni: MIP Politecnico di Milano

Gregor Schumacher received his MBA in 2008 from MIP Politecnico di Milano and is currently working for the European media company, Bertelsmann. In this MBA Alumni interview, we field the following questions for our MIP grad:

How did your career change after graduation?

What did you like most about your school?


MBA Alumni: MIP Politecnico di Milano


MBA Alumni: HEC Paris

Alexander Onish, an HEC Paris 2012 graduate, talks us through his decision-making process for choosing the business school that was right for him. He claims that in order to get the most out of your MBA, "you have to work hard to learn, you have to work hard and network, and you have to work hard and experience all of the things that are presented to you. " Alexander answers the pressing questions that are on all MBA applicants minds:


MBA Alumni: HEC Paris


Should You Take the GMAT or GRE?

69% of b-schools now accept the GRE (including Stanford, HBS, Wharton, Booth, and MIT Sloan, among others), so MBA applicants will need to decide whether the GMAT or GRE will better increase their chances of acceptance. Here are some factors you should consider when making this decision: GMAT: Take the GMAT if at least one of the b-schools you’re applying to doesn’t accept the GRE. GMAT: If you plan on a post-MBA career in investment

How to Manage Word Limits and Deadlines

Dealing with Application Deadlines: Set yourself a schedule and work backwards from your deadlines. Allow time for the holidays, sleep, exercise, and of course work. Focus first on the applications with the earliest deadlines. Work on applications one at a time. Adapt essays from your first application, when possible, to later applications. However never merely paste in an essay because the question is similar. Customize it for this

MBA Hiring 2013 Looking Up – Specialized Master’s on Fire!


According to a GMAC press release, employers are expressing early optimism for 2013 MBA hiring. Here are some of the key findings of the GMAC’s 2012 Year-End Poll of Employers, which includes responses from over 200 employers who hire students from graduate business programs: 76% of employers expect to hire 2013 MBA grads. Last year, only 69% hired 2012 grads. 43% of employers plan on hiring Master in Management grads (up 10% from last

The Resume Gap Myth

Prospective MBA students often get very nervous about resumes, worrying madly if they’ve got the perfect sequence for admission to the top business schools. Here’s the good news: 1. It’s ok if you have a gap in your resume 2. There’s no perfect work sequence In fact, I consider the worry about a “resume gap” one of the biggest myths in business school admissions and recruiting. Most people I know aren’t “gapping” at all. They may not

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