When To Start Your MBA Application

Applying for the MBA represents more than the next step in your career, but the opportunity to pause amid the velocity of your fast-paced life and enter a meaningful process of self-discovery. It’s an invitation to really think about where you want to see yourself five to 10 years, what matters most to you, and what you have to offer in both the classroom and … [ Read more ]

Mistakes To Avoid In Your MBA Application

The seasoned Admissions Director has shrewd instincts for discerning your commitment, confidence or any hint of discrepancy across your MBA application. Just as they know what they’re looking for in an candidate to their program, they’re also savvy at spotting common mistakes. Here are seven top tips directly from MBA Admissions Directors at Stanford GSB, INSEAD, Kellogg, Booth and IMD on the most common mistakes … [ Read more ]

Bankers, Consultants & Engineers: Six Tips To Stand Out In A Sea of Excellence

Caroline Diarte Edwards (former INSEAD Director of Admissions), Judith Silverman Hodara (former Wharton Director of Admissions) and Cassandra Pittman (former Admissions Officer at LBS and Columbia Business School alumna) offer six tips to stand out when the best isn’t the barometer.

Business Education’s Loudest Enemy Takes on Harvard

In the space of a 45-minute conversation, Henry Mintzberg called out Harvard Business School for misleading ads, dismissed MBA programs as “overrated,” and declared he’s “had it” with all the focus on leadership. In other words: classic Mintzberg.

Selectivity, Yield, and MBA Admissions Math

Harvard last year received 8,963 applications for a place in its MBA program of 919 students, while Stanford admitted only 7 percent of its applicant pool. You don’t have to be an analyst as McKinsey to crunch the numbers on the competitive nature of admission to a top business school.

It would be a shame, however, for these numbers to dissuade talented young professionals from thinking … [ Read more ]

MBA Admissions Checklist Video

Author Matt Symonds shares tips on how stand out from the pack.