The Absolute Worst MBA Rankings

The least useful MBA ranking is the one that you look at without any awareness of the methodology, and how those metrics and comparisons really matter to you.

Ranking The Top 50 MBA Cases Of The Last 50 Years

Harvard Business School launched the very first MBA case study more than 100 years ago, and with it, modern graduate business education. Every year since then, professors and researchers at HBS have authored more cases than their counterparts at any other higher education institution.

It’s no surprise, then, that HBS is the source of nearly half of the 50 best-selling cases over the last 50 years … [ Read more ]

GMAT Still Holds A Commanding Lead But GRE Has Tripled Its Share Of The B-School Market Since 2017

The latest revisions to the two exams that MBA and other graduate business school applicants take are yet more evidence of an ongoing arm’s race between the makers of the GMAT and the GRE. The Educational Testing Service (ETS), the administrator of the GRE exam, has wrested more and more of the business school market away from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Two-Year vs. One-Year MBA Programs: Which One Is Right For You?

The typical MBA program is two years but many schools, particularly in Europe, offer one-year programs. Here is a rundown of differences to help you evaluate the pros and cons.

How To Tackle The ‘Why Your Business School?’ Question

One question every candidate should expect to be asked is “Why do you want an MBA from our school?” This question comes up every year and despite the foreknowledge and ability to prepare ahead, it is a question that candidates routinely flub.

20 Biggest Regrets Of MBA Graduates

I wish I had done it sooner, done it differently – or just done it more or less often. These are some of the biggest regrets of the MBA Class of 2022. This spring, P&Q surveyed graduates from 75 top business schools – from Alliance Manchester to the Yale School of Management – on their biggest regrets as MBAs. In the process, we learned what … [ Read more ]

So, You’ve Decided To Apply For An MBA. Now What?

You’ve made the decision that getting your MBA will be the next step in your career. But the MBA application process can be overwhelming. Where do I begin? What do I do first? In this article, we’ll review the various parts of the application.

MBA Admissions Essay Writing Tips | Ultimate MBA Game Plan

Your business school essays are about bringing your story to life, conveying your uniqueness, and distinguishing your profile. View three essential tips for crafting a standout MBA essay in this 7-minute video strategy session with Fortuna’s Melissa Joelson, former INSEAD Director of Communications.

MBA Essays That Worked At Harvard & Stanford

What does a successful MBA essay look like at Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business? The answers will vary greatly from applicant to applicant, just as the essay prompts for these two schools differ dramatically.

Both prompts are notoriously challenging. Even if these schools had more generous acceptance rates (currently 10% and 6%, respectively), their essay prompts would still vex candidates with both … [ Read more ]

MBA Recommendation Letter Tips | Ultimate MBA Game Plan

As the only part of your MBA application not authored by you, your letters of recommendation are a vital element of your overall narrative. So who should you ask? And what can you do to best prepare recommenders to champion your candidacy? View three key tips for securing a powerful recommendation in this 6-minute video strategy session with Fortuna’s Silpa Sarma, former Stanford GSB Admissions … [ Read more ]

Q&A With Scott Galloway: How Healthy Is The MBA?

P&Q interviews Galloway, discussing everything from the value of the traditional MBA, which programs should be worried, and what he got wrong about the pandemic’s effects on business education.

Scott Galloway’s Section 4: Business Education At A Fraction Of The Cost Of An MBA

Section 4, a growing online platform for business education founded by Scott Galloway and working with top business professors and practitioners, distills MBA-quality courses into two- to three-week sprints in topics such as Product Positioning, Brand Strategy, Data & Analytics, Customer-Centered Innovation and more. Sprints are designed to be short, intense, and instantly applicable. They deliver the content at a fraction of the cost of … [ Read more ]

Who Should & Who Should Not Apply For An MBA

Poets&Quants spoke with Andrew Knight, vice dean for education and globalization and professor of organizational behavior at Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, about when an MBA makes the most sense, what the degree still does really well, and when to consider other paths for business education.

The Role Of The MBA Admissions Consultant Explained

An admissions consultant is a partner in your application campaigns. They will work with you to craft the best version of your story so the admissions committee will take notice. They get to know your academic, professional, and philanthropic background to create a storyboard that you are unable to piece together. Most importantly, they work side by side with you to help deliver applications on … [ Read more ]

Prep MBA’s Alex Leventhal (HBS ’98) On Common MBA Interview & Application Sins

Whether you are preparing for MBA interviews or still building your MBA applications to HBS, Stanford, Wharton, and other top programs, it’s critical to be aware of some typical errors that can definitely hurt you in the MBA application process.  Every season, I stop talented applicants on paper from making some cardinal MBA application sins.

The World’s Best MBA Programs For Entrepreneurship In 2022

For three years, Poets&Quants has ranked the best MBA programs in the world for entrepreneurship. And for each of those years — 2020, 2021, and now 2022 — the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis has topped the list.

What MBAs Earn By Industry: Here’s How Much You’re Worth

Pay isn’t the only factor when MBAs choose employers. Location, growth trajectory, and exit prospects also play a part. Admittedly, industry pay is a flawed metric, one dogged by regional pay scales, employer differences, and hiring rates. Taken as a whole, industry pay data is a puzzle piece that enables MBAs to earn more out of the gate and maximize their business school investment long-term. How … [ Read more ]

Awesome MBA Traditions At Top Business Schools

Traditions help define the MBA experience, stirring memories that come first to mind when graduates reflect back on their time in business school. Which traditions meant the most to this year’s MBAs? P&Q posed that question to this year’s Best & Brightest MBAs and MBAs To Watch. From Chicago Booth’s Magnificent Mile Watch Party to football tailgates at Texas McCombs, here are the events that … [ Read more ]

The Best Online MBA Programs Of 2022

The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business pulled a leap-from-behind third place in 2021 to top our 2022 ranking of the Best Online MBA programs. It’s the fifth time we’ve ranked online MBA programs dating back to our inaugural ranking in 2018. USC Marshall has participated the past four years and has now finished first twice (2019 and 2022) and third twice (2020 … [ Read more ]

The World’s Best MBA Programs For Entrepreneurship In 2022

For three years, Poets&Quants has ranked the best MBA programs in the world for entrepreneurship. And for each of those years — 2020, 2021, and now 2022 — the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis has topped the list.