The Hidden Costs Of Getting An MBA

Many students will argue that excursions and extracurricular activities are a necessity for the bonding and networking opportunities they provide. But they are also among the hidden costs of getting the degree and they add up fast. So when you are plugging into spreadsheet cells the loss of your salary, the cost of tuition and fees, and your estimates for living costs in a new … [ Read more ]

Optimizing Your MBA Application Timeline

How can you plan an MBA application timeline that will reduce your stress levels and make acceptance most likely? Break it down into two big decisions:

  • When you’ll apply — which year and which application round
  • When you’ll work on each part of the business school application process

So, You Want An Online MBA Degree. Now What?

You’ve decided to get an MBA education. But attending a full-time or even part-time on-campus program is just not realistic for you. You want more flexibility and greater control at a lower cost. So, an online MBA it will be!

Of course, you want a program that will deliver the knowledge, skills and network you need for success in your current and future jobs. You want … [ Read more ]

Essential Advice For Online MBAs From Those Who Have Been There & Done It

How do online MBAs find balance – and even an occasional seven hour night of sleep? Each year, P&Q asks the top-ranked online MBA programs to nominate two graduates to represent them among our Best & Brightest MBAs. As part of the nomination process, these top students offer advice to applicants who are following in their footsteps. From monitoring your health to setting expectations, here … [ Read more ]

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 ]

How To Get An Employer To Pay For Your MBA

Andriana Mitrakos, of Legal Reader, recently discussed how MBA applicants can convince their company to fund the MBA.

Deciding If A B-School’s Culture Is Right For You

Stacy Blackman discusses how applicants can measure school culture when deciding on a b-school.

MBA Interview Mistakes To Avoid: Before & After

The MBA interview process is a relational experience, and the sphere of influence extends beyond your interviewer. As a Fortuna Admissions coach and Columbia Business School alum, as well as a former Deloitte Consulting recruiting lead, I’ve been on both sides of the fence. Here are 7 top tips for approaching the MBA interview holistically, from lead up to follow up, and ensuring that you … [ Read more ]

Writing a Powerful MBA Essay: Part 1 – The Essentials

Your business school essays are about bringing your story to life and providing context to your application by connecting the dots. You’ll want to capture an admissions reviewer’s attention with your story and authenticity, persuading them to learn more by inviting you to interview. To get there, your essays should convey a strong sense of who you are as a person and what makes you … [ Read more ]

4 DON’Ts For Your MBA Essay

When you sit down to write your MBA essay, there are certain things you should aim for: a clear, realistic goal; examples from your experience to show your skills and personal qualities in action; a personable tone that makes the adcom want to get to know you better.
 
But I really want to discuss common essay writing mistakes that you should stay away from! Here they … [ Read more ]

What Makes A Great Business School?

When considering taking an MBA, the choice of the business school is crucial. With so many institutions offering postgraduate courses around the world, it can be very difficult. Relying on rankings alone isn’t a very good idea, since each publication calculates rankings in its own way (often undisclosed) and you may end up even more confused. Besides, an institution may look perfect on paper and … [ Read more ]

Three Ways to Distinguish Yourself in Your MBA Essays

Here are three key writing strategies that will immediately improve your writing and help you highlight what is distinctive about you.

What You Need To Know To Prep For Your MBA Interview

Getting an interview invitation is exciting – you’re a step closer to pursuing your MBA at your top choice program! Now you need to prepare for your interview with the same focus that has gotten you this far in the application process. Here are some areas to help you focus your preparation

What To Do If You Have Been Waitlisted

Being in this limbo state between acceptance and rejection can undoubtedly be stressful, given the uncertainty involved. But hope is far from lost, and the underlying message is a positive one. Being waitlisted means that your target school feels your application is solid and that you could make a good addition to the next incoming class. However, the admissions committee needs more time to see … [ Read more ]

One Action That Will Dramatically Improve Your Application

Having reviewed thousands of applications during my career in business school admissions, including as head of Admissions at INSEAD, I believe that the single most important action you can take is to spend significant time on self-reflection. Business schools don’t just want to hear about your academic excellence and professional triumphs. They want to know who you are, what you care about and what makes … [ Read more ]

The Optional MBA Essay, Explained

Confused about optional essays? If so, you are not alone. Here are some guidelines about the optional MBA application essay.

6 Tips for Acing the MBA Interview

If you’ve recently received an interview invite, it’s a clear signal the school believes in your potential. At the same time, competition is fierce, and the interview has never been more important. Among M7 schools, your prospects of admission are generally between 1 in 10 and 1 in 18. But secure an interview and your shot at acceptance has just improved to about 1 in … [ 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 ]

A Recipe For Rejection: Reasons MBA Applications Are Rejected

Why are so many candidates, with seemingly excellent credentials, rejected from MBA programs? Let’s examine eight reasons admissions directors site for rejection.

Three Crucial Questions To Ask Before Hiring An Admissions Consultant

Are you considering working with an admissions consultant? If so, you are probably discovering that there are significant differences between firms, and wondering how to choose the best match for you. Here are three crucial questions to ask before hiring an admissions consultant.