Author Archive - stacyblackman

7 Qualities of the Ideal Wharton MBA

By - Sep 21, 12:20 PM   Comments [0]

What does it take to land a seat at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School? As one of the top MBA programs in the world, Wharton is very selective about who it accepts—just 20% of applicants in 2015—and the admissions team has some specific traits...

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GMAC Releases 2016 Application Trends Survey

By - Sep 20, 11:32 AM   Comments [0]

Nearly half (49 percent) of all graduate business programs received more applications in 2016 compared with 2015, according to a global survey report released today by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). European programs across the board, plus full-time one-year MBA, executive MBA, and online MBA...

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No. 1 Trait HBS Looks for in MBA Applicants

By - Sep 19, 11:35 AM   Comments [0]

Do you have an idea about what the number one characteristic the admissions team at Harvard Business School is looking for in MBA applicants? I recently shared my thoughts on the subject with Business Insider, based on my 15 years of experience advising clients on...

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SBC Debuts New Column: Ask the AdCom

By - Sep 15, 10:31 AM   Comments [0]

Hey everybody! We’re really excited around here about “Ask the AdCom,” our new weekly column debuting today. We know MBA applicants love to get information straight from the source, and we’ll be sharing tips and advice from admissions team members from a dozen top schools. Since AdCom members...

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Cornell University Launches Dual MBA/MS

By - Sep 14, 12:35 PM   Comments [0]

Cornell University’s Samuel Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences have announced a new dual-degree program that will provide the next generation of health care leaders with a broad set of skills for success in a rapidly changing environment. The program...

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4 Bad Reasons to Skip Applying for B-School

By - Sep 13, 09:12 AM   Comments [0]

This post originally appeared on Stacy’s “Strictly Business” MBA Blog on U.S.News. Self-sabotage is any behavior or emotion that keeps individuals from going after something they want. This mental safety mechanism keeps them in their comfort zone and protects against disappointment, but it also prevents people...

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Beware of Friendly MBA “Advice”

By - Sep 12, 07:28 AM   Comments [0]

As Round 1 deadlines near, you’ll probably think about asking a trusted friend or family member to review your materials. There are obvious benefits to having a fresh set of eyes on your work, but there can also be a few drawbacks. The upside to someone...

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Military MBA Applicants: It’s Not About You…Until Now

By - Sep 9, 07:45 AM   Comments [0]

In the second of our new series of guest posts directed at military applicants, army veteran and Cornell MBA Peter Sukits shares candid, actionable advice for military veterans considering a transition to a full-time MBA program. Pete is an aspiring career coach, author and finance professional living...

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3 Reasons Future Entrepreneurs Need an MBA, and 1 Exception

By - Sep 7, 07:37 AM   Comments [0]

This post originally appeared on Stacy’s “Strictly Business” MBA Blog on U.S.News. If you’re planning on launching your own company, you don’t need to go to business school, right? Many would-be entrepreneurs think that a brilliant idea alone will take them to the top, just as...

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Should You Be ‘Strategic’ About Your MBA Career Goals?

By - Sep 6, 06:14 AM   Comments [0]

When you pull together your MBA application materials, you might find yourself stumped (in a few different ways) about how to explain your career goals. Thankfully, as we wrote about last month, the adcom isn’t going to hold you to what you write in your...

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