Author Archive - mbaMission

mbaMission’s 2013-2014 Stanford Graduate School of Business Essay Analysis

By - May 29, 11:08 AM   Comments [0]

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is apparently content with its essay questions, because it has made no changes to them or to the allowed word count this season. Having made slight tweaks to its prompts in recent years, the GSB’s MBA admissions committee...

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mbaMission’s 2013-2014 Columbia Business School Essay Analysis

By - May 16, 16:25 PM   Comments [0]

This year, Columbia Business School (CBS) continues a trend that has developed over the past three seasons, once again reducing the number of words applicants can use to tell their story. Last year, CBS allowed applicants 200 characters with which to respond to its short-answer...

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mbaMission’s MBA Application Writing Boot Camp Is Back!

By - May 16, 13:47 PM   Comments [0]

We are pleased to announce our MBA Application Writing Boot Camp dates for the 2013–2014 business school application season! Through nine hours of instruction and 30 minutes of one-on-one feedback from your expert instructor, an mbaMission Senior Consultant, we will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a compelling...

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Columbia Business School’s Manhattanville Campus Gets $100M Gift

By - May 2, 10:56 AM   Comments [0]

Following Henry R. Kravis’s $100M contribution in 2010—the largest ever received by the university—Ronald O. Perelman has pledged a matching donation to support the construction of Columbia Business School’s new Manhattanville campus, the school announced today. With this landmark gift, Perelman, a member of CBS’s Board...

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The Second-Round Rush

By - Dec 12, 18:39 PM   Comments [0]

For some reason, Thanksgiving weekend in America tends to signal the beginning of the rush toward second-round business school application deadlines. Many candidates who are just contemplating their MBA applications tend to call us and ask, “How many schools can I apply to at this...

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Make Sure Recommendations are Personal

By - Nov 7, 18:19 PM   Comments [0]

If you are having trouble negotiating with your supervisor to ensure that he/she is putting the proper thought and effort into your application, you are not alone. Because of this asymmetry of power, a junior employee can only do so much to compel his/her supervisor...

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Should You Submit in Round 1 or Round 2?

By - Aug 8, 18:18 PM   Comments [0]

  At some point, every candidate takes a moment to think about when to submit his/her application(s). Inevitably, we find that two common concerns tend to crop up: 1) “If I apply in Round 1, will my application get lost among those of the ‘uber-type-As’?” 2) “If I apply in...

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Should I Take the GMAT Again?

By - Jul 11, 18:24 PM   Comments [0]

When candidates ask us whether they should take the GMAT again, our instinct is always to reply with an important question: “Do you think you can do better?” And if the candidate does indeed believe that he/she can improve, the individual’s next question is inevitably...

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Harvard Business School Essay Analysis, 2012-2013

By - May 24, 14:05 PM   Comments [0]

mbaMission has published an analysis of the new HBS essay requirements. An excerpt: "Harvard Business School (HBS) kicks off the MBA application season again, and this time it is doing so with a significant overhaul of its entire application. HBS has shrunk its written requirements from...

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Essay Tip: Beginning with a Famous Quote

By - Jan 4, 12:22 PM   Comments [1]

Beginning an essay with a famous or eloquent quotation is a common practice and one that business school candidates can use to capture a reader’s attention. For example, an applicant might use a quotation as the very first line of his or her essay: “The best...

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