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Michigan Ross Debuts Part-Time MBA Program Delivered Online  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Michigan Ross Debuts Part-Time MBA Program Delivered Online
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We’ve seen greater interest in online MBA programs of late as more business schools offer this option for students needing greater flexibility.  Thanks to a brand-new part-time online MBA format launching at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, working professionals will have another path toward earning an MBA degree simultaneously as of fall 2019.

“At Michigan Ross, we are deeply committed to preparing students for success in the ever-changing world of business,” said Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, when introducing the new format. “We’re delivering the same high-quality Michigan Ross education using a flexible design that brings together innovations in digital education with our deep commitment to action-based learning.”

Above all, the mark of a high-quality online MBA program lies in who is providing the instruction. Current Ross professors will provide all instruction, guidance, and group activities, the school says.

And while experiential learning is now the norm at most traditional business school programs, online MBA programs also recognize the value of bringing real business courses to life and some have introduced similar opportunities for their students as well. Therefore, the Ross’s signature action-based learning experience, Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP), will be required of online MBA students.

The school also states that admissions standards will be as rigorous as the other Ross Part-Time MBA programs.

A Mix of Learning Opportunities
The Ross School says it will feature a mix of learning opportunities to provide a holistic, thorough, and personalized business education experience, including:

  • Courses that include both self-guided study and live, online class sessions led by a Ross professor
  • Elective course options, allowing students to customize their studies based on professional goals
  • Three in-person residencies on the Ross campus focused on leadership, business transformation, and innovation
“We are dedicated to providing a broader base of working professionals with a high-quality Michigan Ross education, plus the flexibility, academic rigor, and support they need to succeed in business today and in the future,” said Wally Hopp, associate dean for Part-Time MBA. “With the addition of the Online MBA, Michigan Ross will continue to lead and define the future of business education.”

Ultimately, an online MBA program makes perfect sense for many busy professionals as a way to achieve their career goals through a flexible format that adapts to their schedule. Whichever program you choose in your MBA journey, a great fit with your goals and lifestyle will ensure the best results from application to graduation.

Visit michiganross.umich.edu/programs/online-mbafor more information.

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4 Cases Where MBA Applicants Should Write an Optional Essay  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: 4 Cases Where MBA Applicants Should Write an Optional Essay
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To write or not to write an optional business school application essay…that is a question that concerns many MBA candidates each season. Some schools ask for you to address only extenuating circumstances in this section. Meanwhile, others take a broad approach and ask whether there’s anything else about  your candidacy you would like to share with the admissions committee.

Our advice? First, complete your entire application package, except for the optional essay. Don’t worry about that piece of the puzzle just yet. Then, review your application to see if there is something extra you would like to communicate that you cannot address elsewhere in the application.

The following advice should be considered within the context of your overall strategy and target business school(s), but these areas are prime material for the optional essay.

Use the Optional Essay to Address Academic Weaknesses
A grade of C or below on your undergraduate transcript will give the admissions committee pause. They will want to know why, and determine whether it’s an outlier in your overall academic record. Strike an upbeat tone here and avoid excuses. Make sure you emphasize your improved performance either later in your college career or in subsequent work or classes since college.

Explain your issue clearly and focus the balance of your essay on looking forward. Explain what have you done in the recent past to prove your skills and intelligence. If you have a new GMAT score or took classes in calculus or statistics, you have a solid case for improved academics.

Use the Optional Essay to Address Employment Gaps or Major Career Changes
You don’t have to explain a short gap between school and a secured job, but something like several months between two jobs should be addressed.

Did you use that time off to do volunteer work in Guatemala, or care for an ailing parent? Maybe you used the time away to focus on an entrepreneurial dream unencumbered by the 9-to-5 grind. Ideally you can point to additional education, training, volunteering or traveling that you engaged in while unemployed.

If you recently switched careers and feel concerned that the admissions committee may not see how you arrived at the conclusion that an MBA would help further your professional aspirations, use the optional essay space to make an airtight case for why you want to go into this new field and show that the decision was reasoned and well-thought-out.

Use the Optional Essay to Address  Choice of Recommender
Not every applicant feels comfortable asking their current employer for a recommendation letter. Perhaps they aren’t ready to let their boss know of their MBA plans, or maybe there is a personality conflict that might not lead to the most glowing recommendation. Sometimes, the issue is that the applicant hasn’t worked with the supervisor long enough for him or her to comment meaningfully on the candidate’s performance.

Whatever the reason, you should briefly address your decision not to seek a recommendation from your current supervisor in the optional essay space. The admissions committee understands the various circumstances which may prevent it, but you need to explain why anyway to eliminate any doubts or wrong assumptions about the quality of your working relationship with your employer.

Use the Optional Essay to Convey Information That Adds to Your Candidacy
This is where you can introduce information about yourself that you simply couldn’t find a way to incorporate elsewhere. If you are a re-applicant, the optional essay is the ideal place to explain what you have done since your last application to strengthen your case for admission – such as receiving a promotion – which would signal career development and leadership. Even if you don’t have a clear-cut development to describe, you can use this space to explain how you have improved your thinking, career goals or fit.

Finally, if you don’t have a weakness to address and the school has an open-ended optional essay question, this is opportunity to provide information you couldn’t work into the other required essays. For example, if you have an unusual background, hobby or extracurricular experience, this may be a chance to showcase your unique profile.

Yes, the optional essay truly is optional. So take advantage of it if necessary, but exercise good judgement and restraint.

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Tuesday Tips: Cambridge Judge Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: Cambridge Judge Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips
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As part of a world class campus and a location that is a center for technology and business, the University of Cambridge Judge School of Business is an excellent program for students interested in studying in the UK.  In fact, our post Getting a European MBA: A Unique Experience explains the many benefits of studying across the pond.

To learn more about the school you can research life at Cambridge through visiting campus, reading student blogs, or attending admissions events. Cambridge Judge is seeking ambitious, innovative and confident students with strong interpersonal skills.

Another extremely important attribute is to have international experience through your work and a global outlook. None of the essays specifically ask about international experience, so you can work your global outlook into one or more of the essay responses.

ESSAY 1
Please provide a personal statement. It should not exceed 500 words and must address the following questions:

– What are your short and long term career objectives and what skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you achieve them?

– What actions will you take before and during the MBA to contribute to your career outcome?

– If you are unsure of your post-MBA career path, how will the MBA equip you for the future?


This personal statement essay asks you to explain why you are pursuing an MBA. If you have a specific long- and short-term career objective in mind that is one way to structure the essay. If not, you will want to explain why an MBA is the right next step for you in your life. Either way, you will want to explain what skills and characteristics you have developed in your career thus far.

This essay will give you the space to talk about the career accomplishments that make you most proud, and to show that you are motivated, ambitious and ready for the challenge of an MBA at Cambridge. You will want to use an equal amount of space to talk about how you are going to enhance your career before and during your MBA in order to accomplish your goals.

What can you learn from your current job before you enroll at Judge? And what classes, professors and projects will you pursue to prepare yourself for your next career step?

As you formulate your essay topics, keep in mind that Cambridge Judge is seeking candidates who “are highly motivated and ambitious, thrive under pressure, and have already exhibited clear progression within their career.”

You will want to show that you have performed well and moved up within your jobs since you began working. You will also want to demonstrate what you have learned, and how your developing skills can be further honed through an MBA and a future career.

ESSAY 2
What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200 words)

Failures are challenging to work through, but can lead to breakthroughs in development and self-awareness. When you can look past the embarrassment and shame of a failure, what did the experience teach you? Did you take on too much, prepare too little or fail to ask for help when you needed it?

This essay is primarily about what you learned. Take a few sentences to explain the situation and the failure, then dive into what you learned and ideally how you have moderated your approach, improved yourself, or learned to recognize a situation that will lead to a poor outcome. Any topic can work here as long as you can show that you are self-aware and creative.

ESSAY 3
Describe a situation where you had to work jointly with others to achieve a common goal. What did you learn from the experience? (up to 200 words)

Judge is seeking students who are collaborative and innovative with strong interpersonal skills. This essay can show the admissions committee that you know how to work within a team and accomplish a shared goal.

As with the previous essay, take a few sentences to explain the situation, then focus on what you learned. Ideally you can describe your style when you work with a team, how you collaborate, help others bring their best work to the team, and manage challenges.

If you have a particular role or skill within a team, whether building consensus or take a devil’s advocate position, this is an ideal place to explain that approach.

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Which MBA Applicants ‘Should’ Apply in Round 1  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Which MBA Applicants ‘Should’ Apply in Round 1
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Round 1 deadlines at the world’s top business schools will hit over the next several weeks. This round typically sees the most driven, organized, and academically and professionally accomplished applicants.  These candidates beat the GMAT months ago and have been prepping their recommenders all summer.

If you can apply in Round 1 there are definitely advantages for you personally. You have more time to prepare for school. You have less uncertainty around winter vacation time. And you can start networking with your classmates early. If you have a solid application ready to submit in September or October, take a moment to review our last-minute Round 1 checklist before you hit submit.

While Round 2 historically receives a greater number of applications, here are three groups that should strongly consider applying in the first round, if possible.

Re-applicants
Re-applicants should aim to turn in their revised applications no later than the first round, when admissions committees are just beginning to assemble the next incoming class. If you fail a second time, you can realign your expectations and apply in round two to other more appropriate schools.

However, these candidates must show they’ve made a sincere effort to improve upon their previous application and strengthened their candidacy.

Most business schools will have your previous application in your file, so whatever you submit should demonstrate a fresh approach and show how you’ve grown academically and/or professionally.

Individuals from an Over-Represented Applicant Pool
Competition for a seat at the top programs is fierce, so candidates from an over-represented industry or geographic region need to think strategically about the timing of their application.

As MBA Data Guru points out in MBA Acceptance Rate by Country, applicants from India face a disadvantage at the highly-ranked schools, needing a much higher GMAT score to compete with applicants from other regions. While the elite business schools receive a high volume of qualified applicants from India, they want to maintain diversity in the class, and therefore need to cap acceptances from a single region.

Candidates from over-represented industries such as IT, consulting or finance should also consider submitting their application early. By the time Round 2 deadlines roll around, the admissions team may have already admitted many applicants with very similar profiles.

If you belong to an over-represented group, submitting your application before your peers are well represented in the class can be a wise strategy.

Non-Traditional Candidates with Low GMAT Scores
Applicants with unconventional or less traditional work or academic experience prior to business school often worry about how admissions committees will assess their record. However, it’s actually more than okay to be different, because no MBA program wants to fill an entire class solely with candidates from investment banking or consulting.

For entrepreneurs who may not have any traditional work experience, applicants from the military, or individuals coming from professions where an MBA is not typically a requirement, having a low GMAT score does not have to mean the kiss of death. Just aim for round 1 submission.

As we’ve discovered, later on in the admissions cycle there may be fewer spots available for low-scoring candidates as schools turn their thoughts toward driving their GMAT average higher for rankings purposes.

Finally, we would urge applicants to apply a few days ahead of the deadline just to ease some of the last-minute pressure, as well as congestion on the programs’ servers. Do a thorough review, hit submit, and take comfort in knowing that you did your very best.

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Oxford MBA Fall 2019 MBA Application Essays  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Oxford MBA Fall 2019 MBA Application Essays
ImageSaid Business School at the University of Oxford has published the following mandatory essays within the 2018-2019 Oxford MBA application.

Required Essay 1
  • Consider a statistic or trend that shocks you. Why it is important to you and how could it be changed for the better? (Maximum 500 words)
Required Essay 2
  • Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words)
For additional information on applying, please visit the Oxford MBA admissions website.

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IESE Fall 2019 MBA Application Essays  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: IESE Fall 2019 MBA Application Essays
 

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Spain’s highly-ranked IESE Business School, which is currently undergoing a complete facilities transformation, asks the following MBA essay questions within the online application for the 2018-2019 admissions season.

Required Essay 1
How do you expect to be changed by your experience at IESE and what impact you would like to make after your MBA? (word limit 300 max)

Required Essay 2
What are your short and medium term post MBA career goals and how will IESE help you achieve them? (word limit 300 max)

Optional Essay
I wish the admissions committee had asked me… (word limit 300 max)

For additional information on applying, please visit the IESE admissions website.

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SMU Cox Fall 2019 MBA Essay Questions  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: SMU Cox Fall 2019 MBA Essay Questions
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The SMU Cox School of Business asks the following essay questions within the 2018-2019 application for the full-time, two-year MBA program.

Required Essay 1
What are your post-graduate degree goals upon graduation? Please be as specific as possible, which might include desired roles, target companies, and/or industry. (250 word limit).

Required Essay 2
Business is an ever changing and evolving entity. Individual’s plans and interests can change as a result of industry downturns and/or emergence of new opportunities. Keeping an open mind while navigating your career is an essential component of success. Should the short-term goals you provided above not materialize, what alternative directions would you explore? (250 word limit)

Required Essay 3
Think of an event that has changed your perspective in the last three years. Describe how this event has impacted your personal or professional outlook. (250 word limit).

Optional Essay
Please only use this space to address information not covered in the rest of your application package that may be helpful to the admissions committee as we make an assessment of your candidacy. (250 word limit)

For additional information on applying, please visit the SMU Cox MBA admissions website.

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SMU Cox School Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines  [#permalink]

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The following are the MBA application deadlines for the full-time, two-year MBA program at SMU Cox School of Business.

Round 1
Application due: October 15, 2018

Round 2
Application due: December 3, 2018

Round 3
Application due: January 7, 2019

Round 4*
Application due:  March 4, 2019

*Final deadline for international applicants

Round 5
Application due: April 29, 2019*

*Rolling admissions following April 29, 2019

For additional information on applying, please visit the SMU Cox MBA admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Maximize Your First Year at B-School
If you’ll be earning your MBA as part of the Class of 2020, chances are that right now you’re enjoying your first days of class.

During the months you toiled over your applications and then waited to hear back from admissions committees, you probably spent a lot of time anticipating how you’d fill your days at business school.

And once you had your acceptance letter in hand, we’re sure you gave some thought to what you want to get out of your experience. But we still have a few last tips for you!

Leverage your student status as much as possible.
We’re not just talking about things like student discounts. We’re talking about the fact that everyone loves students, and everyone loves giving advice to students. So if there’s an alum, a local businessperson, a politician or community leader you admire, use the fact that you’re a student to try and set up an “informational interview” or an informal meeting over coffee. You’ll be surprised at the kind of access you may receive that you otherwise wouldn’t.

Listen to as many visiting speakers as you can.
At least a few big-name CEOs and public figures will give talks on campus, and everyone’s going to turn up for those. But we encourage you to also consider going to hear what lesser-known business and political leaders, entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives have to say — especially some of the younger ones. In a decade you just might find yourself bragging about how you rubbed elbows with someone who became internationally respected.

Choose your extracurriculars wisely.
Repeat after us: it’s impossible to do everything. Don’t sign up for 20 clubs in the first week only to end up regretting that you can’t meaningfully participate in any of them. You will feel totally overwhelmed by how many cool things you’ll have the opportunity to get involved with outside of class.

So before you attempt to do everything, think long and hard about what you really want to learn and what’s important to you so that you can focus your efforts accordingly.

Don’t forget that the “real world” still exists.
Don’t get us wrong — being in the b-school bubble is a thing of beauty. Except for when you’re especially tired and stressed (think interview season, exam time, etc.). That’s when you need to reach out to your family and friends back home, talk a walk or drive into the nearest city, or do whatever else you can to put things back into perspective. The campus will still be there when you’re ready to resume Student Mode, and you’ll feel reenergized.

Remember:

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Find out what HBS Dean Nitin Nohria always ask MBA hopefuls (and don’t miss a quote from Stacy Blackman, too!).

As Round 1 wraps up, inspire yourself with this amazing success story featuring one of our clients.

Until next time,

The team at Stacy Blackman Consulting

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Tuesday Tips: Oxford Said MBA Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips  [#permalink]

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The highly ranked one-year Oxford Said MBA program exposes students to an international, diverse network at a world class institution. Oxford seeks engaged students and mature leaders with extensive work experience.

Upon visiting Oxford or researching the school by reading student blogs, you’ll notice that there is a strong culture of improving the world through business. This emphasis on making the world a better place comes through clearly in this set of essays and is a core motivator for a successful applicant. Note that you can describe your career goals in a short answer section within the application.

FIRST REQUIRED ESSAY 1
Consider a statistic or trend that shocks you. Why it is important to you and how could it be changed for the better? (Maximum 500 words)

In Dean Peter Tufano’s welcome on the Oxford Said website, he clearly states that, “we believe that business can play an integral part to address the systemic issues that will alter the future for generations to come: planetary threats; rising inequality; the mismatch of education, skills and employment opportunities; and growing nationalism and challenges to the institutions of democracy.”

Because this question seeks to understand what you view as the systematic issues that drive you personally, ask yourself: What societal problems do you want to solve in your career and life? Perhaps you have a social enterprise career goal and will address poverty or education. Or, maybe you plan to volunteer and raise money for an important cause in your spare time.

Most importantly, whether your goal is personal or professional, you should show that you’re passionate about improving the world and that you have a specific concern about systematic issues.

To the extent your career goal is related to the statistic or trend that shocks you, this essay is a great place to explore that connection. If not, you are able to cover your career goal within the application and can devote all of your space in this essay to discussing other ways in which you will change the world for the better.

SECOND REQUIRED ESSAY 2
Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words)

Finally, if you need to explain anything challenging in your background, you can do so in this entirely open-ended essay. Above all, issues such as a low GPA or GMAT, resume gaps, issues with recommenders, or issues with your undergraduate record are areas you will need to explain here.

However, if you want to address a challenge, use this essay to explain the situation and how you have improved and developed as a person. Ideally, you can show improvement to any challenging aspect of your application and demonstrate that any issues are behind you.

If you feel comfortable with your application and have nothing to clarify, this essay can further emphasize your career goals, add information about your international experience, or highlight your diverse background to enhance the admissions committee understanding of your candidacy. Remember, Oxford is looking for maturity, leadership and diversity in applicants and use this opportunity to shine.

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Glenn Hubbard, successful steward of Columbia Business School for 15 years, will step down from his role as dean at the end of the 2018-19 academic year, University President Lee Bollinger has announced.

Hubbard will then resume his position as part of Columbia Business School’s faculty as the Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics, and as Professor of Economics in Columbia’s Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Under his leadership, Hubbard has overseen the enhancement and expansion of nearly every aspect of Columbia Business School.  Throughout his tenure, he strengthened recruitment of both top academics and students. Additionally, Hubbard launched countless initiatives to bridge academic theory with the practice of business. Besides that, Hubbard led initiatives to revamp the school’s core curriculum. The outgoing dean also reignited engagement of the school’s 46,000 global alumni community.

A Fundraising Powerhouse
As a result of his prolific fundraising abilities, Hubbard will have added more than $1 billion to Columbia Business School’s coffers by the conclusion of his deanship next June. Ultimately this financial legacy will continue to enable the school to pursue countless innovations that will benefit the school and its global community.

In addition, a notable expansion of financial aid occurred during Hubbard’s deanship, increasing 600% from 2004 to 2018. Hubbard also raised more than $500 million to establish Columbia Business School’s future home on Columbia University’s  Manhattanville campus.

President Bollinger called Hubbard’s deanship a historic period for Columbia Business School, one that solidified its place “as one of the most celebrated and innovative schools of business in all of higher education.”

Hubbard’s Parting Message
“Today, as I reflect upon the last decade and a half, I am humbled by the progress made toward achieving our mission to innovate, connect, and lead, and our strategy to bridge theory and practice,” Hubbard said.

“Without question, our position in the University is a key factor of that success. As Columbia Business School prepares to embark on a new era, I have every confidence that the School will continue to be a global innovator in both management education and in how business is practiced in the 21st century. I look forward to supporting that vision as a member of its faculty.”

A global search for Hubbard’s replacement will begin immediately. For more details of Glenn Hubbard’s tenure as dean, please visit the Columbia Business School newsroom.

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IE Startup Lab in Madrid provides year-round workshops for students to develop their business plan for launch, faculty mentoring, training in marketing, funding, strategy and legal aspects of entrepreneurship.

Today’s MBA programs offer a broad range of courses in entrepreneurship, as well as  opportunities for networking with established entrepreneurs, launching start-ups, and developing the skills needed to start successful businesses.

In fact, startup labs on business school campuses are arguably one of the best perks offered at top-ranked MBA programs. Here, would-be impresarios experiment and fail in a safe environment without jeopardizing their livelihood in the real world.

Even if alumni don’t become entrepreneurs immediately after graduating, their MBA degree provides career flexibility. It also sets them up with crucial skills that will help them start businesses years later.

What Exactly is a Startup Lab?
Basically, a b-school startup lab helps budding entrepreneurs with branding, marketing, and technology services. Each of these aspects help them strengthen the foundation of their business in order to eventually bring investors on board. Did you know that Instagram, Trulia and Stubhub are just a few examples of well-known companies born in a b-school startup lab?

Check out this new piece on which business schools offer the best startup labs featured in BusinessBecause.  The article’s author Janette Chien shares a list of the top ten MBA incubators around the world. You may be surprised to discover many of these stellar programs are not at the most highly ranked business schools.

Global Top Ten of Business School Startup Labs
  • IE Business School (Spain)
  • iDendron HKU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub (Hong Kong)
  • NUS Start-up Runway (Singapore)
  • DMZ at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada)
  • ESSEC Ventures at ESSEC Business School (Paris, France)
  • Incubator Program at London Business School (London, UK)
  • SRH Startup Lab at the SRH Hochschule Berlin University (Berlin, Germany)
  • AU Entrepreneurship Incubator at Kogod School of Business (Washington, DC)
  • Startup Aggieland at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
  • Startup Garage at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Stanford University
Earlier, when we checked in with several admissions departments asking them to share a cool company born of their MBA program for our “Ask the Adcom” series, the sheer number of successful examples we learned about really bowled us over.

Booming Businesses Launched at B-School
For example, ModCloth – a vintage clothing, e-commerce business with hundreds of millions in annual revenue – sprang from Tepper School of Business alums Susan Gregg Koger and her husband Eric Koger.

“The Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon really encouraged us to stick with it, and helped me decide to sell my ownership in my first business to pursue ModCloth, which was the bigger opportunity,” Eric said.

SMU Cox School of Business student Gabriella Draney Zielke co-founded Tech Wildcatters – a Top 10 seed accelerator for technology startups.  She worked with the Caruth Center for Entrepreneurship while pursuing her MBA, explained John Roeder, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions at Cox.

Rodrigo Malta, Director of Admissions at UT McCombs School of Business, shared that the Texas MBA-powered start-up Beatbox Beverages struck a deal with business mogul Mark Cuban on the hit ABC show Shark Tank. For a one-third stake in the company, Cuban invested one million dollars.

Likewise, when our “Ask the Adcom” series put out a query about the resources available for student with startup fever, the array of available options we learned about amazed us.

Ultimately, business school has become the safe place to test out your most creative, outrageous and ambitious ideas. There’s no pressure or fear of failure if that company or those ideas don’t work. In fact, failure is just as valuable a learning tool as success.

Failure offers students the chance to find out what went wrong and refine their business models. That way, they can nail it next time out in the real world, when the stakes are much higher.

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With Round 1 deadlines upon us, you’re probably thinking about asking a trusted friend or family member to review your materials. Recruiting a fresh set of eyes to review your work has its benefits, but can also have a few drawbacks as well.

So what’s the upside to someone new looking at your essays and data forms? These reviewers will likely spot those typos, missing words or that extra period at the end of a sentence. At some point, you’ll have read your responses so many times that errors will no longer jump out at you. This is where a friend or family member’s assistance is undoubtedly valuable.

However, it’s really tough for someone to read through your materials and not also want to give “advice.” Human beings are full of opinions, after all, and anyone close to you would just be trying to help. But the issue is that if you’ve already planned out your application strategy — especially if you’ve worked on that strategy with an admissions consultant — it would be a shame to derail your progress just because a well-meaning friend made you doubt yourself.

Not All MBA Application Advice is Helpful
If someone who has an MBA reviews your materials, they may be under the incorrect assumption that since they were accepted to a program, the way they approached certain essay questions is the only guaranteed path to admission.

Or, maybe your parents attended business school decades ago and want to give you advice. That can be problematic because the programs themselves — not to mention the qualities adcoms look for in candidates — have changed pretty dramatically over the years.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, if someone who’s completely unfamiliar with the business school application process reviews your documents, they may understand why you included personal stories or otherwise let your personality come through in your essays.

How  Your Application Reviewers Can Help
There’s a stereotype that MBAs need to be all business, all the time, and this leads to an expectation of essays filled with lists of achievements, not-so-subtle bragging and loads of buzzwords.

That’s why you should consider: 1) limiting the people you involve to no more than two, and 2) telling those reviewers up front that they would be helping you most if they could focus solely on spelling, grammar, or other obvious mistakes when they do their read-through.

They’ll probably still give you unsolicited advice, and you can always listen politely and share any concerns you may have with your admissions consultant. Just keep in mind that it’s hardly ever a good idea to switch things up at the last minute after putting significant effort into your positioning.

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Tuesday Tips: SMU Cox School Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips  [#permalink]

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The SMU Cox School of Business is an excellent MBA program for candidates who are looking to expand their choices beyond the top 10 business schools or have a regional interest in Texas.

Based in Dallas, SMU Cox has a diverse student body and ties to a vibrant business community. Twenty-two Dallas companies made the Fortune 500 list this year. Companies that recruit from SMU Cox include the major consulting firms, banks, along with consumer companies like Target and Starbucks and tech companies like Texas Instruments and Amazon.

In general, as you prepare these essays, keep “why MBA” top of mind and think about your own MBA requirements for the program. If you are considering an MBA admissions consultant, contact us to learn more about how Stacy Blackman Consulting can help you be the best MBA candidate you can be.

REQUIRED ESSAY 1
What are your post-graduate degree goals upon graduation? Please be as specific as possible, which might include desired roles, target companies, and/or industry. (250 word limit).

As an MBA candidate for SMU Cox, you will need to carefully explain why MBA and describe your career goals. Evaluate your past experiences, what you have learned in your undergraduate education and what you dream of as a future career.

If you are unsure what you want to do after your MBA, perhaps this article in US News and World Report can trigger some ideas. For example, more MBA graduates are pursuing careers in technology and consumer products than did so in the past. If you consider companies and career paths outside of the traditional MBA feeder industries, what areas might you pursue?

When you have identified your post-MBA career path, then you will want to describe the role in specifics. What industry are you targeting and why? What companies are most appealing? Which department do you see yourself working within? This is a good essay to add some resume highlights that will showcase a few specific skills or accomplishments that are directly related to your career path.

REQUIRED ESSAY 2
Business is an ever changing and evolving entity. Individual’s plans and interests can change as a result of industry downturns and/or emergence of new opportunities. Keeping an open mind while navigating your career is an essential component of success. Should the short-term goals you provided above not materialize, what alternative directions would you explore? (250 word limit)

Showing flexibility and adaptability is actually an important MBA candidate trait. Innovative ideas tend to come to people who are open-minded, creative and always learning. It is quite likely that there are multiple career paths that could help you reach your goals.

For example, you might be interested in technology and consumer products, but when you start meeting with companies on campus and attending career information sessions, you realize that pursuing a career in management consulting will offer more variety than you realized, and will allow you to experience many different companies and work places.

Because you were flexible and open to feedback while you learned about careers at SMU Cox, you were able to switch gears and find a better fit. Think about the possible careers that you would consider as a “Plan B” or alternate path, and explore that career in the same way that you did for Essay 1.

REQUIRED ESSAY 3
Think of an event that has changed your perspective in the last three years. Describe how this event has impacted your personal or professional outlook. (250 word limit).

At Stacy Blackman Consulting we have observed that, above all, character prevails, and that part of showing character is demonstrating your true nature. Often your true nature is revealed through pivotal events or changing points. Think about the moments you can remember with clarity over the past three years.

Of those moments, was there one that fundamentally changed your perspective? This change could have been personal or professional, it may have clarified your career path, triggered your desire to return to school, or improved a relationship.

Certainly, one core value important to many MBA candidates is helping others and improving communities. For this reason, if you have a particular focus or passion for community service, it’s likely that a pivotal experience triggered that interest.

For example, many people have been impacted by illness of a family member or friend, which may have led you to fundraise for medical research, contribute to assistance for patients, or look for opportunities to improve medical outcomes.

As you draft this essay think about micro-stories you can craft to vividly bring your story alive. What did your moment feel like? What did you hear, smell, or say? Those details will help the reader put themselves in your place and understand your perspective.

OPTIONAL ESSAY
Please only use this space to address information not covered in the rest of your application package that may be helpful to the admissions committee as we make an assessment of your candidacy. (250 word limit)

MBA candidates are not always perfect, and it is common to need to explain something in your application that may be concerning or confusing. Typical topics for this essay include resume gaps, a recommender who is not your current manager, a poor grade in undergraduate coursework, or a low GMAT score.

First off, the best way to approach this type of essay is to offer explanations, not excuses. Clearly and concisely explain your situation, then describe the steps you have taken to improve.

For example, perhaps you were given a C grade in a calculus class in college. It had been a tough semester for you and your time management was poor. The next semester you improved your skills and were able to earn all A’s in next level quantitative classes. Then, you took a job as an analyst where you used quantitative tools.

This story clearly explains the situation, and then explains why one poor grade does not accurately describe your overall quantitative skills.

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Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone, donates $5M to fund new case studies in AI.

Earlier this week, Harvard Business School (HBS) announced it has received a substantial gift to help fund case studies on the uses and effect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the business landscape.

HBS alumnus Stephen Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of global private equity firm The Blackstone Group, donated $5 million to support the development of case studies and other programming that explore the implications of AI on industries, business, and markets.

In the not-too-distant future, AI could disrupt almost every industry. Potentially, it could create entirely new markets and business models, driving the need for new skills in the workforce. Additionally, AI raises organizational design, policy, and ethical considerations that future leaders must be prepared to navigate.

“Across Blackstone’s diverse portfolio, I have seen firsthand the impact that rapid technological change has on businesses and industries,” says Schwarzman, adding, “The disruptive implications and opportunities surrounding AI are far-reaching. Executives need to understand how to anticipate, act on, and manage these changes.”

HBS Explores AI’s Implications on the Business Landscape
The Schwarzman Research Fund will spur and extend the efforts of Harvard Business School faculty members across a range of disciplines who research and write case studies on the use of AI.

Especially relevant topics might include the impact of AI on new market creation, organizational structures, operating model design, innovation frameworks, worker productivity, and importantly, the long-term policy and ethical considerations related to AI.

“AI has profound implications for the future of work and for society more broadly,” says Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria.

Consequently, the dean says, “We believe it is imperative to provide our students with opportunities to explore how these changes will affect the role of managers. Steve’s generous gift will accelerate faculty research in this area, advancing understanding and exposing business leaders around the world to this increasingly important topic.”

HBS faculty members will use these new cases and other research materials across the school’s MBA and Executive Education programs, as well as in HBX, the school’s on-line educational platform. Also, Harvard Business Publishing will distribute the case studies globally.

To learn more about Schwarzman and his generous gift, please visit The Harvard Crimson.

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Stanford GSB Leads in QS 2019 Global MBA Ranking  [#permalink]

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Rankings dynamo Stanford Graduate School of Business once again grabs the brass ring, landing the top spot in the QS Global MBA Ranking, released this week by business school analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

In addition to the Global MBA ranking category, QS has released rankings for Masters in Management, Masters in Finance, Masters in Business Analytics, and an inaugural Masters in Marketing. Collectively, these rankings cover the post-graduate programs most in-demand among employers around the world.

Top Ten Global MBA Programs
1. Stanford Graduate School of Business

2. Harvard Business School

3. Wharton School of Business

4. London Business School

5. MIT Sloan School of Management

6. INSEAD

7. HEC Paris

8. Tied: Chicago Booth School of Business

8. Tied: IE Business School

10. Columbia Business School

Key Elements of the QS Global MBA Ranking

[*]Core indicators of the ranking are employability, entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, return on investment (ROI), thought leadership and class and faculty diversity.[/*]
[*]Stanford GSB performs especially well in terms of entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, as well as thought leadership.[/*]
[*]Six of the top ten MBA providers are based in the United States, with all of them performing well in terms of employability and thought leadership. However, US MBA programs perform less well in terms of ROI.[/*]
[*]On a country basis, MBA providers in Germany, Spain, Hong Kong, and Singapore show significant year-on-year progress.[/*]
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“QS Rankings seek to measure the key missions of Business Schools, whilst also taking into account what matters most to prospective students,” says Nunzio Quacquarelli, founder of QS.

“Our innovative measurement of strength in entrepreneurship and successful alumni outcomes, provides a fresh lens for the growing audience of prospective MBAs seeking to start their own business, or seeking leadership roles in non-traditional NGOs as well as looking at classic MBA career outcomes like Partnerships in Consulting or Fortune 1000 Director roles,” Quacquarelli explains.

Also highlighted in these rankings: MIT Sloan School of Management offers the best course in business analytics; London Business School provides the top Masters in Finance; HEC Paris offers the number one Masters in Management; and Columbia Business School has a top-ranked Masters in Marketing.

A Tip for MBA Hopefuls
Earlier this month, Quacquarelli, a Wharton MBA who started his company during b-school, had this advice for entrepreneurially-minded MBAs, in his interview with BusinessBecause.

“One of the benefits of an MBA is you have a year or two years where you do some of that research and get advice and mentorship throughout that research period. Yes, there’s a cost associated with it. But having that time to research your idea more thoroughly can save you far more in terms of wasted investment and opportunity cost later on.”

Fore more information, you can see the full suite of QS rankings here.

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Harvard Business School (HBS) is sending out the bulk of Round 1 MBA admissions  interview invitations today. The remainder is slated for release on Thursday, October 4th.  If you receive an invite—lucky you, as HBS interviews just 25% of applicants each season—make sure to avoid the following faux pas during your MBA admissions interview at this prestigious business school.

Don’t even think about winging your MBA admissions interview.
Harvard Business School interviewers love to throw off applicants with rapid-fire questions to test how well you know your resume and essays. If you don’t practice for this interview, you’ll really hurt your chances of admission.

Think of a few compelling anecdotes that you can adapt to fit the most common HBS interview questions. The anecdotes you share about your past experiences — both successes and failures — will give the interviewer some insight into your self-awareness and maturity. Make sure to practice in front of a friend, and consider recording yourself as you rehearse. That way, you can assess your body language and tone and make adjustments as needed.

Don’t try to be the “ideal” MBA candidate.
While it’s tempting to want to present yourself as the picture-perfect applicant, your interviewer is trying to suss out what exactly you, and nobody else but you, can bring to the program.

Speak candidly about your passions, interests, and professional goals. Your story should reveal how you confront life choices, the values and principles that help you negotiate complex situations, your beliefs, and your worldview. That way, you’ll come across as a fascinating person who has a lot to share with future classmates. In short, a great addition to the HBS MBA program.

Don’t bore your interviewer.
Another thing to keep in mind: Your interviewer may interview dozens of candidates. That means a lot of eager future-moguls talking about the same thing: themselves. So whenever possible, make the interview a conversation, not a monologue. By including the interviewer in the conversation, you’ll keep them interested and engaged in the most important topic of all: YOU.

Don’t forget to ask questions, too.
Come armed with a brief list of questions that highlight your knowledge of and interest in the school. If interviewing with an alum, it’s easy to engage in a comfortable conversation about their experience at the school. Not only will you learn more about HBS, but by asking thoughtful questions your interviewer will get another opportunity to see your insightful way of thinking.

Harvard Business School admits roughly half of all applicants they interview. Ultimately, your goal is to answer all questions in a clear, logical way. Also, maintain an open, friendly, and professional demeanor. And don’t forget to dress appropriately! Finally, show that you have an inquisitive attitude about the school and all that it has to offer students.

If you can master these tips, you stand a very good chance of coming out of the interview with flying colors.

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Tuesday Tips: IESE Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: IESE Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips
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IESE is a world-class MBA program based in Spain, and started as an alliance with Harvard Business School. Last year the school announced a facilities upgrade to create “one of the most influential training centers in the world.” To learn more about international MBA program options, read our consultant advice: Why US Applicants Should Consider MBA Programs Abroad.

For MBA applicants, IESE is an opportunity for a global education in either 15 or 19 months for a full time MBA. IESE continues to rise in the rankings, achieving 11 in the Financial Times 2018 MBA list.

IESE attracts MBA students from over 64 different countries, giving applicants a truly global perspective. The case method and other experiential learning approaches are used to teach a core general management curriculum. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish.

IESE is looking for MBA applicants with academic ability, personal drive, confidence, leadership, work experience, international outlook, good communication skills, team player mentality and strong values. As you draft your essays, make sure to weave in these MBA attributes for your application.

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REQUIRED ESSAY 1
How do you expect to be changed by your experience at IESE and what impact you would like to make after your MBA? (word limit 300 max)

When we researched why MBA candidates are successful, we noticed that strong stories get attention. You don’t have to be perfect, but you should be genuine and personal. Make sure the reader understands your true character. Read more insights from our team to help your MBA application.

This essay is asking you to get personal and talk about impact. It doesn’t need to be a long track record of volunteering, but it should be something that is meaningful to you. When you think about your MBA experience, what do you hope to gain personally from it? What will you take from IESE and share with your community and the world?

Perhaps you are looking to broaden your network and gain a global outlook, and you plan to bring that perspective back to your US based business and help to expand internationally. Or your impact will be in volunteerism or extracurriculars. Think about your community and what your experiences at IESE will teach you.

Looking at the attributes of a successful applicant, this essay can demonstrate that you have personal drive, international outlook and strong values.

REQUIRED ESSAY 2
What are your short and medium term post MBA career goals and how will IESE help you achieve them? (word limit 300 max)

Essay two focuses specifically on your career goals and why MBA. The admissions committee can see your resume within the application, so this essay should give the background of who you are and why you have made the choices you did. Think about one or two pivotal career moments you may want to explore.

Ideally, your experiences have led to a career goal that you can describe clearly. Be specific. If you want to go into venture capital after graduation, talk about the industry you would like to focus on. Maybe describe the products you like within that industry or any other details.

Then you will want explain why an MBA is your next step. What will you learn at IESE to complement your work experiences? What do you hope to gain from your classmates and the environment? Specific classes and professors are always useful detail to add.

OPTIONAL ESSAY
[b]I wish the admissions committee had asked me… (word limit 300 max)[/b]

This optional essay is entirely open ended and gives you an opportunity to explain any of the attributes you have not yet shown. Think about the stories you could tell about your background and questions that would be appropriate.

For example, you could say: “I wish the admissions committee had asked me about my most meaningful accomplishment” and describe a time when you achieved a goal. Or, for a more personal response, consider a question that asks you to introduce yourself to your classmates or describe a significant relationship in your life.

When you answer your own question make sure to include specific details to strengthen your story. Examples are always welcome. Describing lessons learned is also helpful background for your application.

Visit the IESE website to learn more about the program and application process.

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MBA Applicants Unfazed by Trump, US Politics, SBC Survey Finds  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: MBA Applicants Unfazed by Trump, US Politics, SBC Survey Finds
The current U.S. political and economic climate does not play a significant role in MBA applicants’ decision of where to study, according to the results of our annual survey of business school candidates. This year, 70% of respondents were unswayed by the disruptive U.S. political climate, and 8% were more likely to apply to U.S. MBA programs.

In addition, among the 22% who reported they were less likely to apply because of the current U.S. climate, 82% of that group is still applying to U.S. MBA programs anyway.

The survey findings suggest that the so-called “Trump effect” that is often attributed to falling application volume at U.S. business schools is having little impact on the top-tier MBA programs, such as Harvard Business School or Wharton.

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Instead, MBA applicants were far more concerned about getting into a top U.S. MBA program (85% said this was a concern), funding their MBA (59%), and writing a high-quality application while working (51%). Recruiting post MBA, at 36%, and the U.S. political climate, at 14%, were not major concerns.

Reputation is a Key Indicator
Reputation remains a key priority for business school applicants applying to all MBA programs.   Seventy-five percent of respondents said that reputation is stronger for U.S. MBA programs than international programs, and that 75% value was consistent between international and US respondents. The ability to accelerate career paths and improve professional networks in the U.S were additional advantages of U.S MBA programs, according to the Survey results.

Irrespective of the U.S. political and economic climate, reputable MBA programs are highly coveted, with strong preferences among all MBA candidates for the top-10 business schools in the U.S. Fifty-seven percent of respondents, U.S. and international, are applying to the top-10 U.S. MBA courses.

Overall, 88% of U.S. respondents and 54% of international respondents were applying exclusively to U.S. MBA programs of any rank. Most international applicants cast a wider net due to the competitive admissions process of the top U.S. MBA programs.

“MBA applicant demand directly relates to a business school’s reputation and brand,” says Esther Magna, Principal at Stacy Blackman Consulting.

“As a result, top MBA program brands, including Harvard and Wharton, will likely see a smaller decrease in applicant volume, whereas less-regarded MBA programs will experience a greater decrease in applicant volume in this very strong US economy, which tends to reduce demand for MBA education.”

U.S. Business Schools Remain a Top Choice for MBA Applicants
U.S. MBA programs of any rank are significantly more popular than European, or other non-US programs, among survey respondents. 4% of international respondents are applying to European MBA programs, and are not applying to U.S. programs.

The majority of the international MBA applicants who apply to European courses are also applying to U.S. programs. Most candidates who were applying to European MBAs, such as at INSEAD or London Business School, said that the shorter duration and lower tuition costs were among their key priorities.

“Applicants see an MBA as a long-term investment in their future,” says Beth Tidmarsh, a former Kellogg School MBA Admissions Officer, now on the Stacy Blackman Consulting team.

“Thus, the long-term brand reputation and credentials of a top tier b-school are appealing, and international candidates may be willing to overlook the temporary political environment. The top-tier schools are coveted because the value of the education translates back to many countries.”

The survey found that 69% of respondents believe there will be fewer international students within U.S. MBA programs in the current political climate. In addition, 47.1% believe there will be reduced recruiting options for international MBA candidates at U.S. business schools.

However, only 37.95% of survey respondents indicated that it was “very important” to have a highly diverse (40% international) MBA cohort. As one US-based respondent said: “International student representation is important, but more than 25% is not necessary.”

For Poets & Quants reaction to this year’s SBC survey findings, read Marc Ethier’s piece,  “For Applicants To Top MBA Programs, Trump No Deterrent.

Additional key findings
Respondents surpassed 500 total. 46% were U.S. citizens applying for MBA programs and 54% were internationals. Additionally, 37% of the respondents were female, 61% male, and 2% unspecified. International respondents included 28% Indian Nationals and a mix from Asia, Europe, Middle East, South America, Africa and Canada.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Wharton School Receives Largest Single Gift in its History
The Wharton School has much to celebrate this week, having received the largest single gift ever in its history. A pledge of $50 million from alumnus Marc J. Rowan and his wife, Carolyn Rowan tops the Huntsman family’s gift of $40 million in 1998.

The Rowans’ gift will strengthen Wharton’s ability to address the most complex global challenges and opportunities head on. Their generous funding will also support the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), the university’s economic policy analysis program.

Largest Single Gift to Fund Major Priorities
With this commitment, Wharton will recruit three Rowan Distinguished Professors to inspire faculty and students alike, and build bridges between academia and business.

The Rowans’ gift will also support the appointment of a select number of Rowan Fellows for five-year terms. These designations will recognize and support Wharton’s most distinguished faculty in their commitment to innovative research and teaching.

Rowan credits his own success to the inspiring faculty during his time at Wharton, lauding their commitment to cutting edge education.

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Marc J. Rowan, W’84, WG’85

“Carolyn and I are honored to join the vision of the Wharton community to bring the School’s outstanding students face to face with the most important thinkers of our time. As top Wharton researchers advance and shape their fields, they transform the lives of their students, preparing them to make a difference in the business world and beyond,” Rowan explained in a press release announcing the gift.

Additionally, the Rowans designated $12 million to fund the Penn Wharton Budget Model, the research-based initiative started to help launch Wharton to the forefront of public policy innovation.

“I am deeply grateful for Marc and Carolyn’s extraordinary gift, which reflects their passion to bring to Wharton the most innovative researchers working on the world’s most pressing and important questions,” says Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett. “Their commitment is the cornerstone of a campaign that will empower Wharton, more than ever, to create leaders who will change the world.”

Rowan is a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Apollo Global Management, LLC. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Wharton School with a BS and an MBA in Finance.

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