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Mission Admission: Be on Your Best Behavior When Visiting Campus! [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Mission Admission: Be on Your Best Behavior When Visiting Campus!
Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday.

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We encourage MBA candidates to visit their target schools, because doing so can not only make a positive impression on the admissions committee, but also give candidates the opportunity to personalize their applications (essays and interviews, in particular—depending on the timing of the visit) and may even help them select their schools. But remember, whenever you visit campuses, you should always be on your best behavior.

Although the receptionist in the Admissions Office is not a “spy,” and your tour guide’s main concern is not to inform the admissions committee of your actions or comments, both of these individuals will likely feel compelled to report any bad behavior to the committee. We spoke with one former receptionist (now an admissions committee member) at a top-ten school who said that if she encountered rudeness from a visiting candidate, she would make note of it and send a message about the incident to the admissions director—who would subsequently remove the candidate from consideration for admission. Although we imagine most candidates plan to be on their best behavior during any school visit, we nevertheless offer this important reminder.

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MBA Career Advice: Proofread Things! [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA Career Advice: Proofread Things!
In this weekly series, our friends at MBA Career Coaches will be dispensing invaluable advice to help you actively manage your career. Topics include building your network, learning from mistakes and setbacks, perfecting your written communication, and mastering even the toughest interviews. For more information or to sign up for a free career consultation, visit www.mbacareercoaches.com.

Proofread! Are we stating the obvious? We think not. We repeat: proofread!

In a world where autocorrect and autocomplete do more and more of our thinking for us, any important written communication deserves a second and third look by you. And, any very important written communication deserves a careful look by an outside party. Ask a colleague, ask a friend, ask us to take a second look for you.

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No, it is not enough to write “Excuse any typos—Sent from my iPhone” at the end of your professional communication. And, might we add that you should not write any job application–related correspondence from your phone—ever. Instead, take the time to sit at your desk and carefully craft your message, ensuring that your professional communication is truly… (wait for it)…professional!

A serious typo, malapropism, or search and replace fail could completely discredit your candidacy. Please don’t send a letter to BCG telling them how much you are interested in working for Bain. But even if your recruiter is willing to forgive a much smaller mistake or oversight, when you are a job applicant and you send a “clean” email, letter, resume, proposal, etc., you are conveying a fairly explicit and important message: “I want the job!” But, you are also sending an implicit message about your approach to work: “I am on top of things.” “You can trust me with responsibility.” “I take pride in everything I do.” An autocorrect or autocomplete fail significantly undermines these important messages. So, pay attention to the details and reinforce the fact that you are a mature, serious, and deserving applicant.

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Professor Profiles: Sanjay Sood, UCLA Anderson School of Management [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Professor Profiles: Sanjay Sood, UCLA Anderson School of Management
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Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a business school, but the educational experience you will have is what is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we focus on Sanjay Sood from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Sanjay Sood is a professor of marketing and the faculty director of UCLA Anderson’s Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment, and Sports. Sood focuses on marketing management, brand management, advertising, and consumer behavior, and he serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and the Journal of Consumer Research. He received his PhD in marketing from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1999 and was later recognized as a Marketing Science Institute Young Marketing Scholar in 2003. One second-year student we interviewed said Sood brings “a lot of practical experience to the classroom” and uses connections from his work with Procter & Gamble to enhance his classes. In 2010, Sood was selected by his fellow faculty members to receive the school’s Niedorf “Decade” Teaching Award, which is presented to professors who exhibit “exemplary teaching over a period of seven to ten years.” Five years earlier, he received a Citibank Teaching Award, which was also determined by his fellow faculty members.

For more information about UCLA Anderson and 15 other top-ranked business schools, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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A Message From Our Founder/President: Wishing You Well in 2016! [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: A Message From Our Founder/President: Wishing You Well in 2016!
I want to wish our many readers a Happy New Year! 2015 was a remarkable year for our portfolio of MBA student–related companies—mbaMissionMBA Career Coaches, and M7 Financial—and our clients. While we continue to hire, train, and retain the foremost talent in MBA admissions consulting to serve each client personally and thoughtfully, we have also greatly expanded our free content offerings through our Career Primer and Interview Primer series. Our clients are attending business schools across the country and the world. They are confidently preparing for and landing jobs at the top companies in many fields—and are doing so with less student loan debt!

As we embark on another year, we recommit to delivering the highest levels of service and thought leadership to our clients through our extensive offerings, including robust blogs, free guides, and free consultations. We expect that 2016 will bring continued advancements and success for our team of consultants and clients, and we hope you can be a part of that team!

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Happy New Year to all and much success in 2016!

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B-School Chart of the Week: The Most Popular Undergraduate Majors at B [#permalink]

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Although quantifying a school’s profile certainly does not tell you everything, it can sometimes be helpful in simplifying the many differences between the various MBA programs. Each week, we bring you a chart to help you decide which of the schools’ strengths speak to you.

The recently matriculated business school Class of 2017 comes from various backgrounds with regard to both business fields and undergraduate majors. At the beginning of each academic year, MBA programs release general information about their incoming class—the average work experience within the student body, say, or the most popular undergraduate majors. Unsurprisingly, business was the major of choice for MBA students at most schools; such programs as the Yale School of Management and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business reported business as the most popular major within their Class of 2017. Humanities and social sciences were the top undergraduate majors at three schools: the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Columbia Business School (CBS). Meanwhile, three schools—the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the University of Michigan Ross School of Business—reported engineering as the most popular major.

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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Tailgating at Haas [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Tailgating at Haas
When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

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Students at the Haas School of Business at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, take advantage of life as part of a large public university not just academically, but athletically as well. On Saturdays when the UC Berkeley football team, the California Golden Bears, has a home game, Haas’s courtyard becomes the site of a large tailgate party, complete with cookouts, music, and cheer competitions. A second-year student told mbaMission, “The business school is the best place to tailgate on campus.”

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at UC Berkeley Haas and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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Diamonds in the Rough: Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest
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MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.

Wake Forest University’s School of Business prides itself on offering an integrated, leadership-focused curriculum. All students complete required first-year core course work, which establishes a foundation for Wake Forest’s entrepreneurial approach to business problem solving. During the second year, students choose a narrower career concentration, but entrepreneurship remains at the forefront. For students planning to start their own business, Wake Forest provides resources through its Angell Center for Entrepreneurship. Included among these are entrepreneurial internships, for which students receive credit for creating unique teaching cases with the knowledge they gathered via their internship.

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Friday Factoid: A Sense of Community at UC Berkeley Haas [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Friday Factoid: A Sense of Community at UC Berkeley Haas
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The Haas School of Business at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, is one of the smaller top MBA programs in the United States, with an average class size of just under 250. Despite its small size, however, Haas offers a very diverse community, both regionally and professionally. Roughly 40% of each incoming class is made up of international students, and each entering class as a whole reflects a wide array of interests and professional backgrounds. Each of Haas’s incoming classes is divided into smaller groups, called cohorts, and students remain in their cohort for the first semester, taking all core courses together. Within the cohort, students are further divided into study groups. Study group members work together to prepare for presentations and exams as well as to study cases, and these small groups help enhance and reinforce the relationships between classmates. Noted a second-year student with whom mbaMission spoke, “With everyone trying to work out their identity at the start,” the cohort “makes everything less overwhelming.” Indeed, Haas offers a well-defined structure that supports a collaborative community.

For more information on other defining characteristics of the MBA program at UC Berkeley Haas or one of 15 other top business schools, please check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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MBA News: Stanford GSB Launches Program for LGBT Leaders [#permalink]

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The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) will soon launch a first-of-its-kind boot camp designed to promote career advancement among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) business leaders, the school announced recently. The Stanford LGBT Executive Leadership Program, created by GSB Lecturer Thomas Wurster and Professor Sarah Soule, came to fruition after Thomas and Soule wanted to see the GSB help LGBT professionals advance in their careers. “Companies are moving quickly to build out diversity in their leadership teams, but we’ve seen relatively few senior executives who are LGBT and out,” Wurster commented to the Wall Street Journal.

The program will take place over the course of a week in July, at a cost of around $12K, and will involve approximately 50 participants—who would ideally, according to the program directors, have approximately a decade of professional experience and five years of managerial experience. Participants will take part in leadership assessments and a management training course, in addition to instruction in such topics as leadership and design thinking. Interested parties can apply individually, or alternatively companies can nominate suitable employees.

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Have to Write the Optional Essay [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Have to Write the Optional Essay
In the past, we have discussed how challenging competing against a faceless mass of fellow applicants can be and how disadvantaged a person can feel if he/she does not seize every opportunity to do so. Although we want you to make the most of every possible chance to set yourself apart, you also need to be judicious in choosing those opportunities. Some can actually work against you and thereby turn into negatives. Allow us to elaborate…

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Everyone does not have to write the optional essay, and by neglecting to write it, you are not at a disadvantage. The essay is an opportunity for you to discuss problems that the admissions committee will likely notice in your profile, and this essay can allow you to “get ahead of the scandal,” so to speak. So, if you earned an F grade, had a bad semester in college, received a low GMAT score, or have been dismissed from a position, you should write the optional essay to address the issue proactively. Similarly, if you are applying with a partner and the admissions committee may not know, you might want to use the optional essay to inform them of this relevant and potentially interesting information.

MBA candidates have many reasons for writing the optional essay, but you should absolutely not feel that you need to write it. If you have nothing to explain and have generally performed well, do not use this opportunity to submit an essay from a different school just to fill the space or write a new essay repackaging your strengths. If you have nothing new or important to share, you are in an advantageous position and should take a step back and appreciate it, not fret.

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GMAT Impact: Stop Taking So Many CATs! (Part 3) [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: GMAT Impact: Stop Taking So Many CATs! (Part 3)
With regard to the GMAT, raw intellectual horsepower helps, but it is not everything. In this blog series, Manhattan Prep’s Stacey Koprince teaches you how to perform at your best on test day by using some common sense.

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What are the Dos and Don’ts to get the most out of your CATs? If you have not yet read the earlier installments of this series here and here, go take a look!

DON’T take a practice CAT within five days of the real test

Would you run a practice marathon a few days before a real marathon? Of course not! You risk tiring yourself out or (mentally) injuring yourself (by reducing your confidence) just before the real test.

If your score is not where you want it to be, postpone the test; you are not going to change it substantially by taking a practice CAT at the last minute (or doing anything else).

DON’T go months without taking a CAT

When someone does this, the impetus is usually anxiety. You feel nervous that you will not get the results that you want, so you avoid getting any results at all. Alternatively, maybe you plan to study everything and then when you take the test, you are confident that you will get the score you want… but practicing without any CAT data is going to cause you to build bad habits (such as spending too much time on a question) and fail to build good ones (such as learning how and when to cut yourself off and guess).

If your last CAT was so long ago that you are no longer sure what your strengths and weaknesses are under testing conditions, it is time to take another CAT.

Takeaways

In short, do take a CAT pretty early on in your study process. Then analyze the results and use that analysis to inform your study plan. When you have addressed a substantial proportion of the major issues identified via that analysis, take another CAT. Most of the time, you should be able to find at least two to three weeks’ worth of issues to address after every CAT.

Once you have your score where you want it to be, start your final review. During this phase (which typically lasts a couple of weeks), plan to take one CAT two weeks before and another CAT one week before your real test date. Read this article, The Last 14 Days: Building Your Game Plan,” to learn what to do with this data.

Good luck and happy studying!

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In Other News… Dean of the Year, Mindfulness in B-School, and Teaching [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: In Other News… Dean of the Year, Mindfulness in B-School, and Teaching Corporate Creativity Through Ballet
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Edward “Ted” Snyder

The business school world is constantly buzzing with change and innovation. Each week, in addition to our regular news posts, we briefly touch on a few notable stories from this dynamic field in one roundup. Here is what caught our eye this week:

  • Edward “Ted” Snyder has gained recognition as a business school powerhouse for nearly two decades, making his latest accomplishment, the title of Poets & Quants’ Dean of the Year, hardly a surprise. After assuming the dean’s position at the Yale School of Management in 2011, Snyder has helped raise the school’s position in MBA rankings, in addition to accomplishing a notable 25% increase in applications last year. The dean’s first term will end this summer, but his future plans are still unclear.
  • Business school is presumably not the first thing that comes to mind when one hears the word “mindfulness”—yet, the New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business hopes to integrate the two. The recently launched Mindfulness in Business Initiative, founded by the school’s Leadership Development Program in partnership with the NYU Global Spiritual Life Program, aims to equip students with the tools necessary to practice mindfulness in business. “The practices [presented in class] not only build students’ skills as future managers and leaders, they also enhance their emotional intelligence and deepen their often-stressful, results-driven lives,” the initiative’s directors wrote in the Harvard Business Review.
  • Another field rarely associated with business school is ballet. Former ballet dancer John Michael Schert joined the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2013 as its first visiting artist and social entrepreneur, bringing his experience on the stage to the business school classroom. In his teaching, Schert focuses on applying the creative process to develop innovative business practices. “I see myself as a translator, not living in either the world of dance or work,” he told the Financial Times.
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When business school candidates read an essay prompt, they often interpret it quite literally. For example, when a school asks applicants a multi-part question such as “What will you contribute to our school’s community, and how will being part of it help you extend your professional vision?,” many applicants assume they must answer the subquestions in the exact order they were asked. However, this is not true. Such questions are, in fact, quite flexible, and sometimes you can better engage your reader by pursuing your own structure.

We have found that for overrepresented candidates who have unique professional goals, one strategy that can be quite helpful is leading with goals instead of professional history. After all, “typical” experience is not as captivating as unusual (but realistic!) ambitions. So, the technologist who plans to open a boutique hotel or the investment banker who aspires to start a competitive windsurfing circuit can use these bold goals to stand out from the start.

We must emphasize, though, that such candidates need to have and portray a compelling connection to their goals, and we do not suggest that overrepresented candidates strive to imagine or create “wild” goals just to catch the admissions committee’s attention. However, if you have a profound connection to an unusual goal, then responding to a school’s questions in a different order and ensuring that your goals are out front could make a difference.

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Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday.

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As we have previously discussed in this blog series, it is never too late to improve your business school candidacy by engaging in community activities. Today, we send a similar message with regard to personal leadership—you always have time to take steps to bolster your chances of admission.

Many candidates completely ignore the personal side of their candidacy. But if you have, for example, completed a triathlon, learned a language, published an article, or simply been an inordinately dedicated neighbor/sibling/mentor in an unofficial capacity, your story can provide an interesting point of differentiation. So, if you have an activity or adventure in mind that you would otherwise complete later anyway, go ahead and pursue it now. We are not suggesting that you start writing poetry tomorrow in hopes of getting something published—but if you are a dedicated poet and have poems that you have long intended to submit, do so now. If you can run 20 miles and have always planned to run a marathon, do it now. These kinds of personal stories can help set you apart from your fellow applicants.

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In this weekly series, our friends at MBA Career Coaches will be dispensing invaluable advice to help you actively manage your career. Topics include building your network, learning from mistakes and setbacks, perfecting your written communication, and mastering even the toughest interviews. For more information or to sign up for a free career consultation, visit www.mbacareercoaches.com.

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Polonius is famed for saying, “brevity is the soul of wit.” Well, in the MBA job hunting world, “brevity is the soul of a compelling cover letter.”   Forgive our editorializing the bard and making the quote less brief and also less witty. But this illustrates how it applies to you as a job applicant.

We are sure that you have sifted through resumes and cover letters at some point in your career. As you worked through that stack of papers, did you stop and read the letters at all? Maybe one or two, if the candidate was incredibly compelling – maybe not even in that case? If you are applying for a job that you know many are pursuing, then you should try to keep your cover letter as short as possible because… 1) No one reads cover letters! And 2) if they do read a few, they read the brief ones!!!

Here is the format that you should follow.

  • Paragraph one: Here is why I am interested in your position
  • Paragraph two: Here are my qualifications told in concise but concrete and vivid terms
  • Paragraph three: Here are next steps

Just because your cover letter should be brief, that does not mean that it is unimportant or should be ignored. You still want to convey critical information. You still need to spell and punctuate correctly. You still need to make sure the correct company name is on the page. And you still need to treat it as a potential opportunity to differentiate yourself. You just don’t want to convey so much information that you overwhelm an already taxed reader.

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Professor Profiles: Adam Brandenburger, NYU Stern School of Business [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Professor Profiles: Adam Brandenburger, NYU Stern School of Business
Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a business school, but the educational experience you will have is what is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we focus on Adam Brandenburger from New York University’s (NYU’s) Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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An expert on game theory and its practical application to business strategy, Adam Brandenburger was voted the NYU Stern MBA Professor of the Year in 2006, and in 2008 he received an NYU Excellence in Teaching award in recognition of his teaching and course development work. From 2011–2014, he served as vice dean for innovation at NYU Stern. His latest book—called The Language of Game Theory: Putting Epistemics into the Mathematics of Games (World Scientific, 2014)—contains eight papers coauthored by Brandenburger and his colleagues over the past 25 years. Students with whom mbaMission spoke reported being consistently impressed by his capacity to make the complex simple in the classroom, stating that Brandenburger is able to take the “complicated, theoretical and intangible” world of game theory and make it “easy to understand and practical.”

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When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Booth Partners is an official school club with more than 175 members that is designed to provide a social network for the partners of Chicago Booth students. During the school’s admit weekend, sessions are run by current partners to inform admitted Chicago Booth students and their significant others about life at the school, showing, said a partner with whom we spoke, “that the partner is recognized as an important part of the decision-making process.” She added, “Upon acceptance to Booth, not only does the student receive a letter, the partner does as well!”

Partners—with or without children—who move with their students to Chicago Booth can take advantage of what the group has to offer by paying a reasonable membership fee. Membership benefits include invitations to partner events, such as end-of-quarter or holiday parties, and inclusion in sub-groups, such as the Explore Chicago subcommittee, the Book subcommittee, the Wine and Dine subcommittee, and the Community Service subcommittee. The Booth Partners Web site on moving to Chicago, with links to descriptions of area neighborhoods and apartment buildings as well as specific resources for international students and their significant others. In addition, the club has created a guidebook to life in Chicago that includes additional housing information as well as grocery shopping tips and other pointers.

Within the Booth Partners club is Parents of Little Ones (POLO), a resource targeting students/partners with children. Said the partner with whom we spoke, “There are lots of resources available to make everyone that is special to a Booth student feel welcomed and cared for! As a Chicago Booth Partner, I have found the Booth Partners club to be an excellent organization in which to meet new people and participate in fun, interesting activities.”

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Diamonds in the Rough: Public and Nonprofit MBA at Boston University [#permalink]

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MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.

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Since 1973, the Boston University (BU) Questrom School of Business (formerly the School of Management) has offered a Public & Nonprofit MBA (PNP), specifically designed to cultivate business management skills that can make a real difference in the world. Standing at 67th in the 2015 The Economist U.S. program rankings, Questrom exposes PNP students to a robust general management core curriculum in addition to specialized courses and resources targeting the governmental, public, and private nonprofit sectors. The PNP program also maintains partnerships with high-profile nonprofit organizations, such as City Year and Education Pioneers, through which scholarship opportunities, enrollment deferral, and application fee waivers are available to students interested in gaining work experience with these affiliations.

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Friday Factoid: International Opportunities at UCLA Anderson [#permalink]

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Although UCLA Anderson might not be as well known internationally as other top-ranked U.S. business schools, it has invested in the development of resources dedicated to international business. International courses include “International Business Economics,” “Global Operations Strategy,” and “Business and Economy in Emerging Markets,” which explores market reform processes in such destinations as China, paying particular attention to issues including privatization, political and economic risk, and global competitiveness.

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Global Immersion Program at UCLA

Meanwhile, approximately 40–50 fully employed, executive, global executive, and full-time MBA students take part in each of the Global Immersion Program courses, which include completing three to four classes at the school before spending a week abroad exploring the local culture, visiting companies, and participating in lectures. The program commenced in 2008 for fully employed and executive MBA students, and it expanded in 2010 to include full-time MBA candidates. Since its launch, the program has been conducted more than 40 times, and participants have traveled to such countries as China, India, Peru, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia. Courses in 2015 included “Doing Business in Central Europe,” “The Economic Environment

and Business Opportunities in Chile,” and “Business Opportunities in an Indebted Country.”

Indeed, at Anderson, international opportunities (quietly) abound…

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B-School Chart of the Week: Entrepreneurship Within the Class of 2015 [#permalink]

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Although quantifying a school’s profile certainly does not tell you everything, it can sometimes be helpful in simplifying the many differences between the various MBA programs. Each week, we bring you a chart to help you decide which of the schools’ strengths speak to you.Image

The beginning of the year is a time of reflection for many MBA hopefuls—some are still working on their applications for round three, while those who are awaiting their schools’ decisions or have already received responses are considering their next moves. Business schools typically release employment and salary information concerning their latest graduated class around this time of the year, offering interested parties a glimpse of what has become of their students months after graduation. This week, we take a closer look at entrepreneurship: which schools have the highest and lowest percentages of graduates starting their own companies?

The Stanford Graduate School of Business was the most active in this aspect within the Class of 2015, with 16% of its graduates—65 students in total—reportedly starting new ventures after completing their studies. Harvard Business School (HBS) came in second with 9% or 84 students, the highest number of students overall. Such schools as Michigan Ross and Duke Fuqua were the least entrepreneurially active, as only 0.7% (three students) and 1.4% (six students), respectively, started new companies after graduation.

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