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# The mbaMission Blog

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GMAT Impact: How to Solve Any Sentence Correction Problem, Part 2 [#permalink]
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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Avoid Fawning [#permalink]
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Mission Admission: Wait Patiently for Interview Invitations [#permalink]
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MBA News: The Economist Releases 2014 B-School Rankings [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA News: The Economist Releases 2014 B-School Rankings On October 11, The Economist published its 2014 MBA program rankings. Yet again, Chicago Booth topped the list, marking the fourth time the program has been ranked first in the past five years. The Economist explained that Chicago Booth’s notable track record with regard to student employment was a significant factor in the school’s high rating. In fact, 94% of Chicago Booth’s Class of 2014 received job offers within three months of graduating. Dartmouth Tuck, UVA Darden, HEC Paris, and IESE rounded out the survey’s top five, with 15 U.S. MBA programs appearing within the top 20.This is the publication’s 12th edition of its B-school rankings, which weigh data according to what surveyed business school students report is most important to them in pursuing an MBA. The ranking encompasses multiple factors—including median starting salary, pre-MBA salary increase, average GMAT score, mean student work experience, tuition costs, and program duration.The Economist’s 2014 Top 201  Chicago Booth2  Dartmouth Tuck3  UVA Darden4  HES Paris5  IESE6  Harvard Business School7  UC-Berkeley Haas8  NYU Stern9  Stanford GSB10  Columbia Business School11  UPenn Wharton12  MIT Sloan13  UCLA Anderson14  Northwestern Kellogg15  London Business School16  Queensland17  Emory Goizueta18  INSEAD19  Yale SOM20  Michigan Ross
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MBA Career Advice: Don’t Use Your Elevator Pitch at a Networking Event [#permalink]
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Professor Profiles: David Beim, Columbia Business School [#permalink]
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MBA News: 2016 Class Profiles Show Slight Rise in International Studen [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA News: 2016 Class Profiles Show Slight Rise in International Student Numbers The business world is more globally focused today than ever. And as the markets expand and evolve in this way, so, too, does the MBA scene. One way in which this appears to manifest is in the number of international students entering B-school each year.Of the 15 top U.S. MBA programs for which we collected Class of 2016 statistics this year, 11 reported similar or higher percentages of incoming students from outside the United States compared with last year. Of the four that did not, only one saw a drop of more than 2%.Candidates looking for a more multicultural B-school experience may want to consider Columbia Business School, Stanford GSB, and UC-Berkeley Haas, whose most recent incoming classes boast 41%, 44%, and 43% international representation, respectively. This kind of demographic variety can have a marked impact on a graduate program’s alumni network and worldwide impact.
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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Bar of the Week at Haas [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Bar of the Week 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.Thursdays at UC-Berkeley Haas have a set social agenda—this is when students congregate at the current “Bar of the Week,” as selected each week by the vice president of social (an elected student position within the school’s MBA Association) from the variety of options located in San Francisco and Berkeley. A student described the event on the school’s Web site as “an opportunity to kick back, stop thinking about school for an hour or two, and drink a beer or two.” Often, Bar of the Week—which can reportedly attract upward of 200 students—is hosted by a student club and held at a venue of that club’s choosing. For example, Q@Haas (the school’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered professional and social club) has in the past hosted a Bar of the Week in San Francisco’s famous Castro District.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: Intimate Class Size at Mays Business School [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: Intimate Class Size at Mays Business School 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.Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School offers a full-time, 49-credit MBA curriculum that can be completed over the course of just 16 months (August to December) or customized for an extended period of time. Although the core curriculum is very rigid, with foundational management courses spanning the entirety of the program, Mays also offers the option of pursuing certificates and career specializations beyond the 16-month core.But what really stands out about the Mays program is its dedication to maintaining a strong sense of community. The school’s two cohorts of approximately 40 students each make for an intimate classroom setting and confer personalized attention from faculty and staff.
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B-School Chart of the Week: Why Do You Want an MBA? [#permalink]
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Friday Factoid: Manage a \$2M Investment Fund at UCLA Anderson [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Friday Factoid: Manage a \$2M Investment Fund at UCLA Anderson Many acknowledge UCLA Anderson’s unique connections to the media and entertainment industry. However, far fewer MBA aspirants are aware of the tremendous opportunities Anderson provides to students interested in investment management. Established in 1987, the Student Investment Fund (SIF) at Anderson is a limited-enrollment course that provides students a hands-on opportunity to apply what they have learned thus far about investment theory. Students must apply for the opportunity to manage the portfolio, , as one of the 10–12 SIF Fellows by submitting an essay and participating in two rounds of panel interviews. SIF Fellows engage in investment strategy, asset allocation, and security analysis for more than 18 months and explore both value and growth approaches to investment as well as fixed income investments. Fellows get together weekly during the academic year, meet once a month with the Faculty Oversight Committee and visit more than 30 investment professionals throughout the course of their 18-month tenure to learn about different investment philosophies. Fellows also receive assistance in securing summer internships in the investment management industry. Those interested in a career in investment management should give UCLA Anderson a closer look.For more information on UCLA Anderson or 15 other leading MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.
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MBA News: Kaplan Survey Reveals Spike in Schools Accepting GRE Results [#permalink]
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Monday Morning Essay Tips: Own Your Story [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tips: Own Your Story Many business school candidates unwittingly start their essays with platitudes—obvious or trite remarks written as though they were original. For example, when responding to the essay question “Tell us about a time when you made a difficult decision,” an applicant might mistakenly write the following:“Managers constantly face difficult decisions. Still, everyone hates indecision.”The applicant does not “own” this idea and cannot lay claim to this statement. A simple alternative would be to insert his/her personal experience and viewpoint into the sentence:“I found myself back in the boardroom with Steve, anticipating that yet again, he would change his mind on the mbaMission file.”By discussing your personal and unique experiences, you take and demonstrate ownership of your story while engaging your reader. Avoiding platitudes and generalities—and ensuring that you are sharing your experience, rather than one that could belong to anyone else—is a simple but often overlooked step in creating a compelling message.
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