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1704, 2017

Stand Out From The Pack: Making Your MBA Application Even More Competitive

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: MBA Admissions|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Business schools like leaders. High GMAT scores are great, pedigree experience at well known-name firms will get you attention, but business schools...especially if you're looking at the famed  'Top Ten' and targeting places like HBS, Wharton, Kellogg or Chicago Booth for your MBA or EMBA degree, want to see that you also bring something actively interesting to the table. What do I mean by "actively interesting?"  Something that demonstrates you are ambitious, innovative and using every ounce of your time to creatively push your career forward. The best way to do this?  In my opinion, it's to start your own side business, and/or not-for-profit organization. It doesn't matter how big it is, it doesn't matter how successful.  What matters is that you ACTIVELY decided to take a step forward and tried something perhaps outside your comfort zone. Even while working a full-time job. For example: I worked with an applicant who started a humanitarian organization raising just a mere $1,000 USD initially to buy school supplies for girls in India. This non-profit is now bringing in over $250k annually, and its founder, who really didn't have much truly outstanding on her resume to begin with that would get her noticed,

2701, 2017

Your EMBA Strategy: Should You Apply for an Executive MBA?

By | January 27th, 2017|Categories: Chicago Booth, Columbia, Darden, Dartmouth Tuck, EMBA, Fuqua, GMAT, GRE, Harvard, HBS, INSEAD, Kellogg, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Ross, Stanford, UC Berkeley Haas, UCLA Anderson, Uncategorized, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Executive MBA (or, as it's more commonly know, EMBA) is for those professionals applying to business school who already have more than a few years experience under your belt.  You've graduated from good college, you have a strong job, and you've been working in your career now, on average 8-10+ years. You've also probably reached a level in your specific industry where you know you want more out of your career.  Or, perhaps you simply want to go in a completely new direction, and you know you need to first reinforce your skill-set, knowledge base, contacts and networking in order to get you to the next credentialed level. This is exactly what the EMBA was designed for: people like you who have already achieved a level of professional success: whether that's on the corporate side, in entrepreneurship, the finance industry, energy industry, or whatever your cup of tea is.  You simply know you now want to take your career someplace even more interesting. There are a few thing you need to know first though, about applying to this type of executive business school program, in order to make sure you first have all your ducks in a row: EMBA

810, 2016

MBA Rec Letters: Making Your Business School Application Strong!

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Chicago Booth, Columbia, Darden, Dartmouth Tuck, EMBA, Fuqua, Harvard, HBS, Ivy League, Kellogg, LBS, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Rec Letters, Stanford, UC Berkeley Haas, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

MBA REC LETTERS (or, in other words, recommendation letters).  What makes a good MBA or EMBA business school application rec letter, and what will help you gain your coveted acceptance letter from the MBA or EMBA admissions department of your choice? Whether you're applying to HBS, Wharton, Chicago Booth, Kellogg, Stanford, Columbia, NYU Stern or one of the other "Top Ten" MBA or EMBA business programs in the U.S., who you ask in terms of gaining a strong MBA application recommendation letter, and how you prepare that person to write a good MBA rec letter for you, can easily  in the end make or break your MBA business school application. On the positive side, a strong rec letter can make an MBA admissions committee take you more seriously - especially if your recommender is a well-known thought leader or innovator in his or her field.  That's like the golden key, because by writing you a rec letter for your MBA admissions application, they are putting their own reputation on the line. Even if your company is smaller though, based outside the U.S., or if your boss or supervisor is not well-known at all, don't worry because most MBA (and EMBA) applicants

1108, 2016

The 10 Best MBA Business School Programs for Entrepreneurs

By | August 11th, 2016|Categories: Babson, Darden, Dartmouth Tuck, IE, IE Business School, IESE Business School, LBS, MBA, MBA Admissions, Stanford, UC Berkeley Haas, UCLA Anderson, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

MBA business school admissions is up this year, and one of the strongest MBA & EMBA admission categories is for those interested in becoming successful entrepreneurs. Most entrepreneurs and business owners know it takes more than just a good idea to build a strong company.  Success is built on networking, forming strong business connections, knowing how to raise capital, as well as how to properly plan, research, brand, and strategize your company and product, and only THEN launch your business...all while protecting your idea. And what better place to do this than within a top MBA or EMBA business school where you will be able to access all the support you need for both a successful launch AND future growth! Staying ahead of the game is what gives you an advantage, and what some of the most successful business leaders, MBA students  and entrepreneurs already know is that the elite innovation labs at some of the best MBA business school programs in the country (and around the world) can certainly give you and your new business a great start in the process of becoming successful. These MBA programs WORK, and they work because they strive to give you the exact tools and

1906, 2016

GMAT Score Averages for the Top Ten MBA Business Schools

By | June 19th, 2016|Categories: EMBA, GMAT, MBA Admissions, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Are your GMAT scores good enough to get you in to a 'Top Ten' MBA business school?  How about if you're interested in getting your EMBA? Do you even know what the average GMAT score for your target school IS?  You should. That is the magic question after all, and what everyone wants to know: is my GMAT even competitive for the programs I'm targeting?  What if I'm targeting Stanford, MIT, or Harvard and the Ivy League?  Can I even get in? Obviously, the higher your GMAT or GRE score the better chance you have of gaining admission to a strong MBA or Executive EMBA program, and crossing over that 720 GMAT line truly does put you in a different league with MBA business school ad com around the world. The highest score of any client I ever personally worked with as an MBA admissions consultant was a 780.  The applicant, a young man in his mid-twenties from NYC, didn't have much in terms of professional experience.  In fact, due to downsizing at his company after the last economic downturn, he was forced to take a job, just to survive, in an entirely unrelated career!  He had been in finance and

1306, 2016

The Best Test for Your MBA: GMAT or GRE?

By | June 13th, 2016|Categories: Chicago Booth, Columbia, Darden, EMBA, Fuqua, GMAT, GRE, Harvard, HBS, IE, INSEAD, Kellogg, LBS, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Ross, Stanford, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

If you're applying for your MBA this year, you're probably in the midst of starting to study for the GMAT - the traditional test needed to apply to U.S. business schools. However, what you may not be aware of, is that more and more business schools are now using the GRE and valuing it just as equally within the MBA admissions process. So, what's the difference between the GMAT and the GRE, and does taking one over the other have any benefits or disadvantages? In the U.S., having a GMAT score is going to be more common than an GRE score in terms of MBA admissions.  However, the GMAT is very heavy on quant and math skills, and if you're interested in getting your MBA so you can continue to excel in your career in an industry like communications, social media management, strategy consulting, HR, advertising, entrepreneurship, or something that requires strong verbal and written skills OVER mathematical ability to succeed, then you seriously may want to consider if taking the GRE instead of the GMAT is the better test for you. That's right:  the GRE is the stronger test to take if you think you can score very high

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