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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

906, 2016

Your Odds Of Getting In To A “Top Ten” Business School

By |June 9th, 2016|Categories: Chicago Booth, Columbia, Darden, EMBA, Fuqua, HBS, Kellogg, MBA, MBA Admissions, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Stanford, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

What does your MBA profile look like, and how will MBA adcom really see your MBA or EMBA application? That is always the question. For starters, know that your MBA profile is composed of a variety of things:  Your GMAT score, your work experience, your application essays (demonstrating your leadership and management skills), and your admissions interview (if you get that far in the MBA application process). So, given the above, what are things that can help you hit a home run with some of the most elite business school programs around like HBS, Wharton, or Stanford? In other words, THE top business schools. First, your GMAT score is going to be the most important thing, in my professional opinion.  A high score, and by high I mean 730+, can get an applicant in to one of the top MBA programs, who perhaps didn't have as stellar work experience as the applicant standing next to him (or her). A high GMAT score, in other words, makes everything possible. Second: work experience.  The adcoms at the most competitive schools tend to value experience at "known-name" companies over lesser known ones:  a.k.a. companies that are leaders in their industry and/or Fortune 500

306, 2016

4 Ways to Pay For Your Business School MBA!

By |June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Ivy League, MBA, MBA Admissions|Tags: |0 Comments

So, you did it!  You got in to your dream MBA program and are on your way to business school...or, are you?  Like many people who applied this year, you may have thought, "I'll just get in first, and then I'll worry about how in the world I am going to pay for it." As many of you already know, business school is quite expensive, with the top schools tuition tipping into six figures a year!  So, how is one to pay for something like this, and what are your options? Company Sponsorship:  Obviously, this is not offered to everyone, or even most people who end up going into an MBA program, however, it is always something to look into.  This is especially true if you work at a large well-known (Fortune 500) company, as these are the companies that very often will sponsor MBA applicants, though often they recruit you, and not the other way around.  However, if you have been with the same company for a number of years, have done good work, and believe you are on the executive track (or want to to be), it can never hurt to have a discussion and inquire.  Full sponsorship

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