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Five Tips for Oil and Gas Professionals Applying to MBA Programs

Given the current state of the oil and gas industry, many professionals in this vertical are looking to refocus their career on a less volatile field, while others want to reform the industry from within. An MBA may be a good option either way. If you are currently working in oil and gas and are…

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Do Business Schools Have “Types”?

Do business schools have “types”—meaning, are shared characteristics common among all students? The short answer is yes, but it is more nuanced than that. What you think is a school’s type may not be its type at all. So, how does this play itself out? The most mundane way is that most people who gain acceptance to a…

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Eight Things to Consider When Selecting an MBA Admissions Consultant

Marketing Role to MBA: Seven Easy Tips to Get Accepted

More and more candidates with a marketing background are applying to top MBA programs, and the competition to land a spot in a coveted program gets fiercer every year. How can you capitalize on your background in marketing to submit the strongest possible applications? Here are seven tips to consider: 1. Remember, you’re marketing yourself….

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Using Lessons from Greek Life in Your MBA Applications

Using Lessons from Greek Life in Your MBA Applications

Often, I have conversations with clients about whether or not they should use a story from their fraternity or sorority days as part of their business school application. As with most extracurricular experiences, you can use Greek experiences to show leadership, highlight what you learned, and explain how it’s helped you grow as a person….

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MBA Application Tips for LGBTQ Candidates

LGBTQ Clubs and Admissions Events at Top 25 MBA Programs

As we discussed in our MBA Application Tips for LGBTQ Candidates, business schools value diversity along every dimension and go to great lengths to make their programs welcoming to all, including LGBTQ applicants and students. The top 25 MBA programs in the United States all have LGBTQ student clubs, and many of them also have…

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Tips for Military MBA Applicants

Top Business School Recruiting Events for Active Duty Military and Veterans

Are you an active military member or a veteran considering applying to business school? MBA programs seek veterans and active military members because, as we discuss in our blog post “Tips for Military MBA Applicants,” traits that lead to success in military service can also lead to success in business school and beyond—in particular, leadership…

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Top MBA Programs’ Diversity Events for Prospective Students

One of the best ways for prospective business school students to learn about how well they might fit with an MBA program is by interfacing with enrolled students who come from a similar cultural background. To facilitate this research, top business schools are offering diversity events this fall (2021) to provide aspiring MBAs an opportunity…

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Do MBA Programs Care about Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies?

Do MBA Programs Care about Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies?

Do MBA programs care about what’s happening in the blockchain and crypto space? The short answer is yes, though not all have taken action to educate in this space. However, that may change by the time you finish reading this post because new blockchain and crypto-focused elements are being introduced at an increasing pace as…

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Is a Tech MBA for Me?

Is a Tech MBA for Me?

Technology is everywhere these days—and careers revolving around technology are the focus at many MBA programs around the United States. While a general management MBA will always help you build strong management and business skills, if you are looking to pivot specifically into technology, there are programs designed to help you get there. All tech…

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Tips for Your Consortium 2021–2022 Application Essays

The Consortium’s mission is to increase representation of African Americans, Hispanic American, and Native Americans in top MBA programs and throughout the US workforce. For more than 50 years, The Consortium has provided a streamlined application process to now 21 top MBA programs. It is exciting to see Columbia as the newest Consortium member for…

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So, You Think You Want to Go into PE/VC? – Part 1

Liberal Arts Major to Finance Professional: Four Tips for Leveraging an MBA

Many prospective students with nontraditional backgrounds, such as those with liberal arts degrees, plan to leverage the MBA to rebrand themselves and pivot into the finance industry. While an MBA will open many doors for liberal arts professionals, allowing them to meet prospective employers and build a network within sectors such as investment banking, private…

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What Is DEI, and Why Do Business Schools Care About It?

What Is DEI, and Why Do Business Schools Care About It?

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a collection of policies and programs within an organization designed to encourage representation and participation of people across all racial, ethnic, gender, religion, and ability backgrounds. DEI has become increasingly important to organizations in recent years, and this is reflected in its elevation within MBA programs. In the United…

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