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Five Resources for Black MBA Applicants

Black students represent an important talent pipeline for firms across industries. However, enrollment at top MBA programs, which are gateways to access mid- and senior-level opportunities, has stagnated over the past decade. In 2021, Bloomberg reported that Black students make up less than 10% of annual enrollment on average nationally. Admissions experts attribute this to…

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MBA vs MFE: How to Decide

If you aspire to a career in finance, what’s the best program to help you achieve your dream? Two of the most common paths are an MBA (master’s in business administration), with a concentration/specialization/certificate in finance, and an MFE (master’s in financial engineering), which is sometimes called a master’s in financial mathematics. Although there is…

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PR Professional to MBA: Five Secrets to Success

Many people working in public relations (PR) or other communications roles do not realize an MBA could be a helpful step in their professional path because they don’t know anyone who has gotten one. Here are five tips for PR professionals who want to pursue an MBA: 1. Do your research. Find out as much…

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Tips for Nonprofit Professionals Applying to Business School

If you have a nonprofit background, applying to MBA programs can be intimidating. Applicants who come from “traditional” MBA roles such as banking and consulting often have access to MBA alumni who can provide guidance during the admissions process. But if you come from a “nontraditional” role, you might not have easy access to that…

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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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