MBA Blog

Business School Acceptance Rates: What Are My Chances?

When talking with someone who is considering applying to business school, we at Stratus often hear the question, “What are my chances?” You can find the acceptance rates of the top 50 US business schools in this Poets&Quants article, but keep in mind that these numbers are averages, and there’s a lot more to you…

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Attention International Applicants: Top US MBA Programs with STEM Designations

To view an up-to-date version of this post, click here.  International applications to U.S. MBA programs declined 10% from 2017-18 according to the Graduate Management Admission Council, a big part of why overall applications have declined the past few years. Fewer international students are applying because the recent visa restrictions have limited those students to…

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College Seniors: Is an MBA in your Future? Consider Deferred Admissions!

To view an up-to-date version of this post, click here.  More and more top MBA programs are offering admission to exceptional students in their senior year of undergraduate studies or students who started a master’s degree directly after college. Although the programs differ, the gist is that if college seniors know an MBA is the…

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MBAnalysis Blog: What’s the right degree for you? The Vanderbilt MBA or MSF?

I had the opportunity to catch up with Maura Clark, Director of Admissions for the Master of Science in Finance Program at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. As many of you may know from reading my blogs, Vanderbilt is one of my favorite emerging business schools. With its strong health care presence in…

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MBAnalysis Blog: Business School Career Centers Part 1 – Thinking Beyond the Numbers

To view an up-to-date version of this post, click here.  Almost across the board, when current students and recent alumni complain about their business school, it is generally about career services. And while there are all sorts of metrics to try to measure the effectiveness of career support — including employment at graduation, employment at…

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MBAnalysis Blog: Business School Career Centers Part 2 – Are They Still Necessary?

To view an up-to-date version of this post, click here.  Read part 1 here! Changing company interest in MBAs, and a changing workforce, seems to make traditional career centers less and less relevant. In the past, a job search meant which big company recruiting event would you eat at. Maybe it would be coffee and…

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MBAnalysis Blog: Lessons on Writing an MBA Essay from Philip Roth

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the passing of Philip Roth, America has lost possibly the greatest of its twentieth century novelists and essayists. If not necessarily the greatest, he is at least my favorite writer whose work I have long respected, and loved, if we can love something that is at times brutal and cringe-inducing. As I now begin…

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MBAnalysis Blog: An MBA for Future Entrepreneurs? Absolutely

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As an entrepreneur myself — having being involved in 4-5 startups over the last 10+ years – I am frequently asked if business school makes sense for a would-be entrepreneur. Admittedly there is a tension there, after all some of the most successful entrepreneurs never went to business school, and in fact, some never even…

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MBAnalysis Blog: MBA Choices – Changing Horses Midstream

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over the last few weeks, a number of Stratus clients have “changed horses midstream” so to speak in that rather than attending a full-time MBA program, they have recalibrated to go to business school part-time, or identified a different academic program – like a Masters in Finance, operations, or data analytics — that would enable…

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MBAnalysis Blog: Mixing Babies and B-School: Can You Do It? (Spoiler: You Can!) 2/2

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Part II: Doing Babies and b-school can mix. I had a great experience as an MBA mom, but it required some trials and re-calibration to make it work. I know mamas who initially left their babies behind at the advice of others; a mentality that B-school isn’t for babies. Others find they have competing…

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MBAnalysis Blog: Mixing Babies and B-School: Can You Do It? (Spoiler: You Can!) 1/2

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Harold: I’m not a mother and it is something I can never be…so I’ve asked my colleague Chelsea to share her thoughts on mixing motherhood and an MBA. (written by an MBA mom, Wharton ’16) Part I: Planning At 29, an Army Veteran, and bringing a husband of six years, I was a bit above…

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MBAnalysis Blog: Business School Career Centers – Thinking Beyond the Numbers (Part 1)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Changing company interest in MBAs, and a changing workforce, seems to make traditional career centers less and less relevant. In the past, a job search meant which big company recruiting event would you eat at. Maybe it would be coffee and danish with Dell, a pizza lunch with Bain, evening drinks with GE, and a…

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