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MBAnalysis Blog: Part of a Family Business? An MBA is Right for You! (Part 2)

To view an up-to-date version of this post, click here.  While you may have the desire – and even the funds – to go to business school, you may be lacking one important thing: the time. While the idea of taking a couple of years off to learn business in a different way may be…

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MBAnalysis Blog: Part of a Family Business? An MBA is Right for You! (Part 1)

To view an up-to-date version of this post, click here.  An estimated 80% of all businesses are considered to be family businesses to some degree. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of business schools have one or more courses focused on the unique challenges of running a business that means a whole lot more to you than…

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MBAnalysis Blog: A Roaring Business School Coming Out of Some Roaring Economies

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Despite having some of the fastest growing economies in the world, Asia has never produced the world class business school one would expect. According to the Financial Times, the top business schools in Asia are CEIBS, moving all the way up to # 8 this year, HKUST at #14, and the National University of Singapore…

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MBAnalysis Blog: Entrepreneurial Cities

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There was a great article in The New York Times about Midwestern cities that are growing entrepreneurial communities. Describing them as “Comeback Cities,” it highlighted Detroit, MI; Youngstown and Akron, OH; South Bend, IN; and Flint, MI as hotbeds for start-ups. This comes in parallel to a lot of talk about “Silicon Prairie” that touts…

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MBAnalysis Blog: But THEY Got In!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the most frustrating parts of the MBA application process is when applicants who are “just like” you get in, but you don’t. Nothing leads to more second-guessing and self-questioning than when the person sitting next you in the office, gets accepted, while you keep on getting “thank you for your efforts, we have…

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MBAnalysis Blog: What Does a “Best Effort” Application Look Like?

To view an up-to-date version of this post, click here.  We are frequently asked what it takes to get into one of the top programs. Of course, you need a strong GPA, GMAT, work experience, essays, etc. But it also needs your best effort, meaning that you have done all that you need to create…

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MBAnalysis Blog: The Most Important Sale of Your Life – Getting into Business School

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While banking, consulting, engineering and marketing have always been feeders to MBA programs, one key business function, sales, never has been. There are probably a bunch of reasons for this. First and foremost it is that progressing in a sales career doesn’t require business school. It requires…more sales. Also, as anyone who has ever worked…

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MBAnalysis Blog: MBA Ding Analysis or Why You Didn’t Get In

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Just about the same time every year, we get an influx of new clients looking for a “ding analysis,” meaning helping them figure out why they were rejected from all their top schools. Generally, this process isn’t quite as hard as you might think because there are some obvious spots in the application process where…

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MBAnalysis Blog: Valentine’s Day Special – Best MBA Programs for Finding a Life Partner

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As Valentine’s Day bears down upon us, this is not a bad time to look at business school through a different lens, like which school you might want to attend if you’re looking for a life partner. Not exactly something the US News or Financial Times consider when they make their rankings, but in the…

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MBAnalysis Blog: 6 Things to Consider When Selecting an MBA Admissions Consultant

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Getting an MBA is possibly one of the biggest investments of your life. As you ponder a hundred-thousand-dollar-plus investment, there is likely to be a realization that you cannot do something as important as this on your own. While friends or colleagues may help, rarely do they have the expertise to move the needle much…

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MBAnalysis Blog: 5 MBA Interview Do’s and 5 Don’ts (Part 1)

To view an up-to-date version of this post, click here.  The first hurdle business school applicants have to cross is getting an interview. And at some schools that is nearly impossible. At Harvard Business School, for example, roughly 20% of applicants get to meet with an admissions committee member directly to plead their case. But…

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MBAnalysis Blog: 5 MBA Interview Do’s and 5 Don’ts (Part 2)

To view an up-to-date version of this post, click here.  So, you have been lucky enough to be invited to interview by your top choice MBA program. Congratulations! Your chances of being accepted have just risen from maybe 15% to roughly 50%. While you now have a great opportunity to cement your candidacy, here are…

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