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Tips for Your Wharton Application Essays

Wharton MBA Application Essay Tips, 2022-2023 For its application essays, Wharton doubles down and asks two questions that require you to present your knowledge of its program. In short, Wharton really wants to know that you want to be at the school. So, thoroughly do your homework before you start writing—talk to students and alumni…

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Tips for Your Columbia Business School Application Essays

Columbia Business School MBA Application Essay Tips, 2022-2023 To write successful essays for Columbia Business School (CBS), you will need to convey that you have clear goals, especially well-thought-out reasons for wanting to attend the school and live in NYC, and strong values. Moreover, you should do your homework on CBS so that you can…

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Eight Reasons to Pursue a JD/MBA Degree

Eight Reasons to Pursue a JD/MBA Degree

A JD/MBA degree can open many professional doors. However, candidates must carefully weigh their decision to pursue this degree because the investment of both time and money can be significant. Whether a JD/MBA makes sense will strongly depend on the long-term view of its ROI; the degree will pay varying dividends over time as one…

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Tips for Your Cambridge Judge Application Essays

Cambridge Judge MBA Application Essay Tips, 2022-2023 For a university as rich in tradition as Cambridge, it is fitting that Cambridge Judge asks some classic MBA application questions about your career goals. However, Cambridge also seeks to understand your ability to collaborate with others and to demonstrate self-awareness in giving advice to a younger version…

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June Pre-MBA To-Do List

If you intend to submit business school applications in Round 1, you have 100 days (possibly fewer!) until the first deadlines. Before you read on, if you haven’t already done so, visit the websites of ALL the programs you are considering and sign up to receive information from them. You will be notified when each…

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Quantify Your Resume: Seven Techniques to Add Metrics

Eight Ways to Quantify Your Business School Resume

Your resume is one of the most critical pieces of your business school application: it is the first component that admissions committee members review, and it is often the only information that they provide to interviewers before your interview. Quantifying your value on your resume is worth the extra effort because doing so adds credibility…

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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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12 Tips to Enhance Your Business School Profile

12 Tips to Enhance Your Business School Profile

June is typically a month of transitions and new beginnings. Along with graduation addresses come lots of advice and guidance about what you should be doing moving forward. If getting an MBA is in your future, every day counts as you build your business school profile. Whether you intend to apply to MBA programs next…

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When Should I Apply to Business School?

When Should I Apply to Business School?

As top business schools start to release their application deadlines and essay questions, a common question we at Stratus hear is “When should I apply?”—or more specifically, “In what round should I apply?” Most schools have three rounds of MBA application deadlines: generally in September/October, early January, and April. If you are deciding between R1 and R2, you…

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Eight Things to Consider When Selecting an MBA Admissions Consultant

Eight MBA Application Essay Mistakes

Essays are a key piece of your MBA application. Some business schools give you very few words to tell your story, while others have no word limit. Some have one essay, and some have many. But regardless of a school’s approach to essays, there are some essay mistakes that could help derail your entire MBA…

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Eight Myths Busted About Applying to Business School 

Eight Myths Busted About Applying to Business School 

As you consider pursuing an MBA, you will hear different advice from friends, family, and current students/alumni of the programs you are targeting. This post dispels the myths that many applicants hear throughout the application process to set your mind at ease! 1. “R1 applications don’t come out until June/July, so there’s nothing you really…

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21 Questions to Ask Students and Alumni While Researching MBA Programs

25 Questions to Ask Students and Alumni While Researching MBA Programs

Although “be curious” is good advice in general, it’s especially important for prospective MBA students. Business school is a considerable investment of time and money, so digging a few layers deeper by speaking to current MBA students and alumni at programs of interest will help you find the right program for you. Additionally, schools want…

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