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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 business school students with nontraditional backgrounds, such as those with liberal arts degrees, plan to leverage an MBA to rebrand themselves and pivot into the financial services industry. An MBA will open many doors for liberal arts majors by providing them with an opportunity to meet prospective employers and build a network within…

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Tips for Prepping Your Business School Recommenders

Four Tips for Prepping Your Business School Recommenders

You’ve probably heard that MBA letters of recommendation can make or break a business school application. It’s true, but don’t panic! If you haven’t done so already, we at Stratus suggest that you start by reading our “Four Steps to a Five-Star Recommendation.” In addition, you can improve your chances of getting solid recommendations by…

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Four Tips for Selecting the Right MBA Recommenders

Throughout the MBA application process, you’ll effectively put together a campaign based on your personal story making the case for why you should be accepted to your target school(s). Many people find it challenging to tell their personal story in a logical and compelling way within the limited application materials. Therefore, recommenders are a critical…

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Six MBA Admissions Tips for HR Professionals

Six MBA Admissions Tips for HR Professionals

More than ever, top MBA programs want students who have work experience in the broadest possible range of industries, functions, and geographies. Human resources (HR) professionals historically have not pursued MBAs. But if you currently work in HR, whether you want to stay in the field or not, you can make a strong case for…

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Tips for Your Georgetown McDonough Essays

Tips for Your Georgetown McDonough Essays

Georgetown McDonough Application Essay Tips, 2022-2023 The 2022–2023 application for Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is one of the most flexible. With three topic options for your main essay, which one should you choose? The answer will be different for everyone, so focus on the question that you can most passionately respond to while…

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Optional Essay Dos and Don’ts

When completing your MBA applications, it’s tempting to answer every possible question. The optional essay, however, has the word “optional” right in its name. MBA programs value self-awareness in their applicants; you can demonstrate this by recognizing what material is appropriate to include—if any—in the optional essay. Quite simply, the optional essay—and it really could…

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Tips for Your UNC Kenan-Flagler Application Essays

UNC Kenan-Flagler Application Essay Tips, 2022-2023 Real-life learning, concentrations tailored to your professional goals, a career team behind you, a STEM-focused curriculum, an engaged MBA community, a small class size with big faculty resources—UNC Kenan-Flagler provides all these to help you amplify your career impact and prepare you to excel in a global business environment. …

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Tips for your Oxford Saïd 2021–2022 Application Essays

Tips for your Oxford Saïd Application Essays

Oxford Saïd Application Essay Tips, 2022-2023 Oxford Saïd Business School takes pride in being part of a “world-class university, tackling world-class problems.” The school attracts a diverse student body that comes from all areas of life and is motivated to drive change and turn ideas into action. The program’s main 250-word essay is a great…

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Help! Am I Ready to Apply in Round 1?

Help! Am I Ready to Apply in Round 1?

Round 1 application deadlines for top business schools are just over a month away! Although some candidates believe they must apply in Round 1 to have any chance at securing a seat in their dream MBA program, it is important to submit your application when it’s as strong as possible. Furthermore, you want to apply to…

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Tips for Your Berkeley Haas Application Essays 

Berkeley Haas Application Essay Tips, 2022-2023 The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, has updated its second essay question this year and is now looking for a more direct answer as to what type of leader you’d like to be in the future. What’s remained the same is Haas’s desire to…

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Tips for Your UCLA Anderson 2021–2022 Application Essays

Tips for Your UCLA Anderson Application Essays

UCLA Anderson Application Essay Tips, 2022-2023 What makes UCLA Anderson stand out among MBA programs is its location in a large city with many different industries, its collaborative culture, and the flexibility to customize your business school experience. Keep these characteristics in mind when completing your one required application essay for the school, and perhaps…

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The Top Seven Things to Do While on an MBA Waitlist

Top US One-Year MBA Programs

While European business schools are starting to offer more two-year MBA programs, the number of one-year programs in the United States continues to grow. Such schools as Northwestern Kellogg and Cornell Johnson have long offered one-year options to prospective students. Before highlighting some of the top US-based one-year MBA programs, let’s talk about why you…

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