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GMAT, GRE, or Even EA: Which Test Should I Take?

As if the MBA admissions process didn’t have enough moving parts, the testing options for MBA applicants keep changing! Beyond just deciding between the GMAT, GRE, EA, or even skipping a test if it’s optional, now there is another level of nuance to consider with the GMAT Focus. For a few months in early 2024,…

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Seven Things to Do in February to Prepare for Round 1 MBA Applications

If you are reading this thinking “I’ve got lots of time before the Round 1 2024–2025 deadlines,” think again! Although September may seem far away, preparing now for Round 1 applications will enable you to develop a well-thought-out and comprehensive application by reflecting on your story and creating the strategy to pull out all of…

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Part of a Family Business An MBA Could Be Right for You!

Part of a Family Business? An MBA Could Be Right for You!

An estimated 80% of all businesses are considered family businesses to some degree. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of business schools offer one or more courses focused on the unique challenges of running a business that means a whole lot more to you than just making money. If you are already working in a family business,…

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Five Tips for Business School Virtual and Campus Visits

There is no better way to get to know an MBA program (and for an MBA program to get to know you) than to make an on-campus visit. However, you can also learn quite a bit about a program from online research. If, for whatever reason—distance, a busy work schedule, or cost restraints—you find that…

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Preparing for Your HBS Interview

Congratulations! You’re one of the roughly 20% of applicants to Harvard Business School (HBS) each year who have been invited to interview. Of those, about 50% are admitted. HBS interviews are different from those of other schools, so it’s important to prepare for those differences to increase your chances of acceptance. Here are some things…

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Tips and a Template for Prepping Your MBA Recommenders

Letters of recommendation tend to cause applicants more anxiety than the rest of the MBA application because this is the only component that is out of their control. Luckily, this also can be one of the more straightforward parts of the application. I encourage applicants to get their recommendations out of the way as soon…

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Tips for International Candidates Applying to Top US MBA Programs

International candidates submit more than half of MBA applications, yet the international student population across the top 20 US MBA programs is roughly 35%. Do the math—it is super competitive. If you are an international candidate, here are ten things to consider as you prepare to submit your MBA applications: 1. Timing Most top MBA programs have…

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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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Showcase Your “Spike Factor” in Rotman MBA Application Essays

Rotman Application Essay Tips, 2023-2024 Rotman is all about “spike factor,” asking you to upload one to three of your “spikiest” pictures (optional) and select 500 words to explain why these pictures showcase your “spike.” Even on campus, you can feel the excitement and positive momentum of this program firsthand. From the juxtaposition of old…

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January Tips to Prepare for Business School

As you flip the calendar to 2024, perhaps you are putting finishing touches on Round 2 MBA applications so you can attend your dream business school later this year. If that’s you, get back to work! But if one of your new year’s resolutions is to take the next step in your career, read on….

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How to Thank Your MBA Recommenders

Applying to MBA programs involves asking one, two, and sometimes even three people (perhaps if you’re applying to joint programs) who are typically very busy to spend time writing you a customized letter of recommendation. Although the Common Letter of Recommendation does save recommenders some time, they still need to tweak each letter for word…

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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…

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