Tag Archives: B-School Application

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has introduced eleven new courses, including several that have come out of the school’s efforts to promote cross-disciplinary learning.

Announcing the changes, Kellogg emphasized the importance of broad and modern coursework in preparing students for their roles as leaders.

As Therese McGuire, Senior Associate Dean of Curriculum and Teaching, put it:

With increasingly complex problems facing our rapidly changing business environment, curriculum innovation in the MBA program is key…..It’s critical to create new courses that foster innovation and take our students to the forefront of knowledge in their respective areas.

Bloomberg has just published it’s 2016 MBA rankings. Harvard Business School has held onto the number one spot, but don’t be fooled: there are significant changes from 2015 to 2016.

Bloomberg’s 2016 Business School Rankings






Case in point: Stanford Graduate School of Business has risen from 7 to 2 while Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business has catapulted from 19 to 8. Here are the top ten:

1. Harvard Business School

2. Stanford Graduate School of Business

3. Duke University Fuqua School of Business

4. University of Chicago Booth School of…

MBA essays can be one of the most anxiety-provoking parts of the business school application process.

The tips covered here will make life easier for you as you work on your b-school application.

3 Tips On How to Write Great MBA Essays, b-school essays

1. Understand the Essay Question

The first step you must take is to make sure you understand the question you are trying to answer. It’s what we describe at EXPARTUS as making sure you are in the right forest. It can be quite tempting to want to jump right into the…

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, put forward a radical idea when they hit the scene a few years ago: take all the material from a course and put it online so anyone with an internet connection can learn from home.

Now, a venture capitalist wants to go a step further and do the same thing with an entire degree. Chris Haroun’s An Entire MBA in 1 Course has become one of online education platform Udemy’s most popular offerings, with over 35,000 students currently enrolled according to the company.

With the MOOC, Haroun aims to distill the key points from…

This year, Scott DeRue left his position as professor at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business to become the youngest dean in the history of the school.

While DeRue is only a few months into the job, he is already giving indications about what his priorities are and where he expects the school to go. Recently, he sat down for an interview with Poets & Quants.

DeRue’s interview paints a picture of a dean interested in exploring innovations that will differentiate the school and update the curriculum for the twenty-first century. In DeRue’s words, “I didn’t get voted…

I decided to write this blog after surveying our readers and finding out how much of a concern this issue is for many applicants.

Here are some tips on how you can keep your sanity as application deadlines approach.

Prioritize Your MBA Application List

We all have our wish lists. Your wish list may include a broad list of MBA programs. The reality, however, is that you will pay a great price if you over-stretch yourself by applying to too many MBA programs, especially programs that are all a reach given your admission profile.

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Is business school on the horizon for you? Before you can jump into preparing your MBA application, you need to take an entrance exam. If, like many applicants, it’s been a while since you’ve taken a multi-hour standardized test, preparing for a huge test like the GMAT can feel overwhelming. Where do you start? When do you seek help? Where do you turn for test-prep advice?

Fortunately, there are a lot of resources out there when it comes to preparing for the GMAT or GRE. And while this article will focus on preparing for the GMAT, all of the companies…

I’ve written this blog with the Indian Applicants in mind. As a former admissions assistant director for Harvard and the co-founder of EXPARTUS, an admissions consulting company that helps hundreds of students every year get into their top-choice MBA programs, I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news: You’re likely an extremely talented, highly-qualified applicant who would do well in a top-ranked US MBA program.

The bad news: So is most of your competition.

How Indian Applicants Can Get Into Top Business Schools

Over the years, I’ve seen applications from hundreds,…

2013 marked the 50th anniversary of Harvard Business School first admitting women to their program.

Given the stats today, it’s hard to believe that prior to 1963, women were not admitted to the business school at Harvard. Forty-three percent of HBS’s Class of 2018 are women, a far cry from the handful of eight women who bravely enrolled in the inaugural class.

In recent years, HBS has been consistently investing in strategic programs to grow its female applicant pool, hoping to bring this number up further. There has never been a better time to apply to Harvard as a woman.

Recently, I had a conversation with the admissions director for one of the top business schools in America. We were catching up, just chatting about the state of MBA admissions these days, and he said something that really made me stop and think. He told me that every year, he is amazed by the number of applicants who seem to have done almost no research on his school before applying.

That stopped me in my tracks a bit. How many times have I advised applicants to do their research before applying? It feels like something I mention every day, both…

Top business schools are going out of their way to reach out to female applicants. In recent years, these schools have been especially eager to close the gender gap in their incoming classes.

But while top B-schools are keen on enrolling as many women as possible, admission remains highly competitive. Whether you’re male or female, you’re going up against many other applicants for a spot in the matriculating class.

That said, you can take steps to put yourself at an advantage. Here are 3 ways smart female applicants can take their MBA applications to the next level.

Network Like Your Application Depends…

The MBA interview is the final hurdle that applicants have to scale to get admitted to the business school of their dreams.

And for some applicants, the interview can be the most terrifying part of the application. Yet it doesn’t have to be.

Acing the B-School interview requires that you understand what MBA programs are really looking for. They are trying to get specific information that will help them get an accurate picture of who you are.

So why do admissions folks chose the questions they ask in interviews? I can assure you that the questions are not random.

In fact the admissions…