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MBA Specializations for Fast-Tracking Your Management Career

March 26, 2015 by

As we’ve mentioned previously on the blog, business school graduates are no longer limited to jobs in traditional fields like investment banking, consulting, and financial services. In recent years, there’s been increasing opportunity for business students to pursue MBA specializations that prepare them for careers in tech, entertainment, music, and healthcare.

So, how do you choose from among so many possible MBA careers, especially if your interests lie off of the beaten path? One option is to enroll in a business school that’s well-known for a niche MBA specialization.

Find your management niche

As Nancy Hass points out in an article in the New York Times, graduate schools of business have been champions of specialization over the last few decades: “Since 1990, the year that the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the main accreditation board for business schools, changed its guidelines to … Read full post

MBA News: U.S. News Rankings Are In

March 24, 2015 by

From U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings and its discontents, to a resurgence in banking industry jobs, to networking like an American, let’s dig into the latest headlines in MBA admissions and business school news. Please leave your comments below … we know aspiring MBA students aren’t shy.

The U.S. News rankings have arrived

It’s Christmas in March for MBA rankings aficionados. Last week, U.S. News & World Report released its 2016 list of the 100 best business schools in the country. Stanford GSB got the overall win, HBS placed second, and UPenn Wharton showed up in third. How did other business schools do? Check out the rest of the U.S News rankings here. (U.S. News & World Report)

The winner and losers

What would a rankings list be without winners and losers?  The biggest winners in the 2016 U.S. News rankings were several MBA programs that … Read full post

Tech Industry Jobs for MBAs

March 19, 2015 by

If free meals, rides to and from work, and nap pods sound like an attractive addition to your career after business school, then you might consider management opportunities in the tech industry. Working for such companies as Google, Apple, or Amazon can include some amazing perks. In fact, many of these tech giants have earned a reputation for being among the best companies to work for.

The good news for aspiring MBAs like you? Business school graduates are being hired in record numbers by leading tech companies. Here’s a snapshot of the current state of tech industry job prospects for MBAs.

Which business schools feed new hires to the tech industry? 

A record 43% of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business graduates joined technology companies in 2014 (an increase of about 10% from prior years). The leading companies that hired MBAs from Haas included Adobe Systems and video game … Read full post

MBA News: The Latest in GMAT Enrollment

March 17, 2015 by


From one business school getting busted for fudging data to others looking toward non-U.S. applicants to bolster their class figures, there’s plenty of buzz in MBA news … and stay tuned for the latest in US News and World Report’s MBA rankings on Thursday!

  • As the number of Americans taking the GMAT continues to drop, business schools are looking abroad to keep up their application and enrollment figures. According to the makers of the exam, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), about 87,000 U.S. citizens took the GMAT from July
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Best MBA Programs for Lovers of the Outdoors

March 12, 2015 by

Your sneakers are the staple of your wardrobe, your fitness tracker buzzes three times a day, and your idea of leisure is a five-mile hiking trip. From mountain biking to geocaching, your lifestyle is all about the great outdoors. You have a passion for nature and a taste for adventure … and you’re going to business school.

Fortunately, some of the best MBA programs in the country are located in lively, outdoor-friendly cities with various climates and terrains—something to suit every thrill-seeker’s idea of adventure. Why not spend the next two years somewhere that nurtures your need to stay active between case studies and professional conferences? Check out our picks for the best MBA programs to accommodate your love of the outdoors.

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire

  • The MBA program: Consistently placed near the top of most business school rankings, Dartmouth Tuck attracts competitive applicants
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Best Business Schools for the Tech Industry

March 10, 2015 by

You’d rather go without water than WiFi, Google Glass is an integral part of your wardrobe, and you’ve become the de facto tech support for your family and friends. You’re a total technophile … and you’re going to business school. Find the right MBA program to nurture your passion for technology and advance your career.

The best business schools for tech careers

  • Whether you’re hoping to launch the next big social media startup or aiming for an executive role with a leading software company, earning an MBA may be your ticket to embarking on an exciting and lucrative tech industry career. After you weigh ranking, reputation, and academics when choosing the best business schools for you, you’ll want to think about how you’ll dive into the tech scene over the next two or so years of your life.
  • Check out our picks for the best business schools in tech
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Best Business Schools for Foodies

March 4, 2015 by

You can taste the difference between regular and smoked paprika, you’re strongly opinionated about molecular gastronomy, and you have your finger on the pulse of the food truck scene. You’re the most adventurous and discerning eater you know … and you’re going to business school.

The best business schools for food lovers

The next two years of your life may be devoted to corporate strategy and arbitrage, but you’ll still need to eat something between case studies—and it might as well be something you love. Unless you’re planning on reviving your college diet of pizza and ramen, attending an MBA program in a big city can confer the added benefit of a flourishing food scene. Check out the best business schools in foodie cities around the country.

University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California

The MBA program: With GMAT scores in the 90th-95th percentiles and … Read full post

The Truth About MBA Applications in R3

February 26, 2015 by

Still considering applying to business school programs for the fall of 2015? Have questions about your chances at top schools in the third round (R3) of MBA applications? Are you worried that all hope for business school admissions and scholarships is lost?

We’re here to tell you that t’s not. Check out the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about R3 in the MBA admissions process.

Question: Conventional wisdom says that the top MBA programs admit almost all of their incoming class in the first two rounds. Is it worth it to apply when there are so few spaces left?

Answer: Look at it this way. Yes, your chances of gaining fall admission to a top MBA program—a top-10 or even top-40—if you apply in R3 is low, but your chances of gaining fall admission to those top MBA programs if you don’t apply … Read full post

MBAs for Music Industry Managers: Your Dream School Experience

February 19, 2015 by

You use only the highest quality headphones, you’re the go-to friend for new music recommendations, and you have a curated playlist for every occasion. Music is in your blood … and you’re going to business school. An MBA could be your ticket to a lucrative career in the music industry.

For the next two years or so, most of your time will be devoted to group projects and case studies. Still, business school should be one of the most exciting times of your life, so you should think about spending those two years—and possibly more—in a location that will allow you to complete your studies and still find time to enjoy new bands, live music, and all that the music industry has to offer.

Why not live in the heart of a thriving music scene while you attend business school and think about where you should start your career as … Read full post

3 Easy GMAT Math Concepts You Can Learn by Heart

February 17, 2015 by

There is  more than one way to solve almost every GMAT math problem you will encounter on the exam. On most problems, you have a choice. You can either:

On GMAT number property questions, knowledge of the properties themselves will often allow you to solve without having to do time-consuming math. These number properties fall into three commonly-tested categories. Get familiar with these categories and practice the skills needed for the GMAT so you can boost your score on GMAT Test Day.

Integers and non-integers

An integer is any whole number: positive, negative, or zero. If you add, subtract, or multiply two integers together, the result will always be an integer. However, if you divide two integers, the result may or may not be an integer.

Even and odd numbers

An even number is … Read full post


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