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2901, 2020

Rejected From HBS or Your Top Ten MBA Program?

By |January 29th, 2020|Categories: EMBA, GMAT, Harvard, HBS, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, Rec Letters, resume, Stanford, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Rejected From HBS or Your "Top Ten" MBA Program? What should you do now?  Should you even think about reapplying for an MBA next year? It's January, and it's cold in most parts of the country, freezing cold depending where you are, but nothing quite matches the cold sting of rejection you feel, if you got rejected from all of your MBA or EMBA programs this year. Yup, sadly to say, it happens. You took the time to apply, you really wanted to get in to a "Top Ten" MBA or EMBA program, your GMAT scores or EA (Executive Assessment) scores were strong, you've have a good job, with a prestigious, known-name firm in your field, and your recommenders were more than happy to help you out and write your rec. So, let's just say, in terms of gaining admissions to not only the MBA or EMBA business school program of your choice, but ANY MBA or EMBA really don't know exactly what went wrong. And, then the next question that comes to mind is, "should I even try to apply again this year?" That's where I come in with some strong advice.  I'm a former Harvard admissions interviewer,

512, 2019

TheTop Ten MBA + EMBA Programs for Entrepreneurs!

By |December 5th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

MBA + EMBA business school admissions is up this year, and one of the strongest MBA categories is for those interested in becoming successful entrepreneurs. Most entrepreneurs and business owners know it takes more than just a good idea to build a strong company. Success is built on networking, forming strong business connections, knowing how to raise capital, as well as how to properly plan, research, brand, and strategize your company and product, and only THEN launch your business…all while protecting your idea. And what better place to do this than within a top MBA or EMBA business school where you will be able to access all the support you need for both a successful launch AND future growth! Staying ahead of the game is what gives you an advantage, and what some of the most successful business leaders, MBA students and entrepreneurs already know is that the elite innovation labs at some of the best MBA business school programs in the country (and around the world) can certainly give you and your new business a great start in the process of becoming successful. These MBA programs WORK, and they work because they strive to give you the exact tools

312, 2019

The 5 mistakes That Will Ding Your MBA Application!

By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Chicago Booth, Columbia, Darden, Dartmouth Tuck, EMBA, Fuqua, GMAT, GRE, Harvard, HBS, Ivy League, Kellogg, LBS, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Ross, Stanford, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

HBS, Wharton, Columbia, NYU Stern, Kellogg, Booth, they’re all the same when it comes to one thing: “dings.” If you’re applying for your MBA degree this year, you’re probably all too familiar with what that little word means. “Dings” are the marks made against you on your MBA application, the things you’ve done wrong, your failings, the things that will keep you from the MBA degree and business school and career of your dreams. “Dings” = MBA slang for really, really bad. What if you knew ahead of time though, the top five things that you could avoid that would make sure an MBA admission officer’s “ding” on your application never happened? What if you could in fact, avoid the “dings” altogether and create a stellar application, by avoiding the most common dings, below? Again, these are the top five things NOT to do: 1. DING #1: Speaking in a general versus personal matter = don’t do it. This happens way too frequently among MBA applicants. In the essays, the applicant makes very general and sweepingly broad statements about “society” or “the global climate,” or “the issue” and goes on and on from their soapbox making a broad, generalized point,

112, 2019

How To Get In to a Top Ten MBA Program

By |December 1st, 2019|Categories: Columbia, Darden, Dartmouth Tuck, EMBA, Fuqua, GMAT, Harvard, HBS, Ivy League, Kellogg, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Ross, Stanford, UC Berkeley Haas, UCLA Anderson, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

How to Get In to a Top Ten MBA Program: What You Need to Know... Applying to a Top Ten MBA program this year? The ability to be concise is a gift. It's also one of the business skills MBA admissions committees look for in an applicant. Not just at Harvard and Stanford, mind you, but at any of the Top Ten highly competitive business schools. What MBA and EMBA program admissions committees look for is this: Can you convey your assets and talents in a clear, crisp, concise professional way, and Can you be consistent? The real question is, can you get your message across in a moderate amount of words? That means, under or near, but not over the maximum.  Can you do it in a way that’s succinct, and yet shows the MBA committee who you are as a future successful business leader and innovator? Can you do this in a way that will make you stand out? In other words, are you up for the challenge?  If so, than allow me to relate the following as an example: This year's Harvard MBA essay question is:  "As we review your application, what more would you like us

2911, 2019

The Harvard 2+2 Program: Is it Right For You?

By |November 29th, 2019|Categories: 2+2, Harvard, HBS, MBA Admissions|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

HBS's 2+2 program looks for students who have already demonstrated that they have strong promise to succeed. This can come from a bunch of different areas -- maybe you have a really high GMAT score (over 720). Maybe you are an entrepreneur and started your own business already and are scaling it for continued growth. Maybe you have some unusual or impressive internship or mentors, or summer job, or professional experience in your background. All these things make you stand out to admissions, especially at the top schools that offer 2+2. AS Harvard's own website states: The 2+2 Program is a deferred admission process for current students, either in college or full-time master’s degree programs. It is comprised of at least two years of professional work experience followed by two years in the regular HBS MBA Program. We're looking for innovative thinkers who have demonstrated leadership and analytical skills and want to develop their knowledge and passion to make a difference in the world. Upon graduation, admitted 2+2 students spend a minimum of two years (maximum of four years) working in a professional position in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. College seniors from any academic background are eligible to

2311, 2019

MBA or EMBA? Which Program is Best for YOU?

By |November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

The Executive MBA (or, as it’s more commonly know, EMBA) is for those professionals applying to business school who already have more than a few years experience under your belt. You’ve graduated from good college, you have a strong job, and you’ve been working in your career now, on average 8-10+ years. You’ve also probably reached a level in your specific industry where you know you want more out of your career. Or, perhaps you simply want to go in a completely new direction, and you know you need to first reinforce your skill-set, knowledge base, contacts and networking in order to get you to the next credentialed level. This is exactly what the EMBA was designed for: people like you who have already achieved a level of professional success: whether that’s on the corporate side, in entrepreneurship, the finance industry, energy industry, or whatever your cup of tea is. You simply know you now want to take your career someplace even more interesting. There are a few thing you need to know first though, about applying to this type of executive business school program, in order to make sure you first have all your ducks in a row: EMBA

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