Articles by John Byrne

  • Is Social Media Part of Your MBA Application Strategy?

    Is Social Media Part of Your MBA Application Strategy?

    by on July 2nd, 2015

    Remember those college frat party photos that someone put up on Facebook? You know, the ones where your eyes are glazed over, your hair is disheveled, and you look like you are absolutely blasted? Or what about the rant … Read More

  • The Best Online MBA Programs in the U.S.

    The Best Online MBA Programs in the U.S.

    by on July 1st, 2015

    What are the best online MBA programs? A few years ago, hardly anyone bothered to even rank the digital versions of a school’s MBA. But as distance learning has become increasingly popular, several major publications … Read More

  • Do You Really Need an MBA Consultant?

    Do You Really Need an MBA Consultant?

    by on June 30th, 2015

    Josh Eddy, 33, and his mom rarely disagreed–about anything. Then, he decided to apply to business school. “There were raised voices, which had never happened between us before,” he recalls in a Reddit forum. They … Read More

  • Consultants Hype MBA Scholarship Cash

    Consultants Hype MBA Scholarship Cash

    by on June 28th, 2015

    With business school scholarship funding for MBA candidates skyrocketing, success stories among students receiving lucrative aid provide marketing fodder for the admissions consulting industry—and clues to what kind of … Read More

  • How NOT to Haggle for Scholarship Cash

    How NOT to Haggle for Scholarship Cash

    by on June 26th, 2015

    Although business-school financial aid offices are taking on some of the characteristics of a Middle Eastern carpet bazaar, employing hard-line, take-it-or-leave-it negotiating tactics may be the fastest way to get shot … Read More

  • MBA Scholarships: Why Many Fail to Negotiate

    MBA Scholarships: Why Many Fail to Negotiate

    by on June 25th, 2015

    It would be reasonable to believe that when some of the smartest people in the world go shopping for something costing more than many a decent house, they’d do everything they could to pay the lowest possible price. It … Read More

  • My MBA Story: From Kentucky to a 100k Win at Columbia

    My MBA Story: From Kentucky to a 100k Win at Columbia

    by on June 24th, 2015

    Leaving a small town to pursue big opportunities can be intimidating, but it can also be rewarding. Just ask Richard Hunt, Columbia Business School (CBS) MBA class of 2014. Hunt, who hails from Franklin, Kentucky, earned … Read More

  • Is There a Jesuit Business School Conspiracy?

    Is There a Jesuit Business School Conspiracy?

    by on June 17th, 2015

    Jesuit colleges are popping up in surprising places—that is, surprising places in the U.S. News & World Report MBA specialty rankings. Take Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and its Erivan K. Haub School … Read More

  • Swimming in an Elite Academic Pond

    Swimming in an Elite Academic Pond

    by on June 16th, 2015

    It’s easy to despair about the state of higher education. William Deresiewicz, the author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, has spent a good chunk of his adult … Read More

  • The Case for Applying to One B-School

    The Case for Applying to One B-School

    by on June 15th, 2015

    How many business schools would you apply for? If your answer is “four to six,” you belong to the majority of applicants. But I believe “less is more.” Here’s a plea for boldness, or why you should apply to one … Read More

  • The CEO of MBAxAmerica on Stories, Speeches, and Small Businesses

    The CEO of MBAxAmerica on Stories, Speeches, and Small Businesses

    by on June 14th, 2015

    Casey Gerald is going places—quite literally. He’s already logged 8,000 miles since starting business school in 2012 and will undoubtedly travel a few thousand more before the year’s end. Gerald, who graduated from … Read More

  • Infographic: How Much Is an MBA Worth?

    Infographic: How Much Is an MBA Worth?

    by on June 12th, 2015

    “Should I stay or should I go? If I go there will be trouble And if I stay it will be double.” – The Clash That paradox weighs on most professionals considering an MBA. And it isn’t an easy call. If you enroll … Read More

  • MBA Application Mistake: Being L.M.O.

    MBA Application Mistake: Being L.M.O.

    by on June 11th, 2015

    As a graduate of Harvard Business School and a part-time admissions consultant, I’m often asked for advice on putting together great business school applications. People think there’s some kind of secret code word … Read More

  • Advice to the Next Generation of MBAs

    Advice to the Next Generation of MBAs

    by on June 10th, 2015

    “Too many tears were shed last year at the GSB,” Shirzad Bozorgchami wrote after his first year at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “Many of my classmates and I went through what I would now consider to … Read More