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6 Must-Do Things in July to Move Your MBA Applications Forward

by Stratus on June 22, 2017

Early July is about two months before the first regular-decision MBA application deadlines, including HBS’s. You’re likely pretty overwhelmed by all there is to do, but it helps to lay out the tasks in steps to keep all the moving parts together. Here are some things you should do in July: 1. Revise Essay Outlines... View Article

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5 Things You Should Know Before Applying to an MBA Program

by Stratus on June 22, 2017

The AIGAC Annual Conference that I attended this week explores the latest trends in the graduate application process. Whether you are considering an MBA, law or other advanced degree, considerable planning and resources are required to apply and then attend. Relationships between career demands, school curricula, and the admissions process were discussed ... Read More

What Harvard Business School is Looking For: Analytical Aptitude and Appetite

This is the second post in our series, What HBS is Looking For.

So, HBS wants “analytical aptitude and appetite.” Hardly a surprise. You might be tempted to just skim that section of the website message.

Maybe it’s not as obvious as it sounds. Let’s break it down.

Analytical: This word encompasses a range of things – quantitative methods, ... Read More

Showing You Can Do the Work [Fitting In & Standing Out]

Two key goals of every application reflect a tension if not an actual conflict: you must show the admissions committee that you fit in – that you’re a perfect fit with their program and the exact type of candidate they’re looking for – while simultaneously showing that you stand out in the pool of qualified applicants. Over the next few posts, ... Read More

You’re sure to get SOMEWHERE….

by EssaySnark on June 22, 2017

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation. “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” ... Read More

Am I Ready to Apply to Business School?: 7 Questions to Answer First

by EXPARTUS on June 22, 2017


With summer fully upon us, business schools throughout the country are starting to unveil their 2017 MBA essay prompts. It’s a natural time to start thinking about applying for an MBA. But before you get into the often-arduous application process, it’s a good idea to ask yourself some ... Read More

HBS 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 22, 2017


Harvard Business School has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018. HBS considers applicants for their regular MBA program in three rounds, with a separate deadline for applicants to the 2+2 program:

Round one: Application deadline – Sept. 6, 2017

Decision posted ... Read More

What’s the Trick to an HBS Acceptance?

If you’re planning to apply to Harvard Business School, you’re no doubt busy – balancing your professional responsibilities with family and community commitments, all while researching b-schools and prepping for your applications. You’re a multitasker and a leader. But how can you be sure you’re doing all you can to ensure your HBS application ... Read More

How to Study for the ACT

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 21, 2017

How to Study for the ACT This post originally appeared on the Magoosh high school blog.

Maybe it’s seventh grade, and you are already scoping out Harvard guidebooks and sharpening your pencils for the preACT. Maybe it’s the week before the test, and you suddenly remember you can’t go to a Saturday movie with your boyfriend or girlfriend because ... Read More

UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

My comments are in blue throughout. The black font represents quotes from Haas, which provides excellent resources and advice on its web site. In a nutshell, Haas kept the basic structure of its app similar to last year’s, but really changed the essay questions, #1 in a dramatic way. Essay 1 is entirely new and distinctive among MBA essay questions. ... Read More

MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 1)

by Stratus on June 21, 2017

“I want to go into private equity’” … ding, ding, ding…drink! Remember that old drinking game from college when you were say, watching Survivor, and Jeff Probst would say, “Here we go” and then everyone would take a shot? That’s how I sometimes feel when applicants tell me about their desire to get a job... View Article

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Columbia GSB 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 21, 2017


Columbia Business School has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018.

Due to their rolling admissions and unique “J-Term” scheduling, Columbia does not do the typical multi-round deadlines. Instead, the school has one deadline for January-entry students (who skip ... Read More

($) There’s always exceptions. When is it OK to go further back in your past for your apps?

by EssaySnark on June 21, 2017

Yesterday we offered a rule of thumb for recency in your MBA applications. We explained why keeping your content and the stories that you tell in your essays within a range of, say, something like the past two or three years is ideal. Of course, there are always exceptions. The big one is when you’re…

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Haas 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 21, 2017


Berkeley Haas School of Business Releases 2017-2018 MBA Admissions Deadlines  Haas School of Business has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018. Haas considers applicants in three rounds: 

Round one:  Application deadline – Sept. 21, 2017

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HBS Launches Joint MS/MBA

by EXPARTUS on June 21, 2017


Harvard Business School has announced a new Master of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA) joint degree that will debut in August of 2018. 

A collaboration between HBS and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the new program ... Read More

How to Turn Your Typical MBA Profile into a Stand-out Application

by Fortuna Admissions on June 20, 2017

Remarkable Consultant? Financial Wiz? Cutting edge techie? If you’re seeking an MBA, you’re not alone.


You distinguished yourself as a professional wunderkind, rising to the senior ranks at your company in your early 20s. Clocked long hours at work to keep the boss happy and meet client deadlines. Pulled all-nighters in college ... Read More

GMAT Exam Updated to Offer Greater Control and Flexibility

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) announced the inauguration of Select Section Order, a new feature that will allow candidates to customize their GMAT experience by selecting the order in which they feel most comfortable taking the exam. Select Section Order will be offered to test takers worldwide beginning July 11, 2017.

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What Harvard Business School is Looking For: The Habit Of Leadership

This is the first post in our series, What HBS is Looking For.

Thank you, Harvard Business School. IMHO, that’s what applicants should think when they visit the program’s website and find “habit of leadership” on its “Who are we looking for?” admissions page.

It’s common knowledge that HBS values leadership, but with this phrase, the ... Read More

($) How far back do you go?

by EssaySnark on June 20, 2017

Does your resume still have high school information on it? Is your most recent volunteer experience that you’re reporting to the adcoms from when you were in college? Are you writing your MBA essays about how you were the youngest in your company to get promoted to your current role — which happened five years…

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What does your college transcript reveal to business schools?

by The MBA Exchange on June 20, 2017

If you believe that your undergraduate transcript is merely an official documentation of prior academic results and proof of college graduation, then you’re underestimating the true significance to your MBA candidacy.

In reality, a college transcript is a window into the applicant’s intellect, mindset and behavior. Based on our experiences ... Read More

#111 MBA for Entrepreneurs – Worth It?

by Touch MBA on June 19, 2017

“A lot of startups have this sentiment that MBAs are useless. I think that’s because traditionally MBAs have come in and said ‘I want to run the show.’ I think that’s a general misconception about what MBAs are like today. [My internship boss] said ‘of all the people we interviewed from Harvard, Stanford, MIT ... Read More

The Four Guiding Principles of Berkeley-Haas

by Stratus on June 19, 2017

It’s a new year for MBA admissions and there are new Haas essays! This time, you have fewer words (only 800) than last year to tell your story. The first thing you have to remember is be neat and tidy. More importantly though is your need to demonstrate how you embrace the four defining principles... View Article

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Are You Wonder Woman or Spider-Man? Stratus Can Uncover Your Superpowers!

by Stratus on June 19, 2017

In my 15+ years in MBA admissions, I have seen many MBA applicants struggle to connect the dots between what they have done in the past and their career goals. One client had a career with several turns, including a job at a bank and a role managing inventory levels for a consumer health product... View Article

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The 5 Key Steps for Putting Together a College Art Portfolio

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 19, 2017

How to Put Together Your Best College Art Portfolio Itching to show college admissions officers your inner Van Gogh? Check out the following tips on strategizing what to include in your art portfolio to make the best impression on your dream schools!

But first, keep in mind the following things:

The advice on this list is general enough to apply ... Read More

Get Accepted to Stanford GSB Webinar Now Available On-Demand!

If you missed Get Accepted to Stanford GSB, or if you’d like to view it again, the webinar is now available on-demand.

As you prepare for next year’s applications, learn the key strategies you need to approach Stanford’s application successfully.

How can you show that you’re a perfect fit?

How can you ensure your application will stand out?

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One tip for authenticity in your MBA essays: Don’t read other people’s essays

by EssaySnark on June 19, 2017

When BSers get stuck on what they’re supposed to say in their essays, they frequently leave an exasperated comment asking for help. “Do you have a sample I can look at?” they ask plaintively, trying to keep the whine out of their words.

We cautioned against this recently when we talked about that “pizza essay” but it’s ... Read More

Emory Goizueta Business School MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

Taken together, these essay questions cover a lot of ground: your professional path and plans, your alignment with the program’s core values, and your unique individuality. Moreover, this vast ground is covered in few words – these essays are short, requiring tough decisions about what key points and anecdotes to include and what to leave out. Write ... Read More

The Best MBA Programs in Germany

by Touch MBA on June 18, 2017

Written by Molly Ellison. Photo courtesy of Matthias Ripp via Flickr.

Looking for the best full-time MBA programs in Germany? Here’s your ultimate guide! Read on to compare the country’s best MBA programs head-to-head. Want more personalized advice? Get the inside scoop from Admissions Directors and alumni of Germany’s best programs. 5 ... Read More

From the Archives: former GSB Director’s Thoughts on Essays

by Master Admissions on June 17, 2017

Derrick Bolton, the head of admissions for the Stanford Graduate School of Business, had been in the post for over a decade, and had written some thoughtful essays of his own regarding the GSB essays.  Since he has moved on to other things, some of his best writings have been scrubbed from the website.   I was fortunate enough to find a copy of some ... Read More

So when are these darned essay questions coming out?

by EssaySnark on June 17, 2017

We know many BSers are itching to get started on their apps and we keep getting asked, “When is School X gonna release its questions?”

We did a full post on this last year which covered app / question release dates for 2015. Based on that, here’s what you can expect from here.

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Funny Personal Statements: How to Use Humor in Your College Application

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 16, 2017

The Art of Writing Funny Personal Statements: How to Use Humor in Your College Application When 650 words or fewer play a critical role in determining where you’ll pursue your degree, it’s hard to think of admissions essays as anything other than serious business.

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Success Story! “Why would the GSB care?”

by EssaySnark on June 16, 2017

In Spring 2016 we got this very happy note from a BSer we’d been working with the prior December for Round 2 and, well, we’ll just let them tell you about it themselves.

Hi ES,

I am writing to share great news!

I was accepted into HBS, Stanford, and Wharton this week and I am still letting it sink in…Never in my wildest imagination ... Read More

5 Ways to Tank Your MBA Application Before You Even Begin

by EXPARTUS on June 16, 2017


When it comes to applying for an MBA, there are a lot of different ways to fail: You could complete your application and essays entirely in the Klingon language. You could accidentally set your suit on fire during your MBA interview. You could respond to all inquiries by saying, “I’ll do ... Read More

5 Interesting Jobs That Use an Economics Degree

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 15, 2017

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For the math-minded, a degree in economics may be a logical college and career choice. But despite the name, not all professions that require an economics have to do with money. There are different types of economists – many who deal with finances but also others who deal with behavior, psychology and other ... Read More

Georgetown Announces New Dean for McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University has announced that Paul Almeida, Ph.D. has been named Dean and William R. Berkley Chair of McDonough School of Business. His tenure will begin on August 1, 2017.

Almeida came to Georgetown in 1995 when he served as Senior Associate Dean for Executive Programs. He was then appointed Deputy Dean for Executive Education and Innovation ... Read More

($) More on Indians applying to bschool

by EssaySnark on June 15, 2017

Lots of you know from firsthand experience that it’s just harder for a qualified Indian candidate to get into one of the best U.S. bschools. It’s harder because all the schools are admitting something like 35 to 40% internationals — but that’s all internationals. If you’re an Indian American (meaning, a U.S. citizen of ... Read More

Michigan Ross MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

Ross is shaking things up this year. It has different essay questions (requiring very short answers) and a more traditional goals question, but all is different from previous years. Why? Here’s what Ross says about the change:

“We want to get to know more about you than we would in a traditional essay where you’d talk at length about ... Read More

Wharton’s Commitment Project – a Window into Wharton

Today we’re doing something a little different: a deep dive into a specific program at Wharton. It’s a program that reveals a lot about Wharton’s culture, which also gives us insight into what the Wharton admissions committee is looking for.

Commitment. Purpose. Meaning. These are all terms that are bandied about amidst the fake news, leaks, ... Read More

($) All schools do a “holistic review.” But…

by EssaySnark on June 14, 2017

So we just spent 1,000 words yesterday telling you that the schools look at everything. And they do. In every chat, webinar, and info session, you’ll hear admissions directors of top MBA programs tell you that they do a “holistic review” of their candidates, that they don’t weight any particular component of the profile, that…

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HBS Adds Fee Waiver for Military Members

by EXPARTUS on June 14, 2017


Applying to Harvard Business School just got a little easier for active duty military members. The school has announced that it will waive its $250 application fee for members of the military applying to its MBA program. 

The fee waiver is supported by a gift from Michael J. Zak, who served in ... Read More

MBAnalysis Blog: Excited to be a Product Manager? Take a look at this!

by Stratus on June 13, 2017

Joining the ranks of a growing list of one-year Masters Programs, including the recently announced NYU Tech MBA and the now firmly established Cornell Tech MBA, is Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Science in Product Management (MSPM). This joint effort between the Tepper School of Business and Carnegie Mellon University‘s School of Computer Science ... Read More

Vlog: How to plan for your MBA career goals

by Fortuna Admissions on June 13, 2017

In this short video blog, Catherine and Caroline discuss what it takes to create a compelling career vision for the MBA application, along with the steps to take and questions to ask yourself in the early planning stages.

Watch the vlog or read a transcript of their candid conversation, below.

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English Language Skills & Your MBA Admissions Profile

In the previous articles of this series we explored the first four elements of your MBA Profile: your Academic Performance, your GMAT, your work experience, and your extracurricular activities. The topic of the last post of this series is probably the most under-rated in business school admissions, and many times the one that non-native English speakers ... Read More

The Medical School Diversity Essay: Everything You Need to Know

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 13, 2017

The Medical School Diversity Essay Now that you’ve turned in your AMCAS (phew!), you’re probably wondering how to tackle the monster of secondaries coming your way. One of the most common questions asked in one form or another is the diversity essay for medical school. Have you ever wondered why diversity is such an important component of ... Read More

“Do the adcoms *really* look at the whole package?”

by EssaySnark on June 13, 2017

The question we got recently about GMAT scores and LBS is actually a common one that BSers have.

Here’s one such exchange we had some years back, that seems worth talking about again. This scenario happened like this: The BSer sent us a single essay. We gave some opinions, and we asked some questions. We got more info from the BSer… and ... Read More

What Keeps You from Starting Your MBA Admissions Campaign?

by The MBA Exchange on June 13, 2017

The sooner you begin your campaign, the stronger your MBA candidacy will become, and the higher your chances for admission success. With that reality in mind, why are you still waiting to begin?

Information? Business schools are already starting to publish their application deadlines and essay questions. And the process of creating a strong resume ... Read More


by EssaySnark on June 12, 2017

Hey third-time’s-a-charmers and other repeat BSers! Check out the Discounts & Upgrades page for a special offer! Read More

MBA Admissions Decisions: Should You Go Full-Time Or Part-Time?

When I was applying to b-school, I contemplated part-time vs. full-time, and one of my best friends, Colleen, had to make the same decision at the same time.

Ultimately, I decided to attend the full-time program at the University of Michigan. Colleen decided to attend a part-time program at the University of Michigan. We shared 60% of the same classes, ... Read More

A great way to prepare for Round 1: Keep a journal

by EssaySnark on June 12, 2017

One of the hardest things about developing a strong application to business school is figuring out what to write in your essays. Good essays take time to develop, not just in deciding on a topic but in executing a full argument around that topic once you have it. Hardest of all is Stanford’s essay on “what matters most.” One of the ... Read More

A Business Masters Degree is Not a Replacement for an MBA

According to new research by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), 75% of prospective graduate business school candidates who participated in the GMAC survey and who already have a master’s degree are considering enrolling in MBA programs. This is true for students with both prior business master’s degrees (61%) and non-business master’s ... Read More