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  • So Round 1 happened.

    And now Round 2 is like really far along.

    And you’re sitting here going, what happened?!?

    If you have this nagging sense of doom creeping into your gut, thinking that after all that, it’s not looking like you’re going to get in anywhere, then leave it to EssaySnark to make some snarky comments about it try and ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    Last year, the Wharton School strengthened its offerings in data and analytics while Duke’s Fuqua School of Business unveiled a new Master of Quantitative Management. But Wharton and Fuqua are far from the only business schools taking an interest in big data, it turns out.

    In fact, according ... Read More

  • Calling all INSEAD applicants (including those just thinking about it)! We had an amazing turnout at our Get Accepted to INSEAD webinar, and would now like to share that webinar with you.

    If you’re looking for advice on:

    • Deciding if INSEAD is the right program for you

    • Understanding INSEAD’s mission and goals

    • Answering the INSEAD ... Read More

  • Every year, we hear from a breathless Brave Supplicant all jacked up and ready to go, wanting to submit an application to bschool. For Round 3. (Or whatever the school calls its last round – we just mean the March/April deadlines that most full-time MBA programs use.) They just crammed through the GMAT (and usually…

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  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    At EXPARTUS, we often work with young professionals, and college students, who are planning on applying for an MBA in the next couple of years. With so little work experience to rely on, they want to optimize every part of their background in order to get in to their target schools. And so, we ... Read More

  • El MBA es hoy en día, y desde hace más de 50 años, el título de post-grado más popular y más rentable del mundo; es por eso que cada año cientos de miles de personas solicitan admisión a programas de MBA. Cada vez existen más opciones de cómo sacarlo, desde el tradicional (de uno o dos años y tiempo completo), al de medio tiempo, el nocturno, ... Read More

  • As we covered yesterday, a bad interview experience is understandably very stressful, and if this happens to you, you may be wondering if you should contact the MBA admissions office about it. Before elaborating on the subject, we’ll repeat an important consideration that we mentioned yesterday, in case you come out of the interview feeling…

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  • Your MBA admissions interview was awful. It was not just bad; it was horrible. The reason? BECAUSE YOUR INTERVIEWER WAS LOUSY. What do you do????? Before deciding to complain about an MBA interview experience, make sure to evaluate as much as you possibly can from the other side of the table. You need to get…

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  • Conventional wisdom: Round 1 (September/October) and Round 2 (January) application deadlines are the only targets that a serious MBA applicant should ever consider.  As the admissions committee allocates a finite number of seats, and the wait list only grows, a Round 3 applicant’s chances for acceptance are nil.  So, if you miss R1 and ... Read More

  • “The fact that recruiters are closer – zero distance – to their end customer means they get a clearer sense of what professionalism is, what’s needed to solve problems… One of the reasons I love working with our young consultants is that I believe there are certain behaviors, certain skills you can learn to accelerate ... Read More

  • You’ve been busy these last few years. Very busy. How will you ever fit all of your classes, extracurricular activities, awards, and job experience in your EMBA application essays?

    The simple answer is that you won’t, and you shouldn’t even attempt to.

    Trying to include all of your past experiences will create an essay that is too long ... Read More

  • It’s early February, time to explore one of the MBA world’s hidden opportunities: J-term, or January Entry.

    As the name implies, these students begin in January and continue through the summer term, meaning that they get the same amount of classroom time as traditional two-year MBAs.

    J-term  programs are typically smaller and more international, ... Read More

  • Happy Presidents’ Day!

    by EssaySnark on February 20, 2017

    Hello BSers! Today is the Presidents’ Day holiday here in the U.S., so Team EssaySnark is off doing non-EssaySnark things. We’ll be back tomorrow for another installment of MBAsnarkiness! Read More

  • Α while ago, I entered a competition for the best MBA blog. In my day job, I am a graduate admissions consultant, so I thought I would try to get some attention to my blog through this contest. I didn’t win. I didn’t place. I didn’t even show.

    It wasn’t for lack of effort. I tapped all my social media friends and contacts as I looked for votes. ... Read More

  • “Application Timing” is the first post in our series, Navigate the MBA Maze.

    Should You Apply Round 1, Round 2, or Round 3?

    Do not try to win the admissions game through timing. Quality—not timing—trumps all. Submit your application when it is at its best.

    When in doubt, listen to Linda’s rule:

    “Apply in the earliest round possible ... Read More

  • Now is the season for the all-important MBA interview process.

    In fact, and many of you are preparing as I write this! Or at least I hope so? Or..maybe not?

    I often see applicants pour all their precious energy into applications and then blow it big time with the interview. By the time interviews roll around, they are either 1) burnt out, or 2) a ... Read More

  • This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with MBA students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top MBA programs. And now for a chat with Mitch Brummer, second year MBA student at Cornell Johnson…

    Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an ... Read More

  • What are your values?

    by EssaySnark on February 17, 2017

    Many bschool adcoms offer essay questions in their MBA apps that are an invitation to get personal. This year, Yale SOM asked you about your biggest commitment. Stanford GSB has, going back to the beginning of time, asked you to state what matters most to you. Schools like Berkeley Haas and UCLA and Duke talk about their principles and values.

    What ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    Have you been weighing whether an Executive MBA (EMBA) program is the right next move for your career? Designed for mid-career professionals with more than ten years of work experience, typically including managerial experience, an EMBA can be a great way to hone your leadership skills and take ... Read More

  • So you’ve decided to get an MBA… now comes the hard part!

    There are hundreds of schools out there, each one bombarding candidates with huge quantities of surprisingly similar marketing material. The decision can feel complex and difficult, hinging on ambiguous factors like “fit,” “culture” and the school’s “network” in your chosen ... Read More

  • Yesterday we explained in broad strokes what a pre-MBA summer internship is and probably got some of you a little bit excited about it. However, there are also some important downsides that you need to be clear on, before you embark upon one of these opportunities. Be very very careful that you don’t sign up…

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  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    In last week’s article, we talked about what college seniors and other early-career professionals can do to prepare for eventual business school admission. But what if you’d prefer to head to business school as soon as possible – like immediately after college or graduate school?

    Fortunately, ... Read More

  • IF YOU ARE INVITED FOR AN MBA INTERVIEW AT MIT SLOAN Those invited to interview will be asked to answer the following question: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Please share with us something about your past that ... Read More

  • In reviewing our stats for last year, I noticed that one of our most visited pages is an article on writing about diversity. That’s not shocking since Accepted’s consultants are frequently asked by stressed, panicked clients from well-represented groups in the applicant pool, “How can I answer this diversity question?!?!” Given the high interest ... Read More

  • National University of Singapore offers a 17-month MBA program offering specializations in 4 distinct areas (Finance, Marketing, Healthcare Management, or Strategy & Organization). If you are looking for an Asian-focused program with strong placement in the Consulting (21%), Finance (23%), or Technology (29%) industries in Singapore (50%), China ... Read More

  • Every now and then we get a bulldog-type BSer come to us saying they’re going to do an internship. We usually get confused, thinking they’re talking about the internship that’s a standard part of the two-year MBA experience for most people. But then we realize that they’re talking about doing an internship like NOW. Before…

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  • This* is offered mostly for EssaySnark’s American readers , who often, we find, have some blinders on about how the world is changing.

    Sure, maybe not directly related to the bschool admissions process — but why else do you want an MBA besides to get rich?

    (Yes we’re jaded today.)

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  • Congrats! You’ve been admitted to your dream business school. Classes don’t begin until fall, so you now have a number of different options for how you’re going to spend the next few months:

    1.    Remain in your current job. An MBA education is going to be expensive, so continuing to earn a paycheck makes good sense. ... Read More

  • How to Spend Your Time Before Medical School Especially when you’re planning to apply to medical school, the concept of “free time” is almost laughable. Beyond academics and standardized testing, medical schools will expect to see that you’ve devoted significant extracurricular time to three areas: patient interaction, medical research, and ... Read More