Tag Archives: mba news roundup

MBA News Roundup: B-Schools Opt Out of Ethics Rankings, Admissions Advice from Stanford GSB Dean, and More

Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s MBA News Roundup! This week, check out articles on why some top b-schools aren’t participating in ethics rankings, the difficulty of molding leaders in MBA programs, and application insights from the Dean of Admissions at Stanford GSB.

1. Top B-Schools Opt Out of Ethics Rankings
Five of the top ten U.S. b-schools decided not to participate in this year’s Aspen Institute ranking of MBA programs’ ethical and environmental impact. What gives?

2. Why MBA Programs Don’t Produce Leaders

This week, check out this Forbes staff writer’s take on why MBA programs aren’t conducive to breeding leaders. Next week, check out a different staff writer’s take on why they do!

3. Ticket to an MBA

Stanford GSB Dean of Admissions Derrick Bolt offers some unlikely advice on what he’s looking for in an application.

4. Business Schools Must Be Wary of Short-Term Myopia

Myopia (Greek: μυωπία, muōpia): lack of imagination, foresight, intellectual insight.

Tuition set at about thirty thousand gypsy tears per year.

MBA News Roundup: Wharton’s Global Engagement Series in Mumbai, Non-Traditional MBA Career Paths, and More

Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s MBA News Roundup! This week, check out articles on Wharton’s new program in India, non-traditional MBA career paths, and how students are using social media to figure out b-schools.



Wharton b-school is launching a Global Engagement series in Mumbai, designed to meet the needs of high-potential business leaders in India.

“The Roots, Rituals and Rhetorics of Change: North American Business Schools After the Second World War,” describes the revolution in business education that took place in the 1950s and 1960s.

Business degrees becoming increasingly popular with circus performers and other members of the social fringe.

Eighty-five percent of potential students worldwide use social media to research schools, a survey by the MBA Tour reports.

MBA News Roundup: Lunch with Dean of HBS, Evolution of the MBA Infographic, Stanford Leads in Green MBAs

Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s MBA News Roundup! This week, check out articles on the HBS Dean’s take on changing business education, an illustrated history of the MBA program, and another list of b-school rankings, this time the theme is “greenest.”

1. Dose of Humility with a Harvard MBA

Dean of HBS Nitin Nohria sits down with some Wall Street Journal reporters to discuss his curriculum overhaul and character-building in the context of business school.

2. Evolution of the MBA [Infographic]

Did you know that in 1950 the University of Western Ontario became the first school in Canada to offer an MBA program, almost a full century after the University of Pennsylvania became the first American school to do so in 1881?

3. The Pros and Cons of Going Abroad for your MBA

Considering a business education with a more global slant? Check out these veritable overseas instituations for an MBA with more international zest. Ole!

4. Aspen Institute Releases List of Top Green MBAs

Stanford students deemed the most concerned with both types of green.

MBA News Roundup: 2011 Application Trends, Fewer Women at Stanford, LSBF Offers Post-Graduate Job Guarantee

Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s MBA News Roundup! This week, check out articles on the latest application trends reported by GMAC, waning female enrollment at Stanford, and LSBF’s get-a-job-or-your-money-back guarantee

GMAC reports a slow-down in 2011 applicants, despite historically increased volume of applications in times of economic downturn.
The 2011 class profile is lighter on women and consultants, and more favorable towards minorities and engineering and math undergrads.
In response to the challenging UK job market, the London School of Business and Finance will begin issuing $4,000 refunds to students who haven’t found jobs 6 months after graduation.
HBS’s Allston campus is constructing a $100 million dorm and classroom building for its executive education program on the banks of the Charles River.
Dean Judy Olian pushes self-sufficiency to save money and improve planning.

MBA News Roundup: Mini MBA Programs, ForumWatch, and the World Beyond the MBA

Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s MBA News Roundup! This week, check out articles on mini MBA programs, business school brands, the new integrated reasoning section, and a twist on the traditional b-school case study.

1. Mini MBA Programs

At $2,000 to $4,000, mini MBA programs at schools such as Rutgers University and the University at Buffalo offer a taste of business school at a fraction of the cost. Looking to improve your skills in areas such as marketing, accounting, or finance in time for Round 1 applications? Consider a self-paced, online course.

2. ForumWatch: MBA Careers With a Work/Life Balance

Many seek an MBA because of the career and salary boost, but where does work/life balance come into play? Tune into this forum discussion on professional paths that leave time for family and other pursuits.

3. Looking Ahead Behind the Ivy

How are schools such as Harvard and Wharton adjusting their programs to improve student teamwork and leadership skills and account for the increasingly globalized nature of business? The New York Times sits down with Nitin Nohria for a Q&A on character, ethics, and what it’s like being the dean of HBS.

4. Students Influence Business School Brands

Due to social media, the brands of business schools are now in the hands of the students and faculty there. Stacy Blackman discusses the phenomenon in her blog, Strictly Business.

5. Google Tops MBA Most Wanted List

Where do freshly minted MBAs want to work? “Google” tops a list of the usual suspects: McKinsey, Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Boston Consulting Group. Read further for the full list of 25.

6. Sample Questions From the New Integrated Reasoning Section

Haven’t taken the GMAT yet? Make sure you check out these sample questions for the new Integrated Reasoning section.

7. 6 Different Ways to Get Your MBA

Versatile and highly flexible, the MBA degree comes in many forms. To get a comprehensive view of your options, check out this must-read article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

8. 10 Business Schools That Receive the Most Applications

Harvard and Stanford top this list of ten schools that are deluged with applications.

9. The B-School Case Study Gets a Digital Makeover

What does the case study (“lifeblood” of management curriculum) look like in the twenty-first century? Think tablets and “choose-your-own-adventure” style business stories.

MBA News Roundup: Innovative Companies, Brain Drain to Social Enterprise, and the MBA Social Network

Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s MBA News Roundup! This week, check out articles on social enterprise, surviving b-school with a significant other, the Beat-the-GMAT community, and the most innovative companies out there (today and tomorrow).

1. Brain Drain of MBA Students to Social Enterprise

Rick Cohen of the Nonprofit Quarterly identifies social enterprise as the trendy new career to “seize the imagination of the global elite.” If social enterprise is making its way into your MBA aspirations this fall, be sure to read this article to understand the potential pitfalls of your goals.

2. How Couples Make It Through Business School

You may have heard the horror stories: ambitious woman enters b-school only to realize her significant other doesn’t measure up to the alpha males present; wife decides to get an MBA of her own while waiting for her husband to finish his; divorce ensues. Planning to enter b-school with a significant other? Tips on how to “manage your expectations” will help you stay committed and enrich your relationship in the process of pursuing your dreams.

3. The Most Innovative Companies Today & Tomorrow

If you have your sights set on working for an ultra-innovative company or a disruptive startup post MBA, this article will help you code some creativity into the “DNA” of your work style.

4. Beat the GMAT Launches MBA Watch, a Social Network for MBAs

The go-to-place for all things GMAT and MBA launches MBA Watch, a social network which plans to pull together all the information about b-schools and applicants into one central location. Users can follow individual programs for new information and put in their own stats to see who they’re competing against.

5. MBA Mondays: Financing Options

If you’re interested in entrepreneurship and you don’t know what “preferred stock” means, make your way over to “MBA Mondays” for a whole host of mini lessons in every subject from finance to marketing.

6. This Email Got One Stanford Student A Huge Job

Strapped for a job? Sick of banging on the same castle gates? Try this simple, straightforward tactic. Possibly the best career advice you’ll ever get.

MBA Roundup: Free B-School Courses, Kenan-Flagler Online, and How to Prepare for Bschool Life

Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s MBA News Roundup! This week, check out articles on free courses from top b-schools, Kenan-Flagler’s new online program, and how to prepare for your new life in b-school.

1. Free Courses from Top B-schools

From podcasts to opencourseware, get a taste of Booth, Wharton or Kellogg for free and from the comfort of your home! A must-read for serious applicants.

2. Kenan-Flagler Takes Its Brand Online

This is a first in the MBA world: a world-class business school decides to go online and confront all the branding risks involved. Check out this article for all the facts and read our take on it here.

3. 6 Popular Business Books Adapted as Graphic Novels

Are you a big fan of business books? Check out this clever, artistic re-envisioning of some of the most popular business bibles of all time.

4. Do Techies Need an MBA?

What business opportunities await the serious programmer? Whether your aim is to enhance your “customer dating” or “strategic management” ability, rounding out technical skills with a knowledge of business fundamentals can add tremendous momentum to your career.

5. The MBA Advantage: Companies Run by MBAs are Better Managed

In this age, where instant wins and wunderkind successes get all the spotlight, the MBA degree and the sound business judgment, experience, and training it reflects continues to be essential in many companies. Find out why here.

6. Ready, Set, B-school: How to Prepare For Your New Life

With the hoopla that surrounds the process of getting in, one would think it’s professional happily-ever-after after gaining admittance. However, there are some practical matters that need to be addressed before the acceptance party can begin. Businessweek‘s new series will give you concrete tips on how to smoothly navigate the lifestyle change.

7. SBC Scoop: A Nonprofit Success Story

Are you a non-traditional applicant looking to apply to b-school? Have a dearth of good role models who started off in a creative profession and got into a top program? Check out this success story as well as my list of tips for non-traditional applicants.

MBA News Roundup: Most and Least Expensive Public B-Schools, Admissions Essays, and Pre-MBA Internships

Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s MBA News Round-up! This week, check out articles on the most and least expensive public business schools, female enrollment at Chicago b-schools, thoughts on the admissions essay, and pre-MBA internships.

1. Dean of Columbia Business School on Disclosure and Ethics

R. Glenn Hubbard of CBS wants students to “connect the dots” and understand the big picture in business. That way, “slow-moving train-wrecks” can be stopped… and “slow-moving opportunities” can be recognized. Read more in this article from The Wall Street Journal.

2. 10 Most Expensive Public Business Schools for In-State Students

Recently, we reported on changes to the California education budget that are affecting tuition costs at famed schools like Haas. Find out what other public schools cost more than meets the eye in this Huffington Post article.

3. 10 Least Expensive Public Business Schools

On the flip side, what public b-schools put the smallest dent in your bank account? Check out this U.S. News list for more.

4. Female Enrollment Flat at Chicago Business Schools

Recently we reported that female enrollment is up at Harvard and Wharton. What about their midwest counterparts? TheGrindstone has the details.

5. Scrap the B-School Admissions Essay?

Whether you view it as onerous or an opportunity, the b-school essay has always been a much-debated and fussed-over aspect of the admissions process. Check out one expert’s views on the matter in this Businessweek blog post. Since the essay is probably here to stay, read our article on essay tips to jump-start your brainstorming.

6. B-School Scholarship: $37,000 for One Tweet?

While most scholarships require a few essays and up to a few years of forward-thinking and self-reflection, Iowa Tippie’s 140-character scholarship is a real steal as far as time and effort are concerned. Read more in this article from Business Insider.

7. The Pre-MBA Internship?

Planning to travel or party your summer before b-school? Check out what some of your future classmates are up to instead in this Businessweek article.

MBA News Roundup: HBS Extreme Makeover, Wharton’s San Francisco Campus, and the Fresh Out of College MBA

Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s MBA News Round-up! This week, check out articles on Harvard Business School’s extreme makeover, Wharton’s new San Francisco campus, the fresh out of college MBA, and what bankers can learn from stand-up comedians.

1.Harvard Business School’s Extreme Makeover

Within 12 months of assuming his role as dean of one of the world’s most powerful business schools, Nitin Nohria has made some surprising appointments, revised the academic curriculum (and the school’s famed emphasis on case-method instruction), and in the process, made an exceptional institution even more exceptional.

2. Wharton’s New San Francisco Campus

Check out a photo slide-show of the gorgeous new campus, replete with palm trees and views of the Golden Gate Bridge…

3. The Fresh Out of College MBA

For students who want their MBA right away, programs like the “Silver Scholars” at the Yale School of Management and the “Momentum Program” at Xavier University offer splendid opportunities for younger students to jump-start their business careers. Acceptance rates are phenomenally low, with as few as a handful accepted out of several hundred applicants.

4. Gang of 5 MBA Schools Address Societal Agenda

Representative b-schools from China, Japan, France, Germany, and the US assemble together to discuss the intersection of business and social issues.

5. 5 Tips for Surviving Business School as a Significant Other

Intending to brave business school with a partner by your side? Check out these tips for keeping your relationship healthy in the midst of coursework, recruiting, and those daunting tuition bills.

6. What Investment Bankers Can Learn from Stand-up Comedians

This poignant personal story illuminates some surprising lessons for aspiring bankers.

7. Record Percentage of Women to Enter HBS

39% of the 918 students to enter HBS this year will be women. How does this reflect the efforts of the admissions committee in recent years?

MBA News Roundup: The $3 Million MBA, Business School Glass Ceiling, and the Pros & Cons of Taking the GMAT in College

Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s MBA News Round-up! This week, check out articles on the “3 million dollar MBA,” women in business school, the business secrets of rock bands, and the privatization of California’s business schools.

1. MBAs Who Make 3 Million Or More

Want to make 3 million or more in your lifetime? Attend one of the “top 7″ business schools in the world.

2. Live chat with Dawna Clarke of Tuck Business School

Check out this live chat with the Tuck School of Business’ Dawna Clarke for no-nonsense admissions advice and an in-depth look at the process this year. Question #1: What importance does your undergrad transcript have in the application?

3. >Business Schools Hope to Shatter Glass Ceilings

Men with MBAs make on average 400k more than their women MBA counterparts in a 40-year career. What’s going on?

4. The Business Secrets of Rock Bands

An HBS prof analyzes the strategy of famous rock bands. Beatles and U2 provide invaluable insight (from marketing to customer service tips) on how to gain competitive advantage in the corporate world.

5. The Privatization of California’s Business Schools

With the slashing of the higher education budget in California, famed b-schools like Berkeley Haas are undergoing a quiet change.

6. Pros and Cons of Taking the GMAT in College

According to GMAC, students who take the test when they’re 20 or 21 score on average 39 points higher than their 22-23 year-old counterparts. The downside? Scores may expire before recent graduates have enough experience to apply.