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If you are considering applying to MBA programs this fall, then Clear Admit’s free Guide to GMAT Preparation Companies is a must read! Today, we released an updated edition of the guide for the coming 2013-2014 admissions season.
Inside the guide, you’ll find objective and in-depth profiles of the major GMAT preparation companies in the U.S. and abroad. Every copy of the guide also contains a full page of coupons for reduced offers on test prep services. In addition to basic information about the exam, this comprehensive guide outlines the history, service offerings, costs, refund policies, instructor qualifications, course schedules, teaching approach, latest products and more of each profiled firm.
It’s time for this week’s edition of Trivia Tuesday, in which we spotlight the elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers. Today we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University to tell you about the final hurdle Tepper students must clear before graduation: the capstone course.
“In the spring of their second year, students must complete a capstone course – Tepper’s term for a culminating project – either in their chosen track or in General Management. These courses usually span Minis 3 and 4 and frequently consist of both classroom and practical components. The capstone course requires students to draw on the knowledge they have gained throughout their time at Tepper and apply it to a relevant practical situation. Students following the General Management curriculum do so by taking part in the Management Game, a practical simulation in which teams of students run competing virtual consumer goods companies with the goal of securing the greatest market share. Continue reading…
Welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, our weekly examination of the programs and policies that impact the student experience at the leading business schools. This week, we turn our attention to the Johnson School of Cornell University and their unusual first-year Immersion Program, as described in the Clear Admit Guide to the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.
“In Spring Semester of the first year, students complement their final two core courses with participation in Johnson’s signature Immersion Learning program. Each immersion consists of a coordinated set of electives and experiential learning opportunities focused on a particular career or industry; these courses of study invite students to engage with business problems across functions and disciplines, as they will need to do later in their careers. Many career-switchers report that these immersions are an effective way to gain an in-depth understanding of their new target industry prior to their summer internships. Continue reading…
Hello, and welcome to another edition of Clear Admit’s weekly Trivia Tuesday column, in which we take an in-depth look at program elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers. This week, we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to MIT Sloan to share with you an excerpt about the school’s distinctive condensed core curriculum, which gives students the chance to take three full semesters of electives.
“Like other MBA programs, MIT Sloan requires students to complete a series of core courses designed to provide an overview of important business disciplines. Sloan’s core offers a broad foundation on which students can build throughout their next three semesters of elective courses, providing an introduction to accounting, business statistics, economics, managerial communication and organizational processes, with an additional course in either finance or strategic marketing.
“Sloan’s core is the shortest of any of its peers, requiring just one semester of courses. The remaining three semesters are devoted wholly to electives, a fact particularly appreciated by students who already have a strong background in their target industries. However, with eight required courses squeezed into just three months, students’ first semester at Sloan is extremely busy. Continue reading…
Hello and welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, in which we examine individual program elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers. Today, we’re digging into the Clear Admit School Guide to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in order to share with you some insights about the school’s entrepreneurship offerings.
“Fuqua established the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for students interested in founding their own businesses or pursuing careers in venture capital or private equity. The center works to incorporate practices and ideas associated with entrepreneurship into Fuqua’s curriculum.
“The teaching style of the school’s entrepreneurship electives varies, with both lecture-based and experiential offerings common. The more traditional, lecture-based classes include Entrepreneurial Strategy and Venture Capital & Private Equity, while the experiential options include the Duke New Ventures Clinic and the Mentored Study in Entrepreneurship. Continue reading…
Welcome to this week’s edition of Trivia Tuesday! Today, we’re crossing the pond and opening up the Clear Admit Guide to London Business School to learn about the school’s distinctive Organisational Audit, a mandatory experiential element of the core curriculum.
“As a part of the core course Managing Organisational Behaviour, teams of students engage with partner firms to audit key aspects of each company’s operations. This Organisational Audit, a focus of the first year at London, provides a window into the inner workings of large corpo- rations and gives students a chance to apply the business analysis skills they have learned in the classroom.
“The primary focus of the Organisational Audit is to serve the partner company by providing insight into a managerial problem impacting its organizational performance and issuing clear recommendations for improvement. Teams work closely with their partner companies to plan the topic and scale of the audit. In recent years, students have investigated areas such as decision-making procedures, cultural integration following a merger, lateral communication issues and incentive structures at both Fortune 500 and niche organizations, including Disney UK, GlaxoSmithKline, the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation and Morgan Stanley.
“The entire process takes place across approximately six months. Teams make initial contact with companies in November and December and work with their contacts to settle the nature and scope of the project by February. In March and April, students enter the workplace to observe, interview staff and conduct surveys. Finally, in May, each team submits a lengthy brief to the company and to LBS professors.”
For more information on the London Business School curriculum and the many experiential opportunities the school provides, be sure to check out the Clear Admit School Guide to LBS. All Clear Admit School Guides are available for immediate purchase and download on the Clear Admit shop.
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Clear Admit Releases Updated School Snapshots for 2013-2014, Offering Free Summaries of 27 Leading MBA Programs
Clear Admit is excited to announce the release of our 2013-2014 School Snapshots, FREE overviews of 27 of the world’s top MBA programs packed with essential information to help early bird applicants learn about their target schools. Last year, MBA hopefuls downloaded tens of thousands of inaugural-edition Snapshots as a critical “first step” in their MBA application journeys.
The Snapshots provide objective, concise information on each program’s faculty, curriculum, campus life, job placement statistics, admissions procedures and more. “By updating the Clear Admit School Snapshots we are continuing to deliver early-stage applicants need-to-know information that’s well organized and free of marketing spin,” says Clear Admit Co-founder Graham Richmond.
MBA applicants who downloaded Snapshots over the past year agree that these are the ideal resources to consult before delving into deeper school research. “I see these [Clear Admit] products becoming the ‘Go To Guide’ for each and every applicant,” one prospective MBA student wrote. “Snapshots cover all, and I literally mean ALL basic information you would like to know about an MBA program.” Continue reading…
Each year thousands of individuals begin journeys that they hope will ultimately lead to an acceptance offer from top-tier business schools around the world, and for the majority of these applicants one of the first steps on the b-school path is studying for and taking the GMAT exam. With the 2012-2013 application season wrapping up, a whole new cohort of aspiring MBA students are beginning to get serious about their own school choices and application materials. Most schools won’t be releasing their updated application requirements until later in the summer, so one concrete element of their application that they can start working on now is properly preparing themselves for taking the exam. We sat down with the founders of the major online GMAT communities (Beat The GMAT and GMAT Club) as well as the Director of Academic Programs at leading GMAT test prep firm, Veritas Prep. These individuals have a combined wealth of experience to draw upon when providing helpful tips and insights to share with anyone contemplating an application to business school in 2013-14. In the article that follows, readers will have the opportunity to learn about common misconceptions many test takers have about the exam, successful approaches to creating a study schedule, specific tips that can help those who struggle with either the verbal or the quant sections, and valuable insights on how to approach retaking the test. We additionally have checked in with the official information provided by GMAC, the organization that creates and administers the GMAT exam.
This week in Trivia Tuesday, where we highlight the distinguishing aspects of top business schools, we’re opening up the Clear Admit School Guide to Columbia Business School to learn more about Columbia’s Master Classes.
“A number of Columbia’s elective courses offer opportunities to travel abroad to study global developments in entrepreneurship. In particular, the Master Classes offer valuable chances for students to develop hands-on experience within an academic context.
“One such Master Class, Private Equity and Entrepreneurship in Africa, gives students the chance to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa. This interdisciplinary course includes students from Columbia’s MBA, law and international affairs programs. Students spend the first seven weeks of the term learning from guest lecturers and case studies about successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs and financiers. Then, over Columbia’s two-week winter break, the class travels to an African country to work for a sponsoring private equity firm or entrepreneur. Upon returning to Columbia, the class presents a consulting report, financial analysis or case study for public use. Continue reading…
Today in Trivia Tuesday, we’re profiling UNC / Kenan-Flagler’s WORKING Languages Program, courtesy of the Clear Admit School Guide to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
“The 28-week WORKING Languages Program, offered through the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), is designed for students who wish to hone their proficiency in a foreign language without forgoing courses they want to take at Kenan-Flagler Business School. The program focuses on developing listening comprehension and oral proficiency in business Spanish, Portuguese or Mandarin Chinese. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded approximately 6.5 credits toward their degrees, depending on the language they select, and are graded on the same pass/fail system by which regular coursework is evaluated.
“The program is conducted via workshops, conversational exchanges, interactive tools, distance learning and a one- to two-week immersion program in a foreign country. Students practice their speaking and listening skills in conversation sessions once a week and improve their reading and writing skills through analyses of texts and business cases. The in-country immersions typically require the student to complete a series of tasks and activities by interacting with native speakers, as well as participate in company visits, sightseeing tours and a community service project. Only under special circumstances can the in-country immersion requirement be waived.
The 2013-2013 MBA admissions season isn’t over yet! Many of our readers who have heard back from schools are weighing their options before making a final decision about where to attend. Some Round 2 applicants are busy preparing for interviews and other b-school aspirants are in the midst of drafting Round 3 applications.
No matter where you are in the admissions process, there is an independent and informative Clear Admit guide to help you navigate your way to a spot in the Class of 2015.
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