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Indian School of Business*
London Business School*
MIT / Sloan*
Michigan / Ross*
Northwestern / Kellogg*
NYU / Stern*
Oxford / Said*
Penn / Wharton*
UCLA / Anderson*
UNC / Kenan-Flagler*
USC / Marshall*
UT Austin / McCombs*
UVA / Darden*
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- Berkeley / Haas
- Boston College / Carroll
- Boston University*
- Carnegie Mellon / Tepper
- Chicago / Booth
- Cornell / Johnson*
- Dartmouth / Tuck
- Duke / Fuqua
- Emory / Goizueta*
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- MIT / Sloan
- Northwestern / Kellogg*
- New York / Stern
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- Smith / UMD
- Syracuse / Whitman
- Texas / McCombs
- Toronto / Rotman
- Tulane / Freeman
- USC / Marshall*
- UC Davis
- UCLA / Anderson
- Vanderbilt / Owen
- Virginia / Darden
- Washington University in St. Louis / Olin
- Western Ontario / Ivey*
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- CIEBS (China) 2
- Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (China) 1
- Cranfield School of Mgmt (UK) 1
- ESADE (Spain) 1 or 2
- HEC (France) 2
- Hult (UK) 1
- IE (Span)
- IESE (Spain) 2
- IMD (Switzerland) 1
- INCAE (Costa Rica) 2
- INSEAD (France) 1
- IPADE (Mexico)
- ISB (India) 1
- London Business School (UK) 2
- Manchester Bus. School (UK) 2
- Melbourne (Australia) 2
- Oxford / Said (UK) 1
- Rotterdam (Netherlands) 1
- Tsinghua IMBA (China) 2
- University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) 1
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Mar 11, 2014
It’s time for Trivia Tuesday, our weekly exploration of the components that differentiate leading MBA programs from their peers. Today, we’re taking a look into the Clear Admit Guide to the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management to explore Johnson’s Cayuga MBA Fund.
“Established in 1998 with an initial investment of $600,000, the Cayuga MBA Fund is a long-short, market-neutral hedge fund whose investments are largely directed by second-year student managers from Johnson. The fund prides itself on the high degree of autonomy its students have in the decision-making process, on the access students have to equipment that rivals that in use on Wall Street and on its own strong performance in recent years. The Cayuga fund currently has nearly $12 million in funds under management.
“The fund’s roughly 20 student portfolio managers, chosen at the end of their first year via a rigorous application process, are all required to enroll in the second-year course Applied Portfolio Management, in which each manager researches and presents an investment proposal that will influence the fund’s future direction. The students are also expected to deliver an annual shareholder presentation on the state of the fund. Though the student managers have a high degree of autonomy, faculty members and investment practitioners advise them on investment decisions and other problems that arise in maintaining a diverse portfolio. Continue reading…
Mar 4, 2014
Welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, where we discuss special offerings that help differentiate leading MBA programs. This week we’re opening up the Clear Admit Guide to UVA / Darden to learn more about the Darden’s special Business Projects.
“During the second year of the MBA program, many students choose to enroll in an experiential Darden Business Project (DBP) in one of three areas. Through the Consulting DBP, second-year students work in three- to six-person teams to solve a real-world business issue on behalf of a client organization. Students who opt to take the Venturing DBP can earn credit as they develop a proposal for a new business and a plan for funding and developing their planned venture. Finally, students who have an idea for a case that might be added to the MBA curriculum can conduct the necessary research, with faculty support, through the Case Development DBP.
Feb 25, 2014
Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday, where we explore the special programs and opportunities that differentiate the leading business schools. Today we’re featuring an except from the Clear Admit School Guide to Dartmouth Tuck School of Business about the school’s Center for Business & Society.
“Known as the Initiative for Corporate Citizenship and then Allwin Initiative until its formal designation as a center in 2012, the Center for Business and Society has served the Tuck community in some form since its foundation in July 2001. The center aims to familiarize students with issues that lie at the intersection of business, morality and social responsibility, working to ensure that all Tuck graduates possess a strong sense of business ethics and have the management tools to implement their principles.
“Two of the center’s most notable programs are its visiting speaker series and its support for students completing nonprofit or public sector internships. The purpose of the speaker series, which are offered each term, is to introduce a continuous debate over issues of ethics and corporate responsibility into the Tuck MBA curriculum. An array of guests engage in these discussions, the topics of which have included ethical standards, executive compensation, drug pricing, home mortgage defaults, business impact on social issues, and the financial crisis. For example, in October 2012 Andy Fastow, imprisoned former CFO of Enron, spoke to the Tuck community about what happened and how he now feels. “I try to find white-collar criminals who look and talk like the students,” says Professor Rick Shreve, associate faculty director for business ethics, who tries to stress how easy it can be to rationalize the wrong actions undertaken for the wrong reasons. Other visitors have included CEOs of AmeriCares, Anglo American Mining Company, Brodgespan, FINCA, RBC Wealth Management, and VanGuard. Continue reading…
Feb 18, 2014
In today’s edition of Trivia Tuesday, our weekly series profiling special offerings at leading business schools, we’re opening up the Clear Admit School Guide to Wharton to learn more about the school’s Lauder program:
“The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, one of Wharton’s most distinctive and prestigious special programs, aims to provide its students with the skills they need to do business in foreign languages and cultures. Founded in 1983, the program gives Wharton MBA students, as well as J.D. candidates from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the opportunity to earn a joint M.A. in International Studies from Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences.
“Advanced language study is a hallmark of the Lauder program. In applying to Lauder, students indicate their interest in one of nine tracks, each comprising a language and a region of interest, and then pursue advanced study of that track through the institute’s Language and Culture Program. Acceptance at Lauder is predicated on advanced proficiency in one’s chosen language, and students are expected to reach fluency over the two years of the program. Students whose assessed proficiency is either too low or too high at the time of application are not eligible for admission. Continue reading…
Feb 11, 2014
Welcome to this week’s post in our Trivia Tuesday series, in which we spotlight program 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 share with you an excerpt about the school’s opportunities for international study.
“As part of the Tepper MBA experience, students are encouraged to embark on a Global Trek or study abroad program organized by one of the school’s clubs. Most students who go abroad opt for the two-week treks, in which students study the challenges facing developing economies and network in global business centers.
Feb 4, 2014
It’s time once again for Trivia Tuesday, our regular exploration of the special programs and opportunities that differentiate the leading business schools. This week we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to Stanford to share an excerpt on Stanford’s Global Management Program.
“Stanford offers many experiential learning options, which were first housed under the Global Management Program established by students and faculty in 1994. This was a complement to faculty research in the field as undertaken by Stanford GSB’s Center for Global Business and the Economy (see section “Research Centers”), and the Center today provides both academic and experiential opportunities for students interested in global management.
“The Global Management Immersion Experience (GMIX) is an internship that takes place during the summer after a student’s first year. Each GMIX must span for a minimum of four weeks and so usually follows a longer, traditional internship, and it is one of the options that students may select in order to complete the Global Experience Requirement for graduation. Sponsor organizations, which range from multinational companies to small startups, generally seek students to work on a focused project over their four weeks with the program (see Figure 3.2). Following the international experience itself, students have the option to complete a research project and compose a paper on a topic related to the internship, earning two units of credit. The school reports that each year, 59 organizations in 26 countries on average participate in GMIX, and approximately 82 students complete this program annually.
“Also worth two units is the Stanford Tsinghua Exchange Program (STEP), a partnership between Stanford and Tsinghua University in Beijing that takes place over a longer term. Stanford GSB students participating in the program are paired with an MBA student at the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management. The pair work long-distance throughout the academic year on a research project of mutual interest, and each student takes a weeklong trip to the other campus for a visit focused not just on academics, but also on trips to local businesses and social and cultural activities.
“Global Study Trips, traditionally one of Stanford’s most popular international options, provide an alternative, shorter international experience. These student-organized trips occur between quarters during the academic year and center on travel to a particular country or region, including meetings with a range of business and government leaders (see Figure 3.3). Following the Global Study Trips, students complete a report and share their experiences with their peers.”
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Jan 28, 2014
In this week’s Trivia Tuesday, we’re opening up the Clear Admit School Guide to the MIT Sloan School of Management to learn more about the opportunities MBA students have for exploratory learning.
“MIT Sloan builds several periods of freeform learning into its academic calendar to help students explore their current interests in more depth or to discover new ones.
“The Sloan Innovation Period, or SIP, takes place for a week at the midpoint of each semester. The SIP was introduced to the curriculum to provide an opportunity for all Sloan students and faculty members to explore specific interests that cannot be pursued within the standard framework of courses. All ordinary classes and activities are canceled for the week, and faculty members organize seminars and other activities designed to provide students with hands-on leadership experiences and exposure to the latest research conducted at Sloan. Many of these activities are led by outside instructors, including business leaders and Sloan alumni who have returned to campus to share their experiences. Past areas of study include leadership simulations in peacekeeping, maintaining a powerful professional presence, defusing hostility in the workplace, and the visual arts for business leaders. Participation in SIP is required of both first- and second-year students, and most Sloan students report that they appreciate the opportunity to step back and reflect on their learning while exploring topics outside the curriculum. Continue reading…
Jan 21, 2014
It’s time again for another edition of Trivia Tuesday, our weekly examination of the programs and opportunities that differentiate the leading MBA programs. This week we take a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to Harvard Business School to share an excerpt on HBS’s Healthcare Initiative.
“The Healthcare Initiative was established in 2005 in response to rapid changes in the healthcare field. In addition to driving faculty research on the subject, the Initiative facilitates networking and recruiting for internship and full-time positions through its relationships with more than 50 healthcare organizations. Harvard’s Healthcare Club, one of the largest clubs on campus, hosts the annual HBS Healthcare Conference, at which more than 650 students, alumni and industry professionals gather each year to discuss developments in the field.
“Though there is no RC course devoted to the topic, first-years may encounter healthcare cases throughout the curriculum. The Elective Curriculum features several healthcare-related electives that vary from year to year, independent and field-based learning projects and cross-registration opportunities with the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Continue reading…
Jan 14, 2014
Welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, where we highlight the special offerings of leading MBA programs. Today we’re taking a look at MBA students’ consulting opportunities at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, as featured in the Clear Admit Guide to Fuqua.
“Students interested in gaining real-world consulting experience may take advantage of several experiential learning opportunities in the Fuqua curriculum.
“The three-credit Practicum in Small Business Consulting, an elective in the Management Communications Department, pairs teams of first- and second-year Fuqua students with local companies and non-profits that do not have the resources to perform or pay for the type of projects undertaken by the students. The projects span three terms, beginning in Fall 2 when teams meet with their selected clients to establish the guidelines and expectations for the project. The bulk of the research and analysis takes place during Spring 1 and 2. Teams conclude the year with a written report and final presentation to the client.
“Second-year students looking to take on a larger consulting project are invited to enroll in the six-credit Strategic Planning Practicum offered by the Strategy Department. During the practicum, teams of four or five students partner with a mid-sized company (one with revenues between $5 million and $500 million) to create a strategic business plan that is presented to the senior management of the partner firm. The course takes place during Fall 2 and Spring 1; throughout that time period, each student is expected to devote a significant portion of each week to research and analysis, including interviews with employees, detailed financial analyses of the company, and an examination of the firm’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The project is designed to help students improve their interview, presentation and teamwork skills while gaining a better understanding of the interplay of key areas of management in a mid-sized business.” Continue reading…
Jan 7, 2014
Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday, where we take an in-depth look at the specific offerings that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers. This week we’re taking a peak into the Clear Admit School Guide to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to share with you an excerpt about the Booth’s Kilt Center for Marketing.
“The Kilts Center for Marketing was founded in 1999 by Chicago alumnus James M. Kilts and the Nabisco Foundation to improve the marketing research environment at Chicago Booth and equip MBA students to be leaders in the fields of marketing and general management. As a result of the center’s efforts to support research in marketing at Chicago Booth, upwards of 20 marketing-related papers are published each year by Booth faculty.
“In addition to its research activities, the center dedicates significant resources to its MBA students. These resources include scholarships, fellowships, a mentoring program and experiential learning opportunities. Students who are interested in pursuing a marketing career and who maintained a high GPA during their first year may be invited to apply for the Kilts Scholarship, which are awarded to five to six second-year students each year and cover up to $8,000 in tuition. Continue reading…
Dec 31, 2013
Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday, where we highlight the special offerings of leading MBA programs. Today we’re featuring a selection from the Clear Admit Guide to Columbia Business School to share information about the school’s Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate.
“Columbia Business School’s real estate program is built around the three pillars of capital markets, entrepreneurship and global business. The curriculum, developed by the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, is further supported by a variety of programs and opportunities available to interested students.
“The school’s Project Class in Real Estate Investment and Entrepreneurship gives students hands-on experience with designing and executing real estate projects. Students work in teams of three on a project sponsored by a major real estate firm to resolve a business problem that the sponsor is facing. Over an intense six-week period, the teams learn about project design, scoping, strategy, research and execution, culminating in a presentation of the project. Those who take the course are eligible for cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 awarded to the best presentations. Continue reading…
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