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A collection of news items from MBA programs and about the business school admissions process.


GMAC Reports Application Volume Growth for Full-Time Two-Year MBA Programs  

GMACThe number of people applying to full-time two-year MBA programs increased for the third consecutive year, according to recent data from the Graduate Management Admissions Council. GMAC’s 2014 Application Trends Survey, released earlier this week, showed that as two-year programs enjoyed application volume gains, other graduate management programs saw flattening or decreasing numbers of applicants.

The survey also revealed an increasingly global applicant pool, with GMAT testing trends showing that more students are seeking to study outside their country of citizenship. According to GMAC, these candidates make up a sizeable portion of the applicant pool for many MBA and non-MBA graduate management programs. Continue reading…

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UPenn’s Wharton School Welcomes Exceptionally Entrepreneurial Class

wharton entreStudents entering the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School this fall bring with them record levels of entrepreneurial experience and aspirations, according to a recent blog post by Nadine Kavanaugh, associate director of Wharton Entrepreneurship.

“We’re especially excited because the Class of 2016 is already incredibly entrepreneurial,” wrote Kavanaugh. “We can’t wait to see what amazing startups they’ll start.” Continue reading…

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Johnson’s Career Management Dean Shares How to Accelerate Your Job Search Before Business School

fred_staudmyerFred Staudmyer, assistant dean for career management at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, has more than 25 years of experience in executive recruitment, human resources, human capital consulting and entrepreneurship. Before joining Johnson in 2009, he led the Garrett Sayer Group, an executive search and specialty staffing firm focused on technology, financial services and consulting industries. Prior to that, Staudmyer held a range of other senior positions including human resources officer for Ziff Communications focused on human resources and recruitment and head of worldwide talent management for Chase Manhattan Bank. He also happens to be a “dual Cornellian,” having obtained both his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the university.

“I’ve always been a career geek,” Staudmyer confessed in a recent interview with Clear Admit. Indeed, he knows a thing or two about helping people shape their careers. We caught up with him last week, when he generously shared some top tips for prospective MBA applicants to jump start the career search before arriving at business school. Read on and take note – you might even discover that some of Staudmyer’s advice will help you in the MBA admissions process, too.   Continue reading…

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CEIBS Partners with Cornell to Launch Dual MBA-MMH Degree

CEIBSThe China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University will launch a new dual Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) and MBA degree program, the schools announced earlier this week. The first cohort of students will begin classes in fall 2015.

The new program will give students the opportunity to complete both the MMH and the MBA over the course of two years. Students will earn their MMH from Cornell and their MBA from CEIBS. They will have the option of beginning at either school and completing the second year of the program at the alternate campus. Continue reading…

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Stanford Graduate School of Business Welcomes New Faculty, Lectures

stanfordSeven new tenure-line faculty have joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), and another 17 lecturers are scheduled to share their real-world experiences with students as well, the school announced earlier this month. In all, Stanford GSB has more than 250 professors, adjunct faculty, visiting faculty and lecturers teaching students in its MBA, PhD, Master of Science (MSx) and other business programs.

“Our new tenure-line faculty bring a diverse set of research interests to Stanford, which will enhance our ability to contribute to the growing body of knowledge about business, management and the global economy,” Stanford GSB Dean Garth Saloner said in a statement. The many lecturers, meanwhile, help the  school pair academic rigor with best practices in the classroom, he added. Continue reading…

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ESADE Names New Dean and Other Top Management

franchSpain’s ESADE Business School today announced several new appointments among its top leadership team. Professor Josep Franch will be the school’s new dean, Professor Jonathan Wareham will serve as the new dean of faculty and research and Professor Francisco Longo will assume the newly created role of associate director general, the school announced.

Eugenio Bieto, who was recently re-appointed as ESADE’s director general, made the new appointments among the leadership team, saying that he hopes the shifts will position the school to continue to prioritize the excellence and quality of its programs. Continue reading…

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UPenn’s Wharton School Celebrates Opening of New SiriusXM Studio for Business Radio

siriusxmThe Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of a new SiriusXM satellite radio broadcast studio. The new studio will broadcast Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School, which offers direct, exclusive access to some of the world’s top business leaders and educators.

Newly appointed Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett was joined by SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein for today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. Wharton first partnered with SiriusXM last fall to launch the full-time radio channel focused on business and management. Continue reading…

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Interview Updates from Harvard Business School Admissions Director

300px-Aerial_of_the_Harvard_Business_School_campusAs anyone applying to Harvard Business School (HBS) knows only too well, Round 1 applications were due last Tuesday. As the HBS Admissions Committee has settled into reading applicants’ files, an antsy set of applicants has settled into wait.

HBS Dean of Admissions Dee Leopold devoted a post on her Admissions Director blog on Friday to letting the expectant candidates know how the next stage of the process will unfold.  

Leopold’s team will send out invitations to candidates advancing to the interview stage in two batches next month, one on October 8th and a second on October 15th. The invitations, sent via email, will include detailed instructions on how to sign up for interviews, and HBS’s online interview scheduler will go live the day after invitations go out.

Candidates who will not be invited to interview will be notified of their “release” on October 15th as well, Leopold wrote.

About 100 to 150 Round 1 applicants may be placed under “Further Consideration,” Leopold noted. These candidates will be reviewed as part of Round 2, and they will be either invited to interview or released according to the Round 2 notification timetable.

Candidates invited to interview can choose to do so either on campus or in the following locations: New York City, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Santiago. Leopold notes, though, that not all dates will be available in all locations. Skype interviews will be an option for those who cannot travel.

“We love having interviewees visit campus and will have a full day of get-to-know HBS activities, but the location of your interview plays no part in the selection process,” Leopold reminded applicants.

Good luck to everyone as you await your fate. For those who are invited to interview, don’t forget Clear Admit’s assorted resources, including the Clear Admit HBS Interview Guide and our HBS Interview Report page, where applicants can share their interview experiences and learn from those of others. 

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Yale School of Management Draws Together Top Business Leaders for Global Strategy Input

yalesomLed by Dean Edward Snyder, the Yale School of Management (SOM) is focused on developing and implementing a strategy that will help the school become the most distinctively global U.S. business school—one that educates its graduates to become truly effective global leaders. Earlier this week, Snyder hosted the first of a series of discussions scheduled this fall to assess the school’s progress toward this goal.

Top business leaders came to the Yale SOM campus on September 8th and 9th to examine the steps the school has taken so far and what remains to be done. Participants in this first discussion included PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi (SOM ’80); Laszlo Bock (SOM ’99), senior vice president of people operations at Google, Inc.; William Donaldson (YC ’53), former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; and International Monetary Fund Executive Director Rakesh Mohan (YC ’71), among several others. Continue reading…

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MBA@UNC Infographic Demonstrates ROI of MBA

unc_roiMBA@UNC, the online MBA program at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, has created an in-depth infographic to help demonstrate the return on investment (ROI) of the MBA degree generally – as well as some specific benefits offered by online programs.

The infographic notes that 96 percent of MBA graduates rate the value of their degree as outstanding, excellent or good and would recommend a graduate management education to others, citing data from the Graduate Management Admissions Council. Three out of four of those surveyed by GMAC said they could not have obtained their current job without their degree. Continue reading…

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Haas School of Business Dean’s Series Speaker Brings Innovative Leaders to Campus

Haas 2The Dean’s Speaker Series kicked off last week at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, featuring Jamba Juice CEO James D. White discussing how he led the company through a turnaround to emerge as the nation’s largest fresh juice and smoothie retailer.

White talked about how he led transformational change – which in his case meant shifting the business model to include more franchises than company-owned stores. Through innovative leadership, he took a company that when he joined in 2008 was facing management and profitability challenges and helped it navigate the recession and come out the other side bigger and stronger than ever. Today, Jamba Juice has 854 stores globally, 551 of which are franchises. Within the next five years, it hopes to add 500 new stores nationwide. Continue reading…

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