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Fuqua Admissions Dean Dishes on Essays and Life

fuqua admissionsIt’s not every admissions director who will make time during her vacation to discuss how prospective business school applicants should approach their essays. And yet Liz Riley Hargrove, associate dean for admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, did just that. Speaking from North Carolina’s Outer Banks this morning, before the kids woke up ready to head to the beach, she shared insights with Clear Admit on the essay prompts released last week.

Not a lot has changed this year in terms of Fuqua’s application, it turns out. Applicants will find they have twice as much space in which to answer three short-answer prompts—one on short-term goals, one on long-term goals and one on an alternative plan should that first short-term goal not pan out. This year candidates get 500 characters for each response, up from 250 last year. “We wanted to give candidates a little more opportunity to expand upon their responses,” she says of this year’s doubled answer field. Continue reading…

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Kellogg and Wharton Lead Schools in “Snapshot” Appeal

snapshotClear Admit’s latest series of School Snapshots—free overviews of the leading business schools’ MBA programs—have been out for just over two weeks, with more than 1,000 downloads to date. For the quants among you, we thought we’d have a little fun with the data.

If the Snapshots are a proxy for which schools are most appealing to those in the early stages of exploring MBA options, then Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania tie for first place, with 72 downloads each. Continue reading…

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New Certificate Program at NYU Stern Lets Working Professionals Sample the MBA

300px-NYU_SternNot sure you’re ready for a complete MBA? Why not try out a quarter of an MBA? A program introduced earlier this year at New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business lets you do just that. The new Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) program lets participants take five courses in either finance, marketing or general business taught by Stern’s world-class faculty, alongside students in the school’s part-time MBA program. Upon completion of any of the three tracks, participants receive a certificate registered with the New York State Department of Education.

The program is great for working professionals who want to quickly build knowledge in a specific area as well as for those who already have an MBA but want to refresh or supplement their expertise. Qualified candidates can apply for admission to the program and take courses on a part-time basis in MBA classes where there is capacity. Enrolled students will have up to two years to complete the five courses, or 15 credits, required for certification in any of the three tracks. Continue reading…

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MBA Provides Both Immediate and Lasting Value, Say Graduates

Type “the MBA is” into Google, and the autocomplete box fills with inauspicious indicators of the degree’s value. “The MBA is losing its magic” is followed by “the MBA is worthless” and “why the MBA is a waste of time and money.” Students graduating with an MBA disagree—and quite emphatically—according to a survey report released today at the annual Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Conference in Denver.

“Business school graduates are clear in their judgment that their degrees not only provided immediate value, but lasting value,” Bob Alig, GMAC’s executive vice president for school products, said in a statement announcing the results. Indeed, nine out of 10 of the more than 3,000 graduating business school students who responded to the GMAC Global Management Education Graduate Survey (GMEGS) rate the value of their degree as good to outstanding, and 88 percent would recommend their program to others considering a graduate business degree. Continue reading…

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Today’s Mobile Generation Wants Business School Admissions on the Go

smartphoneBusiness schools that aren’t meeting prospective applicants on their mobile devices and via social media may need to rethink their strategy—and fast. This according to a recent survey measuring how today’s mobile generation consumes media as part of the MBA admissions process. Results of the survey, conducted by Southwark Consulting and the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), were released last week.

“Everyone has read stories and surveys about this newest generation shifting its media consumption habits,” says Southwark consultant Alex Brown, who co-authored the study. “The interesting thing about this study is that it is the first one to specifically target people applying to or considering business school.” The survey’s 743 respondents from around the world were all registered on, the official website of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), which is the primary entrance exam for business school applicants. Continue reading…

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Stanford GSB Admissions Gears Up to Host East Coast Information Sessions

Stanford GSBAre you considering Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) but unable to head to Palo Alto now to see the campus first hand? We’ve got good news for prospective applicants on the East Coast: Members of the Stanford GSB admissions team will be joined by Stanford MBA alumni for a series of events from Washington, DC to Boston between now and September.

Get an overview of the MBA program from admissions representatives, hear about student life from those who have experienced it and ask any questions you have about the school or its admissions process. On tap are both general information sessions and sessions designed specifically for female prospective applicants and for prospective applicants of color. Advanced registration is required—sign up now to reserve your spot.

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Cornell’s Johnson School Admission Director Shares Excitement about Forté Conference

Judi-Byers-2Current MBA students and alumni from leading schools around the country and the globe convened yesterday and today for the 2015 Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference, held this year at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Representatives from Forté’s sponsor schools are as important a part of the conference as the student attendees. Admissions directors and others from Forté’s 48 sponsor schools attend in order to meet students, learn from speakers and network with sponsor companies. They also share their own challenges and triumphs as they relate to enhancing the experience of current and prospective female MBA students.

Judi Byers, executive director of admissions and financial aid at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, shared her excitement via Twitter about attending this year’s conference. Clear Admit caught up with Byers, who joined the Johnson School earlier this spring, to learn a little more about what she most hoped to gain from the event. Continue reading…

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Forté Foundation Women’s Leadership Conference Draws Record Attendance

Forte Foundation conferenceCurrent female MBA students and alumni have come out in droves this year for the 2015 Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference, taking place now at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Kicking off with a sponsors meeting on Thursday for school and company representatives, followed by a career-focused day of programming yesterday and a day centered around professional development today, the conference this year has welcomed 459 MBA women and alumni, in addition to more than 100 speakers and presenters. For those who don’t know Forté, it is a nonprofit consortium of leading companies and top business schools devoted to launching women into successful business careers.

“I think we have pulled together some really interesting topics that a lot people want to hear about,” says Elissa Sangster, Forté Foundation executive director, when asked what contributed to this year’s record attendance. “We are excited to see it all come together.” Continue reading…

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A European MBA: Right for You?

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IESE in Barcelona, Spain

With the dollar reaching a 12-year high against the euro earlier this spring, much ink has been spilled about how the time is right to head to Europe for an MBA. Indeed, pursuing a graduate management education abroad can present a range of advantages for American students—with cost savings chief among them, especially given the recent relative strength of the dollar. That said, the decision of whether or not to head to one of Europe’s top business schools is a highly personal one best made after careful consideration of many factors that extend well beyond any savings tied to currency rates.

“Oh yes, I definitely did benefit from the exchange rate,” says Alexander Eldred, a Washington, DC native currently completing his MBA at France’s HEC Paris. As luck would have it, Eldred paid the bulk of HEC’s 52,000 euro tuition in March, right as the euro dipped to 1.05 to the dollar. Had he paid the entire tuition then, it would have amounted to $54,600 for a degree that just a year earlier would have run him $72,280. Add to that living expenses, which are similarly lower than they have been historically thanks to the exchange rate, and the savings stack up.   Continue reading…

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Berkeley Haas Center Expands Social Sector Leadership Focus

social sector leadershipA new name and a new logo help trumpet the expanded mission of a center devoted to advancing social sector leadership at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Previously known as the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, the renamed Center for Social Sector Leadership (CSSL) seeks to help develop a new generation of business leaders focused on fostering social impact across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, the school reports.

“The future requires collaboration between these sectors, and Berkeley-Haas is arguably the best place to define how this next generation of problem solving works,” Ben Mangan, executive director of the rechristened Center for Social Sector Leadership, said in a statement. The center focuses on training MBA students to become multi-sector leaders, helping them build skills that will serve them as corporate leaders, public advisors and members of nonprofit and social enterprise boards. Continue reading…

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The Value of the European MBA: Meet Top Programs in New York Next Week

The following content was provided to Clear Admit by our partners at The MBA Tour.

Have you considered pursuing an MBA degree in Europe? In a world that has become increasingly global, studying abroad can offer many advantages for applicants seeking a diverse student body, a faster-paced program and smaller class sizes focused on collaborative teamwork.

Hear the experiences of students and faculty from European MBA programs:

As a continent, Europe is inherently multicultural, representing a vibrant mix of nationalities, customs and languages. European MBA programs reflect this diversity, frequently boasting classes made up of 85 to 90 percent international students drawn from as many as 35 to 40 different countries.

Most European MBA programs have smaller class sizes of between 50 and 70 students. An emphasis on interactive, collaborative group work allows students to benefit from the diversity of the student body while pinpointing strengths and weaknesses of their own to focus on throughout the program.

Reduced Time Out of the Workforce
Many European MBA programs last for between 11 and 18 months, shorter than the two-year model offered by most U.S. business schools. Because students graduate faster and return to the workforce sooner, pursuing an MBA in Europe can present a much lower opportunity cost. “It’s half the opportunity cost for more than double the global network, compared to most MBA programs,” says Michael Abare, INSEAD MBA ’13.

Want to learn more? An MBA fair is a great place to start. The MBA Tour is hosting a conference in New York City on Monday, June 22nd, exclusively for applicants considering European MBA programs. Register online for free.

Participating business schools include Copenhagen Business School, Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne, ESSEC Business School, IE Business School, IESE Business School, Imperial College London, INSEAD, Rotterdam School of Management: Erasmus University, University of Cambridge and University of St. Gallen. (Visit the MBA Tour website for a full list of schools.)

Can’t make the event on June 22nd? The MBA Tour will also be in nine cities across the United States later this summer:

Seattle, July 16th

San Francisco, July 18th

Los Angeles, July 19th

Houston, July 21st

Atlanta, July 23rd

New York City, July 25th

Chicago, July 27th

Washington, DC, July 29th

Boston, July 30th

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