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Trivia Tuesday

Read snippets from our popular line of MBA School Guides in this weekly post.


Trivia Tuesday: MIT Sloan’s First-Year Class

In this week’s installment of Trivia Tuesday, we turn our focus to the Clear Admit School Guide to MIT Sloan, examining how the school creates first-year teams and how these teams impact students’ experiences.

“Each first-year class of approximately 400 MBA students is divided into six smaller cohorts, or “oceans” (Atlantic, Baltic, Caribbean, Indian, Mediterranean and Pacific), which help to give shape to the core curriculum experience. Students in each ocean take all of their core courses together. As a result of this shared academic experience, students within each ocean tend to spend time together outside of the classroom as well, often forming close-knit social groups. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Public Management and Social Innovation at Stanford GSB

Stanford Social InnovationThis week in Trivia Tuesday, in which we highlight the distinguishing aspects of top business schools, we’re opening up our Stanford School Guide for a closer look at their Public Management and Social Innovation Program.

“The Public Management Program (PMP) was founded in 1960s by then-dean Arjay Miller to promote communication and collaboration between leaders of government and business. His experience as president of Ford Motor Companies provided the impetus for this initiative; in this role, he witnessed firsthand the misunderstandings between politicians and those in the private sector. The PMP became part of the Center for Social Innovation in 2000, and today the Center has the broader mission of preparing students to address social and environmental problems. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: The Case Method at Harvard Business School

SocratesThis week for Trivia Tuesday, we take a peek inside our Harvard School Guide to give you the scoop on their use of the case study method.

“Harvard’s mission is to ‘educate leaders who make a difference in the world.’ HBS seeks to accomplish this mission by admitting individuals with proven leadership skills and demonstrated records of success and then imparting the knowledge and skills they will need to be effective across a range of business situations. To accomplish this objective, the school places heavy emphasis on the case method of instruction.

“The case method defines Harvard’s MBA program. There are two components to the approach: the case study and the class discussion. The case itself is a short description of an actual business problem, as told from the point of view of one individual in the situation. Written by a Harvard faculty member who has spoken with the person at the center of the story and spent extensive time at the company featured, each case walks the reader through the considerations facing the protagonist, leaving students to determine how the person should proceed.

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Trivia Tuesday: Chicago Booth’s International MBA

Trivia Tuesday: Chicago Booth’s International MBA

internationalWelcome once again to Trivia Tuesday, our weekly examination of the offerings that help distinguish the top business schools from each other.  Today we’re focusing on Chicago Booth’s International MBA, as featured in the Clear Admit Guide to Booth.

“Chicago Booth is one of the only leading MBA programs that gives students the opportunity to pursue a specialized International MBA (IMBA) degree.  To receive the IMBA, full-time students must spend one academic term abroad, complete five courses related to international business and demonstrate proficiency in a non-native language before graduation.  Chicago requires interested students to declare their intent to pursue the IMBA in Autumn Quarter of their first year, significantly earlier than most of their peers.

“The IMBA shares the same core requirements as the traditional Chicago Booth MBA, which means that students first receive a solid foundation in general business principles before focusing on international topics.  In addition to completing the 10-course core curriculum, IMBA candidates must take at least five more courses in international business, at least three of which must be offered by Chicago Booth.  Because this course sequence is meant to provide them with a deep understanding of the global economy, IMBA students are not permitted to concentrate in international business, as the designation would be redundant. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Master Classes at Columbia Business School

columbia_low_library-300x183This 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.

“In the fall of 2006, Columbia introduced Master Classes, a new type of elective course. Each Master Class is organized around a theme, such as Operations Consulting or Private Equity & Entrepreneurship in Africa, and incorporates a se­mester-long experiential project. The projects are designed in conjunction with partner companies or organizations and conclude with students making a managerial recommendation to the partner organization. The Master Class program utilizes alumni and practicing professionals as teachers and mentors to ensure that students are exposed to both theory and prac­tice within the MBA curriculum…. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Entrepreneurship at Fuqua

Duke FuquaHello 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 and Private Equi­ty, while the experiential options include Invention to Applica­tion and the Mentored Study in Entrepreneurship. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Entrepreneurship Support at UC-Berkeley Haas

entrepreneurship supportIt’s time again for Trivia Tuesday, our weekly look at the programs, resources and opportunities that differentiate the leading business schools. Today we take a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to Haas School of Business, and share an excerpt on the resources offered to students interested in pursuing a career in entrepreneurship.

“Aspiring entrepreneurs at Haas can take advantage of a variety of academic and extracurricular resources to sup­port their goals. The school’s entrepreneurship offerings are organized by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, which was founded in 1991 to serve as the focus for UC Berkeley’s programs in innovation and new enterprise development. The center’s busy calendar of events provides numerous learning opportunities for students who plan to enter industries such as venture capital, social entrepreneurship, high technology and biotechnology enterprises.

“Each year, the Haas School offers over two dozen elective courses designed to support future entrepreneurs (see Figure 3.1). Beyond its course offerings, the Lester Center supports a variety of extracurricular opportunities for networking and exploration. The center’s Entrepreneurs Forum brings Bay Area leaders to campus to discuss topics in entrepreneurship and innovation. Topics of recent forums include ‘The Power of Mobile in Emerging Markets’ and ‘The 2012-13 Angel & Ven­ture Capital Financing Overview.’ The Entrepreneurs Forums tend to attract professional entrepreneurs and venture capi­talists from throughout the Bay Area, making these events a valuable opportunity for networking as well as for education. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard

social enterpriseIt’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 Social Enterprise Initiative.

“Founded in 1993 with the support of John C. Whitehead ’47 and funded by continued donations from alumni, the Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) aims to prepare both MBA and Executive Education students for socially responsible leader­ship in nonprofits, public management and private ventures. Several MBA electives, as well as the Required Curriculum’s Leadership and Corporate Accountability course, address the subjects of business involvement in the social sphere or strat­egy and management of social enterprises (s
ee Figure 3.1). Students also have the opportunity to pursue field-based study of these issues. Twenty-two faculty members list social enterprise as an area of research and teaching interest, with seven identifying it as their primary focus. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Tuck’s Pre-Term

raftingWelcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, where we highlight special programs and policies at top business schools.  This week, we’re opening up the Clear Admit School Guide to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth to learn about the school’s pre-term:

“Tuck offers two weeks of diverse pre-term programming, both academic and non-academic, before the start of orientation. Incoming Tuck students, particularly those from non-business backgrounds, may be invited to enroll in a one-week Pre-En­rollment program, affectionately known as “math camp,” that provides classroom instruction in finance, accounting, statis­tics, decision science and other quantitative topics.

“As part of the online MBA Math course, students must com­plete at least the eight lessons designated as mandatory among the 24 lessons offered. These include topics such as Basic Descriptive Statistics, Income Statement, and Ex­cel Basics, and incoming students are typically given access to their accounts in the January prior to their matriculation. Developed by Professor Peter Regan, the math course includes pre- and post-quizzes on each topic so that students can best determine the kind of progress they need to make before their fall classes begin. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Public Management at Stanford

GlobesIt’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 Public Management Program.

“The Public Management Program (PMP) was founded in 1960s by then-dean Arjay Miller to promote communication and col­laboration between leaders of government and business. His experience as president of Ford Motor Companies provided the impetus for this initiative; in this role, he witnessed firsthand the misunderstandings between politicians and those in the private sector. The PMP became part of the Center for Social Innovation in 2000, and today the Center has the broader mission of preparing students to address social and environ­mental problems.

“The PMP offers students the option of obtaining a Certificate in Public Management and Social Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: MBA and Master’s Joint Degree Programs

dual-DegreeWelcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, our weekly series profiling special offerings at leading business schools. In today’s post, we’re opening up the Clear Admit School Guide to Wharton to learn more about the school’s MBA and Master’s Joint Degree Program:

“Wharton offers a joint MBA/M.A. in International Studies through the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsyl­vania (see Chapter 3, ‘The Lauder Institute’). To apply to Lauder, prospective students must complete a supplemental application, which includes two additional essays (see Figure 6.3), and must demonstrate advanced proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Russian, Portuguese or Spanish, or two of these languages if an applicant is pursu­ing the Global Program. Applicants should note that Lauder program classes begin three months earlier than those in the traditional MBA program; participants complete one month of intensive language study and a two-month summer immersion session before beginning Wharton classes in September.

“Wharton’s dual degree program with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University offers students a three-year MBA/M.A. in Interna­tional Relations. The program, like Lauder, focuses on political and economic decision-making, and equips students to make both commercial and policy decisions around the globe. Continue reading…

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