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Trivia Tuesday

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

Trivia Tuesday: Pre-Term at UCLA Anderson


Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday, the weekly column where we highlight programs that distinguish top business schools from their peer institutions. This week, we take a look inside the Clear Admit School Guide to UCLA’s Anderson School of Management to learn more about the school’s pre-term program.

“Many schools offer pre-term and orientation programs for first-year students prior to the start of the academic year. While orientations are usually required three- or four-day programs focused on meeting classmates and becoming acclimated to the campus, pre-term programs include an academic component, which may be anything from placement exams to leadership seminars. Orientations are always mandatory, though pre-term programs may be optional, depending on the nature of the activities taking place.

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Trivia Tuesday: Social Enterprise at Kellogg


It’s time for Trivia Tuesday, our weekly exploration of the programs that differentiate leading MBA schools from their peer institutions. Today, we open the Clear Admit Guide to Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management to explore Social Enterprise at Kellogg.

“The Social Enterprise at Kellogg (SEEK) program encompasses courses on a wide array of topics in the public and nonprofit sectors, including social entrepreneurship, ethics, values, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and political economy. Interested students can complete a supplementary specialization in nonprofits within the major.

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Trivia Tuesday: Stanford GSB’s September Sessions

It’s time again for Trivia Tuesday! This week we’ll take a look at September Seminars, a special academic opportunity offered to second-year MBA students at the Stanford GSB.

“Before the start of Autumn Quarter classes, second-year stu­dents have the option of returning to campus early to par­ticipate in small one- or two-week seminars. These intensive seminars, known as September Sessions, give students a chance to explore a focused topic with a faculty member and a small group of classmates. Seminars cover a range of subjects, with recent topics including ‘Analysis and Valuation of Emerging Market Firms,’ ‘How to Tell a Story,’ and ‘Intellectual Property: Financial and Strategic Management.’ Nearly 20 September Sessions were offered in at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: London Business School’s Shadowing Project

In today’s installment of Trivia Tuesday, where we feature program elements that distinguish leading business schools from their peers, we’re looking inside the Clear Admit Guide to London Business School to learn about their Shadowing Project:

“Uniquely among the leading MBA programs, London Business School offers its students the chance to participate in a Shadowing Project, through which they gain a firsthand perspective on the daily duties of a high-ranking manager by “shadowing” that person for up to a week on the job. Students report that they benefit immensely from this exposure, which illuminates the skills they themselves will need to develop to succeed as managers. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: International Study at Johnson

Welcome to this week’s Trivia Tuesday, in which we help applicants differentiate one leading MBA program from the next by highlighting the elements that set each one apart.  Today, we’re investigating the international opportunities available to students at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, as detailed in the Clear Admit School Guide to Johnson.

“In the second year of the Johnson program, students may embark on an international exchange at one of 32 partner schools in 23 countries (see Figure 3.1). First-year students interested in studying abroad are encouraged to attend an information session held early in their spring semester. Ex­change applications are due early in the spring, with all as­signments soon after spring break. Johnson students par­ticipating in an international exchange pay tuition to Cornell University as if they were on campus; Cornell then covers all tuition and fees at the exchange institution. While studying abroad at a partner institution, students can earn either 12 or 15 elective credits toward graduation, though grades in ex­change courses do not count toward a student’s GPA. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: The First-Year Experience at UVA/Darden

Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday, in which we spotlight special elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers.  Today we’re turning our focus to the Clear Admit School Guide to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business to learn about the structure of Darden’s first-year class and the way it impacts the first-year experience at the school.

“Darden’s entering class is divided into five sections of 65 to 70 students each.  As at other business schools that break their classes into smaller groups, Darden’s sections are designed to represent the full professional and demographic diversity of the first-year class. Each section takes all of its core courses together and therefore shares a common set of professors. Continue reading…

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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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