Read snippets from our popular line of MBA School Guides in this weekly post.
It’s time for this week’s edition of Trivia Tuesday, where we highlight special offerings that help differentiate leading MBA programs from their peers. Today we’re peeking inside the Clear Admit School Guide to the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU to read about Stern’s Summer Start program.
“NYU Stern runs a distinctive program called Summer Start, which allows a selected group of entering students to spend the summer in New York getting a head start on their MBA coursework. When considering students for Summer Start, the admissions committee looks for candidates who have strong communication and leadership skills, but could nonetheless benefit from extra preparation before beginning the MBA. Some Summer Start students have been out of school longer than most of their new classmates, while others have worked in less traditional pre-MBA professions.
“Admission to Summer Start is by invitation only; there is no way to apply directly to the program. Because the admissions office looks to fill the Summer Start program with candidates who are enthusiastic about Stern and the program’s mission, candidates invited to interview for Summer Start have an opportunity to decline the invitation. However, once a student has interviewed with Summer Start and received a formal offer of admission to the program, participation is mandatory. Continue reading…
Welcome to the newest edition of Trivia Tuesday, the weekly column in which we highlight the elements that make each MBA program different from the next. Today we’re diving into the Clear Admit School Guide to the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business to learn about the school’s international exchange program:
“Ross MBA students have the option of spending a semester abroad at one of 11 international business schools in Europe, Asia, Australia or South America. While abroad, students take a full load of courses at the host institution; these courses are recorded on a pass/fail basis on the Ross transcript and are worth 15 credit hours toward the Ross MBA degree.
“As at most business schools, Ross students participating in an international exchange pay their normal tuition to Ross. Study abroad participants are responsible for all housing and travel costs incurred during the semester, though some additional financial aid may be available if the cost of living in the host city is significantly higher than in Ann Arbor. Applications to study abroad are due by July of the first year, leaving students plenty of time to plan for their semester away. Continue reading…
It’s time again for Trivia Tuesday, our weekly series in which we profile program elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers. This week we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit Guide to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to learn more about their Center for Sustainable Enterprise.
“Founded in 2001, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) aims to provide educational resources and consulting services for environmentally-friendly enterprises throughout the United States. Its mission is to help leaders in the local and national business communities rework their business models in terms of a “triple bottom line” – to measure their success not only in terms of financial profitability, but also in terms of ecological integrity and social equity.
“The CSE is perhaps most familiar to Kenan-Flagler students for the enrichment concentration it offers in the field of Sustainable Enterprise. This cross-disciplinary concentration is not designed to stand alone; rather, it aims to supplement more traditional, career-oriented coursework by providing students with the intellectual framework to take a sustainable perspective on their future careers. The CSE reports that 31% of the MBA class of 2012 obtained the enrichment concentration in Sustainable Enterprise. Continue reading…
In this week’s installment of Trivia Tuesday, we turn our focus to the Clear Admit School Guide to Northwestern / Kellogg to learn about the school’s Global Initiatives in Management course.
“Kellogg’s international programs are coordinated by the International Business & Markets Program (IBMP). The academic core of the IBMP is the International Business major, which focuses on imparting the specialized tools and knowledge needed to lead an international firm. Areas of instruction include international marketing, accounting, finance and healthcare, as well as cross-cultural negotiation, international management strategies and doing business in emerging economies.
“In addition to the International Business major, the IBMP also runs the Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) course, one of Kellogg’s most popular electives. Over 400 Kellogg students enroll in the course each year, usually during the winter or summer quarters. Each GIM section of 35 students chooses a country of focus, and each student chooses a target industry or economic sector to study, taking on various leadership roles within their teams. Recent courses have focused on countries worldwide, including China, Ecuador, Germany Japan and South Africa, with students studying industries ranging from e-commerce and pharmaceuticals to eco-tourism and microenterprise.
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 focus on entrepreneurship.
“Both Johnson and Cornell University itself provide a wealth of academic and experiential opportunities for MBA students interested in entrepreneurship.
“The school’s Entrepreneurship & Private Equity immersion program is designed for students who plan to start new ventures or become principals in venture capital or private equity firms. Its foundation course provides an in-depth exploration of business plan creation, valuation and management of high-growth businesses, and leveraged buyouts, among other topics. Students in this immersion work together as a cohort to support each other both academically and professionally; many spend the subsequent summer creating or implementing their own business plans, often collaborating with faculty and fellow students to hone their ideas and generate funding. Continue reading…
The focus of this week’s column in the Trivia Tuesday series, in which we cover the unique program elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers, is the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Today we’re sharing a passage from the Clear Admit School Guide to McCombs that describes the school’s AIM Investment Center.
“The AIM Investment Center, created by an endowment provided by AIM Management Group co-founders Gary Crum and Bob Graham, provides students with the resources to gain an experiential perspective on investment management. The center’s EDS Financial Trading and Technology Center, founded by former dean George Gau and sponso
red by technology services company Electronic Data Systems, includes an accurate recreation of a Wall Street trading room complete with real-time stock quotes and cutting-edge telecommunications systems – a resource which enables finance professors to incorporate the latest technology into their courses. The center also provides office space for the members of the MBA Investment Fund to manage their three multi-million-dollar investment portfolios.
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 experiential learning opportunities.
“All Tuck students have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in business through the required First-Year Project, through which teams of students complete a consulting project for a business or nonprofit organization. Some students choose to pursue this type of learning in more depth, taking advantage of Tuck’s second-year experiential learning programs.
“The Tuck Global Consultancy, sponsored by the Center for International Business, is an opportunity for second-year students to participate in on-site consulting projects overseas. Teams of students work under the supervision of advisors with extensive consulting experience to define their projects before traveling to the project site to conduct on-site research and analysis. Each team presents its initial findings to their clients’ on-site senior managers and its finished reports to U.S. management. Continue reading…
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.
“Before entering the workplace of their “shadowees,” students examine key studies and concepts in managerial behavior through their other courses, building a theoretical framework to help them assess the management situations they will witness during the project. After the shadowing period, students synthesize their observations in a graded report that objectively profiles the leadership style of their shadowee. Continue reading…
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…
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 Entrepreneurship Initiative.
“Harvard offers students an array of opportunities to study entrepreneurship. In addition to analyzing cases on varied startup enterprises during the RC year, all RC students are required to take the course titled “The Entrepreneurial Manager.” In their second year, students may choose from over 30 courses and field study opportunities offered on the topic (see Figure 3.2).
“Approximately 30 of the school’s faculty members are part of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, and more than 50 faculty members list it as an area of interest. In 1997, Harvard launched a California Research Center in Menlo Park, near Palo Alto, to serve as a resource for faculty members investigating business issues in Silicon Valley (see Chapter 9, “HBS Research Centers and Institutes”). Research conducted from this base has resulted in the composition of 225 cases on technology and investment in myriad startups. Continue reading…
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.
“Given the relatively small size of each section and the intensely participatory nature of Darden’s case-based learning style, the school reassigns students to new sections partway through the first year, a practice followed by only a handful of other schools. This allows students to benefit from the ideas and perspectives of a new group of classmates during spring case discussions. Section loyalty runs deep at Darden, despite the mid-year reshuffling of the class. Inter-section athletic events and other competitions take place each year, with students’ fall sections holding their principal allegiance. In addition, alumni returning to campus often identify themselves by their section affiliation.
“Darden first-years are further divided into roughly 60 learning teams of five or six students apiece. As with the sections, learning team assignments are made with an eye to the diversity of students’ professional, academic and geographic backgrounds. However, Darden’s learning teams differ from those at most schools in that they are made up of students drawn from different sections of the class. Because class participation counts for such a large percentage of the grade in each course, case-based schools such as Darden and Harvard try to avoid placing two members of the same section in a learning team together. This arrangement allows students to share their insights freely in team discussions without having to compete against their teammates in the classroom.
“Unlike the first-year sections, Darden’s learning teams work together throughout the first year. Students are expected to use their teams as a resource for sharing and testing ideas before introducing them in the classroom. Above all, though, the team experience is seen as an exercise in learning to lead a diverse group toward a shared goal. The school expects students to be committed to their learning teams, and this commitment plays a central role in the lives of first-years.
“To support the work of the Learning Teams, Darden reserves a dedicated study room for each team from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday evenings. This practice is nearly unique among Darden’s peer programs; few business schools have enough study rooms to provide their learning teams with dedicated meeting space throughout the week.”
To read more about Darden’s offerings for first-year students, as well as to obtain in-depth information about the MBA program and curriculum, be sure to check out the Clear Admit School Guide to Darden. All Clear Admit School Guides are available for immediate purchase and download on the Clear Admit shop.
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