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Financing Your MBA, Part II

In the first of our multi-part series on financing your MBA, we took a look last week at the costs involved in attending a top-tier business school. Now, with a better handle on how much money you’ll need, let’s start looking at where that funding will come from. Students typically rely on a mixture of savings, fellowships and scholarships, employer or outside assistance, and loans to meet the cost of an MBA program. According to the GMAC 2015 Prospective Student Survey, domestic applicants from... Read more »

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Harvard Business School Case Method Video Slated for Makeover

If you’ve looked at the new essay prompt for Harvard Business School (HBS) this year, you may have noticed that applicants are encouraged to view a video before starting to write. If you hadn’t noticed, you’re welcome. HBS Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Dee Leopold is passionate about applicants watching this video, which brings to life the signature HBS case method. “I am a nut about that,” she confesses. “If I could require that applicants watch it, I would.” The case method... Read more »

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A PEEK Is All It Takes: HBS’s Innovative Initiative to Woo Women

HBS Professor Youngme Moon teaching PEEK students Photo credit: Evgenia Eliseeva For Priyanka Krishnamoorthy, a 2015 Mt. Holyoke graduate working in investment banking at Bank of America, a recent weekend at Harvard Business School (HBS) helped set her sights on pursuing an MBA. The Sri Lankan native majored in economics and minored in math and had been thinking about business school for a while. She originally read about PEEK—an innovative weekend program HBS debuted last month for students fro... Read more »

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HBS 2015-2016 Recommendation Questions

The 2015-2016 HBS MBA recommendation questions are up on the Harvard Business School admissions website. The HBS recommendation comprises identifying information about the recommender, a brief explanation of the recommender’s relationship with the applicant, and a question about how many HBS MBA applicants the recommender is supporting this year, followed by a grid on which the recommender is asked to rate the applicant on a series of skills and qualities. The program then poses two questi... Read more »

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FIFA Corruption Scandal Serves Up Ethics Course Material for MBA Students

“Ethics and integrity are essential in the world of sport and are topics that have continued to gain importance for FIFA and the football community in recent years.” These words, spoken by former Fédération Internationale de Football (FIFA) President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter in August of last year, ring somewhat hollow today. At the time, the international governing body for soccer that he then led was preparing to host the first-ever World Summit on Ethics in Sports in Belgium. “We the... Read more »

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HBS Alumnus Gives Largest Gift in University’s History to School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

An alumnus of the Harvard Business School (HBS) today made the largest gift in Harvard University’s history—a $400 million endowment that will support the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The gift, from billionaire hedge fund manager John A. Paulson (MBA ’80), will help fund SEAS’s planned expansion across the river from Cambridge to Allston, where its scientists and engineers will occupy research and teaching facilities adjacent to HBS and the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab). “... Read more »

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Sustainability Takes Center Stage at Harvard Business School Commencement

Leah Ricci (left) and Allison Webster (right) stand ready to help HBS Commencement attendees dispose of materials properly Forget crimson. The stoles and tassels worn by Harvard Business School (HBS) graduates today may have been deep red, but the school was going for green in its commencement exercises this year. As part of the day’s events—as well as those of Class Day yesterday and Reunion tomorrow—HBS graduates, alumni and guests will take part in a coordinated composting effort unlike any i... Read more »

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Columbia Business School Admissions Director Provides Insight into 2015-16 Essays

Columbia Business School (CBS) kicked off the application cycle for the Class of 2018, sending its application live in late April, before any other leading business school. Though this year’s essay questions aren’t hugely different from last year’s, the school’s admissions director took time to share her perspective on the subtle changes with Clear Admit and offer some guidance to applicants who may be preparing to embark upon the application process. Speaking to Clear Admit yesterday, Admission... Read more »

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Harvard Business School 2015-2016 Deadlines

Harvard has announced the HBS MBA deadlines for the 2015-2016 admissions season. Candidates for the Harvard MBA Class of 2018 should note that all application materials are due at noon on the submissions deadline date. The HBS MBA deadlines for the Class of 2018 are: Round 1 Application Deadline: September 9, 2015 Decision Notification: December 2015 Round 2 Application Deadline: January 6, 2016 Decision Notification: March 2016 Round 3 Application Deadline: April 4, 2016 Decision Notification: ... Read more »

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Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2015-2016

Harvard Business School’s 2015-2016 MBA application essay was announced last week. This is a new prompt for this admissions season; whereas applicants were previously invited to share something with the admissions committee that didn’t appear elsewhere in their applications, they are now asked to introduce themselves to their sections: the 90 students with whom they will take all of their first-year MBA classes. Further, whereas the HBS essay has been technically optional for the pas... Read more »

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