Fortune: The Hottest New MBA Is Not an MBA at All

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Source: Fortune by Ethan Baron Dec 8, 2015 For many mid-tier business schools, the last few years have been tough. The hyper growth of the MBA degree, making it the most popular graduate degree in the U.S., has stalled. Some schools, including Wake Forest University and Simmons College, have recently pulled out of the full-time, on-campus MBA market after years …

Fortune: MBA Applicants are Still Cheating on Essays

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Source: Fortune by Claire Groden Nov 19, 2015 Despite anti-cheating efforts, the cheating rate hasn’t changed. In the past few years, business schools have become increasingly attuned to plagiarism in application essays, and many now run applications through plagiarism-detection software. But according to MBA managing director Carrie Marcinkevage at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, the number of plagiarizing applicants …

Bloomberg: The High Cost of Networking at Business School

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Source: Bloomberg Business by Sarah Grant Nov 18, 2015 For Victor Eng, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker in his first year at Columbia Business School, it was demoralizing to see his bank account diminish three months into the school year. “There’s something psychologically negative about it,” he said. But, he added, spending more than his budget allows is a …

Washington Post: Where to go to business school if you want the highest salary

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Source: The Washington Post by Jonnelle Marte Oct 22, 2015 There’s more to choosing a business school than its name. Unless your primary goal is to make as much money as possible. Unlike undergraduate programs, where the schools producing the highest earners are often relatively unknown, the graduate schools with the highest-earning MBA grads are usually the ones with the …

Harvard Business School finally ranks #1

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For the first time since BusinessWeek started ranking MBA programs 27 years ago, Harvard Business School has been ranked number 1 by the influential ranking published today. HBS rose seven spots to grab the top spot. The ranking shuffle is the result of a methodology change, which the publication says “now focuses on what most people hope to get after …

P&Q: Re-applicants are accepted at lower rates

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Source: Poets & Quants by John A. Byrne Sep 4, 2015 One in ten students Harvard Business School enrolled this year got into the school’s prestigious MBA program after initially being rejected by the admissions office. Dee Leopold, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid, said that this year’s class of 937 students includes 94 who had been re-applicants. …

UCLA Anderson Essay Questions 2015-2016

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University of California, Los Angeles – Anderson School of Management Full-time MBA program – Application essays We believe that the best results are achieved when you share success, think fearlessly and drive change. With this in mind, what are your goals at UCLA Anderson and in your short-term and long-term career? (750 words maximum) Optional essays Are there any extenuating …

UCLA Anderson Recommendation Questions 2015-2016

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University of California, Los Angeles – Anderson School of Management Full-time MBA program – LOR Prompts Two letters of recommendation are required. How do the candidate’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well?qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail …

Los Angeles Times: UCLA’s Anderson school to get $100-million gift from namesake’s widow

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Source: Los Angeles Times by Larry Gordon May 13, 2015 UCLA’s graduate management school will receive $100 million from the widow of its namesake, businessman John Anderson, officials are announcing Thursday. Marion Anderson made the donation as the UCLA business school has become mainly self-supporting; it no longer receives state funds for master’s degree programs and relies more heavily on …

P&Q: The Ultimate B-School Exam: A Barsac Or A Sauternes?

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Source: Poets & Quants by Zoheb Davar Apr 27, 2015 Three MBA students swirl an unknown Bordeaux in large decanters and scan the wine at various angles. They take long sniffs over and over again to understand all the subtle nuances of the drink. They jot down notes in between sniffs, then sip, slurp, swash, and deluge their palates. “It’s …

UCLA Anderson Recommendation Questions 2013-2014

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University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management Full-time MBA program – Application essays Anderson requires one (1) letters of recommendation, preferably from a supervisor. Anderson asks the recommenders to answer the following questions: How strong is the candidate’s focus in terms of being results-oriented, strategically-minded, and career-driven? How does the candidate demonstrate leadership, e.g., by creating a vision, …

UCLA Anderson Essay Questions 2013-2014

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University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management Full-time MBA program – Application essays Required essay(s): What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from UCLA Anderson specifically help you achieve these goals? (750 words maximum) Optional essay(s): Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? …