A return to the fundamentals

Posted by on Nov 24, 2010 in Schools in Focus, Why pursue an MBA?

Businessweek has authored a series of articles around its recent release of its annual ranking journal, Best Business Schools 2010, which highlight relevant trends in MBA programs that contributed to their individual rankings.  While only those who live in a bubble or on Sir Richard Branson’s island are unaware of the state of the economy, […]

MBA Podcaster: “Getting into the Wharton School”

Co-founder Kofi Kankam provides MBA Application tips and strategies for The Wharton School.

Chicago (Booth) Essay Analysis

Overview: Booth is known for their unique application because of their famous Power Point question.  Not intended to be a plug for Microsoft (I hope they received a royalty), the question is a way to encourage you to think creatively about how to deliver your brand and differentiated message.  The application also includes some of […]

Darthmouth (Tuck) Essay Analysis: 2010 – 2011

Overview:  Tuck has a well-balanced set of essay questions.  Think about the importance of teamwork and leadership when organizing the Tuck essays.  They will want to see demonstrated leadership skills, and how you interact in a team setting.  Essays 2 and 3 give you a great opportunity to express your leadership skills while Essay 4 […]

Stanford Essay Analysis: 2010 – 2011

Overview:  It is certainly important for you to think very introspectively during the application process and with this set of essay questions; Stanford seeks to get inside your mind to understand what’s important to you, how you think and your career aspirations.  With applications like these, it is very important to do some brainstorming before […]

MIT (Sloan) Essay Review: 2010 – 2011

Overview:  MIT Sloan’s application probes for what they are looking for in Sloan students: people who have made an impact in their career, taken active leadership roles, and are innovative in their approach to attacking business problems.  These essays are relatively short (500 words), but give you the opportunity to really sell your differentiating characteristics.  […]

Beat the GMAT Guest Writer: How to beat a bad GPA

Today was an interesting morning – four candidates with stellar professional experience –  two who were charismatic, and two who were a bit more introverted.  All were exceptionally nice.  However, they were unified in each having GPAs which were sub-optimal for the top-tier MBA programs they are trying to get into.  I felt like a […]

Columbia Essay Analysis: 2010 – 2011

Essay 1 What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit) Overview:  This question is relatively straightforward and consistent with “standard” MBA questions related to short-term and long-term career goals post MBA admission.  It is clearly a pre-requisite for any MBA program […]

Duke Essay Analysis: 2010 – 2011

Overview:  Don’t be deceived by the basic Duke essay questions—these “open” questions can be some of the toughest to write.  There is quite a bit of room for you to deliver your message to the Fuqua MBA admission committee by plotting out your story in advance.   Make sure to think abut what you want to […]

Harvard Business School Essay Analysis: 2010 – 2011

The Harvard Business School essays are similar to last year save two swapped essays topics for the last two optional essays.  When thinking about the HBS essays, reflect on how you have exhibited leadership and made an impact on your career and community pursuits.