1-year or 2-year? [Infographic]

Torn between 1-year and 2-year MBA programs, “Which one to apply to?”

If that’s the case, then you are not in minority. According to 2015 mba.com Prospective Students Survey, a product of Graduate Management Admission Council, the owner of GMAT, the preference is almost evenly split between the two (in a sample size of more than …

Why Bloomberg Survey on HBS-Stanford Dual Admits Is Not Representative?

2015 Bloomberg survey throws up surprising data on HBS-Stanford rivalry on MBA admissions. Of 63 dual admits (a good sample size considering that only about 150-odd applicants get accepted to both the schools) they surveyed, 56% opted for Stanford, 22% for HBS, and a whopping 22% for a school other than the two.

In this post, I’ll analyze the aforesaid data, using independent data on yield, number of dual admits, and number of accepted applicants, and show why it is not representative of the choices made by HBS-Stanford dual admits in the class of 2014.

(Warning: the analysis involves some calculation.)

Is Your GMAT Score 30 Points Below the Average Score of Your Target School?

If yes, then read on.

This post may resolve some of your dilemmas on retaking the test in such situations.

There are applicants who think they’ve blown away their chances of making it to top-ten schools after getting an unsatisfactory 720 in GMAT (this post holds good for GRE as well), cursing lapse of those few crucial moments of concentration while taking the test.

Though this example of 720 may be bit extreme, there are genuine cases of concern where applicants fall short of the average GMAT score of their target school by a tantalizing 30-odd points.

MBA vs. Specialized Master’s Programs: Trends

If you’ve just started to think about a business degree, then you may get confused by plethora of options offered by B-schools these days.

There are myriad of MBA programs (full-time two-year, full-time one-year, part-time, flexible, online, executive, and joint degree) and specialized master’s programs (accounting, finance, management, marketing, international management, supply chain management, data analytics, and so on) to choose from.

Of these, which are more preferred?

Why some applicants don't join HBS?

11% Accepted Applicants Don’t Join HBS – Where Do They Go?

MIT Sloan loses nearly 40% of its accepted applicants. Chicago Booth, too, loses nearly 40%. Tuck and Ross, almost 50%.

And these are some of the best MBA programs around.
Where do these accepted applicants go?

Most to higher-ranked and rival schools such as HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, and Kellogg. And a small fraction drops out i.e. doesn’t join any school (for reasons to be covered later in this post).

It’s understandable that a Sloan admit is very likely to prefer HBS over Sloan, but why does an HBS-admit, sometimes, not join HBS despite its unmatched brand equity.

Getting B-school Application Reviewed by Alumni: Avoid These Mistakes

Few months back, I received an application for feedback from an applicant who, despite having a solid academic and professional profile, didn’t get interview calls from both the schools he applied to in the first round.

There were few glaring oversights in his essays, which largely explained the disappointing result he had. What was different in this case, though, was that his application was vetted by a friend and current B-school student (one and the same person). Yet, those mistakes slipped through the crack.

Possible reason?