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Harvard Business School has held onto its first-place spot in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of MBA programs in the United States. Meanwhile, Wharton and Sloan are ascendant, taking over second and third place respectively.

Here are Bloomberg’s top ten:

– Harvard Business School
The Wharton School
Sloan School of Management
Booth School of Business
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Fuqua School of Business
Tuck School of Business
Kellogg School of Management
Columbia Business School
Jones Graduate School of Business

Both HBS and Booth are unchanged in their rankings from last year,…

What do FastFloss, the “comfortable, easy and quick way to floss all your teeth at once” and Waypoint, a system that uses “augmented reality to train frontline workers on complex process using holographic workflows,” have in common?

That’s easy – both are projects that have been selected to participate in Harvard Business School’s Rock Accelerator Program!

The founders of these ventures are among 15 teams in this term’s Rock Accelerator cohort.

Overall, 44 teams applied to the accelerator program this year. To be eligible, teams must include at least one member who is a current HBS MBA student.


University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has announced that 13 MBA students are the recipients of this year’s Haas Finance Fellowships. These fellowships provide funding to students who have demonstrated an interest in various areas of finance.

This year’s awardees include three Investment Banking Fellow, four Entrepreneurial Finance Fellows, and four Investment Management and Quantitative Finance Fellows. These fellowships come with $5,000 awards that students apply for in the fall and receive in the spring.

Additionally, two of the Finance Fellows are CJ White Fellows. This award, for students pursuing careers in finance, includes up…

The Economist has released its 2017 ranking of full-time MBA programs. This year, Kellogg has grabbed the number one spot. Overall, the top ten are:

– Kellogg School of Management
– Booth School of Business
– Harvard Business School
– The Wharton School
– Stanford Graduate School of Business
– UCLA Anderson School of Management
– Haas School of Business
– Tuck School of Business
– Columbia Business School
– Darden School of Business

Like last year’s ranking, this year’s ranking stands out in that two schools from the Chicago area took the top honors.

What’s different this year, though, is that Kellogg and Booth have swapped places,…

A team of students from the Wharton School have won Tesla’s first MBA case competition, which means they will be offered internships at Tesla this summer.

Held at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, the competition brought together a dozen teams from business schools on multiple continents.

The starting point for the Tesla case competition was a fairly general question: what new features could improve Tesla customers’ experience?

Writing in the Wharton Journal, Wharton’s team explained that they began with extensive research. They polled their entire Wharton MBA class, with about a quarter of students responding. They…

Financial Times has released its 2017 ranking of Executive MBA programs, with the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program holding onto its number one place from last year. The top ten programs on FT’s list are:

– Kellogg-HKUST
– EMBA-Global Asia
– Tsinghua-INSEAD
– EMBA-Global Americas & Europe
– Antai College of Economics and Management
– Olin Business School
– Saïd Business School
– ESCP Europe

There are some noticeable changes from last year’s EMBA ranking. For example, EMBA-Global Americas & Europe has risen from eighth to fourth, while INSEAD has correspondingly dropped from fourth to eighth.

The most significant change to the top ten, though, is the…

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business has announced that Shari Hubert will be the school’s new associate dean of admissions. Hubert joins Fuqua after five years as head of admissions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Fuqua has been looking for a new associate dean of admissions since Hubert’s predecessor left in the spring. According to Russ Morgan, senior associate dean for full-time programs at Fuqua, “Shari stood out in an incredibly talented and competitive pool of candidates.”

Morgan said that “Shari is a terrific fit within our culture. She is a demonstrated collaborative…

Forbes’s latest round of MBA rankings is out, with pleasant surprises for IMD and Wharton in particular. Forbes divides their rankings into three categories: United States MBA programs, international one-year MBA programs, and international two-year programs.

In the international one-year category, IMD came out on top:



3.IE Business School

4.Cambridge (Judge)

5.SDA Bocconi

Among international two-year programs, London Business School placed first:

1. London Business School



4.HEC Paris


Finally, for U.S. schools, Wharton took first place:

1. Wharton

2.Stanford GSB

3. Harvard Business School

4. Northwestern (Kellogg)

5. Dartmouth (Tuck)

So how are these rankings determined? As it turns out, Forbes’s…

Yale School of Management has announced a new dual master’s degree, created in partnership with four other global business schools. Students participating in the program will receive a master’s degree from one of the partner schools after their first year of study, then receive a second degree from Yale.

The second degree is Yale’s Master of Management Studies in Global Business and Society. As the name suggests, the program has an international bent.

The four partner schools where students can earn their first master’s degree are all members of the Global Network for Advanced Management….

Two graduates of Harvard Business School’s MBA class of 1992, Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine, have donated $12.5 million to the school, the largest donation toward scholarship aid in HBS history.

Out of the $12.5 million, $10 million will go to the Lavine Family Fellowship Challenge Fund, which will match scholarship donations. An additional $500,000 will go to the HBS Fund.

Finally, $1 million each will go toward creating two scholarships, the Lavine Family Fellowship and the Herbert J. Bachelor Fellowship.

The latter fellowship is named in honor of Jeannie’s father, who was a first-generation college student and received…

Classes are underway at University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, which means the school’s new $60 million building, Chou Hall, is now in use.

The building boasts a range of high-tech features like microphones in the desks. Perhaps most impressive, though, are the building’s green credentials.

Chou Hall, which Haas says is “on track to be the country’s greenest academic building,” is the first academic building in the United States built to the standards of LEED Platinum Certification.

The building’s design includes energy-efficient heating and lighting systems, as well as cisterns to collect rainwater…

The Class of 2019 at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business includes a CIA economic analyst, a nationally ranked chess player, and a major in the Indian Army.

If that’s not enough, it also has New York Times project manager, someone who raised money to open a 15-bed shelter for LGBTQ kids while he was in college, and an aerospace engineer at NASA.

These tidbits might suggest to you that Ross’s latest class is both highly accomplished and diverse – and you’d be right.

Ross is quick to point out that its latest cohort has the highest…

You might think a 730 GMAT and a 3.69 GPA is pretty good. But if you’re an MBA student at Yale School of Management, it’s just enough to make you average! And even a 760 GMAT and 3.94 GPA lands you in the middle 80 percent.

That’s according to data released on the school latest MBA class. Overall, the numbers paint a picture of a highly accomplished class, with the middle 80 percent of GMAT scores ranging from 690 to 760 and the middle 80 percent of undergrad GPAs between 3.38 and 3.94.

For those who took…

The University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has welcomed its MBA Class of 2019. And at 284 students, it’s the school’s largest MBA class yet!

If 284 people doesn’t seem like an overwhelmingly large student body to you, you’re right – Haas is known for its small MBA class sizes.

But while the school’s MBA class has grown in quantity, it doesn’t seem to have sacrificed any quality. According to data from the school, this year’s average GMAT score is up to 725, and the average GPA is now at 3.71.

This year’s GMAT scores…

Financial Times has published its 2017 list of top MBAs for entrepreneurship, which looks at how entrepreneurial alums from each program tend to be as well as how their business school education contributed to their experience as entrepreneurs.


This year, the top ten schools are:

  1. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  2. MIT Sloan School of Management
  3. Babson College Olin Graduate School of Business
  4. Cambridge Judge School of Business
  5. University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business
  6. Dartmouth Tuck School of Business
  7. City, University…

Times Higher Education have announced that they will team up with the Wall Street Journal to create a new set of business school rankings. The first edition of the rankings will debut in Spring 2018. 

THE is known for its yearly ranking of international universities. And THE and WSJ already collaborate on college rankings that they publish annually. Now, the two plan to expand their partnership into B-school rankings. 


Besides ranking MBA programs, the THE/WSJ business school rankings will cover two other kinds of increasingly popular graduate business…

The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants has released the results of their 2017 MBA Applicant Survey. The survey contains a range of insights into how applicants typically approach the business school application process and what sources they tend to rely on in researching schools.

Among other things, the results show that while applicants are getting information online at rates higher than ever before, they place a premium on personalized, human interactions with schools – a situation that AIGAC dubs the “millennial paradox.” 


AIGAC’s survey included 2,868 participants who intend to…

Harvard Business School has announced a new Master of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA) joint degree that will debut in August of 2018. 

A collaboration between HBS and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the new program is targeted at those interested in developing their general management and tech skills to become leaders in the tech industry. 


Nitin Nohria, HBS’s dean, said that the program would “bridge the divide between engineering and business for aspiring leaders in the tech…

Applying to Harvard Business School just got a little easier for active duty military members. The school has announced that it will waive its $250 application fee for members of the military applying to its MBA program. 

The fee waiver is supported by a gift from Michael J. Zak, who served in the United States Marine Corps before attending HBS and graduating in 1981.


Chad Losee, HBS’s admissions director, said the fee waiver would help HBS attract military students, who bring a unique perspective to the school.

In Losee’s words: “Leadership…

In March, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business announced Kirsten Moss as its new admissions director.

Now, as of June 1, she has officially started in her new role, and Stanford GSB has marked the beginning of her tenure by releasing an interview that sheds some light on how she intends to approach the job. 


The interview tells us many things – from the fact that Moss is an avid dancer in her free time to the fact that she recently added a doctorate of psychology to her list of accomplishments. Most…

Online MBA students tend to be older, with more work experience, than traditional full-time MBA students, according to a new survey from U.S. News.


The data collected by U.S. News from over 100 ranked online MBA programs reveals that online MBA students have an average age of 33 – six years older than their on-campus counterparts.

Along the same lines, online MBA students entered their programs with eight years of experience on average, which is about twice as much as on-campus, full-time MBA students.

One of the selling points of online MBA programs…

GMAC has released their 2017 Prospective Students Survey Report, finding that while business master’s programs continue to rise in popularity, many master’s recipients later go back for MBAs.

As expected, GMAC found that master’s and MBA degrees tended to attract different kinds of candidates. Master’s applicants tend to be younger, with less work experience, and they tend to be interested in acquiring more specific technical skills.

Meanwhile, MBA applicants are older on average, and they’re more likely to want to develop more general skills in leadership and management.


While this finding fits with…

New York University’s Stern School of Business has announced two new specialized MBA programs: one in tech, and one in fashion.

Both are streamlined one-year programs. Raghu Sundaram, Stern’s Vice Dean for MBA Program’s and Online Learning, said the one-year schedule would be an efficient way for students to gain industry-specific experience while “reducing the opportunity cost with a more affordable MBA option.”

With both programs, Stern intends to take advantage of its location to offer an immersive experience.

For example, the Fashion & Luxury MBA includes several hands-on projects with companies in New York as well as…

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business has announced that their new Director of Admissions and Financial Aid will be Luke Anthony Peña, formerly Stanford GSB’s Director of MBA Admissions.

The announcement concludes an in-depth search that has been underway for three months after Tuck’s former admissions director, Dawna Clarke, stepped down to start an admissions consulting firm in the fall of 2016.


Gina Clark de Cognets, who chaired the search, said that Peña stood out in the applicant pool as a “collaborative and strategic leader” whose “energy and enthusiasm…

Peking University’s HSBC Business School has acquired a property in Oxford, England that it will use to launch an overseas campus. When the campus opens in summer of 2018, the business school will become the first in China to launch a campus abroad.

Peking University’s HSBC Business School, or PHBS for short, was founded in 2004 and named in honor of a 2008 donation from banking company HSBC. The school has an international bent, with classes taught in English.

According to the school, programs at the new UK campus will “focus on professional knowledge of China’s economy, financial market…

The United States has the best business schools in the world – according to United States business schools anyway. Not that they’d be biased or anything.

A recent Kaplan Test Prep survey of 125 business schools in the United States found that at the overwhelming majority of schools, admissions officers thought U.S. business schools were doing a better job than their European and Asian counterparts.

Specifically, 97 percent of the schools surveyed agreed that U.S. business schools prepared their students better than European schools. And 96 percent thought U.S. schools were better than Asian business schools.


It’s been a big few weeks for business school donations. First, the Wharton School announced that they’d received a $10 million donation to create a deferred enrollment program for University of Pennsylvania undergrads.

Now, with the Haas School of Business and INSEAD receiving equally significant gifts, there seems to be a trend.

Haas’s gift is for $15 million, with the potential to grow by $5 million or $10 million after five years. The gift is the school’s largest ever from an alum under 40 and comes from Haas graduate Kevin Chou and his wife Connie…

Applying to schools for your MBA can be a long and sometimes difficult process.

Then comes the even harder decision of deciding which school you want to attend once you’ve been admitted.

We know you take time to decide where you go because you know it impacts the course of your career.

This is why we would love for you to take the AIGAC survey so that schools and consultants can understand how to make the admissions process better for future MBA applicants!


The AIGAC (The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants) has put together…

Deferred enrollment programs are an increasingly popular way for students to apply to MBA programs right out of college while still gaining work experience before matriculating. And now Wharton is getting into the game with a new deferred enrollment program for Penn undergrads.

The impetus for the new program was a $10 million grant from Wharton graduates Ken Moelis and Julie Taffet Moelis. Ken Moelis earned his MBA as part of a program previously in place that allowed Wharton students to complete an undergraduate degree plus an MBA in five years.



INSEAD’s one-year MBA program topped last year’s Financial Times MBA ranking. But the program’s success apparently doesn’t mean INSEAD will become complacent.

Instead, the school has just announced that it will be implementing a new MBA curriculum starting this fall. The new curriculum introduces several changes, including a more personalized structure, new tech-related electives, and a greater emphasis on the relationship between business and social issues.

The new curriculum, which has been in the works for two years, will include a new component that INSEAD calls the “Personal Leadership Development Program.” Through individualized coaching, the program will aim…