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Avoid 3 Mistakes When Building Your MBA Budget

Submitted By Stacy Blackman, Stacy Blackman Consulting

The MBA admissions process requires determination, dedication and hard work. But don’t let the effort required to gain admission stop you from tackling another important aspect of business school success: your budget.

Given the rising cost of a top business degree, even a small budgeting mistake can cost you a fair amount. Here are three mistakes to avoid as you create your plan to pay for business school.

1. Not starting early enough: Ideally, you would have considered the cost of an MBA when deciding whether to attend business school or in the first place. This includes thinking about tuition along with external costs such as wages lost by leaving your job.

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Pick the right varsity, get funded too

Submitted By The Red Pen – University & MBA Admissions Advising

It is no big discovery to learn that undergraduate education abroad is expensive. As of August 2014, the annual cost of attending college in the US is approximately $50,000 to $60,000 or Rs. 30 to 36 Lakhs.  That is a whopping quarter million dollars over four years.  While this estimate does college fees, living expenses and insurance, additional costs will include travel to and from India. And, if a student elects to attend a summer term or do an extra year, expenses increase.

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MBA Admissions: Preparing For The Interview

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“MBA Admissions: Preparing For The Interview” is the latest post in our series Navigate the MBA Maze.

Here are three key tips on how to present yourself during those crucial face-to-face minutes.

1.  Structure Your Answers.Structure helps your interviewer see where you’re going with your answer and helps you remember where you’re going, too.

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MBA interview prep and tips with our friend, GrantMeAdmission!

Submitted By Critical Square

For this blog post we reached out to our good friend who is going through the MBA journey right now to discuss MBA interview prep. He blogs about his journey @ GrantMeAdmission so we thought – what’s on his mind as round 1 interview invites start rolling out? What’s keeping him up at night and what questions might he have for us? Curious? Check it out!


At Critical Square, our goal is simple – to enable yours! We have services and solutions for every applicant and our MBA Interview Prep services are detailed, rigorous, and in-depth! As they say, you never get a second chance at a first impression and, with our prep services, we’ll make sure you won’t need one!

GrantMeAdmission comes from a corporate leadership rotation program and he is also intensely involved with professional non-profit organizations in addition to blogging about his MBA journey. Throughout his career he has interviewed several candidates in various settings ranging from panel, one-on-one, and group interviews. He has a lot of firsthand experience interviewing candidates and knows how nerve-wracking it can be!

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How to Master MBA Interviews

By Stacy Blackman, Stacy Blackman Consulting

‘Tis the season for interviews! This is the most unpredictable portion of the MBA application process, since every interviewer is different. The same interviewer may even react differently depending on his or her mood that day. For the lucky round one MBA applicants who have been invited to interview by their target business schools, here are several tips for preparing and guidance on what to expect.

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How to Pick Between Full Time, Part Time, Online, and Executive MBA Programs!

By Critical Square

For some applicants, the decision is black and white. For others, the grey areas are significant. And others don’t really know the difference to begin with. So the great question is, how do you pick between full time, part time, and executive MBA programs? There are a lot of things to think about such as your goals, budget, age, needs, and options. That’s what makes this decision such a personal one – there is no ONE answer. No RIGHT answer.

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“Personal Branding” for MBA Applicants

By Dan Bauer, The MBA Exchange

What exactly is a brand? Most of us consider it to mean a distinctive set of attributes intended to differentiate competing products of different companies.  Coke vs. Pepsi. BMW vs. Mercedes. Verizon vs. AT&T.

Digging deeper, it’s helpful to think of a brand as a promise from the provider that the buyer’s experience with the branded product will meet or exceed expectations. If that promise is clear and credible, then the buyer is likely to believe it and make the purchase. This is true for soft drinks, automobiles, cellular services – and, yes, MBA applicants!

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Resume Guidelines for prospective MBAs

By Dr. Aviva Legatt, VivED Consulting LLC

The power of a well-crafted, attractive, and clear resume cannot be overstated. When your resume is reviewed as part of the admissions evaluation, the reader does not have the luxury of time to request additional details from each applicant.

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Aligning Your Resume With Your Application Essays

Submitted by Accepted

Aligning Your Resume With Your Application Essays” is the latest post in our series, Navigate the MBA Maze.

MBA and other graduate school applicants frequently submit a resume with their applications. Many schools require it, and some schools, such as Columbia Business School, even specify a given format. The resume not only will present a valuable context for your other materials, but it also will give the adcom readers an easy point of reference as they read your essays.

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Pre-Application Tip: Work on Your Résumé First

By Cristina Freeman, Admissions Unlimited. Where are you headed?

You just clicked “new document,” geared up to tell the MBA admissions committee about your long-term goals, most significant accomplishments and how you overcame a failure.  But 30 minutes later, you are still staring at blank screen.  Ideas are swirling around in your mind, but you can’t quite pin them down and decide what to discuss.

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