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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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MBA Letters Of Recommendation

Submitted by Accepted

Selecting your recommenders takes a strategy. I like to begin with the basics: Who, When, What, Where, and How. I also like to suggest that you make the recommendation more credible to the admissions committee.


Who are the best people to address the questions the school are ask? Who are the best people to affirm what you say and also add information that you don’t have the chance to include in your essay?

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MBA Recommendation Advice

By Dr. Aviva Hirschfeld Legatt, VivED Consulting LLC

There is a myth that the higher the social or professional status of the recommender, the more competitive or impressive the recommendation reads to the admission committee. Rather than search your Rolodex or LinkedIn for a long list VIP contact, look at your immediate professional circle. Someone who has directly supervised and observed your work will be in the best position to comment about your candidacy for the MBA program. When you have made the decision to apply for an MBA, make sure to share your plans and goals for studying for the MBA with these individuals and seek their advice.

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Overcoming Hurdles: Financing Your MBA and Graduate Degree

Submitted by Prodigy Finance

Almost nothing about business school is cheap.  The value of education at this level is an investment into your future. And, just about every student allowed the prestige of adding three letters to their CV and title reports that it’s absolutely worth it.

Most candidates, however, don’t have the resources available to pay for graduate education outright.  That’s not surprising given that tuition at elite business schools starts around USD 50,000 per year.  Harvard Business School’s price tag is over USD 60,000 for tuition alone.  On the other side of the Atlantic, the cost of attending an INSEAD programme is more than EUR 65,000 for ten months of study.

But, many students qualify for some form of “free” financial aid.  Upon acceptance of placement, many schools enter candidates into a database for potential scholarships and bursaries.  The more unique your situation (and the earlier your application), the more likely you are to receive some form of a grant.

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Developing Engaging Stories for MBA Essays – Tip # 3

By Poonam Tandon

Address Each Part of the Essay Question

In the past two weeks, I have discussed the following first three important steps in the process of developing engaging stories for MBA essays:

1. comprehending the essay prompt,

2. brainstorming/gathering ideas for the essay prompt, and

3. putting down those ideas on paper

Now let’s discuss one of the key components during this ‘writing’ stage:’ To read the rest of this article click here.

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