Top MBA Programs

Top MBA Programs


576 pages


Helps readers focus on the overlooked issue of business school “fit,” create a personal ranking of their best-fit schools, and prepare applications that tell admissions committees why they’re the right match for their programs.



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Date de parution 01 septembre 2009
Nombre de lectures 2
EAN13 9781457114472
Langue English
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TOP MBA PROGRAMS Finding the Best Business School for You David Petersam Founder of AdmissionsConsultants Top MBA Programs Finding the Best Business School for You © 2010 by David Petersam Published by JIST Works, an imprint of JIST Publishing 7321 Shadeland Station, Suite 200 Indianapolis, IN 46256-3923 Phone: 800-648-JIST Fax: 877-454-7839 E-mail: Web site: Quantity discounts are available for JIST products. Please call our Sales Department at 800-648-JIST for a free catalog and more information. Visit for information on JIST, tables of contents, sample pages, and online ordering. Acquisitions Editor: Susan Pines Copy Editors: Stephanie Koutek, Chuck Hutchinson, Kelly Henthorne Cover Designer: Amy Adams Interior Designer and Layout: Toi Davis Proofreaders: Paula Lowell, Jeanne Clark Indexer: Cheryl Lenser Printed in the United States of America 14 13 12 11 10 09 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Petersam, David, 1970- Top MBA programs : finding the best business school for you / David Petersam. p. cm. Includes index. ISBN 978-1-59357-673-8 (includes cd-rom : alk. paper) 1. Master of business administration degree. 2. Business schools. 3. Business education. I. Title. HF1111.P48 2010 658.0071’1--dc22 2009035468 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without prior permission of the publisher except in the case of brief quotations embodied in articles or reviews. Making copies of any part of this book for any purpose other than your own personal use is a violation of United States copyright laws. For permission requests, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at or (978) 750- 8400. We have been careful to provide accurate information throughout this book, but it is possible that errors and omissions have been introduced. Please consider this in making any career plans or other important decisions. Trust your own judgment above all else and in all things. Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this book are trade names, service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective owners. ISBN 978-1-59357-673-8 ABOUT THIS BOOK AND CD-ROM If you are trying to decide where to go for dinner, would you make your decision based solely on my advice or the advice of another person or entity? Of course not. You realize the subjectivity of something like choosing a restaurant. Think of the top 5 to 10 business schools as five-star restaurants and the remainder as four-star restaurants. In other words, the chances are very high that you will have a pleasant experience at any of those schools. However, given a choice between a good experience and a life-altering experience, which would you choose? Because few people ever experience a life-altering job, earning your Master of Business Administration very well may be your best chance for career-related nirvana. Now consider that an MBA will cost a huge multiple of a five-star restaurant bill and that it will constitute one to two years of your life—again a huge multiple of the few hours tops you will spend dining on any particular meal. No single source of information can tell you how to decide where to apply for your MBA. Hearsay from friends and colleagues is a matter of opinion and may not match you because their experiences are subjective. Ask graduates from the top business schools profiled in this guide, and they will tell you how the graduate business school experience has changed and enriched their lives. Press them for more details, and they will undoubtedly tell you about the analytical frameworks that changed the way they view the world and that are highly powerful tools for helping them strengthen their employers’ competitive standing and, in turn, their own career trajectories. A key purpose of this book is to serve as a useful tool for your career mapping. Not only do you maximize your admission chances by accurately selecting your best-fit schools, but selectivity is the only way you will get the most out of your graduate business education and provide yourself with the best chance to achieve your post-MBA career ambitions. I’ve included tips to help you navigate the entire process from whether an MBA is the optimal degree for your needs to tips for success after you’ve started your MBA. At the back of this book, you will find a CD-ROM that provides access to the AdmissionsConsultants’ Web site with thousands of pieces of data about the top schools profiled in this guide. Use this interactive resource to help determine which selection factors are most important to you and then to select the best schools for your needs. Quite simply, this book has been painstakingly developed to be the next best thing to visiting each of these campuses yourself, which, by the way, is something you are encouraged to do—if not before you apply, then certainly before you accept any admission offers. It really is that simple and straightforward. Welcome to your best- fit business school education. IS THIS BOOK RIGHT FOR YOU? Before you dive in, make sure that this information is right for you. This book assumes that you are applying to one or more of the 31 top U.S. and international business schools profiled in Part IV. The concept of fit can be applied to any business school (or, for that matter, to any type of educational program, period). However, this guide focuses exclusively on the 31 top business schools worldwide. This book spotlights these schools because they are the ones about which most applicants want detailed information, especially regarding finding their best fit. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This book has been a collaborative effort, and I could not have done it without help. Thank you to these expert professionals: Cindy Baquiran, Diane Baraclough, Nancy Bennett, Heather Berk, Doug Braithwaite, Elisa Cottrell, Maria Cvitkovic, Pamela DeLoatch, Ron Dicker, Ann Driscoll, Carol Dunlap, Eric Erikson, Melanie Florence, Cristina Freeman, Kent Harrill, John Heiser, Cheryl Hosmer, Vishal Ingole, Amy Johnson, Amy Kurtz, Jess Landers, Mennette Larkin, Denise Lee, Patrick May, Sheryl McCormick, Gina McDonnell, Paul McGarrity, Johnny Nguyen, Kathryn Owens, Jennifer Petersam, John Petersam, Susan Pines, Kathryn Owens, Ben Rome, Karen Schwartz, Mindy Schwartz, Michie Shaw, Heike Spahn, Cindy Sullivan, Chris Thompson, Elandee Thompson, Yana Try, Lauren Wagner, Sari Warren, Sarah Wheeler, Sara Withee, Matt Whittaker, and Nicole Witt With the help of AccelerMark, LLC, thousands of surveys from students, alumni, and corporate recruiters were compiled. In selecting the final MBA programs, these standout programs were also considered: Babson College, Olin Brigham Young, Marriott CEIBS ESADE HEC Montreal/HEC Paris IIM, Indian Institutes of Management IIT, Indian Institutes of Technology IMD Michigan State University, Broad Ohio State University, Fisher Purdue, Krannert Southern Methodist University, Cox Texas A&M, Mays University of Arizona, Eller University of Iowa, Tippie University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Carlson University of Rochester, Simon Washington University in St. Louis, Olin York University, Schulick CONTENTS INTRODUCTION PART I: SETTING YOUR FOUNDATION Chapter 1: What Is the Value of the MBA Degree? Measuring Value Beware the Incentivized Endorsement Value of a “Brand” School Degree Other Considerations Related to an MBA’s Value Chapter 2: What Fit Is and Why It Matters What Does Fit Mean? Why Fit Matters to Schools—and to You A Study in Fit Chapter 3: What Are the Fit Factors? Tell Me What You Really Want The Role of Rankings Accreditation: What Does It Mean? What Are the Teaching Styles? A School’s Profile and What It Means to You Research, Ask, Explore What Schools Want from You PART II: BUILDING YOUR DREAM Chapter 4: What It Means to Position Yourself View Your Candidacy the Same Way as an Admissions Committee Does Getting the Timing Right The Dilemma of Return on Investment When Is the Timing Right? The Hurdle of Test Scores Prepare and Review, and Then Act Will Your Undergrad School Affect Your Chance of Admission to a Top MBA Program? Improving Standardized Test Scores Admissions Committee Perspective on Your Transcript Transcripts Not All They Could Be? Try an Alternative Recommenders Are Crucial The Right Number of Recommendations Your Message Chapter 5: What It Means to Manage Your Applications Outlining Your Application Tasks Know Your Due Dates Timeline for What to Do When Wrap It Up Chapter 6: What Is Your Essay Master Plan? How to Strategize and Stay Organized Different Types of Essay Questions How to Approach and Write Your Essays Drafting Your Essays and Creating Your Themes Grammar and Spelling Do Matter! A Holistic Approach Are You Ready to Submit? Chapter 7: What to Do After You Have Submitted Your Applications The Waiting Game What Happens to Your Application After You Submit It An Invitation to Interview: Now What?