Blog - Resources for Business School Students

The blog helps online MBA students choose the right business school and make the most out of life beyond graduation. Readers can learn about what to expect when pursuing an online business degree, including information about the application process, exceptional professors leading programs, and MBA alternatives. Additionally, there are detailed guides to scholarships, internship opportunities (paid and unpaid), conferences, careers, and prospective salaries, as well as features about the ever-changing business landscape.

Check back regularly for interviews with degree program administrators and tips for successful applications, among other resources.

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    Boeing’s Management Crisis | Part Two: The 737 MAX Disasters

    January 22, 2020

    In October 2019, text messages surfaced showing that in 2016 Boeing’s chief 737 technical pilot, Mark Forkner, said he could not avert egregious trimming by an automated system that was “running rampant” during test sessions in a 737 MAX flight simulator.

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    Boeing’s Management Crisis | Part One: Rushing the 737 MAX Into Production

    January 17, 2020

    To appreciate the contributions business school faculty make to critical issues in the public interest, one only needs to review the research literature and articles citing the opinions of Harvard, MIT, Wharton and New York University professors about the Boeing 737 MAX’s grounding. Regulators grounded the self-sinking aircraft globally since March 2019 after the two disasters five months apart.

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    Do University Brands Still Matter to MBA Recruiters at Business Schools?

    January 7, 2020

    A survey published a few months ago by Bloomberg Businessweek polled MBA recruiters, asking them to score the value of a school’s brand. The survey asked recruiters which business schools have high brand values that give graduates big advantages in their careers. This survey is interesting for several reasons.

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    How Breaking Up Big Tech Can Boost MBA Hiring

    January 3, 2020

    Those who advocate for Big Tech breakups cite various rationales. One of the most compelling arguments in favor of such breakups, however, is that it would result in more jobs for highly-skilled professionals, including the holders of specialized business master’s degrees and MBAs.

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    WeWork & SoftBank: Lessons for MBAs from Business School Faculty

    December 6, 2019

    There’s a less well-known function that business faculty have increasingly assumed in recent years, one enhanced through new Internet technologies like blogs and on-demand video. The role has a guardian function through which professors provide their experience, analytical skills, and insights—not only to help future executives prevent errors, but also to help shield stakeholders within the economy from potential harm.

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    The University of California Launches New Online MBA Program: MBA@UCDavis

    December 3, 2019

    It’s no secret that demand for online MBA programs is booming. Now—in a move bound to raise eyebrows—the ten-campus University of California is launching its first fully online MBA degree. The university will offer the degree, branded as MBA@UCDavis, through the business school at the Davis campus.

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    Forbes MBA Program Rankings Surprises

    November 21, 2019

    There were many surprises in the new Forbes MBA program rankings, including a big tumble by a top-tier university, along with a dramatically increased presence of schools with new online MBA programs. But the biggest surprise isn’t contained in this year’s rankings data. To understand more about the 2019 Forbes rankings—and the one surprise few commentators are talking about—read on.

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    Business Schools with Excellent Economics Faculty

    November 19, 2019

    Students with a penchant for finance, business, structural modeling, social theory, pricing, and incentive study should consider pursuing a degree in economics. Whether pursuing a BS, MS, or PhD, a degree in economics from one of the following five universities can get your foot in the door for an exciting and ever-evolving career.

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    The Gender Gap in MBA Case Studies

    November 13, 2019

    Representation, the kind that is unbiased and not stereotyped, is critical to women being successful in business. Students are being socialized to not see women in leadership roles. According to Colleen Ammerman, the gender inclusive director of the Harvard Business School, when leadership is narrowly defined as a strong white man, “it not only hinders the ability of students who don’t share those characteristics to identify with the protagonist, it reinforces stereotypes about who ‘real leaders’ are.”

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    GMAT Alternatives: The Executive Assessment & GRE Tests

    November 12, 2019

    MBA program applicants who assume that they have no other options besides taking the GMAT may damage their chances of admission to some of the best schools. They might score relatively higher on one of the alternative tests: the Executive Assessment (EA) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

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    Online MBA Programs Ranked by Affordability (2019-2020)

    November 5, 2019

    Earning an MBA can be expensive. These online programs ranked by affordability can be a viable alternative to more expensive programs while still receiving an excellent education and providing the flexibility working professionals need to balance the demands of work, family, and higher education.

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    Seed Funding Basics for MBA Student Startups

    November 4, 2019

    At some point during business school, many MBA students will have an opportunity to join a startup company, and some will even launch startups as founders. For many students, launching a startup is the objective that drives their applications to business school.

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    MBA Salary Guide: Starting Salaries & Highest Paying MBA Concentrations

    October 31, 2019

    Specializations amount to critical choices in an MBA student’s career. They permit students to immediately deliver highly marketable skills to an employer upon graduation, the value for which most employers will gladly pay handsome salaries.

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    University of Utah (Eccles): Two Views, One Business School

    October 25, 2019

    There used to be a hierarchy wherein online MBA programs were considered diet MBAs—not quite the same as the real thing. Those days are gone. Advancements in tech and the maturation of online programs in general mean that it’s no longer a matter of hierarchy, but individual preference.

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    The Benefits of Hands-on Consulting Projects in Online MBA Programs

    October 23, 2019

    Corporate consulting projects have lately received a surge in interest among MBA students. And what many don’t realize is that new data shows business schools now offer their online MBA students opportunities to advise corporate consulting clients, just like they’ve offered faculty-supervised consulting opportunities to their on-campus students for decades.