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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    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.

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    Syracuse's Whitman: Two Views, One Business School

    October 14, 2019

    Whether you choose to attend online or on-campus, an MBA from Syracuse University is likely to be a shrewd investment in your career. But which format is right for you? The choice should reflect your goals, personality, and context.

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    The Buyer’s Market for MBA Programs in 2019

    October 10, 2019

    This may be the best time in history to enroll in MBA programs in the United States—and it’s certainly the best time to apply for MBA degrees since the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. Applications to U.S. MBA programs had been sliding for some time, with the 2017-2018 academic year marking the fourth straight year of decline.

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    MBA News: MBAs Founded 25 Percent of 2019’s 50 Top-Valued Unicorn Startups

    October 4, 2019

    The press and commentators have suggested the notion that unicorn founders are almost exclusively STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) students or graduates of only a few highly selective research universities like Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Berkeley. Maybe that was true at one time. However, our October 2019 analysis doesn’t support that contention. A lack of technical training from an elite university does not disqualify a founder from launching a startup that grows into a well-financed unicorn.

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    ApplicantLab: An Affordable Alternative to Admission Consultants?

    September 24, 2019

    In the not-too-distant future, all graduate admissions consulting services may rely on expert systems similar to the ApplicantLab platform. The rich capabilities and value provided by a platform like ApplicantLab present such overwhelming competitive advantages that there is no way that a traditional admissions consultancy will be able to compete unless they offer clients their own version of this new technology.