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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    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.

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    20-Somethings in Hoodies: Debunking Startup Stereotypes

    September 20, 2019

    Startups are a risky business: up to 90 percent of them fail. At the same time, venture firms are ready to spend $120 billion in 2019. Who is that money going to, and why? Especially in the startup world, investors would be wise to look at the data before making a decision.

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    UW Foster: Two Views, One Business School

    September 13, 2019

    Students can attend MBA programs part-time, full-time, or in a hybrid fashion. In each case, the curriculum is faithfully recreated to the point that one isn’t choosing between programs that are better overall, but programs which are better for them, personally.

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    Peak-Performance Consulting: Who Hires Business Coaches and Why?

    September 12, 2019

    Who would have thought that business coaching, of all careers, would have become such a lucrative profession in the United States? This multi-billion dollar global industry focuses on helping people deliver peak performance—not on courts or ball fields—but at work and, by extension, in life as well.

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    MBA News: Does a Looming Recession Create a Window of Opportunity for MBA Degrees?

    August 30, 2019

    Think about it: when a candidate could squeeze through an admissions opportunity window at a time when they stand a one-in-three probability of admission at a business school as highly-ranked as Dartmouth’s, why in the world would they want to wait?

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    The Exploding Demand for Online MBA Programs

    August 29, 2019

    The number of accredited schools offering fully online degree programs grew by 54 percent worldwide between the 2012-2013 and 2016-2017 academic years.

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    Business Plan Competitions - Rice University & Others With Large Prize Pools

    August 26, 2019

    Traditionally, as a classic Harvard Business Review article points out, the venture capital industry has not provided the earliest seed funding to startups. Instead, angel investors typically invest in startups at the earliest stages, long before venture capital firms. Angel investors often tend to be high net-worth individuals and families, sometimes with personal connections to the entrepreneurs they fund.