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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    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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    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.

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    B-Skills: An Interview with Mary Gentile on Ethical Leadership

    August 19, 2019

    Business ethics is the application of moral or ethical values to a business. Today, it is a common course in business programs, but its history is relatively short. Ethics was first introduced into the world of business in the 1970s through academic teaching and research.

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    The Disappearance of the American Startup

    August 12, 2019

    This year, some of Silicon Valley's favorite startups from the last decade went public, cementing themselves as established organizations. These include Uber, Slack, Pinterest, Lyft, and Zoom. More still are expected to go public by the end of the year, such as Postmates, WeWork, Bumble, Airbnb, Robinhood, and Peloton.

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    Business Schools with a Standout Faculty in Project Management

    July 23, 2019

    Project managers—also known as project leads, program managers, project coordinators, or project specialists—initiate, plan, control, coordinate, and execute the efforts of a team with a view toward completion of a business-oriented goal.

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    UNC’s Kenan-Flagler: Two Views, One Business School

    July 18, 2019

    In the nascent years of online MBA programs, there was a clear hierarchy: on-campus programs were considered the premier option, while online programs were considered second-rate. That hierarchy doesn’t exist anymore.