List of MBA Conferences for 2023

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Those considering graduate education in business may benefit from attending an MBA conference or fair. These admissions and networking events are held in dozens of cities across the United States and worldwide, where aspiring MBAs can meet representatives from many business schools in a single location.

MBA fairs are all about personal connections. School gatekeepers travel to these events to meet well-qualified applicants. Moreover, the savviest candidates understand that connecting personally with a school’s admissions team can award those applicants with their most critical advantage in the entire admissions process: a great lasting impression.

In some cases, impressions gained through these personal connections can guarantee admission to a top school. Consider this anecdote from Emma Bond, a former senior admissions manager at the London Business School and currently a director with the admissions consulting firm Fortuna Admissions:

I was at an MBA fair in Seoul. I met a Japanese-Brazilian working in South Korea with a background in automotive manufacturing. He was professional, engaging, and friendly, and had an interesting international profile that was a good LBS fit, but he didn’t have great stats. So when he later applied, I actually remembered him and the impression he’d made and was able to say, ‘Yes, this guy is great, he’d contribute,’ and he was eventually offered a place.

Encounters like these embody the ultimate aspiration of any prospective MBA applicant. Leaving this kind of lasting, face-to-face impression with an admissions officer can prove invaluable.

“The dialogue that occurs is often much richer if you are present with somebody in person,” says Kelly Wilson, a former executive admissions director at the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business. “I can get a better sense of who a candidate is in person than I can over the phone or via email.”

About the BSchools Featured MBA Fairs and Events

Below are the major MBA fairs and conferences scheduled in 2023, mainly in the spring. Only a handful of organizations stage the vast majority of the events, which the sponsors typically organize into multi-city tours with dates following in rapid succession across continents.

The BSchools.org schedule emphasizes those fairs taking place in nations with large English-speaking populations; similar fairs in many other global venues also appear on the tour sponsors’ websites.

Featured MBA Fairs & Events in 2023

ICHMBA 2023: International Conference on Hospitality Management and Business Administration

  • Audience: Anyone associated with or interested in hospitality management and business administration
  • Cost: Non-student oral/poster presenter (early: €450 and normal: €500); student oral/poster presenter (early: €350 and normal: €400); listener (early: €250 and normal: €300); additional paper publication (€100)

The international hospitality management and business administration is the premier interdisciplinary forum for presenting new advances and research results in social and business sciences. The multidisciplinary focus of this conference is aimed at bringing together attendees and presenters from different fields with expertise in various areas of social and business sciences, providing an opportunity to participate in the international exchange of current strategies, ideas, best practices, and collaborations, offering an enriching experience and a broader perspective.

Leading academic scientists, scholars, and researchers are invited to participate and submit original research contributions relating to all aspects of hospitality management, financial management, facilities management, human resources management, strategy, new product development, operations management, smart and innovative tourism development, management information systems, and institutional management.

Locations & Dates (2023):

  • Miami, United States – March 16-17, 2023
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands – December 2-3, 2023

Access MBA

  • Audience: All MBA aspirants
  • Cost: Free upon online registration

Access MBA is a project of Advent Group, an independent media agency established in 2004 and specializing in Higher Education. The company comprises over 100 experts providing personalized services for prospective students and international business schools. It aims to connect 50,000 qualified candidates with over 200 top business schools by organizing over 125 international events annually. It provides opportunities for prospective students to meet in person with admissions directors from international business schools.

The sponsor offers meetings with admissions officers in both small groups and 20-minute one-on-one formats. Events also present panel discussions featuring alumni as well as school representatives. Moreover, attendees can obtain guidance from Access MBA’s consulting team and information about scholarships and GMAT testing.

Locations & Dates (2022-2023):

  • Asia
    • Mainland China And Hong Kong – November 5, 2022
    • Seoul, South Korea – November 10, 2022
    • Tokyo, Japan – November 12, 2022
    • Bangkok, Thailand – November 14, 2022
    • Singapore / Republic Of Singapore – November 15, 2022
    • Asia & Central Asia – December 10, 2022
    • New Delhi, India – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Bangalore, India – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Mumbai, India – September 2023 (estimated)
    • India online event – October 2023 (estimated)
  • Africa
    • Nairobi, Kenya – August 2023 (estimated)
    • Johannesburg, South Africa – August 2023 (estimated)
    • Cape Town, South Africa – August 2023 (estimated)
    • Lagos, Nigeria – August 2023 (estimated)
    • Accra, Ghana – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Casablanca, Morocco – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Africa online event – September 2023 (estimated)
  • Europe
    • Warsaw, Poland – November 15, 2022
    • Western Europe Online Event – November 16, 2022
    • Budapest, Hungary – November 17, 2022
    • Belgrade, Serbia – November 19, 2022
    • Bucharest, Romania – November 22, 2022
    • Sofia, Bulgaria – November 26, 2022
    • Eastern Europe Online Event – December 15, 2022
    • London, UK – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Brussels, Belgium – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Milan, Italy – October 2023 (estimated)
    • Munich, Germany – October 2023 (estimated)
    • Geneva, Switzerland – October 2023 (estimated)
    • Zurich, Switzerland – October 2023 (estimated)
    • Vienna, Austria – October 2023 (estimated)
    • Lisbon, Portugal – October 2023 (estimated)
  • Middle East
    • Tel Aviv, Israel – November 30, 2022
    • Istanbul, Turkey – December 3, 2022
    • Beirut, Lebanon – December 7, 2022
    • Dubai, UAE – December 10, 2022
    • Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 11, 2022
    • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – December 13, 2022
    • Middle East Online – January 14, 2023
  • North America
    • USA online (West Coast) – October 26, 2022
    • USA online (East Coast) – October 27, 2022
    • Canada online – November 7, 2022
    • Los Angeles, USA – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Chicago, USA – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Washington DC, USA – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Miami, USA – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Montreal, Canada – September 2023 (estimated)
    • Toronto, Canada – September 2023 (estimated)
  • South America
    • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – October 27, 2022
    • São Paulo, Brazil – October 29, 2022
    • Latin America Online Event – November 29, 2022
    • Mexico City, Mexico – October 2023 (estimated)
    • Bogota, Colombia – October 2023 (estimated)
    • Lima, Peru – October 2023 (estimated)

ICBAME 2023: International Conference on Business Administration, Management, and Economics

  • Audience: Industry researchers, students, academicians, leading academic scientists, and research scholars
  • Costs: Non-student oral/poster presenter (early: €450 and normal: €500); student oral/poster presenter (early: €350 and normal: €400); listener (early: €250 and normal: €300); additional paper publication (€100)

The ICBAME 2023: International Conference on Business Administration, Management, and Economics aims at bringing together leading researchers, research scholars, and academic scientists to exchange and share their research results and experiences on all aspects of business administration, management, and economics. The conference also provides a leading platform for educators, researchers, and practitioners to discuss recent trends, innovations, concerns, and practical challenges faced in the fields of business administration, management, and economics.

The topics the conference will explore are advertising management, business intelligence, business & economics, change management, entrepreneurship, global business, financial economics, human resource, product management, strategic management, and more. Vendors are invited to exhibit products at the conference or become a sponsor for the event. The conference also encourages researchers to submit e-posters, abstracts, and papers around the conference’s theme.

Locations & Dates (2023):

  • Singapore, Singapore – January 9-10, 2023
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – February 06-07, 2023
  • Pattaya, Thailand – February 16-17, 2023
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina – February 20-21, 2023
  • Istanbul, Turkey – March 20-21, 2023
  • Montreal, Canada – June 15-16, 2023
  • Vancouver, Canada – August 03-04, 2023
  • Budapest, Hungary – August 17-18, 2023
  • Istanbul, Turkey – August 17-18, 2023
  • Moscow, Russia – August 30-31, 2023
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 16-17, 2023
  • Istanbul, Turkey – September 27-28, 2023
  • Tokyo, Japan – October 07-08, 2023
  • Rome, Italy – October 18-19, 2023
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates – December 20-21, 2023

The QS World MBA Tour

  • Audience: All MBA aspirants
  • Cost: Free

Nunzio Quacquarelli founded tour sponsor Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in 1990 while still an MBA student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Called “the most prestigious M.B.A. fair in the world” by U.S. News and World Report, the QS World MBA Tour claims to be the world’s most extensive series of recruitment and information fairs for business school applicants.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, QS has upgraded its event offerings online, to ensure that institutions can connect with talent across the globe. QS has also included developing a series of digital marketing resources for institutions and has launched a webinar that empowers university administrators and faculty members to share best practices as they move their educational offerings into the virtual classroom. QS also provides program rankings and in-depth research support at their fairs and on their websites.

Locations & Dates (2023):

  • Asia
    • STEM ASIA (Virtual) – May 16, 2023
  • America
    • STEM Latin America (Virtual) – March 28, 2023
    • Diversity and Inclusion(US Focus) (Virtual) – April 4, 2023
  • Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
    • London – March 11, 2023
  • India
    • Mumbai – April 15, 2023
    • New Delhi – April 17, 2023
    • Hyderabad – April 19, 2023
    • Bangalore – April 22, 2023

QS Fairs MBA & Masters events 2023

  • Asia
    • Jakarta – March 18, 2023
    • Kuala Lumpur – March 21, 2023
    • Singapore – March 23, 2023
    • Bangkok – March 25, 2023
    • Tokyo – March 28, 2023
    • Seoul – March 30, 2023
  • America
    • Chicago – January 17, 2023
    • Boston – January 19, 2023
    • New York – January 21, 2023
    • Washington DC – January 24, 2023
    • San Francisco – January 28, 2023
    • Los Angeles – January 29, 2023
    • San Diego – January 31, 2023
    • Houston – February 15, 2023
    • Dallas – February 16, 2023
    • Atlanta – February 18, 2023
    • Toronto – February 21, 2023
    • Montreal – February 23, 2023
    • Vancouver – February 25, 2023
  • Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
    • Dubai – February 21, 2023
    • Cairo – February 23, 2023
    • Brussels – March 14, 2023
    • Paris – March 25, 2023
    • Accra – March 28, 2023
    • Lagos – March 30, 2023

QS Connect MBA events 2023

  • Asia
    • Hong Kong (Virtual) – March 2, 2023
    • Beijing (Virtual) – March 23, 2023
    • Shanghai (Virtual) – March 29, 2023
    • Taiwan (Virtual) – April 11, 2023
    • Malaysia (Virtual) – April 25, 2023
    • Indonesia (Virtual) – April 29, 2023
    • Japan (Virtual) – May 2, 2023
    • South Korea (Virtual) – May 9, 2023
  • America
    • Boston – January 19, 2023
    • New York – January 21, 2023
    • Washington DC – January 24, 2023
    • Sao Paulo – February 4, 2023
    • Lima – February 7, 2023
    • Bogota – February 9, 2023
    • Mexico City – February 11, 2023
    • Argentina (Virtual) – February 16, 2023
    • Chile (Virtual) – February 21, 2023
  • Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
    • Dubai – February 21, 2023
    • Milan – March 9, 2023
    • London – March 11, 2023
    • Amsterdam – March 16, 2023
    • Frankfurt – March 20, 2023
    • Paris – March 25, 2023
  • India
    • Mumbai – April 15, 2023

Finance Leaders’ Conference

  • Audience: All MBA aspirants
  • Costs: Members ($175); Nonmembers ($210; includes one year of membership

Established in 1970, the FMA (Financial Management Association) International, a global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision-making, hosts this Finance Leaders’ Conference.

This Conference prides itself as the only international conference for MBA and undergraduate students that addresses their concerns and needs about finance careers. Conference attendees learn about the several financial careers paths available and what it takes to succeed in this field; sharpen their leadership, communication, and team skills; learn from industry experts on how to achieve career goals; expand professional friends and contacts; and participate in an Investment Analysis Competition, sponsored by Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet finance professionals from “powerhouse” companies and several financial career specialists, FMA student chapter representatives from around the world, and FMA International support staff.

Locations & Dates (2023):

  • Baruch College, New York, NY – March 2-3, 2023

The MBA Tour

  • Audience: All MBA aspirants
  • Cost: Free

Founded in 1993, The MBA Tour hosts more than 70 MBA events per year in over 30 countries. This sponsor traditionally vets school representatives to ensure they’re full-time staff members, which enables prospective students to interact with actual admissions decision-makers.

However, the fair component only accounts for about a third of the conference; the primary component centers around panel discussions on topics like how admissions officers evaluate applications. Schools host information session receptions; smaller or lesser-known institutions offer group discussions.

Select schools can contact registrants they believe would fit their programs for “MeetUps,” individual or small group meetings with admission officers.

Locations & Dates (2023):

  • North America (In-person)
    • San Francisco – January 2023 (estimated)
    • Boston – February 2023 (estimated)
    • Washington DC – February 2023 (estimated)
    • Toronto – February 2023 (estimated)
    • New York City – February 2023 (estimated)
  • Europe (In-person)
    • Frankfurt – February 2023 (estimated)
    • London – February 2023 (estimated)
  • India and South Asia (Virtual)
    • India & South Asia – February 2023 (estimated)
  • North Asia (Virtual)
    • North Asia – February 2023 (estimated)
  • Southeast Asia (Virtual)
    • Southeast Asia – March 2023 (estimated)
  • Latin America (Virtual)
    • Latin America – March 2023 (estimated)
  • Africa (Virtual)
    • Africa – March 2023 (estimated)
  • MiddleEast & Central Asia (Virtual)
    • MiddleEast & Central Asia – March 2023 (estimated)
  • Europe (Virtual)
    • Europe – March 2023 (estimated)
  • North America (Virtual)
    • North America: Eastern – March 2023 (estimated)
    • North America: West/Mountain – March 2023 (estimated)

Romba Conference

  • Audience: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender MBA aspirants
  • Costs: Registration is not yet open

The Reaching Out MBA Foundation focuses on educating, inspiring, and connecting the student and alumni lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender MBA and graduate communities in an ongoing effort to create the next generation of business leaders. The organization claims to be the largest LGBT MBA and graduate student gathering globally.

This conference has been launched to provide business students from the LGBTQ+ community with a platform to make meaningful connections and build their network. The first conference saw a footfall of 100 students. The organization now has more than 15 events throughout the year, ending with ROMBA, which brought together 2,700 students in 2020.

In 2023, the organizers anticipate the attendance of over 100 companies that are specifically seeking LGBTQ+ talent. It also offers content for MBA professionals and alumni from the LGBTQ+ community.

Locations & Dates (2023):

  • Chicago – October 5-7, 2023

Poets & Quants Online MBA Admissions Event

  • Audience: All MBA aspirants
  • Cost: Free

This event is for those considering an online MBA program and want to learn about other programs, get advice to stand out in the application process, and understand the learning experience. Students will learn about the best available online MBA programs and will directly meet admission representatives who will help them with the application decision-making process. The schools participating in this event include Kelly School of Business, Foster School of Business, Tepper School of Business, and Warrington College of Business, among others.

Locations & Dates (2023):

  • Online – November 2023 (estimated)

Other Notable mentions

Closing Thoughts on MBA Fairs and Events

Irrespective of which MBA fairs aspirants attend, all these events offer opportunities for personal connections and lasting impressions with admissions officers. It’s never wise to underestimate the value of those connections because, in some cases, like the London Business School example above, lasting impressions can pave the way to admission to a top school.

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While a partner in a San Francisco marketing and design firm, for over 20 years Douglas Mark wrote online and print content for the world’s biggest brands, including United Airlines, Union Bank, Ziff Davis, Sebastiani, and AT&T. Since his first magazine article appeared in MacUser in 1995, he’s also written on finance and graduate business education in addition to mobile online devices, apps, and technology. Doug graduated in the top 1 percent of his class with a business administration degree from the University of Illinois and studied computer science at Stanford University.

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