List of MBA Conferences for 2023-2024

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.

Occasionally, 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 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 late 2023 and 2024, 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 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 2023-2024

Access MBA Online

  • 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. It started Access Online in 2016 with a mission to create a virtual space where prospective students can easily talk to school selection experts and the admissions representatives of leading international MBA and master’s programs. With free access worldwide, Access Online has welcomed more than 127,000 event attendees to date.

Access Online connects prospective MBA candidates globally with representatives of leading international business universities and schools for highly personalized online communication and events. In addition to hosting online MBA one-to-one events, this free Access Online platform enables prospective EMBA and MBA applicants to book online meetings with school representatives, join school selection orientation sessions, and explore business schools’ programme details, videos, and publications.

The sponsor offers meetings with admissions officers in both small groups and 25-minute one-on-one formats.

Locations & Dates (2023-2024):

  • USA MBA Online Event – November 18, 2023
  • Europe MBA Online Event – November 22, 2023
  • Latin America MBA Online Event – November 29, 2023
  • Asia MBA Online Event – December 09, 2023
  • Latin America & North America Women & MBA Online Event – January 11, 2024
  • Middle East MBA Online Event – January 16, 2024

International Conference on Innovation, Business and Management (ICIBM -24)

  • Audience: Global students, academicians, researchers, scientists, experts, professionals, industry professionals, and members of government and nonprofit organizations
  • Cost: Onsite physical presentation ($449); onsite physical presentation with scopus publication ($549); online presentation ($199); online presentation with scopus publication ($399); onsite physical listener ($183); online listener ($130)

Welcoming leading practitioners, academicians, and scientists from the field, the World Research Forum organizes the International Conference on Innovation, Business, and Management. This conference offers a massive opportunity for academicians to present their research, explore various fields, and create contacts. Whether an attendee or a presenter, both will get equal opportunities to share their vision and be part of discussions.

Topics covered in this conference include innovations in business and management; invest and invent innovation; incentivise and incubate innovation; infrastructure innovation; industry innovation; sustainable innovation; office systems management; information and communication technology in management; emerging issues in management; and applied management studies, among others.

Locations & Dates (2024):

  • San Antonio, USA – January 02-03, 2024

International Conference On Management, Business, And Economics (ICMBAE-24)

  • Audience: Global students, academicians, researchers, scientists, experts, professionals, industry professionals, and members of government and nonprofit organizations
  • Cost: Physical conference presentation ($301); physical conference presentation with scopus publication; ($401); virtual presentation ($121); virtual presentation with scopus publication ($301); physical conference listener ($185); virtual listener ($91)

The International Conference on Management, Business, and Economics is hosted by Science Cite, a networking and informative platform that brings together experts and academicians from several domains on one platform. Attendees will benefit from the discussions, seminars, symposia, workshops, and other related events at the conference.

This conference will help students make new connections, gain recognition, and receive feedback, allowing them to grow professionally and personally.

Locations & Dates (2024):

  • Los Angeles, California – January 05, 2024

ICBAME 2024: 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 2024: 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 (2024):

  • Singapore, Singapore – January 11-12, 2024
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – February 05-06, 2024
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina – February 26-27, 2024
  • Istanbul, Turkey – March 11-12, 2024
  • Montreal, Canada – June 14-15, 2024
  • Vancouver, Canada – August 05-06, 2024
  • Istanbul, Turkey – August 16-17, 2024
  • Budapest, Hungary – August 23-24, 2024
  • Moscow, Russia – August 30-31, 2024
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 16-17, 2024
  • Istanbul, Turkey – September 27-28, 2024
  • Tokyo, Japan – October 07-08, 2024
  • Rome, Italy – October 18-19, 2024
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates – December 20-21, 2024

Finance Leaders’ Conference

  • Audience: All MBA aspirants
  • Costs: Registration information not available as of September 2023

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 (2024):

  • Baruch College, New York, NY – February 29 – March 1, 2024

ICMBA 2024: International Conference on Management and Business Administration

  • Audience: Anyone associated with or interested in 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 conference on 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 strategy development, policy analysis, political science and public administration, business operations and decision making, business administration, economics and administrative sciences, international trade, accounting and auditing, production management, international relations, risk management and insurance, international logistics management, and economic growth and development.

Locations & Dates (2024):

  • Istanbul, Turkey – June 28-29, 2024
  • Prague, Czechia – September 06-07, 2024

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 1,600 students in 2022.

In 2024, 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 (2024):

  • Los Angeles, California – September 26-28, 2024

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 that normally participate 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 (2024):

  • Online – November 2024 (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.

Douglas Mark
Douglas Mark

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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