List of MBA Conferences for 2022 - Locations & Topics

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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 around the world 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 in a personal way 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 practically 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, the executive admissions director at the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business. “I can get a better sense for who a candidate is in person, I believe, 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 2022, 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 2022

ICHMBA 2022: 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 the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of 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 (2022):

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands – December 2-3, 2021
  • Miami, United States – March 11-12, 2022
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates – April 7-8, 2022
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands – December 2-3, 2022

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 specialized in Higher Education. The company is comprised of 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 through the organization of over 125 international events per year. 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, along with information about scholarships and GMAT testing.

Locations & Dates (2022):

  • North America
    • Midwest Texas & Central USA – December 7, 2021
    • West Coast USA – December 9, 2021
    • New York City, USA – November 2022 (estimated)
    • Washington DC, USA – November 2022 (estimated)
    • Montreal, Canada – November 2022 (estimated)
    • Toronto, Canada – November 2022 (estimated)
    • Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton & Winnipeg, Canada – November 2022 (estimated)
  • Europe
    • Greece – December 2, 2021
    • Turkey, Serbia, and Albania – December 4, 2021
    • Hungary, Croatia, and the Czech Republic – December 8, 2021
    • Paris – January 12, 2022
    • Western Europe Access Plus – November 2022 (estimated)
    • Romania And Poland – November 2022 (estimated)
    • Bulgaria – November 2022 (estimated)
  • Middle East
    • Middle East Access Plus – November (estimated)

ICBAME 2022: International Conference on Business Administration, Management and Economics

  • Audience: Industry researchers, students, academicians, leading academic scientists, and research scholars
  • 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 ICBAME 2022: International Conference on Business Administration, Management and Economics aims at bringing together leading researchers, research scholars, and academic scientists for exchanging and sharing 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 for discussing recent trends, innovations, concerns, and practical challenges faced in the fields of business administration, management, and economics.

Some of the topics that 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 theme of the conference.

Locations & Dates (2022):

  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates – December 20-21, 2021
  • Singapore, Singapore – January 7-8, 2022
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – February 15-16, 2022
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina – February 24-25, 2022
  • Istanbul, Turkey – March 21-22, 2022
  • Montreal, Canada June 16-17, 2022
  • Vancouver, Canada – August 8-9, 2022
  • Istanbul, Turkey – August 16-17, 2022
  • Budapest, Hungary – August 30-31, 2022
  • Moscow, Russia – August 30-31, 2022
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 16-17, 2022
  • Istanbul, Turkey – September 27-28, 2022
  • Tokyo, Japan – October 7-8, 2022
  • Rome, Italy – October 18-19, 2022
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates – December 20-21, 2022

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 MBA 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 pandemic, QS has upgraded its event offerings online, to ensure that institutions are able to connect with talent across the globe. QS has also included the development of a series of digital marketing resources for institutions and has launched a webinar series empowering 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 (2022):
Virtual events

  • America
    • Canada – January 18, 2022
    • USA East – January 20, 2022
    • USA Midwest – January 22, 2022
    • USA South – January 25, 2022
    • USA West – February 1, 2022
    • Brazil – February 16, 2022
    • Mexico – February 19, 2022
    • Peru – February 22, 2022
    • Columbia – February 24, 2022
    • Washington DC – March 1, 2022
    • New York – March 3, 2022
    • East USA – May 19, 2022
    • West USA – May 23, 2022
    • East Canada – May 26, 2022
    • West Canada – May 28, 2022
  • Asia
    • Philippines – March 8, 2022
    • Indonesia – March 10, 2022
    • Singapore – March 15, 2022
    • Thailand & Vietnam – March 16, 2022
    • Japan – March 23, 2022
    • Shanghai – March 26, 2022
    • Beijing – March 27, 2022
    • Taiwan – April 9, 2022
  • Europe
    • United Kingdom – January 29, 2022
    • Turkey – February 5, 2022
    • Russia & Ukraine – February 17, 2022
    • Central Asia – February 19, 2022
    • Central & Eastern Europe – February 24, 2022
    • Italy – March 2, 2022
    • Netherlands – March 7, 2022
    • France – March 24, 2022
    • Greece – March 29, 2022
    • Scandinavia – March 30, 2022
    • Switzerland – March 31, 2022
    • Germany & Austria – April 5, 2022
    • United Kingdom – May 21, 2022
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE – February 12, 2022
    • Israel – February 15, 2022
    • Nigeria & Ghana – May 7, 2022
    • South Africa & Kenya – May 10, 2022
  • India & Pakistan
    • West India – March 30, 2022
    • North India – April 5, 2022
    • East India – April 6, 2022
    • South India – April 12, 2022

Physical events

  • Toronto – January 27, 2022
  • Washington DC – February 3, 2022
  • New York – February 5, 2022
  • Boston – February 8, 2022
  • Chicago – February 10, 2022
  • Los Angeles – February 12, 2022
  • San Francisco – February 13, 2022
  • London – March 5, 2022
  • Frankfurt – March 15, 2022
  • Shanghai – April 23, 2022
  • Beijing – April 24, 2022
  • Mumbai – April 26, 2022
  • Bangalore – April 28, 2022

AMBA & BGA Business School Leaders Summit 2022

  • Audience: Corporate trailblazers, industry thought leaders, and business education, heavyweight
  • Costs, in-person: Accredited organization: early bird (£300) and post-early bird (£350); ADN/BGA organization: early bird (£300) and post-early bird (£350); candidate organization: early bird (£350) and post-early bird (£400); non-accredited organization: early bird (£400) and post-early bird (£450).
  • Costs, virtual: Accredited organization: early bird (£225) and post-early bird (£250); ADN/BGA organization: early bird (£225) and post-early bird (£250); candidate organization: early bird (£225) and post-early bird (£250); non-accredited organization: early bird (£225) and post-early bird (£250). Please note that the early bird rate ends December 21, 2021.

This event is AMBA & BGA’s first hybrid summit, bringing together Business School decision-makers in both a virtual and a physical setting to collectively discuss issues, trends, opportunities, and challenges, which set the agenda for business education strategy and action for the short to medium term. Corporate trailblazers, business education heavyweights, and industry thought leaders will come together for sharing their insights on issues such as diversity, impact, sustainability, innovation, lifelong learning, and collaboration.

The following five sessions will be discussed:

  • Session 1: Innovation for success in business education
  • Session 2: Developing a more diverse and inclusive future for all
  • Session 3: The importance of building strategic and rewarding partnerships
  • Session 4: Looking to the future: trends, skills, and knowledge needed to keep ahead as leaders
  • Session 5: t’s our responsibility: understanding and broadening the awareness to a sustainable future

Locations & Dates (2022):

  • The Biltmore Hotel, London – January 21, 2022

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 (2022):

  • North America (In-person)
    • San Francisco – January 29, 2022
    • Boston – February 3, 2022
    • Washington DC – February 5, 2022
    • Toronto – February 8, 2022
    • New York City – February 12, 2022
  • Europe (In-person)
    • Frankfurt – February 19, 2022
    • London – February 26, 2022
  • India and South Asia (Virtual)
    • India & South Asia – February 16, 2022
  • North Asia (Virtual)
    • North Asia – February 24, 2022
  • Southeast Asia (Virtual)
    • Southeast Asia – March 1, 2022
  • Latin America (Virtual)
    • Latin America – March 9, 2022
  • Africa (Virtual)
    • Africa – March 15, 2022
  • MiddleEast & Central Asia (Virtual)
    • MiddleEast & Central Asia – March 17, 2022
  • Europe (Virtual)
    • Europe – March 24, 2022
  • North America (Virtual)
    • North America: Eastern – March 29, 2022
    • North America: West/Mountain – March 31, 2022

Romba Conference

  • Audience: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender MBA aspirants
  • Costs: Registration 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 in the world.

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 2022, 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 (2022):

  • Washington, D.C. – October 6-8, 2022

Poets & Quants Online MBA Admissions Event

  • Audience: All MBA aspirants
  • Cost: Free

This event is for those who are considering an online MBA program and want to learn about different 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, Mendoza College of Business, and Warrington College of Business, among others.

Locations & Dates (2022):

  • Online – November 2022 (estimated)

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 at a top school.

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