MBA News: Questioning MBA Admissions

A pair of articles about business school admissions published today on Bloomberg Businessweek are worth noting. In one article—“Coming Clean on B-School Admissions”—Philip Delves Broughton, who wrote a book that was highly critical of HBS after he graduated, calls for business schools to be more transparent in their admissions criteria, suggesting that GMAT scores and alumni connections be quantified. Admissions officers view Delves Broughton so negatively that his mere suggestion of such a change should essentially render it impossible. The other article—“Does Working Before B-School Cost Grads $112,000?”—questions whether accumulating years of work experience before attending grad school is worthwhile. Ronald Yeaple, the author of the new e-book MBA Myths Unlocked, believes that waiting to get an MBA causes students to miss out on years of higher post-business school salaries. Although most business schools continue to seek candidates who have several years of professional experience, the number of younger applicants is growing. So, what do you think? Do you see the value in getting an MBA earlier in your career?

April 16, 2012


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