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Look Beyond Business School Rankings

We at mbaMission have tried repeatedly to persuade business school candidates who are evaluating MBA programs to downplay the various schools’ rankings, which can fluctuate wildly, and instead focus on fit, which is enduring. Now, as we enter admissions season and “rankings season”—such publications as Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, and Poets&Quants typically release their rankings in the fall—we recommend … Read More  

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Mission Admission: Look at B-Schools Beyond the Rankings

Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday. On our blog, in our publications and in public presentations, we have tried repeatedly to persuade business school candidates who are deciding which MBA programs to target to downplay rankings, which fluctuate frequently (and sometimes wildly), and instead focus … Read More  

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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Avoid Mentioning Rankings

In their essays and interviews, business school candidates should thoroughly explain their interest in a specific program by developing and presenting arguments that center on the school’s academic and environmental attributes (e.g., research institutes, professors, experiential learning opportunities, classes, pedagogies)—but applicants should definitely not refer to the school’s position in the various MBA rankings as … Read More  

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