MBA Admissions News Roundup

  • EMBA Programs Are A’ Changin- BusinessWeek reports that EMBA programs are undergoing a shift, as fewer companies are paying for their employees to get EMBAs. More and more students are enrolling in EMBA programs as a means of making a career change, and they expect their school’s career services to help them. Yet EMBA career counseling still does not include actual recruiting, and programs will have to evolve to keep up with the changing nature of EMBAs.
  • Oxford Announces New Dual Degree Program- BusinessWeek looks at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School’s new dual degree MBA. Oxford’s “1+1 MBA Program” will offer students the choice of staying one more year at school to specialize in an area connected to their future career and earn a master’s degree at the same time. Currently, the four departments that are part of the 1+1 program are: the School of Geography and the Environment, the Department of Education, the Oxford Internet Institute, and the Department of Computer Science.
  • Moral Humility Could Get You Into B-School- Forbes reports that although getting accepted to schools like Harvard and Stanford may be tough, the key to acceptance is not necessarily in your GMATs or recommendations.  The way to get into top MBA programs is often through humility. If an applicant can show admissions committees that they are being themselves, and that they possess “confidence without the attitude,” that will impress top business schools. In fact, Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, speaks about the importance of “Practicing Moral Humility” at TEDx New England.
  • Foreign Students Face Rejection- Fortune reports that, according to a new study by Poets and Quants, foreign students from China and India are facing more rejection from US business schools then applicants from Europe, Latin America and the US. Due to the large number of applicants coming from China and India, these applicants are more than four to five times likely to be turned down than their foreign counterparts. B-schools explain that they have no choice, since 44% of MBA applicants come from China and India, and many of them are unaware of the hiring challenges that will face them once they graduate.
  • MBAs and Environmental Responsibility- BusinessWeek looks at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management’s Entrepreneurship Development course, which takes place in Chile’s 450,000-acre future Patagonia National Park. Pepperdine takes 20 MBA students to this remote area to teach them about sustainability and environmental responsibility in business. The goal of the rigorous five-day class is to give students the opportunity to see environmental issues first hand so that they can approach them differently in the business world.

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