MBA Admissions: Columbia Business School & Management

Columbia

Columbia

A quick glance at Columbia Business School: Columbia currently ranks in eighth place as one of the best business schools, according to US News & World Report (March 2012). It is ranked in ninth place for management.

Columbia’s Class of 2014 and Management

5409 people applied to Columbia Business School; 741 applicants were accepted. The middle 80% of accepted students had GMAT scores in the 680-760 range. The Columbia Business School class of 2014 has an average of five years of work experience and the average age of incoming students is 28 years old.

Undergraduate majors:

• Social Sciences – 31%
• Business – 30%
• Engineering – 12%
• Sciences – 8%
• Humanities – 8%
• Other – 7%
• Technology – 2%
• Arts – 2%

Industry experience:

• Financial Services – 29%
• Consulting – 20%
• Marketing/Media – 8%
• Other – 7%
• Nonprofit – 6%
• Military/Government – 5%
• Private Equity – 5%
• Real Estate – 5%
• Technology – 5%
• Healthcare – 4%
• Energy – 3%
• Manufacturing – 2%

CBS Academics Related to Management

Students are required to take two full core courses and 12 half-term core courses, three of which are chosen from the “flex-core” menu.

First Term Core Courses

• 2 Full courses: Corporate Finance and Financial Accounting
• 6 Half-term courses: Managerial Statistics, Managerial Economics, Strategy Formulation, Marketing Strategy, Operations ManagementLeadership Development

Second Term Core Courses

• 2 Electives
• 3 Half-term courses: Global Economic Environment, Decision Models, Managing Marketing Programs
• 3 Flex-core classes, one from each category (see below)

“Flex-Core” Menu

Organization: Organizational Change, Power and Influence, Social Networks and Social Capital
Performance: Operations Strategy, Financial Planning and Analysis
Markets: Game Theory and Business, Global Economic Environment II: Business Cycles and Financial Markets, Incentives and Performance

Students who wish to pursue careers in management would take their first year electives and second year courses from the school’s management division.

Managerial negotiations
High performance leadership
Top management process
Turnaround management
Managerial decision making
Power and influence in organizations
Napoleon’s glance: the art of strategic intuition
Corporate governance
Entrepreneurs and private equity in emerging markets
Multidisciplinary approaches to human decision making

Columbia CaseWorks Cases in past years that will be of interest to students pursuing careers in management include:

Operation Tomodachi
The Client Who Fell Through the Cracks (A and B)
Scoring a Deal: Valuing Outcomes in Multi-Issue Negotiations
The Synergy Limitation Paradox
Diversification and Corporate Scope

(See full list here.)

Management Research Centers & Conferences at Columbia Business School

The Center for Decision Sciences
The Columbia Family Business Management Program
The Center for Pricing and Revenue Management
Columbia University-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program
Columbia University Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

CBS Management-Related Clubs

General Management Association
Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization
The Family Business Club
Management Consulting Association
Media Management Association

Management Hiring Stats at Columbia Business School

Here are the 2012 stats for CBS grads who accepted full-time jobs with a management function.

Function Percent Base Yearly Salary Range ($)
Management Consulting 37.2% $30,000-$194,000
Strategic Planning 1.7% $95,000-$125,000
General Management 2.3% $90,000-$132,000
Operations <1% $110,000-$140,000
Project Management <1% $106,000-$200,000
Rotational/Development Program 1.2% $110,000-$115,000
Other 1% $40,000-$100,000

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For 2012 summer internships (for the class of 2013), the hiring stats are as follows:

Function Percent Base Monthly Salary Range ($)
Strategic Planning 4.3% $1,600-$9,000
General Management <1% $7,700-$9,900
Other 1.7% $2,465-$9,250
Brand/Project Management 7.1% $3,000-$8,333.

See a list of CBS recruiters here.

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MBA Admissions: Duke Fuqua & Nonprofit Management

Duke

“7th Place for Nonprofit Management”

A quick glance at Duke Fuqua currently ranks in 12th place as one of the best business schools, according to US News & World Report (March 2012). It is ranked in 7th place for nonprofit management.  

Duke Fuqua’s Class of 2014 and Management

The class of 2014 Daytime MBA class size is 432 students with an average age of 29.

99.3% of students entered with work experience; the average years of work experience is 5.4 years. The 80% range of students scored between 640 and 740 on the GMAT and have an undergraduate GPA of 2.9 to 3.9.

Engineering and Natural Sciences is the highest represented major (32% of students). Following close after that is the Business and Accounting major (31%), followed by Liberal Arts (20%), and Economics (13%).

Fuqua Academics Related to Nonprofit Management

Since obtaining global knowledge is a foundational element of the Duke Fuqua mission, the two-year program kicks off with a four-week Global Institute featuring three core courses:

  1. Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations
  2. Global Institutions and Environments
  3. Consequential Leadership

To continue their global business training, student will receive opportunities to experience international business and cultural practices head-on in other countries with the Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE)  and various exchange programs. There’s also the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) in which students work with businesses and nonprofit organizations to address company challenges.

Mini-Terms with Lots of Classes

To receive as diverse a range of knowledge as possible, terms at Fuqua are broken up into six-week periods – that means that each “traditional” semester (Fall and Spring) is actually broken down into two sessions for a total of four groups of classes per year.

First Year Classes

Fall 1

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Communication I
  • Business Computer Applications
  • Core course in finance for those with exemptions

Fall 2

  • Global Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Foundations of Strategy
  • Management Communication II
  • Potential elective if core is exempted or taken in Fall 1

Winter Term

  • Optional elective: Workshop in Managerial Improvisation

Spring 1

  • Operations Management
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring 2

  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Second Year: Students general take three elective courses per term.

Choosing a Concentration and Elective Courses

Students can choose to focus on a specialized concentration (see list of concentrations here) and then choose six elective courses in that area. Specializing in a concentration is optional; students may concentrate in up to two areas.

There are a number of concentrations that would be of interest to management students, including Social Entrepreneurship, Management, Leadership & Ethics, and Energy & Environment. (Lists of required courses can be found if you click on any of the above links.)

Examples of courses for those who want to focus on nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship include:

  • LAW 541 – Exempt Organizations
  • PUBPOL 559S/LAW 585 – Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Not-For-Profit Management
  • PUBPOL 830.02 – Nonprofit Management
  • PUBPOL 830.04 – Foundation Strategy and Impact
  • CASE Affiliated Electives
  • MGT 491 – Corporate Social Impact Management
  • MGT 426 – Social Entrepreneurship
  • STATEGY 490 – Global Consulting Practicum   Spring Term 1 & 2 (trip during Spring Break – confirmed countries: India, Belize, South Africa)
  • MGT 491 – Advanced Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship
  • FINANCE 356 – Entrepreneurial Finance
  • FINANCE 491 – Small and Minority Business Finance
  • MANAGEMT 491 – Entrepreneurial Execution/Planning
  • MANAGEMT 431 – Mentored Study in Entrepreneurship
  • MGRECON 407/LAW 515A – Government, Business and the Global Economy
  • STRATEGY 333 – Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • DECISION 491 – Decision Tools for Environmental Sustainability

Students who are interested in health care management may enroll in the Health Sector Management (HSM) certificate program. You can read about the certificate requirements here. Another certificate program of interest to nonprofit management/social enterprise students is the Certificate in International Development Policy from the Duke Center for International Development at The Terry Sanford School of Public Policy. Students may also cross-register for related courses at the Duke Law School, the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, the Nicholas School of the Environment, and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise (11 miles away).

Students who wish to pursue careers in nonprofit management may want to consider getting involved in the CASE Summer Internship Program in which students spend their summer working with government agencies and nonprofit organizations learning about the challenges and rewards of social sector management. Past CASE Summer Internships include work with the Alzheimer’s Association – NYC Chapter, Education Pioneers, Institute for Sustainable Development (Green Plus Program), Benetech, Nature Conservancy, Social Enterprise Associates/SEEP Network, Self-Help, Teach for America and others. See the complete list here.

Nonprofit management and social enterprise students are also eligible for the CASE Social Sector Scholarship. You can read more about this and other social enterprise programs on Fuqua’s The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) site.

Other research centers related to this topic include:

Fuqua Nonprofit Management/Social Enterprise Clubs

2012 Nonprofit Management Hiring Stats at Duke Fuqua

The chart below shows the class of 2012 full-time employment stats for nonprofit management/social enterprise students:

Industry Percent of Grads Mean Salary ($) Median Signing Bonus ($)
Education <1% N/A N/A
Healthcare 11% 104,188 20,000
Energy/Utilities 2% 119,400 20,000
Nonprofit <1% N/A N/A

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For class of 2013 interns (for the summer of 2012), the breakdown goes as follows:

Industry Percent of Interns Mean Monthly Salary ($)
Non-Profit 2% 3,195
Education 2% 3,600
Energy/Utilities 3% 5,229
Healthcare 11% 6,428

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Function Percent of Interns Mean Monthly Salary ($)
Healthcare/Social Impact <1% N/A
Education <1% N/A
Other – Social Impact <1% N/A

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See a list of hiring companies for 2011-2012 here.

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MBA Admissions: Duke Fuqua & Management

Duke

“8th Place for Management”

A quick glance at Duke Fuqua currently ranks in 12th place as one of the best business schools, according to US News & World Report (March 2012). It is ranked in 8th place for management.  

Duke Fuqua’s Class of 2014 and Management

The class of 2014 Daytime MBA class size is 432 students with an average age of 29. 99.3% of students entered with work experience; the average years of work experience is 5.4 years. The 80% range of students scored between 640 and 740 on the GMAT and have an undergraduate GPA of 2.9 to 3.9.

Engineering and Natural Sciences is the highest represented major (32% of students). Following close after that is the Business and Accounting major (31%), followed by Liberal Arts (20%), Economics (13%), and Other (3%).

Fuqua Academics Related to Management

Since obtaining global knowledge is a foundational element of the Duke Fuqua mission, the two-year program kicks off with a four-week Global Institute featuring three core courses.

  1. Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations
  2. Global Institutions and Environments
  3. Consequential Leadership

To continue their global business training, student will receive opportunities to experience international business and cultural practices head-on in other countries with the Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE)  and various exchange programs.

Mini-Terms with Lots of Classes

To receive as much knowledge as possible, terms at Fuqua are broken up into six-week periods – that means that each “traditional” semester (Fall and Spring) is actually broken down into two sessions for a total of four groups of classes per year.

First Year Classes

Fall 1

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Communication I
  • Business Computer Applications
  • Core course in finance for those with exemptions

Fall 2

  • Global Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Foundations of Strategy
  • Management Communication II
  • Potential elective if core is exempted or taken in Fall 1

Winter Term

  • Optional elective: Workshop in Managerial Improvisation

Spring 1

  • Operations Management
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring 2

  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Second Year: Students general take three elective courses per term.

Choosing a Concentration and Elective Courses

Students can choose to focus on a specialized concentration (see list of concentrations here) and then choose six elective courses in that area. Specializing in a concentration is optional; student may concentrate in up to two areas.

There are a number of concentrations that would be of interest to management students, including Management, Leadership & Ethics, Operations Management, and Strategy. (Lists of required courses can be found if you click on any of the above links.)

Students who are interested in health care management may enroll in the Health Sector Management (HSM) certificate program. You can read about the certificate requirements here.

Fuqua Management Clubs, Competitions, and Conferences

2012 Management Hiring Stats at Duke Fuqua

The chart below shows the class of 2012 full-time employment stats for management students:

Function Percent of Grads Mean Salary ($) Median Signing Bonus ($)
General Management 10% 104,334 20,000
Business Development 3% 91,875 20,000
Management Development Program 3% 106,300 20,000

For class of 2013 interns (for the summer of 2012), the breakdown goes as follows:

Function Percent of Interns Mean Monthly Salary ($)
General Management 8% 7,158
Business Development 4% 4,839
Management Development Program 2% 8,771
International Business Development <2% N/A
Brand/Product Management <1% N/A

See a list of hiring companies for 2011-2012 here.

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MBA Admissions: UVA Darden and Management

Darden

“6th Place for Management.”

A quick glance: UVA Darden currently ranks in 13th place as one of the best business schools, according to US News & World Report(March 2012). It is ranked in 6th place for management.  

Darden’s Class of 2014 Profile & Management

The entering class of fall 2012 has 320 people in it and is 35% female and 65% male. The average age of students is 27 years. The mean GMAT score is 703 and the mean undergraduate GPA is 3.48. More than 50% of the students have undergrad majors in business administration or humanities/social science (26% each). This is followed by 18% in engineering/science/math, 13% in economics, and 17% in other categories.

Darden Academics Related to Management

First, if you are considering applying to Darden, then you must read up on the case method of instruction. This is a cornerstone of the Darden MBA program and an understanding of this method is essential if you want to understand Darden academics. (Read about the case method here.)

The entire first year curriculum is made up of core courses. The second year is exclusively electives. The idea is to provide all students with a strong, common foundation in general management and global business leadership.

First year core courses:

During the second year, in addition to electives, students may also participate in Darden Business Projects and overseas exchange programs.

Electives in the area of Management:

In addition Darden also offers specialty areas so students can focus on specific industries: These specialties include Energy; Health Care; Media, Entertainment & Sports; Real Estate; Retail & Luxury Goods; Social Enterprise; and Technology.

To help students shape and design their second year elective curriculums, they may choose to concentrate in a particular area. Career and theme track concentrations of interest to management students Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategy Consulting, Corporate Innovation, and Business Development and Growth. Students may choose up to two concentrations.

UVA Darden Management Related Clubs

Management Hiring Stats at UVA Darden

21.4% of Class of 2012 students received job offers with a general management function and an average base salary of $104,892.

The previous year (in 2011), 10% of this same class had general management internships with average weekly income of $1,503.

To see the broad array of companies recruiting at Darden, please Companies Hiring Darden Students page on the Darden site.

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MBA Admissions: Northwestern Kellogg & Management

Northwestern Kellogg

#4 for Management

A quick glance at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business: Kellogg currently ranks in fourth place as one of the best business schools (tied with MIT Sloan and Chicago Booth), according to US News & World Report (March 2012). It was ranked #4 for management.  

Northwestern Kellogg Class of 2014 Stats

Some facts about Kellogg’s students:

  • 5071 people applied to Kellogg in 2011-12; 477 students enrolled in the two-year MBA program. 100 enrolled in the one-year program.
  • The mid-80% age range of incoming students in 2012 was 25-31.
  • The mid 80% range of work experience was 3.2-7.25 years.
  • The average GMAT score in 2012 was 708.

Kellogg Academics Related to Management

Students must complete a nine-course core in addition to the elective component. These courses cover all general management topics, including Leadership in Organizations, Business Strategy, Marketing Management, Statistical Methods for Management Decisions, and Operations Management.

Those interested in pursuing management at Kellogg will want to check out all of the links below.

Academic Departments:

Professional Programs:

Management Majors (students may choose more than one major):

Managerial Research Centers at Kellogg:

International Opportunities for Management Students

  • Global Initiatives in Management
  • Student Exchange Program
  • Global Speakers and Visitors

Kellogg Clubs for Management Students

Management Employment Stats at Kellogg

In 2011, 8% of Kellogg graduates accepted full-time jobs with a general management/leadership development function. The average salary for these positions in 2011 was $105,140. 3% reported jobs with business development functions and an average salary of $111.853.

Many students choose to study management because they would like to work for a management consulting firm for at least a few years after earning their MBA. In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek analysis, augmented by estimates from Poets and Quants, Kellogg came in 4th as a go-to school for McKinsey. Indeed 39% of Kellogg grads go into the consulting industry upon graduation

You can view a list of top hirers for full-time and internship positions here.

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