Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Columbia | Ms. Growth Strategy
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Emory Goizueta | Mr. English Teacher
GMAT 680 (plan to re-take), GPA 3.78
Harvard | Mr. Brightside
GMAT 760, GPA 3.93
Harvard | Ms. Social Enterprise/Healthcare
GRE 324, GPA 3.5
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Dyslexic Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. 10 Years In Finance
GMAT Not Required / Waived, GPA 2.65
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Harvard | Mr. Australian Navy
GMAT 770, GPA 3.74
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. FMCG Enthusiast Seeking Second MBA
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
NYU Stern | Ms. Civil Servant To Fortune 50
GRE Writing May 31st, GPA Undergrad: 3.0, Graduate: 3.59
MIT Sloan | Ms. Designer Turned Founder
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Strategist
GMAT 750, GPA 73%, top of the class (gold medalist)
Berkeley Haas | Mr. All About Impact
Harvard | Mr. Forbes U30 & Big Pharma
GMAT 640, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Ross | Mr. FP&A
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Ms. Not-For-Profit
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
Harvard | Mr. Captain Mishra
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Ross | Mr. Dragon Age
GRE 327, GPA 2.19/4.0
Wharton | Ms. Type-A CPG PM
GMAT 750, GPA 3.42
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9

Which B-School Fits Your Personality?

A case study professor in action at Harvard Business School

A case study professor in action at Harvard Business School

Match Your Personality to a B-School Teaching Style

For many applicants, a school’s teaching method is the last factor they weigh in choosing an MBA program. But then classes start…and they learn just how important it really is.

This week, Stacy Blackman, an author and consultant on MBA programs, outlined the three major teaching styles used by top programs. According to Blackman, this factor is even more important than rankings and location in helping students get the most from their two-year investment.

These teaching styles include:

1) Case: Used extensively at Harvard and Darden, this method requires students to review and debate real-world business scenarios. The benefit, of course, is exposure to a variety of opinions and experiences. However, individuals who are uncomfortable with public speaking will undoubtedly wither in this environment. Still, the method forces students to come prepared and defend their ideas, a key skill in any organization.

2) Lecture: Do you disengage or doze if you’re not included in discussions? Well, you may want to cross Carnegie Melon and USC off your list. Proponents of lectures contend that it is the best method to help students understand key business concepts and methods. It also enables professors to transmit a larger volume of information to students. Unlike the case methods, lectures appeal to more introverted students.

3) Experiential: This is the proverbial “learn-by-doing” method. This style fits students with an entrepreneurial bent, who want to get out of the classroom and get their hands dirty. Experiential learning is most frequently associated with Vanderbilt and Michigan. These schools, along with Harvard, are known for providing real-world group projects that help students turn their knowledge into practice in the field.

Sure, every program includes a mix of all three styles. But knowing which methodology is predominant can help students find schools that fit their comfort zone and build on their strengths.

Source: U.S. News and World Report

Top Schools Are Sitting on the Online Sidelines

Looking for a grand manifesto with few details (and even fewer examples)? Check out this column from Haven Ladd in The Financial Times. Without calling out specific schools (or citing studies or experts), Ladd announces that the leading MBA programs are failing to embrace online education.

Ladd notes that the top MBA programs are competing “for the same (or smaller) pools of applicants,” adding that “while overall tuition prices have steadily increased, the perceived value of an elite MBA is declining.” Ouch!onlinedegree

At least Ladd offers a solution. Well, sort of. He begins by noting that “there is no consensus as to the ‘right’ way to use online offerings.” As Ladd notes, this void gives leading programs “the opportunity to innovate the business of business education.” Mind blowing!

His prescription for the Whartons and Booths? Decrease the class sizes of their brick-and-mortar programs and launch hybrid and online courses with the same rigor of their traditional programs. The benefit: “…schools could extend their brands by reaching larger – and potentially more talented – applicant pools from all over the world.” Just one question: Aren’t the most talented students already chasing the top MBA programs? Wait, a follow up question: Aren’t these schools extremely selective for a reason? Wouldn’t they tarnish their brand and dilute the experience by weeding the group with second or third-tier talents?

Agree or disagree? We’ll let you be the judge of whether this is a serious proposal – or just trite bellyaching (and poor editing).

Source: Financial Times

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