MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corp Finance
GMAT 740, GPA 3.75
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
IU Kelley | Mr. Clinical Trial Ops
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.33
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4

Essential Business MOOCs For December

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As the new year approaches, you’re probably reflecting on where you are – and where you’d like to be. That may mean returning to school to refresh your skills. Or, maybe it’s time to kick off a job search. If you’re already imagining exercising greater control or leaving a deeper impact, you’re probably heading towards entrepreneurship.

Just thinking about starting a company can leave anyone feeling uneasy, if not overwhelmed. There’s so much at play: Attracting customers, managing people, and making payroll…just to name a few. And that doesn’t factor in the uncertainty, wondering if you’ll be among the 90 percent whose businesses tank. These days, pondering entrepreneurship can be as depressing as reading a fitness magazine. You can’t escape those images of self-made twentysomethings, decked out in hoodies or birkenstocks, who cashed one big goofy idea into millions (Thanks, Sara Blakely).

Ask any entrepreneur and they’ll tell you the idea is easy. It’s the execution – developing, financing, testing, and commercializing – that will sink any great idea. That’s one reason behind the University of Maryland’s new online specialization: “Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business.”

Among the new MOOC courses that start this December, it’s a real standout. Given the upcoming holidays, there are very few new business courses being offered by the business schools–unless you either want to do a startup or have already done one and need a bit more guidance and help.

COURSES ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP DOMINATE THE BEST MOOCS THAT START IN DECEMBER

In a nutshell, the University of Maryland is offering a specialization certificate for completing three MOOC courses through Coursera. Although college credits aren’t part of this specialization, the program allows students to sample content included in the university’s Online Master of Technology Entrepreneurship. While the MOOCs are free, the cost of the certificate is $49 per course (and another $49 for a capstone project where students pitch real investors). At $196, this series is actually less expensive per course than the paid courses on Stanford’s NovoED (which run $149-$199).

Aside from the capstone project, the expectations are basically the same. To earn a certificate, students complete the same coursework as their peers. The only difference is that they sign up for the “Signature Track,” where they connect their coursework to their identity. They can pay by course or up front. And they can take the three courses in any order (though the program recommends that students start with James Green’s “Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies” MOOC).

If you’re a cynic, you’ll probably dismiss this as a marketing gimmick. But the specialization does carry some real heft. For example, 1.2 million students have registered for Green’s course since 2013 – and students on Coursetalk have ranked it among the best business courses. What’s more, the three scholar-practitioners teaching the courses have nearly 100 years of teaching and entrepreneurship experience between them (and one has raised over $100 million in capital for his ventures).

So whether you’re searching for an idea, business model, or financing, check out these three courses, which each start on December 1st (with future sessions being held in January and February). In addition, MIT is offering its own “Entrepreneurship 101” course in December. If you’re looking to brush up on economics, take a look at the University of Illinois’ “Microeconomics Principles,” which earned 4.5 out of 5 stars from student reviewers on Coursetalk.

To learn more about these courses – and register for them – click on the links below.

New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs / University of Maryland / December 1

Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship / University of Maryland / December 1

Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace / University of Maryland / December 1

Entrepreneurship 101: Who Is Your Customer? / MIT Sloan / December 2

Microeconomics Principles / University of Illinois / December 22