Harvard | Mr. Captain Mishra
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Certain Government Guy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Stuck Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. Mechanical Engineer W/ CFA Level 2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83/4.0 WES Conversion
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Community Involvement
GMAT 600, GPA 3.2
Chicago Booth | Mr. International Banker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Mr. South East Asian Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Investor To Fintech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85
Ross | Mr. Saudi Engineer
GRE 312, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Ms. Consumer Sustainability
GMAT 740, GPA 3.95
Columbia | Ms. Retail Queen
GRE 322, GPA 3.6
Tuck | Ms. Confused One
GMAT 740, GPA 7.3/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Health Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Regulator To Private
GMAT 700, GPA 2.0
Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
MIT Sloan | Mr. Spaniard
GMAT 710, GPA 7 out of 10 (top 15%)
Harvard | Ms. Marketing Family Business
GMAT 750- first try so might retake for a higher score (aiming for 780), GPA Lower Second Class Honors (around 3.0)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Colombian Sales Leader
GMAT 610, GPA 2.78
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Family Business Turned Consultant
GMAT 640, GPA 3.0

Essential Business MOOCs In August

Doubts Over Government Economic Plans Hit Banking Shares

Financial Programming and Policies, Part 1: Macroeconomic Accounts & Analysis

School: International Monetary Fund

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: Financial Programming and Policies, Part 1: Macroeconomic Accounts & Analysis

Start Date: August 5, 2015 (6 Weeks Long)

Workload: 8-10 Hours Per Week

Instructors: Paolo Dudine, Adolfo Barajas, Eric Verrydt, Luisa Zanforlin, Nan Li

Credentials: All five instructors are economists with the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development. An Italian national with a Ph.D. from New York University, Dudine has worked extensively with Honduras, Bulgaria and African nations. Barajas, a Columbian national with a Ph.D. from Stanford, has focused on the Middle East and Central Asia. Verreydt has spent over two decades with the IMF, where he has served as an economist, resident representative, or mission chief for nations in Africa and the Western Hemisphere. Zanforlin has worked for the IMF since 1995, where she has helped nations like Greece, Mexico, Portugal, and her native Italy. Li is also a Stanford Ph.D. Before joining the IMF, she taught at Ohio State University and served as a research associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Graded: Students can either audit the course or pursue a verified certificate of achievement.

Description: This course exposes students to the theories and tools needed to conduct macroeconomic analysis. It includes introductions to the real, fiscal, external, and monetary sectors of the macroeconomy, along with examining how these sectors are interconnected and how to “read, interpret, and analyze the accounts for these sectors.” In doing so, students will be able to evaluate “the current state of the economy, forecast where the economy is headed, and identify economic policies that can help change the course of the economy.” Taught through lecture videos, the course also features exercises, where students will dissect data from both their home nation and a hypothetical one.

Review: “Course is well organized and requires very little background in macroeconomics. Pulls together theoretical and applied concepts nicely and in very accessible steps. Questions are challenging but not difficult. Well worth the time and effort is you are considering a career in central banking, macroeconomic analysis or financial journalism.” For additional reviews, click here.

Additional Note: Coursera notes that a basic knowledge of economics “would be helpful, but is not required. In addition, there are graded assignments that require spreadsheet usage. A second part to this course, which explores forecasting and policy design in greater depth, will also be offered in the future.

Page 10 of 15