Harvard | Mr. Certain Government Guy
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MIT Sloan | Mr. Mechanical Engineer W/ CFA Level 2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83/4.0 WES Conversion
Kellogg | Mr. Community Involvement
GMAT 600, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Stuck Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
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
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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
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Emory Goizueta | Mr. Family Business Turned Consultant
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Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
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The New, Virtual Reality Of MBA Networking

Why The MBA Needs To Change

Back in February 2020, a majority of B-school leaders said they expected fundamental change to the MBA in the next five years. Few likely knew just how fast a global health pandemic could accelerate that need for change. Nearly a month later, MBA programs across the world would be forced to close up campus, adopt virtual learning, and ensure the proper technologies and systems to handle such a large transition.

COVID-19 has not only changed the MBA, but according to Paulina Karpis, cofounder and CEO of brunchwork it has also changed the meaning behind the MBA. In a Forbes piece, Karpis breaks areas where the MBA is lacking and what an MBA could mean in a post-COVID world.

“Covid-19 has changed not only the MBA’s meaning, but it has also upended many professionals’ career ambitions,” Karpis writes. “And hiring managers’ needs.”

A NEED FOR REAL-TIME

Karpis argues that too often the MBA focuses on analyzing the past through its use of case studies. Students look back to history and study a challenge that a company faced and analyze the solutions that dealt with that problem.

“But as leaders around the world learned this year, nothing we’ve done in the past could have prepared us to deal with a global pandemic,” Karpis writes. “For years, I’ve heard hiring managers say they don’t want a team member who’s been out of the workforce studying old solutions to old problems; they want someone who’s been actively solving current problems in real time.”

A NEED FOR DIVERSITY

The MBA has long had a diversity issue. And while minority numbers have gradually increased in recent years, B-schools as a whole still lack equal representation.

“MBA programs are notoriously male, wealthy, and white. So, while business schools like to say that their curriculum teaches students to work well with others—in most cases, that means a pretty homogenous group,” Karpis writes. “For companies that care about diversity, equity, and inclusion (which is, increasingly, all of them), MBA programs haven’t historically been the breeding grounds of the inclusive, forward-thinking leaders they’re looking for.”

WHAT’S NEXT

Karpis says that the MBA needs to change. When exactly that change is coming, nobody can predict. What we do know, however, is that a global pandemic most definitely can accelerate the need for something new.

“My hope is that modern business education will focus on real-time learning and application of that knowledge; allow students to build more diverse and inclusive networks; and—crucially—not plunge them into a mountain of debt,” Karpis writes.

Sources: Forbes, P&Q, P&Q 

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