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QUOTES FROM THE M7: SCHOOL DIFFERENTIATORS

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Starr Marcello, Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

“Among the biggest differentiators of the Booth MBA are its flexible curriculum and its community. The Booth MBA empowers students to select courses that fit their experience, interests, and career goals. The flexible curriculum, rooted in the fundamentals of business—accounting, economics, psychology, sociology, and statistics—is delivered by the world’s best faculty members, pillars of the Chicago Booth community. The Booth community possesses a combination of collaboration and competition, fostering critical thinking while creating a fun and inspiring environment in which students learn. With the support of the Booth community, students can take risks and aim high on their path to becoming stellar global leaders. This community continues well past graduation, with a dynamic and supportive Booth alumni network of 55,000 leaders in every corner of the world.

“Our multidisciplinary curriculum provides students analytical frameworks needed to succeed. It evolves and grows to meet the rapidly changing business climate with agility, yet maintains the core values that distinguish it from any other MBA program. Whether in Chicago, Hong Kong, or London, our accomplished faculty creates knowledge among current and future leaders.”

Paul Oyer, Senior Associate Dean For Academic Affairs, Stanford

“Our comprehensive approach to business education goes beyond building students’ capabilities for the next step in their career — students at the GSB go through a transformational experience that pushes them to become responsible, impactful leaders who motivate, inspire, and lead with empathy and compassion. We do this by providing students with a one-of-a-kind combination of rigorous academic foundational courses, along with offering classes and experiences focused on leadership and personal development.

“Another unique aspect of the GSB is our tight-knit, inclusive culture. It fosters creativity, innovation, and collaboration across the institution and provides students with a strong foundation of community and values. Our students have unparalleled access to world-class faculty around the institution as well as the opportunity to engage with prominent leaders around the world through the dean’s speaker series and guest lecturers in class. Students also build strong bonds with each other through clubs, activities, and academic experiences – and these connections stay with our students well beyond their time on campus.”

Howard Kaufold, vice dean of the MBA program, Wharton

Howard Kaufold, Vice Dean of the MBA Program, Wharton 

“The Wharton MBA Program is committed to building an inclusive and dynamic academic community that aligns with our values and strengthens a student’s experience. When students join our program, they become peers with classmates that together constitute what will probably be the most diverse group our students will ever be part of. This is quite intentional on our part. Wharton MBA students each bring a unique set of experiences and perspectives that collectively make Wharton a vibrant learning environment. We also strive to create a community where each student can be their true selves and support others to do the same through open and respectful dialogue. Opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom foster engagement and growth to help students become leaders who can manage across difference and create inclusive communities both while in the program and as alumni.

"Second, we want to make sure that each of our MBA students gets the best possible experience during their two years at Wharton — and beyond. There are more opportunities at Wharton than a student can possibly take advantage of: courses, career tracks, leadership development options, and clubs. The MBA program staff personalize each student’s approach to choices they need to make, ensuring they have access to complete information about the available options and receive the support to find the pathway that best fits their individual goals. Current initiatives to provide personalized data-driven content include assessment and individual development plans via People Lab; connecting academics, careers, leadership, and student life by providing each student with a team of advisors from each of these areas; and the ability to explore career paths with our online careers platform, My Action Plan (MAP).”

“In many ways the global pandemic was an accelerant for reimagining what the Wharton MBA experience can be. Wharton faculty, staff, and students navigated and led best practices in building relationships, networks, and community in a virtual setting. We still feel strongly that being in-person is optimal, but Covid-19 pushed innovation in creating new modes of interactive learning using technologies that enhance virtual delivery. The Wharton MBA community will continue to define and implement disruptive changes to build lifelong management training to support career skill building and post-graduation reflection.”

Mark Cautela, Head of Communications, Harvard

“HBS invented the case method pedagogy, which it still uses today. Students are assigned up to 500 cases over their two years at the School, reading and analyzing them before class to prepare themselves for a discussion about how they would solve the business challenge presented. HBS brings together amazingly talented people from diverse backgrounds and puts that experience front-and-center. Students do the majority of the talking (and lots of active listening), and their job is to better understand the decision at hand, what they would do in the case protagonist’s shoes, and why. They do not leave a class thinking about the case the same way they thought about it coming in. In addition to learning more about many different businesses, with the case method they develop communication, listening, analysis, and leadership skills. It is a truly dynamic and immersive learning environment.

"The diversity of the classroom is made possible due to the section experience. Upon arrival at HBS, students are assigned to a specific “section” — a group of approximately 90 students with whom they will complete the Required Curriculum (RC). The section’s rich mix of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and ambitions reflects the diversity of the class. Section mates not only take their RC classes together, they share cases, classroom facilities, and their own dedicated team of faculty. Section faculty teach and manage the learning environment, using their own research and real-world experience to introduce innovative ideas and approaches to learning.

"The international nature of the HBS MBA program is another major differentiator. In addition to its global alumni network (with a third of MBA alumni living outside the U.S.), the school’s 15 research centers and regional offices in key areas of the world enable faculty to work with leaders, industry, government, and academia worldwide, and to learn from business challenges and innovations wherever they occur. Through sustained work in the field, faculty are provided the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and values — as well as intricacies and nuances — that lead to truly meaningful and insightful global research, and in turn, more robust and global-focused curriculum and opportunities for students.”

Emily Haydon, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Northwestern Kellogg

“Kellogg’s unique, comprehensive degree portfolio allows students to pursue the MBA program that best meets their career goals and aspirations. All of Kellogg’s programs provide exposure to star faculty, a diverse curriculum, and a strong network of peers and alumni. Kellogg offers five distinct options for pursuing a full-time MBA — all of which have been intentionally designed to fit students’ personal and professional interests. Our full-time MBA degree portfolio includes our 2Y MBA, 1Y MBA, MMM degree, MBAi degree, and our JD-MBA. Additionally, we offer flexible evening, weekend, and executive MBA programs allowing more choice and options to our MBA applicants.

"Additionally, and confirmed by incoming students every year, Kellogg’s culture of collaboration, inclusivity, and empathy, is what truly sets our program apart. We are always looking for students who aren’t afraid to take risks, who want to drive lasting impact for their organizations and community, and who truly embody ‘high-impact, low ego leadership’. Kellogg’s focus is on developing a leader than can navigate an environment of change, and a leader who has been shaped by and embodies the essential quality of creativity and collaboration. With this focus and shared culture, we produce leaders who leverage this empathic mindset to drive relationships and performance both professionally and personally."

Amanda Carlson, assistant dean of admissions, Columbia

Amanda Carlson, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Columbia

“At CBS, we pride ourselves on the richness of the experiential learning that is facilitated by our home in New York City. The nature of business school is changing, the types of professional roles our students seek are evolving, and likewise, our students’ skills need to continue to grow and develop. The CBS experiential learning model truly benefits our students to help them grow and evolve, by learning from faculty and practitioners who share their experiences real-time. They cover topics ranging from thought leadership to social justice to innovation. The experiential learning opportunities, both inside and outside of the academic classroom, are unparalleled. Renowned figures share cutting-edge ideas, leadership styles, and personal philosophies with our students and faculty members in small group settings. These thoughtful exchanges truly provide a distinct competitive advantage for CBS because of the extent to which we are able to tap the intellectual capital in NYC.

"CBS has a strong commitment to the lifelong learning opportunities for members of our community. CBS Alumni Edge is a new platform that provides alumni a competitive advantage to achieve evolving career goals in a constantly changing business environment. This is especially important for alumni who graduated before some of these innovative classes were taught. Alumni can now benefit from the thought leadership of our faculty through the convenience of an online learning platform. A few of the offerings include: Python for Managers; Leadership: People, Teams, and Organizations; Value Investing: Making Intelligent Investment Decisions; and, Business Analytics. Hundreds of alumni have taken CBS Alumni Edge classes since they launched last summer, in 2020.”

Maura Herson, Assistant Dean of the MBA Program, MIT Sloan

“Most MBAs aspire to make a professional transition to a new job function and/or industry. MIT Sloan’s Tracks and Certificates provide the roadmap for students to successfully prepare themselves for successful transformation through tracks in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Enterprise Management and Finance; and certificates in Business Analytics, Healthcare Systems, and Sustainability. Students acquire necessary skills, knowledge and practical experience through courses including action learning as well as building a network of like-minded peers.

“MIT Sloan is constantly evolving both the content of core courses as well as the range of electives offered to ensure that we are preparing leaders to be successful in a rapidly changing marketplace. For example, our traditional core statistics and modeling class includes multiple modules on AI and machine learning, and our core communications class includes sessions dedicated to communicating effectively with data.

“MIT is an opportunity rich environment that rewards the curious.  Students can take classes anywhere at MIT,  which includes the MIT Media Lab, Center for Real Estate, or any of the engineering or computer science departments. Aspiring entrepreneurs engage across the institute through the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship , the Innovation Initiative and the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.  Focused on international development?  Find like-minded people, expertise and resources at the Legatum Center.  Additionally, students can enhance their personal and professional networks through participation in MIT-wide affinity coalitions, interest groups, intramural sports, and community service.”

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