2023 MBA Stories: A School-By School Collection Of News & Student Profiles

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“The holidays are a time to look back.”  

That’s the start of many of toast this season. Chances are, the message will be the same: re-examine, re-focus, re-energize, and re-commit. You could apply those sentiments to the graduate business school community. Home for the holidays – before jetting off to Greece or hunkering down with their business plan – MBAs are taking a welcome pause. Of course, applicants aren’t so fortunate; they’re gearing up for interviews – or another rounds of essays and GMATs.

2023 was another year of scrambling and grinding for students and applicants alike. While they fixated on the prize, larger trends came into focus. Business schools dug into their pockets for programming for artificial intelligence – no different than analytics in recent years. Sustainability emerged as cornerstone content at programs like INSEAD and Georgetown McDonough, as employers sought ways to convert costs to cash. As business schools doubled-down on DEI programming, employers began to backpedal in the area, leery of its excesses as much of its middling returns.

Francesca Gino at Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino


The year was tumultuous in many respects. Deans stepped down at Duke Fuqua, Illinois Gies, IMD, London Business School, and Penn State Smeal. At the same time, new deans were appointed at Colorado Leeds, Cornell Johnson, Georgia Tech Scheller, INSEAD, North Carolina Kenan-Flagler, Northeastern D’Amore-McKim, Ohio State Fisher, Temple Fox, Vanderbilt Owen, Villanova, and Washington Olin. Nearly across the board, business school applications declined in 2023. When it comes to pay, the results were mixed. Spring graduates enjoyed marked pay increases at Chicago Booth, Duke Fuqua, INSEAD, Northwestern Kellogg, UC Berkeley Haas, and Virginia Darden. In contrast, starting pay plateaued at Cornell Johnson, Dartmouth Tuck, Harvard Business School, and the Wharton School.

Controversy is a given in any year – and 2023 didn’t disappoint. At Michigan State’s Broad College, Sanjay Gupta filed suit over his 2022 ouster, claiming he was the victim of a power struggle. NYU Stern learned just how prestigious its program was when ex-Congressman – and serial liar – George Santos claimed to have earned his MBA there. Of course, this drama pales in comparison to the Francesca Gino saga at Harvard Business School. She was placed on administrative leave for allegedly fabricating data – and subsequently filed a defamation lawsuit against the school. Shortly thereafter, Harvard President Claudine Gay came under the microscope for plagiarism. Together, Gino and Gay have turned Harvard into a fountain of nerd jokes. The best one: Harvard researchers give new meaning to ‘sampling’.

More seriously, several business schools rolled out new programs. In Texas alone, you’ll find Rice Jones’ Hybrid MBA, Texas McCombs’ Online Master’s of Business Analytics, and Texas A&M Mays’ Flex Online MBA. Chicago Booth launched 10-month Master’s in Management and 15-month Master’s in Finance programs, while Yale SOM produced a 12-month Master’s in Technology Management program. By the same token, Chicago Booth collected a $100 million donation, while Purdue University pocketed $50 million dollars. Oxford Said hit gender parity for the first time as the Wharton School hit the mark for the third consecutive year. At Virginia Darden, the school added 195,000 square feet by opening The Forum, a hotel and meeting space that comes with a botanical garden, fine dining restaurant, and craft beer pub. To paraphrase The Eagles: “You can check out any time you want / but you may never want to leave.”

Wondering what you might have missed about your favorite schools in 2023? We got you covered with a school-by-school story listing (plus links to iconic features like Best & Brightest MBAs and 10 Business Schools To Watch). Here are some MBA stories that can give you an edge going into 2024.

Page 1: Best & Brightest Profiles – Emory Goizueta

Page 2: ESADE – Johns Hopkins Carey

Page 3: London Business School – SMU Cox

Page 4: Stanford GSB – Holiday Stories



100 Best & Brightest MBAs: Class Of 2023

100 Best & Brightest Undergraduate Business Majors Of 2023

Best & Brightest Online MBAs: Class Of 2023

The Best & Brightest Executive MBAs Of 2023

MBAs To Watch: Class Of 2023

20 Biggest Regrets Of MBA Students

The Biggest Myths About Your Favorite Business Schools

MBA Admissions: Unconventional Ideas That Get Acceptance Letters

The Best Cities For MBAs

The Most Popular Traditions At Top Business Schools

The 15 Biggest Surprises Awaiting MBA Students

The Favorite Courses Of MBAs

The Favorite MBA Professors Of The Class of 2023



P&Q’s 40-Under-40 Best MBA Professors Of 2023

50 Best Undergraduate Business Professors of 2023

Leading Professors Imagine The Business School Of The Future


business schools to watch



10 Business Schools To Watch In 2023

2023’s Undergraduate Business Schools To Watch





New Head of School appointed at Alliance Manchester Business School



A Pioneering Master’s In Sustainability Management Reinvents Itself

Namesakes provide monumental $15M gift to American University’s Kogod School of Business



EMBA Spotlight: ASU Carey’s EMBA Offers A Leading Concentration In the Business Of Health Care



At Babson, Entrepreneurship Hub, A Week-Long Celebration Of The Power Of Business Creation

Entrepreneurship Hub Babson Hosts A Week-Long Celebration Of The Power Of Business Creation



MBA Case Competitions: Meet Boston University’s Master Case Coach


Cambridge Judge Business School


Cambridge Judge Launches Global EMBA

EMBA Spotlight: Cambridge Judge Offers More Flexibility With Its New Global EMBA

Lifetime Learning: What Cambridge Judge Is Doing Online


Three Things Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School Looks For

Grads Of This New 2-Year Program Will Have A Pair Of Elite Degrees: A U.S. MSBA & A Euro MiM

CMU Tepper Puts A Data-Focused Spin On The Management Master’s Degree

Carnegie Mellon Launches Accelerated Full-Time MBA Program



13 CEIBS alumnae listed Forbes China 100 Top Businesswomen rankings for 2023

Big Trouble In China? CEIBS’ 2023 MBA Median Salary Slips Below Pre-Pandemic Levels



This B-School Is Promoting LGBTQ+ Rights Across Thailand



Whoa: Chicago Booth Gets Second-Largest Gift Ever: $100M

The Unconventional Guide To Getting Into The Booth MBA

Top Business School Deans Discuss The Future Of MBAs

Big News: Another M7 School Launches A Master In Management Program

Chicago Booth Makes A Big Healthcare Splash — Times 2

MBA Class Of 2025: What It Took To Get Into This No. 1-Ranked B-School

Median Pay For Chicago Booth MBAs Is Now Over $200K

Chicago Booth Dean Warned About Faculty’s Resistance To Change

Chicago Booth Launches A Master In Finance, Its Second New Degree In 88 Years

mbaMission’s Chicago Booth School Of Business Insider’s Guide

A Chicago Booth MBA Shares His Journey To B-School And Important Tips For Applicants

Tips For Your Chicago Booth Application Essay

Personal MBA Coach’s Chicago Booth Essay Tips



4 Finalists Named For Deanship Of Top Mountain West B-School

Kelley Prof Wins Four-Finalist Shootout For Colorado’s Leeds School Deanship


Tips For Conquering The New Columbia Business School Essay

Columbia Business School Moves From Rolling MBA Admissions To Rounds For Its Fall Cohort

Tips for Columbia Business School’s 2023 MBA Essays

Waitlisted For Six Months, He Was Admitted & An MBA Student In Less Than A Week

Personal MBA Coach: CBS Full-Time MBA Essay Tips

Sustainability Meets Business: HEC Paris & Columbia Launch Double Degree Program

From Actor To Columbia MBA: How I Made A Massive Pivot — And How You Can, Too

Columbia Business School: What It Offers and What It Takes to Get In

The Art Of Networking: A Columbia MBA On How 500+ Chats Redefined Her Life & Career

MBA Apps To Columbia Were Down Big Again In 2022-2023

How To Get Into Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School Essay Questions And Strategic Guidance, 2023-2024


Cornell MBAs with the Big Red Bear


EMBA Spotlight: How Cornell Johnson’s Program Is Uniquely Suited To The Moment

Cornell Johnson Names Its Next Dean: Long-Time Operations Prof Vishal Gaur

Tips for Cornell Johnson’s MBA Essays

How Cornell Johnson Became A Model For MBA Diversity In 2023

Dean Andrew Karolyi Signs On For Another 5 Years At Cornell’s SC Johnson College

My MBA Story: From Cancer To Cornell — And A New Mission In Life`

At Cornell, MBA Jobs Are Fewer & Pay Growth Slows — But Consulting Is A Robust Exception



Six Reasons To Choose Cranfield’s Newly Redesigned MBA Program



Dartmouth Tuck Offers GMAT/GRE Waivers For Laid-Off Workers

Dartmouth Tuck Dean Earns Third Term

‘The Perfect Place For Exploration’: 3 Tuck MBAs On Choosing The Right School, Imposter Syndrome & The Tuck Experience

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Class Of 2025: Nearly One-Fifth Are First-In-Their-Family College Grads

Best Practice: Encouraging Difficult Conversations Among MBA Students

Dartmouth Tuck 2023 MBA Employment: Jobs Aplenty, But Salaries & Bonuses Plateau



MBA Students In Denver’s Daniels College Find Themselves Up To The Challenge(s)


Duke Fuqua Class of 2025


Duke Adds A 4th MBA Admission Round

Duke Fuqua: We Will Accept Scores From New, Shorter GMAT & GRE

Duke Fuqua Reports MBA App Decline, Becoming Third Major U.S. B-School To Do So

Duke Fuqua’s Dean: Creating Economic Opportunity By Getting Everyone In The Game

Duke Fuqua 2023 MBA Jobs Report: Another Big Jump In Median Salary & Total Comp

Duke Hires A Headhunter & Names A Search Committee To Find A New Fuqua Dean



EDHEC Dean Emmanuel Métais Wants Grads To Lead On Climate & Impact

EDHEC Launches €40 Million Investment Fund To Support Startups With Impact

European B-Schools Launch A Wave Of New Programs



Emory Goizueta Launches New Business Analytics Master’s

Bird’s Eye View: The Big Leagues – My Experience in Full-Time Recruiting

Charting The Future Of Emory’s Goizueta Business School

Bird’s Eye View: Embracing Redirection

Program Innovation At Emory’s Goizueta Business School

Full-Time MBA Class of 2025: Emory Impresses

Emory’s Goizueta Launches A New Business Master’s For Veterans

Tips for Emory Goizueta’s 2023-2024 MBA Essays

There’s A New Major Player On The U.S. Master In Management Scene

Technology And Innovation At Emory

Krishna Collective: Top 20 MBA in My 20s – A Journey Beyond Self-Doubt

Where Emory’s MBA Can Take Your Career—Ballerina To Consultant And Hospitality To High Tech

A Better Career Starts With An Emory Goizueta MBA

What Employers And Students Expect From A Business School

Median Salary Flattens For 2023 Emory Goizueta MBAs

Emory Goizueta Graduates Don’t Fear The Future, They Embrace It


Next Page: ESADE – Johns Hopkins Carey

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