Guide to MBA Applications

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How to Shortlist the Best Business Schools for Your MBA

What is university shortlisting? If you’ve decided to pursue an MBA abroad, creating a university shortlist of institutions you want to attend is one of your priorities. You can increase your chances of success by understanding the MBA selection process and adopting a strategic approach. We recommend that applicants find a middle ground by being …

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The MBA Waitlist Secrets: All You Need to Know

Being waitlisted for an MBA program can be a frustrating and uncertain experience. After investing months into your MBA application, receiving neither an acceptance nor a rejection leaves you in limbo or purgatory. Some applicants find the MBA waitlist even more complex than a rejection, as it raises questions about the best course of action—should …

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How to Choose the Right MBA Admissions Consultant?

Applying to business schools is a long and arduous journey, which begins with the process of shortlisting schools and, if you play your cards right, ends with you preparing for and acing your MBA interview.  At every step, though, you must navigate various roadblocks, and even a single mistake can result in rejection, which could …

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MBA Admissions: Why Round 2 Applicants Have an Edge

“Should I apply to an MBA Programme in Round 2?” As MBA admissions consultants, we hear this question every year. It is generally believed that submitting your application as early as possible is the best option.  The MBA admissions processes at Columbia Business School, Duke Fuqua School of Business, or UVA’s Darden School of Business …

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Six Highlights About the Indian School of Business | The Red Pen

6 Highlights About Indian School of Business

Are you curious about what’s unique about the Indian School of Business (ISB)? What is it about this fairly young business school that attracts the best talent from India and even the rest of the world? Is it their rigorous curriculum? World-class faculty? Real-world exposure? The answer is that all this and more have made …

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7 Things I Learned During My Time at Columbia Business School - By Preeti Wadekar | The Red Pen

7 Things I Learned During My Time at Columbia Business School

An MBA is akin to a roller coaster ride, thrilling, exhausting, but deeply enriching. After nine years, I can still say that my experience at Columbia Business School (CBS) was unparalleled, with immense learning opportunities both inside and out of the classroom. Following 10 years in audit and consulting, I wanted to switch my career …

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What is a Deferred MBA Programme? | The Red Pen

What Is a Deferred MBA Programme?

MBA programmes are known to seek out students with diverse backgrounds–people from different industries, at different stages in their career and from different countries. Getting into a competitive programme can be challenging, especially if you have very little work experience. This is where a deferred MBA comes in. Almost exactly similar to a normal MBA, …

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7 Points to Check Before Submitting Your MBA Applications | The Red Pen

7 Points to Check Before Submitting Your MBA Applications

You have laboured over your MBA applications for the past few months and now the time has come to submit them. While you have gone through numerous iterations of your application form, resume and essays, there might still be some aspects that you have overlooked. Here are some things to recheck before you hit that …

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All About the Case Study Method Used by MBA Programmes| The Red Pen

All About the Case Study Method Used by MBA Programmes

While researching business schools and their different teaching methods, you will come across something called the case study method. A teaching method employed by many business schools, the case study method focuses on a “learning by doing” approach. Here, students are expected to provide solutions to complex real-life scenarios that are dependent on many variables. …

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