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MBA Program Spotlight: Investment Banking

 

While bankers may not have the best reputation at the moment, they are still in high demand and still an important part of what makes the economy work. All institutions – business, government, and non-profits – need investment bankers to manage capital formation, provide financial advisory services, and manage assets. If you can handle the work schedule – long hours spent behind a computer analyzing data, researching industries and world economies, churning out spreadsheets – and if you have the right temperament for the stress that accompanies the risking millions of dollars for your clients, the rewards in this career are great. There is a lot of prestige, of course, but primarily the reward is the paycheck. The money that can be made in banking is astronomical. The salaries and the bonuses can afford extravagant lifestyles that may be hard to come by in other business fields. And the long hours won’t last forever. Paying your dues on Wall Street when you are young, can open up many other opportunities to work in private equity or be the boss of your own firm where you can set the hours and have the opportunities to enjoy all that cash! Here are some great schools that will steer your career in the right direction.

 

New York University – Stern

What’s so great about this school? Where better to study investment banking than in the heart of it all – the Big Apple? Students at Stern are well-positioned for internships and networking with the world’s most well-known banks including Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley, just to name a few. The mean base salary for graduates is $102,000 with signing bonuses of almost half that amount. After graduating from Stern, it’s a safe bet that you will always be in demand, but just in case you should find yourself in need of help, career services offers professional development and career counseling for life.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 720        

Average Incoming GPA: 3.51

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 32%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 2 to 1

Average Student Age: 27

 

Tulane – Freeman School of Business

What’s so great about this school? While you may not think of New Orleans as a hotbed of investment activity, the real-world experiences available to MBA students ensure that they receive an education that will prepare them to compete with the best bankers around. Students can work in the on-campus trading center – an interactive classroom that mirrors every detail of the trading floors of the world’s major brokerage houses. The Burkenroad Reports credit class gives students extensive training in equity analysis, and sends them to Wall Street for workshops and access to top managers from major investment banks. Finally, top students will be invited to help manage the school’s Fenner Fund, which has 2 million dollars in stock portfolios.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 664

Average Incoming GPA: 3.33

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 25%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 4 to 1

Average Student Age: 26

 

DePaul – Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

What’s so great about this school?  In the competitive business environment of Chicago, DePaul is viewed as one of the top three business schools and its part-time MBA program in particular has received numerous top 10 rankings in nationwide publications. The finance concentration at DePaul offers two distinct tracks for bankers. The Banking track focuses on capital markets and interest rates and the Investment Management track focuses on valuation of investment instruments, portfolio management, and financial analysis. The number of electives offered lets students have a concentration in both, if they wish.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 560

Average Incoming GPA: 3.55

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 64%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

Average Age: 28

 

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MBA Program Spotlight: Business Analytics

 Are you really into math and statistics but can’t envision yourself as a nutty professor? Maybe you are afraid of becoming the next John Forbes Nash, Jr. if you hide away completely into the world of numbers, but you still know that quantitative analysis is the skill that will propel your career. Well, you might want to consider a career in business analytics. Business analytics uses quantitative and statistical methodologies to analyze, explain, and predict business performance. The fields that you could enter with a concentration in business analytics are endless: retail sales and pricing, financial services, risk analysis, telecommunication, fraud analysis, and much more. In addition, a concentration in business analytics will teach you advanced software skills (such as Excel and SAS) that will be invaluable to you as you look for a job. Here are a couple of great programs to get you on your way. 

 

University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business

 What’s so great about this school?  UT Austin offers a very robust business analytics concentration with 2 core courses and 4 electives. Many of the courses focus on marketing analytics, but there are also courses on supply chain management, pricing, and social media. These courses are taken throughout the two years of the full time MBA program, rather than after completion of the core curriculum, so that you can apply the principles of data analysis through all of your relevant coursework and really have a firm grasp of the content when you graduate. There are also experiential and international learning opportunities, and an active Sigma Fellows student organization.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 693

Average Incoming GPA: 3.43

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 34%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 2:1

Average Student Age: 28

 

 

University of Louisiana, Baton Rouge – E.J. Ourso College of Business

 What’s so great about this school? This program allows you to narrow the focus of your business analytics concentration down even further into business intelligence, data mining, or web analytics. You can take just 3 courses in your specialization, or as many as 5 to maximize your knowledge during your time in the MBA program. The data mining courses help prepare you for the SAS Predictive Modeler Certification exam, which saves you the time and money of prepping for this valuable certification later on.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 615

Average Incoming GPA: 3.42

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 76.7%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 1:1

Average Student Age: 24

 

 

University of North Carolina, Charlotte – Belk College of Business                                                        

What’s so great about this school? The UNC Charlotte program consists of 22 hours of core courses, and then students complete the remaining 15 hours by taking courses in the specialization of their choice. The Business Analytics specialization includes 3 core courses about modeling, data management, and project management, and then students can select their final course for the specialization from their individual area of interest. They offer some unique and interesting courses, such as Econometrics, Business Data Communications, and Pricing and Position Strategy. UNC Charlotte is also one of the best value MBA programs, even for out-of-state students.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 600

Average Incoming GPA: 3.0

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 49.1%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 21:1

Average Student Age: 29

  

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MBA Program Spotlight: Faith Based Schools

 

If we think back to Enron, Bernie Madoff, subprime mortgages, and even all the way back to robber barons and war time profiteering, it is clear there is a need for ethics classes in business school. But religion? Unlike some countries that have official state religions or operate under religious law, the United States is legally a secular society. Regardless, as a savvy business person, you are aware that you will be dealing with people from a variety of backgrounds who may have religious guidelines that influence their business decisions. And you don’t have to travel out of the United States to find yourself in that situation. In fact, that person may be you. If religion plays a strong role in your life, you may wish to attend a business school that is guided by religious principles. Here are a few great options.

 

University of Notre Dame – Mendoza

What’s so great about this school?  Despite certain well-publicized scandals perpetuated by the undergraduate population of this university, the business school students live by high moral codes. The Financial Times gave the MBA program a #1 ranking for Corporate Social Responsibility and Businessweek gave it a #1 ranking for Ethics. The ethics department offers courses in Spirituality and Religion in the Workplace and Values-Based Multinational Management, as well as instruction in working with people from different religious backgrounds in many other ethics courses. Two year MBA students can select from a wide variety of concentrations and a one year accelerated program is also available for qualified students.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 710

Average Incoming GPA: 3.31

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 24%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 1:1

Average Student Age: 27

 

Baylor University – Hankamer School of Business

What’s so great about this school? Students at Baylor have a strong commitment to community. They participate in prison outreach programs and sustainability initiatives in the Waco area, and the program has been recognized by the Aspen Institute for its focus on environmental stewardship. The full-time MBA program specializes in health care and entrepreneurship, and is specifically designed for younger students, typically with about 2 years of work experience. All classes place a Christian perspective on business leadership and potential students who can demonstrate exemplary Christian character, conduct, and commitment are eligible for scholarships.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 628

Average Incoming GPA: 3.31

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 39%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 2:1

Average Student Age: 26

 

Seton Hall – Stillman School of Business

 

What’s so great about this school? Seton Hall is a Catholic university that prides itself on fostering sound judgment, personal decency, and intellectual integrity in all students. Most Seton Hall MBA students are pursuing their degrees while working full time and those with a lot of managerial experience can even apply for a GMAT waiver. The program is only 18 months long but is still fully AACSB accredited, and it offers specialties such as Information Technology Management, International Business, and Sport Management.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 500

Average Incoming GPA: 3.0

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 85%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 21:1

Average Student Age: 29

 

  

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Don’t Stop Studying Just Yet

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MBA Program Spotlight: Schools for People Without Work Experience

 

If you’ve been browsing information about business school admission, you have probably noticed that most schools have one thing in common – their applicants tend to have between 5 and 7 years of work experience. Spending several years working after undergraduate was the norm for a long time and applicants without work experience didn’t have as good a chance of being accepted into business school as their more experienced peers did. But times are changing, just as they always do. There are many good reasons to move right from undergraduate studies to business school: you don’t have to put an established career on hold for two years, you are less likely to have a family and other important obligations to worry about, you may not be able to find a job, or you may be in an undergraduate institution that offers a great 4 + 1 opportunity so you can complete your MBA in less time. Whatever your reason, if you are considering obtaining your MBA before you enter the work force, here are three schools to consider.

 

 

Kent – College of Business Administration

 

 

What’s so great about this school?  While Kent’s specialties are accounting and general management, it offers a wide range of unique concentrations and dual degree programs. It is one of the only schools in the nation to offer a dual degree program of business and architecture. Other dual degree programs include a Master of Arts in Translation and a Master of Library Science, and fashion merchandising is among the eight concentrations offered. Students at Kent have only 14 months of work experience on average.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 616

Average Incoming GPA: 3.36

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 89%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 7:1

Average Student Age: 24

 

 

Ohio University

 

                                                           

What’s so great about this school? The professional MBA program at Ohio University offers a hybrid learning approach in which classes are held via virtual classrooms but also via Saturday residencies at many locations across the state. This gives students across the state the opportunity to earn their MBA without having to move to Athens or interrupt their work schedule if they want to get a head start on their careers and earn their MBA simultaneously. Ohio University also offers a completely online MBA in Finance, Healthcare, or Executive Management. Students at Ohio University have about 1 year of work experience.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 562

Average Incoming GPA: 3.3

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 86%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 2:1

Average Student Age: 25

 

 

Texas A & M University (Commerce)

 

          

What’s so great about this school? Students at Texas A & M University (Commerce) generally have no work experience. Many of the students come from the undergraduate business program and are eligible for the shortened, 30-hour MBA program. If students haven’t already completed core courses in economics, accounting, and management, then they will follow the more traditional 48-hour program. The business college places a lot of emphasis on entrepreneurship in its curriculum and the large student body allows for great networking opportunities for potential small-business owners.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 460

Average Incoming GPA: 3.0

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 60%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 24:1

Average Student Age: 22

 

 

 

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MBAs for Social Change

MBA Program Spotlight: Non-Profit Management

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When thousands of middle and upper level managers found themselves out of work years ago after the economy crashed, some took the opportunity to branch out into employment fields that were more closely aligned with their passions for social justice and community service. Unknowingly, they started a major shift in the non-profit world. While previously non-profits tended to recruit people with degrees in social work, education, and health, they began to increasingly look for people with business degrees. They recognized the benefits that employees with financial savvy and business analytics know-how could bring to a non-profit office to complement the talent they had already acquired. The interest in bringing MBA graduates on board has not waned. And while salaries may not be as high as they are in the for-profit sector, the levels of job satisfaction can sometimes exceed those found elsewhere.

 

Stanford – Graduate School of Business

 

What’s so great about this school?  It’s Stanford. Isn’t that enough? Well, if your sights are set on a top-tier school, there are several reasons to choose to Stanford over some of its big name competitors. Stanford’s MBA program was the first in the country to offer students a chance to study public management and has a long track record of education excellence in this area. It now runs a Public Management and Social Innovation program through its business school and this program has over 50 electives in areas of interest to non-profits, including philanthropy, health care, and the environment. If you opt to follow this program to obtain the certificate, you can participate in experiential learning, social innovation study trips, and numerous clubs that will help you expand your professional network.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 729

Average Incoming GPA: 3.6

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 7%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 2:1

Average Student Age: 25

 

Willamette University – Atkinson School of Management

                                                           

What’s so great about this school? Willamette is one of only two MBA programs in the world that is accredited by NASPAA (The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration), so you can be confident that you are getting not only a stellar business education, but also a stellar non-profit education. The Not-for-Profit Management MBA allows students to specialize in an analytics track, a general management track, or to create an individualized program of study. These specializations guarantee students more time spent in classes that are applicable to their areas of interest and less time wasted in classes that aren’t relevant to their future careers.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 560

Average Incoming GPA: 3.3

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 41%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 4:1

Average Student Age: 26

 

Suffolk University – Sawyer Business School

                                                           

What’s so great about this school? Suffolk University is a convenient option for part-time students, as well as full-time students, because the courses required for the Non-Profit Management concentration are offered in the evenings. Many of the electives teach financial skills: grant management and portfolio management, for example. You can also study skills that are more difficult for non-profit recruiters to find in their candidates, such as labor law and web design, in order to make your resume more attractive to potential employers.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 498

Average Incoming GPA: 3.12

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 79%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 6:1

Average Student Age: 27

 

 

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How to Keep Your Ducks in a Row

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MBA Program Spotlight: Supply Chain Management

 

While Supply Chain Management might not seem like the most glamorous of business professions to pursue, it certain is a wise one. Within this discipline, there are many tracks that are open to the MBA graduate. Supply chain management includes demand forecasting, order management, technological systems integration, warehousing, distribution, and procurement. And supplier management, of course! No business with physical goods can survive without a good supply chain manager, and the importance of this role is increasingly becoming recognized to the point that supply chain managers are earning a place at the very top of their companies. So why not look into the possibilities at the great schools listed below? Who knows—you just might end up with a capital C and a capital O in your job title sooner than you expected.

 

Washington University in St. Louis – Olin Business School 

What’s so great about this school?  Professors at the Olin Business School see Operations and Supply Chain Management not only as a concentration that will lead to opportunities with industry leaders, but also as a great option for those who are interested in a consulting career. Companies looking to expand operations globally or implement new technology into their supply chains will pay top dollar for someone with supply chain expertise, and Washington University in St. Louis is the place to gain that expertise. Students can elect to follow the Strategic Consulting Platform in conjunction with the Operations and Supply Chain Management platform. In these platforms, students take an industry seminar course that puts them in contact with seasoned professionals and gives them experiential learning opportunities. Additionally, students who decide that an MBA isn’t quite the right fit for them can earn a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management instead.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 698

Average Incoming GPA: 3.4

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 34%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 4:1

Average Student Age: 27

 

Syracuse University – Whitman

 

What’s so great about this school? The Syracuse University Supply Chain management program has been consistently rated in the top twenty such programs by more than 8 different MBA ratings organizations. It even received the number one rating by AMR Research—the leading firm in its sector focused on global supply chain best practices and all supporting technologies—in 2009. Syracuse University is also home to the nation’s first supply chain program, established in 1919, and has an excellent track record of job placement success for graduates. Within the program there are six distinct paths of study, so students can find the perfect match for their skill set and interests.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 627

Average Incoming GPA: 3.5

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 41%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 1:1

Average Student Age: 25

 

California State University – East Bay

 

What’s so great about this school? California State East Bay offers lots of flexibility for adult learners, including proficiency requirement waivers, and it has an excellent reputation in the San Francisco Bay area. The number of required electives to pursue a concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management Option is minimal, so students can also take electives in Information Technology Management, a field that is closely aligned with Supply Chain Management, to increase their marketability. In addition, California State East Bay is less than half the cost of other MBA programs, so it is a great option for those who may not otherwise have the resources to obtain an MBA.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 553

Average Incoming GPA: 3.1

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 46%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 5:1

Average Student Age: 28

 

 

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Medical Careers Aren’t Just for Doctors Anymore

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MBA Program Spotlight: Health Care Administration

 Health care is a booming industry and shows no sign of slowing down.  Just look at the projections from the US Department of Labor While many of those jobs will be for doctors, nurses, and medical support staff, hospitals and clinics need skilled business professionals as well. Working in health care, you will be able to combine a passion for public health and community engagement with your business acumen. Here are some great options to help you acquire the skills you need to be a leader among medical personnel.

  

University of Western Ontario (Richard Ivey)

 

What’s so great about this school?  Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, there has been much comparison between the health care system in the US and that in Canada. As a future MBA student who is interested in health care administration, why not study in Canada and experience the differences for yourself? And if you need further incentive to attend a Canadian school, consider this: Ivey is the top ranked business school in all of Canada and Ivey graduates enjoy the greatest percent increase in their salaries after receiving their MBAs. Studying in Canada also makes obtaining a work visa very simple, so if you want to stay after your studies, you can. 

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 669

Average Incoming GPA: not available

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 48%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 6:1

Average Student Age: 28

 

University of Colorado—Denver  

 

What’s so great about this school?  Not only is the University of Colorado one of the best MBA programs for Health Administration, but the program also allows students to specialize within that program. The specializations include International Health Management, Financial Management, and Health IT Management. This means that students study in courses that are as closely tailored to their professional interests as possible and have more knowledge to bring to the table when applying for jobs in health care than will most other MBAs. In addition, Denver is one of the top 10 cities for health care careers, so you will have fantastic networking and internship opportunities while in school.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 600

Average Incoming GPA: 3.2

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 46%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Average Student Age: 28

 

 

University of Utah – David Eccles School of Business

 

What’s so great about this school?  The Health Administration specialization at the David Eccles School of Business is a dual degree program in which students can also obtain an MA in Public Administration or Public Health. The extra qualification gives students a wider knowledge base and more opportunities for employment. Students participate in community service health projects and internships that require them to serve in multiple positions to get the widest range of real-world health care experience possible.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 560

Average Incoming GPA: 3.4

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 99%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 4:1

Average Age: 30

 

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What Does Accounting Have in Common with Legal Fiction?

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If you are a numbers person, you are already aware that accounting is a great fit for you. But if you need an even stronger motivation to become an accountant – how about job security? The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that demand for accountants will increase at least 20 percent between now and 2018. Every company needs an accountant, so the possibilities are endless. You can work in-house, you can establish a one-man enterprise and set your own hours, you can work in the public or private sector, you can join one of big auditing firms and break the next Enron scandal, and you can become a CPA and really rake in the dough. Should you tire of your calculator eventually, accounting can also lead to opportunities in finance, compliance, business analysis, upper level management, and even writing (yes, John Grisham has a degree in accounting). Here are three great programs that can set you on your way.

 

University of Chicago – Booth

 

What’s so great about this school?  Booth has an unusually flexible curriculum in its fulltime MBA program, so students easily have the opportunity to narrowly define their area of interest within accounting, whether that is corporate accounting, bankruptcy, investing and restructuring, or tax and business strategy. The faculty comes from diverse backgrounds, which means that there is always someone available to the students who is an expert in any given field of interest within accounting. And the extremely low student-to-faculty ratio ensures that the faculty will not only have the qualifications and experience to be great mentors, but will also have the time. Booth students say that the career services office on campus is empty because employers willingly coming knocking on the students’ doors well before graduation.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 715

Average Incoming GPA: 3.52

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 22%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 3 to 1

Average Age: 28

 

Emory – Goizueta Business School

 

What’s so great about this school?  The Goizueta accounting program goes beyond spreadsheets and mathematics to incorporate psychology, economics, and a tolerance for ambiguity into the curriculum. Students learn to get inside the minds of business leaders to understand decision-making processes that will enable them to serve their companies best and root out potential problems. 100 percent of students participate in internships while completing their MBAs to gain valuable on-the-job knowledge and start building their professional networks. In addition, in the 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek rankings, Goizueta ranked number 1 for job placement, with 95 percent of students receiving offers within three months of graduation.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 640

Average Incoming GPA: 3.40

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 40%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 5 to 1

Average Age: 28

 

University of Rhode Island

 

What’s so great about this school? The full time MBA option at the University of Rhode Island is one year program that has a cohort of just 25 students. These students often come from one of the many major corporations located around Providence, including Fidelity and Citizens Financial Group, and bring that experience into the classroom for collaborative learning. Students can take classes from any graduate program in the university as their electives, not just those that are part of the MBA curriculum, which gives them the ability to acquire many different skills that will supplement their business acumen. If you want to join the part time program, you have access to the same professors and resources as those in the full time program.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 562        

Average Incoming GPA: 3.00

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 65%

Student to Faculty Ratio: Not Available

Average Student Age: 28

 

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MBA Program Spotlight: Women in Business

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Recent statistics indicate that women in America earn only 77 cents to the dollar when compared to men. Even though that statistic has been disputed and amended several times, and even though the discrepancy cannot be solely linked to discrimination, as a woman about to make a large investment in business school, you want assurance that you will receive a good return on that investment. One way to ensure your future success is to choose a school that understands the unique challenges you will face and places special emphasis on women in business. Here are three great options.

 

Pepperdine – Graziadio School of Business and Management                                                     

What’s so great about this school?  Pepperdine has been ranked as one of the top ten business schools for women by the Financial Times. Among the reasons cited was the attention given to criteria that matter most to women when selecting a school. These include: the ease of establishing a mentoring network, values-centered learning, a 42 percent female enrollment, and a strong presence of women in the school administration. Pepperdine allows fully employed women up to seven years to complete their MBA so that they can continue to grow their careers as they complete their education.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 660

Average Incoming GPA: 3.21

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 70%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

Average Age: 27

  

Babson

What’s so great about this school? Babson is the school for female entrepreneurs. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership is the only center of its kind in the world and focuses on research that examines the economic value women create in the business world. In addition, currently enrolled female students cite Babson’s percent of female faculty, supportive culture for female students, rigor of entrepreneurial coursework, and case studies that proportionately reflect women in business as reasons to choose Babson.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 618

Average Incoming GPA: 3.18

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 70%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 1.5 to 1

Average Student Age: 27

 

Simmons College School of Management

What’s so great about this school? No men! The Simmons School of Management was the first in the country to design an MBA program just for women and therefore offers an unparalleled educational experience. Gender dynamics are incorporated into classes to help women better understand how to succeed in leadership roles. Other perks of the program include a faculty that is 85 percent female, the opportunity to earn a Health Care MBA or a joint degree with a Masters in Social Work, and access to the Center for Gender in Organizations. This center publishes internationally respected research on gender equity and provides students with unique networking and career advancement opportunities.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 530        

Average Incoming GPA: 3.17

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 94%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1

Average Student Age: 30

 

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MBA Program Spotlight: International Business

It’s no secret that the countries of world are increasingly interconnected. Hundreds of American companies have overseas operations and hundreds of foreign companies cater to the American market. Therefore, the ability to speak a foreign language and a solid grasp of cultural sensitivities are highly attractive skills in MBA graduates. If you value an international component in your business education, here are some excellent options.

 

Georgetown University – McDonough School of Business

What’s so great about this school? Location, location, location. Georgetown University is located in Washington D.C., a town that has been known to attract an international business traveler or two. At Georgetown, MBA students have easy access to incredible internship and networking opportunities with people from around the world. In addition, the full-time MBA program places a heavy emphasis on global business in its core curriculum. All students begin their studies with a three week, intensive Structure of Global Industries course and end their studies by serving as an international consultant as part of the mandatory Global Experience.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 690

Average Incoming GPA: 3.37

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 51%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1

Average Student Age: 27

 

Thunderbird School of Global Management

What’s so great about this school? Thunderbird has been ranked #1 among all International MBA programs for 17 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. 56 percent of the student body is foreign-born and every program has an international focus. All programs are at the Masters level or higher. The core curriculum includes coursework in cultural awareness and global citizenship, and fluency in a second language is a prerequisite for completion of your degree. Thunderbird also offers a wide variety of options for completing your MBA, including traditional, accelerated, distance learning, dual degrees, four international locations, and executive programs.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 610        

Average Incoming GPA: 3.31

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 75%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 27 to 1

Average Student Age: 28

 

Florida International University                         

What’s so great about this school?  The Florida International University MBA program is especially attractive for students who are interested in the future of Chinese-American business relations. The China Track includes a language immersion stay in China while taking MBA classes in English, and the chance to experience the business climate of the economically-advanced city of Shandong. Special scholarships are available for students who choose the China Track as part of their International MBA. As a bonus, the FIU full-time MBA is only 12 months long.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 550

Average Incoming GPA: 3.28

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 49%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

Average Age: 30

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