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MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 3)

In the past blog, I noted a couple of different flavors of private equity. Now, I want to discuss the most complicated category of PE investing which is the point in the life of the company when the investment is made. This would include anywhere from seed stage investments, all the way to investing in… View Article

How to Create the Best Possible Resume for Your MBA Application

An excellent resume is an important part of the MBA application because it gives Admissions Committees (AdComs) a snapshot of your work experience, education, skills and accomplishments. However, it is more than an updated version of the resume you used to land your current job. Put in the time to make your resume exceptional. Several… View Article

MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 2)

As noted in my previous blog, a credible MBA applicant doesn’t just say they want to go into “private equity” but knows exactly what type of private equity. To answer this question, you first need to understand private equities’ different flavors. Some types of private equity are easier to understand than others. GEOGRAPHY Some private… View Article

6 Must-Do Things in July to Move Your MBA Applications Forward

Early July is about two months before the first regular-decision MBA application deadlines, including HBS’s. You’re likely pretty overwhelmed by all there is to do, but it helps to lay out the tasks in steps to keep all the moving parts together. Here are some things you should do in July: 1. Revise Essay Outlines… View Article

5 Things You Should Know Before Applying to an MBA Program

The AIGAC Annual Conference that I attended this week explores the latest trends in the graduate application process. Whether you are considering an MBA, law or other advanced degree, considerable planning and resources are required to apply and then attend. Relationships between career demands, school curricula, and the admissions process were discussed during the conference’s… View Article

MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 1)

“I want to go into private equity’” … ding, ding, ding…drink! Remember that old drinking game from college when you were say, watching Survivor, and Jeff Probst would say, “Here we go” and then everyone would take a shot? That’s how I sometimes feel when applicants tell me about their desire to get a job… View Article

The Four Guiding Principles of Berkeley-Haas

It’s a new year for MBA admissions and there are new Haas essays! This time, you have fewer words (only 800) than last year to tell your story. The first thing you have to remember is be neat and tidy. More importantly though is your need to demonstrate how you embrace the four defining principles… View Article

Are You Wonder Woman or Spider-Man? Stratus Can Uncover Your Superpowers!

In my 15+ years in MBA admissions, I have seen many MBA applicants struggle to connect the dots between what they have done in the past and their career goals. One client had a career with several turns, including a job at a bank and a role managing inventory levels for a consumer health product… View Article

MBAnalysis Blog: Excited to be a Product Manager? Take a look at this!

Joining the ranks of a growing list of one-year Masters Programs, including the recently announced NYU Tech MBA and the now firmly established Cornell Tech MBA, is Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Science in Product Management (MSPM). This joint effort between the Tepper School of Business and Carnegie Mellon University‘s School of Computer Science is focused… View Article