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“Siege of Boston” (1775-76) gave the colonist the confidence to defend against the mighty British Army across the United States. The modern equivalence would be access through admission to one of the two top Business Schools in Boston - Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management, both located in Cambridge, in the Boston metropolitan area. Admission to the two schools, guarantees an 80-120% increase in salary with a brand that is recognizable across any part of the world. Case study method, experiential learning, partnerships, technological innovation, and industry experts as faculty helped the two schools offer a valuable hands-on learning experience for MBA graduates.

Technology changed Massachusetts in the 1980s, decreasing unemployment of the state from 12 to 3%, increasing the personal income by 63% in a span of just seven years. Route 128 was the epicenter of the growth spurt with a select few companies - DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation), Lotus Development Corporation, Apollo Computer, Wang Laboratories, and Data General, leading the high-tech revolution. MIT's Engineers had a major role in the revival of the state. The Government responded with lower tax and pro-business policies. Military contracts ($10 billion in 1988 vs. $3.7 billion in 1980) were another contributor. At the peak of the growth, termed popularly, as the “Massachusetts Miracle,” MIT graduates employed over...


Google Trends gives us insight into the search demand for various keywords. We have collected data for Top 5 MBA Programs to learn how the MBA programs are measuring up against each other in online search space, and the general demand for these MBA programs from Feb 2004 to Sep 2016.

The top 5 searched MBA programs in Google are:

1. Harvard
2. Stanford
3. Wharton
4. Columbia
5. MIT

Here is the screenshot of the search demand for these five MBA programs.

Google Trends
 
As you would have noticed, interest in Wharton MBA peaks whenever there is a fluctuation in the Economy. Finance professionals consider Wharton MBA as a go to jail program whenever the job markets are down.
So has the demand gone down?

From the highs of 2004, the demand for top MBA programs have gone down, but from 2012, the demand has stabilized, but we noticed an increased search volumes for Booth MBA,


Booth MBA (Search Demand Spike after Nov 2008)

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Finance MBA
Despite Businesses and the world at large looking at Finance professionals as a pariah, post-2008, the demand for Finance as an Industry and job function has returned in 2015. By 2024, financial operations are estimated to add 632,400 new jobs. From the worry that another crisis is just on the horizon, the regulatory environment in the industry has tightened. So has the increase in demand for auditors and accountants.


Broadly, the industry job function is divided into Investment Banking, Investment Management, Private Equity, Corporate Finance, and Research.

Investment Banking continues to be the job function of choice for the top 5 MBA programs. One reason for the surge is that Global Mergers &Acquisitions (M&A) activity picked pace in 2015 to 6% of the GDP at $5.1 trillion. The GDP ratio was slightly below the boom cycle of 2000 (10% GDP) and 2007 (8% GDP).

2015 was part of a trend of greater M&A activity, exceeding 2014's $3.4 trillion, but the first quarter of 2016 was a letdown with 40% lower M&A activity compared to the same period in 2015. These trends should not discourage MBA applicants as the go-to Financial advisor based on deals announced, or...

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MBA in General Management
An MBA in General Management provides you with a well-rounded management education, where you cover the entire range of management functions, but specialize in ‘management.’ There are two major advantages of such a focus. One, it provides graduates with all the tools required to oversee a company – the perfect route to reach the top of the management rung.

Most CEOs tend to have majored in one of the General Management disciplines. The second advantage is that it opens up an entire range of industries and verticals as careers options, offering possibilities of career flexibility and sector switching. For MBA aspirants looking to reach the top with a wide choice of career paths, here are our picks for the top five General Management MBA program:

5. Ross MBA

Ross’ 2-year MBA program has a combination of core and electives that impart a strong General Management skill set to MBA graduates. From the required Core courses, Leading People & Organizations, and the experiential learning component of the Ross MBA - Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP)...

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Top MBA FeeThe cost of an MBA is a crucial factor in selecting a Business School. The Tuition Fee is just one aspect of the Cost. Other components of the expense are Health Insurance, Administrative Service, Books, Rent and Utilities, Food, Personal, Transportation, Computer Allowance, MBA Association Fee and other membership fee. For Details, Download our MBA Research Guide. On an average other components of the Total Fee will add an extra $30000 to $40000 to the Tuition Fee. Find out means to Finance your MBA before shortlisting your target Business Schools.

We have selected top 20 Business Schools from Global MBA ranking and have listed the One Year Tuition Fee for each MBA program.

The costliest MBA program is LBS MBA at nearly $70,800 Tuition Fee and the cheapest MBA program- IIMA, Ahmedabad is at $14,107(it can be cheaper than the quoted value if you take into consideration the Rupee fluctuation). It is not fair to list the program just by cost. In fact you...

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Top European MBAPost-2008 Europe and Asia have slowly attracted International MBA aspirants from around the world. US Schools cannot increase the international applicant intake to over 30%, due to the learned experience that international alumni tend to lose contact with the Alma matter, just a few years after graduation. The impact on networking was direct but more than that; it influenced global mobility and alumni-funded initiatives. European schools, on the other hand, accept 70-80% international candidates; some willingly while a majority of them due to poor local demand for International MBA programs. Master’s program attracts the locals to the school. The increase in demand for Master’s program is not a trend limited to local students. During an economic crisis, lately the 2008 crisis, employers have shown a preference to specialists over generalists, and candidates have responded to the demand.

The change in demand is just one factor. In the US, 2-year duration of the MBA programs means even an MBA from one of the top 5 Business Schools will give positive return only after 3-5 years (Read the...

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Top MBA UK SalaryDespite having a stringent visa rule, and little support for funding, UK ranks #4 for top Post MBA destination based on purchasing power and cost of living. This can be attributed to London as a job destination, and close relationship that the Career Services team has maintained with recruiters across the world. The apprehensions about UK as a post-MBA destination are slowly reversing with signals indicating a clear recovery. The real GDP growth in 2013 was at 1.8%, set to rise by 2.6% in 2014, and ease out at 2.4% in 2015. Business Services, Retail and Hospitality industry, have triggered the positive trend.

We have shortlisted Top 10 MBA programs in UK based on post-MBA salary. Remember, return on investment cannot be calculated based on the formula

Return = Post-MBA Salary – Tuition Fee

Net Present Value offers a more accurate return on your investment. Before using the numbers given below, we recommend that you read NPV – How to Calculate MBA ROI.

Your post-MBA job function...


UPenn's Wharton School vs. Columbia Business SchoolAlthough Wharton has a slight advantage over Columbia in terms of history and reputation, the demand from our readers to do a detailed analysis allowed us to dig deeper into 9 comparison factors: location, ranking, cost, funding, incoming class, curriculum, International Exchange, post-MBA opportunities and Alumni network.

Location

Columbia Business School is located in Manhattan, New York City(NYC). The City is number 1 in the US and the world in terms of GMP and attracts professional in Banking & Finance, real estate, advertising, media and retail. Wharton School is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although Philadelphia is 4th in the US, and 9th in the world, in terms of cities by GDP, the newly evolving service and IT industry will soon replace the Financial industry as a leading contributor. Choice of location depends on your post-MBA industry and cost of living. According to Numbeo, living in Philadephia means cheaper rent, restaurant and consumer goods. If you look at the overall local purchasing power, living in Philly gives you 10% more purchasing power than NYC.

Ranking

According to US News...

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Experiential MBAMore and More recruiters are questioning the conventional methods used to teach MBAs. In their path-breaking book, Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads, Harvard Professors Srikant Datar and David A. Garvin, along with research associate Patrick Cullen, have made many striking points on the future of MBA education.  According to Professor Garvin, “They need to have a global mindset, for example, develop leadership skills of self-awareness and self-reflection; and develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of business, and the limitations of models and markets.”

As a result, business schools have revamped management education, as we know it. There is now a massive focus on experiential learning, simulations, and field studies.

Part of the reason why an MBA is so popular, is because it gives professionals a jump in their careers. Now they can compete with...


If you have missed the first part of the series Top 5 International MBA, read Top 5 International MBA: How to pick the Best, Type of International MBAs and More

3) University of South Carolina - Moore

The Moore School offers an International MBA aimed at creating better world leaders, international strategists and global citizens. The entire program is aligned towards the global business scenario, and the core curriculum is divided in to two parts. The first is the Global Functional Core which includes Decision Analysis, Global Economics, Global Marketing, and Global Operations.  The second part is the International Business Core that includes subjects like Global Strategy, Managing the Multinational Enterprise, Comparative Institutional Systems and Rapid Ethnography principals.  There are 8 concentration options including Supply Chain & Operations Management and Global Management.

Language Options:
Students must complete learning at least one additional language and have the option of learning as many as 4 languages. The language immersion...

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Latin American consists of 28 countries and as a region is fast developing and growing in importance. Among the 28 countries, Brazil leads with $2.3 trillion in GDP for the year 2011, followed by Mexico, Argentina, Columbia and Venezuela. In 2011, the combined GDP of Latin America was at $5.6 trillion, which is primarily driven by exports. Mexico for example, is the world's 15th largest exporter, with exports accounting for $349.7 billion of its $1.6 trillion economy. That is a massive 20%. Brazil exports $256 billion worth of goods, Venezuela $92.61 billion, Argentina $84.27 billion and Chile $81.71 billion.

Another feature of Latin America is the rise of the middle class. According to World Bank, most countries in Latin America are on their way to becoming middle-class societies. Earlier, the populace was dominated by the poor. But now, around 30% of the population forms the middle class, equal to the number of the poor. Moreover, at least 40% of the population has shifted to higher economic strata from 1995 to 2010. This rising middle class has also helped fuel growth in Latin America, with a lot of Multinational companies (MNCs) focusing their efforts here. In Brazil, the reverse is also happening, where local companies are...

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MBA in ITGone are the days when only tech or internet companies had their business success directly linked to their technical prowess. Today, every company has a stake in managing information flow - to and from customers, suppliers and employees. This calls for highly skilled graduates who understand both technical as well as business side, to allow companies to seamlessly combine technical building blocks into a successful business model. Moreover, the person best equipped to do this task is none other than an MBA with a strong grounding in Information Systems.

An MBA in Information Systems teaches how to effectively store, manage, protect, share and distribute information. But more importantly, it deals with realizing the real value of information, and how to efficiently utilize the information to offer newer and better services, thereby delivering higher profits. The difference an MBA education makes is that while other programs focus on the data, here the focus is on the customer, and on how to deliver the technology for them, wherever they may be. The key role is to identify any strategic opportunities that can be drawn from the company's information or technology systems.

Worldwide, there is an immense requirement for...

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Round 2 Deadlines
Even if you have missed Round 1, the second round offers great opportunities for MBA Aspirants to target a top MBA program. A well-written essay in 2nd Round is better than an incomplete and incoherent essay in Round 1. Also, most serious MBA aspirants would have received their GMAT score by Sep-October, just enough to be ready for Round 1.

But due to various circumstances – delay in getting recommendation letter, GMAT retake or work related travel requirements, the applicant might have missed the Round 1 deadlines.

Don’t worry. We have compiled the list of Round 2 deadlines for top MBA Programs. Share this list with your friends.


Top MBA DestinationsHappiness is not a long-term goal for most MBA aspirants. It is not part of the narrative in application essays. Most cite reaching an executive level as one of the long-term goals. The daily responsibilities of overseeing the company’s growth, handling competition, and developing strategies to gain market share are part of the responsibilities that make the position attractive.

Unfortunately, the truth is that looking at long-term goals with a narrow scope is detrimental in what can be achieved with an MBA. The location post-MBA is crucial. With a global job market, MBAs are not looking to settle down in host countries post-MBA; they are looking for a higher standard of living, social consciousness, and the right environment to raise a family.

Happiness should be a factor for Business School ranking, and an MBA should not be evaluated just from an ROI point of view. Interestingly, the latest World Happiness Report highlights some of the factors that are important for MBAs before they consider post-MBA job locations to settle down.

Six factors that influence happiness of a country are...


Top MBA Destinations Innovation Index
The Global Innovation index (GII) ranking for the first half of 2013 has been released. Switzerland, Sweden, and United Kingdom have taken the top 3 positions. Netherlands and United States completes the top 5 ranking.

Why Innovation is Important?

During recession, the focus has been on reducing debt, and efficiently utilizing the stimulus but that was a temporary position most economies adopted to handle the uncertainties in the market. Economies recovered from recession through innovation, increased productivity, and job creation.


Countries Participating in 2013

The GII 2013 evaluated 142 economies around the world based on 84 performance indicators. Some of the important indicators are quality of top universities, availability of funds – micro-finance & Venture Capital, innovation capability & tangible results.

MBA Job Markets & Innovation Index

Although the report covers several economies,...