Call For B-School Questions

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on November 30, 2010

We’re going to start updating these videos again in the next week or so and we are in search of some new topics and questions. If you have a general question about B-school, or, about specific schools, leave a comment with the question and we’ll have it answered by an administrator from a top school. It can be about MBA programs, undergrad, part-time MBA, even EMBA.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Reader Comments


November 30, 2010 7:44 PM

What data transparency measures (for salaries and employment) does your school provide in order to combat the reporting fraud and manipulation that is believed to be widespread among business schools?

Are you concerned about lawsuits should you fail to undertake such measures?

Amitabh Bapat

November 30, 2010 11:45 PM


I have 2 questions :
1) Which B-School is the best for teaching entrepreneurship ? The topic shoudl include not just concept to business plan but how to pick a team ?
2)Which B- School tries ( and excels in trying) to integrate classical theories or concepts in economics / finance say like efficient market hypothesis with ground realities ; so rather than merely applying "theory" to practice , an attempt to "theorise" actual practice is made ?

R Malhotra

December 4, 2010 2:20 PM

Hi, I have a couple of specific questions related to application essays -

1. What are the different/ best ways of addressing the essay topic: 'what has been the toughest challenge you have ever faced'? Would be great if you can suggest 'breadth of topics/ examples' that can be covered under this, rather than the approach. One knows that its important to highlight why a certain situation was challenging and what one finally learnt from it.

2. Also, is it ok to use the same story/ incident for two essays in the same application? For example, if one question asks to highlight the most meaningful leadership experience and the subsequent question is about 'toughest challenge faced', is it a good idea to use the same incident to answer both the questions.


Geoff Gloeckler, Bloomberg Businessweek

December 30, 2010 11:13 AM

R Malhotra: I have asked both of your questions to a top MBA admissions officer. The videos will be posted in the next few days. If you, or anyone, has more questions, ask away!


April 9, 2011 10:52 AM

Hi, here are a couple:

1. What are the admission prospects for a student hoping to come straight from undergraduate studies?

2. Are there any other programs similar to Harvards 2 + 2 or Kelloggs Accelerated Admission program at the other top 10 or 20 schools that allow for either conditional or deferred acceptance for current university seniors?

3. If you were, hypothetically, in the position of having to turn down a very strong applicant because of a lack of work experience, what would you recommend the applicant do to improve his/her prospects to reapply in, say, two years?
*To elaborate, what sort of employment would you recommend the applicant pursue and not pursue?

It seems clear that it should be related to the applicants goals post-MBA, but if the applicant decided to spend two-years in Asia working with the Peace Corps on economic development or, perhaps, spent two years simply teaching English in China while developing fluency in Chinese, would you consider the applicant adequately prepared or would you feel that, though they were more qualified, they lacked the more relevant (maybe industry-specific) work experience you would prefer them to acquire.



August 30, 2011 11:27 AM

Is an MBA redundant if you have an undergraduate Business degree?

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