3 Resources for Starting Your Executive or Part-Time MBA Applications

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council on Dec 15, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Applications to MBA programs are way up this year,according to thelatest research from the Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™). A growing number of experienced professionals like you are making the decision to go back to school and upgrade their skills. But with so many options for experienced professionals — and such fierce competition to get into top programs—you may be wondering: how do I get started on my executive or part-time MBA applications?

Here are our top tips and resources for getting started:

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Topics: Executive MBA, Part-time MBA, Executive Assessment Online, business school

Three Ways to Optimize Your Executive Assessment Online Prep

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council on Jun 18, 2020 12:08:14 PM

Prep smarter, not harder! Maximize the effectiveness of your Executive Assessment Online prep with these three resources.

You’re busy, and with everything going on in the world right now finding the time and energy to pull together a winning business school application may feel especially challenging. Luckily, the Executive Assessment was designed specifically for busy, experienced professionals like you. It offers the convenience and flexibility you deserve and values the knowledge and real-world experience you bring to the table.

What’s more, the assessment has been adapted to a new online format during the pandemic, so you can meet upcoming application deadlines and stand out to executive MBA and part-time MBA programs in the admissions process.

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Topics: Executive MBA, Part-time MBA, Executive Assessment Online, business school

The Executive Assessment Online: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council on May 12, 2020 4:45:00 PM

The Executive Assessment Online is here to keep your 2020 executive or part-time MBA goals on track in the time of coronavirus.

While the new reality of COVID-19 and social distancing has undoubtedly disrupted many of your 2020 plans, your goal to enroll in an executive or part-time MBA program doesn’t have to be one of them. To ensure your ambition isn’t put on hold, the makers of the Executive Assessment have adapted the exam to a new online format so you can meet upcoming application deadlines and stand out to business schools in the admissions process.

Now accepted at nearly 100 top business schools, the Executive Assessment is the preferred admissions testing option for busy, experienced professionals like you who want an assessment that fits both your priorities and your experience. The Executive Assessment requires minimal preparation, provides maximum convenience and flexibility, and values your knowledge and real-world experience—all while giving you the opportunity and insights to sharpen your skills before your program begins.

Are you ready to take the Executive Assessment at home? Registration is now open!

Here are six things you should know:

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Topics: graduate business school assessment, Business school application, Executive Assessment Online, coronavirus

How the Next Generation of MBAs Have Changed Business Schools and MBA Admissions

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council on Mar 23, 2020 2:30:00 PM

Survey data gathered by the Graduate Management Admission Council™ showed that more than 1 in 3 employed professionals in the U.S. are between the ages of 23 and 39, and this generation’s representation in the workforce is still increasing. What does this mean for the positioning of your school’s value proposition?

GMAC™ research indicates these professionals are now more educated than past generations, and it is important for graduate management education institutions to understand their motivations, aspirations, and attitudes, and respond accordingly. Here’s a look at what makes this younger generation unique, and how business schools are engaging with them.

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Topics: executive assessment evaluation, MBA Program, MBA admissions

Understanding What to Look For When Considering EMBA vs MBA Programs

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council on Mar 16, 2020 5:00:00 PM

We surveyed over 600 companies, and 87 percent reported working directly with schools to recruit graduate business students from many business programs. We also asked about the top factors recruiters consider when choosing which schools to visit. After quality of students, other factors employers weighed were the reputation of the school and the recruiter’s experience with it.

A school’s relationship with companies is one thing to consider when deciding what kind of graduate business program you plan to invest in. NYU Stern and other schools typically release employment reports for this reason. In our own research, we also asked alumni if the skills developed in business school advanced their careers. The numbers affirming this positive outcome after an MBA or an EMBA were almost equal at 90 percent and 89 percent, respectively.

What else should factor into your decision? Keep reading to learn more.

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Topics: Executive MBA, mba experience test, EMBA vs MBA, Executive MBA or MBA

How to Decide If a Part-Time MBA Program Is Right for You

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council on Mar 12, 2020 7:30:00 AM

In our most recent alumni survey, we recorded and analyzed responses from graduates of several different programs, including full-time MBA programs, executive MBAs, and part-time MBAs. When asked whether a graduate management education helped advance their careers, alumni not only said yes, but they also said that their advancement happened at a faster rate than it did for peers without a graduate business degree.

The question is no longer whether or not to consider business school, but to consider which type of program is the best fit and investment for you. Across many program types, 4 out of 5 business school alumni rated the value of their education to be outstanding or excellent.

If you are considering a part-time graduate business education, consider the following as you make your decision.

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Topics: Executive Assessment, Part-time MBA, part-time MBA program

The Soft Skills That MBA Programs Help Build

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council on Mar 4, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Soft skills matter to employers. How much? According to our own research, problem-solving and the ability to work well in a team are now the most important skills employers want to see in hires. Fortunately, according to that same research, “employers give business schools high marks for how well they prepare their graduates in these skills” and “overwhelmingly agree that business school graduates are prepared to be successful at their companies.” In fact, 7 in 10 recent full-time MBA graduates observed that they would not have gotten their current job if it wasn’t for their b-school education. 

Keep reading to understand how MBA programs foster the development of essential soft skills.

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Topics: Executive Assessment, graduate business school candidate, EMBA readiness test, graduate business school test, MBA Program

How to Create a Study Plan for the Executive Assessment

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council on Mar 3, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Whether you want to transition to a new industry or increase your earning potential, it is necessary to submit a competitive application when preparing to attend business school. Your prior education, current title, industry, and experience—along with your score on the Executive Assessment (EA)—will be factors that admissions teams take into account.

Business schools are not looking for a perfect score on the EA; they are gaining a more holistic understanding of how you will fit into a program and will recognize your potential for growth. However, it is still important to set aside time to properly prepare for the Executive Assessment. Some executives are ready for the EA after 15 to 20 hours of studying, while many commit up to 30 hours.

Here are a few guidelines to consider as you prepare.

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Topics: Executive Assessment, graduate business school test, executive assessment preparation

Why the Executive Assessment Is a Great Option for Experienced Professionals Looking to Go Back to School

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council on Feb 25, 2020 7:00:00 AM

In 2019, statista reported that 76 percent of surveyed companies intended to hire MBA graduates within the next year. Our own research also demonstrates that most b-school graduates felt that their education advanced their careers faster than peers without a graduate education.  It’s no surprise then that in our 2018 alumni survey, 93 percent of respondents said that if given the chance to go back, they would still pursue a graduate business school education. Personal and financial growth outlooks are in favor of b-school graduates, but the prospect of investing in additional qualifications and taking an assessment exam required for applications may give many excellent and qualified candidates pause.

Whether you are interested in pursuing a graduate business education in a full-time or part-time capacity, learn more about how the Executive Assessment meets the needs of busy professionals.

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Topics: Executive Assessment, graduate business school, mba experience test

3 Ways to Fund Your Studies as a Part-Time MBA Program Candidate

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council on Feb 18, 2020 7:30:00 AM

It’s not always practical to make the leap from full-time work to full-time study, which is why many experienced professionals enroll in part-time MBA programs. Maintaining the balance between your education and other obligations pays off. Approximately two-thirds of part-time MBA graduates have received more promotions than peers who did not obtain an MBA—and the benefits do not end there.

Part of what makes a part-time MBA so appealing is that you can continue to work and earn money while pursuing your studies. Even so, the financial commitment required to do a part-time MBA should still factor into your planning. When considering your education, you can think about your part-time MBA as a business endeavor for which you need investment. How much will it cost? Where will the funding come from? What is your expected ROI? The following ideas will guide you as you navigate these questions.

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Topics: graduate business school exam, part-time MBA program, executive assessment evaluation

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