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B-Schools and Big Data

Just what is Big Data? And how is it used to make real business decisions? Anyone interested in the burgeoning field of business analytics should check out this story in the Wall Street Journal on …

Big Data

Just what is Big Data? And how is it used to make real business decisions? Anyone interested in the burgeoning field of business analytics should check out this story in the Wall Street Journal on how the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania is expanding its offerings in this area and will now offer an MBA major in the subject.

The move comes as fewer students head to b-school with a career in finance in mind after graduation. According to the WSJ, 306 students in Wharton’s 2008 MBA class entered the financial-services industry right after graduation; last year, the school reports that number was 219.

While many professionals understand the technical side of business analytics, they don’t know precisely how to frame their business strategy. Companies need people who can also understand the business side and offer data-based solutions.

Wharton Professor Adam Grant tells WSJ that the strengthened focus on analytics will train students in rigorous thinking and decision-making based on large data sets, rather than the isolated scenarios students encounter in a case study.

“We want to create a hub where evidence-based management is the norm rather than the exception,” says Grant.

But Wharton isn’t the only elite business school upping its Big Data game. NYU Stern School of Business and USC Marshall School of Business also offer specialist masters courses in business analytics.

In March, MIT Sloan School of Management announced the launch of a new, specialized Master of Business Analytics program designed to prepare students for careers in business analytics. The inaugural class will enter MIT Sloan in fall 2016.

“The professional opportunities for our graduates will be extensive,” says MIT Sloan Professor Dimitris Bertsimas, the co-director of the MIT Operations Research Center. “Companies from IBM to Dell to Amazon to Google are collectively investing billions of dollars in data collection to build models that help them make better, more informed decisions. This is a transformational moment in business and management science.”

Wharton administrators, meanwhile, have said the school has no plans to create a separate degree program, and aims instead to further integrate analytics content into its full-time MBA program.

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Harvard Business School Breaks Ground on Klarman Hall

Late last week, Harvard Business School officially broke ground for Klarman Hall, a new convening center to be constructed on the HBS campus. Expected to open in 2018, Klarman Hall will combine elements of a …

Klarman Hall at Harvard Business School

Late last week, Harvard Business School officially broke ground for Klarman Hall, a new convening center to be constructed on the HBS campus. Expected to open in 2018, Klarman Hall will combine elements of a large-scale conference center, a performance space, and an intimate community forum.

Harvard Business School hosts some 700 events a year in which tens of thousands of people from around the world participate in a wide variety of activities, from research conferences to symposia to cultural events. With the addition of Klarman Hall, HBS seeks to convene these key voices to discuss and address the critical issues facing our times.

The building was made possible by a donation from Seth and Beth Klarman. Seth Klarman is president and CEO of The Baupost Group, a Boston-based investment management firm. Beth Klarman is president of the Klarman Family Foundation. Both are members of the School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors.

Klarman Hall is being designed by the Boston-based firm of William Rawn and Associates as a vibrant space with an eye toward flexibility, adaptability, and accessibility

“When you bring together people with talent, vision, and ambition in a space designed specifically to facilitate connections, conversation, and debate, the potential for transformative ideas and action is limitless,” said Seth Klarman.

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Kelley School Fall 2017 MBA Application Deadlines

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University has announced the MBA application deadlines for the 2016-17 admissions cycle. They are as follows: Early Round Deadline: October 15, 2016 Notification: by December 20, 2016 Priority …

Kelley School MBA deadlines

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University has announced the MBA application deadlines for the 2016-17 admissions cycle. They are as follows:

Early Round

Deadline: October 15, 2016
Notification: by December 20, 2016

Priority Round

Deadline: January 5, 2017
Notification: by March 15, 2017

Third Round

Deadline: March 1, 2017
Notification: by April 30, 2017

Final Round

Deadline: April 15, 2017
Notification: by May 31, 2017

Early application is encouraged. The first two deadlines are priority deadlines for merit-based financial aid consideration. For additional information, please visit the Kelley MBA admissions website.

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Ross MBA Admissions Director Shares Her B-School Comparison Spreadsheet

Now is the time when many potential business school applicants are neck-deep in the school research phase of the MBA admissions process. With that in mind, we’d like to share this excellent video posted by …

Now is the time when many potential business school applicants are neck-deep in the school research phase of the MBA admissions process. With that in mind, we’d like to share this excellent video posted by Soojin Kwon, director of MBA admissions at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Kwon, who always appears so down-to-earth and approachable in her videos, celebrates the “nerdiness” of applicants who create detailed spreadsheets to compare and contrast the various business schools they are considering…and she shares her very own that you can download and start using today!

As Kwon points out, by looking at the career opportunities, learning experiences specific to each program, and culture of each school, you’ll be several steps closer to making the right choice for you when deadlines hit this fall.

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HEC Paris Posts January 2017 MBA Application Deadlines

HEC Paris has posted the MBA application deadlines for the January 2017 intake. The admissions process at HEC Paris is conducted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and the dates listed below reflect the …

HEC paris application deadlines

HEC Paris has posted the MBA application deadlines for the January 2017 intake. The admissions process at HEC Paris is conducted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and the dates listed below reflect the possibilities for Full-Time and Part-Time applicants.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2016
Decision Date: June 3, 2016

Application Deadline: June 1, 2016
Decision Date: July 8, 2016

Application Deadline: July 1, 2016
Decision Date: July 29, 2016

Application Deadline: August 15, 2016
Decision Date: September 16, 2016

Application Deadline: September 15, 2016
Decision Date: October 21, 2016

Application Deadline: October 15, 2016
Decision Date: November 18, 2016

Application Deadline: November 15, 2016
Decision Date: December 16, 2016

For more information, please visit the HEC Paris admissions website.

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Stanford GSB Announces Fall 2017 MBA Admission Deadlines

The Stanford Graduate School of Business has announced the MBA application deadlines for the Fall 2017 admissions season. Round 1 Application Deadline: September 21, 2016 Notification Date: December 2016 Round 2 Application Deadline: January 10, 2017 …

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The Stanford Graduate School of Business has announced the MBA application deadlines for the Fall 2017 admissions season.

Round 1
Application Deadline: September 21, 2016
Notification Date: December 2016

Round 2
Application Deadline: January 10, 2017
Notification Date: March 2017

Round 3
Application Deadline: April 5, 2017
Notification Date: May 2017

Candidates should note that all materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline to be considered for that round. The application will go live in June. For more information, please visit the Stanford GSB admissions website.

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