eCollegeFinder MBA Blog Award

We’ve created the Top MBA Blogs Award to provide MBA and potential MBA students with a collection of helpful and encouraging blogs from students, graduates, professors, and authorities on earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. We have included nominees that will inspire, teach, and encourage our student readers and foster a community for those studying business administration at a higher level. Visit the Top 22 MBA Award Finalist blogs by clicking the links below.

Please email any questions or comments to awards@ecollegefinder.com. Thank you to all of our finalists and voters for participating!

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The Fuqua Experience

The Fuqua Experience documents the residencies and experiences of the Duke Cross Continental program. You can follow along as each class travels around the world to learn about global economies or find out what their class interactions are like when they're in their home location. The blog strives to provide a perspective on different concepts presented in course materials and fun takes on class experiences, as well as promote class diversity. Whether someone is considering an International Executive MBA or a Full-Time MBA, The Fuqua Experience gives great advice for balancing the MBA experience and looking ahead to post graduation.

What advice can you offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in?
Read the advice that The Fuqua Experience had to offer here.

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Gerry Som

This blog, started in August 2010, is about my random and candid thoughts, written in a raw and unpolished format during my MBA student life. I hope that some people can relate to my thoughts and that the insights here prove useful for MBA aspirants, MBA students, MBA graduates & anybody interested in Business Management.

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Mistakes, Lessons, MBA, and more...

My blog captures my journey to MBA, decribing my mistakes, lessons, failures, successes, and growth along the way so that my readers, mostly MBA applicants, avoid making the same mistakes and always remain inspired for their goals. I am elated that through the success of this blog, I am able to connect to many MBA applicants across the world, and help and guide them in one way or another.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
Read the advice that Mistakes, Lessons, MBA, and more... had to offer here.

Top MBA Blogs Finalists

Ordered by votes received

mbaMission MBA Admissions Blog

mbaMission’s blog provides guidance to business school applicants on a range of topics, from essay writing and GMAT tips, to profiles of top business school professors, to admissions strategies and much more.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
The most important advice we can offer is to be authentic – don’t tell the schools what you think they want to hear, but instead focus your application on helping the schools get to know you – as a professional, as a community leader, and as a person.

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Master Admissions

The Master Admissions blog goes beyond tips for getting into business school – although it offers plenty of those. It helps readers discover their inner leader by focusing on emotional intelligence and authenticity. Because I worked in the financial industry for several decades before turning admissions pro, I also write about business and business school from a real-world perspective. The same attributes that work on the job (teamwork, integrity, creativity) will work for applications, the B-school experience, and life.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
Seriously, you don’t have to be a straight-A student or the Dalai Lama to get into a top school. Successful students do a few things in common. Here’s a short list:

-Show authenticity
-Tell specific stories
-Present themselves humbly
-Have clear (enough) goals
-Admit and learn from mistakes

It also helps to start thinking about the process early and to make sure your GMAT and GRE scores are within the range of your target school. That’s much easier said than done, and, as a sufferer from test anxiety, I write a lot about tools to overcome the crazy thinking.

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Let's Get Operating

I would describe my blog as a personal, day-in-the-life type account of doing many things at MIT, one of which is earn my MBA, a dual degree between engineering and business. I like to give a combination of facts and information I would have wanted to know when I was applying, as well as fun, random things to give more personality. I found many student blogs only write about major events; conveying a sense of the everyday along with everything else is important to me.

What advice can you offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in?
Advice that I would offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in would be to try everything. In academics, you can take risks not allowed in corporate life. You can learn about topics beyond your current function and get ready to present a new self to the world. Personally, you can also develop that new self - meet people from all over, play sports, and socialize. My only caveat would be to not lose yourself in trying to do or be everything. You have to live with you.

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Rolipolli

My blog is a journey of an average student to B-school; a journey of a guy who is a dreamer and wants to do a bit to make this world a better living place through entrepreneurship.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
My advice to students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program is that students must not forget importance of essays. Essays are as much as important as is a GMAT/GRE score.

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College 2.0

College 2.0 is an attempt to give readers a glimpse of what life is like as a full-time MBA student. It focuses more on the social and extra-curricular aspects of UVA's Darden School of Business in an effort to show how it really is similar in many aspects to life as an undergraduate student. The entries detail my time spent with friends, taking part in amazing opportunities, and generally having fun as I try take advantage of a second opportunity to attend college.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
Get to know the school beyond the classroom. Understand that the most important part of any business school is the people, including students, faculty, and staff. It is critical to find a place where you will enjoy the people you are learning with and from, and to convey this in your application through essays, interviews, etc.

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Roll Away the Dew

This blog is about the healthcare industry, the MBA admissions process, and an objective look at your MBA program from a very non-traditional MBA student. Written by a part-time MBA admissions consultant, it also dispels a lot of myths about the MBA application process and even gives advice on what to do.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
The margins for error have gotten a lot thinner so it's important to include safety schools if you really want to ensure that you are accepted by at least on MBA program. Most of the loss of the arbitrage opportunity has come from the essays. Five years ago, a good portion of the applicant pool would eliminate themselves through poor essays. Now everyone writes at least competent essays. As a result, students have to be real, honest, and connect with admissions to distinguish themselves. Writing what you think admissions wants to hear is a recipe for failure. As a result, introspection and time spent thinking is almost more important than the actual writing.

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JeremyCWilson.com

In short, I blog about achievement. I use my blog as a platform to help people think about how to achieve more and how to unleash their potential to do more than they ever thought possible. At times, I offer practical advice, such as implementing transition time and getting admitted to MBA programs, but sometimes I also offer more philosophical advice, like having Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) and understanding the importance of missions.

What advice can you offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in?
I recommend three things: (1) First, I think it's critical to have Wildly Important Goals(WIGs). WIGs describe those things that you're most interested in pursuing and things you will relentlessly work toward. This is critical given the overwhelming number of opportunities in school. (2) Second, figure out how to lead at least one meaningful initiative, either at school or in the community. This will be key to developing your leadership skills and enhancing your leadership story. (3) Third, establish strong relationships with people in your community and be sure to develop those relationships for as long as you can. In the end, these will be the people who can help you achieve your career goals and who you can help as well.

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Marquis Parker's Truth and Wisdom Blog

My blog is a collection of thoughts that started off in 2003 as a personal blog and, since then, has morphed into a resource meant to help people who are pursuing graduate business education and, eventually, careers in business. In it, I share insights about MBA admissions and student life, recruiting for positions in business, general insights about Management Consulting (based on my former life as a McKinsey consultant), and just about anything else my readers would like my perspective on.

As one reads through the entries, he/she will see me go through three distinct phases in my life: my pre-MBA experiences of applying to MBA programs, visiting schools, and choosing my ultimate destination; the highs and lows of my life as an MBA student at Stanford in much more detail than most would expect to see; and my post-MBA life providing advice on careers, education, and life in general.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
My most important advice is to look at the MBA application as an overall package and, as such, having 1 or 2 supposedly weak parts doesn't have to necessarily sink one's chances at being accepted into a top MBA program.

To help with this, I advise people to look at each component of the application (e.g., one's story, academic background, GMAT, work experience, and recommendations) individually to identify and address any potential issues by discovering and focusing on their strengths. By building an application through emphasizing strengths instead of trying to mask weaknesses, the applicant will tell his/her story with a level of confidence that will jump off of the page and stand out as distinctive.

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Cleantech Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship

My postings are on what life is like in the entrepreneurial and investment sphere for Cleantech and other technology companies.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
Show that you have purpose in what you are doing and an understanding of why you want an MBA. This is very difficult because many of the true benefits of an MBA become apparent only after you have enrolled. Nevertheless, show passion and commitment to what you do.

What advice can you offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in?
Network and learn. You'll get the most from the people you'll meet. You'll also never be in as good a position to meet and learn from business leaders. Be sure to take advantage of it.

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My Study Plan

I started to write a blog in May 2010, just after my first failing GMAT attempt (Q48,v17 AWA 2.5). In the blog I described my preparation, next two GMAT attempts, essay writing, numerous dings, and finally my admission. Some people say that this story inspires. I recommend reading my blog from the first post to the last one.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
Delete your Facebook account, throw away your TV, and go to study. When you are reading this message your competitor read the textbook. Who will be admitted?

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Queen's MBA: Going the Distance

My blog is a candid, honest view of my decision to take an MBA, my admission process, my experience week-by-week during the full-time MBA program at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada from May 2008 to April 2009, and my job hunt afterwards upon graduating into an economic downturn.

What advice can you offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in?
To make the most of the program you are enrolled in I would do two things: prepare and participate.

Prepare by doing your research ahead of time. Decide what you want to do when you graduate and how you are going to get there. Also, know ALL the options that are available to graduates both during and after the MBA program. There is nothing saying you won't change your mind and take a different path, but without a clear idea of the options available and the option you have quantified as your choice, it makes it much more difficult to evaluate the many opportunities that will present themselves while you are in school. Going in prepared makes this much easier and ensures you don't waste anytime getting to work on advancing your career upon arrival at business school. A lot of people come in and then try to orient themselves, wasting precious weeks and months.

Participate by doing everything. Join every club you have a reasonable interest in and time to participated in. Do every activity you have the time and ability to do. Join the consulting club, the finance club, and the entrepreneur club. Learn everything they have to offer outside of class and get to know your classmates better. Participate in all the case competitions you can, go on all the field trips and be a part of all the class sports and competitions. You will learn as much about yourself and business from doing this as you will sitting in class.

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Darden Global MBA for Executives Blog

The Darden Global MBA for Executives Blog covers admissions updates and reminders for the GEMBA program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Additionally, the blog covers executive MBA program and school-wide news of interest to prospective students and applicants.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
Be sure to give yourself enough time to research the executive MBA programs that you are considering. Executive MBA programs differ greatly in format and curriculum delivery. Attending a class visit or open house can be a great way for you to learn more.

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Fortune 800: Our Journey to an MBA

Michigan is where it started (Go Blue!). Three different views is what you get. One goal is what we are after. Come with us on our journey towards an MBA!

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
-Motown: Connect with students. They can be a resource in the future and throughout the process.
-Mads Mom: Know what you want to do after graduation and be prepared to elaborate on it.
-Ms. HR: The GMAT isn’t everything. Study hard, do your best, and craft the best application possible. You want to clearly convey how your strengths will impact their school.

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Global Voices of Darden

Managed by Darden’s International Business Society, in conjunction with the Center for Global Initiatives, the Global Voices of Darden is a new forum where members of the Darden community can share their international experiences, as well as viewpoints about issues concerning international business, with the world. In addition, this blog is a place where current students, alumni, and prospective students can find out about Darden events overseas and view Darden’s exposure through highlights in international media. In particular, postings by international students and exchange students regarding their experience in Charlottesville and at Darden (compared with their home countries) are highly encouraged.

What advice can you offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in?

In order to maximize their MBA experience, I would encourage students to reach out and attempt to create intimate friendships with the international students in their class. The international students provide viewpoints and experience that most American students are incapable of sharing. I would also recommend that students take advantage of international experience trips and exchanges programs, where available, in order to broaden their network and perspective. Business is done differently in every part of the world, and a good way to decide how you plan to approach different issues is by learning best practices from as many sources you can expose yourself to as possible. Almost all MBA graduates will have to interact with different cultures throughout their career, so the sooner you can learn empathy for other people's thoughts and decision-making processes, the better.

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JulyDream

JulyDream is a chronicle of my experiences and thoughts and is not limited by my time as an MBA.

What advice can you offer students aiming to improve their chances of being accepted into an MBA program?
Know thyself, as self reflection helps you understand where you've been, where you want to go, and what you bring to the candidate pool. The education you receive at many of the top 20 schools is interchangeable, it is the overall experience that will differ.

What advice can you offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in?
Don't be afraid to take classes outside your core skill set. In particular, take organizational behavior classes. While they're "fluffy," they teach many valuable skills that that are essential to career progression and office dynamics.

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Robert Salomon

Professor Salomon's current research centers on the management and economics of international expansion. He studies how and why firms enter foreign markets, how firms manage the cross-border technology transfer process, and how international expansion impacts firm performance.

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Seeing Both Sides

I was inspired to start this blog for many reasons when I did so 7 years ago, but the most important one was to help entrepreneurs. During my ten years as an executive at different start-ups (such as Upromise and Open Market), I often viewed the venture capital business as a black art. Now that I've had a few years to practice that black art, I hope to help demystify it for other entrepreneurs.

What advice can you offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in?
Read the advice that Seeing Both Sides had to offer here.

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Gabriel's Scarcity Rent

My blog is about my learning experience and my reflections on the things that I know and learn. It's about economics, management, living in an emerging country, globalization, and how the world is changing.

What advice can you offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in?
My advice for MBA students is to interiorize their learnings into their life and experience. Only things that can be somehow applied are useful. Only information that gets converted to knowledge makes a difference within us. So don't just read or memorize, reflect. Don't just learn models, apply them to your work, and even your life. And never stop learning in your life; it's no longer about hanging a nice diploma on your wall.

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Grounds Management

My blog is a collection of thoughts describing my school experience to the outside world. The blog provides information about the special opportunities provided to business school students and introduces readers to the unique aspects of the Darden MBA.

What advice can you offer MBA students on making the most of the program that they are enrolled in?
Think deeply about how you fit with the school and its core values. Be self-aware and understand your story for why you need an MBA to further your career, why now, and why you are applying to that particular program.

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