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B-Schooled, a podcast from top MBA admissions consulting firm Stacy Blackman Consulting, covers all aspects of the MBA application and admissions process. We offer insight and advice on how to pull together your personal-best business school materials — and make the most of your time once you get on campus. We’ll occasionally hold interviews with current business school students and recent graduates, as well as other important players along a typical candidate’s MBA admissions journey.

B-Schooled, a podcast from top MBA admissions consulting firm Stacy Blackman Consulting, covers all aspects of the MBA application and admissions process. We offer insight and advice on how to pull together your personal-best business school materials — and make the most of your time once you get on campus. We’ll occasionally hold interviews with current business school students and recent graduates, as well as other important players along a typical candidate’s MBA admissions journey.

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B-Schooled, a podcast from top MBA admissions consulting firm Stacy Blackman Consulting, covers all aspects of the MBA application and admissions process. We offer insight and advice on how to pull together your personal-best business school materials — and make the most of your time once you get on campus. We’ll occasionally hold interviews with current business school students and recent graduates, as well as other important players along a typical candidate’s MBA admissions journey.

Language:

English


Episodes

Deciding between MBA programs: B-Schooled episode 39

1/20/2021
Are you in the extraordinarily enviable position of having to decide between two or more MBA programs? Are you nervous about your choice or unsure of how to go about making such a huge commitment? This episode pulls together advice from the entire Stacy Blackman Consulting staff on how to approach this decision and what factors to consider (both short-term and long-term).

Duration:00:23:46

For waitlisted applicants: B-Schooled episode 38

1/13/2021
MBA candidates who've been waitlisted can feel like they're in some sort of admissions purgatory. In this episode, our host Erika and her colleague and former MBA admissions director Lisa discuss what options waitlisted candidates have to learn more about why they were waitlisted and what, if anything, they can do to increase their chances of admission.

Duration:00:33:53

A real application review, part 2 of 2: B-Schooled episode 37

1/6/2021
In this episode we share another extensive profile of an applicant Stacy Blackman Consulting worked with. We explain how the former admissions committee members on our staff assessed his candidacy and what ended up happening.

Duration:00:17:51

A real application review - part 1 of 2: B-Schooled episode 36

12/30/2020
In this episode we share an extensive profile of an applicant Stacy Blackman Consulting worked with. We explain how the former admissions committee members on our staff assessed her candidacy, what advice they gave to strengthen her materials, and what ended up happening.

Duration:00:24:40

Last-minute applications: B-Schooled episode 35

12/23/2020
This episode gives advice (and warnings) to those attempting to pull together MBA applications in the final weeks before the deadlines.

Duration:00:16:29

Underrepresented minority applicants and the MBA: A conversation with Roxanne Mendez, Executive Director of the Riordan Programs : B-Schooled episode 34

12/16/2020
In this episode, Roxanne Mendez, Executive Director of the Riordan Programs, joins us to talk about the experiences of underrepresented minority applicants applying to business school. For nearly 30 years, the Riordan Programs have been helping underrepresented and minority students excel at the country’s top MBA programs. Roxanne will give insight into why the number of underrepresented minority candidates considering top MBA programs is still lower than it should be, and will also share...

Duration:00:19:35

How personal is too personal in MBA essays? : B-Schooled episode 33

12/9/2020
In this episode, Erika is joined by her SBC colleague Lisa, the former Director of MBA Admissions for the full-time and part-time MBA programs at Rice University’s Jones School, to have a discussion about when it is and isn't a good idea to share deeply personal stories in your MBA essays or interview responses.

Duration:00:28:36

What do you bring to an MBA program? : B-Schooled episode 32

12/2/2020
Communicating what your classmates will learn from you and how you’ll be an asset to the MBA program you attend is monumentally important. This episode covers ways to get that information across through your resume and essays.

Duration:00:15:45

Tips for editing down essays & application responses: B-Schooled episode 31

11/25/2020
Often times, it's quite a challenge to fit an application, data-form or essay response into the space provided when restrictive character or word counts are in play. This episode focuses on specific ways MBA applicants can edit down essays and short-answer responses without compromising the power of their stories, anecdotes or statements.

Duration:00:22:38

Communicating MBA program knowledge & fit: B-Schooled episode 30

11/18/2020
This episode covers a quick admissions update from Harvard Business School before diving into why it's important for you to demonstrate your knowledge of and fit with the MBA programs you’re applying to – and how you can do so in both your written materials and your interview responses.

Duration:00:21:12

Why an MBA? : B-Schooled episode 29

11/11/2020
This episode discusses why all business school candidates need to be able to clearly explain why they need an MBA, especially if they are in one of four applicant buckets where it's important to clarify the need for a business degree. Common reasons for getting an MBA are covered, as are reasons that might be realistic but are best left out of one's application materials.

Duration:00:14:16

MBA interview advice, part 2 of 2: B-Schooled episode 28

11/4/2020
Our host Erika is joined once again by former Kellogg admissions director Beth Tidmarsh for a discussion specifically about behavioral MBA interviews (i.e., "Tell me about a time when..." questions). They cover the types of behavioral questions candidates can expect, advice on how to answer those questions, pitfalls to avoid, and more. They also role-play a few questions and responses for listeners.

Duration:00:17:40

What’s on Your Mind: An Admissions Test Q&A: B-Schooled episode 27

10/28/2020
In this episode, we welcome back Jay Bryant, a former MBA admissions director who is now a liaison between business schools and ETS, the company behind the GRE® General Test. Our host Erika and Jay will answer questions that listeners sent in about: Differences between the GMAT and the GRE General Test How MBA programs view the two main admissions tests Why admissions tests cover specific subjects When applicants should take their admissions test ... and much more!

Duration:00:24:40

MBA interview advice, part 1 of 2: B-Schooled episode 26

10/21/2020
Our host Erika is joined by former Kellogg admissions director Beth Tidmarsh for a discussion about MBA interviews. They cover the types of questions candidates can expect, advice on how to answer those questions, what adcoms are looking to get from you out of these interviews, and more.

Duration:00:20:05

Part-time programs: B-Schooled episode 25

10/14/2020
In this episode, our host Erika welcomes Bill Chionis, one of Stacy Blackman Consulting's experts on part-time (PT) MBA programs. They have a discussion about: Whether or not we've seen an increase in interest in PT programs since COVID hit The benefits of PT program vs. a traditional 2-year MBA Similarities and differences between part-time and full-time MBA programs How employers look at PT programs How (and if) PT MBAs can pursue a career switch Part-time MBA application criteria and...

Duration:00:15:18

COVID updates and coping with first dings: B-Schooled episode 24

10/7/2020
This episode covers: What candidates should make of recent news headlines about "soaring" MBA application numbers due to COVID, and Important context about dings, after HBS's Round 1 interview invites, Round 2 deferral and release notifications went out yesterday.

Duration:00:18:31

Admissions test (and other) anxieties: B-Schooled episode 23

9/30/2020
In this episode, we welcome Jay Bryant, a former MBA admissions director who is now a liaison between business schools and ETS, the company behind the GRE® General Test. Our host Erika and Jay will have a discussion about: What Jay’s been hearing from MBA admissions teams over the past few months regarding what COVID-19 has and hasn’t affected in the admissions process Common questions about the new at-home version of the GRE test Easy things applicants can do to keep admissions-test anxiety...

Duration:00:25:05

What to do (and not do) after you submit: B-Schooled episode 22

9/23/2020
After you submit your MBA applications, should you contact the admissions committee with updates on your candidacy? What should you do if you find an error in your materials? Should you start preparing for your interviews now? This episode answers those questions and more, and advises listeners on the best way to make use of their time between submission deadlines and their interviews.

Duration:00:17:09

Data form do's and don'ts: B-Schooled episode 21

9/16/2020
This episode covers how to make the most of the data form—or the actual online application itself—and why you shouldn't underestimate its importance. We’ll cover: Optional fields Common questions applicants have about confusing fields and dropdowns The awards section(s) How you can use the data form fields to strengthen your candidacy

Duration:00:21:09

Video essays: B-Schooled episode 20

9/9/2020
This episode covers how to prepare for the various kinds of video essays (pre-recorded, live with known questions, and live with randomized questions) several MBA programs require, as well as general tips on what you should wear, where you should record, and more.

Duration:00:26:33