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Meet the world’s best MBA programs: Toronto March 8, Montreal March 10, Vancouver March 13 – Register now!

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ACCESS MBA One-to-One Tour in Canada

Personalised meetings with admissions directors from the Top Canadian and International business schools

A unique and customised event format that helps you select the right MBA programme

• One-to-One meetings and workshops with Admissions Directors
• Personalised MBA Orientation
• Interactive MBA conferences
• GMAT advising
• Scholarship opportunities

Toronto, Saturday March 8 

Montreal, March 10

Vancouver, March 13

Among the 100 business schools participating I the Access MBA Tour:

Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, HEC Montreal, Queens School of Business, Rotman School of Management , University of Toronto, Western University – Richard Ivey School of Business, York University – Schulich School of Business, University of Massachusetts Amherst – Isenberg School of Business, Simon Fraser University – Beedie School of Business, University of Victoria – Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, INSEAD, Manchester Business School, IESE, HULT l … and many more

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Places are limited for One-to-One meetings and early registration is recommended.

Meet the world’s best MBA schools on February 13 in Toronto and February 16 in Montreal

Meet the world’s best Business Schools in Montreal Feb. 16 Free GMAT, MBA advising. Limited places. Register now


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Meet the world’s best Business Schools in Toronto Feb. 13th Free GMAT, MBA advising. Limited places. Register now


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The MBA Investment: Demographics, Culture, Language, Citizenship and the value proposition


Last week I received an email from a GMAT test taker which read in parts as follows:

“We wanted to ask you out for a drink and learn your opinion on the MBA value proposition for potential students like us.”

The economic times could be better. People are nervous about leaving their jobs to pursue another degree. There is lots of anxiety over the “MBA Decision”. Even so, increasing numbers of Canadians are interested in pursuing an MBA. A majority of GMAT test takers are now outside the United States. Business education is  on a growth trajectory in India and China. To capitalize on the demand for “business case studies”  in Chinese MBA programs, Ivey has employed Chinese students to translate the cases. (The Indian School of Business uses cases  from Ivey.) Some schools are gong further and exporting their MBA program to other parts of the world. One of many examples is the Schulich presence in India. It’s  clear  that the “Business of the MBA” is a growing business. There is no shortage of MBA programs.

After 35 years of helping students achieve their “academic goals”, I thought it I would share a few thoughts on how people might consider achieving their life goals.

Now for the record, the “us” in the email  included one Canadian citizen and one U.S. citizen. What difference does this make? More than you might think. Read on. Continue reading

Why choose among Kellogg, Wharton, LBS, MIT Sloan and the Fletcher School? – Updated Dec. 2012

Update December 26, 2012:

I just became aware of the following offer from  the Indian School  of Business:

“20 Scholarships worth 400,000 USD to study in INDIA from the Indian School of Business a globally top 20 ranked B-school” – Note that the deadline for application is January 15, 2013.

“20 Scholarships worth 400,000 USD to study in INDIA from the a globally top 20 ranked B-school”


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This is why you should seriously consider this! Note the deadline date of January 15, 2013!

It’s about the demographics!

Where are tomorrow’s markets? Asia will be two-thirds of the world’s middle class by 2030 – The Gold Rush! #GMAT #MBA


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5 Canadian business schools are in Bloombergs top 19

Queens, Ivey, McGill, U of T and Schulich are 5 Cdn #MBA programs that made Bloomberg top 19 Business schools –


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Congratulations to these schools. In addition, it appears that the MBA is becoming a more popular  degree in Canada. Number of GMAT test takers  is on the rise.

7% rise in Cdn citizens taking the #GMAT from 2008 to 2012. 7% decline in US. What do Canadians know?


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Taking the MBA plunge

Those who enter program now will be ready and waiting when economy and good jobs come back

Feb 21, 2009 04:30 AM

Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

Staff Reporter

When the business world slows down, applications to MBA schools go up.

It’s no secret these are difficult times in the business world. Companies are cutting jobs and freezing hiring, and stock markets are way down.

Still, MBA schools say that applications are way, way up. Those who take the plunge into an MBA program, which can cost as much as $65,000 for Canadian students at top-tier schools, hope to acquire skills that will put them at an advantage when the economy rebounds.

MBA schools are doing their best to bring discussion of the latest events into the classroom – whether it’s falling stock markets, mass layoffs or directors who were asleep at the controls – as they help educate the next crop of business leaders.

At the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, applications for the full-time MBA program at up by about 10 per cent to 1,500 this year. That’s for about 260 spots.

“People are thinking now is a good time to go back to school because it’s not a good time to get a job,” said Richard Powers, associate dean and executive director. “And they want to be in a better position to find an interesting job in an industry that they want that’s being compromised right now.”

In the part-time programs, which take three years to complete, the number of applicants is flat. These mid-career recruits would typically get financial support from their companies, as well as flexibility in their work schedules – two things that may feel like big requests these days.

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Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

Business Reporter

The good news is that the big companies, banks and consulting firms are still coming to campus to recruit MBA students.

The bad news is that because firms are cutting their costs, they’re not likely to hire as many students as they do in the boom times.

That means the coming crop of MBA students will have to compete even harder for the few jobs that are out there. Continue reading

Important lessons

Socially responsible MBA graduates join the growing ranks of those giving back to community

Feb 21, 2009 04:30 AM

Corina Milic


Elissa Beckett’s new company has a strict 90/10 policy – 90 per cent of revenue goes to charity; 10 per cent goes back to the company.

Not the most profitable formula for a woman who holds a master’s degree from one of the country’s top business schools, but Beckett’s bottom line has a few more tiers than most. Continue reading

International pupils are class acts

Foreign students make up half of Canada’s MBA enrolment and they pay a high price for `privilege’

Feb 21, 2009 04:30 AM

Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

Business Reporter

Paolo Delano was drawn to Canada as a peaceful land of opportunity.

Nikhil Mathai was looking for the right school.

Mehran Redjvani came here so his fiancée could be closer to her family.

About half of all MBA students in Canada are international students. Whatever brings them to this country, one thing is certain: an MBA program is an expensive endeavour. Fees for international students can run as much as $80,000, compared to $65,000 for their Canadian counterparts. Continue reading