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Usha Rackliff, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Accounting, teaching an Evening MBA Class.

What to look for in an MBA curriculum

There are certain courses and concepts every MBA student should master: time value of money, regression analysis, business strategy, and market segmentation to name a few. Faculty members generally agree on some common elements of required MBA “core” curricula. That list has grown over the years as important topics such as ethics and leadership are now required in many MBA programs.  The Business Roundtable’s acknowledgment that corporations are powerful social actors will have many implications on how business schools prepare leaders today and into the future, just as Milton Friedman’s prioritization of shareholder value has for the past 50...

Break through the limits

Break through the limits

Have you ever wondered why someone would leave a successful career to pursue higher education such as an MBA? I spent nearly 10 years as a project engineer and manager for a subsea oil and gas engineering firm. I was well compensated, given opportunities to grow, and loved the variety of people I worked with in the oilfield. Still, I felt the urge to take another path. I believe there is at least one common theme amongst people that choose to take on any new challenge: a desire to break through the limits. Whether you are preparing to start...

Peek behind the curtain: A real look at MBA admissions

Peek behind the curtain: A real look at MBA admissions

MBA admissions is an interesting business. We are tasked with creating classes every year that become a part of our school’s community and representatives of our school to the world for the rest of their lives. We endorse incoming students and hope they live up to their essays and letters of recommendation. Based on mostly self-reported information, test scores, transcripts, and an interview, we make life-altering decisions. We hold the bar; we are the gatekeepers, and if we get it wrong, it will come back around to us. I, personally, believe I have admitted people who will change the...

3 Tips to Maximize Your MBA Conference Success

3 Tips to maximize your MBA conference success

I’ve spent the last decade attending MBA career conferences: first as a student, then as a company recruiter, and finally as a career coach for Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Over the years, I’ve witnessed three mistakes that MBA candidates consistently make that thwart their chances for success. This guide will help you maximize your experience at a career conference and leave with an employment offer.   Craft your personal narrative (A.K.A “The Elevator Pitch”)  When you set foot into a conference showroom, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There will be hundreds of companies, thousands of MBA candidates, and...

At-home painting activity. Pre-stenciled canvas by Donjhaé Jones, an African-American visual artist.

5 Feelings while being a Black MBA student in Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic

#5 Curious: eager to know or learn something “Hey Siri, what is a pandemic?” By late March, we’d transitioned to 100% virtual learning. Besides contemplating how I’d conquer eight electives, I became obsessed with understanding all things COVID-19. I researched scenarios based on Joshua Weitz’s social event risk model and checked the Georgia Department of Public Health’s daily COVID-19 updates, especially for Richmond County, Georgia. I was concerned about my family back home as projections in Atlanta grew drearier. By April, I’d weaned myself off daily news alerts in order to focus on finishing the spring semester strong. My...

Graduate school looks different in 2020

Graduate school looks different in 2020

Starting graduate school under normal circumstances can be intimidating; starting graduate school during a global pandemic is another story. Many questions were running through my head during the months leading up to the start of the MSBA program. Would I be able to meet my classmates and professors in person? How will Emory University be able to adapt to the constantly changing state of the pandemic? Will I get the same quality of education that I would get during more stable times? After spending a few weeks in the MSBA program, I feel confident that there is no better...

Five Ways Millennials Have Improved MBA Programs

5 ways millennials have improved MBA programs

Of the many changes in MBA programs over the past decade, one of the most significant has been the generational shift of the student body. The Millennial generation began entering full-time MBA programs in large numbers in the late 2000s and has since grown into the predominant student population. Most of what is written about Millennials is not exactly high praise. However, like all large populations, we understand them better when we segment them. There is a segment of high-achieving Millennials who deserve substantial credit for the re-inventing of the MBA experience. Here are five ways Millennial students have...

Top 5 things I learned during remote learning

Top 5 things I learned during remote learning

It’s important to create and stick to a routine to stay “sane.” When school went virtual after Spring Break, I went about my days as if nothing had changed. I still got up early, had breakfast and got dressed (as if I were actually going to school). After classes, I would workout using videos I found on YouTube, instead of going to the gym. Of course, after a long day of classes and assignments, I would relax by either bingeing some reality TV show or reading a book. Sticking to a routine made life seem more “normal” than it...