Official MBA Handbook 2005/2006
Commentary By Michael Pilgrim & Claire Sharp
Listings by The Association of MBAs
Financial Times / Prentice Hall
522 Pages, Illustrated, 8 ¼” x 8 ½”
$89.50 Paper Original
The MBA market is expanding and changing as business schools and universities
seek to respond to the global economic trends and the long-term effects of e-commerce.
The huge variety of programs increases the need for information for all applicants.
The Official MBA Handbook continues to address the needs of all prospective
MBA students, helping to answer the question 'Why do an MBA? through to choosing
a school and financing study. This year one focus will be on the specific needs
of women and overseas students in the MBA market.
Written in conjunction with the Association of MBA's, this essential Guide has
been fully updated for 2005/2006 MBA Programs. The commentary reviews how the
MBA is changing - the huge variety of programs offered increases the need for
accurate and up-to-date information for potential MBA applicants. It is designed
as a single point of reference for anyone looking to embark on an MBA. It contains
key information n everything from funding to school selection, course content
and job and salary prospects.
The Association of MBAs was founded in 1967. They are a well established brand
name internationally recognized as the quality kite-mark for the MBA.
A famous MBA discusses how studying for an MBA has helped them in their career.
How this book works
The scope of the handbook
Some MBAs are more equal than others
The Association of MBAs and quality control
1. SO WHY DO AN MBA?
Including frequently asked questions
2. WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Student characteristics and profiles
Student expectations and motivation
Employer expectations and fears
Before you go further – a final checklist
Relax – getting on a course may be the hardest bit
3. WOMEN AND THE MBA
4. WHAT SORT OF COURSE
There is an MBA for you
The full-time MBA – two-year programs: some time to breathe.
The full-time MBA – one-year programs: intensive study
Part-time and distance learning: balancing an MBA with work
Open and distance learning MBAs
Transfers and exemptions
Home or abroad: the international perspective
5. WHICH SCHOOL?
Assessing quality – accreditation and rankings
The factors involved in making a choice
The crunch questions
6. GETTING IN
Making the application: form-filling and references
Taking the GMAT
Preparation for the GMAT
Other admissions criteria
7. FINANCING YOUR MBA
The consequences of sponsorship
Sponsorship and loans: the options
Scholarships and awards: how to seek them out
Applying for a scholarship
Tuition fees: a snapshot
8. WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE?
Preparing for the MBA culture shock
Managing the learning process
The overseas student experience
Timetable snapshots: the part-time and full-time program
9. WHERE IT GETS YOU
The impact of an MBA on your career
Life after the MBA and the anticlimax effect
Myths and realities
The finance factor: salary statistics that matter
The charms of consultancy
It’s never too late
Doing your own thing
Now for the doctorate
Careers services: and the benefits of networking
10. HOW THE MBA IS CHANGING
The ethical dimension
Globalization and alliances
Modular and online learning
Application trends and competition: it’s tougher to get in
Talent wars: recruiting and keeping the best
Corporate universities: Will business schools last?
Specialist MBAs: and other diversification
Business school accreditation: a key factor in differentiation
Career management and alumni services
11. SCHOOL PROFILES
London Business School
• Total global coverage
• Takes the reader through every aspect of studying for an MBA
• The MBA and the business schools continue to receive a lot of publicity
due to the continued popularity of this degree
• Written in conjunction with the Association of MBAs, a well established
brand name founded in 1967
• The book is now in its 21st edition and has a history of solid sales
and is well established within the trade
• Expert perspectives on the value of an advanced business degree
• Information on the latest hiring and salary trends
• Facts and figures on entrance requirements, types of degrees offered,
postgraduate hiring rates, application contacts, costs, and financial aid
• User friendly commentary and layout
• Select school profiles and case studies will be spread throughout the
• Audience: MBA students, prospective MBA students, HRM managers, careers
advisers, business schools, educational institutions, corporate and institutional
Michael Pilgrim is a consultant for the Business; a writer for the Mail on Sunday,
Evening Standard, Times, Sunday Telegraph and Observer.
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