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Coronavirus: One In Three Business School Candidates Consider Delaying Degree

Read our April 9 coronavirus roundup, as nearly one-third of b-school candidates say they are considering delaying pursuit of an MBA or business master's degree

Thu Apr 9 2020


April 9 Roundup

One-Third Of Business School Candidates Consider Delaying Degrees

Nearly one-third of candidates are considering delaying their pursuit of an MBA or business master’s degree because of coronavirus. That’s according to data from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Data was collated between March 4th and 31st. 

Of the 482 individuals who responded to the survey questions related to COVID-19 and its impact on their pursuit of graduate business education, 29% said they are considering delaying their plans.

35% plan to delay by six months or less, and 30% said they were planning to delay by seven-and-12 months. Only 14% are thinking of delaying by more than a year.

Elsewhere in the survey, in the second half of March, 35% of respondents said they were very or extremely concerned about their future pursuit of graduate business school. That’s compared with just 13% in the first half of the month. 

However, very few candidates are considering abandoning their pursuit of a graduate business degree altogether.

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MBA Alum Leads Henry Ford Health System’s COVID-19 Response

Betty Chu, a 2013 MBA graduate from the Michigan Ross School of Business, is leading the Henry Ford Health System’s (HFHS) fight against COVID-19.

She says she starts her day as the incident commander for HFSF at 5am. COVID-19 is on her mind all day. It’s a far cry from her usual day to day, as the organization’s senior vice president, associate chief clinical officer, and chief quality officer.

The leadership skills she developed on the MBA have really been put to the test. When coronavirus cases first began appearing in China, Betty and her team began planning and holding daily huddles with specialists to discuss how they would fight an outbreak in the US.

When that day came, Betty was put at the center of the incident command structure developed for the health system, and she led her team in putting together the emergency response plan.

Student Reviews

ESSEC Business School




On Campus

The best intercultural university

There are more than 50 nationality in the grade, so there are opportunities to interact with people from all around the world. In terms of academics, the BBA course offers diverse courses for the 1st




On Campus

Creativity, adaptability and entrepreneurship

The Master in Management program at the ESSEC Business School allows the students to choose their courses accordingly to their preferences and their professional targets. We can also go through international exchange and take part in internships with companies that are also partners with the school. The school is also next to the city of Paris.




On Campus

Top business school in France

Doing PhD in essec took some time, to be precise about five years. But the experience was very good and cost effective too. There are opportunities for the student for teaching assistantship and that helps both financially and in career. In the final year I could manage to teach marketing to M1 students and this helped shape my career




On Campus

Great college

The program is well suited for early professionals with an engineering degree preferably or a degree in economics. I would suggest taking the ceasure irrespective of the experience level as it helps you take your time to adjust to the job market.





Good school in France

I am currently enrolled in M2 in Essec business school. I am specialising in marketing management. The Grande Ecole programme is valued in France and my school ranks very high up. There are a lot of opportunities for internships and CDD.




The program curriculum

BBA program. The program is really practical and useful, provide us many international opportunities. Like internship and humanitarian experience, and the flexibility is also really cool, we can choose different campus and tracks as we want.




International Course

This school is very international and business oriented. Highly recognized by the companies The campus has been renovated and is very functional and modern from now on. Excellent atmosphere. Reputation of essec is a plus




Friends, Career opportunities.

The program I did gave me the opportunity to start in Singapore. I got the chance to know all the students that started there and we bonded and made some friends for life. The career opportunities that ESSEC also gave me were unbelievable.




Practical and useful

I think the best thing about Essec is that it's not focusing on academics rather it emphasizes on future job mindset and professional experiences.. The classes are interesting and we have plenty of workshops attributing to different sectors.. The campus is very nice with a good cafe and wonderful library. The only problem is the location of the campus. It's quite far from Paris.




On Campus

Amazing experience! Must try

I think its a very amazing school with great and experienced faculty. Also the alumni network is very solid and useful. The school has a great balance of studies and work experience which is really essential for a student.