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6 Ways Coronavirus Could Impact Your Business School Application

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has hit business schools and MBAs hard. Disruptions to GMAT and GRE test centers, travel restrictions, and the closing of schools worldwide in light of the pandemic have left business school applicants adrift.

Fortunately, both the GMAT and the GRE have been reworked as online tests. The online GMAT test will be available by mid-April, with the online GRE available now.

Some schools, like Harvard, Kellogg, and Rotterdam School of Management, are also adjusting their application deadlines, and waiving test results or giving students conditional offers—many interviews are being conducted online too.

These are just some of the ways coronavirus could impact your business school application. 

Read the full article here.


Harvard Turns Itself Into A Case

Just how do you move 1,800 MBA students and 200 faculty online in under two weeks? Harvard has the answer. Birthplace of the case study method, HBS has turned itself into a case study.



UNC Kenan-Flagler Delays Start Of Full-Time MBA

UNC Kenan-Flagler has delayed the official start of its Full-Time MBA program to August 31st. The school has also extended the round four application deadline for the full-time MBA to July 13th. In a statement the school said that applications will continue to be reviewed and admissions decisions released on a rolling basis. 

Test scores are also being waived for new applicants. Applicants can submit other standardized test scores (for example, SAT, ACT, LSAT, or MCAT), and for those receiving waivers, formal offers of admission may be based on successful completion of the school’s Analytical Skills Workshop, before the start of the program. 


USF Aids The COVID-19 Healthcare Effort In The US

A team of University of San Francisco (USF) science instructors and staff have donated $5,000 worth of masks and other PPE from the university’s labs, to the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center to aid health workers caring for COVID-19 patients. 

USF’s Department of Public Safety also donated 1,000 surgical masks to local Kaiser hospitals from the university’s stock for the Northern California fires. The School of Nursing and Health Professions is also donating PPE supplies to St. Mary’s Medical Center. The team is also planning to donate hand sanitizer to local Kaiser hospitals.

MBA Students Demand Refunds For Online Coronavirus Classes

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MBA students want ‘tuition relief’

 MBA students at top business schools like Wharton and Stanford have signed online petitions requesting that tuition fees are reduced as their learning experience and—they argue—the value of their MBA degree, has been impacted by coronavirus. In a letter to the school’s leadership, Wharton MBAs said:

We remain in prevalent agreement that virtual coursework, however well executed, does not provide the same educational value as the normal in-person classes that we expected when we enrolled. 

With that reality in mind, once this immediate health crisis has stabilized we would like to open a dialogue regarding conditions under which Wharton MBA students might receive an appropriate amount of relief of tuition payments or other forms of assistance to compensate for the period during which the school’s operations are affected. 

Read the full petition letter here


How do you choose the right business school during coronavirus?

Should coronavirus impact your choice of business school? We ask Joël McConnell, recruitment and admissions head at Imperial College Business School.

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Berkeley Haas tell you how to lead in a crisis

 Berkeley Executive Education has released a free weekly video series featuring top faculty offering insights on leading through crisis. The videos feature Berkeley Haas professors offering their expertise across a wide range of fields—from psychology, sociology, and organizational behavior to economics and neuroscience.

Watch Jenny Chatman shares her tips on how leaders can help their employees stay focused during this time of uncertainty: 


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HEC Paris Launches COVID-19 Hackathon

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HEC Paris Launches COVID-19 Hackathon

HEC Paris alumni, Lucille Collet (Master’s in Management) and Camille Zivré (MBA), have organized a hackathon on April 10th-12th, in partnership with Sciences Po Paris and Ecole Polytechnique. 

The Hackathon will bring together the three schools’ stakeholders, engineers, entrepreneurs, researchers, experts, and available resources to find new solutions to fight the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate its short and long terms effects on society.

The online hackathon is open to all. Candidates can participate as hackers, or mentors.  

The project aims to find long term solutions to four pillars of the current coronavirus crisis: 

- Offering help to health professionals

- Helping governments handle the crisis efficiently

- Supporting businesses

- Helping local communities


Too much time on their hands? 

Students from the University of Pennsylvania have recreated their campus on Minecraft. If only we could all be so meticulous when working from home!



UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School Adjusts Admissions Process

The coronavirus crisis has forced business schools to adjust their admissions process. Whether that’s extending MBA admission deadlines, waiving admissions test scores and giving students conditional offers, or shifting the whole process online. 

UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School is one of many schools following the evolving global challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak as they continue to communicate, support, review, and make decisions towards students’ program applications.

Students can book an online virtual meet-up with one of the school’s admission managers, and the school have said they are prepared to review applications with unofficial transcripts, degrees, and certificates. At this time, they can do an initial review of your application without a GMAT/GRE or English Proficiency score—this is due to the impact coronavirus has had on admissions tests.

Document submission deadlines for official/final transcripts, test scores, and requirements have been extended to June 30th, 2020 for all programs.


ISB mark 'unofficial graduation day' from home

Students from Indian School of Business' (ISB) Hyderabad campus were supposed to graduate on April 3rd. With a little bit of online innovation the class celebrated 'unofficial graduation day' from home. 


HEC Paris Alumni Leading The Fight Against COVID-19

The HEC Alumni network in China and Europe has volunteered to coordinate the production and transportation of tens of millions of protective masks and medical equipment to cities where they are needed. The initiative is being led by the president of the HEC Alumni Chapter in Shenzhen, Thibaud Sarrazin (MBA class of 1997).

The initiative has led to a wider mobilization effort by the alumni association to call for donations to support the action of both Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Médecins du Mond. That is being led by Frederic Jousset, president of the HEC Paris Alumni network globally, in close partnership with the Sciences Po alumni association.

Real Coronavirus Stories: BI Norwegian Business School

Amanda Yang is a first year MSc Business Analytics student at BI Norwegian Business School. She shares how she's structured her work days to make the most of life in quarantine.

My schedule 

My schedule remains much the same as before quarantine. Both classes and work are still going on but take place online and at home. For classes, the only thing we need to do is to enter the virtual classroom according to our schedule.

 Out of class, I work around 12-15 hours per week as a student assistant for BI. I'm lucky that I could just bring my work laptop back and work from home.  

During the week, I normally get up around 8:00 and have breakfast while working or studying––depends on my schedule for the day. Then it is normally followed by either a 3-hour class or a few hours of work. 

Around 12:00 I will make lunch take a small break until 13:00. After lunch, I will either study or work until 15:00 or 16:00. Around 2 to 3 times a week, I will go for a run along the river in the afternoon, which normally takes around an hour. 

I normally start making dinner around 17:00 and will rest until 18:30. In the evening I will have some more time to study before going to bed. Weekend’s schedule is similar to my weekday schedule, just without work. And maybe I will wake up a bit later like 9:00 and start my day around 10:00.  




8:00–– Breakfast + Work/Class/Study 

12:00––Lunch 

13:00––Work/Class/Study 

16:00––Workout (2-3 times a week) 

17:00––Dinner 

19:00––Study 

23:00––Bedtime  



What do you like about quarantine?  

Safety: I feel safer being at home, because it limits the amount of people I am in contact with.  

Time saving: There is no need for me to spend time on dressing up and commuting to school and work. I can start doing whatever task I have on my schedule and check list.  


What do you dislike about quarantine?  

Limited freedom: Since it's not safe to go places with lots of people, I'm at home most of the time. I can see how it can be tough for people who are very social, outgoing, and need company or those who live alone. 



What has been the most challenging for you during this period?  

1. Separating personal life and work life. In the beginning, it was hard for me to separate personal life and work life––meaning I might work longer than my schedule or be interrupted when I'm working. It took me around a week to get used to this new life, and it's the same for studying. I need to be stricter with myself and make sure I'm working on what I'm meant to be doing throughout the day. Personally, I find it helpful to set up a specific area for work and study. It's easier to get into that 'work mode' when you have a designated area for work and study. If I need to rest then I move to my couch or living room for a small break. 

2. Efficiency at work and study. It is always faster to talk to someone or ask a question in person, because we can get an answer or response right away. Since we are working from home, it is hard to be as efficient as before when comes to communication. I try to make sure that I list down all my questions so I won’t forget anything. Inconvenience is inevitable but is something that I can get used to.  



My tips for being in quarantine 

1. Set up a routine. My day is full because of work and study, so it always goes by faster than I want it to. For those who are also in quarantine, I would recommend spending time figuring out exactly what you need to do and set up a schedule. You will then have a routine to follow and will feel more settled.  

2. Learn something new. If you are bored or have lots of free time on your hands, then make good use of it! Are there things you've always wanted to do but haven't had the time? Being at home doesn’t mean doing nothing.  

3. Workout and eat healthy. If learning something new is keeping your mind busy, then working out and eating healthy will keep your body healthy. You can workout at home or outside (if allowed). I also try to make sure my diet is balanced while in quarantine. 

4. Keep in touch with family and friends. We can still talk to friends and family on the phone or on video chat. It's always good to talk to someone, especially for those living alone––it will make your quarantine more bearable if you have someone to talk to.   

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