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VIDEO: Harvard Business School Dean Steps Down

Harvard Business School dean Nitin Nohria announces he is stepping down, and Tepper and Haas both announce STEM designations on their MBA programs—we tell you everything you need to know this month

Mon Dec 16 2019

As the year draws to an end, it's not too late for a flurry of excitement and intrigue as Harvard Business School dean Nitin Nohria announced he will be stepping down in the summer of 2020. 

In our monthly Applicant Bulletin, we bring you all the stories you need to support your business school application.



Hello, I’m Simon from BusinessBecause, and welcome to this month’s Applicant Bulletin—where we bring you all the stories and developments you need to support your business school application.

Harvard Business School dean Nitin Nohria has announced he is stepping down at the end of the current academic year, in June twenty-twenty.

He will have been at the helm of Harvard Business School for a decade. Under his tenure, Nohria has raised 1.4 billion dollars for the school, more than any other HBS dean. 

His leadership has also seen radical curriculum changes, including the introduction of Harvard Business School Online, the school’s internet learning platform.

MBA programs at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and UC Berkeley Haas have received STEM-designation. 

International students on a STEM-designated degree can apply for a twenty-four-month visa extension.

The STEM designation on an MBA degree gives international students a two year extension on their student visa. 

This means that they can remain in the US for up to three years after graduation, without an H-1B visa

HEC Paris topped this year’s Executive MBA ranking by the Financial Times. 

The school claimed top spot in only its second year in the table.

It unseated the joint EMBA by HKUST and Kellogg School of Management, which slips to second place. In third is the TRIUM EMBA, jointly hosted by HEC Paris, LSE, and NYU Stern. 

Read the full ranking on our website. 

[News from BusinessBecause]

Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly popular choice for MBA graduates. That’s why we’ve profiled the best MBA startups to look out for in 2020.

From energy and sustainability, to fintech, lifestyle, and food and drink, there’s sure to be a startup that piques your interest. 

We announced the BusinessBecause MBA startup of the year. Trulli, designed by UVA Darden MBA graduate Amanda Joseph, allows travelers to plan trips based on recommendations from their friends. 

Check out the full article to see all the other awards, with prizes awarded for impactful innovation, green leadership, and biggest valuation. 

That’s all for this month. To find out more about any of the schools and stories mentioned, check out our website.

From me and the BusinessBecause team, until next month, goodbye. 

Student Reviews

Carnegie Mellon: Tepper




On Campus

Honest Opinion on CMU

Finding yourself in CMU is such a great blessing. The amazing and great professors and lots of networking opportunities. I was in the faculty of engineering and here the course work was very interesting. The lecturers were very strict and couldn't accept late submission of assignments and work given. This made us very focused. The students are generally good and friendly




On Campus

Excellence and Academic Integrity

CMU is one of the top class universities in Pittsburgh. It is a multi-diverse university with high regard for academic integrity, excellence, and innovation. It consists of different programs and departments that work together to achieve a common goal. I enjoy the convenience of moving from one building to the other. The faculty and staff are super friendly. It is relatively easy to make connections with other students, especially where collaboratory research is necessary. I would definitely recommend CMU to anyone looking for a muti-diverse academic experience.




On Campus

Stressful yet worthwhile

I've been genuinely impressed with the fusion of creativity and innovation at CMU. The professors are a mixed bag-- some are great and life-changing, but I had a couple (mostly gen eds in freshman year) that were really frustrating. The workload can be intense, and it's no joke. Campus was very lively; clubs, events, etc. – there's something for everyone. Pittsburgh in general has some areas that are great, and others that disappoint-- Oakland is a very nice university town area. Overall, CMU is a hotbed of innovation and learning, but the pace and location do come into play.




On Campus

Quite demanding here

Carnegie Mellon is a demanding academic institution where students are expected to put in a lot of effort. Despite the challenging coursework and constant workload, this environment teaches you how to speak for yourself and stand up for what you believe in. The institution also has a strong graduate network, which helps you succeed in the job hunt both while you are enrolled there and after