A study shows that three-quarters of MBA applicants feel that the reputations of programs at US business schools are stronger than those of their European competitors. The data also show that 62% of applicants believe US programs are better for career advancement, and 54% noted their strong professional networks.
More international students are choosing to stay and work in the US for a year after completing their degree under the federal Optional Practical Training program, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security. Data from the Institute of International Education show that nearly 1 million foreign students pursue master's and doctoral degrees in business or engineering.
A survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council found that many employers want MBA graduates who focused on a specialty in their studies. Some business schools, such as the W. P. Carey School of Business, have revamped their programs to offer more chances for specialization.
About 98% of college students say they use a laptop in the classroom, and fewer faculty members are restricting the use of tablets and smartphones in class, according to a report. The report's authors recommend colleges and universities implement policies that improve access to technology and increase the availability of Wi-Fi on campus.
In a difficult hiring market, companies are increasingly offering student-loan repayment assistance for employees. Helping relieve the burden of student-loan debt, which averaged $39,400 in 2017, reduces employee stress and financial burden, which leads to a happier work environment overall, writes Simone Stolzoff.
Some business schools have students complete military-style boot camps, writes Diana Drury of Smith School of Business at Canada's Queen's University. The programs hone skills to manage ambiguity and setbacks.
Some couples apply to MBA programs together, and Alex Min, CEO of The MBA Exchange, says there are some factors they need to consider, especially if they wind up in different programs. Betsy Massar, founder and CEO of Master Admissions MBA Consulting, says couples should apply to schools in the same region and apply to a lot of different programs.