Boston University School of Management Reports a 120% Increase in MBA Applications

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January 5th, 2006

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(Boston) – Boston University School of Management (SMG) has experienced a 120% increase in the number of first round MBA applications this year over the same admissions period last year. Although the national trend indicates an increase in applications at many top U.S. business schools, none reported such a significant rise.

According to BusinessWeek Online, for example, “Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business cites an increase of 16% from last year, and Tuck’s Admission Director, Dawna Clarke, reports 39% for the same time period.”

Hayden Estrada, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions at SMG, commented, “Last April, SMG experienced a 30% increase in the number of full- and part-time MBA applications over the same admissions period the year prior. That increase was counter to the national trend, when many business schools reported static or declining applications. The dramatic 120% increase this cycle proves there is demand for SMG’s innovative approach to business education.”

In explaining why its application numbers continue to increase significantly, SMG points to its distinctive approach to MBA education. “Business schools have long focused on “management science”– the quantitative disciplines of accounting, finance, operations, and market research,” said Dean Louis E. Lataif. “But when we rely solely on management science, we miss the critically important ‘art of business:’ the ability to go beyond data analyses, to probe potential results not predicted by the numbers.”

The SMG program is different from all other MBAs. Dean Lataif explained, “The SMG curriculum fuses the art, science, and technology of business. In addition, for more than a decade, we have been recognized as expert at teaching team learning, which gives each student a measurable stake in the success of every other team member. In this way, we equip MBA students– holistically and pragmatically—-for the real rigors of leadership.”

The MS-MBA program, now in its fifth year, is yet another cornerstone of SMG’s education. Students can earn their MBA along with a Master of Science degree in Information Systems within 21 months while still participating in summer internships.

“Our applications have increased so strongly because our unique approach to the MBA is becoming known as the innovative program for future business leaders,” Dean Lataif concluded.

About Boston University School of Management

Founded as the College of Business Administration in 1913, Boston University School of Management develops leaders and builders for the networked-era, emphasizing the fusion of the Art, Science and Technology of Business. The School’s holistic approach prepares the next generation of business leaders for a world that values horizontal thinking and management as a system of interdependent functions, decisions, people, and technologies. It is the worldwide leader in offering a unique MS•MBA program, which is a rigorous dual degree, next-generation MBA combining a traditional management education with expertise in the information technologies that are transforming all businesses. The School’s other offerings include undergraduate degrees in business administration; full- and part-time MBA and Executive MBA programs; a Master of Science program in Investment Management; a Doctoral program; International Management programs; and executive education.

The School of Management at Boston University is located at 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. For more information, visit

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