The QS World MBA Tour Is Coming To These Select Cities

QS World MBA Tour

There are few better opportunities to learn about the exemplary business school opportunities than at an MBA fair. And luckily, for many prospective MBA students, that opportunity will soon be arriving in their city with the QS World MBA Tour.

This Thursday, January 18, will mark the first in a string of multi-city QS World MBA Tour dates in the United States in Canada, stretching from Boston to Vancouver, with the first batch of dates culminating in early February.

Potential graduate school applicants attending these events will have an opportunity to connect with alumni from many of the most prestigious schools in the world, including the likes of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduates School of Business, and much more.

Details on the event website read as follows:

“The QS World MBA Tour gives you the opportunity to network with admissions directors and alumni from over 120 business schools around the globe. Our fairs feature top local and international business schools presenting a diverse range of programs to choose from and a chance to apply for a pool of exclusive MBA scholarships, totaling $7m [million]! The QS World MBA Tour takes place in 23 cities across the US and Canada; find an event in a city near you and discover the many benefits that an MBA has to offer.”

Our sister site, Clear Admit, has offered up some helpful tips for those going to the events, which can be read below.

  1. Come prepared

Events that include multiple MBA programs can be overwhelming. The natural inclination is to come away from the event with as much information as possible, which can mean, visiting as many schools as possible, to gather that information. This approach really means you will end up knowing little about any of the programs. It’s much better to do your online research first. Go to the event’s web page. Look closely at the list of schools attending, and do your initial research online, narrowing down a list of target schools. Know your career goals and objectives for pursuing the MBA, and come to the event prepared to talk to each of your selected schools about those goals.

  1. Bring a notepad

While it would seem obvious, take lots of notes during the event. Summarize your conversation with each of the schools you meet with. You might find yourself returning to a school, later in the day, after your knowledge of the MBA program space evolves, through your various discussions with the different school’s admissions teams. Your notes from the event will be useful as you draft your application essays, they also may prove an important guide for your interview preparation.

  1. Don’t monopolize

You may need to wait a few minutes to talk to a specific school, especially one of the more popular ones. When it’s your turn, ask thoughtful questions (see point 1), don’t just try to get unnecessary facetime. You will annoy the admissions officer if you do this. Rarely will you be able to make a positive impression during an MBA admissions fair, but the reverse is not true. You can easily leave a bad impression, and this might get noted.

  1. Dress appropriately

If you feel comfortable in a suit, feel free to wear a suit. If you feel comfortable wearing business casual dress, that’s good too. Don’t attend a fair in your beach wear, shorts and a T-shirt. Again, you don’t want to leave a negative impression. Look like you fit in, not stand out.

  1. Collect contact information and follow up

Most admissions officers will have their contact information available for interested candidates to collect. Make sure you do this. Follow up with the admissions officer within 24 hours. Your follow up should include a thank you for their time, as well as some acknowledgment of the specific conversation you had. You will be helped in this endeavor by the note taking you did during the MBA fair (point 2).

The first batch of tour dates and cities are as follows, with more dates to be announced in the near future.

  • Boston: Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 4:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • New York: Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Washington DC: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Chicago: Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Los Angeles: Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • San Francisco: Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Vancouver: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – 4:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Montreal: Thursday, February 1, 2018 – 4:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Toronto: Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Registration and more information on the QS World MBA Tour events can be found here.

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