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Life as a JD / MBA Student

As an undergrad looking into graduate programs, I found both law school and business school appealing.  With a bit more research I realized I could do both in a joint-degree program, and narrowed down my options to universities offering the … Continue reading

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Community Service: Using Business Skills to Give Back

At USD we have the unique opportunity to use what we learn in business school and apply it to volunteer work as a part of our team service project.  A number of us chose to use our new skills to … Continue reading

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Lubricants & Luminaries

Hi, my name’s Bryan and I’m the Student President of the Graduate School of Business. Part of that job is to promote our MBA program. Now, all politicians are full of hot air, but since I hate sounding like a … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of an Evening MBA student…with Triplets

My story is unconventional to say the least. About two months after taking the GMAT in 2009, I found out my wife was pregnant with triplets. Yikes! Fast-forward 2 years and here I am, still alive and finishing my first … Continue reading

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My Very Last MBA Assignment…

This blog is my very last USD assignment. There are no more classes, no more cases, no more papers…just one more blog post. So, I can’t help but use this post to share some MBA wisdom. Hopefully the fact that … Continue reading

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MBA Abroad…

I’ve had the chance to spend a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain at the Instituto de Empresa (IE), a university that is constantly ranked among the top 10 global MBA programs by the Financial Times. I was interested both in … Continue reading

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Transitioning from Military Service to Civilian Business

Transition.  Passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another:  change. Career transition.  Wow.  That almost sounds easy.  I didn’t see anything in that definition that said uncertain, difficult, frightening, or dangerous.  No big deal, right?  I’ve even discovered … Continue reading

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In the Classroom: Entrepreneurship Venture Vetting Competition

As part of our 537 Entrepreneurship class this semester, my fellow classmates and I had a very unique experience outside the classroom a few weeks ago.  Organized by Professor Michael Lawless, the “Venture Vetting” (V2) competition on November 3 provided … Continue reading

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Sweet Success: USD Ranked 14th by Bloomberg Businessweek

Last week, USD was ranked 14th in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2011 list of the top 20 part-time MBA programs. Moving up to 14th from 26h in 2009 is a big step for USD’s program and has an immediate benefit for my classmates and … Continue reading

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Graduate Assistantships: One Student’s Experience

The Graduate Assistantship experience is one that I would recommend for those looking to build relationships and get exposure to things they otherwise would not throughout the pursuit of their MBA. In short, it is an opportunity to work with … Continue reading

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