The 2019 MBA Events You Won't Want to Miss This Summer

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Participating in business school events—both in-person and online—is a great way to stand out and unlock valuable information that isn’t available anywhere else.

It’s also a chance to talk with alumni and establish influential relationships with admissions teams at the schools that interest you. From local events and global conferences to webinars and virtual chats, browse these upcoming summer events and take advantage of networking opportunities with your top-choice schools.

1. The MBA Tour

With events in over 65 cities and 30 countries, The MBA Tour brings the benefits of b-school events to a location near you. Take advantage of small-group “MeetUps” with admissions officers, exclusive panel discussions, face-to-face networking, exclusive Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) information and more. Plus, free registration means that your wallet won’t take a hit! Find The MBA Tour events near you.

2. QS MBA Tours

The QS World MBA Tour brings together more than 400 business schools across 85 cities in seven regions. Meet with admissions officers and alumni to get advice on your admissions strategy and get access to US$7 million in scholarships. Find a QS World MBA Tour event near you and explore other QS summer offerings in San Francisco and Los Angeles, such as QS Connect MBA Tour and QS Women in Leadership.

3. Access MBA

Access MBA operates a variety of online and in-person events to meet the needs of nearly all prospective b-school students. Coming to cities across Africa and Asia this summer, Access MBA Tour is the perfect opportunity to explore prestigious MBA programs from around the world. Interested in an EMBA? Don’t miss the summer Access EMBA Tour which is coming to cities in Europe and Africa. Lastly, take advantage of an impressive lineup of free webinars, as well as an online platform (Access Schools) and virtual chat sessions that are available for free to all Access event registrants.

4. Forté MBA Forums

Forté Forums are free events held annually in 11 US cities for women who are considering an MBA. These special events are hosted by Forté, a nonprofit community of motivated and inspiring women who are dedicated to transforming leadership in all fields of business. Whether you’re looking to accelerate your career or change tracks, you’re bound to walk away with helpful information about the value of an MBA and how to navigate the process from start to end. Find an event near you or checkout an MBA prep webinar today!

5. The Consortium

The Consortium is a nonprofit organization that connects people, schools and companies, committed to increasing diversity in education and business. Membership offers unique access to 19 top MBA programs as well as a streamlined application for up to six Consortium schools and eligibility for tuition fellowship.

6. The Diversity MBA Admissions Conference (DMAC)

DMAC is an annual event in Los Angeles that connects diverse and underrepresented candidates with leading business schools from around the world. Event admission is restricted to ensure attendees get one-on-one attention and the opportunity to have in-depth conversations with school representatives. If you’re a good fit for the conference and are available on August 17, 2019, reserve your ticket now!

7. In-person and virtual events hosted by b-schools

Use mba.com’s Event Search tool to find and register for in-person and online events hosted by the schools that interest you most. Plan to connect with other prospective students, alumni and school officials during open houses, coffee chats, campus tours, boot camps, webinars, and even breakfast, brunch, and dinner meetups.

8. Eventbrite

In addition to using mba.com’s Event Search tool, do a quick search for MBA events on Eventbrite, the event management and ticketing site. This is a great way to discover new or non-mainstream events that aren’t yet widely advertised. However, just like with any event, make sure that you research the attendees and understand what you’ll get out of it before dedicating time to attend.

9. Campus tours

While business schools don’t typically require that you visit campus, it’s still a good idea. It not only helps you get a feel for campus life, but it also allows you to talk directly with school reps, professors and students about the program and school culture. Just make sure you visit when class is in session. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on an opportunity to talk with key individuals and experience the rigors of campus life (and the city) firsthand.

10. Meetup event

Meetup is an online service that you can use to organize or attend in-person or virtual events for people with similar interests. Search for MBA events within a certain radius of where you live or—if nothing exists—consider hosting a Meetup of your own at a local coffee shop, bar or community center. Chances are, you’re not the only person in your area interested in obtaining an MBA who could benefit from the camaraderie of other like-minded individuals! Download the app or poke around on Meetup.com to explore or start your own group.

11. LinkedIn and Facebook communities

Following and engaging with b-schools on Facebook and LinkedIn is an excellent way to access valuable resources, stay in the loop on events, and leverage an active community of alumni and school representatives. Also, look for and ask about LinkedIn or Facebook MBA Groups that schools, organizations or individuals have started. They’re an easy way to get even more involved with the MBA community!

Let b-schools come to you

Attending online and in-person events not only helps you connect with a community of individuals on a similar b-school journey as you are, but it also facilitates invaluable and direct connections with business schools. If you’re looking for more ways to engage with schools, consider signing up for GMASS, the tool that lets b-schools come to you. Signing up tells schools you’re interested and allows them to contact you about their programs, financial aid, scholarships, test prep, career opportunities and more. Signing up is easy, just create an account on MBA.com and check the box under “communication preferences” to participate in GMASS.

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