An MBA is not necessarily the ticket to fast-track career success that it once was. Companies are down-sizing, competition for jobs is fierce, and now, more than ever, getting into the right programme at the right school is critical. This work is an inside look at the 40 best B-schools in America. Based on extensive new survey, it profiles the best graduate business schools as rated by people who know them best: recent graduates and corporate recruiters. It peeks behind the slick brochures to provide a no-holds-barred look at every facet of the most prestigious programmes, including quality of teaching, curriculum, campus lifestyle, track records of placement offices, average starting salaries for graduates, and more. There are up-to-date rankings and profiles; information on the best regional, part-time and executive MBA programmes; coverage of who is applying to B-schools and why, and what the hottest subject areas are; advice on selecting the right programme, scoring high on the GMATs and hitting the mark on the application and written essay; and hints on how to get the school to foot part of the tuition.