10 apps perfect for MBA students

Brought to you by the Villanova School of Business

When pursuing an MBA degree, a number of important tools are likely needed, such as textbooks, a laptop and plenty of notebooks. Considering the level of organization required, particularly if you are simultaneously working full- or part-time, a personal assistant might come in handy as well. While you may not be able to hire someone to keep your schedule, organize your course work and illustrate your presentations, you are not entirely out of luck. As the saying goes—there is an app for that. While mobile applications can be used for trivial tasks such as paying for your coffee, they can also be used to improve your quality of life while in the midst of pursuing a higher degree. If you are currently an MBA student—or plan on earning your master’s degree in the near future—you may want to consider downloading one or more of these helpful apps that could enhance your educational experience:  

1. Trello

When it comes to project management, the Trello app is your new best friend. Trello allows you to organize your own creative projects, creating cards that clearly outline all the information you need. The app also allows you to assign tasks to other people, along with setting due dates, so you can collaborate with classmates or colleagues. If you are already using other apps, they can be integrated into the Trello workflow. The app is available for iPhone and Android mobile platforms, as well as Windows 10, and can be synced across all of your devices.  

2. Roambi Analytics

Collecting, analyzing and leveraging data is an important part of identifying trends and making decisions for a company. The Roambi Analytics app brings data to life, transforming numbers into visual presentations, making it easier to sort and understand information. From your phone, you can input numbers and create visually appealing graphs and charts for presentations and reports. Roambi Analytics can also draw numbers from a variety of online sources, including websites, databases and personal spreadsheets. You can try the app for free for 30 days on Android or iOS in one of 11 different languages.  

3. Any.do

You do not need a personal assistant when you have the Any.do app. The mobile application helps you keep track of your tasks, plan your schedule and set reminders. It is a to-do list, calendar and assistant all rolled into one. If you are enrolled in an MBA program, staying on top of your assignments and appointments is critical to success. Taking a step toward making your life more organized will pay dividends while you pursue your degree. Any.do is available in both free and premium versions. Any.do Premium includes additional features, such as location-based reminders, customizable recurring tasks, unlimited attachments, customizable themes and more. The upgraded app is $2.09 a month for a single device or $2.99 a month for unlimited devices. In addition to being able to keep track of all your commitments from the convenience of your phone, the app can be synced to your desktop, creating a seamless connection between your desk, home and travel. The app has won both Apple Touch and Google Play Editors Choice awards.  

4. LinkedIn

In business, the ability to network is critical to succeed in the workplace. From classmates and professors to other professionals encountered during the course of your studies, you never know which connection will lead to the next big opportunity. LinkedIn provides the ability to grow your professional network from the tips of your fingers, which makes connecting with people in your industry easier than ever. You can even use the app to job search and learn more about business trends in your field. While you can use LinkedIn’s site on desktops, the app allows you to connect with other professionals immediately, rather than waiting until you get to a computer. Networking is an essential part of the business world and LinkedIn helps you to make the most of the opportunities you come across.

5. CamCard

CamCard is another helpful tool that allows you to collect all the information you need to build your professional network. With this app, you can input all the contact details found on business cards into your phone, so you can search through the collected information quickly and efficiently from any place. The app also allows you to exchange e-cards with other professionals. Whether you are at a trade show, program event or just taking a class, you can go paperless and keep track of your new connections on the go.  

6. Evernote

Detailed notes are invaluable in an MBA program. With Evernote, you can take pictures of sketches or handwritten notes, create timelines for projects or tasks, and share your notes with other people. The app can be downloaded to mobile devices running iOS or Android, but the desktop version means that you can access your saved notes from anywhere at any time. From group meetings to assigned reading, Evernote provides a convenient place for storing and organizing all your information, helping you to keep track of everything and maximize the benefit that you get from your notes.  

7. Bloomberg Businessweek

As a busy MBA student, you may find it difficult to keep up with the news. Simplify the process with the Bloomberg Businessweek app. Now you can stay up to date with the latest in business during your commute, between meetings or during a five-minute study break. Bloomberg is not your only option when it comes to business news. Other good sources that also have apps include Business Insider, Forbes Magazine and CNNMoney. The convenience of mobile apps makes keeping up with the news of the business world easy.  

8. MindMeister

Whether you are working on a group project in your MBA program or looking for ways to improve processes at your current workplace, brainstorming is key. However, when those ideas are flying, it can be challenging to keep track of everything you have thought up. To organize your brainstorming sessions, consider the MindMeister app. With MindMeister, you can not only track and develop your ideas, but share them in a visually appealing way as well. You can also collaborate with coworkers or fellow MBA students in real time, making group brainstorming sessions more efficient. It is also helpful for tracking business school assignments. MindMeister is available for both iOS and Android devices and can sync with your Google drive.  

9. Focus Booster

As an MBA student, your time is valuable, especially if you are working or have personal commitments that take up space on your schedule. To increase your productivity, try Focus Booster. This app is based on the Pomodoro Technique, a time-management method that breaks work into intervals. Using the charts, graphs and other visuals on the dashboard, you can increase your productivity and improve your work/life balance. Not sure where all your time goes? The app also records time sheets that allow you to see at a glance where you are dedicating the majority of your time each day. You can even export the time reports to managers or clients if needed.  

10. Sleep Cycle

While pursuing your MBA, you likely have a number of demands vying for your time. In the midst of all these tasks, do not underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. The Sleep Cycle app analyzes your sleep patterns by listening for noises that indicate whether you are awake, restless or sleeping deeply. In the morning, you wake up to a graph that reports how you slept, how many times you woke up and other details of your night. You can also set a desired 30-minute range for waking up in the morning. The app will track your sleep cycle and wake you up at the point in that period when you are sleeping most lightly, which reportedly will help you wake up feeling more rested and refreshed. The free app is available for both iOS and Android. A premium option is also available for $29.99 per year.   Ready to take the next step in your business career? Consider enrolling in Villanova University’s online MBA program. With courses that cover topics such as leadership, marketing, management, information technology, corporate finance and more, an MBA from Villanova is a valuable tool for staying competitive in the rapidly evolving, global business landscape.