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is part time MBA school marketable in job field?

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is part time MBA school marketable in job field?

Post Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:40 pm
I am planning for MBA for next year. I am planning to apply for one of the schools with good names such as Darden, Michigan Ann arbor and so on. (I'm not aiming myself too high, tarketing Kellogg or Wharton) Kelley is another viable option for me. Recently my cousin advised me to consider attending part time MBA with saying that better names among part time MBA schools (Say NYU or Berkeley part time MBA) might be more marketable than those MBA schools that are ranked comparably lower (say Kelley or MBA from Wisconsin Madison) if you want to get recruiter's attention upon graduation. Is that true? I've also heard a lot of things about the importance of getting into the schools with better name brand especially for MBA. By the way, my cousin is a student at MIT (MBA) and I want 2nd opinion on this issue. Thanks

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Post Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:52 am
I have a couple of thoughts--and this is just my opinion.

I recommend that you go to the best possible MBA program you can get into. The reason why is that business (unlike law, medicine) is not a "profession" in a true sense--consequently, MBAs are often differentiated from one another by reputation of school. Of course there are other critical factors like the skills/work experience you have, but at the end of the day the MBA degree itself may not matter that much to a recruiter--it could be the school. My two cents, but I may be completely wrong...

With regard to going part time vs. full time: I have heard that the educational experience is significantly richer if you attend a full-time 2-year program rather than attend part time. You will have to do your own research to determine whether this is a valid conclusion or not, but this may be a trade off to consider if you're deciding between the two types of programs.

I hope this perspective helps, good luck!

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Post Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:02 pm
i think you and my cousin are ultimately saying the same thing. it's the name of school that matters.

what my cousin was saying was that though full time mba has richer programs in general, it would be more marketable to attend part time mba with good names than to attend full time mba with so-so names.

if mba is too difficult to get into, getting an MS degree in finance from highly reputable school (my cousin's example was princeton) can be an good substitute. what do you think about this?
is that true?

this subject was brought up because i need to plan what to do for now.
i haven't taken gmat yet. if i could score around 700 (which is my target score) of course i would check out one of those top schools. however, i need to think about what to do when i couldn't get the score i want. if what my cousin said is something that is accepted widely, i'm willing to take it seriously.

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Post Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:09 pm
An MS in Finance may be a good substitute if you plan on having a finance career--otherwise, this degree probably isn't as flexible as an MBA.

I'd think carefully about your goals after you get your degree...

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