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2. Commute from RTP, NC is around 3 hours total including an hour long flight, wait time at airport and cabs. That is 6 hours during the class week. Compared to Duke's 30 minutes drive one way.
3. Duke's program is 20 months vs Wharton's 24 months. One of the reasons is, there is no break between terms at Duke. There are couple of breaks in December at Wharton. The other reason is, Wharton requires 1.25 more courses compared to Duke. So, this may not exactly be a disadvantage.

I know jelt's opinion. He was the one who inspired me to take a shot at Wharton. But I would love to hear others' opinion and feedback on my situation.

Thanks, Ashish

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any reccomendations on the essays. I have to write a leadership essay and dont know how to make it the best.. where shouldii go for some homework?

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Congratulations! If I were you I'd just throw in an application for W anyway. No harm!

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Thanks for your input Jelt. As much as I'd love to get an EMBA from Wharton instead of Duke here's some challenges I will face if accepted at Wharton:
1. Need to relocate to make commute feasible. After living over eight years in RTP, NC, I have developed roots in the community. Relocating with my wife and 3 year old son will not be easy.
2. Change job and get the new employer to agree to alternate Friday timeoffs. That would be a tough ask in a new job. In fact, I think I was lucky to get support in my current job.

These are some real challenges not to mention some others like:
3. Need to forego the Duke offer or come up with a good reason to defer the admission to next year (in case Wharton plan doesn't fall out).
4. For now, prereading has started at Duke and with a busy work schedule, it's tough to squeeze in a campus visit at Wharton.
5. I talked to a member of adcom at Wharton and she said they have admitted 1 out of 4 applicants with a similar profile as mine. So, I only have a slim chance.

If things do work out with Wharton, it will be nothing short of a miracle. I don't want to miss out on this opportunity I am offered at Duke at this point. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush after all! Nevertheless, I cannot deny the power of the Wharton brand and hence the dilemma. I understand that the brand itself will not carry you but I don't want it to make a difference either after a significant investment all out of my pocket. So the question is, is the difference between Wharton EMBA and Duke EMBA significant enough for me to think of Wharton taking into account the above challenges? For a full-time MBA, I wouldn't have given it a second thought.

I need to make up my mind soon. The deadline for application at Wharton is Feb 1. Will appreciate any inputs you might have.

Thanks, Ashish

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Those are all valid concerns, but I would wager that many other business school candidates have the same problems, especially for the full-time programmes. They seem to do just fine nonetheless. Whether or not you're willing to sacrifice is however entirely up to you.

As for the brand, I believe it is worth it. A Wharton EMBA is still an MBA, and is probably seen as much better than a part-time MBA because it shows that you're at a management level where the full-time makes no sense for you anymore. ie, you're not just doing a part-time MBA in order to not miss out on work. Also, I've heard that it is possible to transfer from the EMBA to the full-time programme.

If the brand is a big consideration to you, I would apply for the Wharton EMBA first, and see how that goes. 1 out of 4 is okay, far better than the full-time MBA programme, and perhaps reflective of the general strength of the pool anyway. I'd be surprised it the adcom member really meant to give you an estimate given your specific profile.

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Alright. I will give it a shot. I have scheduled my interview for this Saturday. My application is going to look rushed but cannot help at this point. If I get in I will owe it to you. However, I am going in without any expectation and with a sense of not having to lose anything.

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ok, good luck. Hopefully I'll see you in philly this fall!

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Congrats on getting into this great program!

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Update on Wharton:
Did not make it. I have no regrets. Duke will save me a lot of time, money and energy and hopefully will get me where I want to be. Thanks Jelt, for your encouragement in taking a shot at Wharton. I will rest in peace for I atleast tried.
-Ashish

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Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience here. I have always dreamed of getting into such a top program.

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