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Business Week MBA Rankings Question [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2011, 07:59
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I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I don't know exactly where this fits.

In the Business Week Part-time ranks, I see an item that says "Organizations that send the most participants to the part-time MBA program". I look at some of the schools out there, like Kellogg, Georgetown, and Carnegie Mellon.

At Kellogg, 961 students are in the PT program. Their top five organizatons that send students are GE - 7, Goldman Sachs -6, US Navy -5, Morningstar -5, and Caterpillar - 5. that's a total of 28 students out of 961 (2.9%), so assuming this is right, every other company that is represented has no more than 4 people each. I would find that classes here would be very engaging with many folks from many viewpoints and walks of life.

At Carnegie Mellon, there are 201 students in PT, Top 5 companies represented are BNY Mellon -22, University employees with 21, EQT with 16, Medrad with 15, and Westinghouse with 13 for a total of 87, or 43.2% of all students come from the same five companies.

At Georgetown, there are 372 in the PT program, top 5 companies represented are the Feds with 94, Lockheed Martin with 36, Booz with 26, University employees with 25, and Fannie Mae with 19 which total 200 students or 53.7% of the students come from the same five companies.

My question here is this. Does it do any good to have a high proportion, if not most students come from the same five to ten companies, at many business schools? If anything I would think that at Georgetown, many of the rejected students may be guys at Lockheed and Booz and other large govt contractors, since it's certainly plausible that they could fill the entire school with guys from here if they wanted to, but that wouldn't be good for class discussions. Same with CMU/Tepper because I could def. see them fill their entire class with guys from Mellon, EQT, Medrad, and Heinz if they wanted to.

The other question I have is that a high proportion of students at a number of schools, including G-Town and Tepper were employees of the University. Is this not uncommon that one out of 10 guys are from the University at many programs?
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Re: Business Week MBA Rankings Question [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 06:39
Not sure if this is in the right section, but I have my thoughts so I thought I would share.

For a PT program the concept is similar for a FT program in that they want a diverse class. They want to limit people with similar experiences. But working at the same company does not equate to the same experience. While you have the same work culture someone in Finance VS someone in marketing will have different experiences. I am sure the portion of higher students from the same company come from different departments.

With that said, PT programs are a little less picky then FT programs. Since they are limited typically to companies with offices in the area. This naturally leads to having individual companies represented greater in part time programs as the schools have a less diverse overall pool to pull from.

Your second question is for the same reason as my items above. Hope this helps.
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Re: Business Week MBA Rankings Question [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 07:02
rgupta83 wrote:
Not sure if this is in the right section, but I have my thoughts so I thought I would share.

For a PT program the concept is similar for a FT program in that they want a diverse class. They want to limit people with similar experiences. But working at the same company does not equate to the same experience. While you have the same work culture someone in Finance VS someone in marketing will have different experiences. I am sure the portion of higher students from the same company come from different departments.

With that said, PT programs are a little less picky then FT programs. Since they are limited typically to companies with offices in the area. This naturally leads to having individual companies represented greater in part time programs as the schools have a less diverse overall pool to pull from.

Your second question is for the same reason as my items above. Hope this helps.


I agree that if a company sends many people over to one school, even among those folks, there would be different divisions represented, like Booz would send both government strategic consultants, an HR guy, and also some IT consultants, among other things.

I'm not worried about this hurting my chances at business school since my company has about 80 folks total in it and I'd be the only guy matriculating to an MBA program next fall. If anything, I'm just trying to get a better score for late December so that puts me in a better light (at least for the GMAT).

If you add Boeing, Accenture, KPMG, IBM, Northrop Grumman, Deloitte, Pricewater, and General Dynamics, all major players in Washington (my metro area), then that could possibly be 75-80% of Georgetown/Maryland/GW/American's student bodies for the PT programs since they have to have at least some guys going to a PT MBA program as well.
Re: Business Week MBA Rankings Question   [#permalink] 06 Dec 2011, 07:02
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