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Duke Cross Continent - Need some perspective [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 06:06
Hello Everyone,
So I am going to keep this short.
Last year I applied to a few schools - I was dinged by all of them - primarily I believe due to my GPA ( UG) of a 2.48.
I took the GMAT twice got 690 both the times and took 2 courses from UCLA and got A+ and B+ to create an alternate transcript with a GPA of 3.65.
On the EC front - I co-founded a record label, produce music, captained a soccer team in the county league, founded a chapter of a multicultural fraternity in collge, served as a resident advisor etc..
And on the professional front last year- at the time of the applications- I WORKED for a consulting firm-global force in IT (French company)- in the US with international projects got promoted to a senior consultant and worked at this firm for about 5.5 years.
And culturally my background is : Born in India- Lived most of my life in Dubai UAE, Moved to states for College in 2002 - been here ever since.

So long story short - I applied to Kellogg, Duke, Berkeley, UVA and got dinged by all of them.

NOW
I accepted a job offer in the midwest /major city/ this January- with benefits both monetary and professional - def.worth it ( atleast so far).

I got an email a day before I joined from the assistant director of admissions at Duke stating that - I will be a great fit for the cross continent MBA.
Now I am intigued by this - I know that at the moment - Id rather do a part time than a full time simply because the new job is decent/challenging and pays well and given that this program is an executive - part time - distance learning- residency based - 16 month stint - I am really interested in it.
Any suggestions about the program?
It is pricey and given the fact that I am new to this company - I am not sure how to create a business case for the company to not only support me - atleast a bit - financially but also to provide me the flexibility to travel to these residencies.....
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Re: Duke Cross Continent - Need some perspective [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 06:19
I would reach out to some alums of the program. I met a few current students at an informational event last year, and they all seems pretty candid about their experience, and more then willing to talk 1on1. I have no clue if it is worth the cost, but if I were in a situation where I was looking at distance learning, Duke's Cross Continent would be at the top of my list.
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Re: Duke Cross Continent - Need some perspective [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 11:50
So, were you automatically accepted to the CC program? How many years of WE do you have?
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Re: Duke Cross Continent - Need some perspective [#permalink] New post 16 May 2013, 18:32
Like OP above, I received an email about Cross Continent program being a good fit for me after being waitlisted and eventually dinged from the Daytime MBA.

I've not researched Cross Continent before because I don't think I can handle the load of working full time + studying part-time. But I read that Fuqua awards the same degree to all its MBA programme, so in that sense, there is no difference from a Daytime MBA. But I'll be finding more about this and reaching out to current student or alumnus of the program.

Does anyone else have a POV on this program? Would like to hear GCers' opinion! :)
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Re: Duke Cross Continent - Need some perspective [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 12:33
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Hi Tinkered,

I'm a Fuqua Daytime MBA alum (who was also heavily involved in Fuqua admissions), so perhaps I can provide some insight on the differences between the 2 programs.

First of all, you are absolutely correct that Duke awards the same MBA degree for both programs. You will also use almost exactly the same curriculum and have access to many of the same professors as in the Daytime program. The CC MBA can be a fantastic option for many people, but is not ideal for others.

There are three key differences between the programs, and you'll have to think through how you would prioritize the trade offs when you make your decision:

1) Career services. If you are looking to switch careers, I highly recommend a Daytime program. While you will have access to job postings as a CC MBA, you'll miss out on all the networking that comes with being a member of a Daytime program. Firms that recruit on-campus often have several recruiting events prior to making interview offers, and these touch-points are incredibly valuable to the firms as they determine who they would like to bring aboard both as interns and full-time employees. (For example, my prior firm BCG allows CC MBAs to apply, but it's a lot harder for these students to navigate the process because the firm didn't have any opportunities to meet the applicant face-to-face; which is a huge part of the screening process). Similarly, a lot of firms use their internships as a means to give a trial run to potential employees; and they aim to fill up most of their full-time offers with former interns. As a CC MBA who can't take an internship, you'll find that you're in a much more competitive place trying to lock down one of the relatively fewer full-time slots available.

2) The student experience. Having spoken with many CC MBAs, the feedback I've heard is that the global residencies are great, but the logistical challenges of holding down a full-time job offer and then trying to coordinate doing daily team-based meetings with teammates around the globe is challenging (e.g. 11 PM eastern time team meetings). You also miss out if the rich social experience and networking with classmates that you get in the Daytime program. That said, you don't have to relocate or give up your job which can be a huge factor especially if you have a family.

3) Financial costs. Many Cross Continent MBAs are sponsored by their employers, and when you factor in that you don't have to give up your day job (and salary) you might be looking at saving $250K to attend CC versus Daytime (assuming your employer covers the ~$100K in tuition and you aren't giving up 2 years of a ~$75K salary)

In the end, it comes down to what tradeoffs you're willing to make.

I hope this was helpful both to you and future CC MBA applicants

-Jeff
Re: Duke Cross Continent - Need some perspective   [#permalink] 22 Jul 2013, 12:33
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