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flexible vs. fixed curriculum [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2008, 15:47
Hi folks,
In reading various school websites, it seems that some schools offer more flexibility in letting you choose your courses (e.g. Chicago) and others are more fixed in what you take (e.g. Harvard). I realize that if you have more WE, a flexible option may be a better fit. For me, I think regardless of the type of school, I'd like to cover the foundational basics and make sure I have the overall general mgmt education.

My question is: for those of you that are currently enrolled, what do you like/dislike about the different approaches? Do you like having a fixed core curriculum for your first year? Do you like the uber-flexibility some of you are getting?d

I'd be interested in your insights...
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Re: flexible vs. fixed curriculum [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2008, 17:03
I think you need to realize that a school may have a flexible curriculum but that doesnt mean you only take one prescribed course and are free to take 20 electives on anything you want. You just have options for what you want to fulfill your microecon requirement. Some schools like Tuck have basically two full semesters where you take specific classes required by the school.

From what I gathered, the requirements are actually important because they give everyone the well rounded base of knowledge you will need in pretty much every post-MBA career. I think seeing what schools have for electives and majors is going to be more helpful. Its areas like this where larger schools have the advantage. They have the professors, and can get enough students in classes to justify holding something that is a little more unusual.
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Re: flexible vs. fixed curriculum [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2008, 20:22
riverripper wrote:
I think you need to realize that a school may have a flexible curriculum but that doesnt mean you only take one prescribed course and are free to take 20 electives on anything you want. You just have options for what you want to fulfill your microecon requirement. Some schools like Tuck have basically two full semesters where you take specific classes required by the school.

From what I gathered, the requirements are actually important because they give everyone the well rounded base of knowledge you will need in pretty much every post-MBA career. I think seeing what schools have for electives and majors is going to be more helpful. Its areas like this where larger schools have the advantage. They have the professors, and can get enough students in classes to justify holding something that is a little more unusual.


Thanks very much for the insight River. I did see that some programs offer flexibility by letting you choose your course from a predefined list (e.g. take 1 microecon from these 3 options). I also noticed that some programs (Tuck, Harvard) require everyone to take the same courses for the first year or semester. I'm still curious about how folks feel - do you like having all your courses in the first year or semester with the same people?

Looking at the electives/majors is a great idea. I had looked at majors (or concentrations where they didn't have majors) while helping make my list but had not really poked around in the electives. I'll definitely take a look at those - after all, after the requirements are done, I'd like to be excited about the classes that are left :)

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