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26 Dec 2007, 09:02
Hello,

I am thinking of taking online class extensions. I will probably apply for B-Schools in next R1.

Would anyone recommend any extension? What would be the best classes to cover: math/stats, accounting/finance?

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Lumone

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26 Dec 2007, 09:47
I think you mean extension classes. I took classes through UCLA extension and they were fine.
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27 Dec 2007, 17:40
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I think you mean extension classes. I took classes through UCLA extension and they were fine.

Have you been accepted for B-school? Do you think that by taking the classes, it helped your application? I am in a similar situation, but I have already taken those classes, and they are the one's that I didnt do so well in. I retook them, and did alright. Do you think one should re-take the classes for a third time to ensure an A in the class?
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Yes, I'm currently at Darden and was accepted to some other elites as well. I think additional coursework can be effective if you had a low undergrad GPA, if it's been a while since you attended college or if you want to show schools that you are serious about putting forth an effort. The thing about additional courses is that schools know that community college, online extension or even courses at a 'real' college are not like earning a grade while taking a full-time course load as a full-time student. If you have a low undergrad GPA, it's best to combine additional coursework with a high GMAT; that way you will show that you are willing and able.

I don't think you should take a course for a third time; there are lot's of obvious reasons why this isn't a good idea.
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27 Dec 2007, 23:07
I signed up for an online calculus class through UC Berkeley extension. I mentioned this in both my Berkeley and Duke applications (since I never took Calculus in college).

Now that I'm in at Kellogg, I'm considering forfeiting the class. I read the first page and it was beyond me...and I no longer have the discipline/motivation to muck through something I consider pretty pointless.
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28 Dec 2007, 00:25
It may end up helping you with your studies at K. So depending on your future plans, you may want to continue with the extension class. Well .. why am I suggesting you about your extension classes. You have an admit and I don't .. I should be getting back to the essays
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28 Dec 2007, 00:52
I don't see how abstract math will help me be a healthcare consultant. Wouldn't statistics be more relevant?
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14 Jan 2008, 18:11
By the way did any of you have to deal with that bizarre 'proctored exam' requirement while taking classes via UCLA Extension or UCBerkeley Extension?

I'm not in California.
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15 Jan 2008, 03:32
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By the way did any of you have to deal with that bizarre 'proctored exam' requirement while taking classes via UCLA Extension or UCBerkeley Extension?

I'm not in California.

I started an online accounting course last week with UCLA, and this does not ring a bell...
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15 Jan 2008, 04:53
Great - thanks for confirming, lumone.

lumone wrote:
solaris1 wrote:
By the way did any of you have to deal with that bizarre 'proctored exam' requirement while taking classes via UCLA Extension or UCBerkeley Extension?

I'm not in California.

I started an online accounting course last week with UCLA, and this does not ring a bell...
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15 Jan 2008, 08:15
solaris1 wrote:
By the way did any of you have to deal with that bizarre 'proctored exam' requirement while taking classes via UCLA Extension or UCBerkeley Extension?

I'm not in California.

The proctored exam is a requirement for my online class. I glossed over it though, since I can just go to the administrative office in Berkeley, which is 15 minutes away, to take the test
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15 Jan 2008, 14:37
there's some stuff in calc that will definitely pop up. Slope, change, derivatives, things of that nature. I hadn't taken calc since 97, and I was pretty proud of myself when i remembered that the maximum of a curve has a tangent with slope = 0. Brilliant! But I digress...

I would say that stats comes up more, but you'll probably take a stats class in b-school. You probably won't take a calc class.
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16 Jan 2008, 05:55
From my understanding, UC Berkeley extension is the most expensive one rite? UCLA Extension is slightly cheaper. You guys have any other recommendation? Thanks...
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I don't remember the pricing, but I think that UCLA and Berkeley are similarly priced, about $250-300 per class. For me, the real difference was that for Berkeley, you have to take the final exam in-person at a proctored site. For UCLA, everything is done online. Admittedly, it's much more rigorous to have the in-person exam, but I don't think that business schools know the difference and it's a real pain in the butt. SVP Joined: 01 Nov 2006 Posts: 1855 Schools: The Duke MBA, Class of 2009 Followers: 16 Kudos [?]: 203 [1] , given: 2 Re: Online Extension Classes [#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Jan 2008, 06:23 1 This post received KUDOS My class was either$750 or $850...I can't say that it seemed worth it. I found the textbook easier to read than the "lectures," and the online format didn't lend itself to questions. SVP Joined: 05 Aug 2007 Posts: 1502 Schools: NYU Stern '11 Followers: 15 Kudos [?]: 211 [0], given: 22 Re: Online Extension Classes [#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Jan 2008, 06:39 Fantastic, pelihu. That's exactly what I was looking to find out. And UCLA Extension classes are cheaper too! pelihu wrote: I don't remember the pricing, but I think that UCLA and Berkeley are similarly priced, about$250-300 per class. For me, the real difference was that for Berkeley, you have to take the final exam in-person at a proctored site. For UCLA, everything is done online. Admittedly, it's much more rigorous to have the in-person exam, but I don't think that business schools know the difference and it's a real pain in the butt.

The in-state tuition at my local state university is also $750 per class, so UC Berkeley at$750 is just as good as it gets for many of us in New York.
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16 Jan 2008, 07:07
if you don't care about the name, the UC Santa Cruz has a few extensions around the Bay Area... but not sure if they have online for NYC people.
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16 Jan 2008, 07:16
solaris1 wrote:
Fantastic, pelihu. That's exactly what I was looking to find out. And UCLA Extension classes are cheaper too!

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I don't remember the pricing, but I think that UCLA and Berkeley are similarly priced, about $250-300 per class. For me, the real difference was that for Berkeley, you have to take the final exam in-person at a proctored site. For UCLA, everything is done online. Admittedly, it's much more rigorous to have the in-person exam, but I don't think that business schools know the difference and it's a real pain in the butt. The in-state tuition at my local state university is also$750 per class, so UC Berkeley at $750 is just as good as it gets for many of us in New York. Really? I was NYS per-Duke and priced out the local guys and Cornell and Ithaca College. CU and IC were around$2000 -- ridiculous. The community college was something like $175 and the local SUNY was maybe$300.
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16 Jan 2008, 07:25
Was that per credit or per class? The CUNY and SUNY schools I checked out all had mostly 4 credit courses.

Maybe they're cheaper upstate? And yes, Cornell is ridiculously expensive - even for their distance learning classes!

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Really? I was NYS per-Duke and priced out the local guys and Cornell and Ithaca College. CU and IC were around $2000 -- ridiculous. The community college was something like$175 and the local SUNY was maybe $300. Thanks kryzak, I'll look into it. I don't care about the name, I just want a transcript in the end. But I do have a very strong preference for an online class. kryzak wrote: if you don't care about the name, the UC Santa Cruz has a few extensions around the Bay Area... but not sure if they have online for NYC people. Senior Manager Joined: 25 Nov 2006 Posts: 336 Schools: St Gallen, Cambridge, HEC Montreal Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 61 [0], given: 0 Re: Online Extension Classes [#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Jan 2008, 08:08 pelihu wrote: I don't remember the pricing, but I think that UCLA and Berkeley are similarly priced, about$250-300 per class. For me, the real difference was that for Berkeley, you have to take the final exam in-person at a proctored site. For UCLA, everything is done online. Admittedly, it's much more rigorous to have the in-person exam, but I don't think that business schools know the difference and it's a real pain in the butt.

All UCLA only classes that I looked at were USD 525. They are from the "Business and Management" series.

I looked at Berkeleys' and found out that they were more expensive (around USd 750 I believe).
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