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online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2012, 14:06
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the good - higher ranked/better quality and more face-to-face interaction
the bad - it costs 40K more than Indiana Kelley

a nice gesture from UNC... instead of a standard generic email informing me of acceptance, I got a call directly from the Director of Admissions to inform me of the acceptance.

Kelley:

the good - it costs 40K less than UNC KFBS but still a highly recognized brand
the not so good - lower ranked/less face-to-face interaction

which one should I go for?
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2012, 17:11
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the good - higher ranked/better quality and more face-to-face interaction
the bad - it costs 40K more than Indiana Kelley

a nice gesture from UNC... instead of a standard generic email informing me of acceptance, I got a call directly from the Director of Admissions to inform me of the acceptance.

Kelley:

the good - it costs 40K less than UNC KFBS but still a highly recognized brand
the not so good - lower ranked/less face-to-face interaction

which one should I go for?


I've been looking at both too. The thing I really like about Kelley is that they have more courses and you can add a dual degree. They also put me in touch with multiple students, all of whom have been very complimentary of the professors and interactivity (I grilled them on that).

I'll be applying to both but I'm leaning toward Kelley.
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2012, 02:37
I am looking at both too. Is it me or does UNC stalk you through admissions but you can't ever talk to anyone who works there until your admitted? That has made me nervous. anyone else get the same feeling.

I also talked with current student in Kelley and an alumni and they both loved their experience.

UNC did give a bigger scholarship, but still more than Kelley.

I am thinking Kelley too.

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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2012, 13:37
UNC is definitely a lot more aggressive recruiting new students. I think that's because they're basically a brand new program just started last year, so they need more students to grow, whereas Indiana already has 1500 online students, so they don't need to be as aggressive recruiting new students. UNC is pretty open to potential applicants too, they regularly host Q&A sessions and webnars with the admissions director (Beth Flye) and current students (they don't have any graduate yet because their first cohort was in 2011) to talk about the actual student experience. I'm still debating which school to choose.
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2012, 07:49
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Kenan-Flagler:

the good - higher ranked/better quality and more face-to-face interaction
the bad - it costs 40K more than Indiana Kelley

a nice gesture from UNC... instead of a standard generic email informing me of acceptance, I got a call directly from the Director of Admissions to inform me of the acceptance.

Kelley:

the good - it costs 40K less than UNC KFBS but still a highly recognized brand
the not so good - lower ranked/less face-to-face interaction

which one should I go for?


Hello uclacolumbia,

Congratulations on being accepted into MBA@UNC! I am the community manager for the MBA@UNC program and I guess I'll continue our "agressive" reputation just by reaching out to see if I could answer and further questions that you may have that will help you with your final decision. Of course we're very excited to be one of your final choices, but I want to make sure we help you make the decision that is best for you.

Please feel free to reach out if you'd like: harrison_kratz@kenan-flagler.unc.edu.

For everyone else on this thread, feel free to contact me directly with any questions or comments about the program... Happy to help in any way I can.

Hope you have a great holiday week!

- Harrison Kratz, MBA@UNC community manager
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 06:48
I looked hard at Kelley, but ended up applying and being accepted to MBA@UNC and Duke's Cross Continent Program. I am going with UNC this fall for its flexibility combined with more live interaction. Kelley came off as a lot more recorded material. But, hey, money is important and is a valid concern. Good luck with your decision and I certainly hope to see you in class (on my computer screen).
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2012, 08:36
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I looked hard at Kelley, but ended up applying and being accepted to MBA@UNC and Duke's Cross Continent Program. I am going with UNC this fall for its flexibility combined with more live interaction. Kelley came off as a lot more recorded material. But, hey, money is important and is a valid concern. Good luck with your decision and I certainly hope to see you in class (on my computer screen).


Was the flexibility factor the decider for you in choosing MBA@UNC over Duke's Cross Continent Program? It seems the technology used for UNC is top notch and well above the other two (my opinion).

I know in doing preliminary research on Duke's program it is described as more of an executive..hybrid program, if you will, whereas MBA@UNC is grouped into the online MBA category with Kelley Direct? Funny thing is it seems to me that Kelley Direct, MBA@UNV and Duke CC compete for the same calibre of student in stats and work experience
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2012, 08:22
Practically, what are the differences in how these programs add value to your career progression? My understanding is that these are used primarily to advance you at your current employer and aren't major door openers like the FT programs where you enjoy the benefits of on-campus recruiting and certain schools tend to pipeline specific careers more than another. I don't think that really occurs with the remote programs, meaning this is more about a modicum of brand prestige, perhaps?

Given that Indiana and UNC are essentially peer business schools, I would go with the cheaper option between the two. Depending on what you want to do with your career, local MBA programs can be quite cost effective as well and translate to good opportunities. Not everyone is in a place with a decent local options though, so I understand the appeal of the remote programs.
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2012, 19:36
Indiana Kelley is a great school, but it has over 1500 students in its online program, so that gives me a little bit of doubt in its selectivity....
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2012, 05:39
[quote="uclacolumbia"]Indiana Kelley is a great school, but it has over 1500 students in its online program, so that gives me a little bit of doubt in its selectivity....[/

Sounds like you're getting close. Good luck!
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2012, 06:07
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Indiana Kelley is a great school, but it has over 1500 students in its online program, so that gives me a little bit of doubt in its selectivity....


Who are you saying the selectivity matters to, you or a future employer? I can't imagine a future employer caring about how selective an online MBA is at this point in time.

I could just as easily see the 1500 students as a positive instead of a negative. Kelley has been doing this for a while building an established track record and a pretty impressive online class size whereas UNC just got their ball rolling.

Just some more food for thought!
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2012, 14:56
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Indiana Kelley is a great school, but it has over 1500 students in its online program, so that gives me a little bit of doubt in its selectivity....[/

Sounds like you're getting close. Good luck!


MBA @ UNC did disclose their average GMAT and GPA numbers to me over the phone. I think they prefer not to disclose the numbers on the internet because their sample size is still relatively small (because the program just started a little over a year), so I think once they have a larger sample size, they'll disclose the numbers more formally on the internet.
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2012, 14:59
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Indiana Kelley is a great school, but it has over 1500 students in its online program, so that gives me a little bit of doubt in its selectivity....


Who are you saying the selectivity matters to, you or a future employer? I can't imagine a future employer caring about how selective an online MBA is at this point in time.

I could just as easily see the 1500 students as a positive instead of a negative. Kelley has been doing this for a while building an established track record and a pretty impressive online class size whereas UNC just got their ball rolling.

Just some more food for thought!


well, in addition to the selectivity issue, wouldn't 1500+ students mean a much larger class size for each class? I was told that UNC caps their class size at 15 for each class.
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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2012, 15:50
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Indiana Kelley is a great school, but it has over 1500 students in its online program, so that gives me a little bit of doubt in its selectivity....


Who are you saying the selectivity matters to, you or a future employer? I can't imagine a future employer caring about how selective an online MBA is at this point in time.

I could just as easily see the 1500 students as a positive instead of a negative. Kelley has been doing this for a while building an established track record and a pretty impressive online class size whereas UNC just got their ball rolling.

Just some more food for thought!


well, in addition to the selectivity issue, wouldn't 1500+ students mean a much larger class size for each class? I was told that UNC caps their class size at 15 for each class.


Hi all,

Just to jump in here again, our classroom sizes are capped to a low number because all of our classes are done through live webcam and you are on the screen with your fellow classmates and professor. This provides an intimate learning experience where a large class on the live platform wouldn't be as collaborative or beneficial to the experience we provide.

I hope that helps answer a few questions! If anyone is interested in learning more about the platform you can send me a private message, email me, or watch this video that displays our learning platform: http://youtu.be/BzONDRR9qL4

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Re: online MBA decision: Indiana Kelley or UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler? [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 21:29
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