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Part Time or Full Time MBA [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2005, 16:38
Hi,

I am regular visitor of this forum. I am in quandry regarding choosing Part Time MBA or Full Time MBA.

After completing my Bachelor in Electronics and Telecom, I came to US in 2001 to pursue MS in Telecommunications(2 year program at NJIT- Tier 2 School). While pursuing MS I started my internship with a IT services company as a project coordinator. The same company hired me as a Sales Engineer later. The experience involved technical sales to Fortune 500 companies. This experience has eventually helped me get a Business Development Manager's position with a reasonably big Indian IT services company.

Since past 2, I have been wanting to back-up my Sales experience with a strong MBA program, which gives me the confidence to position myself better in the job market. While better positioning for sales related positions is the minimum expectation from the MBA, I am interested in getting into Management Consulting. I am extremely interested in Chicago GSB or Kellogs to pursue MBA with specialization in Marketing + Management Strategy.

Although, I know that to achieve what I am expecting to get from MBA I should ensure my admission into the top 10 schools in US, I am now not sure whether I should join a Full Time MBA or a Part Time MBA.

I request the gurus in Management education to share some experience and insight.

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It differs for each person, but we both attended full-time programs and loved them.

One thing about your situation that makes a full-time program make more sense for you... You're looking to jump into an entirely new career (management consulting). Patr-time programs usually make the most sense for people who plan on staying in their same industry, or even their same company. If you're looking to do something totally different (and management consulting is very different from IT sales consulting), then go for a full-time program. Attending a full-time program will give you a chance to do a summer internship between your first and second years. This internship will be a good chance for you to get your foot in the door at a management consulting firm. Good luck!

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2005, 19:28
Hi Scott!

Thanks for giving this insight. I have one more question. Is it possible for a Part Time student to switch into the Full Time program, in case one looses his or her job?

Although I know this question is school specific, I request you to give me your opinion based on experience.

Thanks once again.

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Definitely possible at most schools, but not very easy. I know Kellogg allows people to do it, but the people who apply to move from the part-time to the full-time program face an application/interview process nearly as difficult as what new applicants face. Losing your job isn't a great reason to try to switch (in the school's eyes), but you might be able to do it.

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