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Part time, Professional, Weekend and executive programs [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2004, 20:33
Hello,

I m planning to enroll in fa part time program starting fall-2005. Just took gmat last week w/ 680 ( q47, v37). I've been working full time for 12 yrs. unfortunately, I don't have a lot of leadership role in my job. Thinking Bekerley, UCLA, UT-Austin.

I was trying to do more research on how my chances are. However, most of the resources out there such as business week, wsj or usnews cover mostly the full time programs . it seems those part time/ weekend programs have a different set of criteria in terms of selecting their students.

Hope u guys can give me some insights!

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2004, 13:02
Hi,

The best source is probably the website of each school.

While PT programs can differ from FT programs in many important respects, the reputation of the FT program usually spills over to the PT program.

I prefer PT programs that have considerable exchange of professors and coursework with the FT program so you can make your schedule especially flexible (other observers, of course, are welcome to differ). Indeed, I usually consider it a bit of a red flag when students in one program are prohibited from taking courses in the other.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2004, 14:34
Hjort, thx for your response.
I live in Texas and already registered for the info session for UT and rice and will talk to them in a week. I also 'unoffically' accepted by Indiana University's online MBA program after exchaging numerous emails with their program and sent in my application last week.

Now, my questions are :
1) IU is well ranked but I m only gonna their online program. The admission told me it is still 'Kelley' school of business. Do you think I m better off to go to a 'real' part time program such as UT-austin, or ucla or haas or even rice? ( assuming I will be accepted ut and I do have a competitive qualifications compared to their student profiles)

2) among the 4 schools that i mentioned, how do u rank for shots in those schools?

btw, my objective is to have a career change. i m a crm/cti consultant and sicking of traveling and living in a hotel! :(

thz in adv for your advice!
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2004, 14:35
oh.. my 2nd question: how do u rank my chances.. (typing too fast )
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Re: Part time, Professional, Weekend and executive programs [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2004, 17:53
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Hello,

I m planning to enroll in fa part time program starting fall-2005. Just took gmat last week w/ 680 ( q47, v37). I've been working full time for 12 yrs. unfortunately, I don't have a lot of leadership role in my job. Thinking Bekerley, UCLA, UT-Austin.

I was trying to do more research on how my chances are. However, most of the resources out there such as business week, wsj or usnews cover mostly the full time programs . it seems those part time/ weekend programs have a different set of criteria in terms of selecting their students.

Hope u guys can give me some insights!

Thx


You have a competitive profile for the part-time programs you list, especially UT. WHile BW doesn't rank part-time programs, it does provide information on them at http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/03/part_time.htm .

One thing you should really check, especially if you want to make a career change: Ask if participants in the part-time program have access to the career center and if there are any limitations on that access for part-timers.

Regarding your INdiana option, I would ask how graduates of this program are doing in the job market. Obviously, once you are out, if your degree says MBA from Indiana U, it is the same as the regular program, but you still want to know what kind of placement assistance you will receive. Ask specifically about opportunities for career changers.

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Linda makes some great points about PT programs and access to career services as well as the success of Indiana's online graduates.

I have considerable respect for Indiana's campus MBA program but I am less sure about the concept of online MBA programs. I would still pose the same question regarding Indiana's online program - are the courses interchangeable? Can students in one program take courses in the other? If they lead to the same degree it would make sense that one could do this. If not, I would want to know why. Even if the diploma from the online program is identical to the campus diploma, prospective employers can always ask about how/where you took your courses. To be fair, online programs might make excellent opportunities for some students and I welcome contrasting points of view.

I would rank the probability of admission Rice, Texas, and UCB/UCLA.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2004, 13:39
BTW, Linda, I bought one of your ebooks from accepted.com. Pretty good stuff.

I am thinking my chances to UT or rice should be reasonably high. Haas and Andersen r on the slim side.

Now, I need to decide should I rush for the Haas's 1st round deadline which is a week away or wait & try my best effort for 2nd round - Mar 1st


any advice? thx in adv.
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I would prefer to wait rather than rush to complete the app in a week.

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