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Part Time programs in California [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2012, 21:01
Howdy!

I’m considering applying to *part-time* programs (Fall 2013). I took the GMAT a couple months ago and scored 700.
I’m a software professional with 5 years of experience. Post-MBA, I intend to continue working in tech.
My options after graduation:
- Advance into Executive Management and lead teams.
- Product Management (tech)
- Business Development (tech)

I live in SF/Bay Area and was considering UC Berkeley(Haas), UCLA (Anderson), USC (Marshall) and Santa Clara University(Leavey)

Haas is my first choice. I understand that it's very competitive to get in.
I’m not sure if it’s worth travelling to LA on weekends(for UCLA/USC) or just enroll at local Santa Clara (Leavey) if I get in. I’m asking because I don’t plan to do a career shift (e.g. finance, consulting, etc.) I know Product Managers and General Managers in my company who have graduated from Leavey and they seem to be doing well. My concern is that Leavey is ranked very low. In fact, this year, it slipped to #41. Does anyone know why it plummeted?

Your thoughts?

Thanks,
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Re: Part Time programs in California [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 04:14
i'm not sure of the specifics for why Leavey dropped, but i've worked with many Leavey alums and can attest to the quality of the program as it relates to learning the basic building blocks of an MBA education. i think it's a fine program, and a well known one in the Bay Area. there are many high-tech senior leaders who actually teach classes at Leavey, so there's a 'real world' flair to the program that i think is stronger than others. the campus is beautiful. the program has seen a steady rise in funding over the years (since many of their alum are quite successful), so i believe things are only going to get better.

Haas, of course, is the best known program for exec ed out here in the bay area, but Wharton also has a presence in SF as well. there's also a joint columbia-Haas program to think about if you want ultimate alumni connections and flexibility. since you just asked about Leavey, however, i'll keep my comments focused there.

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Re: Part Time programs in California [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 23:32
Hey James,

Thanks for your reply. That was helpful! I'm going to try to get in touch with people who've graduated from Leavey to know more about the school.

Wharton has an Exec MBA program (not part-time). I don't have any managerial experience yet. I'm not sure if I stand a chance with just 5 years of experience as a Software Engineer.

The Haas-Columbia program has been discontinued - http://berkeley.columbia.edu/

I'm also considering applying to Kellogg (part-time) and Booth (part-time). Since you happen to be a Kellogg grad, do yo know if Kellogg has students who fly every weekend ( in it's part-time prog)?

-Rohit
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