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Part Time programs in California [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2012, 17:03
Hello!

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 understand the benefits of going to a good school like UCLA (networking, education, brand name, etc.). 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?

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Rohit
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Re: Part Time programs in California [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2012, 19:51
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Hi Rohit,

Thanks for posting. What I recommend you do is first spend time identifying your goals for pursuing an MBA. Remember that business school is only a stepping stone for you to achieve future goals, and it should not be an end-goal in and of itself.

Once you have identified your goals, speak to your colleagues, alumni, and the career center at each school to see which one is the best fit. The more data points you gather, the better your decision will be in the end.

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Re: Part Time programs in California [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 10:31
Hi,
Thanks for your reply.

My goal is to make a transition into Executive Managment/ Biz Dev/ Prod Mgmt. I've spoken to colleagues and they've recommended Haas, Leavey (Santa Clara) since they're both local. Although I'll certainly be applying to Haas, I understand that Haas would be competitive to get in. I've heard good things about Leavey from some people at work but their plummeting rank is concerning.

Rohit.
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