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I've been accepted to some top small MBA programs (under 100 students). I like the location and I'm pretty sure I'd be able to get a great job post MBA. The only things I really don't like about these small programs is the smaller network and to become a marketing tool for the schools.
Who else finds it ridiculous that these programs make you pay a lot of money to become a marketing tool for their programs? I've seen ridiculous blogs and videos about current students promoting their programs, yet they became jobless after the program... And I'm not talking about 3rd tier programs, I'm talking about the top 30 international rankings.
Do you have to become a marketing tool when you enrol in a small MBA program? What if you refuse to subject yourself to such a farcical exercise, will you get kicked out of the program? Will it affect your chances of finding a good job through career services?
I am not a current MBA student so I can't speak to your second question. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with promoting the school you are attending. That may be because I am in marketing! But if I am going to spend a large amount of money and spend two years attending a school, then I would feel invested enough in the school to help them out with marketing by writing student-related random blogs or appearing in videos.
You don't have to participate if you don't want to. And, no, it won't cause you to get kicked out.
However, most MBA students realize the value of promoting their school because the better their school is, the higher the value of their degree.
Furthermore, media promotion experience is something that adds value to your personal profile (ie, your resume). It may also gain you networking opportunities.
MBA programs need their students to participate in these kinds of activities because prospective students want to know if they'll be a good fit at a particular school. They want to know who their fellow students will be, who will be teaching the courses, who will they be working on teams with, etc.
Re: Small MBA programs
01 May 2013, 08:24