I've been admitted to both USC's part-time program and Pepperdine's full-time program, and I've been invited to interview for USD's full-time program. Going into the application process, I was set on Pepperdine, but now, I'm starting to have second thoughts because USC is ranked so much higher and it is a "bigger name." I don't know if those are big enough reasons for me to go there. If I was planning on going into investment banking or consulting, it would be a no brainer. USC would win, but I want to focus on entrepreneurship with the intention of working in the arts once I'm done. My background is in the arts, education, and non-profit. Collaboration is extremely important to me (as long as I'm in charge
) as is open communication. I also really want to study abroad and it seems that Pepperdine has more options in this respect.
I'm curious to know if anyone has any advice or insight to help me make a decision.
Deciding among these options is certainly going to be challenging because this isn't just a straightforward question of which is the better program; you also have to decide which is the better format for your needs. USC's part-time program will allow you to work throughout the education, enabling you to earn while you learn. Also, USC's PM Globe program does include a significant international component and the Greif Center's entrepreneurship activities seem to ameliorate any concerns you have about those potential weaknesses. On the other hand, a full-time program (at Pepperdine or elsewhere) is almost certainly going to have a stronger feeling of community and teamwork because for the 2 years that you are enrolled, you and your fellow students are each other's entire worlds - part-time programs require so much juggling of time and employment commitments that they include limited teamwork and club involvement. Keep these factors in mind as you speak with students and alumni of both programs to make your decision.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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