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Hi all,

I recently had the good fortune of being accepted to the evening programs at both Chicago Booth and Kellogg. In terms of my education, I would like to focus on business strategy and operations management. In addition, I'd like to take some business valuation and negotiation courses. I work for a large family business (>$1 billion revenue) and in the near-term would like to keep moving up at the company. Long term, I'm sure we will sell all or part of the company and use the assets to establish a family office more akin to a PE/VC firm. That said, I'd like to use my education to get some experience in those industries as well.

Given the above, I would like to hear if anyone has any recommendations on which school's curriculum would be the better fit for me. As I understand it, both schools offer solid PE programs but Kellogg is slightly more bent to consulting/general business strategy. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.
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Hi Joe, both are amazing schools but very different. If you're going strictly on finance skills then I think Booth is the better choice, however you mentioned something about selling assets and I have to say that Booth is not a marketing school, at all, where is Kellogg is the gold standard for marketing.

Also, do you want a school that has a core curriculum? Booth does have a lot of flexibility in curriculum but that is not always really what you need, as someone who is a big believer in core curriculum.

I think the industry you're going into, you would really benefit from being as well-rounded as possible. I think Booth is a really great program for data-driven globally minded students but if you want soft skills or marketing I think I would pick Kellogg.

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MBAPrepCoach wrote:
Hi Joe, both are amazing schools but very different. If you're going strictly on finance skills then I think Booth is the better choice, however you mentioned something about selling assets and I have to say that Booth is not a marketing school, at all, where is Kellogg is the gold standard for marketing.

Also, do you want a school that has a core curriculum? Booth does have a lot of flexibility in curriculum but that is not always really what you need, as someone who is a big believer in core curriculum.

I think the industry you're going into, you would really benefit from being as well-rounded as possible. I think Booth is a really great program for data-driven globally minded students but if you want soft skills or marketing I think I would pick Kellogg.

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Hi Farrell,

Thank you for your prompt response. Kellogg has agreed to put me in their accelerated program which would waive a great deal of my core curriculum and allow me to graduate in two years instead of three. I worked in finance previously but I am definitely not a strict quant. I would like to learn about business valuation but I am not particularly interested in statistics or Booth's "research-based" approach to some topics. I am more focused on practical application of business practices rather than more obscure theory, if that makes any sense. My focuses would likely be general strategy, business integration (M&A), and operations management.
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I would go with Kellogg here. Great program that has a family business program that will really help you develop the specific skills geared towards succeeding as a family owned business. Also, the networking from the Family Business Center with alums will be awesome as well especially considering some of your LT plans for your family business. Kellogg presents a more well rounded curriculum and experience and seems to better cater to your development goals
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I would go with Kellogg here. Great program that has a family business program that will really help you develop the specific skills geared towards succeeding as a family owned business. Also, the networking from the Family Business Center with alums will be awesome as well especially considering some of your LT plans for your family business. Kellogg presents a more well rounded curriculum and experience and seems to better cater to your development goals


Thanks for your input, I agree. When I compared the curriculum for the two schools side-by-side there was no contest as to which school fit in with my long term goals. I committed to Kellogg a couple of weeks ago.
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Congrats! You will have a great two years at Evanston!
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