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# Case Study schools vs Traditional schools

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26 Apr 2011, 14:18
Just wanted to ask before I thought about which schools to focus on. Some people say schools with the case study method are better, while others like the more traditional mix. For people who are in or have been through either/both, some quick questions.

What do you find good about the method your school employs -- case study or non-case study?

What do you find lacking about only using case studies? Or only having case studies as one approach?

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26 Apr 2011, 19:13
I can only speak for myself on this, but coming from a non-finance background, I was turned off by the case method only approach. I have a hard time believing this would be sufficient for me to learn the more technical aspects of finance and accounting. Since this was one of my primary motivations for getting an MBA, I did not apply to any of these schools. However, I think that if you have the right background (i.e. finance), it might make a lot more sense.

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29 Apr 2011, 10:34
Agree with vince's post. I also applied to only non-case study schools for the same reason. And plus, I've been through many cases as part of training at work and could not imagine myself going through two years of just doing cases. Comes down to a combination of preference and what you want to get out of your MBA.
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29 Apr 2011, 12:17
All good points. Very helpful to know. Thank you!
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04 May 2011, 23:50
is finance work just more "case study"-ish, so that it feels like you are at work, "at school"?

I had thought taking apart a real world example would have made more sense then just studying material like undergrad...
Kind of like how med students work on real cases on paper...

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18 May 2011, 08:19
I can see the point about cases being bad for Statistics and Accounting, but I will say that in my experience case-heavy classes were always the best. It actually gets you thinking of the problem in as close to a real world context as you can in a classroom. I even found this useful in Finance classes.
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