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Cornell Tech ($$) vs. Duke WEMBA

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Program for Moving into Tech Product Management on the West Coast?

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New post 08 Feb 2020, 17:50
Hi All!

I am happy to share that I've been accepted into both the Cornell Tech MBA program (with $40K scholarship) and Duke Fuqua's Weekend Executive MBA (WEMBA). I currently am a tech consultant on the East Coast looking to move into product management within the tech sector (most likely Greater Seattle area) post-MBA. Here are my current thoughts between the two programs:

Cornell Tech
(1) Located in NYC which has a growing tech scene with representation from some of the big tech companies.
(2) Curriculum is hyper-focused on tech and entrepreneurship.
(3) Program is full-time 1-year; blessing and a curse...quicker return to the industry, but little-to-no time for an internship (not to say it's impossible).
(4) Courses are cross-departmental; candidates not only work with fellow MBA students, but also comp-sci, med, law students, etc.
(5) Cornell Tech hasn't been around for terribly long, unsure of the alumni network there...

(1) I can continue working at my current employer with limited financial assistance ($15k over the 19 month program). Obviously still working full time and earning a salary would help offset the cost of tuition.
(2) Cohort is diverse in terms of work experience and industries.
(3) Access to same faculty/career services as the Fuqua Day Time MBA program.
(4) Hybrid program (mix of online and on-campus residency class sessions).
(5) Fuqua brand is attractive for long-term career opps.

I've already visited Fuqua and had good vibes; planning on visiting Cornell's Tech campus soon. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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Re: Cornell Tech ($$) vs. Duke WEMBA  [#permalink]

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New post 09 Feb 2020, 01:42
Congrats! Fantastic job on your admits!

I have no issues against the Duke’s WEMBA but most people cannot do the MBA right even attending a full-time program and doing nothing else. Attempting to hold a job, do a weekend program, and recruit is going to be impossible. Something will have to be compromised and my guess it will be your recruiting.

It would be really awesome if one could get an MBA while holding their job and then get a fantastic career afterwards. But that’s not likely. I have known the number of part-time students who just did not have the time and the opportunities to recruit while doing their program. And they had a hard time maintaining a recruiting momentum after graduating often settling for minimal promotions at work or sometimes not even that.

The more of a change you’re trying to make, the greater you have to adjust. I feel that if you’re trying to make a substantial impact, the Johnson tech MBA would be my choice. It is more risk since you are letting go of your job but it is also allowing you to dedicate yourself to the goal and is a bit like Napoleon burning his own ships so going back is not an option. That pushes us to forge ahead beyond our comfort zones and often results into what we wouldn’t dare to try otherwise.

There’s some late nights philosophy for you :-)

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