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Duke Cross Continent MBA v Cornell Full Time

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New post 27 May 2014, 11:08
I was recently taken off the waitlist at Duke for the Daytime MBA and admitted to the Cross Continent Program. I am deciding between Cornell's Full Time 2 year program and the Duke Cross Continent MBA.

Any thoughts on the caliber of this Duke program? Is recruiting good for this program compared to the Daytime Duke MBA?
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New post 27 May 2014, 11:47
They are completely different programs with the Cross Continent being a PT option. It depends on what you want out of the MBA. Generally speaking, if you are a career changer then the full time option would give you the most opportunity to do so. Part time MBAs can find it more difficult to switch careers as you are already juggling school and working. Unless you have an accommodating employer, you won't be able to do an internship. Also depending on the school, career resources may or may not be available.

The main benefit of a PT MBA is that you keep working so you won't lose 2 year's worth of pay.
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Dom is right. You would need to decide whether you want to continue or switch industries/roles. For what it is worth, I attended a cross continent class and found the people to be absolutely amazing - really bright, with quite a few of them coming from tier-1 firms. They also enjoyed career management center's support (probably not as extensive as for daytime program). Having said that, the main aim of that program was to provide an opportunity to study/network/brand to people who would not like to leave their jobs while pursuing their MBAs. If switching job after MBA is your prime concern, go with Cornell's FT program.
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I noticed that you had some questions about the Johnson Graduate School and thought I'd offer some help. I'm actually a team member of the Johnson admissions team. I'd be happy to connect with you to answer your questions or give you some insights into the program. Feel free to email me at nmg54@cornell.edu. Looking forward to it.


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Businessguy,

Both these programs are amazing. Your choice depends on what your career and personal motivations are.

I had the opportunity to speak with a several FT Johnson students during their spring break trek visit to my company here in Dubai and, like you, I was offered the CC program in place of the FT program at Fuqua and accordingly spoke to a lot of current CC students, the admissions director there, and the Energy sector career development director.

From all of my discussions, I concluded that to shift my career opportunities, sector, job functions etc relatively quickly and to be exposed to experiences I wouldn't typically get in the region or at my job, I should do a full time MBA and not a CCMBA. Even though it is very much possible to shift industries and advance your career with a CCMBA, it is relatively slower and requires a lot more focus on networking. You will also not have the same direct access to speakers and companies that your FT peers will.

Saying this, even though you will be stressed with work and the study in the two years, with a CCMBA you will be in a relatively better short term financial position as compared to the FT MBA.

So as Dom and Jumsumtak mentioned, it completely narrows down to what you want from your B-school experience, what your future goals are, and what you're willing to compromise/invest.

Had I been in your position, I would have opted for Johnson.
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