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Part Time/EMBA Program Recommendations Based on my Profile

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Hi. Thanks for taking our questions. I posted this in another forum, but hope you may be able to offer some professional advice.

I am a mid-level (3 years of experience) corporate associate focusing on M&A, with an emphasis on LBOs, at a top NYC firm (think Simpson Thacher, Kirkland, Latham, Debevoise, if that helps). I am considering pursuing an MBA in order to help move over to the buy side in a business role. I have already had some discussions about it with people in the industry, and they have indicated that with a couple more years of of deal experience, and the MBA credential, they would consider me a competitive applicant. However, I still have some Law School debt (~$50k), and would rather not wait two more years to gain experience and pay that off, only to put my career on hold and forego income in a full-time MBA program. At that point I'd be in my early 30s and would really prefer to still be earning. I am therefore considering EMBAs and part-time options. I have already taken the GMAT with a score of 730, my UG GPA is a 3.3 from a respected but not elite state school, and I received my JD Magna Cum Laude from a T14 Law School (sort of like law's version of M7). I also have a couple of years of sales/biz dev experience in a start-up prior to law school, bringing total WE to 5 years. I was hoping to gain some insight from this thread regarding my best options. Here is what I have so far:

1) Columbia Saturday-only EMBA: I like the sound of the program. It seems really intensive and I think I'd come away with a lot. Seems to offer a tight knit community for networking. However, it is expensive, and would demand that I give all day every Saturday, which I doubt my firm would support - fire drills demand my entire weekend with some regularity.

2) Cornell Metro NY EMBA: similar concerns and benefits to the Columbia EMBA, but my physical presence is only every other weekend, and so it would likely be an easier sell to my firm

3) Stern Langone Part Time: I like the flexibility of the program, but wonder if that will cause me to crawl through in 6 years rather than finishing in 2-3. I like that it seems that the average Langone student is closer to my age than in the typical EMBA program.

4) Fuqua Global EMBA: Although this program is not based in NY, I am inclined to think it will be the easiest to sell to my firm. I could use my vacation time to attend the residential weeks - my firm is respectful of vacation, and I think they would support this. Outside of residential weeks, my physical presence is not required, and I can do work on my own time. The cost isn't as high as Columbia. However, the networking and community don't seem as strong (only intermittently physically with your cohort, and everyone is broadly geographically distributed).

Are there any other programs I should be looking at? Am I aiming too high for my profile? Any help would be appreciated.
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New post 22 Aug 2018, 20:52
Hi and thank you for your post.

I would say your profile lines up more with a Part-time program than an EMBA program, mainly because of your number of years of work experience. Interestingly though, the Columbia EMBA program tends to be more like a Part-time program than other EMBA programs, in part because people with closer to 5-6 years of experience have received acceptances.

That being said, I do think you should consider Part-time programs, and given your strong profile, be ambitious! From what I can see, you have strong stats, especially your GMAT, and solid work experience. Definitely give Stern and other top programs a chance.

Good luck!
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