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Part Time: Madison or Kellogg

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Madison or Kellogg?

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Hi!

I have been admitted into both Kellogg and UW-Madison's evening MBA programs. I currently reside and will be employed throughout my MBA program in Milwaukee, WI. My current employer has agreed to sponsor my tuition up to $40k over the duration of the program. I would be responsible for about $39k out of pocket at Madison and about $65k at Kellogg. I would likely be looking for work elsewhere upon completion of my program however. Work/Life balance and career service support and job prospects upon graduation are my two biggest factors in making a decision. I only hear the talking points while talking with admissions folks and current students at both schools. I am looking for a my unbiased opinion. Does Madison considering to cancel their FT program last year impact Madison's stature? What is the value of a Madison MBA outside of the midwest? Is an extra two hours in the car each class day plus another $26k in expense worth the Kellogg MBA over Madison?

I'm looking for any and all thoughts on this decision...

Madison:
Out-of Pocket: $39k
Duration: 3 years (firm)
Commute: 1.5 hours on couch bus from Milwaukee to Madison - 2 times weekly
Flexibility: None - little flexibility in the coursework to personalize the program. With the exception of two electives all classes are preselected

Kellogg:
Out-of Pocket: $65k
Duration: 2-4 years
Commute: 2.5 hours round trip driving/train from Milwaukee to Chicago - once a week if in the weekend program
Flexibility: Lots of flexibility after core classes are complete - majors are an option as well
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New post 06 Mar 2018, 09:59
Have to run to a meeting but really quickly - you definitely want to go to Kellogg. Kellogg's brand, student body, and opportunities far exceed that of Madison. However, the main value and the biggest different of all is the Kellogg's super friendly policy towards their PT students - you will be invited to the on-campus recruiting events and other opportunities to network and land a job. Very few programs offer this to their PT students and that alone in my view is worth a lot more than $25K you will have to pay for Kellogg.

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I know a person who does part-time MBA at Kellogg. I believe Chicago gives you more career opportunities than Madison. Taking into consideration the trips you would need to make to interview/network, being in Chicago is an advantage.
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New post 06 Mar 2018, 13:10
Kellogg! Here is why ->
  • Better reputation -> This is no brainer. There is major difference better UW Madison and Kellogg. Kellogg is an extremely strong brand and has an unmatched alumni network. Kellogg smokes UW Madison.
  • Future consideration -> UW Madison has certainly lost a bit of faith of many MBA applicants this season, when it decided to vote on whether or not it should kill its FT MBA program. Kellogg's reputation with this regards is unwavering and unquestioned.
  • Employment opportunities -> Chicago > Madison

Easy choice -> If I were you, I would tap that Kellogg offer and book a flight to Evanston!

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