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Traditional MBA vs. Executive MBA

VegasSommelierVegasSommelier Posts: 268Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2013 in Business School - MBA
Which do you think is better?
I can still do the Exec. instead of the traditional, and I'm having second thoughts!
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  • sallyawpsallyawp Posts: 2,059Registered User Senior Member
    If your company is willing to sponsor you for the Executive MBA, and if you and your employer are willing to make the time commitment in terms of (typically) every other Friday plus every other weekend, six weeks in the summer, etc., then the E-MBA may be a great option for you. If you are seeking the MBA in order to change jobs, though, obviously the E-MBA is probably the wrong call for you, as most employers require a commitment of a certain number of years of service post-E-MBA before the company will pay for the E-MBA.

    Recruiting opportunities in E-MBA programs are typically quite limited, as most of the E-MBA students are sponsored by their companies and, therefore, cannot actively recruit with new potential employers. Additionally, E-MBA programs are typically quite separate from the general MBA programs at business schools, so you will not have much interraction with the MBA class.

    Which program you choose, MBA or Executive MBA, is your choice.
  • VegasSommelierVegasSommelier Posts: 268Registered User Junior Member
    Bump.....

    More feedback would be appreciated:

    Traditional MBA vs. Executive MBA
  • VectorWegaVectorWega Posts: 1,872Registered User Senior Member
    sallyawp nailed it. FT MBA will provide you with more career opportunities. However, Executive MBA could be the right choice depending on your actual circumstances.
  • VegasSommelierVegasSommelier Posts: 268Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the feedback.

    bump..........

    anyone else
  • DenzeraDenzera Posts: 3,371Registered User Senior Member
    we can't make a recommendation for you unless we know more about your background and situation.
  • BedHeadBedHead Posts: 2,730Registered User Senior Member
    FT MBA = career switching MBA, more opportunities

    Exec. MBA = stay in your job, much harder to switch careers let alone jobs

    Yeah, you won't get any useful advice unless you tell us your situation.

    Also, if you are going for a third-tier MBA, as opposed to Harvard/Wharton/Haas-Berkeley/Chicago/Kellogg down to about top 15 or 20, it doesn't really matter what you get because by far the bigger determinant of your success in the job market will be your past experience. Third-tier MBAs typically don't supercharge new job opportunity chances the way the top tier does.
  • VegasSommelierVegasSommelier Posts: 268Registered User Junior Member
    I think my question has been answered by all of you; thank you.
    I majored in political science for my undergrad, and I am returning to school to get my MBA to simply have more choices about my future. I chose UNLV due to the fact that a job was easy to come by in Vegas as I work in the Food and Beverage area of hotels and resorts. Also, my company will pay for 1/3 of every class I take, so an MBA seemed like a great idea, especially since I may eventually pursue a higher position, or want to switch career paths slightly.
    I am just simply weighing my options and trying to better my situation for now, and the future.
    And, while Haas, Wharton, Kellogg and whoever may be available to some, it is not in my price range for graduate studies. I pay for everything out of my own pocket, with no family help or desire for any more loans. I know these top schools open many doors for you, but companies do not hire people based solely on their college. If your intelligent, I believe people will recognize this.
    My vice president went to Keller (devry) for his MBA and he is 40 years old making 300k a year.
  • BedHeadBedHead Posts: 2,730Registered User Senior Member
    My vice president went to Keller (devry) for his MBA and he is 40 years old making 300k a year.

    I don't doubt it. But I also don't doubt that it's quite possible his MBA did nothing for him at all in this respect -- or very little. Clearly, he's someone with talent, and contrary to what folks on CC think talent isn't at all the exclusive domain of folks who get into top schools.

    My point is that there are business schools that will supercharge your entry into certain kinds of professions -- namely investment banking and top-tier management consulting -- and others that won't. The business schools that will are some of those named maybe down to the top 15 or top 20 level typically.

    Does this mean those who go to other schools won't do well? God no.

    Just don't expect to get into top-tier consulting or investment banking out of an executive program at UNLV.

    Does this mean you will not we well educated there? God no. But at the same time it doesn't mean that because you go there you will do well. All that's really up to you, whether you have the right temperament, smarts, and yes, luck.
  • rufuswillyrufuswilly Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    What are my chances to get into Kellogg's Jan session with a hedge fund and investment banking background? I attended a non Ivy undergrad (St. Lawrence Univeristy 96') with mediocre grades. I'm currently a MD relatively small (35 person) investment bank/ investment management firm. The reason I ask is that I don't want to approach my employer for their endorsement and risk them viewing the EMBA as a reason to better my chances at employmennt at another (better) firm and then NOT get accepted as well. I basically would take the risk of them saying "we have no interest in you working 4 days a week for two years and then leaving to go to a competitor" if I thought I had a good chance of admission.
  • AllenIAllenI Posts: 275Registered User Junior Member
    this is just a hypothetical but I was wondering is it possible for someone who never attended undergrad but had significant work experience (entrepreneurship, business, etc.) to get into an MBA program or am i talking crazy?
  • VectorWegaVectorWega Posts: 1,872Registered User Senior Member
    And, while Haas, Wharton, Kellogg and whoever may be available to some, it is not in my price range for graduate studies. I pay for everything out of my own pocket, with no family help or desire for any more loans.

    Have you run the numbers to determine how much money you would earn in the various scenarios? I'm guessing that qualifying for loans would not be an issue.
    I know these top schools open many doors for you, but companies do not hire people based solely on their college.

    Certain companies will only recruit from certain schools. You are kidding yourself if you think a lower level school will afford you anywhere close to the opportunities that a top school will.
    My vice president went to Keller (devry) for his MBA and he is 40 years old making 300k a year.

    And I know a VP of a Fortune 500 that is 35 years old with no MBA and who graduated with an undergrad degree in economics (2.0 GPA). Perhaps you should take that route.
    If your intelligent, I believe people will recognize this.

    Many people are intelligent, but few are "superstars." It's quite possible that a "superstar" wouldn't need an MBA at all, but he/she should still try to put him/herself in the best position to succeed. Also, MBAs tend to have a higher opinion of themselves than they should.
  • VegasSommelierVegasSommelier Posts: 268Registered User Junior Member
    Vector... you are one sarcastic MF. The guy who posted before you asked if he could get an MBA without an undergrad degree, and you shoot me down??
    I am not kidding myself in any scenario... I do not think that my MBA from UNLV will afford me the opportunities that a top 25 school would. But living where I live, I am already making damn good money, getting school practically paid for, and cannot justify moving anywhere at this point. I will be leaving here with no debt and a nice nest egg instead of accumulating more debt. Adding the fact that I have received nothing but A's so far, a PhD program will be well within my reach upon completion.

    I have definitely ruled out getting an EMBA over an MBA.
  • AngelacasonAngelacason Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Hi, I don't know about the MBA, but you might want to check into some of the Adult BA programs to finish your BA -- Yale's is called the Eli Whitney program -- there's a good YouTube video about it. (I advertise the program but I didn't do the video.) Many colleges accept adults who never finished for one reason or another and they're becoming more common especially as returning military increase the number of adult undergraduates. Hope this helps.
  • jadoo123jadoo123 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    I found nice article here,

    MBA and Executive MBA - Wiki Uncle
  • Polo08816Polo08816 Posts: 855Registered User Member
    Vector... you are one sarcastic MF
    Cry me a river.
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