Featured Business School Profiles — A to Z
While Babson is renowned for its success in cultivating entrepreneurs, far more graduates of the MBA program use their Babson training to succeed in corporate environments. Babson emphasizes integrative learning through its cross-disciplinary, modular curriculum. The first-year MBA curriculum features four modules: Creative Management in Dynamic Organizations; Assessing Business Opportunities; Designing and Managing the Delivery System; and Growing Businesses in a Changing Global Environment.
If you’re keenly interested in a deep dive on business in Asia then the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Business School should be in your consideration set. It’s latest entering class of MBA students hail from 22 different countries, ranging from Belgium to the U.S. Students have worked for an impressive roster of companies, including Accenture, Citibank, Dell, Ernst & Young, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Sony, and Walmart. And they’ve done their undergraduate work at places such as Boston University, the University of Southern California and the University of Rome.
In a typical year, no more than 50 students enter this full-time, one-year MBA program, making it one of the most intimate and elite MBA experiences in the world. Copenhagen Business School, which recently moved into a sleek and modern building, is known for its small class sizes, research-based faculty, international student body, and a program focus on innovation and social responsibility. Its location in Copenhagen, one of the world’s most livable and charming cities, adds to the school’s general attraction.
In the entering class in 2011, the 47 students represented two dozen nationalities.
Paris naturally conjures up visions of sidewalk cafes, strolls along the Seine, and the vast beauty of a city seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower. And if you’re an MBA applicants, you can add to the list HEC Paris, one of Europe’s finest business schools. If you want a global MBA or hope to some day work in France, the school needs to be at the top of your list. HEC alums are well placed at the very top of many of France’s most important companies, and it’s an ideal choice for MBAs who dream of working in luxury marketing.
With two fully-integrated campuses in Europe and Asia and over 80 different nationalities in the classroom, INSEAD’s accelerated MBA program offers a deep and profound multicultural experience. The MBA program runs in parallel on the school’s campuses in France and Singapore. Students also have the opportunity to visit the campus in Abu Dhabi to take part in an elective course, as well as take advantage of the alliance with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an exchange opportunity with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
The Indian School of Business (ISB) first climbed onto the world stage of business schools in 2008 when the school cracked The Financial Times’ ranking of the best global MBA programs. That year, the school found its way on the FT’s list at a rank of 20. Its best showing on the British newspaper’s ranking was in 2010 when the school placed 12th. ISB has made the FT’s rankings for five consecutive years in a row–the best of any business school in India.
If you’re someone who is looking for a truly global MBA experience, London Business School has to be high up on the short list. First off, London is one of the world’s greatest cities, a European capital of both culture and business. Secondly, it’s a great jumping off point for all points Europe. And third, the school attracts an annual incoming class of about 400 MBA students from 59 nationalities who are globally minded by nature.
Bentley University’s McCallum Graduate School offers an MBA in a sprint: 11 intense months. And it’s carved into four ten-week themes: innovation, values, environments, and leadership. Each theme is team-taught by faculty in four courses in what the school describes as a “unique studio setting.” Translation: small highly interactive classroom settings–not big lecture halls where profs stand in front of PowerPoint presentations.
Fisher MBAs spend their first three quarters in cohorts, completing a multidisciplinary core curriculum. The core ensures that every student has a solid understanding of key management principles. Fisher MBAs select a major to give their optional coursework a central focus. They can major in one of nine disciplines including International Business, Corporate Finance, or Make Your Own Major. To complement their majors, many Fisher MBAs pursue individualized tracks by taking three or four courses related to a particular specialization. Each track is designed in close collaboration with faculty who are experienced in specific niches such as healthcare, consulting, and financial services.
The practical learning approach of the full-time MBA curriculum at Rice aims to transform students’ careers by blending three essential elements for maximizing strategy, leadership, and creative credentials: a comprehensive core, an action learning project, and specialized concentrations. Upon completion of the core curriculum, customization of the Rice MBA degree is possible by choosing electives that establish depth in a particular area, or demonstrate a well-rounded perspective of business principles that span several functions.
The core focus of the Merage School’s visionary curriculum involves three distinguishing factors: strategic innovation, information technology, and analytic decision making. After completing MBA Boot Camp, an intensive two-week orientation designed to prepare students for the rest of their MBA career, Merage MBAs begin the program with the core courses such as Financial Accounting, Principals of Marketing, and Corporate Finance. Students also partner with professionals at the Merage MBA Career Center who help plan their “best fit” career. As students focus their career interests, then they begin taking elective courses to build knowledge and prepare for your summer internships.
UConn’s flagship full-time MBA is a relatively small program with an attractive return-on-investment. The school’s part-time students outnumber the full-timers by eight to one, with total full-time enrollment at 106 versus part-time enrollment of 827.
At the Tippie School of Management, experiential learning is more than just a buzzword. Project learning is integrated in every one of the school’s career academies and functional tracks. Starting in year one, every MBA takes a intensive course in Project Management, followed by a 16-week business consulting project with such major corporate players as GE Healthcare, Marriott, and John Deere. Then, in year two, students tackle hands-on academy projects that provide real-time applications of classroom learning in marketing, finance, or strategy.
The Katz two-year MBA program is designed for those who seek a traditional graduate business education. Students gain real-world experience through an optional professional internship following the first year of study or through Katz Consulting Field Projects, electives, community service projects, and interactions with business leaders during case competitions and campus visits. Degree requirements for the program include a minimum of 57.0 credits, an appropriate distribution of 27 credits of required core courses and 30 credits of elective courses, a maximum of 15.0 credits per term, and a minimum cumulative quality point average of 3.0.
In common with most European MBA programs, the full-time offering at Warwick Business School is an intensive 12-month effort. Students come to the University of Warwick’s campus in Coventry, about two hours north of London, in September and graduate in August. The school offers students the option to extend the program to 15 months by taking on an international exchange at a large number of schools all over the world, including the University of Chicago’s Booth School and Indiana University’s Kelley School.
Wisconsin is a hidden gem of a business school that annually enrolls not much more than 110 full-time MBAs. The small, intimate nature of the program, the applied projects thrown at students, and the emphasis on putting students through specialized areas of study make these MBAs well-prepared for their business careers. Applied learning is a cornerstone of the Wisconsin MBA program’s curriculum.