Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Poet At Heart
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Food Waste Warrior
GMAT Not written yet (around 680), GPA 3.27
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. Air Force
GMAT 610, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. Aussie Military Man
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0 (rough conversion from Weighted Average Mark)
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.74
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Cornell Johnson | Mr. FinTech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Future Angel Investor
GMAT 620, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Software Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2

MBA Admissions: How Full-Time Stats Differ From Part-Time & Executive MBAs

Interior of the Olin School of Buisness

Even more, the part-time and EMBA students have the advantage of being able to continue to work — reducing the opportunity cost that weighs so heavily on full-time MBAs. Then, there is the matter of sponsorship. According to 2016 research from the Executive MBA Council, 23% of EMBAs receive full-sponsorship, with another 36% enjoying partial tuition reimbursement. At Kellogg, 66% of the latest EMBA class is either fully or partially sponsored. While data on part-time MBA sponsorship is harder to find, a 2015 GMAC study reported that employers surveyed offered some form of sponsorship to 40% of their employees.

LOWER DEBT IN THE PART-TIME MBA AND LOWER PERCENTAGE OF CLASS DEBT IN THE EMBA

Although part-time and executive MBAs still draw paychecks and (often) some support, debt loads remain touch-and-go. Just look at the data supplied by five business schools ranked in U.S. News’ Top 25 which supplied student loan information for all three programs (Michigan Ross, Berkeley Haas, UCLA Anderson, Emory Goizueta, and Washington Olin). Parsing through the data, several trends become apparent.

First, in four out of five schools, part-time MBAs incurred less debt than their full-time peers. For example, the difference came to more than $43,000 at Ross ($59,014 vs. $102,605), going as low as a $4,200 difference at Haas ($83,288 vs. $87,546). At the same time, the percentage of part-time MBAs in debt was lower at three of these five schools. That said, the one constant was that executive MBAs roused the highest debt levels at all five schools, ranging from $74,567 at Washington Olin to $125,942 at Haas. Such numbers alone paint a stilted picture, as EMBAs represented the smallest percentage of debt holders at four of the five schools, including 16% at Ross and 28% at Haas.

Bottom line: You can’t reflexively discount a part-time or executive MBA program unless you have your heart set on Harvard, Stanford or Dartmouth, whose degree programs cater to full-time students. Wondering how your school’s programs stack up in terms of GMATs and GPAs? Unsure how the demographics compare in terms of female and international students? Curious how much work experience your peers would have? Check out the tables on the upcoming pages to see how full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs stack up against each other in these categories.

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AVERAGE GMAT SCORES AT THE LEADING MBA PROGRAMS

 

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