MIT Sloan | Mr. Mechanical Engineer W/ CFA Level 2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83/4.0 WES Conversion
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Stuck Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Community Involvement
GMAT 600, GPA 3.2
MIT Sloan | Mr. South East Asian Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Certain Government Guy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
Ross | Mr. Saudi Engineer
GRE 312, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Ms. Consumer Sustainability
GMAT 740, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Ms. Investor To Fintech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Ms. Retail Queen
GRE 322, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Tuck | Ms. Confused One
GMAT 740, GPA 7.3/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Health Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Regulator To Private
GMAT 700, GPA 2.0
Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
MIT Sloan | Mr. Spaniard
GMAT 710, GPA 7 out of 10 (top 15%)
Harvard | Ms. Marketing Family Business
GMAT 750- first try so might retake for a higher score (aiming for 780), GPA Lower Second Class Honors (around 3.0)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Colombian Sales Leader
GMAT 610, GPA 2.78
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Family Business Turned Consultant
GMAT 640, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3

Online MBA Programs: What The Profs Think

Students during KelleyConnect week

‘ARE YOU GUYS CRAZY? THIS IS JUST NOT SCALABLE’

When Geoghegan first came to Kelley, he concedes to being baffled by the format. “I thought, ‘Are you guys crazy? You have to write four case studies a year? That is just not scalable.’ Then I experienced it and the value students get. It was a hugely rewarding experience to write the case and get the coaches and people involved. The feedback from the students is pretty affirming, and the client gets huge benefits because they have 100 to 200 students problem solving for their organization over a week. It is not a cookie cutter experience.”

Both professors continue to teach in traditional classroom settings. Which do they prefer? “I love to do both,” maintains Geoghegan. “Both my resident and online classes are really rewarding in different ways. I don’t think I have a preference. It’s mostly for me and my personality a healthy mix. If i was exclusively in one or another, I would feel that there is a game that I am not involved in and I’m missing something..”

Williams believes it’s “an apples and oranges comparision in terms of the value you get out of either one. I teach strategy as well as design thinking in the traditional MBA program. That can be exciting and dynamic to interact with all the students in a traditional environment. I am energized by that. On the flip side, online MBA students are taking the things they learn and literally applying them on the next day. In the culminating online project in our course, they need to take all of these focal paths and come up with a strategic plan for their organization. The majority of students come back and say they pitched it to their boss and their boss was blown away. So that is particularly rewarding. So I am a fence sitter as well.”

The live online class sessions, held when they are most convenient for students, sometimes keep Kelley profs at work until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. “My wife is delighted to get rid of me at any opportunity,” quips Williams. “So she would prefer me to do online classes because that would mean I was missing more evenings. I am completely joking. When I finish at 11 p.m. and arrive home smiling, she knows I’m doing what I really enjoy.”

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