Established more than a century ago, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business has garnered increased attention in the MBA world in recent years—specifically for its experiential learning opportunities and career services achievements. Strategically positioned at the intersection of business and technology, Scheller College makes the most of its physical location in Midtown Atlanta and the MBA program’s tight-knit, inclusive community.
Describing themselves as “tech savvy, business smart,” the College emphasizes technological innovation and digital disruption in all aspects of their MBA curriculum. When Dean Maryam Alavi took the helm in 2014, she set a goal for the College to be globally recognized for defining the innovative business school of the 21st century. Dean Alavi states, “Tomorrow’s leaders must be competitive—and at Scheller College of Business, we develop principled leaders who are both analytically- and entrepreneurially-minded. With a deep understanding of how technology and globalization are affecting business, our MBAs are prepared to compete at the highest levels today and in the future.”
Geographically, Scheller College is located in Atlanta’s highly acclaimed Technology Square district, providing opportunities to engage in an exciting, innovative ecosystem. MBA students are next door to over 100 startups, more than 50 accelerators and incubators, and over 20 corporate innovation centers, in a city that is home to 17 Fortune 500 headquarters. Diverse and vibrant, the city of Atlanta connects a sense of history and hospitality with forward-thinking, fast-paced entrepreneurialism. At the center of a thriving metropolis, Scheller College MBAs can go from learning and living to nightlife in seconds. From award-winning restaurants, theaters and beautiful parks, to outdoor festivals, historical landmarks and sporting events, Atlanta offers something for everyone.
In addition to the immersive experiences outside the classroom, Scheller College packs an astounding number of experiential learning opportunities into its MBA curriculum of 12 core courses and 11 electives. Of the electives, Scheller College boasts an offering of 13 practicums, where students work directly with clients on hands-on consulting projects. Many graduates recall their practicums as their favorite experiences. Joshua Saylor, a 2018 Evening MBA graduate, reflects, “The IT practicum was an excellent mechanism to implement and practice my newly acquired MBA skills in a real-world environment, with top-tier companies like The Coca Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, and NCR.”
One of Scheller College’s most popular academic tracks is Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER) Program. TI:GER is a nationally-recognized, award-winning program that teaches the entire technology commercialization process. Each TI:GER team is comprised of three Scheller College MBA students, two law students, and a Ph.D. student from Georgia Tech’s Colleges of Computing, Engineering, or Science. With a goal of bringing the Ph.D. student’s project to life, this competitive program turns research into reality as this well-rounded group of students forms a team to address the multidisciplinary issues involved in technology commercialization, often winning business plan and pitch competitions in the process. Declan Nishiyama, a Poets&Quants 2018 Best and Brightest MBA, helped commercialize autonomous vehicle research. Through business plan competitions and grant applications, the team ultimately won over $100,000 in project funding. Declan affirms, “TI:GER was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Scheller College is uniquely positioned to provide.” Thanks to his Scheller College experience, Declan joined Amazon after graduation as a Senior Product Manager for their Technical Products division.
Another standout feature of Scheller College is the Jones MBA Career Center. Recently named #1 in Full-time MBA career services in the world by the Financial Times, the Jones MBA Career Center offers MBAs one-on-one attention for career development. While the corporate relations team enjoys long-standing relationships with Atlanta-area powerhouses, they constantly seek new employers to keep up with the changing industry and geographic preferences of the MBA students. Based on student interest, the Jones MBA Career Center pursued Amazon, who had never recruited at Scheller College; in under three years, Amazon became the top Full-time MBA employer. Thanks to the personal attention made possible by a small class size, the Jones MBA Career Center has helped their recent classes achieve 100% paid internships and 93% employment within three months of graduation. Top industries/functions for student placement include consulting, technology, marketing and operations/logistics.
The Scheller MBA community is small, but mighty. With an average cohort size of 85 students, the Full-time MBA program fosters a sense of collaboration and camaraderie over cut-throat competition. Current students and the MBA Program Office are known for going out of their way to connect with applicants, welcoming and including prospects in social events and networking opportunities from the outset. The Full-time program community is rounded out by a total enrollment of over 380 Evening and 260 Executive students, creating the benefit of a large overall MBA network, with a feeling of a family.
Katie Lloyd, Executive Director of MBA Admissions shares, “We feel it is Scheller College’s time to shine. We’re well-positioned to be the MBA program for the 21st century, from practical application, to our position at the intersection of business and technology and emphasis on business analytics. MBA programs worldwide are trying to move this direction, but we’re already there. We are fortunate to be in a position where we are fine-tuning and enhancing existing offerings to deliver a relevant and contemporary curriculum. For students who are looking for an innovative program to help them thrive in today’s technology-driven business world, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business provides it all.”