Round 1: October 1st, 2017
Round 2: December 1st, 2017*
Round 3: April 1st, 2018
Round 4: June 1st, 2018
*International applicants are encouraged to apply by Round 2
Contact the school for availability to apply after Round 4.
The Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech boasts a tiny full-time MBA program that took in just 71 students for the Class of 2014. Far larger than the full-time MBA program is the school’s part-time program in the evenings with 415 students and its undergraduate business program with 1,332 students. So its relatively high rankings based on the full-time MBA program seem inflated.
But the school got an undeniable lift when alumnus Ernest Scheller Jr. pledged a $50 million donation in the summer of 2012 and completed another $20 million in matching funds by year end. The gifts will roughly triple the school’s endowment to $90 million. The school has used the money–some of which first came in 2009–to more aggressively recruit top faculty. Scheller’s tenure track faculty now numbers 79, up from 53 in 2006.
The school’s focus is obvious: technology. Scheller has had a special focus on information-technology management and operations management. MIT’s Sloan School and Carnegie Mellon are bigger brand options in these fields, but Dean Maryam Alavi believes those rivals have adopted more of a general management approach, leaving room for Scheller to focus more directly on IT and operations.
“At Scheller, we believe in leveraging the power of Georgia Tech which has helped us to evolve as a top ranked business school,”Alavi says. “While all business schools teach the basics (leadership, core curriculum, etc…), at Scheller we literally live at the intersection of business and technology right next to 13 Fortune 500 innovation centers and five startup accelerators.”
For the latest intake of 71 students in 2012, 53% had engineering and computer science backgrounds. Another 25% had business or economics undergraduate degrees. So quants reign supreme here, with only 18% of the latest incoming class having a humanities or social science education.
Three major components make up the two-year, full-time MBA program at the Georgia Tech College of Management: 14 core courses (30 semester hours), an optional summer internship, and 8 electives (24 semester hours). Core courses provide an overall understanding of the functional areas of business with a classroom structure that emphasizes team work. Some core courses may be waived based on past academic work, professional work experience, or a waiver exam. Students then choose 24 hours of graduate management electives (eight courses) including one required international business course.
The top employers of the Class of 2012 were North Highland (7), Bank of America (5), Emerson (4), Delta Airlines (4), and KPMG (3).
Rankings Analysis: Georgia Tech slipped five places in Poets&Quants’ 2012 composite ranking to 40th from 35th in 2011 due to slightly lower rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The school fell to a ranking of 32 in 2012 from 26 a year earlier. But the decline was somewhat cushioned by the inclusion of Georgia Tech in The Financial Times’ ranking. The FT, which did not rank the school previously, placed the school 30th best in the U.S.
The big boost to the school came when it cracked the BusinessWeek list of the top 25 schools for the first time in 2010. As one 2012 graduate told BusinessWeek: “Georgia Tech is unique in its blend of a collegial/team-oriented environment while still keeping top-notch academic standards, promoting excellence in and out of the classroom. The blend of theory with practice that is a trademark of so many core courses allows a student to be prepared for a variety of professional endeavors. With 5 full time career services counselors serving a program of just 140 students, one can feel the difference that such individualized attention provides. Students are able to have an in-depth exploration of the variety of career paths that are available.”