The Scheller MBA: What You Need To Know
Technology. Every business school talks about it, but few embrace it quite so fully as Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. In fact, it would be pretty hard to avoid even if you wanted to, because the school is located in the middle of Atlanta’s Tech Square district, 1.4 million square feet of space that’s home to 100 startups and 50 accelerators and incubators, as well as the R&D wings of major corporations like AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Home Depot, and Delta.
Not content with this, Georgia Tech recently announced that it plans to build a new, two-tower complex in Tech Square that will add another 400,000 square feet, to be used by Scheller and other departments of the wider university. The first new building is expected to be open in 2022.
As you would expect, Scheller’s program has its fair share of tech-focused courses, especially when it comes to electives. MBAs can choose from eight immersive tracks that consist of four related electives. Examples include Business Analytics, Innovating for Sustainability, Leading New Ventures, and Supply Chain Innovation. Tracks supplement academic work with projects with businesses, talks and panels featuring guest speakers, and networking events.
A number of students are also selected for the TI:GER Technology Commercialization immersive track, a 16-month project that brings together Scheller MBAs, Georgia Tech PhDs, and Emory JDs to take a business idea to market. Given Georgia Tech’s specialization in engineering, analytics, computing, cybersecurity, and biomedical research, places are in hot demand. The number of MBAs who can take part in TI:GER recently increased from 25 to 40.
Students can cluster electives in concentrations that consist of three electives centered on a particular area. Some are functional, such as Accounting, Finance, or Marketing, and others are interdisciplinary, such as Cross-Cultural Human Resources Management, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Quantitative Finance, and Strategic Sustainability. Ultimately, students take a total of 11 electives, giving the intellectually curious plenty of space to explore.
Scheller’s experiential learning comes largely in the form of “practicums” – semester-long consulting projects involving real-life problems. Students work alongside businesses gaining insight and great networking opportunities. Opportunities range from an IT, real estate, pro bono consulting, and more.
Of course, all of this is aimed at channeling MBAs into great jobs, and Scheller is renowned for its top-notch careers service. In fact, we’re recognized as top 5 in the world by the Financial Times. As soon as students begin their program, they are assigned a career coach. These advisers also work closely with companies, so they understand the skills that are in demand and are able to find the employers that are right their students. Given that Atlanta is also home to 15 Fortune 500 companies, those connections can be handy. Three months after graduation, 96% of Scheller’s Class of 2019 had a job. The top sector is consulting, at around 31%, while about 22% go into tech.
Candidates looking for a lively location will not be disappointed. Atlanta is a thriving international city awash with bars, restaurants, arts, and sports. Scheller’s MBA also gives great bang for your buck. In fact, Georgia Tech is ranked No. 1 in Annualized Return on Investment in Higher Education by PayScale.com. At a cost of about $30,000 for Georgia residents and $40,000 for non-residents, Scheller’s MBA has some of the best ROI stats around.
Katie Lloyd, Assistant Dean, MBA Programs
We often say that Scheller College is positioned strategically at the intersection of business and technology. Everything about our curriculum and experiential opportunities reflect this strategic positioning. But the reason we’re so invested in this position is because we know innovation is what is needed in order for us to solve the biggest challenges facing our society right now.
At Scheller, we’re deeply committed to developing the principled, forward-thinking leaders that will drive change and improve the human condition. Scheller MBA students come from almost every background imaginable. This year’s incoming class brings work experience from an astonishing range of industries and functions – healthcare, non-profit, entertainment, finance, even theology, just to name a few. While they’re here, not only do Scheller MBA students access the most accurate, leading-edge business knowledge available, along with project-based opportunities with organizations in which they solve real-world problems, they also go through the CHARGE Leadership Program. This program increases each student’s competency in social intelligence, communication, team efficacy, and impact and influence. This is done through EQ awareness exercises, unconscious bias education, storytelling workshops, high impact consulting training, club and committee involvement, 360-degree feedback sessions, and more.
The richness and diversity our students bring to Scheller coupled with the education, experiential opportunities, and leadership training they receive works. We see it play out year after year. And this is the part we play in the world – We nurture the leaders that create change.