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    Cearbhaill is offline Registered User
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    UMass (Isenberg) or Auburn?

    Hi --

    I've spent a few hours researching (including this forum), and I'm curious to get some current opinions. I have an advanced degree and an established career, but an MBA may open up more opportunities at my current company.

    It won't make enough of a difference to be worth a significant financial investment, but my employer provides enough tuition reimbursement that I can get an MBA for free if I stick to programs that cost around $30k. It appears that at that price point, two of the stronger options are UMass (Isenberg) and Auburn.

    Their online MBA programs seem to be similarly ranked, and the costs are similar. I live and work in the Philadelphia region, so neither is exactly "local," although I have a personal connection to (and therefore slight preference for) UMass. Does anyone here feel that one of those programs is clearly a better choice than the other?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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    I like UMass but it's more of a sentimental thing with me. Both have good name recognition. You a football fan? Go with Auburn. UMass football is average at best.
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    I admit I'm biased towards UMass, being a UMass-Lowell alumnus, but they're also ranked higher (#57) than Auburn (#83) in the US News rankings, if that matters.

    UMass Online is also a very established and smoothly-run operation, whereas Auburn isn't that well-known for DL programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    UMass football is average at best.
    C'mon, they just got into D1 not too long ago!
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    Auburn all the way. Then again, I'm biased myself.

    Frankly, either would be good programs for you. But I advised one of my directs a while ago to go with Auburn and never heard any objections since she graduated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    You a football fan? Go with Auburn. UMass football is average at best.
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    C'mon, they just got into D1 not too long ago!
    I am a football fan, although one of my prior degrees is from Rutgers , so I chose my thoroughly mediocre team a long time ago!

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    Thanks for the replies. The personal connection I mentioned is that my wife went to UMass undergrad, and we occasionally go up to the campus for homecoming or other events. All other things being equal -- and aside from the football programs, I think they essentially are -- that may be what tips the scales. Thanks again for your thoughts!

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