What's the best school for an MBA?

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by BillSimmons, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. BillSimmons

    BillSimmons New Member

    What's the best school for an MBA?

  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  3. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member


    I just wanted to play too. :)
  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    OK, so here's another piece of fun. Someone (not me) might argue that the "best" DL MBA program available is from Duke. It costs a schmillion dollars so it must be the best, right?
  5. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator Staff Member

    Ask AUTiger00.
  6. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    You rang?

    Well obviously it's Owen...but Vandy doesn't have a distance program.

    If you're looking for prestige with no regard to price and delivery via distance it's Fuqua (Duke). If you consider EMBAs, options open up w/ nearly all of the top-10 programs sans HBS and Tuck offering programs.
  7. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

  8. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    These are the best MBAs according to the FT

    Business school rankings from the Financial Times - Global MBA Ranking 2013

    The Duke program seems to be the only one offered in distance format.

    Another well known ranking is from the economist

    Which MBA? | The Economist

    This list ranks also the Duke program but it adds the Henley and Grenoble that also offer distance learning formats
  9. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    The program costs around 110K according to business week
    Top Business School Rankings: MBA, Undergrad, Executive & Online MBA - Businessweek

    I think that this kind of money is only justifiable if the prospect student is interested in working in a top consulting firm or in financial/investment. Some consulting and investment firms only recruit people graduated from top ranked schools.

    The money is one thing but also admission can be an issue, top schools require high score in GMATs and a resume that shows accomplishments as part of their admission requirements. Not suitable for recent graduates or people with low profile jobs.
  10. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    OK, so there's all these answers but Bill never answered my VERY basic question.
  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Here's a candidate that only costs about 0.9 schmillion. IMD in Switzerland, here:

    IMD business school, Switzerland

    I lifted this info wholesale from another forum. IMD is a private school and is not a mainstream "Swiss Federation" University, but it does have these things going for it:

    (1) The three most prestigious business school accreditations in the world: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS
    (2) an alliance with the Sloan School of Management at MIT (MIT's web page describes IMD as "world-class")
    (3) For 2011, ranked #3 worldwide (and #1 in Europe) for full-time MBAs by The Economist
    (4) For 2012, ranked #13 worldwide (and #2 in Europe) for MBAs by The Financial Times
    (5) Ranked #8 on The Telegraph list of "Europe's top ten MBA schools favoured by employers"

    PLUS (2011-12 Info)

    The starting salary for IMD grads, according to The Economist ranking, is $129,600
    The starting salary for IMD grads, according to The Telegraph ranking, is $125,000
    The 3-year post-graduation salary for IMD grads, according to the Financial Times ranking, is $139,644

    I believe the total cost of the IMD MBA is about $90K.

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  12. LGFlood

    LGFlood New Member

    Johann, if you want prestige and affordability, you'll want to recommend my alma mater, InstantDegrees.com. I received my MBA for $155.00 and my Ph.D for $180.00. There was a lot of writing involved, namely in filling out the check.

    Okay, so I'm lying. But at least I've boosted up my post count!
  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Yes, you have, Lance. And yes, I know your alma meretrix :jester: Whatever it takes, I guess. Out to catch up to Ted Heiks? :smile:

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  14. LGFlood

    LGFlood New Member

    I've got a long, long way to catch up to YOU, let alone Ted!
  15. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    How so is that?
  16. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    So, to follow up on my previous post, we're all trying very hard to answer the question of a poster who doesn't really seem to give a damn.

    So let the games begin . . .

    There are so many DL MBA programs available that the question lends itself to an overall question. How are good programs defined? I don't mean just MBA programs but overall, how might we define a "good" or even the "best" program? Let's highjack this thread and turn it into something useful. What are our criteria for defining a "good" or "best" program?

    I'll start

    accredited (I know, I know it's the old RA v NA debate - can we concede that RA wins?)
    professional accreditation - yes = +1 no = 0
    school colors: blue = +1 anything else = 0
    winning womens soccer team = +1 no womens soccer team = -1

    please add your own criteria
  17. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Just a harmless comment, Ted. Merely wondering if, in his admitted attempt to boost his post count, Lance was attempting to catch up with your staggering, almost 11,000 total. Nothing snide intended, I assure you.

    And Kizmet - I haven't fully worked it out yet, but for the "best" MBA contest, there would need to be more than a +1 score for professional accreditation. Some folks say that nothing else equals AACSB, then there are the Euro "triple crown" schools that have Equis, AMBA and AACSB. Maybe +1 and +2 would suffice, I dunno.

    And yes, we can agree (in this one instance, anyway) that for US schools, RA wins over NA -- as (I believe) the programmatic accreditors don't consider NA schools, when they accredit business programs.

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  18. LGFlood

    LGFlood New Member

    Before I comment, I want to stipulate that my question is one based on genuine curiosity and not, I repeat NOT, an effort to incite angry responses. Okay, I feel better now. :)

    Wouldn't RA always "win" over NA in some regards? After all, if it was not more difficult to become RA, why wouldn't NA institutions have chosen to go that route instead? Again, this is a genuine question on how the accreditation process works. This is not a slam against NA schools. As a matter of fact, I am considering an NA school for my doctorate (Tennessee Temple University/Temple Baptist Seminary.)
  19. Delta

    Delta Active Member

  20. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

    That's easy, The University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. After all, you can have a genuine Degree Info poster as one of your professors!

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