Stacy Blackman shares how the three C’s—curriculum, culture and communication can help you decide whether a business school program is the right fit for you.
Helpful for: MBA applicants
Read Time: 10 minutes
- You should closely evaluate the curriculum, culture and communication of a business school before you decide on accepting an offer to study for an MBA.
- In order to keep up with current business and leadership trends, schools will update their curriculum regularly. That way they will be able to attract students for exciting new experiential courses, internships, and various electives. Stacy comments:
All general management MBA programs will provide you with the fundamentals of core management skills. The next step to determining fit requires you to find out just how well the programs align with your post-MBA career goals.
- Be confident in the industry you see yourself working in as top business schools are recognized for specializing in specific fields.
- If your career goals aren’t fixed, seek business schools that offer a curriculum with a wide range of fields so you will be able to narrow in on one once you gain enough knowledge and interest.
- Smaller business schools offer a stronger sense of community. Programs in larger cities such as Chicago Booth, won’t offer that environment. Consider how important socializing with students and faculty is for you.
- Note how energetic and interested the admission team seems when communicating with you, as this will indicate how much the school values its students.
- Reading student blogs will give you a better idea of the day to day activities and opportunities the school offers. It will also give you a chance to connect with the students who study there.
- The rank and branding of a business school might be important to you, but don’t overlook fit because when you focus on that aspect, you are figuring out whether you will feel at home during your MBA studies.
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For further advice on how to make your decision check out: How to Choose the Right Business School for You
Source: Stacy Blackman