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October 02, 2007


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Perhaps the issue is that MBAs were originally designed for aspiring CEOs (or consultants to them) but now they are taken by people for whom that isn't a relavant goal.

Sounds like you went to the wrong school for an MBA. I learned how to do a lot of those things you spoke about in my undergraduate classes. We always had at least one group project/presentation per class that taught us skills like delegating work, communication (both in a group and public speaking), writing, etc. I wasn't a big fan of it at the time, but as I look back, it was invaluable.

My undergrad was engineering and what I retained from my MBA in 1 class equalled about how much I learned in the 4 years of undergrad.

I thought the MBA contained nearly all real life examples.....

I just finished my MBA last December after completing a BS in Engineering Management nearly 10 years ago.

I have since gone on to teach MBA courses of the evening as well. I agree that much of what I learned in my MBA program didn't help a whole lot and was mostly things I had learned from work experience. I was amazed though at how many people in the program struggled to get through... and ended up with the same MBA as me!

The classes I got the most out of depended mainly on the instructor. There is only so much a college can do in setting up a program. The real value comes from the quality and experience of the instructor themselves. In my Quantitative Analysis course I teach, I skip over many of the book examples and come up with my own from either work or life. Makes things much more meaningful.

I had a very similar experience in grad school (though not an MBA program). In my program, there was little real world learning and I feel I didn't get much out of the program at all.

My school had a great reputation and ranking, but that is not enough to ensure that it is a good fit or a truly a quality program. If I could go back I would definitely do more research and learn a lot more about as many schools and programs as possible before selecting one.

Then again, if I could go back, I wouldn't even study my same field again anyway!

I am not sure what you are talking about. I went to a great business school and have been using much of what I learned. Of course, I took primarily marketing classes and work in marketing.

In addition, I think that business school SHOULD prepare students for executive management. That's where many of us aspire, and that's a subject worthy of higher education. If you want to learn how to read financial statements, take a specific course or read a book. That's my opinion.

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