SRS Masters Crew... vSchool

Tenny

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Oct 4, 2005
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Does where it's from really matter to most people where you got your masters from? I can imagine if you got it from a prestigious school it could help influence future jobs. I just question if the difference between a B-Class school and a C/D-Class school really will make any difference? Looking at online only and part time.

My GPA for my bachelors was shitty, like 2.4. I really didn't give a flying fuck about school other than graduating. I'm already doing good in life (this is OT, we are all 6-7 figure incomes), have a lot of management experience, work on exciting projects (literally space stuff).

The MBA probably won't make much of a difference in my job outlook but my company will pay for it. So I feel obligated to go get it. Just trying to figure out if going out and working hard to get a good GMAT to overcome my shitty GPA to get into a B-Class school is worth it.
 
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Tenny

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Oct 4, 2005
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If the company is paying for it, why not.
Well yeah, but the question really is does the school matter THAT much later in life. At least between a b-class school and C/D Class schools. I feel if I got a good GMAT score I can probably get into most decent ones pretty easily. I can get into shitty ones now pretty easily.
 

CraneCamsOU

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Sep 1, 2003
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Depends on the industry and position. Assuming nothing specialized, MBA is a checkmark and school is a minor consideration (hell, coming from your potential hiring manager's state school alma mater is probably better than Yale). Top schools are as much networking as education.
 
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TigreTek

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Oct 8, 2001
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I can't comment on the MBA in specific though my gut tells me that you won't regret trying to get into a higher tier school. I'm a semester away from finishing my MSW, nobody gives a flying fuck where I got my worthless degree from :rofl:
 

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Seems with your experience a C/D class program would be boring and not much of an increase in knowledge.
 

onyourchin

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Uhhhh. The material may be roughly the same, but you'll be pushed harder by better professors, TAs, and your peers, and I think the real benefit of better schools is building your professional network
 

kitty

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Uhhhh. The material may be roughly the same, but you'll be pushed harder by better professors, TAs, and your peers, and I think the real benefit of better schools is building your professional network
This. Also, at the masters level, at least with MBA programs I’m familiar with, you can only get A’s/B’s after one or two C’s you are asked to leave.
 
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Tenny

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if you're trying to switch industries - top 10-15 mandatory
Depends on the industry and position. Assuming nothing specialized, MBA is a checkmark and school is a minor consideration (hell, coming from your potential hiring manager's state school alma mater is probably better than Yale). Top schools are as much networking as education.
Not planning a switch in industry. I'm a government contractor for NASA (been for 18 years) I am in project management. I run a couple programs currently. The only potential to change industries is if something falls apart and would probably look to Oil and Gas... becuase houston.

Seems with your experience a C/D class program would be boring and not much of an increase in knowledge.
I really am looking at it more as a checkbox than better intellectual experience. Of course I want to learn new stuff, but most stuff is geared towards actual business's rather than government stuff.
 

Finest

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Mar 16, 2000
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Well yeah, but the question really is does the school matter THAT much later in life. At least between a b-class school and C/D Class schools. I feel if I got a good GMAT score I can probably get into most decent ones pretty easily. I can get into shitty ones now pretty easily.

Again, if you're already working and they're paying for it, you don't need the prestige of a top 10 MBA school since you're already in. It's those that have no work experience and want to get into some place big that would be looking to place at Wharton or similar.
 

Gaunt

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Apr 16, 2005
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Well yeah, but the question really is does the school matter THAT much later in life. At least between a b-class school and C/D Class schools. I feel if I got a good GMAT score I can probably get into most decent ones pretty easily. I can get into shitty ones now pretty easily.
unless you are going to the top level MBA schools, no. as long as it isn't some poverty school like Kaplan or "university" of phoenix

pick a mid level state school or private.

from what I have heard, it is better to be in-person classes than virtual. it pays to rub shoulders with people in school and make connections.
 

stevezissou

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Jul 15, 2009
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Does where it's from really matter to most people where you got your masters from? I can imagine if you got it from a prestigious school it could help influence future jobs. I just question if the difference between a B-Class school and a C/D-Class school really will make any difference? Looking at online only and part time.

My GPA for my bachelors was shitty, like 2.4. I really didn't give a flying fuck about school other than graduating. I'm already doing good in life (this is OT, we are all 6-7 figure incomes), have a lot of management experience, work on exciting projects (literally space stuff).

The MBA probably won't make much of a difference in my job outlook but my company will pay for it. So I feel obligated to go get it. Just trying to figure out if going out and working hard to get a good GMAT to overcome my shitty GPA to get into a B-Class school is worth it.
Really depends on your industry and what employers are looking for.

A lot more schools these days are waving GMAT requirement if you have relevant work experience as well.

Just don't go to one of the bottom tier University of phoenix type online MBA type programs make sure it is a school where if you told someone they would have at least heard of it.
 
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eric5678

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is an mba really an increase of knowledge?
Nope.

CHECK

THAT

BOX

Only thing you'll regret is when you're in a Tier1 MBA program working your ass off when you could've enrolled in a commuter state school and written a paper on the virtues of Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross
 
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