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Accelerated 8- Month MBA at Schulich. Any thoughts ?

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Accelerated 8- Month MBA at Schulich. Any thoughts ?

Guys long story short but I graduated from Algoma U with a BBA degree in 2018. Been working in my family business ever since. Thinking about completing aclerated MBA from Schulich as I think is the best option for me. Any thoughts or has anyone ever experienced ?
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Cocoboy1993 wrote:
Jan 8th, 2020 7:08 pm
Guys long story short but I graduated from Algoma U with a BBA degree in 2018. Been working in my family business ever since. Thinking about completing aclerated MBA from Schulich as I think is the best option for me. Any thoughts or has anyone ever experienced ?
What do you want to get out of it? MBA degrees are dime a dozen now and an MBA program without co-op/internship is even less useful.
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Why do you feel you need this? How do you see this benefiting your career?
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Brown Thug wrote:
Jan 9th, 2020 11:06 am
What do you want to get out of it? MBA degrees are dime a dozen now and an MBA program without co-op/internship is even less useful.
Do you recommend any certifications after this?
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It sounds like a good program. That is interesting how they can compress it into an 8-month program. I guess experience counts for a lot. Is that the equivalent of the Executive MBA program for Rotman?
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Won't help.. just start applying anywhere and everywhere. Including places like call centers.
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I am currently doing my MBA at Schulich Part-Time. Have you tried to apply yet? Completed GMAT? Like a few others have said, what are you looking to get out of it? Are you looking to pivot into another industry or to assist your family business with more in-depth knowledge?

The Schulich MBA program, in my opinion, has provided tremendous value to my full time career and don't regret going at all. The connections I have built are also extremely valuable to me.
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BrokeMillennial wrote:
Jan 15th, 2020 11:43 am
I am currently doing my MBA at Schulich Part-Time. Have you tried to apply yet? Completed GMAT? Like a few others have said, what are you looking to get out of it? Are you looking to pivot into another industry or to assist your family business with more in-depth knowledge?

The Schulich MBA program, in my opinion, has provided tremendous value to my full time career and don't regret going at all. The connections I have built are also extremely valuable to me.
How did you study for GMAT ? How long did it take you to prep ? Any insights would gladly help.
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Cocoboy1993 wrote:
Jan 16th, 2020 10:51 am
How did you study for GMAT ? How long did it take you to prep ? Any insights would gladly help.
I'm not a good example w/r/t GMAT. I got in through a different method and just needed a GMAT score.

I would assume if you have a business background (Such as B.Com/BBA) you could self study. If you're pivoting from another industry, perhaps take a class to assist in the learning process.
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BrokeMillennial wrote:
Jan 16th, 2020 12:03 pm
I'm not a good example w/r/t GMAT. I got in through a different method and just needed a GMAT score.

I would assume if you have a business background (Such as B.Com/BBA) you could self study. If you're pivoting from another industry, perhaps take a class to assist in the learning process.
Did you study for GMAT by yourself or took a class ? Unfortunately I don't have that discipline to study for by my self therefore I am gathering all information i need to make a decision. How long did it take you to prepare ?
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ChesterMike wrote:
Jan 14th, 2020 1:06 pm
It sounds like a good program. That is interesting how they can compress it into an 8-month program. I guess experience counts for a lot. Is that the equivalent of the Executive MBA program for Rotman?
They are not really compressing the MBA into 8 months. The accelerated MBA program is meant for someone with a business undergrad degree already. The Schulich MBA program is usually a 16 months program that have certain credit hours required. The first 8 months, the courses are meant to be an introduction to Business/Commerce, that most BBA/BCOMM/HBA graduates will have taken during their undergrad.
So Schulich just gives the AMBA students advanced standings to those courses, and they will take the courses that is mandatory in the 2nd year, plus electives. During the application process, the candidates will submit their undergrad transcripts, and Schulich will decide how many credits the candidates will receive. Most will get the full first year off, while some will get partial. And will have to take those while at Schulich.

Once they are accepted and enrolled into Schulich, there are no difference/distinction between Full-time MBA and accelerated MBA students. The AMBA just go straight to taking those 2nd year courses. Which at times is a drawback, because you don't know anyone from first year, so you are trying to quickly form groups and meet new students, you don't really know who are the good student groups to be part of. Especially for a course like the mandatory 601 Case study, picking and forming the right group is very important. As an accelerated student, there are major negatives for them with that course. Imagine starting your MBA program, and during the orientation week, you are told you have basically 2-3 weeks to pick 5-6 other students to form a group, and pick a company/client to study the rest of your MBA program, and the course is mandatory to pass the MBA.

There are certainly pro's and con's of the AMBA program approach. For someone like the OP, who has no real work experience, and trying to break into the industry, I highly suggest not going to the accelerated approach. You need as much time for networking and building up your connections, and hopefully gain some internship/summer job exerience between your first and 2nd year. With 8 months, that is not enough time to build that. Candidates like the OP should consider doing the full experience if they choose the MBA.

For someone that is well established in their career, and is looking to add the MBA as another advantage, and not looking to switch industries, then the accelerated program is ideal.

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