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LSUTOM07
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Part-Time Atlanta MBA Programs

I am looking at Evening/Professional MBA programs near Atlanta. I will be working downtown and will have to opportunity to get assistance (around $10k-$15k per year) from my company in paying for the program.

So far I have looked at:

Emory ($70k evening program)
Georgia Tech ($55-$60 eening program)
Georgia State ($48k professional program)
UGA ($51k professional program)

All seem to have great programs with very high rankings but it seems like I'm comparing apples to oranges with evening programs, part time programs, and professional programs. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations on which program would be the best to pursue.

I will most likely apply for all after I have a full year of work experience but I have no clue which will offer the greatest return on investment.

Currently in the engineering field fwiw
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shutterspeed
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Are on-line programs an option for you? If so, I know a number of reputable traditional colleges offer them.


LSUTOM07
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Are on-line programs an option for you?


Yes they would be.

If the prices are comparable, I would think the networking and in class experience would be more beneficial in the long run. (I think LSU's program is around 47k)


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Emory ($70k evening program)
Georgia Tech ($55-$60 eening program)
Georgia State ($48k professional program)
UGA ($51k professional program)


From that list: Hands down Emory. Go part-time while working full-time in Atlanta. No loss of income and you still get the same MBA at the end of two years. The part-time MBA diploma doesn't say part-time anywhere on it. So once you graduate, you still have the same career opportunities as full-time MBA students. Only thing you miss out on is internships during the MBA. Emory is a great school. Companies like UPS, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Georgia-Pacific and other top firms recruit heavily from Emory.
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shutterspeed
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While holding down full-time career, I'm about 15 hours shy of completing an MS in Educational Administration from Scranton. Classes are offered every 8 weeks (I take one class per term). Since it's a private institution, the classes are a little pricier than an in-state school ($1500 per class). But the faculty are 99% positive and easy to work with. And University Alliance, which administers the online program, makes everything as easy as possible. Scranton's MBA program probably isn't top tier, but it's a respected school always ranked in the top 5 among regional universities.

From their website:

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For the seventh consecutive year, the Princeton Review ranks our business school among the "Best Business Schools" in the United States. In addition, Forbes magazine named The University of Scranton one of the nation’s best universities.

A 2010 national ranking of business schools, based on a survey of 19,000 business students and published by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review, places The University of Scranton’s MBA program among the top 15 in the nation for general management for two consecutive years. Joining The University of Scranton in that elite group are other highly respected and world-renowned institutions.


University of Scranton online MBA program

I'm sure you could find more online schools doing some cursory research.
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Kennesaw st


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around $10k-$15k per year


Will pay for most, if not all of Mississippi State's Distance MBA.


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UNC has one of the better online programs in the country.

Emory is clearly the best program in Atlanta.


LSUTOM07
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UNC has one of the better online programs in the country. Emory is clearly the best program in Atlanta.


How much would I be missing out if I chose an online program?

My job will require some travel so I would need a flexible evening program if I chose that route. UGA seems to be the best fit for this if I didn't do online.

Also how do employers view online programs vs evening professional programs?



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LSUTOM07
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the networking is a big reason for the MBA


This is what I was thinking. UGA allows a lot of flexibility with their schedule also. One week out of three will be distance learning, allowing me to schedule business travel around that. The campus is also in Buckhead.

I wish GA tech or Emory allowed this kind of flexibility.


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Emory no doubt, especially if you might leave ATL. Can't believe Emory is "only" $70K. Smu is screwing me out of $90k, and Emory is the better school


LSUTOM07
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Emory no doubt


What is the possibility of getting into a program of this caliber with minimal work experience?

I have 3 internships in my field but I won't begin full time work until January.

FWIW I have around a 3.0 overall in engineering and plan to take the GMAT soon.


lynxcat
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You need to score a 720+ on the GMAT with those stats, IMO.


wpsnickers
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Not for part-time. I'm sure it's easier to get in than full time. If you got a 650 you'd get in


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I'd be shocked if Emory or GA Tech takes someone with no work experience. I know someone in Tech's part-time program. As is the case in most part-time programs, the GPA/GMAT requirements are more lenient, but the work experience requirement is greater.


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Belhaven has a program in Atlanta, and its a pretty good rated MBA. I think the cost is around $20k.


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lynxcat
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I'd be shocked if Emory or GA Tech takes someone with no work experience. I know someone in Tech's part-time program. As is the case in most part-time programs, the GPA/GMAT requirements are more lenient, but the work experience requirement is greater.



Hence why I said he better rock the GMAT. No work experience = extremely difficult to get into a decent program.


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Emory ($70k evening program)
Georgia Tech ($55-$60 eening program)
Georgia State ($48k professional program)
UGA ($51k professional program)


Of these you listed, the general rankings would be Emory>>GT>UGA>>>Ga St. Now you could argue all day and night about the value each brings based on the cost... are you planning on staying at your current job and using the MBA to propel you to a managerial position? Or are you trying to network into another field?

I know plenty of people that have done the part time MBA at Emory/GT/UGA and had plenty of options available to them.

Emory is the only school where I would say you may get a greater value if you do the full time program.


LSUTOM07
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are you planning on staying at your current job and using the MBA to propel you to a managerial position? Or are you trying to network into another field?

Yes



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I know plenty of people that have done the part time MBA at Emory/GT/UGA and had plenty of options available to them.


Were they interviewing for positions, or were they being recruited through the program?

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Emory is the only school where I would say you may get a greater value if you do the full time program.


They do offer a one year program, but 70-100k is a lot of money to spend while not working


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