FT Booth Experience and Brand is diluted by the PT people

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More of a rant than a question as this topic has been address already but I wouldnt mind having Booth people to give their perspective. I have confirmation bias going on as well. If you are a PT and disagree then it will only serve to strengthen my belief (sorry).

My statements rests on the following assumptions. They draw from overall impressions after spending about 3 hours going through all possible key words on Google to identify forum posts that have a similar topic. Reading them as well of course. I would love agreement or disagreement with the assumptions to have a more robust understanding.

1. PT MBA is less selective therefore lower quality people. By quality I mean if you take a random sample and put their CV in front of MBB or BB it would be not looked at. Of course we are allowing for exceptions. There have even been ideas out there that say FT Top 20 MBA >> PT Booth.

2. A good group of the PT MBA people have a great fit with PT (going back to old employer) while there is this large minority who see the PT Booth MBA as a backdoor entry to get the benefits of the FT MBA (except internship) without needing to work that hard ever in their pre MBA lives.

3. It is logical to be pissed that Booth allows PT to eventually access OCR resources during their full time search. I value exclusivity and prestige as my $$$ and 2 years will exclusively go to Booth.

4. It is logical to be pissed at Booth as they give them the same "MBA Booth" title end of the day and future recruiters, perhaps not those on campus, but future recruiters, will not see the difference. I WANT them to see the difference. Why not just call it Master in Management or even better just require graduates to put Part-Time MBA.

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Nov 15, 2013

Just put "Full-Time MBA" on your resume and LinkedIn. You can figure out in a matter of seconds, based on dates of employment and study, when looking at someone's resume, whether they did full-time or part-time.

Sep 27, 2016

One of the stupidest things I've heard. If you want a real MBA program with exclusivity go to Harvard / Stanford, otherwise schools like Booth, Kellogg are not exclusive at all. Everyone has a Booth mba in Chicago, Its just so easy to get in with so many programs available. FT are not better than the PT at the end they all took the same classes. Just because you went in a douschbag trying to feel superior, doesn't mean you are any better at the end of the program.

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Jul 3, 2018

@Nico-Skeba, what are you even talking about? You went to Western Michigan University, run a digital marketing company with no employees, and don't have an MBA. Stop being a poser...

Jul 3, 2018
Nico-Skeba:

One of the stupidest things I've heard. If you want a real MBA program with exclusivity go to Harvard / Stanford, otherwise schools like Booth, Kellogg are not exclusive at all. Everyone has a Booth mba in Chicago, Its just so easy to get in with so many programs available. FT are not better than the PT at the end they all took the same classes. Just because you went in a douschbag trying to feel superior, doesn't mean you are any better at the end of the program.

you dropped out of booth PT after you got discovered and ridiculed for pretending to be a FT student lol. get a life.

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Nov 18, 2013

I know someone who was in PT with a 600 GMAT who got an offer from McKinsey. This forum does really hate part timers, but I do agree that in general the resumes wouldn't be as impressive.

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Nov 18, 2013
bleepbloop:

3. It is logical to be pissed that Booth allows PT to eventually access OCR resources during their full time search. I value exclusivity and prestige as my $$$ and 2 years will exclusively go to Booth.

This is not an issue. I have yet to hear any of my FT classmates be "pissed" that part timers have access to OCR. As jtbbdxbnycmad stated, it's extremely easy to differentiate FT vs PT students, whether you are at a networking event or comparing resumes. PT students are rarely a threat to FT job opportunities (and if they are, they are impressive enough to deserve it).

And to take the other side of the argument, there are some incredibly talented PT students, and it is nice to have these folks as part of my network.

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Nov 18, 2013

OP, next time maybe you should get into Harvard. Then we wouldn't have to hear you bitch about the part timers stealing your prestige.

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Nov 19, 2013
duffmt6:

OP, next time maybe you should get into Harvard. Then we wouldn't have to hear you bitch about the part timers stealing your prestige.

Calm down, it isn't Brady.

Nov 18, 2013
holla_back:
duffmt6:

OP, next time maybe you should get into Harvard. Then we wouldn't have to hear you bitch about the part timers stealing your prestige.

Calm down, it isn't Brady.

Are you sure?

Nov 18, 2013

Another upside, since PT students are currently employed, they can serve as a very valuable point of contact should you want to work at their firm.

Nov 19, 2013

I think there are definitely pros and cons to having a PT program at the school, but I'm of the opinion that it is dilutive to the FT brand. At the end of the day, the PT and FT grads will have the same degree on their resume, and I would think most recruiters (barring those who are very selective) won't do a deep dive whether it is PT or FT.

Nov 20, 2013

All the part time hate is fucking retarded. If you're in finance and like what you're doing, there are basically no reasons not to go part time particularly when you consider that the part timers are often sponsored. I know all these 'soon to be' bankers think there is only one path and one way to do it but that isnt how real life workers.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

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Nov 19, 2013

I agree that by the end of the day it really doesn't matter. However, if you are willing to take the opportunity cost of going FT, the PT brand dilution (long term, not just for the 2 years you are in school) is something to think about. It did factor into my decision in the FT MBA application process. If you are looking to do PT, I would definitely shoot for the best program you can get into. It's a win-win for PT-ers, not so much for FT-ers.

Nov 20, 2013
bleepbloop:

If you are a PT and disagree then it will only serve to strengthen my belief (sorry).

I really could not care less about any of your rant in the least but this sentence is horseshit and basically invalidates anything else you have to say.

Nov 20, 2013

You realize Columbia has a Part Time program right? There are like 4 people in my office who went through it and none of them have part time on their diploma. You should call and complain.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Nov 19, 2013
happypantsmcgee:

You realize Columbia has a Part Time program right? There are like 4 people in my office who went through it and none of them have part time on their diploma. You should call and complain.

It'd be pretty awesome if they actually did have one, especially since my company pays 100% tuition.

Nov 20, 2013

Yea, I guess its Executive not part time. Average age is 31 so its not that crazy in terms of experience.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

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Nov 21, 2013

Too much bitching here. Grow a pair and make it happen for yourself. Fuck the Booth "brand", worry about your own damn brand and how Booth will HELP you get to where you need to go. The B-School you go to will not define you as a person at the end of the day.

"Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion" - Muhammad Ali

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Jul 4, 2018

I agree you should focus on yourself but unfortunately the B-school brand will choose the pecking order for recruitment at certain firms. It's a reality I don't like but one that is true especially for those switching jobs post-MBA.

Nov 21, 2013

Sometimes I absolutely hate people on this website.

Nov 21, 2013
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