Most "academic" or "intellectual" b-school?

Any thoughts on which business schools have are the most "academic", in that what they are doing is less vocational and more conceptual? I.e., which MBA programs are most similar to Ph.D. programs? If someone was less worried about learning how to be a mover and shaker and more worried about gaining a deep understanding of the mechanics and fundamentals of business and finance, where would you tell them to go? M.I.T.? Wharton? Darden?

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Mar 23, 2007 - 3:45pm

There is a guy that works here that went to Penn State. Well by work here, I mean he drops off our dinner orders on his bike.

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Mar 30, 2007 - 11:43pm
BSD123:
There is a guy that works here that went to Penn State. Well by work here, I mean he drops off our dinner orders on his bike.

hahahaha... but you should SEE that bike!

Apr 3, 2007 - 12:18am
sleepyguyb:
But their top 50!

umm...usnews rates it below 50. dunno what happened in the 2008 rankings though. BW puts it at 40 something. its ranked 13 among public schools, which seems fine. i feel more than rankings, what would give u a better idea is the school's placement record, mean/median salaries and the companies that recruited on campus. If those match with ur career aspirations and the program is solid...then it's fine.

Jun 3, 2007 - 10:03pm

taking the time and money off to get a MBA that's not at the very least in the top 20 is considered an extermly poor investment by most studies.

top degrees in quantitative finance (master's) like princeton, Mit, etc. are the most academic of the sort.

Jun 3, 2007 - 10:04pm

variances in academic rigor & workload between top 15 b-schools (Originally Posted: 02/16/2012)

I was curious to know if people could provide a general sense of those top-15 MBA programs that are known to have a rigorous academic program, in comparison to those who known to have a somewhat more relaxed workload approach.

...By no means am I looking for a cake-walk, however I think this my play a factor for those like myself who will need to dedicate significant time towards an independent internship/job hunt for non-traditional career fields, where on-campus interviewing will likely not be possible.

Jun 3, 2007 - 10:05pm

For most schools, first year is just plain busy but not exceedingly difficult. 2nd year should be cakewalk.

I don't know about too many schools, but some of the associates in my start class had said that Darden was pretty brutal in terms of day-to-day course work.

Jun 3, 2007 - 10:08pm

CMU Tepper (quant method) and UVA Darden (case method) are well known to have brutal workloads. The quant oriented schools in general will be tons of work - Booth, Sloan, Tepper, etc.

Overall your MBA will be as busy as you make it. If you study something like marketing, and are not a leader you can cruise through with little work. If you are an active leader (deep involvement in clubs, etc), focus on something quantitative like finance, get good grades, and actually bust ass to network / interview you will absolutely be working your butt off. In this economic climate there are no do-overs and top companies are looking to hire the best. In my experience, the people who skated through b-school are the people who didn't get good jobs.

I worked my effing butt off during my MBA. I was the president of one of the professional clubs and got really good grades.

Jun 3, 2007 - 10:07pm

I agree. The MBA is entirely what you make of it? I spent majority of my time working on a med device startup Kellogg financed through one of their entrep programs. Yes my grades did suffer a little because I was on the road constantly pitching to VCs, but at the end of the day I learned 1000x more about running a company and about myself than any class could've taught me at the school. Point: grades and academcis should not be one's sole focus at a good program.

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