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Apr 6, 2021 - 1:40pm

Could you elaborate a bit more on why Harvard? It's not helpful to have a blanket statement like HBS hands down. Wharton is just as valuable of a brand and doesn't come with the opportunity cost of taking two years off

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Apr 6, 2021 - 2:07pm

No, it's not. The accessibility to easily raise capital / get plugged into the VC ecosystem drops off after Harvard and Stanford. Not going to knock on the third best business school in the world, but you'd be better served by HBS for your goals. This rings especially true if you don't even have an idea of what you want to start yet. 

Apr 6, 2021 - 2:13pm

This is a troll. No one who got into both HBS FT and Wharton EMBA would ever be so unaware to even ask this question. Wharton EMBA is a non-selective program with ~50% acceptance rate, and no one in the business will take it as seriously as a Wharton FT degree. HBS full-time is not only meaningfully better than Wharton FT, but much harder to get into with a better network across the board. HBS vs. Wharton FT would be a no-brainer in almost all cases, and this one is so far beyond obvious it's laughable. 

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Apr 6, 2021 - 5:45pm

Not a troll. When you're a few years out, I've heard that no one cares/asks whether you did the part-time or full-time program and you get the same degree in the end. For older candidates, part-time would make more sense given the opportunity cost so this is a genuine dilemma

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Apr 6, 2021 - 10:33pm

Anyone you want to work with in finance will care. HBS full-time = very impressive. Wharton EMBA = this guy paid a lot of money for access to the Wharton brand name but doesn't realize it's severely diluted by EMBA (unless some 50 year old exec)

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Apr 9, 2021 - 8:14pm

Interesting...I was always under the impression that Wharton EMBA was more highly regarded (know of some heavy hitters in finance that went there since they didn't want to stop working). And the degree is the same - it's not like the EMBA has a different diploma 

Apr 7, 2021 - 5:34pm

Without much more information, my inclination would do neither. Two years worth of time devoted to classes / extra-curriculars and full tuition price is a relatively big price to pay relative to the network you gain / easier ability to tell a story and raise money. Its not obvious answer TBC, but I would worry that you will find spending yourself way more time on classes vs. actually starting a business and wonder why you are spending 75k each year for classes vs. investing it in your business / paying for your life. I think some of the important variables to take into account are how serious you are about pursuing entrepreneurial path and how useful is your current network as it currently stands without business school. If you are on the fence about starting a venture /value optionality and have a low quality network currently, then HBS might be the right choice.

One other option is to try to land a job at a fast-growing start-up with a product you like to see if you enjoy the experience and, if so, you can gain access to that network and launch your own pursuit after a year or so in a role.

  • Associate 1 in PE - Other
Apr 7, 2021 - 6:31pm

I'm in venture / growth. I would recommend going to HBS if you end goal is to come out with the beginnings of a good venture-backable company, or at least a robust co-founders / investor network you can rely on. 

The reason is not branding. If you're sitting across the table raising funding from investors, none of them are going to dock you for getting a Wharton EMBA particularly if you're in your 30s, *unless* someone uses "went to Wharton" as a crutch instead of talking about their background and relevant experience

HBS FT has a much higher proportion of founder types who came from a variety of backgrounds and now have the same explicit, entrepreneurial goals as you. It is also has a much higher proportion of folks who are coming from and/or headed to venture funds, operating roles in tech co's, etc. who will become a great resource for you. Not to mention the campus itself has tons of resources dedicated to entrepreneurship.

On the other hand, the avg. demographic of EMBA students might be of similar age, but mostly using the MBA to climb a couple rungs in an F500, switch from a manager role in industry X to sr. manager in industry Y, or if they were engineers, looking to learn some classroom business skills. 

Also, given that you're coming from a non-business background, if you at any point you decide you want to try something more traditional (i.e. consulting, F500) a FT MBA will open more doors in that regards than a PT MBA, particularly one from HBS.

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