Arizona State University MBA Program Guide
I had a great experience at ASU’s MBA Program and truly feel like it helped to transform my career and consequently, my life. Here are some tid-bits of information that may help you if you are considering applying.
In my case, when I got an acceptance letter to the MBA program, I read in a pamphlet about an alum who did a MBA Leadership Development Program at Bank of America. I looked him up on LinkedIn and chatted with him about the details of the LDP and how ASU prepared him. That was a huge influence on me deciding to attend ASU. I met another alum at an information session of BofA, who was invaluable in providing a referral, interview tips and even ended up being one of my first official recruitment interviews! Through that I was able to land an offer and had a wonderful experience in the Leadership Development Program.
- Health Care Management
- Information Management
- Sports Business
- Supply Chain Management
Career Management Center
- Career Leadership Courses
- Resume Feedback
- Corporate Relationships
- Class size: 119
- Acceptance rate: 14%
- Average GMAT score: 682
- Work Experience: 6 years
ASU has a lot of connections to large corporations, like the following:
- American Airlines
- American Express
- Bank of America
- E & J Gallo
- Johnson & Johnson
Schedule wise, the program is divided into four quarters per academic year with quarter one in August, two in October, three in January and four in March. The course schedule gives you an idea of what topics you will cover.
Summer is open for your required internship.
My experience was a little different than most. When I was turned down for the Full-time program, but accepted to the Evening Program, I wasn’t sure what to do at first. But after so research and speaking with an alum of the Evening Program, I discovered some advantages. Most of these are not available in other evening MBA programs.
First, employers didn’t distinguish between the Full-time and Evening Programs. Both platforms had access to the alumni network and employer recruiting events.
Second, the same professors that taught day-time also taught evening and the course curriculum was virtually identical. As a bonus, I since I had a flexible work schedule, I was able to take day-time classes and network with the Full-time students.
Third, the Evening Program had the same access to the Career Management Center as the Full-time, with all the personalized coaching, training and corporate connections you could need.
Fourth, the Alumni network is open to all graduates, regardless of platform.
Fifth, the tuition was less expensive than the Full-time program.
Sixth, the Evening courses took the same two year time frame as the Full-time.
I was even able to take a sabbatical from my job during school and do an internship with Bank of America, which helped me land a full-time offer. I could keep going, but I think you get the picture. I had to work at it, but I believe I took real advantage of the Evening Program and didn’t feel like my opportunities were limited.
The Evening program cost is $56 K for both residents and non-residents. Definitely something to consider when deciding on Full-time or evening.