A few weeks back, I posted an entry called Iowa State MBA. I attended an informational seminar on their program and examined my reasons for attending.
Last night, I engaged the "Fairness Doctrine" and attended the same intro session for the University of Iowa. Yes…it’s Hawks vs. Clones.
U of I offers their Tippie School of Business MBA classes in a dedicated building over in West Des Moines. Their curriculum is flexible as expected with any part-time program for working professionals. The head of the WDM satellite campus gave an informal (with Power Point) and informative presentation that highlighted the superior rankings and quality of education provided by the U of I. Common themes echoed were the ease of the application process, the national ranking of the MBA program, and the quality of the faculty. Another key point is that the WDM satellite campus is 100% dedicated to the students. No shared facilities. No reason to drive to Iowa City to do anything. Very niiiiccccce.
Another key feature is their "Pre-MBA" status. This allows you to begin taking classes (up to 3 in 12 months) by simply submitting a resume and an unofficial transcript (photocopy or whatever). The student then has 12 full months to complete the formal application process, GMAT, etc. Wow. That’s pretty neat. And…you have absolutely NO status difference than your fully applied student-partners.
All in all, the program looks great.
I’ve had some comments provided offline about the ISU program and would love to hear about BOTH from anyone that attended.