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Thinking about going for the 1-year mba since I know exactly what I want to exit to and would like to save money if possible. Are there drawbacks I’m missing that make a 2-year worth it?

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Isn’t the whole point of an mba to circle jerk network with other ivy attendees for as long as possible? The actual degree is a bunch of bullshit you can pick up for free through MOOCs.

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Nope. Circle jerk.

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The only good 1-year MBA is INSEAD, some other schools are exploring this (e.g. Kellogg), but I've heard very mixed feedback from people on other programs.

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I got into both 1yr and 2yr at a bunch of top MBAs, chose the 1yr. Benefit of the 2yr would have been internship (which i didn’t need), and spending another full year networking (which would have been nice)

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Insead and Kellogg are the strong 1yrs

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Lots of people in two year programs also know what they want to exit to, but an internship makes it easier to switch industries if that’s your goal. A one year program may make it more difficult to recruit and get your exit.

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Yep, it’s easier to take a punt on a career changer when you are testing them in an internship rather than giving them a full time offer. Hence consulting, IB, big tech etc all approaching it this way.

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Have you considered executive format? Two years and 60 credits, but you keep your day job (which dramatically improves the ROI, since you're not forgoing the income).

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I transitioned from 20 years in government and went to 1yr at a tier 2 school. Looking back, the education was lacking and the real hero was my career coach. I landed in consulting (luckily). The best part of the education was the supply chain strategy capstone. There was a fair amount of “language and jargon” that I picked up and a scholarship paid for a good chunk. Even at full price, it was the right choice for me. I wouldn’t recommend it for people still trying to “figure it out” or those that are counting in networking to find something.

Only two drawbacks are you meet less people and you don't get a mulligan on recruiting your second year

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