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Name worth the $$$$

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by GUN1PDX, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. GUN1PDX

    GUN1PDX Portland Metro Member

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    I am thinking of going to Graduate school to earn my MBA or a JD. Not sure yet. The question that is bugging me is: Is it worth spending the $70,000+ for a "name" college or is the degree from a local university just as good? Your responses are much appreciated.

    BTW, I am aware no matter what, I will need loans, thats a given. :(
     
  2. Wierzbowski

    Wierzbowski Sherwood Member

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    I got an MBA from Portland State about 5 years ago. If I were doing it again, I'd go to a "name" school (or at least the U of O). It shouldn't mean a lot, but it does in the real world.

    Come to think of it, I'd be tempted to get the J.D. instead.
     
  3. dolooper

    dolooper Coast Range, or thereabouts Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't be surprised if a 70th percentile showing at the Wharton School or similar sells better in the marketplace than a 5th percentile showing locally.

    I've been thinking about getting an MBA. I've heard good things about the Oregon Executive MBA, which is U of O partnering with OSU and PSU. You can get it in two years while working. It's in Portland. I think the program runs about $50k.

    I haven't thought seriously about a JD in 20 years.
     
  4. BeerWaggin

    BeerWaggin Beaverton New Member

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    My sister in law has a MBA from Wharton, with a chemical engineering degree from OSU. You'd flip if you accidentally got her paycheck in the mail...

    I think where you get your MBA means more today than it did ten years ago.
    Ten years ago, MBA's where rare. Today, much more common.

    Certainly don't take offense to my statement if your MBA isn't from a high dollar school. MBA's show a lot of discipline and knowledge regardless of where they came from and it's to bad that society chooses dollars over the same hard work and dedication from someone that doesn't have the pocket book.
     
  5. Ballistic

    Ballistic Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    Ultimately, your grades are more important the school it came from. I would think most employers want a great performer over a great name.

    Of course, if you can get great grades AND a great school, you can write your own ticket.
     
  6. GUN1PDX

    GUN1PDX Portland Metro Member

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    Not sure what line of work you are in, but why would you go the JD route instead?
     
  7. GUN1PDX

    GUN1PDX Portland Metro Member

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    Oh, I wasn't aware that employers check grades?? Even though you are right, good grade and good name should be a formula for success.
     
  8. GUN1PDX

    GUN1PDX Portland Metro Member

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    I have submitted my resume to Cornell, will be sending over trancripts in the near future. Will keep you guys updated to see if my PSU BS is good enough. 3.70 should help too, I hope!