Best part-time MBA in Europe - Help wanted


haydaru
Hi,

I have been reading on this sitefor months now, reading blogs and posts, while researching business schools for studying either a part time or en executive MBA.

I am very impressed by the level of information and opinions that are shared on this site.

I have managed to come up with a 6 school shortlist after initially starting with 30+. It has been very difficult to short list any school, because there are so many and all with very good features. I must also admit that the whole process has been very helpful in regards to determine the most important parts for choosing a business school.

Below is the reasoning behind the school selection:
- I live in Denmark and have a demanding job and a family, why i cannot choose a full time track.
- If possible, the best option would be a part time option rather than en executive, in order to get as much "campus experience" and following the full-time track and interacting with students here. My impression of most EMBA?s is that they target a C-suite audience (which i am not).
- I prefer modular MBA tracks, which requires monthly or bi-monthly seminars rather than bi-weekly weekends. Again due to living in Copenhagen and wanting to spend time with my family in the weekends.
- Proximity to an international airport with good connection out of Copenhagen is essential
- International diversity is very important to me, which is why I only have 1 Danish school in the list
- Global and European rankings are important, due to possibilities of international reallocation in the future. However I have made a weighted approach to all available rankings in my selection. I prefer a top school, however cannot afford the likes of LBS, Insead etc. (My company is sponsoring the study, however cost is an important parameter)
- A curriculum which has a high Finance focus combined with either entrepreneurship or innovation as I am very interested in these areas.

Based on above criteria here is my short list of schools:
- Bath School of Management, EMBA (increased rankings, combined curriculum with part time)
- HEC Paris, Part time MBA (top school, part-time, 16 months)
- ESCP Europe, EMBA (Cross European, top rankings, culturally diverse)
- Rotterdam School of Management, OneMBA (Top school, Global program, culturally diverse)
- Henley, EMBA (In Copenhagen, Top 50 School)
- Mannheim Business School, Part time MBA (Part-time, Top school)

Based on your experience I would like to know if you could provide any insight to these schools and perhaps even comment on my current selection criteria. Perhaps I have missed a very important school in my list then please do let me know.

Please provide all replies as constructively and without trashing any of the schools on the list.

I appreciate all your help and look forward to your replies.
Hi,

I have been reading on this sitefor months now, reading blogs and posts, while researching business schools for studying either a part time or en executive MBA.

I am very impressed by the level of information and opinions that are shared on this site.

I have managed to come up with a 6 school shortlist after initially starting with 30+. It has been very difficult to short list any school, because there are so many and all with very good features. I must also admit that the whole process has been very helpful in regards to determine the most important parts for choosing a business school.

Below is the reasoning behind the school selection:
- I live in Denmark and have a demanding job and a family, why i cannot choose a full time track.
- If possible, the best option would be a part time option rather than en executive, in order to get as much "campus experience" and following the full-time track and interacting with students here. My impression of most EMBA?s is that they target a C-suite audience (which i am not).
- I prefer modular MBA tracks, which requires monthly or bi-monthly seminars rather than bi-weekly weekends. Again due to living in Copenhagen and wanting to spend time with my family in the weekends.
- Proximity to an international airport with good connection out of Copenhagen is essential
- International diversity is very important to me, which is why I only have 1 Danish school in the list
- Global and European rankings are important, due to possibilities of international reallocation in the future. However I have made a weighted approach to all available rankings in my selection. I prefer a top school, however cannot afford the likes of LBS, Insead etc. (My company is sponsoring the study, however cost is an important parameter)
- A curriculum which has a high Finance focus combined with either entrepreneurship or innovation as I am very interested in these areas.

Based on above criteria here is my short list of schools:
- Bath School of Management, EMBA (increased rankings, combined curriculum with part time)
- HEC Paris, Part time MBA (top school, part-time, 16 months)
- ESCP Europe, EMBA (Cross European, top rankings, culturally diverse)
- Rotterdam School of Management, OneMBA (Top school, Global program, culturally diverse)
- Henley, EMBA (In Copenhagen, Top 50 School)
- Mannheim Business School, Part time MBA (Part-time, Top school)

Based on your experience I would like to know if you could provide any insight to these schools and perhaps even comment on my current selection criteria. Perhaps I have missed a very important school in my list then please do let me know.

Please provide all replies as constructively and without trashing any of the schools on the list.

I appreciate all your help and look forward to your replies.
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Duncan
Great schools. I think Bath is too volatile as a long term investment.
Great schools. I think Bath is too volatile as a long term investment.
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maubia
Hi,
are you sure about HEC's length? It's one week per 24 months

http://www.mba.hec.edu/Explore-the-program/Part-time-option
Hi,
are you sure about HEC's length? It's one week per 24 months

http://www.mba.hec.edu/Explore-the-program/Part-time-option
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haydaru
I agree that Bath might be too volatile a school. I also considered Cass and Imperial. The only reason why I still kept Bath in there was due to the higher overall rankings.
In your opinion, what would be a better choice?

Hi,
are you sure about HEC's length? It's one week per 24 months

http://www.mba.hec.edu/Explore-the-program/Part-time-option

You are right. I still consider this to be modular though, as it is every month rather than every week.

Are you familiar with HEC? how is HEC compared to the other schools if you look past ratings?
I agree that Bath might be too volatile a school. I also considered Cass and Imperial. The only reason why I still kept Bath in there was due to the higher overall rankings.
In your opinion, what would be a better choice?

<blockquote>Hi,
are you sure about HEC's length? It's one week per 24 months

http://www.mba.hec.edu/Explore-the-program/Part-time-option</blockquote>
You are right. I still consider this to be modular though, as it is every month rather than every week.

Are you familiar with HEC? how is HEC compared to the other schools if you look past ratings?
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Duncan
Bath has higher rankings this year, but it moves up and down. Lots of British schools have disappeared from the rankings. Cranfield and Warwick have modular MBAs, but I think you are right to aim for as much classroom time as frequently as possible.

HEC is one week *per month* over 24 months. That's pretty good. I'm a fan of HEC. It's a transcendentally strong brand, much stronger than ESCP. But all of the programmes you are looking at are strong. I'd choose on the question of fit, with your professional goals and learning style, from them.
Bath has higher rankings this year, but it moves up and down. Lots of British schools have disappeared from the rankings. Cranfield and Warwick have modular MBAs, but I think you are right to aim for as much classroom time as frequently as possible.

HEC is one week *per month* over 24 months. That's pretty good. I'm a fan of HEC. It's a transcendentally strong brand, much stronger than ESCP. But all of the programmes you are looking at are strong. I'd choose on the question of fit, with your professional goals and learning style, from them.
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haydaru
Hi Duncan,

Thanks. Are you familiar with Henley in Denmark? Would you say that they are comparable with Henley in the UK?
Hi Duncan,

Thanks. Are you familiar with Henley in Denmark? Would you say that they are comparable with Henley in the UK?
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Duncan
The course is the same, but Henley has a stronger position in the Danish market (and in the Nordic/Scandinavian region) than in the UK because it's been the leading English-language EMBA there for a long time.
The course is the same, but Henley has a stronger position in the Danish market (and in the Nordic/Scandinavian region) than in the UK because it's been the leading English-language EMBA there for a long time.
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