Advice Needed: Local Los Angeles Schools


jvalalay
I am seeking advice as I begin to look into MBA schools.
I have been in the workforce since 2006 managing upwards of 50 employees at once to now working as a private business banker. Currently have not taken my GMATs(plan to take in 4 months but also not a great test taker) but also was not very focused when I was in college, averaging only a 2.33 GPA.
With that said, I am being very realistic here and understand that I will not get into any top tier schools. My current options to stay local within Los Angeles. Below are my current options. Please advise which schools would be best and why?

1. Cal State Long Beach
2. Mount Saint Mary's University
3. Cal State Los Angeles
4. University of Phoenix (very very very last resort, I've heard good and bad information)

any and all information would be greatly appreciated. Also, does the schools accreditation matter?

Thank you and all the Best!

[Edited by jvalalay on Dec 30, 2015]

I am seeking advice as I begin to look into MBA schools.
I have been in the workforce since 2006 managing upwards of 50 employees at once to now working as a private business banker. Currently have not taken my GMATs(plan to take in 4 months but also not a great test taker) but also was not very focused when I was in college, averaging only a 2.33 GPA.
With that said, I am being very realistic here and understand that I will not get into any top tier schools. My current options to stay local within Los Angeles. Below are my current options. Please advise which schools would be best and why?

1. Cal State Long Beach
2. Mount Saint Mary's University
3. Cal State Los Angeles
4. University of Phoenix (very very very last resort, I've heard good and bad information)

any and all information would be greatly appreciated. Also, does the schools accreditation matter?

Thank you and all the Best!
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laurie
Just to clarify - are you looking at full-time or part-time options?

In any case, I would focus on the CSU schools you mentioned. Yes, international accreditation does matter, if a business school is accredited by AACSB, AMBA, or EQUIS, its curriculum and faculty have been rigorously vetted so that you are sure to get a solid education.

With your level of experience and depending on your goals you might also consider executive MBA programs. Generally speaking, entry into EMBAs will depend less on your GPA and GMAT score but more on the quality and length of your work experience.
Just to clarify - are you looking at full-time or part-time options?

In any case, I would focus on the CSU schools you mentioned. Yes, international accreditation does matter, if a business school is accredited by AACSB, AMBA, or EQUIS, its curriculum and faculty have been rigorously vetted so that you are sure to get a solid education.

With your level of experience and depending on your goals you might also consider executive MBA programs. Generally speaking, entry into EMBAs will depend less on your GPA and GMAT score but more on the quality and length of your work experience.
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Gloria7
What did you decide on in the end? I'm in a similar predicament, looking for part time programs in LA.
What did you decide on in the end? I'm in a similar predicament, looking for part time programs in LA.
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laurie
What are your goals? UCLA has an excellent part-time MBA.
What are your goals? UCLA has an excellent part-time MBA.
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