doing a full time MBA with a family


luckyling

Hello, can anybody comment on the possibility of doing a full time MBA with a family?

I have a wife and two small children. Some issues that I'm concerned about:

- do schools have any kind of child care facilities?
- is it generally possible for my wife to work during the program?
- is there any kind of assistance in finding suitable family housing?

I am mainly considering business schools in the US and the UK with the intention of making a permanent move. I would like to know if there are any business schools that take the above issues into account, as I would pursue admission at a school like this above others.

Hello, can anybody comment on the possibility of doing a full time MBA with a family?

I have a wife and two small children. Some issues that I'm concerned about:

- do schools have any kind of child care facilities?
- is it generally possible for my wife to work during the program?
- is there any kind of assistance in finding suitable family housing?

I am mainly considering business schools in the US and the UK with the intention of making a permanent move. I would like to know if there are any business schools that take the above issues into account, as I would pursue admission at a school like this above others.
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Duncan

I think this will vary from country to country, and school to school. It will also be affected by your nationality. Large universities need more staff than small ones, and work opportunities may be mainly on campus. Well-funded universities that own a lot of land or are in areas where land is cheap are more likely to organise childcare, not only for students but also for staff. Residential schools that house most students are more likely to have family housing. In the US and UK, for example, Tuck and Cranfield stand out for me.

I think this will vary from country to country, and school to school. It will also be affected by your nationality. Large universities need more staff than small ones, and work opportunities may be mainly on campus. Well-funded universities that own a lot of land or are in areas where land is cheap are more likely to organise childcare, not only for students but also for staff. Residential schools that house most students are more likely to have family housing. In the US and UK, for example, Tuck and Cranfield stand out for me.
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luckyling

Thank you!

Thank you!
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badux

I think a lot of the bigger schools will have decent support.

Haas has on-campus housing and childcare; the cost for childcare is based on your income:
http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/place/relocating.html

UCLA has three childcare centers and even has staff that comes to your home to help out:
http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/mba-program/anderson-culture/family-life

Harvard has six childcare facilities on campus:
http://hr.harvard.edu/childcare

These are all university resources, not specific to the business schools, so your mileage may vary.

In terms of spouse support, many b-schools will have spouse clubs, etc., like this one at BU:
http://www.bu.edu/questrom/graduate/graduate-life/clubs-organizations/partnersandspousesclub/

But for your wife finding work during your MBA, this will depend on a lot of factors, such as her visa status, etc.

I think a lot of the bigger schools will have decent support.

Haas has on-campus housing and childcare; the cost for childcare is based on your income:
http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/place/relocating.html

UCLA has three childcare centers and even has staff that comes to your home to help out:
http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/mba-program/anderson-culture/family-life

Harvard has six childcare facilities on campus:
http://hr.harvard.edu/childcare

These are all university resources, not specific to the business schools, so your mileage may vary.

In terms of spouse support, many b-schools will have spouse clubs, etc., like this one at BU:
http://www.bu.edu/questrom/graduate/graduate-life/clubs-organizations/partnersandspousesclub/

But for your wife finding work during your MBA, this will depend on a lot of factors, such as her visa status, etc.
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lssaunde

I can't comment on facilities and costs and services in the USA or UK regarding families. I just finished a one year FT MBA at IAE - Aix in France, with my wife and two elementary school age daughters along. I put my daughters in the local public schools, and they learned French very quickly in a sink-or-swim situation; their French is better than mine. My wife was on a long-stay visa with no right to work, but she did not look for a job either. I just put my experiences on here for what its worth to show it is doable - it was not easy, but a truly wonderful family adventure in the end, and an MBA is the cherry on top.

I can't comment on facilities and costs and services in the USA or UK regarding families. I just finished a one year FT MBA at IAE - Aix in France, with my wife and two elementary school age daughters along. I put my daughters in the local public schools, and they learned French very quickly in a sink-or-swim situation; their French is better than mine. My wife was on a long-stay visa with no right to work, but she did not look for a job either. I just put my experiences on here for what its worth to show it is doable - it was not easy, but a truly wonderful family adventure in the end, and an MBA is the cherry on top.
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Duncan

It would be lovely to hear more about your year at Aix. Do many people continue on for the IMD/DIM?

It would be lovely to hear more about your year at Aix. Do many people continue on for the IMD/DIM?
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