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MBA Programs: The Best-Kept Secret Revealed

Posted by Jared Rand on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 @ 09:00 AM


You’ve done your research on MBA programs, and have resigned yourself to the fact that you’ll have to spend $50-$100k for your MBA. Right? Not so fast. Let me introduce you to the one top 20 business school, my alma mater, that pays you to attend through a working fellowship.

Before I reveal this unicorn, let me share a bit of my story.

The MBA Search

I was shooting pretty high when I began my search for MBA programs. I spent the previous year running my own SAT prep business and becoming an expert test-prep tutor. This helped me score 20 points higher on the GMAT than the average Harvard Business School (HBS) student.

So when I formed my short list of schools, HBS and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business were on the top. I would have never found the unicorn that I’m writing about today if it didn’t happen to also be my undergrad alma mater. Their full-time MBA program is so far off the radar that in some years it’s literally not even ranked (because the number of students is under 40); yet, the online program was ranked #12 nationwide in 2016 by U.S. News and World Report. As soon as I discovered the secret, my short list was out the window and my single application was in the mail.

The Post-MBA Job Search

One more comment before I reveal the unicorn and describe its shiny tusk and glowing mane. By the time I graduated, I had landed a job that doubled my salary and had finally taken my tutoring marketplace national. My experiences in the program were instrumental in helping me reach these milestones.

The point of my braggadocio is just to illustrate by example to you, a high achiever undoubtedly, that this program is worthy of your consideration.

The MBA Unicorn

Without further ado, the MBA unicorn is…

Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst

What Makes Isenberg Unique

The Isenberg full-time MBA program is, to the best of my knowledge, the only program that awards every student a working fellowship that not only covers full tuition, but also provides a stipend and benefits. The savings relative to a typical top-tier, 2-year full-time program is over $100k. Yes, you heard me right. I just saved you $100k. You’re welcome.

I invite you to read more about Isenberg’s Full-Time MBA Program.

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Jared Rand is founder of The Knowledge Roundtable, a free tutoring marketplace. His company helps students find a tutor and helps tutors find more clients. The site is 100% commission and subscription free for students and tutors.

Jared has a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics from UMass Amherst and an MBA in Advanced Financial Analytics, also from UMass.  He has experience writing interactive math problems and solutions and has worked as a full-time tutor. He now has a day job in Boston, MA as a Big Data Analyst while continuing to manage The Knowledge Roundtable.

Topics: GMAT, MBA programs, part-time MBA, full-time MBA, college tuition, MBA Admissions