Posted by: Francesca Di Meglio on October 8, 2008
Business schools are getting ever more creative about how to provide flexibility to students. For its part, ESADE in Barcelona, will begin to change its format, so students can choose, as they go along in the program, whether they will complete their MBA in 12, 15, or 18 months. Beginning in September 2009, students will join the program all at once and have the option of when to complete their degree based on whether they want to elongate their experience with internships and study abroad options.
Aspiring MBAs who don’t want to put off their career for too long can expedite their degree by completing the required coursework in one year. Others can take more time. And you can petition to change the length of your degree as you progress and your needs and opportunities change.
As a result of taking all MBA students into the program at one time in the year, the MBA class will get larger. The school anticipates increasing from about 150 to 170 students per class. Still, the essence of the ESADE MBA will remain the same, says Camila de Wit, director of Admissions and Career Services at ESADE. She adds that maintaining the intimacy of the relatively small program will be a top priority for administrators and faculty.
The LEAD (Leadership Assessment and Development) program will remain a focal point of the curriculum. When students join ESADE, they receive an evaluation based on their boss’ and colleagues’ responses to questions about their work and character. The computer creates a graph that depicts what you thought, what your bosses thought, and what your competencies are. The exercise can be an eye opener, says de Wit. "You might think you’re an empathetic person," she adds. "But the people working with you said you have the empathy of a shoe." Through the LEAD program, a coach will help you develop empathy or whatever it is you need to work on. The idea is to help you decide what you are going to do with your life, says de Wit, and how to make the necessary changes to get there.