ForumWatch: Top B-School or Bust?

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on April 29, 2011

The merits and necessity of earning an MBA degree from one of the elite M7 business schools is a never-ending debate among prospective MBA students on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forum. On one side of the argument are the loyalists, who believe a select group of schools, including Harvard Business School (Harvard Full-Time MBA Profile) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford Full-Time MBA Profile), are the only ones worth attending. On the other side sits the everyman, who believes that one’s choice of school is a personal decision and what is a top school for one person may not be the right fit for another.

Debating the M7 is not for the faint of heart. The forum arguments get heated - and participants sometimes call each other out. People are extremely passionate about the schools to which they are loyal and their ideas about the MBA degree.

For example, one forum participant wrote the following: “Ok, why don’t we rename this thread ‘anyone affiliated with Tuck/Haas/Ross/Stern come and try to complain about the M7 because your favorite school is not part of it.’ So lame.”

A raging debate like this one will probably continue for eternity. Where do you stand? Let us know by getting in on the discussion thread on the forum.

-By Francesca Di Meglio

Editor’s Note: This is one of what we hope will be many blog posts about discussions taking place on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forum, where prospective b-school applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.



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