Posted by: Louis Lavelle on July 14, 2011
How much is the cheapest MBA from the top-10 business school cost? How about free?
Hundreds of schools - the top business schools included - have put lectures, seminars and courses online or on iTunes, offering the general public a chance to sample their curriculum, listen to their professors and pretend they’re in class. Take or listen to enough of them and you may well craft yourself the rough equivalent of an MBA. Unfortunately, there’s no diploma printout.
Take lessons on the Japanese economy from Columbia Business School (Columbia Full-Time MBA Profile) or entrepreneurship from Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford Full-Time MBA Profile). Listen to a discussion about case methods from Harvard Business School (Harvard Full-Time MBA Profile). If you’re short on time, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management (Kellogg Full-Time MBA Profile) has interviews with professors that are only 10 minutes long to a half-hour. Use these podcasts to brush up on your knowledge, learn something new or get ready for b-school as you work out or commute.
Fewer of the top-10 schools offer opencourseware, which are online classes taught and recorded by those schools’ professors and are open to the public.
MIT’s Sloan School of Management (Sloan Full-Time MBA Profile) famously has more than 100 courses, ranging from math to communication to ethics. Many of Columbia’s free courses require a student ID, but the school does offer a public speaking course among its many offerings. The economic courses at the University of California, Berkley, aren’t part of the Haas School of Business (Haas Full-Time MBA Profile), but it’s a subject that most b-school applicants should know. The Wharton School (Wharton Full-Time MBA Profile) at the University of Pennsylvania has Knowledge@Wharton, which publishes Wharton research about various topics, from real estate to health economics and human resources.
—Kiah Lau Haslett