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The best networking value for someone planning to stay in Texas and specifically DFW. Also, the Business Leadership Center program is something I have not ever heard of before and was very beneficial.
The program is not affordable without financial assistance. If I did not have company-sponsored tuition assistance, I would not have attended the program.
I really enjoyed the variety of courses offered and the flexibility of completing the program. It allowed me to gain a world-class education around my busy work schedule.
The tuition is extremely high and almost not affordable. I was able to greatly improve my skills, however any raise that I have received will barely cover tuition. Career placement services could have been better - they were not up to par with what was offered to full time students and would have been helpful to receive a better return on the investment. That being said, I found this extremely beneficial and would recommend this program to others over the other "cheaper" options.
The Dallas job market is one of the best in the country. SMU Cox has a phenomenal reputation with some of the best faculty in the country. Classes are small and people come from all kinds of different fields.
The program only offers career services to students that are currently enrolled in courses. Had I known this, I would have utilized the career services more before I rushed through the program to complete it.
I had the ability to take classes I was very interested in. That is what drew me to SMU. I did not want to be in a lock step program that was rigid and did not allow you to explore and develop muscles you may not have had prior to entering the program
Many of the tenured professors seamed uninterested in the feedback given my students as far as what they liked and didn't. I would say holding the tenured professors more accountable to the classes feedback would be appreciated.
We had access to the same concentrations that full-time students did so we were able to specialize. We also had the BLC (Business Leadership Center) which allowed us to attend non-credit informational presentations from local business professionals regarding a range of topics - anything from "Advanced Excel" to "Project Management".
I like the idea of assigned groups to start of the program, to help introduce students. Yet perhaps not require the assigned groups for coursework on the first year of core classes, giving the students more flexibility to choice their groups based on similar study schedules/free time and personalities.
The mentoring program is wonderful. I haven't seen any other business schools with this opportunity. DFW has a very large and successful SMU alumni network so the opportunities to expand your network are endless.
The biggest challenge of the part time program is that with many of us have demanding jobs, taking in the amount of information presented and putting it to use during the program is very difficult. As soon as a semester closes, another one begins, so there is often times little time to actually put into action what is being taught during the program. If there was a way to better incorporate what was being learned in the classroom with what the students are currently doing at their current job, that could provide a great benefit.
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