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Perhaps Anderson’s most unique aspect is the international coursework opportunities. I took courses with universities in Hong Kong, Barcelona, Germany, and Paris. At these institutions we met faculty staff, industry leaders, leading economists, and researchers, and got a firsthand glimpse into international businesses and economies. These trips make for lifetime experiences as we traveled, lived, dined, and studied as one – students and faculty members all together. We did several assignments, research papers, and presentations leading up to these trips. The trips were intense, with lots of learning and fun compressed into one week (each trip). Then there were follow-up assignments and exams based on our learning. It was all very enriching and memorable!
I'd like the school to not require Part time students to identify that distinction (being part time) during on campus recruiting.
The thesis program, called GAP, is one of the most rigorous among any MBA program, even the full-time program. The experience gained from that is unique and special.
The best electives are offered during mid-week, which makes it tougher for long distance commuters so some weekend option for these electives should be made available.
This part time program gives you every feeling (rigor, experience, etc) of a full-time experience in offering events, classes, access to faculty in a way that differentiates it from other programs. In speaking to individuals who attend other local programs, they revel at the level of offerings and care that the program puts into making itself better. Also the level of care and attention made to student-initiated comments and activities is incredible. The encouragement and recognition received for these efforts has also been a landmark of the program.
The thesis program was long and exhausting. Perhaps it could have been shortened but I feel quite proud of having completed it.
The breadth of international immersion studies is unlike any other part-time MBA program. The part-time program at Anderson also tends to draw high-aptitude, type-As who welcome challenge and leadership opportunities given their management-level work experience.
Better spacing of classes would've been appreciated. There were some quarters where I was interested in 4-5 classes and some where I had a lukewarm interest in 1-2.
Students in the part-time program take the same exact courses/curriculum/professors as the full-time students and have access to the same resources and opportunities. Furthermore, the global programs, such as the Global Access Program (GAP) and the international study trips, are a distinguishing feature. In particular, the Global Access Program is a program in which students apply learnings in courses to a real world setting by consulting on a project for an international company, and come up with a business plan.
I would like to see more emphasis on basic hard skills in analytical or office related software programs. I would also like to see more data analytics incorporated into the core marketing curriculum.
Due to the global network that UCLA has, they are able to offer a tremendous amount of international opportunities for their students. Going on several of these trips and learning what made specific economies tick was fantastically enriching for me. It really created the more global focus that I will have on my career going forward.
The program should drastically increase the academic standards for students and faculty. Replace under qualified adjuncts with qualified PhD level faculty, especially in important courses such as the GAP international thesis.
I could tailor the program to my needs. I didn't want to take finance courses because I am mainly an operations and strategy guy. UCLA offered great courses in these area
I was not prepared for the time commitment the PT MBA at UCLA Anderson demanded and though students had warned me about the rigor, I didn't realize how much time and effort would be placed here. I would like employers to be better educated about the rigors of the program and the quality of students attending here at Anderson, both full-time and part-time. We have a number of Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Yale, etc., undergrads who attend the part-time program because of the program's flexibility with work.
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