I began my dual MBA program in the Fall of 2009 and it is now the Spring of 2012.  I won’t be done this year but certainly next year.  I could speed it up a bit if I took summer classes but quite honestly, I can only take the academic environment one semester at a time with the summers off.    So here’s a run down of the courses I’ve taken and what I’ve learned.

  • Econ 601 – US domestic economics which introduces you to basic economic theory.
  • Econ 602 – International economics which introduces you to basic international economic theory.
  • Stats 601 – Basic statistical course (this is where academia largely goes wrong).
  • Bus 601 – Don’t really remember this course but I think it was some sort of ethics class.
  • Mgmt 601 – Introduction to basic management principles
  • Mgmt 602 – Management and Information Technology
  • Mgmt 603 – Leadership and managing change
  • Mgmt 604 – International operations management – supply chain logistics
  • Mgmt 605 – International management
  • Acct 601 – Financial reporting and analysis
  • Fin 602 – Introduction to finance principles
  • Mktg 601 – Introduction to domestic marketing principles
  • Mktg 602 – Introduction to international marketing principles

 

I can definitively tell you that the MBA program is 80% filler and 20% meat.    There is no real rationalization for much of the program other than to keep the university ecosystem of free-loading administration officials, lackluster professors, and other employees going.

The best analogy I can think of is the stuff I order from Amazon.   If you order a screw-driver from Amazon, it will come in a box too big for the object, an air bag filled with air, some sort of advertisement to order again, a receipt/packing slip and the actual screw driver probably wrapped in useless plastic molding.

All you really want is the screw driver but you have to take the garbage that comes with it too.    The first thing you do is toss out the garbage and begin to use the tool.

I have two more classes in the fall and then six next year and I’m done but the program is already paying off as I’m being solicited left and right by some pretty good firms.   I’ll stick with my present employer though until I’m sure this economy is on solid footing.

By the way, in case you’re wondering what those last few classes are they are primarily more finance and management classes.   I hope to write more frequently as soon as I get done with the three term papers due in the next few weeks.