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Typical MBA Program vs. Ours

Most MBA programs take 2 years, full-time. During those two years, course coverage will typically be equally spent:
1. re-coverning material from prerequisite courses,
2. professorial editorializations (make of that what you will) on world affairs,
3. remediating general short-comings,
4. covering course material proper — composed of 1 part "pearl" to 99 parts filler. (No secret: Textbook authors get paid "by-the-pound.")

Depending upon the school, you'll have to read (daily) several cases (of up to 100 pages) and prepare (write) your "solution." Oh, joy. Were you to be learning anything useful, you could contend that, in the long-run, your time would prove well-spent. Sadly, you'll likely learn little of worth career-wise. Principal value most typically stems from a shiny, new, (hopefully) gold-plated Rolledex. (The latter's luster a function of your chosen school's "name.")

Virtually all MBA programs have been grossly dumbed-down. Calculus, e.g., used to be a prerequisite at any good school. Today, the analytical component of all but three — that we're aware of — schools has become laughable.

In contrast, we take two weeks to cover more than the MBA core and at a depth equating with the EMBA entirety. (We take advantage of the fact that engineering programs have maintained their rigorous coverage over the decades, i.e., you're used to thinking hard.) While we've been doing so for years, only now, Kellogg School (Northewestern) and a few others are attempting to accelerate their programs ... though largely by further dumbing-down their EMBA content.

We presume that you've been exposed to mathematics through vector analysis and partial differential equations. Relax, we're didn't just fall off the proverbial cabbage truck; we don't expect absolute recall. However, we do presume that you're able to conceptualize a system of differentials — at least in 3-space. Why? Because, businesses are precisely such ... in n-space.

Everyone knows that the physical world is awash in apt metaphors for such systems: meteorology, geophysics, astrophysics. However, you can readily map Maxwell, Brownian motion, div/grad/curl/Laplacian, etc., across the board to business. The initial, isa-1 module, is strictly deterministic. ISA-2 and subsequent modules incorporate probability, as well, typically in the form of Monte Carlo simulation. In the advanced (read: financial and marketing "engineering") modules, you'll progress from vector calculus concepts to some from particle physics.

 

Caveat: Don't even think about presenting your business observations/solutions to senior management mathematically, though. Doing so would all-too-likely make someone senior to you feel (look?) stupid; if so, god (lesser deity) help you. Use Excel, instead, and avoid battles which need not be won.

Specifically, with us, you'll learn to utilize your mathematics in real-world analytics on real-world datasets while couching your "solutions" entirely in executive-friendly and familiar Excel ... with much help from (free!) add-ins.