The Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University is a prestigious business school, known for its “focus on ethics, entrepreneurship, international business, and creative course work.” Located on BYU’s main campus in Provo, Utah, the MBA program recruits top-quality teaching staff, well versed in both academia and real-world business. “Some professors from Harvard push very hard on case,” while others spend more time discussing business theory and ethics. Either way, critical thinking is emphasized, and “class materials and case studies are organized and presented in a method that solicits strong group discussions and forces students to think outside of their comfort zone in analyzing problems and complex business situations.”BYU students note that, “The dual emphasis on excellence in publishing and on effective teaching is very demanding on the faculty.” Even so, professors take the time to build interesting lesson plans, and class “presentations are witty and memorable.” You’ll never snooze through a lecture, as BYU’s “professors are absolutely outstanding and able to communicate ideas and to keep class engaging.” Classes routinely incorporate discussion, and there is a “strong focus on group work” throughout the program. Additionally, “Experiential learning opportunities are excellent” at BYU. “Activities, field studies, cases, and opportunities to work with companies are really prevalent,” giving students a chance to apply their studies outside the classroom. A student details, “I have participated in a student-run venture capital fund that provides opportunities to work on real deals and develop great analytical skills.” “Being an LDS-sponsored institution, ethics and honesty are a regular and critical part of class discussions,” and faith ties the community together. Across the board, BYU professors have a “deep, vested interest in their students.” A current student recounts, “I have had many professors meet with me to help with assignments, career advice, and job searches. I’m amazed at how caring the professors have been.” Overseeing a large MBA program takes some brawn, and the “administration is extremely understaffed” at BYU, and therefore, “runs very lean.” However, when it comes to overall attitude, students are pleased to report that, “The administration and professors are on the same page; they are innovative, well organized, and strive for continual improvement.” Best of all, BYU won’t break the bank. Savvy business students are pleased to point out that, “Tuition is subsidized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” making BYU a surprisingly affordable option.
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