Review of Claremont Graduate University

Reviewed by A. Lopez ramos Studied: MBA in Finance
Graduation Year: 2011 Employment Status: Employed (At time of review) Date of Review 11 Jul 2014 Type of Student: Domestic Country of Origin: United States
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Course Information

Please describe your course covering all or some of the following areas: course/application requirements, the enrolment process, course duration, course content, subjects covered.

The MBA program requires the completion of 60 units over the course of 4 semesters (i.e. 2 years). Students are required to complete 36 units of core classes and 26 units of electives, specializing in one of the following five areas: finance, marketing, strategy, leadership, and global management.

Why did you choose this course?

Course Content
Course Reputation
Career Enhancement
Recommended

With regards to learning, what did you gain from your course? Subjects/lectures you most enjoyed and why

The most profound experience was the integration of different fields of academia into the Management curriculum. Professors always strove to incorporate knowledge from different fields in order to develop well-trained, holistic leaders. This exercised is one of its philosophies: management as a liberal art. I also enjoyed its focus on leadership and organization behavior, infused in the different management fields.

Please tell us how you felt about class sizes, teaching quality, diversity, student support

Class size was incredible. Average class size was 15 students to 1 professor. The smallest class I had only retained 6 students. The largest class I had comprised of 22 students.

Campus and facilities

Why did you choose this institution?

Reputation
Course Availability

Please tell us how you researched the institution

General internet search. Spoke with current students to learn of their experiences. Sat in on a class to get an understanding of the classroom environment.

The types of facilities available and how they helped with your experience

The program boasts a comprehensive library, which came in handy during mid-terms and final exams. The program also provided students with a Bloomberg terminal (great for finance students).

Socially what was available on campus and off campus? Were there any student groups available such as the student union? Were there any networking opportunities to help you after your course

Social and academic student groups at the Drucker School of Management abound. Personally, I participated in the Finance and Marketing club, as the well as in the Drucker Golf Club. But, there are other social and affinity clubs, too, not to mention different alumni chapters, which host social mixers in different regions of the state and country.

If you were living on campus or in rented accomodation please tell us about your experience, cost of living, the area, housing support, safety and security, study facilities

I did not live on campus. I commuted from home.

Career & Advice

How did your course help with your past or present career? Do you feel your course opened more opportunities for you?

All courses had a practical dimension to them, which has allowed me to apply and incorporate many of the lesson I leaned in the classroom setting. Many courses also required students to work on work-related projects and consulting engagements. These exercises added value to theory and made me a more competitive job applicant.

What advice do you have for students who wish to study your course?

No advice. The program is straightforward and friendly to the inexperienced or novice business student. Faculty love to teach, but more importantly, know how to teach, and they will take you from the fundamentals to the complexities of any problem rather quickly.

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