Similar Academic Programs
MIT (Sloan). Sloan has one of the most rigorous core curricula of any MBA program in the world. Leveraging its parent institution’s brand in engineering and the sciences, Sloan’s academics are very data-driven and analytically focused. Even “softer” subjects such as communications and organizational behavior have a strong analytical bent. However, like at Wharton, the number of required core courses is quite limited, providing greater flexibility through the first year.
Chicago (Booth). Booth’s curriculum is even more flexible than Wharton’s, with just one required course and multiple options to fulfill all other requirements. Its student body is known for intellectual curiosity, and the school takes great pride in the academic rigor of its program compared to other, “softer” business schools. Also known as a strong finance school, the academics tend to be quite analytical in nature.
NYU (Stern). Stern has just two required courses in its core curriculum, plus the option to choose five additional courses from a “menu” of seven others. This model has become more popular in recent years so that first-year career-changers can tailor their core experience early in their MBA experience to properly prepare for internships in their chosen field. Someone seeking a position in brand management may want to tailor his or her experience differently than a candidate looking to move onto a sales and trading desk.
Duke (Fuqua). You don’t see many comparisons between Fuqua and Wharton, which tend to attract very different MBA candidates, but their core curricula are remarkably similar. Each school offers students significant flexibility while focusing on the very traditional MBA subjects of statistics, accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and so forth. With Wharton’s increased emphasis on management communications, the two schools’ core requirements have become even more similar in recent years.