We here at the Invited MBA often get the question of how our mini-MBA program compares to HBX and which one you should take. It’s a great question, particularly since we’re big fans of HBX. Heck, our founder is a proud HBS alumnus, as are many of our facilitators! Given that, we wanted to share a few beliefs built deep into our program that make us different then HBX, and why the Invited MBA might be the place for you.
1. If you learn best by doing, the Invited MBA might be for you. – We have no issue with problem sets or discussing business issues (in fact, we include a few case discussions ourselves!), but the lion’s share of our curriculum is focused squarely on learning by doing. The simulation experiences that capstone each section (strategy, finance, and people management) have been used at 1000s of the top organizations in the world and put you right in the shoes of the executive or people manager. We don’t put much credence in the question “how would you act here?”, but rather implore you to ACT and learn from the consequences.
2. If you believe that there is magic from spending time together, the Invited MBA might be for you. – We believe that the online courses that you work through on your own time have a place in learning business skills (in fact, we have extensive materials to help those new to finance get up to speed). Further, we totally see the power of discussion boards and their type of “engagement” (heck, we watched the Reddit coordinated Gamestop trading efforts with deep admiration!). For us though, we think there is a magic to live, synchronous conversation. Given that, we’ve designed our program so that you have time to get to know your study group, your fellow classmates, and a whole set of mentors with experience where you want to go.
3. If you want to join an intimate community that looks out for its own, the Invited MBA might be for you. – Let’s just say it: we have a smaller network than Harvard. And we’ve got a lot less professors who built a framework in the 90s and have been teaching it for 20+ years. Being a part of our community means something different than having a badge and getting to watch a video of Michael Porter. It means taking classes from business executives who respond to your emails and being part of a growing community that consciously and intentionally supports its own in learning, growth, and long-term professional aspirations.
There’s a time and a place for everything (yes, even including Harvard). That said, we set out to create something different with the Invited MBA. If you’re ready to think a little differently and have the same beliefs as us, we’d love to have you join us. Our upcoming Spring cohort starts on March 9th and the last deadline is February 15th – Apply Now!