MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.
A more affordable alternative to NYU Stern or Columbia Business School, the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College offers a bargain price tag without skimping on the full New York City MBA experience. Given that the school is a City University of New York institution, Zicklin’s tuition rate for both in-state and out-of-state students is comparatively low for a program that is located in the heart of Manhattan and boasts a top-notch core management curriculum. In fact, Zicklin was included among the top 50 business schools ranked by Forbes for five-year return on investment in 2011 and placed second in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 list of MBA programs with the most financial value upon graduation.
The value of a Zicklin degree may be largely due to the opportunities afforded by the school’s proximity to and networking relationships with Wall Street firms and other Manhattan-based companies across a variety of industries. In addition, future financiers have at their disposal such facilities as the Wasserman Trading Floor, a high-tech trading simulator with live data feeds and computer models designed to expose students to real-time market analysis and financial services tools. Alternatively, for students looking to break into the NYC start-up scene, the Field Center for Entrepreneurship provides a number of resources, such as small business counseling, a library of publications and guides for starting a business and business development workshops.