Diamonds in the Rough: Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business

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The Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech may rival MIT Sloan and Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School with respect to its focus on the direct application of Internet technology to global business problems. The school’s rather small (75 students each year) and innovation-focused program was nevertheless ranked 23rd among full-time MBA programs by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2012.

Situated in the heart of Technology Square in Midtown Atlanta, Scheller offers students numerous networking and innovation resources within the city’s high-tech business community, including the Advanced Technology Development Center business incubator. Billing itself as “the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based program of business and industry assistance, technology commercialization, and economic development” on its Web site, the Enterprise Innovation Institute, or EI2, also provides students with resources for career options at the intersection of business and technology. As an indicator of the school’s overall strengths in information technology and operations management, a large portion of Scheller’s study body tends to come from engineering and computer science backgrounds (51% of the Class of 2015).

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