U.S. News & World Report: “Weigh Costs of Part-Time and Full-Time M.B.A. Programs”

The Lubin School of Business’s Part-Time M.B.A Program offers working professionals like Morgan Stanley’s Saj Sahni (pictured) the opportunity to earn a graduate business degree while continuing to pursue a full-time career. Sahni discusses the challenges of balancing his school and work lives.

Pursuing a part-time M.B.A can offer flexibility, as well as financial and professional advantages.

However, even for M.B.A. candidates for whom a part-time program makes the most sense, there are potential issues beyond finances to consider.

For part-time Pace University Lubin School of Business student Saj Sahni (pictured), balancing his responsibilities poses daily challenges, he told U.S. News & World Report’s Katy Hopkins in the March 14 article,  “Weigh Costs of Part-Time and Full-Time M.B.A. Programs; The major difference is often not in what you pay, but how.”

“It’s really difficult with the workload and your deadlines at work and trying to balance your school work,” says Sahni, who squeezes in homework during lunch breaks at Morgan Stanley. “It’s tough, but you have to do it for the short run.” 



TheStreet: “Morgan Stanley Mulls Smith Barney’less Future”

Morgan Stanley is thinking of getting rid of the Smith Barney brand, made famous by actor John Houseman (pictured) delivering the famous tag line: “We make money the old-fashioned way. We earn it.”

Is it a good idea for Morgan Stanley to get rid of a brand that’s familiar to customers and clients and has its own cache? “Smith Barney is a classic brand,” says Paul Kurnit, a marketing professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. “But, it is quaint, not current, charming, not forward edge….Likely, if it goes away, it will not be terribly missed.”

Why are some bank brands kept while others are gone?  Bear Stearns vanished quickly when taken over by JPMorgan Chase, IndyMac became OneWest, but Bank of America incorporated the Merrill and U.S. Trust brands into its own. Travelers not only kept its name when spinning out from Citi, but paid big for the little umbrella symbol. 

TheStreet polls marketing experts such as Lubin’s Paul Kurnit as to whether it is a good idea for Morgan Stanley to get rid of the Smith Barney brand.