Blended Learning

Babson: Test It Out is for prospective students interested in experiencing a Babson working professionals programs firsthand, through a gr​aduate-level, blended learning course.

  • 8-week MBA elective class designed for prospective students 
  • Course cost is just $500, but the 3 credits you earn* can later be applied towards the Blended Learning MBA, Evening MBA, MSBA, or Certificate in Advanced Management programs (a cost savings of at least $4,804)
  • Course combines online learning with two in-person class sessions at Babson’s Wellesley campus.

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The course, Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: How Managers Make Good and Bad Choices, will be taught in the blended learning format with both online learning and collaboration as well as on-campus classes. The course will start with a mandatory kickoff on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and runs through Saturday, July 21, 2018. This cohort of prospective students will be taught by Senior Lecturer in Management Dwight Gertz.

Tuesday, May 29 Kickoff, 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 5 Webinar, 8 p.m. ET
Friday, June 22 On-campus class, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, July 21 On-campus class, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET

Students who complete the Babson Test It Out course with a grade of B or better are eligible to receive a GMAT test waiver should they later apply into the evening program.

*These credits can be applied towards your part-time graduate program should you pass Test It Out with at least a B and start your part-time graduate program in the fall 2018 term or spring 2019 term.
Please note the Blended Learning MBA program and CAM program do not require the GMAT. 

Because Test It Out is designed to help prospective students explore Babson, Babson alumni and former Test It Out participants are not eligible to enroll. International students who require a student visa to study in the U.S. are not eligible to enroll.

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Students must have at least 2 years of full-time work experience and a bachelor’s degree.

If qualifications are met, a $500 nonrefundable registration fee at time of registration is required. Books and transportation are not included in fee.

Email Colleen Hynes or call 781-239-6303 with any questions about Test It Out.

Course Description

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: How Managers Make Good and Bad Choices

MBA students are exposed to a wide variety of concepts and tools which should enable them to make intelligent decisions. However, the decision making performance of corporate managers, most of them trained in these concepts and tools, is very uneven.

This course will seek to enable a student to understand some key factors that can influence the quality of decision making. Using case examples from both business and government, the course will build on a basic understanding of analysis and decision making to expose participants to the circumstances that can limit the effectiveness of the techniques they have learned and help them understand the challenges they will face as members of leadership teams making complex choices throughout their careers. Students will also learn about the factors involved in providing information for decision-making, and the roles that information technology plays in decision situations. 

At the conclusion of the course, students will have an appreciation for the factors they will encounter in leadership roles and the methods they can employ to ensure that they contribute to the making of good decisions. Their exposure to the broad topics presented should also acquaint them with areas which may draw their interest for more intensive study in specific academic disciplines.