​​​​​Babson Blended Learning: Test It Out Blended Learning

Babson Blended Learning: Test It Out is for prospective students interested in experiencing Babson’s MBA firsthand, through a gr​aduate-level, blended learning course.

Babson Blended Learning: Test It Out is open to students interested in the Blended Learning MBAEvening MBA, or the Master of Science in Business Analytics. On-campus classes for the May/June session of Test It Out will take place at Babson's Wellesley campus and all interested students must be willing to come to this location for these sessions.

This cohort of prospective students will be taught by Senior Lecturer in Management, Dwight Gertz.

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 Wednesday, May 10, 2017 and run through Friday, June 30, 2017.

Wednesday, May 10On-campus session (online simulcast available), 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday, May 16Online session, 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 3On-campus classes, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET
Friday, June 30On-campus classes, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET

Successful completion of the Decisions course will allow students who subsequently enter an MBA part-time program, the Master of Science in Business Analytics, or the Certificate in Advanced Management program to earn 3 advanced standing credits.* 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.

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.

*These credits can be applied towards your graduate program should you start the  program in the fall 2017 term or spring 2018 term.
Please note the Blended Learning MBA program, CAM program, and MSBA Fall 2017 class do not require the GMAT. 

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"The Test-It-Out Program not only helped clinch my decision that the Babson Blended Learning MBA was right for me, but also provided thorough knowledge of the business strategy concepts in the course. I strongly recommend it to those interested in the Babson MBA."
​—Dan Huelsman

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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 is required. Books and transportation are not included in fee.

Email Katherine McVey or call 781-239-4385 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.