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**** August 2013 UPDATE – Due to so many great responses to this entry, I’ve made an Ateneo FAQ entry for you to post your questions and inquiries on. I will try my best to answer as many questions as I can. Please check out the updated entry here: https://iamjulienne.com/blog/2013/08/ateneo-mba-faq/  ****

Having lived in Manila the last few years has made me realize that studying in the States has made me miss out on the crucial social network of opportunity that the local Filipino universities offer. While I don’t regret studying abroad, I wish I had college friends to hang out with here in Manila.

However, since I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to school for my Master’s Degree, I figured it would be wise for me to enroll locally. I’d hit two birds with one stone – make friends and get a good education.

Today I enrolled in Ateneo University’s MBA program. I’ve been planning and looking forward to this moment for a while but strangely enough, I was inexplicably nervous as I paid. The tuition fee is steep! That made me hesitate a little bit I strengthened my resolve, paid and sealed my attendance. It’s official. I’m a student again.

The minute I received the syllabi for the 3 classes I’m taking this semester, I was already seriously regretting my decision. I’m signed up for Financial Accounting, Applied Mathematics and Managerial Statistics. I wonder if I have a death wish, taking on a load of 3 calculator burning, mathematics-heavy classes. It almost makes me wonder whether I’m taking my MBA or an Engineering Degree. While I’ve taken these subjects before (in college), it’s been a while and it doesn’t make the material any less challenging. Yikes.

I’m going to be acclimatizing again to a different culture, one that I’ve never ever been exposed to before. Already I’m adjusting to the registration and enrollment process alone. I know I’m not supposed to compare but I can’t help but fondly remember my Undergrad University and how convenient everything was. (example: I never had to pay a fee for wanting to change my schedule. Now, if I ever wanted to switch schedules, even prior to class starting, I have to pay a fee. Sucks.)

Sigh. I’m not looking forward to homework and school stress. But I’m so excited for learning, new experiences and new friends! 😀 Now.. Does anyone know where I can get my textbooks for cheap?

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39 Responses to It’s official! I’m a student again!

  1. eliza says:

    Hi Julienne! I like your blog, but it made me nervous. I got accepted in AGSB. Can you let me know how much you paid for tuition (though email)? Thanks!

  2. Kristofer says:

    Hi Julienne, great article! Reading your blog made me excited and nervous. Can’t wait to start my MBA this 2nd trimester. Same as Eliza’s request, may I ask how much is your tuition for taking 3 pre-mba courses? And when will a student be able to choose their schedule, at the day of the enrollment? Thanks!

    • Julienne says:

      hey, sorry for the delayed response. Tuition’s around 11,800+ for 1 class. 🙂 The tuition itself is around 9k plus fees comes to almost 12k. 🙂 This doesn’t include books yet. Yes you can choose your schedule day of enrollment. Registration and Enrollment just started, I’m not sure if this is still helpful to you 🙂 But let me know if you have any more questions!

  3. Jefferson says:

    Hi Julienne,

    May I know how much do I have to pay upon enrollment? Appreciate your response via personal mail.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

  4. Hi, thanks for your blog. I really needed that one. Today I applied online @ AGSB. My main concern is the tuition fee. So meaning ung 11,800 per subject malinis na un wla na bang like miscellaneous fees ung mga library etc.?

    Gaano kahirap ang entrance exam? Any tips on what I need to review before taking it?
    How about the interview?
    Totoo bang 4 hours ang isang subject kada linggo?
    Thanks!

  5. kat salazar says:

    hi!im planning to enroll.. can i ask for information regarding expenses,entrance exams,environment..
    so that i can prepare my financials for the next year enrollment..thanks your reply will be a good help!

  6. Bri says:

    Hi Julienne,
    I’m also planning to take my MBA at AGSB.
    Can you also send me the total fee that you paid during your first trimester? Also, do you have any tips for the entrance exam?

    Thanks in advance and hope to see you! 🙂

  7. liya says:

    hello. any advice for the interview and entrance exam? how bout the interview? already have an interview appointment next Tuesday.. thanks!

  8. Ching says:

    Hi Julienne. Any tips or pointers for taking a qualifying exam? What is all about? How about the interview? Can you give some example. Highly appreciated your response. Thank you 🙂

  9. Julia Pacheco says:

    Hi Julienne, Similar to Ryan’s questions. May I know how difficult the entrance exam is? How about the interview? Nakakainggit ka because you made it already. 😉

    Im planning to enroll MBA Program for Middle Managers by next sem. I am really worried about the entrance exam.. Need your tips badly. 😉 Highly appreciated your response through my email. Thanks so much in advance. God bless.

  10. Karen Aglipay says:

    Hi Julienne,

    Thanks for this. I will be taking the entrance exam this October. Do you have any tips on what I will review? How about on the interview?

    **I’m a bit nervous. Hope you can respond on my personal email.

    Thanks,
    Charley

  11. Noel Pecina says:

    Hi Julienne,

    Same with them, can you email to me the list of fees for MBA please. Appreciate if you could provide in the nearest possible. Thanks.

    Noel

  12. Icon says:

    Hi! Thank you for the very informative post 🙂 It’s very useful for MBA-wannabes, especially for people like myself who live in Cebu.
    I’m also planning to enroll in AGSB’s MBA program. Like everyone else who commented on your post, I’d like to know how much tuition + other fees I’ll be paying for an entire trimester. When I was inquiring about the different MBA programs AGSB’s offering, I had soooo many questions I forgot to ask or the tuition and other fees. I hope you can send them to me via email also.
    Thank you very much!
    Good luck with your classes, I can’t wait for my turn 🙂

  13. Gar says:

    Hi hope you could also send me a copy of the breakdown of the tuition fee. It would help a lot as I plan to study MBA as well. Thank you in advance, Julienne 🙂

  14. Ace says:

    Jeez guys.. You have time to read a blog but can’t google?? Sure you want to enter an MBA program? <_<

    Just go to the website http://gsb.ateneo.edu/admission-and-registration/applications-faqs

    Tips for all: 1 Quali 1 Quati class. and you'll survive. If you're planning to take 3 or more subjects, good luck balancing work, study, and… life.

  15. Derek says:

    Hi Ms. Julienne,

    I came across with your blog when I was browsing about the MBA program at AGSB. I am currently working at Makati and I would still like to pursue further studies.

    Like all of the people above, I wish to learn more about your experiences since I would be paying the tuition fee with my own savings (given the fact that my salary is REALLY LOW… 🙁 lol):

    * need po ba talaga na may 2 years of working experience prior to enrolling?
    *was the entrance exam difficult? tips naman po on the topics and other review materials na useful 🙂
    *How was the interview?
    *what is the minimum # of classes I can enroll per sem? -mukhang mahal nga kasi talaga ung tuition….
    *linient po ba ung mga prof sa mga working students?

    Hope you can reply…. Kabado kasi ako mag-enroll since engineering grad ako but I want to get know more about the business side of things… hihihi…

    Hope you can reply on my eMail…. Maraming Salamat po in advance… God Bless

  16. Michael Yu says:

    Hi Julienne,

    Could you please email me how much the whole MBA course costs? and also, what should I do to prepare for the entrance exams? Thank you!

  17. Eileen says:

    What can I expect from the entrance test? Difficult? Time pressured? Subjects covered?

    TIA,
    Eileen

  18. JB says:

    Hi

    hi!im planning to enroll.. can i ask for information regarding expenses,entrance exams,environment..
    so that i can prepare my financials for the next year enrollment..thanks your reply will be a good help!

    email me thanks po..

  19. winston perez says:

    hi julienne,

    i have the same situation as derek. hope you can send to me your reply to the questions below. thanks

    Hi Ms. Julienne,

    I came across with your blog when I was browsing about the MBA program at AGSB. I am currently working at Makati and I would still like to pursue further studies.

    Like all of the people above, I wish to learn more about your experiences since I would be paying the tuition fee with my own savings (given the fact that my salary is REALLY LOW… lol):

    * need po ba talaga na may 2 years of working experience prior to enrolling? *was the entrance exam difficult? tips naman po on the topics and other review materials na useful *How was the interview? *what is the minimum # of classes I can enroll per sem? -mukhang mahal nga kasi talaga ung tuition…. *linient po ba ung mga prof sa mga working students?

    Hope you can reply…. Kabado kasi ako mag-enroll since engineering grad ako but I want to get know more about the business side of things… hihihi…

    Hope you can reply on my eMail…. Maraming Salamat po in advance… God Bless

  20. C says:

    Hello Julienne,

    May I know what’s the class schedule. Mahirap ba ung exam? Ano ung mga dapat ireview for the exam? Thanks!

  21. harry says:

    hi! got accepted in AGSB, can you email how much the full fees? thanks

  22. janette k says:

    hi julienne,

    may i ask the amt of tuition fee for the whole mba course please. what will be the scope of entrance exam, any tips? & by d way, how was the interview? please reply thru email. it will be a great help! thank you!

  23. Rommel says:

    Hello Julienne,

    Hope you can also share your reply to the question of derek.
    I’m planning to pursue further studies.

    Thanks in advance!

  24. Arianne Tupaz says:

    Hi julienne!

    I am planning to apply for Atened MBA. I am currently working in Makati and would like to ask about class schedules. Kakayanin ba if im working?

    Hope to hear from you!

    Regards!

  25. edwin says:

    hi julienne,

    i was wondering how much will it cost me to enroll rto the mba program of Ateneo?please emal mre.thanks

  26. Abi says:

    Hi Jul,

    Woah, this is worth reading. Gave me a lot to think about. I am actually considering AGSB but then I worry about the possibility that since I would be a part-time student, this could prolong my term and my studies (I read 2 subject would be tolerable and adding another would be a suicide — which would practically be not a good idea). I’m a graduate of Business Course (Marketing and Advertising Management) DLSU-D ALUMNI (ANIMO!) and I’m hoping some of my subjects would be credited.

    I’m 21 y/o (btw) and currently, I’m working for a well-known Local Bank owned by a Multinational Company and I’m already on my 11th month there. You think I can make it by next year? I plan on this a little early so I could prep up.

    Grateful if I could hear from you! Hoping you’re doing well with your MBA !

    Thanks in advance.

  27. ian says:

    Hi Julienne!
    Kindly tell me naman how you prepared for the entrance exam?
    Any tips/pointers? Was it really difficult?
    How about the interview?
    Hope you could respond at my email.
    Thank you in advance!!

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  29. Efie Salvador says:

    Hi Julienne, Nice Blog by the way. I’m really nervous about my entrance exam this week could you please email me about the details oh how I can prepare please and thank you kind lady 🙂

  30. Mark says:

    What time usually yung classes niyo?

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