Why EY’s Free Online MBA For Employees Is No Threat To B-Schools

EY has forged a unique partnership with Hult International Business School to offers its employees an online MBA for free

For years, business schools have anxiously watched and worried about corporate attempts to educate their own employees. The biggest impact of these efforts has been by far on executive education, highly lucrative multi-day and multi-week certificate courses offered at many of the top business schools.

But now, there’s a new potential threat in the announcement that EY, the Big Four accounting and consulting giant, has partnered with Hult International Business School on an online MBA program that it will make available for free to all of EY staffers across the world. Within hours of the announcement last week, the firm’s top talent chief heard from many 20-something professionals.

“That is the single most popular constituent I have heard from,” says Trent Henry, EY Global Vice Chair for Talent. “They said,

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