I have a problem with my grad school – a big one.
I’m enrolled in an MBA program in a well-known New York University (no, not NYU). My major is Information Systems and I’m currently finishing up my first semester.
I had been considering taking a second major since before I even enrolled (an option the college allows). However, I wasn’t certain which secondary major I wanted to take, so I didn’t declare it right away. This isn’t a problem at the school – you can change your major after enrollment.
Having taken some time during the semester to look through the school catalog and speak to some people, I figured that a major in Operations Management would be just the thing. The courses look interesting, it’s something I can see myself being involved in for the next twenty years or so, and it is a good fit/compliment for the IS courses.
However, when I went to register for the courses for the Fall Semester, I found that none of them were being offered. A check of the (current) Spring semester and the summer semesters shows that the Management Science courses necessary for this major weren’t being offered either.
I spoke to someone in Acedemic Advisement, and they informed me that due to a lack of demand the courses were discontinued quite a while ago. Needless to say, this came as a big surprise to me – it’s still in the school’s catalog, and the school’s website still shows the major and courses. I emailed the Chairman of the Operations Deptartment. Here was his response:
To be honest, I’m more than a bit annoyed. Had I known that the Management courses weren’t going to be available, I might have selected a different school. True, I didn’t ask at the time of enrollment if the program was available, but you’d think that if it’s on the school’s website and in the catalog, then it should be available!
But now I’m kind of stuck. I’ve already taken out student loans for this college. I can’t start over at another school – that would just be throwing away the time and money already invested (please don’t bring up “sunk costs”). Does anyone have any suggestions? I’d love to find out if there is any interest in the Operations Management courses so that I could go back to the Chairman and have the courses reinstated, but I have neither the time nor money to start a public relations campaign. Do I have any recourse against the school to force them to offer the classes?
Any advice/suggestions are greatly appreciated.