One question that is asked frequently relates to a particular school’s usage (or not) of the “case method.” Some potential students mistakenly believe that the case method is used by all schools and/or that all schools use the case method the same way. Both statements are false. So how do you uncover the truth?
We’ve written a couple of times (here and here) that students should make every attempt to visit individual schools that they’re really interested in. One of the primary reasons for visiting campus is to understand the dynamics and culture of the learning environment. And how a particular school uses (or not) the case method plays an important role.
For example, the admissions team at Darden recently posted a video highlighting how they use the case method, which is embedded below. Even if you’re not applying to Darden, it is interesting to watch.
The Darden team even goes so far as to show how they apply the case method to more “technical” subjects like Accounting.
The broader point is that you need to do you own research, by school, to make sure you understand how an individual school’s learning environment will (or not) suit your personality and learning needs.