Commercial means dealing with commerce in some facet, usually in a facing role with industry.
You probably wouldn't take a paycut if you transitioned to the federal government. 45K is the bare minimum for many agencies and departments.
Thanks, I'll search for the thread now. Congrats on finishing your jd/mba (well you're almost done!) and moving into your doctoral program. I'm thinking about a phd in organizational mgmt. Just found out my GMAT scores expired last Sept so that sucks
I agree that the MBA doesn't give you enough foundation for a phd program. I have a masters in a quantitative field so I'm hoping I'll be prepared
An MBA is one of those programs where you really benefit by going full time. Top schools focus more on networking and job placement than academics. Many classes are case-based and the benefits come from the in-class discussions and group projects.
To answer your question: I'd go with Kelley and save the money.