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MBA - Which US College?  
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 793 times:

Hi all

I am planning to do an MBA next year and my employer has a preference for a US-based school. I am interested in finding out which are the best ones. I had looked at Harvard as it is world famous, but my company seems to have a preference for a school called Wharton College (apparently its part of the University of Pennsylvania). I had never heard of it, so what do you Americans know about it or any other business schools which I should consider?

Any responses would be gratefully received.


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
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User currently offlineSFOintern From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 770 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 782 times:

This is one of my future considerations too...

Good MBA Programs:

Wharton @ UPenn (they have the best undergrad too)
Harvard
Stanford

Kramer @ UMich
Kellogg (NY)
Anderson @ UCLA
HAAS @ UCBerkeley
USC (it's OK)

The top three are the most competitive.

SFO


User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 772 times:

Go with Wharton if you can make the cut.
I recall reading somewhere that Harvard and Stanford may integrate their biz school to a certain extent- I don't know how comprehensive their agreement will be.

I know you're looking at US schools, but Rotman (UToronto), Schulich (York U) and Ivey (Western) are all rated top 10 (ranking not inclusive of US schools) in the world. Of course, cheap Canadian dollar makes their program look attractive from 'bang-for-the-buck' point of view.


User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 768 times:

Don't forget dear old Dartmouth's Tuck school! Tuck recently got rated by the Wall Street Journal as the corporate recruiter's top business school.

And how many business schools do you know of that have their own ski mountain? Huh?  Wow!

Dartmouth isn't known by many men on the street as a good college. Fortunately, more of the right people know about Dartmouth, and that counts for more.


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 764 times:

Thanks for the advice guys.

Just to reaffirm - it HAS to be a US school. I plan to work in Asia shortly and the Asian view is that if it ain't a US MBA, it ain't a proper MBA.



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 759 times:

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/00/

Don't rely too much on the subjective rankings, but the site shows you decent stats you can judge for yourself objectively.


User currently offlineRojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2452 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 755 times:

This will be short.

Ryanb741

First of all I will take a look at the business week and WSJ ranking of MBA school. Then I will try to get familiar with each MBA, amount of people that apply and percent of people accepted, which are the core courses, with this I mean, in which subject are they top performers. For example, Wharton well known for its top finance courses. Where is it located. Remember that you are going be there for two years, so if you dislike cold weathers...
And the most important thing: value for money. What will you like to do after you graduate. If you want to be on a big bank or a consulting firm, go for top 10, if you want to go for other jobs, you´ll have to see if what you pay for the MBA and the money you make after it has a good return over investment. There are a lot of things you have to meassure. So start early and get a good GMAT score.

Rojo


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 741 times:

SFOIntern,

Just a little correction. Kellog is in Chicago. It's Northwestern University's school of Business.  Smile
By the way, I've been meaning to put you in my respected users list for a while now. So I'm gonna do it now.

Ryanb741,

Try Loyola University in Chicago. They have a good business program too. That's where I'm getting my Business degree from. Hopefully next year.



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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 733 times:

Thanks for the advice.

Remember, my employer is paying 100% so I don't need to worry about cost. My company has a definite preference for Wharton, it's just that I had never heard of it before.



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineRojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2452 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 729 times:

How long do you have to stay with your employer after you graduate??
Here in Mexico my employer also wants to pay for my MBA if I get into a world top 20. The problem is that if you get paid for the MBA, you have to work for them 3 yeares after graduation with a annual salary of $40,000. If you get your own financing, maybe you'll end up with $70,000 in loans, but you can get an annual salary of $180,000. That is a better deal.
Ryan, please consider all alternatives before you make a decision. Wharton is the best MBA school today. My best friend graduated from Wharton's MBA this june and he is working for Mckinsey & Company in Florida with a 6 digit annual income. Remember that once you are in the MBA, you'll have many offers from recruiters and you won´t be very happy if you signed a contract with your previous employer and you want to do something else.

Rojo


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 729 times:

The UK is governed by European Law, which states that employers cannot impose upon the employee that they must remain with the company for any fixed period of time. So technically I could leave my employer on graduation day.

However, out of loyalty to them I would stay with them for a couple of years or so, but then I am sure they will make it worth my while to do so.





I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineSFOintern From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 770 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 725 times:

Tricki, hey thanks!

How could I mistake Kellogg for NY??  Sad

Sorry I wasn't thinking. I was probably thinking about that joke school "Colgate" in NY. Both are named after products.  Smile


User currently offlineUA767-223 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 717 times:

If you're going to work in "Finance", then NYC is a must, and it's Columbia (full time) or New York University (part time).



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