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30 rank b-school now OR top school later - SOS!!

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New post 22 Apr 2005, 09:50
I'm accepted to ~30 rank B-school (everything covered)

i din't apply to any top school because my gmat was low (650) and working experience (had 6 months of full time and 2 years of part time experience) was not completely stellar.
i could have applied to 20-25 rank school, but as an international student i was afraid to take a loan.

so I have 2 alternatives:
1) to go to 30-rank MBA this fall
2) to finish my MS in Economics this year and to lend some job, work for a couple of years, and then apply to top school. However, as an international student i'm not sure whether I will find a job in US that will enable me to earn experience suitable for top school!!

job opportinities are quite limited for internationals with either MS or 2-tier MBA ...

I would appreciate your insights very much. Do you think strategy #2 may work well?
I want to build corporate career in US in nearsest 15 years, and then probably switch to entrepreneurship.
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New post 23 Apr 2005, 00:28
Depends on a school... USC is ~30 rank B-school ;)
Lets see... you only one shot at MBA, IMHO you should make it worth your time. Don't waste it.
What advantage will you get from doing MBA right now? As you said, you will still be in the same trouble finding a job and deal with immigration. Speaking of immigration you have a much better chance going after Ph.D.
I would go after plan B. You can do your MBA later when it will make a significant impact on your career.
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New post 25 Apr 2005, 06:27
congrats on getting into top 30 buisness school.i would advice that it's better that you do your MBA because in later years it will surely help you.i As long as you are not hoping for an ultra elite B-school, go for the mba, it will surely help you and you will surely get a job after an mba

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New post 27 Apr 2005, 13:00
First, your GMAT is not that low. Can you retake it? However, 650 is not a bad score.

Second, I believe that you should go to the very best business school that you can. So my vote is to hold out, get more work experience and then try for a better school.

However, that's my vote with limited information. I'm not sure which school you are referencing. What school did you get into? Is it in a location that you could see yourself living in? A top 30 school probably has great regional value. So if that school can put you where you want to be, you may just want to go. If you look at alums from this school, are they doing things that you want to do? Basically, if this school can meet your needs and provide you with the types of opportunities you are seeking, then it might be the right school for you.



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New post 27 Apr 2005, 18:53
I would suggest taking a look at the CEO Production Thread. There are CEOs and other top executives from many relatively unknown MBA programs. An all expense paid MBA program is not something to be dismissed lightly.

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